Sunday, 27 September 2009
XVII Sunday after Pentecost
The seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost is also the fifth Sunday of September this year. It is of course of semi-double rite. The Gospel at Mattins and Mass is from St. Matthew and is the account of the Pharisees asking the LORD what was the great commandment and the LORD responding "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and first commandment."
At Vespers yesterday the antiphon on the Magnificat was Domine, Rex omnipotens for the Saturday before the fifth Sunday of September. A commemoration of SS Cosmas and Damian was sung and the Suffrage of the Saints wss sung also. The preceding Office, of the BVM on Saturday ended with None and so was not commemorated at Vespers. The Domincial preces were sugn at Compline.
At Mattins the lessons in the first nocturn are the Incipit , the beginning, of the Book of Esther. In the second nocturn the lessons are a commentary on Esther from the book of Offices of St. Ambrose. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Chrysostom 72nd homily on St. Matthew's Gospel.
At Lauds a commemoration of SS Cosmas and Damian is sung followed by the Suffrage of the Saints. At Prime Quicumque is sung as are the Dominical preces.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of SS Cosmas and Damian, the third collect A cunctis. The Creed is sung and the preface that of the Trinity.
At Vespers a commemoration of the following Office of St. Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, is sung, a commemoration of SS Cosmas and Damian and the Suffrage of the Saints.
In the 'ancient' rite of the early 1960s the, arguably rational, decision to count the first Sunday of the month as the first Sunday in the month means the 62ists celebrated Ember Saturday yesterday. The 1962 Ember Saturday has a chunk of the Canticle of Moses cut out to ease the burden of the Office. Prime, although ferial, has the feastal Regi saeculorum. The 1962 Ember Saturday Mass can be made into a pathetic mini-Mass with just one OT lesson, Benedicamus Domino is replaced by Ite, missa est even though the vestments are violet, but the ministers wear dalmatic and tunicle not folded chasubles. Vespers are without commemorations or Suffrage and the Dominical preces not sung at Compline.
Mattins is stripped down to one nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations or Suffrage. At Prime there is neither Quicumque nor preces. At Mass there are no commemorations and only one collect. Vespers are sung without any commemorations or Suffrages and Compline has no preces.