Sunday, 7 November 2010
XXIV Sunday after Pentecost
Today is the XXIV Sunday after Pentecost and third Sunday of November. The day is of semi-double rite and the liturigcal colour is green. When November 5th is a Sunday then that Sunday is the second Sunday in November and the scriptural readings at Mattins continue to be read from Ezechiel on the Sunday and the week following. However, in most years, including this one, the Second Sunday and its week are omitted and after the first week the Third Sunday is celebrated. The Missal provides complete texts for twenty-four Sundays after Pentecost. Where there are more Sundays after Pentecost, depending of course on the date Holy Pascha falls, then after the twenty-third Sunday has been celebrated the Epistles and Gospels that had not be read on Sundays after the Epiphany are transferred to this time. These pericopes are combined with fixed texts for the introit, gradual etc. Today the pericopes from the V Sunday after the Epiphany are sung at Mass with corresponding third nocturn readings at Mattins. Today is also the Sunday within the Octave of All Saints (before the 1911-13 reform the Sunday would have been celebrated in white vestments because of the Octave). The Gospel pericopes are the parable from St. Matthew's Gospel of the enemy sowing cockle in the planted field.
At Vespers yesterday afternoon the psalms of Saturday were sung. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Muro tuo for the Saturday before the Third Sunday of November. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration was sung of the Octave of All Saints. The Suffrage of the Saints was omitted because of the Octave as were the Dominical preces at Compline.
At Mattins in the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the Book of Daniel the Prophet. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the book of St. Athanasius to Virgins. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Augustine on St. Matthew's Gospel. At Lauds, after the collect of the Sunday, a commemoration of the Octave is sung. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted.
At Prime (Pss. 117, 118i & 118ii) both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are omitted because of the occurring Octave.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of the Octave. As today is a Sunday within an Octave there is no third collect. The Creed is sung and the preface of the Blessed Trinity.
Vespers are of the Sunday. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following day within the Octave of All Saints (with the antiphon from I Vespers of the feast) and of the Four Holy Crowned Martyrs.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations or Suffrage at Vespers. The Octave of All Saints has, of course, been abolished. Even though no feast is commemorated the Domincial preces are omitted at Prime and Compline. Mattins is cut down to one nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there is neither commemoration nor Suffrage. At Mass there is but one collect. Vespers are of the Sunday without any commemorations. The Second Sunday of November and its week are always omitted.
Art: Jerome Nadal