Sunday, 29 May 2011
Fifth Sunday after Pascha
The fifth Sunday after Pascha is of semi-double rite. The Gospel pericopes from St. John describe how the LORD tells His disciples to ask for anything in His name after He has ascended to the Father. That Ascension will, of course, be celebrated on Thursday after the three days of the Lesser Litanies on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
At Vespers yesterday afternoon the psalms of Saturday were sung under the single antiphon Alleluia. Commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Augustine of Canterbury and St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi. At Compline Te lucis was sung with the Paschal Doxology and the Dominical preces were omitted due to the occurring double feast.
At Mattins in the invitatory and hymn are as on the other Sundays of Paschaltide. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the first Epistle of St. Peter. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the writing of St. Ambrose on faith in the Resurrection and in the third nocturn the lessons are a homily of St. Augustine on St. John's Gospel on the LORD's words "Amen, amen, I say to you: if you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you." At Lauds a commemoration is sung of St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi followed by the Commemoration of the Cross.
At the Hours the hymns are sung with the Paschal Doxology. At Prime the Dominical preces are sung.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi, the third collect is Concede nos, the Credo is sung and the preface is that of Paschaltide.
At Vespers commemorations are sung of St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi and St. Felix. These are followed by the Commemoration of the Cross. At Compline Te lucis is sung with the Paschal Doxology and the Dominical preces are sung.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at either Vespers. The Commemoration of the Cross has been abolished. Mattins is cut down to one nocturn. At Lauds there are no commemorations. The Dominical preces have be abolished at Prime and Compline. Hymns at the Little Hours do not have the Paschal Doxology. At Mass there is only one collect.
Art: Jerome Nadal