Sunday, 25 August 2013

XIV Sunday after Pentecost


The fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour, from Mattins, is green. This year it is the fourth Sunday of August. The pericopes from St. Matthew's Gospel contain the passages about the 'lilies of the field' and seeking first the Kingdom of God.

Vespers yesterday afternoon were second Vespers of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. The antiphons Juravit Dominus etc were sung with psalms 109, 112, 115, 125 & 138. The Office hymn was Exsultet orbis gaudiis. After the collect of the feast commemorations were sung of the Sunday (the antiphon on the Magnificat being Sapientia for the Saturday before the fourth Sunday of August) and of St. Louis of France. At Compline the Dominical psalms were sung and the Dominical preces were omitted.

At Mattins the invitatory is Dominum qui fecit nos and the Office hymn isNocte surgentes. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the Book of Ecclesisaticus. In the second nocturn the lessons are from St. Gregory's Book of Morals and in the third nocturn the homily on St. Matthew's Gospel is from St. Augustine. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds the Office hymn is Ecce jam noctis. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration is sung of St. Louis followed by the Suffrage of the Saints.

At Prime (Pss. 117, 118i & 118ii) both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are sung.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Louis, the third collect is A cunctis. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Holy Trinity.

Vespers are of the Sunday. The Office hymn is Lucis creator. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of St. Zephyrinus and of St. Louis followed by the Suffrage of the Saints. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there is no commemoration of St. Louis at Vespers. Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations and no Suffrage. At Prime both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are omitted. At Mass there is but a single collect. At Vespers there are no commemorations and no Suffrage. At Compline the Dominical preces are omitted.

Art: Jerome Nadal

5 comments:

The Rad Trad said...

Oddly, while yesterday was the feast of St Bartholomew in the Roman rite, the City would have celebrated St Bartholomew today: http://theradtrad.blogspot.com/2013/08/little-known-variation.html

I do not know if this survived Pius XII and John XXIII's changes or if the practice was subjected to purification.

Rubricarius said...

The Rad Trad,

It didn't survive Pius X yet alone the XII of thesame name. See here.

The Rad Trad said...

Thank you for the link to the explanation. My own missal is from 1913 and does not incorporate all the Pian alterations. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday they commemorated St. Batholomew and I wondered if this was some sort of Latinization (Melkite Church). After some quick research is seems both the Greek and Antiochian Orthodox observed the Apostles on August 25, too. I wonder if people know the extent to which commonalities between the Roman and Byzantine traditions were eliminated in the 20th century.

Rubricarius said...

The Rad Trad,

Sadly, I believe the answer is a resounding 'No'. One only has to look at the services of Holy Week in the Byzantine tradition to see striking parallels - even more so if one compares them with northern Medieval uses of the Western rites. The obsession with blaming the Council for everything tends to blind IMO.

smn said...

St Bartholomew is commemorated principally on June 11 in the Byzantine churches (alongside St Barnabas). The feast on August 25 commemorates the Return of his Relics. The fact that he is commemorated on the previous day in the West seems coincidental.