Sunday, 18 October 2015

St. Luke the Evangelist

The feast of St. Luke the Evangelist is a Double of the Second Class and the liturgical colour of the feast is red. St. Luke was probably born in Antioch in Syria and was a physician. He is the author of the Gospel that bears his name and the Acts of the Apostles. He is one of the Four Evangelists and is traditionally represented by an ox. St. Luke is believed to have died at the age of 84 in Boeotia, and his tomb was located at Thebes. The twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, and the third Sunday of October is commemorated at Vespers, Mattins, Lauds and Mass. The third Sunday of October is also Mission Sunday and an oratio imperata pro re gravi is ordered to be added to all Masses following a rescript of the SCR of April 14th, 1926.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons Hoc est praeceptum meum etc were sung, doubled, with psalms 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116. The Office hymn was Exsultet orbis gaudiis. After the collect of the feast commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Margaret Mary and of the Sunday (the antiphon on the Magnificat being Lugebat autem Judam for the Saturday before the third Sunday of October. The Suffrage was omitted as were the Dominical preces at Compline.

At Mattins the invitatory is Regem Apostolorum Dominum, * Venite adoremus and the Office hymn is Aeterna Christi munera. In the first nocturn the antiphons In omnem terram etc are sung with Pss. 18, 33 & 44. The lessons are from the common of Evangelists and are the Incipit of the Book of the Prophet Ezechiel, In the second nocturn the antiphons Principes populorum etc are sung with Pss. 46, 60 & 63. The lessons are proper to the feast and are taken from St. Jerome's Book on Ecclesiastical Writers. In the third nocturn the antiphons Exaltabuntur etc are sung with Pss. 74, 96 & 98. The lessons are again from the Common of Evangelists and a homily from St. Gregory on the Gospels. The ninth lesson is of the Sunday. The Te Deum is sung.

At Lauds the antiphons Hoc est praeceptum meum etc., are sung with the Dominical psalms (Pss. 92, 99, 62, Benedicite & 148). After the collect of the feast a commemoration of the Sunday is sung. The Suffrage is omitted.

At the Hours the antiphons of Lauds are sung in the usual order. At Prime (Pss. 53, 118i & 118ii) and the lectio brevis is Ibant Apostoli etc. The Dominical preces are omitted.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of the Sunday, the third collect is Deus, qui nos homines (from the Votive Mass for the Propagation of the Faith). The Creed is sung, the preface is of the Apostles and the last Gospel is of the Sunday.

At second Vespers the antiphons Juravit Dominus etc are sung with Pss. 109, 112, 115, 125 & 138. The Office hymn is Exsultet orbis gaudiis. After the collect of the feast commemoration are sung of the following feast of St. Peter of Alcantara and of the Sunday. The Suffrage is omitted as are the Dominical preces at Compline.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the 'green' Sunday takes precedence over the feast of St. Luke. At Vespers there are no commemorations or Suffrage. Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds a commemoration of St. Luke is sung. At Mass the collect Deus, qui nos homines is added to the collect of the Sunday under a single conclusion. At Low Masses a commemoration of St. Luke is said. The last Gospel is In principio. At Vespers there are no commemorations.

St. Luke from an early seventeenth century Armenian Gospel Bodleian Library MS. Arm. d.13. Armenian Gospels-0043-0" by Unknown - The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Commons.

1 comment:

John Rotondi said...

1962 also skips the third week of October this year marking today as the fourth Sunday.