Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart - Third Sunday after Pentecost


Sunday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart, the third Sunday after Pentecost, is of semi-double rite. The structure of the Office is as last Sunday and again the liturgical colour is white. The Gospel pericopes from St. Luke have the parable of the shepherd going after one sheep missing from his hundred strong flock. This year it is also the Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Vespers yesterday afternoon were second Vespers of the feast of St. John the Baptist. The antiphons Elisabeth Zachariae etc were sung, doubled, with Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116. The Office hymn was Ut queant laxis. After the collect of the feast commemorations were sung of the Sunday, of the Octave of the Sacred Heart and of St. William the Abbot. The Suffrage was omitted. At Compline the Dominical psalms were sung and Te lucis had the Doxology and tone of the Octave. The Dominical preces were omitted.

At Mattins the invitatory, hymn, antiphons and psalms are as on the feast of the Sacred Heart but the antiphons are not doubled. In the first nocturn the lessons are a continuation of the First Book of the Kings. The responses are of the Octave. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the Encyclical of Pius XI in 1928 that, inter alia, gave the feast an Octave. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Gregory on St. Lukes Gospel. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds the antiphons Unus militum etc are sung, as on the feast, with the Dominical psalms. The Office hymn is Cor, arca legem continens. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of St. William, of the Octave of the Sacred Heart and of the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Suffrage is omitted.

At the Hours the hymns have the Doxology Jesu tibi sit gloria, Qui Corde fundis gratiam etc. The antiphons from Lauds are sung in the normal sequence at the Hours. At Prime the festal psalms are sung (Pss. 53, 118i & 118ii). In the short responsory the versicle Qui Corde fundis gratiam is sung. The lectio brevis is of the Sunday, Deus autem.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. William, the third collect of the Octave of the Sacred Heart, the fourth collect of the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Creed is sung, the preface is of the Sacred Heart.

As noted last Sunday in one of the many liturgical changes initiated by Pius X in 1911-13 the feast of St. John the Baptist was moved from its traditional date of 24th June to the fourth Sunday in June. Consequently, although the fest was restored to its correct date all Masses today, except the Conventual Mass, may be of the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist with a commemoration of the Sunday and Octave of the Sacred Heart and last Gospel of the Sunday.

At Vespers the antiphons Unus militum etc, not doubled, are sung with psalms 109, 110, 115, 127 & 147. The Office hymn is En ut superba criminum. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following feast of SS John and Paul, of St. William, of the Octave of the Sacred Heart and of the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Suffrage is omitted. At Compline Te lucis has the Doxology and tone of the Octave, the Dominical preces are omitted.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the Octaves of the Sacred Heart and of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist have been abolished. The liturgical colour of the day is green. At Vespers on Saturday the Sunday, only, was commemorated. Mattins is is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations. Prime has the Dominical psalms and Qui sedes etc in the short responsory. None of the hymns have the Doxology of the abolished Octave. Mass has a single collect and the preface of the Trinity. At Vespers the antiphons and psalms of Sunday are sung, there are no commemorations.

Art: Jerome Nadal

4 comments:

John R said...

Rubricarius, I believe there are a few errors in this post:

1. The five antiphons at II Vespers of SJB should be those proper to I Vespers this year since those antiphons were not able to be sung the evening before on account of II Vespers of the Sacred Heart.

2. In 1962ville, Saturday evening's Vespers indeed had a commemoration (one of the few they still allow) - that of the following Sunday, and Compline would have still had the Dominical psalms on account of the Nativity of SJB with the Te Lucis sung to the Solemn tone.

Rubricarius said...

Hello John,

Thank you for such an interesting comment.

WRT your first point I incline to disagree. None of my editions of the Breviary make any mention of transferring the antiphons if first Vespers is impeded. Checking (non Saint Lawrence Press) Ordines for the years 1933 and 1938 there is no reference to this at all. If you have some specific reference yourself please do share it.

As to your second point, mea culpa, that was my fault for rushing a post on the Thursday morning before leaving London for the w/e. I have corrected the post.

John R said...

Rubricarius, I have a BR from 1954 which has the following rubric at II Vespers of SJB: "Sicubi I Vesperae non fuerint recitatae integrae, in II Vesperis Antiphonae sumuntur e I Vesperis."

This BR predates the 1955 revolution, but would there have been a change of this kind between 1939 and 1955? It seems doubtful. On the other hand, my 1854 BR has no such rubric given within the Proper of the feast, but perhaps there is something to this effect written in the Rubricae Generales?

Rubricarius said...

Thank you, John.

The only two 'Pius X' sets of the Breviary I have left (I sold the rest) are from 1932 (complete) and 1936-39 (a matched set). Neither has that rubric so it was indeed added sometime before 1954. What a pity Mgr. Bugnini did not oblige with an article about the latest edition of the BR as he did with the 1953 MR. When I have time I'll search through AAS. A great pity that, to my best knowledge, Ephemerides is not online yet.