Wednesday, 6 May 2009
The Octave Day of the Solemnity of St. Joseph
Today is the Octave Day of the Solemnity of St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church. It is of greater double rite. The feast of St. John before the Latin Gate celebrated on May 6th is this year simplified to a commemoration by the occurring Octave Day.
At Mattins in the first nocturn the lessons are from Scripture, in the second nocturn the lessons are a sermon from St. Augustine on marriage and concupiscence and the writings of St. Augustine again provide lessons on the Gospel of St. Luke for the third nocturn. The ninth lesson is of St. John before the Latin Gate.
At Lauds a commemoration of St. John before the Latin Gate is sung. Hymns of Iambic metre of course have the Paschaltide Doxology.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. John before the Latin Gate, the Credo is sung, the preface of St. Joseph and the last Gospel of St. John before the Latin Gate.
At Vespers a commemoration is made of the following Office of St. Stanislaus and St. John before the Latin Gate.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there is of course no Octave Day, no Octave and no Solemnity of St. Joseph. St. John before the Latin Gate has been done away with too so a Paschaltide feria is all that remains. This of course does not have the preces in the Office or the collects of the season at Mass. There is no commemoration of the following Office at Vespers either and the Paschaltide Doxology is omitted at the Horae Minorae.