Sunday, 9 August 2009

X Sunday after Pentecost

The tenth Sunday after Pentecost is, as per all 'green' Sundays, of semi-double rite. It is also the second Sunday of August. The Gospel of the Sunday contains the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.

The Vigil of St. Lawrence was celebrated, by way of anticipation, yesterday as common Vigils are never celebrated on a Sunday. At Vespers yesterday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of SS Cyriacus, Largus & Smaragdus, of St. John Mary Vianney and St. Romanus. The commemoration of the double feast of St. John Mary Vianney meant that neither the Suffrage was sung nor were there Dominical preces at Compline.

At Mattins there are the usual three nocturns. In the first nocturn the Incipit, or beginning, of the Book of Ecclesiastes are read. In the second nocturn the lessons are from a sermon of St. Chrysostom against those keeping concubines and in the third nocturn a homily of St. Augustine of Hippo - Sermon 36 on the words of the LORD. The responsories in the third nocturn are Domine, pater etc given for the Sundays of August. At Lauds commemorations are sung of St. John Mary Vianney and St. Romanus. At Prime Quicumque and the Domnical preces are omitted due to the occurring double feast.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. John Mary Vianney, the third of St. Romanus. The Creed is sung and the preface is that of the Blessed Trinity.

Vespers are first Vespers of the Feast of St. Lawrence with commemorations sung of the Sunday and St. John Mary Vianney. The antiphons are proper to the feast and the psalmody that used for first Vespers of Apostles.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' St. John Mary Vianney has been moved to the 8th August. The Vigil of St. Lawrence is omitted as it falls on a Sunday and the novel rubrics do not allow for its anticipation. There are no commemorations on Saturday. Mattins is cut down to one nocturn of three lessons. There are no commemorations at Lauds nor are there any at Mass. Vespers are of the Sunday without any commemoration of St. Lawrence. Such tosh...

Art: Jerome Nadal


Capreolus said...

"Such tosh ...."
Thank you for saying it for me! St. Lawrence happens to be my Holy Patron, and I've always resented the successive demotions, as it were, of his feast since the changes in the '50's.

Anonymous said...

EWTN announced the Commemoration of the Assumption today, August 14.
What does this mean?

Rubricarius said...


I have no idea! Today is the Vigil of the Assumption. The Assumption is the first entry in the reading of the Martyrology at Prime this morning but I rather doubt they meant that.