Sunday, 23 August 2009

XII Sunday after Pentecost

Today is the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost and the fourth Sunday of August. It is of semidouble rite. The Gospel from St. Luke contains the parable of the Good Samaritan.

At Vespers yesterday commemorations of the preceding Office, the Octave Day of the Assumption, and of St. Philip Benizi were sung. The preces were omitted at Compline due to occurring double Offices.

At Mattins in the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit (the beginning) of the Book of Ecclesiaticus. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from the Book of Morals by St. Gregory the Great and in the third nocturn the homily on the Gospel is from the writings of the Venerable Bede.

At Lauds a commemoration of St. Philip Benizi is sung. At Prime both Quicumque and the preces are omitted due to the occurring double feast.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Philip Benizi. The Creed is sung and the preface is that of Sunday.

Vespers are first Vespers of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. The antiphons and psalms are from the Common of Apostles. A commemoration of the Sunday is sung after the collect of the feast.

The Vigil of St. Bartholomew was anticipated yesterday as common Vigils cannot occur on a Sunday. At Mattins the ninth lesson was of the Vigil, a commemoration of the Vigil was sung at Lauds and at Mass there was a commemoration and proper last Gospel. Private Masses may have been sung of the Vigil in violet vestments.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' St. Philip Benizi simply gets omitted and there are no commemorations at Lauds or Vespers. Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. Vespers are of the Sunday without any commemoration of St. Bartholomew.

Art: Jerome Nadal


Francis said...

"The Vigil of St. Bartholomew was anticipated yesterday as common Vigils cannot occur on a Sunday."

If one would have opted to say the office of the Immaculate Heart of Mary yesterday, would there also have been a commemoration of the anticipated Vigil at Lauds? (I am not sure what the rules are: the Octave of the Assumption was a greater double but the I.H.M. is a double of the second class.)

Rubricarius said...


There would have been a commemoration at Mattins with a ninth lesson and at Lauds.

IMHO the Office of the Octave Day is far superior to later accretions.

Seminarian said...

This comment does not pertain to the XII Sunday after Pentecost but I wasn't sure where to ask it!

With respect to the breviary: does one recite the prayer "Sacrosanctae" after each inidividual office (or after the last of several offices when they are aggregated), or does one only recite it at the end of the day, viz., after Compline?

Rubricarius said...


An interesting question. When I first took part in choral Office, that celebrated by Dr. T.C.G. Glover for the Sacred Triduum his practice was to have Sacrosanctae before departing choir after every Office or aggregation. I have always followed the same practice and advocated it.

However, I now tend to the view that it is probably more correct to recite it after the Office of the day is completed. I will do some research on the question.

Seminarian said...

Dear Rubricarius,

Thank you very much for your answer and for any research you may do on the question. I always used to say it privately after each hour but heard from several people that it was only for the end of the day.

Father G said...

I recite the pre-1962 breviary(Pius X) and I recite the "Sacrosanctae" each day after compline...