Sunday, 27 September 2009

XVII Sunday after Pentecost

The seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost is also the fifth Sunday of September this year. It is of course of semi-double rite. The Gospel at Mattins and Mass is from St. Matthew and is the account of the Pharisees asking the LORD what was the great commandment and the LORD responding "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and first commandment."

At Vespers yesterday the antiphon on the Magnificat was Domine, Rex omnipotens for the Saturday before the fifth Sunday of September. A commemoration of SS Cosmas and Damian was sung and the Suffrage of the Saints wss sung also. The preceding Office, of the BVM on Saturday ended with None and so was not commemorated at Vespers. The Domincial preces were sugn at Compline.

At Mattins the lessons in the first nocturn are the Incipit , the beginning, of the Book of Esther. In the second nocturn the lessons are a commentary on Esther from the book of Offices of St. Ambrose. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Chrysostom 72nd homily on St. Matthew's Gospel.

At Lauds a commemoration of SS Cosmas and Damian is sung followed by the Suffrage of the Saints. At Prime Quicumque is sung as are the Dominical preces.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of SS Cosmas and Damian, the third collect A cunctis. The Creed is sung and the preface that of the Trinity.

At Vespers a commemoration of the following Office of St. Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, is sung, a commemoration of SS Cosmas and Damian and the Suffrage of the Saints.

In the 'ancient' rite of the early 1960s the, arguably rational, decision to count the first Sunday of the month as the first Sunday in the month means the 62ists celebrated Ember Saturday yesterday. The 1962 Ember Saturday has a chunk of the Canticle of Moses cut out to ease the burden of the Office. Prime, although ferial, has the feastal Regi saeculorum. The 1962 Ember Saturday Mass can be made into a pathetic mini-Mass with just one OT lesson, Benedicamus Domino is replaced by Ite, missa est even though the vestments are violet, but the ministers wear dalmatic and tunicle not folded chasubles. Vespers are without commemorations or Suffrage and the Dominical preces not sung at Compline.

Mattins is stripped down to one nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations or Suffrage. At Prime there is neither Quicumque nor preces. At Mass there are no commemorations and only one collect. Vespers are sung without any commemorations or Suffrages and Compline has no preces.


Cantor Laicus said...

A question about next Sunday: We will be keeping 'Rosary Sunday', i.e. celebrating a Votive Mass of the Feast as permitted by Pius X.
The Ordo directs to use the Mass Gaudeamus (presumably that of the Feast). However, the Rubric in the Missal at the beginning of the Proprium de Sanctis concerning Votive Masses directs to substitute the Introit 'from the respective Common' for Gaudeamus. Presumably, in this case, one would substitute Salve Sancta Parens. This would certainly make sense, as it seems odd to be singing 'diem festum celebrantes', when the feast day is still three days away!
Could you clarify what is to be done?

Many thanks.

In Christo Rege,
John Simmonds

Rubricarius said...

A very interesting and thought provoking question.

The decree (SRC 4308) permits the celebration of Votive Masses of the feast in question on its former day and does not mention textual changes. The Mass would not be allowed as a votive on any other day.

O'Connell states "The Mass is celebrated on the Sunday as it would be on the feast day..." 'The Celebration of Mass' Vol 1, p.87 (1942 edition). Notwithstanding the rubric in the missal examining old Ordines the Mass of the feast is indicated for the solemnity (with its Vespers too) with no mention of changing its introit.

I am not so sure it is odd to sing 'diem festum celebrantes' as that was the original feast day. Presumably the same thinking behind other external solemnites applies.

Anonymous said...

Mr Carlos Palad

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My apologies to Rubricarius for using his forum to post this message.

Rubricarius said...


Unfortunately Mr. Palad has been badly effected by the floods and has lost most of his library.

I'll write a post inviting any readers with duplicate copies of books Mr. Palad has lost who wish to help him out in due course.