Sunday, 4 October 2009

XVIII Sunday after Pentecost

Today is the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the first Sunday of October. It is also known as Rosary Sunday as before the 1911-13 reform the first Sunday of October was the feast of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Gospel at Mattins and Mass is from St. Matthew and the account of the LORD healing the man with palsy.

At Vespers yesterday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Therese of Lisieux and of St. Francis of Assisi whose feast is commemorated on the Sunday. As these are both double Offices the preces at Compline were omitted.

At Mattins in the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit, the beginning, of the First Book of Machabees. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the Book of Offices of St. Ambrose and, in the third nocturn, the homily on the Gospel by St. Peter Chrysologus.

At Lauds a commemoration of St. Francis is sung. At Prime both the Athanasian Creed and the preces are omitted because of the occurring double feast.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung and the second collect is of St. Francis. The Creed is sung and preface is that of the Trinity.

All Masses, except the Conventual Mass, may be of the Most Holy Rosary with a commemoration of the Sunday and last Gospel of the Sunday. Theses Masses are of course celebrated in white vestments.

Vespers are of the Sunday with commemorations of the following Office of SS Placid and Companions and St. Francis. Again the preces are omitted at Compline due to the commemorated double feast at Vespers.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at either Vespers. Mattins is cut down to one nocturn of three lessons, the former second nocturn material disappearing completely. There are no commemorations at Lauds and St. Francis is not commemorated at Mass.


emb said...

Ok, here's an easy one for you: My parish in Virginia, USA is pre-62 and today just as you note we had the collect of the Sunday and then St. Francis's, but no third. Why sometimes is one of the "filler" collects tagged onto the end of the second and other days not?

Rubricarius said...


St. Francis is a double rite feast commemorated on a Sunday and so the 'filler' collects, or prayers of the season are omitted.

The prayers of the season, e.g. A cunctis, are said in all Masses of semi-double rite or lower but are not said on double feasts.

Following the 1911-13 reform double feasts were commemorated on a Sunday (before 1911 the double feast would have been celebrated and the Sunday commemorated). When this happens the prayers of the season are omitted along with the Dominical preces at Prime and Compline and the Suffrage of the Saints at Lauds and Vespers.