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.