Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Octave Day of the Solemnity of St. Joseph
Today is the Octave Day of the Solemnity of St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church. It is of greater double rite. The feast of St. Paul of the Cross this year is simplified to a commemoration by the occurring Octave Day.
At Mattins in the first nocturn the lessons are from occurring Scripture, in the second nocturn the lessons are a sermon from St. Augustine on marriage and concupiscence and the writings of St. Augustine again provide lessons on the Gospel of St. Luke for the third nocturn. The ninth lesson is of St. Paul of the Cross. (This is an example of when the contracted lesson, found for many feasts of nine lessons in the Pius X Breviary after the lessons of the second nocturn is used.)
At Lauds commemorations are sung of St. Paul of the Cross and St. Vitalis. Hymns of Iambic metre of course have the Paschaltide Doxology.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Paul of the Cross, the third collect of St. Vitalis. The Credo is sung, the preface of St. Joseph.
At Vespers a commemoration is made of the following Office of St. Peter Martyr and St. Paul of the Cross.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there is of course no Octave Day, no Octave and no Solemnity of St. Joseph. St. Paul of the Cross gets cut down from a feast of nine lessons to a third class feast. Mattins has one nocturn. The hymns of the Little Hours do not have the Paschaltide Doxology. St. Vitalis has been supressed. There are no commemorations at Vespers.