Sunday, 18 April 2010

Second Sunday after Pascha

The Second Sunday after Pascha is sometimes referred to as 'Good Shepherd Sunday' from the words of the Epistle from I Peter "For you were as sheep gone astray: but you are now converted to the shepherd and bishop of your souls" and from the Gospel where the LORD proclaims "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep." The Sunday is also often referred to as Misericordia after the opening words of the introit. The Sunday is of semi-double rite.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the psalms of Vespers for Saturday were sung under a single antiphon, Alleluia. The chapter, Carissimi: Christus passus est pro nobis etc, was proper to the Sunday, the Office hymn was Ad regias Agni dapes. The antiphon on the Magnificat reinforced the theme of the Sunday, Ego sum pastor ovium. The Commemoration of the Cross was made after the collect of the Sunday. At Compline Te lucis was sung to the Paschal tone with the Doxology Deo Patri sit gloria etc and the Dominical preces were sung.

At Mattins the invitatory and hymn are sung as last Sunday. Again, at the nocturns the psalms are sung under one antiphon. In the first nocturn the lessons are from the Acts of the Apostles. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from the first sermon on the Ascension of the Lord by St. Leo. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Gregory. At Lauds the Sunday psalms (Pss. 92, 99, 62, Benedicite & 148) are sung under a single antiphon. The Office hymn is Aurora caelum purpurat. The Commemoration of the Cross is sung after the collect of the Sunday.

At the Hours the psalms are sung under an antiphon consisting of a triple Alleluia. At Prime the Dominical psalms are sung (Pss. 117, 118i & 118ii) as are the Dominical preces.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is Concede nos, the third collect Ecclesiae or for the pope. The Credo is sung, the preface is of Paschaltide.

Vespers are of the Sunday, with the psalms sung under a single antiphon. After the collect of the day the Commmemoration of the Cross is sung. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the Commemoration of the Cross is excised from both Vespers and Lauds. The hymns at the Little Hours do not have the Paschaltide Doxology. The Dominical preces are not sung at either Compline or Prime. Mattins is slashed back to one nocturn. At Mass there is one collect only.

Art: Jerome Nadal


Andy said...


Would you happen to know of anywhere that I could find a copy of the Nocturnale Romanum containing the Office of Matins for the whole year with the post-1911 rubrics? I know that a German publisher has produced a copy of a Nocturnale Romanum, but do you know if it contains the post-1911 rubrics?

God bless,


Rubricarius said...


The Nocturnale Romanum edited by the late Herr Sandhoffe follows the post-1911 Breviary.

A very well produced book worth having.

Anonymous said...

I refer back to your post about the 12th prophecy chant. I can remember the late Fr Basil Wrighton (a Birmingham diocesan priest) mentioning this special chant. I tried to find it in a Liber, but failed. It must have been fairly well known, because he was not a liturgical "expert" and it must have made an imporession on him,maybe in his days in the English College. Does anyone know WHY there is a special chant, was it to let people know the long prophecies were at their end ? Alan Robinson

Rubricarius said...

The ad libitum chant for the twelfth prophecy is not found in the Liber Usualis or Graduale. There are at least two forms and the use of a special tone was frowned on by Pius Martinucci, hence the Pace in the post.

I understand that the late Sir Hugh Barrett-Lennard heard the fifth tone version sung at the Beda whilst he was in Rome and brought it back with him to England. The young Tom Glover heard it at the London Oratory in the early 1950s.

When Fr. Edward Black was District Superior of the SSPX in the UK he asked Fr. Crowdy to try and find the tone. In 1984, several years later, Fr. Crowdy triumphantly presented a copy of the Cantorinus that Sir Hugh had given him saying "I have at last secured the tone for the twelth prophecy thanks to the kindness of Fr. Hugh." Fr. Black responded with something like "At last, but too late: the Archbishop abolished the Old Rite last year."

The use of the tone also spread thanks to Dom Reiser.