Sunday, 9 May 2010

Fifth Sunday after Pascha

Tthe fifth Sunday after Pascha is of semi-double rite. The Gospel pericopes from St. John describe how the LORD tells His disciples to ask for anything in His name after He has ascended to the Father.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the psalms of Saturday were sung under the single antiphon Alleluia. Commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel and of St. Gregory Nazianzen. At Compline the Dominical preces were omitted due to the occurring double feasts.

At Mattins in the invitatory and hymn are as on the other Sundays of Paschaltide. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the first Epistle of St. Peter. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the writing of St. Ambrose on faith in the Resurrection and in the third nocturn the lessons are a homily of St. Augustine on St. John's Gospel on the LORD's words "Amen, amen, I say to you: if you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you." At Lauds a commemoration is sung of St. Gregory Nazianzen.

At the Hours hymns of Iambic metre are sung with the Paschal Doxology and tone. At Prime the Dominical preces are omitted because of the occuring double feast.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Gregory Nazianzen, the Credo is sung and the preface is that of Paschaltide.

At Vespers commemorations are sung of the following Office of St. Antoninus, St. Gregory Nazianzen and SS Gordian and Epimachus.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at either Vespers. The feast of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel has been abolished. Mattins is cut down to one nocturn. At Lauds there are no commemorations. Hymns at the Little Hours do not have the Paschal Doxology. At Mass there is one collect.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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