Sunday, 20 June 2010

IV Sunday after Pentecost

The fourth Sunday after Pentecost is the first 'green' Sunday since January 24th (not counting the anticipated fourth Sunday after Epiphany that was celebrated on the Saturday before Septuagesima) so time for sacristans to take out the best sets of green vestments.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Juliana of Falconeri and St. Silverius. The Suffrage of the Saints at Vespers and the Dominical preces at Compline were omitted at because of the occurring double feast.

At Mattins the invitatory is Dominum qui fecit nos and the 'summer' hymn Nocte surgentes is sung. In the first nocturn the lessons are taken from the First Book of Kings. In the second nocturn the lessons are from a sermon of St. Augustine and in the third nocturn from St. Ambrose on the Gospel of St. Luke on the huge catch of fish at the lake of Genesareth. At Lauds a commemoration of St. Silverius is sung followed by the Suffrage of the Saints.

At Prime Quicumque is sung as are the Dominical preces.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Silverius, the third collect is A cunctis. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Blessed Trinity.

Vespers are of the Sunday with a commemoration of the following feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted at Vespers and the Dominical preces not sung at Compline because of the occurring double feast.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' both Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart are considered less important than in previous times and so both feasts have lost their Octaves. Users of the 1962 books have had two 'green' Sundays already. At Vespers there are no commemorations. Mattins is cut down to one nocturn of three lessons. There are no commemorations or the Suffrage at Lauds. At Prime neither Quicumque is sung nor the Dominical preces. Mass has a single collect.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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