Sunday, 22 August 2010
XIII Sunday after Pentecost
The thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, this year the fourth Sunday of August, is of semi-double rite. Today is also the Octave Day of the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God. The Gospel pericopes from St. Luke's Gospel tell of the LORD and the ten lepers, only one of which thanked Him for being healed.
At Vespers yesterday the antiphons and psalms of Saturday were sung. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Sapientia for the Saturday before the fourth Sunday in August. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Jane Frances Fremiot de Chantal, of the Octave Day (with the antiphon from first Vespers of the feast, Virgo prudentissima) and of SS Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian. The Suffrage of the Saints was omitted at Vespers as were the Dominical preces at Compline because of the occurring double feast and Octave Day. Hymns of Iambic metre have the Doxology of the Incarnation as has happened throughout the Octave.
At Mattins there are the usual three nocturns. The invitatory and hymn are as sung on previous 'green' Sundays. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the Book of Ecclesiasticus. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the Book of Morals by St. Gregory. In the third nocturn the lessons are a homily from St. Augustine on St. Luke's Gospel. At Lauds commemorations are sung of the Octave Day and of SS. Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian. The Suffrage of the Saints is not sung.
At Prime (Pss. 117, 118i & 118ii) both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are omitted due to the Octave Day. In the short responsory the versicle Qui natus es is sung, as it has been each day of the Octave.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of the Octave Day, the third collect, although a Sunday within the Octave, is of SS. Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Holy Trinity.
As today is also Sunday within the Octave one Mass, but not the Conventual Mass, may be celebrated of St. Joachim, Father of the BVM. Before the 1911-13 reform Sunday within the Octave of the Assumption was the day for the celebration of the feast of St. Joachim. Following the reform St. Joachim was permanently transferred to August 16th. However the Mass of certain feasts that were previously celebrated on certain Sundays, including that of St. Joachim, was still able to be celebrated on those Sundays. The Mass Dispersit is sung in white vestments. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of the Sunday, the third of the Octave Day (in said Masses a fourth collect of SS. Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian is added). The Creed is sung, the Preface is of the Holy Trinity and the last Gospel is of the Sunday.
Vespers are of the Sunday. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following feast of St. Philip Benizi and of the Octave Day.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the Sunday is cut down to one nocturn of three lessons. The Octave has of course been abolished. At Vespers there are no commemorations or Suffrage. At Lauds there is a commemoration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At Prime both Quicumque and the preces are omitted. In sung Mass there is one collect, Low Mass has a commemoration of the Immaculate Heart. At Vespers there are no commemorations.
Art: Jerome Nadal