Sunday, 23 January 2011

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

The third Sunday after the Epiphany is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew record the LORD healing the leper and the centurion's servant.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms appointed for Saturday were sung. The Office hymn was Jam sol recedit igneus. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Suscepit Deus. This antiphon is sung at Vespers on all Saturdays until the Saturday before Septuagesima. Commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of SS Vincent and Anastasius, then of St. Raymund of Pennafort and then of St. Emerentiana. After these commemorations the Suffrage of the Saints was sung. At Compline the Dominical preces were sung.

At Mattins the invitatory is Adoremus Dominum and the hymn Primo die . Mattins has the usual three nocturns. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. In the second nocturn the lessons are from an exposition of this Epistle to the Galatians by St. Augustine and in the third nocturn the homily is from St. Jerome. At Lauds commemorations are sung of St. Raymund of Pennafort and St. Emerentiana. After these commemorations the Suffrage of the Saints is sung. At Prime Quicumque is sung as are the Dominical preces .

At Mass the Gloria is sung, the second collect is for St. Raymund of Pennafort, the third collect is for St. Emerentiana. The Credo is sung and the preface is that of the Blessed Trinity.

At Vespers commemorations are sung of the following feast of St. Timothy and of St. Raymund of Pennafort. The Suffrage is not sung because of the concurrent double feast and the Domincal preces are omitted at Compline.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at either Vespers. The Suffrage is omitted at Vespers as are the Dominical preces at Compline Mattins is reduced by two-thirds to one nocturn of three lessons. There are neither commemorations nor Suffrage at Lauds. At Prime Quicumque is omitted as are the Dominical preces. At Mass there is only one collect. Neither St. Raymund of Pennafort or St. Emerentiana are commemorated at all this year.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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