Sunday, 6 February 2011

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew speak of the parable where the enemy sows cockle seed into the field of good seed.

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, as previous weeks, Suscepit Deus. Commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Agatha and of St. Titus and St. Dorothy. The Suffrage of the Saints was omitted at Vespers as were the Dominical preces at Compline because of the concurrent double feast.

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 Timothy. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the writing of St. Augustine on the Apostle. In the third nocturn the homily is, again, from St. Augustine. At Lauds commemorations are sung of St. Titus and St. Dorothy. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted.

At Prime Quicumque is omitted and the Dominical preces are omitted due to the occurring double feast.

At Mass the Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Titus, the third collect is of St. Dorothy. The Credo is sung and the preface is that of the Blessed Trinity.

At Vespers commemorations are sung of the following feast of St. Romuald the Abbot and of St. Titus. The Suffrage is not sung because of the concurrent double feasts and the Domincal preces are omitted at Compline.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at either Vespers. Mattins is reduced by two-thirds to one nocturn of three lessons. There is neither a commemoration nor the Suffrage at Lauds. At Mass there is only one collect. St. Titus and St. Dorothy are both omitted this year.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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