Sunday, 13 February 2011

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany is of semi-double rite and the liturgical colour is green. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew give the LORD's parable of the mustard seed and the leaven.

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. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration was sung of the preceding Office of The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. 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 the Hebrews. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the writings of St. Athanasius against the Arians. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Jerome's commentary on St. Matthew's Gospel. At Lauds the Suffrage of the Saints is sung after the collect of the Sunday.

At Prime Quicumque and the Dominical preces are sung.

At Mass the Gloria is sung, the second collect is A cunctis, the third collect is chosen by the Dean or Rector. The Credo is sung and the preface is that of the Blessed Trinity.

At Vespers a commemoration is sung of the following feast of St. Valentine followed by the Suffrage of the Saints. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung.

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 no Suffrage at Lauds. At Prime there is neither Quicumque nor Dominical preces. At Mass there is only one collect.

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