Thursday, 24 February 2011

St. Matthias the Apostle

The feast of St. Matthias the Apostle is a Double of the Second Class. St. Matthias was elected by lots (Acts 1:18-26) to take the place left by Judas. Details of St. Matthias' life are scant, but it is believe he preached the Gospel in Judea and then Aethiopia. In leap years St. Matthias is celebrated on the 25th February.

Yesterday the Vigil of St. Matthias was commemorated in the Office of St. Peter Damian with its ninth lesson being read at Mattins and a commemoration at Lauds. At Mass yesterday a commemoration of the Vigil was sung and its Gospel read as the last Gospel. Celebration of the feast began with first Vespers yesterday afternoon. The antiphons Hoc est praeceptum meum etc were sung with the psalms for Vespers (Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116) from the Common of Apostles. The Common provided the chapter, hymn but the collect was proper to the feast. A commemoration was sung of the preceding Office of St. Peter Damian. At Compline the Dominical psalms were sung.

At Mattins the invitatory is Regem Apostolorum Dominum, venite adoremus. The antiphons In omnem terram etc are sung with the psalms from the Common of Apostles. In first nocturn the lessons are taken from the Acts of the Apostles. In the second nocturn the lessons are from an exposition on the eighty-sixth psalm by St. Augustine. In the third nocturn the homily is taken from a sermon of St. Augustine on St. Matthew's Gospel. At Lauds the antiphons Hoc est praeceptum meum etc are sung with the Sunday psalms.

At the Hours the antiphons from Lauds are used. At Prime the festal psalms are sung (Pss. 53, 118i, 118ii). The lectio brevis is Ibant Apostoli.

Mass is sung after Terce. The introit is Mihi autem nimis. The Gloria is sung, the Tract Desiderium animae is sung. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Apostles.

Vespers are of the feast. At Compline the Dominical psalms are sung.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the Vigil has been abolished. The feast loses first Vespers and is not commemorated at Vespers of St. Peter Damian, ferial Compline was sung yesterday. At Prime the ferial antiphons and psalmody are used, the lectio brevis is of the season. At the other Little Hours the ferial antiphons and psalms are also sung. In the 'Ordinary Form' of the 1962 rite the feast is celebrated on May 14th.

Art: Wikipedia


Capreolus said...

Dear Rubricarius,
You and your readers might be interested in the following encouraging development that I learned about today: Msgr. Callewaert's manual on how to say Mass, extremely Roman in its approach, has been reprinted, as have his learned treatises on the Breviary and Missal, by "Romanitas" Press. A hopeful sign, don't you agree? In Christ, Fr. Capreolus

Rubricarius said...

Dear Fr Capreolus,

Thank you.

On perusing some of the publications, e.g. Candlemas they appear to for the 'Extraordinary Form' of the New Rite - white cope?

Capreolus said...

That's unfortunate. I didn't really have a chance yet to look over their offerings very well. I do know that Msgr. Callewaert wrote his manuals well before any of the changes (and I suspect they would have distressed him greatly). Unless I'm mistaken, his manual for saying Mass includes a section on the ceremonies of Holy Week (which I consulted extensively when I helped Don F. Quoeckx with Holy Week in Rome one year) and maybe even the other special ceremonies throughout the year (Candlemas, etc.).

André said...

You can download the old version off of Google books. There is of course always Martinucci.

Rubricarius said...

Fr. Capreolus,

I am sure it would!


Do you have a link? I have two sets of Martinucci; one with the Menghini revisions the other without. Rarely does one need to go beyond Martinucci, Le Vavasseur, Baldry and dear Adrian Fortescue.

André said...

It is the first 5 books(of the eight)

I need to look harder for the Callewaert...

Cantor Laicus said...

Not a comment on the above, but a request for assistance.

I know that you do not deal with diocesan calendars, as they complicate matters severely (exponentially more so in the case of Tridentine Rite), but perhaps you can advise. The following assumes that the rubrics according to which your Ordo is compiled are used.

Due to the date of Easter, both S. Mark and Ss. Philip & James have to be tranferred to Low Week. However, in England & Wales, S. George is kept is kept as Double of I Class with Common Octave and so is transferred also to Low Week(although the Octave not kept, as the Feast is necessarily transferred beyond the Octave Day).

My question is: in what order are the Feasts observed? In addition, if S. George is transferred to Low Monday (2nd May), as I instively think it is, how does this affect Vespers on Low Sunday?

Your assistance will be gratefully received.



Rubricarius said...

Thank you André.

Cantor Laicus,

Yes, as a DICl it is celebrated on Monday 2nd. First Vespers on the Sunday with a commemoration of the Sunday.

Cantor Laicus said...


Apologies for delay in responding.
If S. George is kept on the Monday (2nd May), I assume that Ss. Philip & James are then transferred to the Wednesday (4th May) and S. Mark to the Thursday (5th May), the invention of the Holy Cross being kept on the Tuesday.

As to concurrences, my supposition is that 2nd Vespers of S. George has comemmoration of S. Cross, 2nd Vespers of S. Cross has commemoration of Ss. Apostles and 2nd Vespers of Ss. Apostles is a capitulo de S. Evangelist.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.



Rubricarius said...

Dear Cantor Laicus,

I agree with you completely on the occurrence of the transferred feasts.

With concurrence the best sources I have consulted have second Vespers of SS P&J with commemorations of St. Mark etc.

Romanitas Press said...

Dear All,

Just stumbled upon this blog through a keyword search and found mention on my Callewaert reprints; these are the original last editions printed, of which the last was in 1953.

My notes are for the 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum.

Romanitas Press