Sunday, 20 March 2011

Second Sunday in Lent

The Second Sunday in Lent is semi-double Sunday of the first class. As on other Sundays in Lent no feast my be celebrated if it falls on such a Sunday. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew's Gospel give the account of the Transfiguration of the LORD.

Vespers yesterday morning were second Vespers of the feast of St. Joseph, Sponse of the BVM. The antiphons Ibant parentes Jesu etc were sung with Psalms 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116. The chapter, hymn, antiphon on the Magnifcant, and collect were all proper to the feast. After the collect of the feast the Sunday was commemorated. At Compline the Dominical preces were omitted.

At Mattins the invitatory is Non sit vobis and the hymn is Ex more. The antiphons and psalms given for Sunday are sung. In the first nocturn the lessons are from the twenty-seventh chapter of Genesis and the story of Jacob and Esau. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from the Book of St. Augustine against lying and explain the mystery of Jacob's actions. In the third nocturn the lessons are a homily of St. Leo the Great on the Transfiguration of the LORD. A ninth responsory, Cum audisset Jacob, is sung in place of the Te Deum.

At Lauds the antiphons Domine labia mea aperies etc are proper to the Sunday and are sung with the second scheme of Psalms (50, 117, 62, Benedictus es, 148). The chapter is proper to the Sunday and hymn is O sol salutis. After the collect of the day the Suffrage of the Saints is sung.

At Prime and the Hours the antiphons are proper to the Sunday. At Prime the psalms are 92, 99 (displaced from Lauds) and the first two stanzas of 118. The Dominical preces are sung and the short lesson is Quaerite Dominum.

Mass is sung after Terce. The deacon and subdeacon wear folded chasubles, planetis plicatis, instead of dalmatic and tunicle. There is no Gloria. The second collect is A cunctis, the third collect Omnipotens (for the Living and the Dead), a Tract is sung after the Gradual, the Credo is sung, the preface is of Lent and the dismissal is Benedicamus Domino, sung by the deacon facing the altar and celebrant.

Vespers are of the Sunday, sung at the normal time. The antiphons and psalms are those used on Sundays, the chapter is proper and the hymn Audi, benigne Conditor. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration is sung of the following feast of St. Benedict. The Domincal preces are omitted at Compline.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' Mattins is cut down to one nocturn of three lessons as usual. At Lauds the Suffrage of the Saints is omitted. At Prime the psalms are 53 and the first two stanzas of 118, the Domincial preces are omitted. At Mass the ministers wear dalmatic and tunicle, as in Septuagesima, the second and third collects are omitted. The dismissal is Ite, missa est. At Vespers today there is no commemoration of St. Benedict.

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