Sunday, 14 August 2011

IX Sunday after Pentecost

The ninth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite. This year it is also the third Sunday of August. Its liturgical colour is green. The Gospel pericopes from St. Luke contain the account of the LORD casting out the money lenders in the temple.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the liturgical colour changed from the violet of the anticipated Vigil to the green of the Sunday. The antiphons and psalms of Saturday were sung. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Omnis sapientia for the Saturday before the third Sunday of August. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration was sung of St. Eusebius followed by the Suffrage of the Saints. At Compline the Dominical preces were sung standing (unlike the ferial preces sung earlier in the day for the Vigil which were sung whilst kneeling.

At Mattins the invitatory and hymn are as sung on previous 'green' Sundays. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the Book of Wisdom. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken the Book of Offices by St. Ambrose of Milan. In the third nocturn the homily on St. Luke's Gospel is from St. Gregory. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds a commemoration is sung of St. Eusebius followed by the Suffrage of the Saints.

At Prime psalms 117, 118i & 118ii are sung Quicumque is sung as are the Dominical preces.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St Eusebius, the third collect is A cunctis. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Blessed Trinity.

Vespers are first Vespers of the Assumption with a colour change to white. The antiphons Assumpta est Maria etc are sung with psalms 109, 112, 121, 126 & 147. The chapter is from the feast In omnibus requiem and the Office hymn the hauntingly beautiful Ave, maris stella the first verse of which is sung kneeling. After the collect of the feast a commemoration is sung of the Sunday. At Compline Te lucis is sung to the tone of feasts of the BVM and with the Doxology Jesu, tibi sit gloria etc.

Below, from YouTube, a recording of Hans Leo Hassler's setting of the sublime Ave, maris stella.

In the 'ancient use' 'liturgical books of 1962' Vigils cannot be anticipated and so the Saturday become a 'IV class' celebration of the BVM on Saturday with no preparatory theme. At Vespers the antiphon on the Magnificat is Ego in altissimis and there is no commemoration of St. Eusebius or Suffrage. At Compline there are no Dominical preces. Mattins is stripped down to one nocturn and of three lessons and occurring scripture is the Incipiunt of the Proverbs of Solomon. There is no commemoration of St. Eusebius at Lauds or Suffrage. At Prime Quicumque is not sung nor are the preces. At Mass there is only one collect. At Vespers the novel chapter, hymn and collect afflict the Office.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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