Sunday, 4 September 2011

XII Sunday after Pentecost

The twelfth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. This year it is also the first Sunday of September. The Gospel pericope from St. Luke contains the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Vespers yesterday afternoon marked the beginning of the Autumn volume of the Breviary, Pars Autumnalis. The psalms of Saturday were sung. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Cum audisset Job for the Saturday before the first Sunday of September. The Suffrage of the Saints was sung after the collect of the Sunday and at Compline the Dominical preces were sung.

At Mattins the invitatory and hymn are as on preceding 'green' Sundays. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the Book of Job. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from the Book of Morals by St. Gregory the Great and in the third nocturn the homily on the Gospel is from the writings of the Venerable Bede.

At Lauds the Suffrage of the Saints is sung after the collect of the Sunday. At Prime both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are sung.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is A cunctis, the third collect is chosen by the Dean or Rector from those available. The Creed is sung and the preface is that of the Blessed Trinity.

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

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' this year the first Sunday of September is also the first Sunday in September so the readings at Mattins coincide with those in the traditional rite. There is no Suffrage at Vespers nor are the preces (ever) sung at Compline. Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there is no Suffrage nor is Quicumque sung at Prime. Mass has only one collect. At Vespers there are no commemorations and no Suffrage.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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