Sunday, 25 September 2011

XV Sunday after Pentecost

The fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. This year it is the fourth Sunday of September. The Gospel pericopes sung at Mattins and Mass are from the seventh chapter of St. Luke's Gospel recount the raising by the LORD from the dead of the son of the widow of Nain.

At Mattins there are the usual three nocturns. The invitatory and hymn are as sung on previous 'green' Sundays. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the book of Judith. In the second nocturn the lessons are from St. Ambrose on Elias and fasting. In the third nocturn the lessons are a homily from St. Augustine on St. Lukes's Gospel. At Lauds, after the collect of the Sunday, the Suffrage of the Saints is sung.

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

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. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Holy Trinity.

Vespers are of the Sunday. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration is sung of the following feast of SS Cyprian and Justina followd by the Suffrage of the Saints. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' Mattins is cut down to one nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds the Suffrage is not sung. At Prime both Quicumque and the preces are always omitted on 'green' Sundays. At Mass there is only one collect. At Vespers there are no commemorations or Suffrage. At Compline no preces.


John Meyers said...

On days like today and tomorrow (at Vespers) when there is a commemoration followed by the Suffrage, should the prayer ending (e.g., Per Dominum...) be omitted from the commemoration? The structure of the Suffrage makes it seem so, but I don't remember seeing an explicit rubric.

Rubricarius said...


Yes. When there are several commemorations and/or the Suffrage the conclusion to the collect is added to the collect of the Office being celebrated and to the collect of the final commemoration or Suffrage only. However, unlike at Mass, Oremus is sung before each one.

Capreolus said...

Dear Rubricarius,
I hope this finds you well. I have one question about Friday of this week: is it indeed the case (as appears from the letter of the rubrics) that the incipit of Esther is omitted entirely and that the 1n readings are simply from feria vi of the following week, "in medias res" as it were? Thank you as always! Fr. Capreolus

Rubricarius said...

Fr. Capreolus,

Alas, it is a mistake. The Incipit of Esther which cannot be read on Thursday due to the feast of St. Michael is transferred to Friday. Friday's lessons are omitted this year.

I'll write a post about it.