Friday, 28 October 2011

SS Simon and Jude Apostles

The feast of SS Simon and Jude is a Double of the Second Class. The feast of these two apostles is kept on the anniversary of the transfer of their relics to Old St. Peter's in Rome in the seventh century. St. Simon is traditionally believed to have been martyred by a curved sword and St. Jude, also known as Thaddaeus, was martryed by a club. The two probably met, preaching the Gospel, in Mesopotamia.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons from the Common of Apostles, Hoc est praeceptum meum etc were sung with Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 and 116. The Office hymn was Exsultet orbis gaudiis. The collect was proper to the feast. At Compline the Dominical psalms were sung.

At Mattins the invitatory is Regem Apostolorum Dominum, Venite adoremus and the hymn Aeterna Christi munera. In the first nocturn the antiphons In omnem terram etc are sung with psalms 18, 33 & 44. The lessons are taken from the Incipit of St. Jude's Epistle. In the second nocturn the antiphons Principes populorum etc are sung with psalms 46, 60 & 63. The fourth lesson is an historical one and the fifth and sixth from a sermon of St. Gregory. In the third nocturn the antiphons Exaltabuntur etc are sung with psalms 74, 96 & 98. The homily on St. John's Gospel is from the writings of St. Augustine. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds the antiphons Hoc est praeceptum meum etc are sung with the Dominical psalms. At Lauds the Office hymn is again Exsultet orbis gaudiis.

At Prime the the Hours the antiphons Hoc est praeceptum meum etc are sung with the festal psalms. At Prime (Pss. 53, 118i, 118ii) the lectio brevis is Ibant Apostoli.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria and Creed are sung and the preface is that of the Apostles.

At second Vespers of the feast the antiphons Juravit Dominus etc are sung with psalms 109, 112, 115, 125 & 139. The Office hymn is again Exsultet orbis gaudiis. At Compline the Dominical psalms are sung.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the feast has lost first Vespers (and its Vigil) and Vespers yesterday were ferial. Compline yesterday had the ferial psalms. At the Little Hours the ferial antiphons and psalter are used. At Prime the lectio brevis is of the season, not of the feast.


Paleo-Con said...

How would the Mass and Office be changed should either, but not both, of the Apostles be celebrated as the Patron and/or Titular?

Rubricarius said...

If one is the Titular of a church the feast becomes a DICl with Octave, the Office of the other is transferred to the first free day.

If St. Simon is the Titular the first lesson nocturn lessons are from the Common. The reference to the other Apostle is removed in the collect of Office and orations at Mass.

Paleo-Con said...

Thank you, God Bless.

Rubricarius said...


Thank you. Are you in the situation of having to separate the Apostles?

Paleo-Con said...

No; I was just curious because it is required on occasions for feast days of plural Saints when only one be selected as Patron and/or titular. I find the rubrics so interesting that I never tire of learning more about them.
Thank you again. God Bless.