Sunday, 9 October 2011

XVII Sunday after Pentecost

The seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost is this year the second Sunday of October. The Sunday is of semi-double rite and the liturgical colour is green. The Gospel pericopes at Mattins and Mass come from the twenty-second chapter of St. Matthew and have the Pharisees asking the LORD what is the greatest commandment.

As Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms of Saturday were sung. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Refulsit sol for the Saturday before the second Sunday of October. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Bridget and then of St. Dionysius, Rusticus and Eleutherius. The Suffrage was not sung because of the occurring double feast and the Dominical preces were omitted at Compline.

At Mattins in the first nocturn the lessons continue to be read from the First Book of the Machabees. In the second nocturn the lessons are from St. Ambrose's book on The City of God. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Chrysostom on St. Matthew's Gospel. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds, after the collect of the Sunday, a commemoration is sung of SS Dionysius, Rusticus and Eleutherius followed by the Suffrage of the Saints.

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 of SS Dionysius, Rusticus and Eletherius, the third collect is A cunctis. The Creed is sung as is the preface of the Blessed Trinity.

Vespers are of the Sunday. After the collect commemorations are sung of the following Office of St. Francis Borgia and of SS Dionysius, Rusticus and Eleutherius followed by the Suffrage. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at Vespers. Mattins is cut down to one nocturn. There are no commemorations at Lauds. Quicumque is omitted at Prime. At Mass there is only one collect. At Vespers there are no commemorations. The Suffrage has been abolished as are the Domincal preces.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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