Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The Vigil of St. Andrew

When the Vigil of St. Andrew falls within Advent nothing of the Vigil is made in the Office of the Advent ferial day. However, Mass is of the Vigil with a commemoration of Advent. The day is of simple rite and the liturgical colour is violet.

At Mattins the invitatory is Hodie scietis etc and the Office hymn Verbum supernum. The antiphons and psalms of the nocturn are taken from the Psalter for Tuesday. The lessons are from the second chapter of Isaiah. At Lauds the second scheme of psalms is sung, the remnant of old ferial Lauds, beginning with the Miserere. The hymn is En clara vox. The antiphon on the Benedictus is proper to the day, Antequam convenirent etc. After the antiphon has been sung in its entirety after the canticle the ferial preces are sung with the choir kneeling. After the collect (of the previous Sunday) a commemoration is sung of St. Saturninus.

At Prime psalm 95, displaced by the second scheme of Lauds, is added to the psalm of the day (Pss. 24i, 24ii, 24iii & 95). The antiphon In illa die is sung with psalms. The chapter is the ferial Pacem et veritatem. The Advent verse, Qui venturus es in mundum, is sung in the short responsory. Both the Dominical and ferial sets of preces are sung with the choir kneeling.

At the other Hours the antiphons Jucundare etc are sung with the psalms of Tuesday. The short set of ferial preces are sung, with the choir kneeling, before the collect.

The Mass of the Vigil of St. Andrew is sung after None. The ministers wear violet dalmatic and tunicle and so the organ may be played. The Mass Dominus secus mare Galilaeae is sung. There is no Gloria. The second collect is of the Advent feria, the third collect of St. Saturninus. Benedicamus Domino is sung as the dismissal.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the Vigil of St. Andrew has been abolished. In the ferial Office of the day the ferial preces are not sung at Lauds or the other Hours. At Prime psalm 95 is not sung and the chapter is the festal Regi saeculorum. Mass is of the ferial day but the ministers wear dalmatic and tunicle. In sung Masses there is only one collect. The dismissal is Ite, missa est.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps you could enlighten a bit of my ignorance, but outside of Lent and Eastertide I become a bit hazy with some [likely] quite simple rubrics. Two questions:
1-What are the specific rules around proper Last Gospels (other than the obvious, such as a Sunday being displaced for a Double of the First Class, as on the first Sunday after Pentecost)?
2-What Mass is said on a feria in Advent? The previous Sunday?

Thank you

Rubricarius said...


1) Basically, whenever a Sunday or ferial day with a proper Gospel is not celebrated due to the occurrence of a higher-ranking Office its Gospel is read as the last Gospel. In addition in Masses where there is a commemoration of a feast of the LORD, BVM, the Angels, St. John the Baptist, the Apostles, St. Joseph, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Martha or the first set of Votive Masses given in the Missal then Gospel of the commemorated feast is read as the last Gospel.

In Advent the Mass of the previous Sunday is celebrated on weekdays except those that have proper Masses, i.e. the Ember Days in the third week. When the Mass of the previous Sunday is celebrated on a week day the Alleluia and its verse are omitted.

I trust that helps.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!