Sunday, 22 January 2012

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

The third Sunday after the Epiphany is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew record the LORD healing the leper and the centurion's servant.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms appointed for Saturday were sung. The Office hymn was Jam sol recedit igneus. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Suscepit Deus. This antiphon is sung at Vespers on all Saturdays until the Saturday before Septuagesima. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Agnes and then of SS Vincent and Anastasius. The Suffrage of the Saints was omitted due to the occurring double feast and, for the same reason, at Compline the Dominical preces were not sung.

At Mattins the invitatory is Adoremus Dominum and the hymn Primo die . Mattins has the usual three nocturns. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. In the second nocturn the lessons are from an exposition of this Epistle to the Galatians by St. Augustine and in the third nocturn the homily is from St. Jerome. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds the Office hymn is Aterne rerum conditor. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration is sung of SS Vincent and Anastasius. This commemoration is followed by the Suffrage of the Saints. At Prime Quicumque is sung as are the Dominical preces .

At Mass the Gloria is sung, the second collect is of SS Vincent and Anastasius and the third collect is Deus, qui salutis. The Credo is sung and the preface is that of the Blessed Trinity.

At Vespers the Office hymn is Lucis creator. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following feast of St. Raymund of Pennafort, SS Vincent and Anastasius and St. Emerentiana. After the last commemoration the Suffrage of the Saints is sung. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung at Compline.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at either Vespers. The Suffrage is omitted at Vespers as are the Dominical preces at Compline. Mattins is reduced by two-thirds to one nocturn of three lessons. There is no commemoration or Suffrage at Lauds. At Prime Quicumque is omitted as are the Dominical preces. At Mass there is only one collect. SS Vincent and Anastasius are omitted this year (except for the reading in the Martyrology yesterday).

Art: Jerome Nadal

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