Sunday, 8 July 2012

VI Sunday after Pentecost

The sixth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite. The liturgical colour is green and so for the first time since January the green vestments are taken out of their press in the sacristy. The Gospel pericopes from St. Mark describe the Feeding of the Four Thousand with seven loaves and fishes.

At Vespers yesterday the psalms of Saturday were sung. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of SS Cyril and Methodius and of St. Elizabeth. The Suffrage of the Saints was not sung nor were the Dominical preces sung at Compline because of the concurring double feast.

At Mattins there are the usual three nocturns. The invitatory is Dominum qui fecit nos, Venite adoremus and the Office hymn is Nocte surgentes vigilemus omnes. In the first nocturn the lessons are from the twelfth chapter of the Second Book of the Kings. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from St. Ambrose's Defence of David. Again St. Ambrose provides the homily in the third nocturn on St. Mark's Gospel. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds, following the collect of the Sunday, a commemoration is sung of St. Elizabeth followed by the Suffrage of the Saints.

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

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Elizabeth, the third collect A cunctis. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Blessed Trinity.

Vespers of Sunday are sung (Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 113). The Office hymn is Lucis creator. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration of St. Elizabeth is sung followed by the Suffrage of the Saints. 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 of three lessons. There are no commemorations or Suffrage at Lauds. At Prime there are neither Quicumque nor the Dominical preces. Mass has a single collect. Vespers are of the Sunday without commemoration or Suffrage. At Compline the Dominical preces have been abolished.

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