Sunday, 23 September 2012

XVII Sunday after Pentecost

The seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. This year it is the fourth Sunday of September. 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 Adonai, Domine for the Saturday before the fourth Sunday of September. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Thomas of Villanova and then of St. Linus and after that St. Thecla. 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 are the Incipit of the Book of Judith. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from the book of St. Ambrose on Elias and fasting. 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, commemorations are sung of St. Linus and of St. Thecla. After the last commemoration the Suffrage of the Saints is sung.

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 St. Linus, the third collect is of St. Thecla. The Creed is sung and the preface of the Blessed Trinity.

Vespers are of the Sunday. Lucis creator is sung to the melody of hymns for the Incarnation and the Doxology is changed to Jesu tibi sit gloria etc. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following Office of Our Lady of Ransom and St. Linus. At Compline the Dominical preces are omitted, Te lucis is sung with the Doxology of the Incarnation.

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 as are the preces. At Mass there is only one collect. At Vespers the Doxolgy and tone of the hymn are not changed, there are no commemorations.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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