Sunday, 11 November 2012

XXIV Sunday after Pentecost

The XXIV Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. This year it is the third Sunday of November and some of its texts are from the fifth Sunday after Epiphany. When November 5th is a Sunday then that Sunday is the second Sunday in November and the scriptural readings at Mattins continue to be read from Ezechiel on the Sunday and the week following. However, in most years, including this one, the Second Sunday and its week are omitted and after the first week the Third Sunday is celebrated. The Missal provides complete texts for only twenty-four Sundays after Pentecost. Where there are more Sundays after Pentecost, depending of course on the date Holy Pascha falls, then after the twenty-third Sunday has been celebrated the Epistles and Gospels that had not be read on Sundays after the Epiphany are transferred to this time. These pericopes are combined with fixed texts for the introit, gradual etc from the twenty-third Sunday. Today the pericopes from the V Sunday after the Epiphany are sung at Mass with corresponding third nocturn readings at Mattins. The Gospel pericopes are the parable from St. Matthew's Gospel of the enemy sowing cockle in the planted field.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the psalms of Saturday were sung. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Muro tuo for the Saturday before the third Sunday of November. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Andrew Avellino, St. Martin of Tours and St. Mennas. The Suffrage of the Saints was omitted because of the concurring and occurring double feasts as were the Dominical preces at Compline.

At Mattins in the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the Book of Daniel the Prophet. In the second nocturn the lessons are from the book of St. Athanasius to Virgins. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Augustine on St. Matthew's Gospel. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds, after the collect of the Sunday, commemorations are sung of St. Martin and St. Mennas. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted due to the occurring double feast.

At Prime (Pss. 117, 118i & 118ii) both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are omitted because of the occurring double feast.

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

Vespers are of the Sunday, the Office hymn is Lucis creator. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following Office of St. Martin the Martyr and of St. Martin of.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at Vespers. The Second Sunday of November and its week have been perpetually abolished. Mattins is cut down to one nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations. At Mass there is but one collect. Vespers are of the Sunday without any commemorations.

Art: Jerome Nadal

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