Sunday, 17 February 2013

First Sunday in Lent

The First Sunday in Lent is a semi-double Sunday of the first class. No feast can take precedence over it or any such Sunday. The liturgical colour of the Sunday is violet. At Mass, unlike on the Sundays of Septuagesima, the ministers wear folded chasubles rather than dalmatic and tunicle and the organ is silent (as has been the practice too since Ash Wednesday). The Gospel pericope at Mattins and Mass is St. Matthew's account of the LORD's temptation by Satan in the desert.

At Mattins the invitatory is Non sit vobis and the hymn is Ex more. These are both used throughout the first four weeks of Lent. The antiphons and psalms given in the Psalter for Sundays are sung, as on previous Sundays. In the first nocturn the lessons are from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from a sermon on Lent by St. Leo the Great and in the third nocturn the lessons are a homily of St. Gregory the Great on St. Matthew's account of the temptation of the LORD. As in Septuagesima there is no Te Deum but a ninth responsory, which today is Angelis suis Deus mandavit de te.

At Lauds the antiphons are proper to the Sunday, Cor mundum etc., and the second scheme of Psalms sung (50, 117, 62, Benedictus es, 148). The chapter is proper to the Sunday and hymn is O sol salutis. After the collect of the day the Suffrage of the Saints is sung.

At Prime and the Hours the antiphons are proper to the Sunday, Jesus autem etc. At Prime the psalms are 92, 99 (displaced from Lauds) and the first two divisi of 118. The Dominical preces are sung and the short lesson is Quaerite Dominum.

Mass is sung after Terce. At Mass the Gloria is not sung. The second collect is A cunctis, the third collect Omnipotens (for the Living and the Dead), a Tract is sung after the Gradual, the Credo is sung, the preface is of Lent and the dismissal is Benedicamus Domino, sung by the deacon facing the celebrant and altar.

Vespers are of the Sunday, sung at the normal time. The antiphons and psalms are those used on Sundays, the chapter is proper and the hymn is Audi, benigne Conditor. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration is sung of St. Simeon followed by the Suffrage of the Saints. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung.

In those 'liturgical books of 1962' Mattins is slashed down to one nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds the Suffrage of the Saints is omitted. At Prime the psalms are Ps. 53 and the first two divisi of Ps. 118 as on feasts and the Domincial preces are omitted. At Mass the ministers wear dalmatic and tunicle, as in Septuagesima, the second and third collects are omitted. The dismissal is Ite, missa est. At Vespers there is no commemoration of St. Simeon and the Suffrage is omitted as are the Dominical preces at Compline.

Art: Jerome Nadal


Anonymous said...

Dear Rubricarius,

In the Ordo, there are some days in Lent marked 'UX' and others marked simply 'U'. Usually, the X means that a votive Mass can be celebrated on that day. The UX days seem to be the first day of the week, unless a double feast occurs. I was wondering what was the exact explanation for this?
Fr. Durham

Rubricarius said...

Dear Fr. Durham,

In Lent private Votive Masses are prohibited but sung ones are allowed on Lenten ferial days. The explanation page near the front of the Ordo indicates that in Lent 'X' means that private Requiem Masses are permitted and, outside of Lent, private Votive Masses. There is a concession that such a private Requiem may be celebrated on the first day of the week in Lent not occupied by a double feast - with the exception of Holy Week.