Sunday, 4 May 2014

Second Sunday after Pascha

The Second Sunday after Pascha is sometimes referred to as 'Good Shepherd Sunday' from the words of the Epistle from I Peter "For you were as sheep gone astray: but you are now converted to the shepherd and bishop of your souls" and from the Gospel where the LORD proclaims "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep." The Sunday is also often referred to as Misericordia after the opening words of the introit. The Sunday is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour, from Mattins, is white.

Vespers yesterday were second Vespers of the feast of the Invention of the Holy Cross. The antiphons O magnum pietatis opus etc were sung, doubled, with psalms 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116. The Office hymn was Vexilla regis prodeunt. After the collect of the feast commemorations were sung of the Sunday and of St. Monica. At Compline Te lucis was sung to the Paschal tone with the Doxology Deo Patri sit gloria etc and the Dominical preces were omitted due to the double feasts.

At Mattins the invitatory, Surrexit Dominus, and hymn, Rex sempiterne, are sung as last Sunday. Again, at the nocturns the psalms are sung under one antiphon. In the first nocturn the lessons are from the Acts of the Apostles. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from the first sermon on the Ascension of the Lord by St. Leo. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Gregory. At Lauds the Sunday psalms (Pss. 92, 99, 62, Benedicite & 148) are sung under a single antiphon. The Office hymn is Aurora caelum purpurat. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration is sung of St. Monica. The Paschal Commemoration of the Cross is omitted due to the occurring double feast.

At the Hours the hymns are sung with the Paschal Doxology and the psalms are sung under an antiphon consisting of a triple Alleluia. At Prime the Dominical psalms are sung (Pss. 117, 118i & 118ii), but the Dominical preces are omitted.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Monica, there is no third collect today. The Creed is sung and the preface is of Paschaltide.

Vespers are of the Sunday, with the psalms sung under a single antiphon. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following feast of St. Pius V and of St. Monica. At Compline the Dominical preces are omitted.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' Vespers yesterday was of the Sunday without commemorations. At Compline and the Hours the hymns do not have the Paschal Doxlogy. Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. There are no commemorations at Lauds. At Mass there is only a single collect.

Art: Jerome Nadal

1 comment:

Novian said...


My '62 Missale Romanum (1862, that is) has a supplement (printed 1873) pasted in for the Most Holy Sepulcher of DNJC on the 2nd Sunday after Pascha. I've scanned it here:

There is an obvious parallel to this day's liturgy in the Byzantine rite.

Do you know where or by whom this Mass might have been said? The missal was published by Dessain. Other supplements (part of the original binding) are for the Franciscan Third Order and England; I purchased it from a seller in California.