Sunday, 6 July 2014

IV Sunday after Pentecost

The fourth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms of Saturday were sung. The chapter was O altitudo, from Romans, and the Office hymn was Jam sol recedit igneus. This chapter and hymn are used now on all of the 'green' Sundays. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Antony Zaccaria and of the Octave of SS Peter and Paul. The Suffrage was omitted as were the Dominical preces at Compline.

At Mattins the invitatory is Dominum qui fecit nos and the 'summer' hymn Nocte surgentes is sung. In the first nocturn the lessons are taken from the First Book of Kings. In the second nocturn the lessons are from a sermon of St. Augustine and in the third nocturn the homily is from St. Ambrose on the Gospel account from St. Luke on the huge catch of fish at the lake of Genesareth. At Lauds the Office hymn is Ecce jam noctis. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration of the Octave Day of SS Peter and Paul is sung. The Suffrage is omitted.

At Prime both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are omitted due to the occurring Octave Day.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of the Octave Day. There is no third collect today. The Creed is sung, the preface is of the Blessed Trinity and the last Gospel is of the Octave Day.

Vespers are of the Sunday. The Office hymn is Lucis creator optime. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following feast of SS Cyril and Methodius and of the Octave Day of SS Peter and Paul. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted as are the Dominical preces at Compline.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at Vespers. Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations. At Mass there is a single collect and the last Gospel is In principio. At Vespers there are no commemorations.

Art: Jerome Nadal


Paleo-Con said...

Isn't the Gospel for the Octave Day of Saints Peter and Paul a proper one?

Rubricarius said...

Yes, which is why it is read as the Last Gospel in the Mass of the Sunday.

Matthew Rose said...

Wouldn't the Octave-Day take precedence over the Sunday, given that it is a Greater-Double? I had thought that Semi-Double Sundays only took precedence over Ordinary Doubles, not Greater-Doubles.

Thank you.

Rubricarius said...


No, following the 1911-13 reform 'green' Sundays only yield precedence to Doubles of the First and Second Class and feasts of the LORD.

The Flying Dutchman said...

9 July is the feast of SS John Fisher and Thomas More, but 6 July is the day of the martyrdom of the latter. I understand that 9 July was chosen to avoid conflict with the octave day. Would it ever be permitted to place a feast on the octave day of the Apostles. Can an octave day be anticipated if it is perpetually impeded?

Rubricarius said...

A greater-ranking feast certainly could be placed on the Octave day. According to the 1913-55 rules that would have to be a D2Cl or D1Cl.

Octave day's don't get anticipated AFAIK.