The sixth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. The Gospel pericopes from St. Mark's Gospel describe the Feeding of the Four Thousand with seven loaves and fishes. This year it is also the Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms of Saturday were sung. The Office hymn was Jam sol recedit igneus. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. William, of SS John and Paul and of the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Suffrage of the Saints was omitted due to the double feast and Octave. At Compline the Dominical preces were omitted for the same reason.
At Mattins the invitatory is Dominum qui fecit nos, Venite adoremus and the Office hymn is Nocte surgentes vigilemus omnes. In the first nocturn the lessons are from the twelfth chapter of the Second Book of the Kings. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from St. Ambrose's Defence of David. Again, St. Ambrose provides the homily in the third nocturn on St. Mark's Gospel. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds, following the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of SS John & Paul and of the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Suffrage is omitted due to the occurring double feast and Octave.
At Prime psalms 117, 118i & 118ii are sung. Both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are omitted.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of SS John and Paul, the third collect is of the Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Blessed Trinity.
All Masses, except the Conventual Mass, may be of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Mass De ventre is sung in white vestments with Gloria and Creed. The preface is of the Blessed Trinity. A commemoration of the Sunday is sung and the last Gospel of the Sunday.
At Vespers the antiphons and psalms of Sunday (Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 113). The Office hymn is Lucis creator. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following day within the Octave and of SS John and Paul. The Suffrage is omitted as are the Dominical preces at Compline.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at either Vespers. The Octave has been abolished. Mattins is reduced to a single nocturn of three lessons. There are no commemorations at Lauds. Mass has a single collect.