Sunday, 3 July 2016

VII Sunday after Pentecost

The seventh Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour, from Mattins onwards, is green. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew contain the words of warning from the LORD concerning false prophets appearing as sheep but who, in reality, are wolves. This year it is also the Sunday within the Octave of SS Peter and Paul.

Yesterday afternoon second Vespers for the feast of the Visitation of the BVM were sung. The antiphons Exsurgens Maria etc were sung with the psalms from the Common of the BVM, Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126 & 147. The Office hymn was Ave, maris stella. After the collect of the feast commemorations were sung of the seventh Sunday after Pentecost and of St. Leo. The Suffrage was omitted. At Compline Te lucis was sung with the Doxology and melody of the Incarnation and the Dominical preces were omitted.

At Mattins the invitatory is Dominum qui fecit nos and the Officie hymn isNocte surgentes. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the Third Book of the Kings. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from am epistle of St. Jerome to Nepotianus. In the third nocturn the homily on St. Matthew's Gospel is from St. Hiliary. The Te Deum is sung. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds the Office hymn is Ecce jam noctis. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of St. Leo and of the Octave of SS Peter and Paul. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted.

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

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Leo, the third collect is of the Octave of SS Peter and Paul. The Creed is sung, the preface is of the Blessed Trinity and the last Gospel is of the day within the Octave, Ecce nos reliquimus.

All Masses, apart from the Conventual Mass, may be of the feast of the Precious Blood that, prior to the 1911-13 reform, was assigned to the first Sunday of July. The Mass Redemisti nos is sung in red vestments with Gloria, second collect of the Sunday, Creed, preface of the Cross and last Gospel of the Sunday.

At Vespers (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 of SS Peter and Paul and of St. Leo. The Suffrage is omitted. At Compline the Dominical preces are omitted.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' at Vespers there is no commemoration of St. Leo. At Compline Te lucis is sung without the Doxology of the Incarnation in the ordinary tone. At Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations. The Octave of SS Peter and Paul has been abolished. At Mass there is a single collect and the last Gospel is In principio. At Vespers there are no commemorations.

Art: Jerome Nadal


Richard Down said...

Can one say Mass of St Peter & St Paul on the Sunday within the octave?

Rubricarius said...

Some countries, e.g. the USA had an indult dating back to the nineteenth century to keep the External Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul on the Sunday within its Octave.

The Flying Dutchman said...

I wonder how today would have been celebrated in Westminster Cathedral? After all, the Anniversary of the Dedication is 28 June and the titular feast of the Most Precious Blood is 1 July, therefore today would be within the octaves of the Most Precious Blood, of the Dedication and of the Apostles (if that is the correct ranking?). Would there have been commemorations of all the octaves as well as Saint Leo II?

By the way, would the dedication of the cathedral have been a double of the first class with an octave throughout the diocese, or only in the cathedral itself?

Rubricarius said...


One can have overlapping occurring Octaves. Precedence is that of their respective feasts and was made somewhat more complicated following the 1911-13 reform.

In the archdiocese of Westminster the Dedication of the Cathedral is indeed a D1Cl with Octave.