Sunday, 26 February 2017

Quinquagesima Sunday

Quinquagesima Sunday is a semi-double of the second class and its liturgical colour is violet. The Gospel pericopes are taken from St. Luke and give the account of the giving of sight to the man born blind.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms were of Saturday, the chapter, antiphon on the Magnificat and collect were proper to Quinquagesima Sunday. After the collect of the Sunday the Suffrage of the Saints was sung. At Compline the Dominical preces were sung.

At Mattins, as on the previous two Sundays, the antiphons and psalms are those used on Sundays throughout the year. In the first nocturn the lessons are again from Genesis and this Sunday concern the story of Abraham. In the second nocturn the lessons are from St. Ambrose on the Book on the Patriarch Abraham and in the third nocturn the lessons are a homily from St. Gregory on St. Luke's Gospel of the man blind from birth whose sight was restored by the LORD. The blind man is a figure of the human race according to St. Gregory. A ninth responsory, Caecus sedebat secus viam etc, is sung in place of the Te Deum.

At Lauds the 'second scheme' of psalms is sung: Pss. 50, 117, 62, Benedictus es and 148. The antiphons at Lauds are proper for Quinquagesima Sunday, Secundum multitudinem etc, as are the antiphon at the Benedictus and the collect. After the collect of the Sunday the Suffrage of the Saints is sung.

At all the Hours the antiphons and chapters are proper to Quinquagesima Sunday. At Prime the order of psalmody is that used when the second schema of Lauds is sung, i.e. Pss. 92, 99 (displaced at Lauds) and Ps. 118i & 118ii. The Dominical preces are sung.

In Mass the Gloria is omitted, the second collect is A cunctis, the third collect is chosen by the Dean or rector. A Tract is sung after the Gradual, the Credo is sung, the Preface is of the Blessed Trinity and Benedicamus Domino is sung as the dismissal by the deacon facing the altar. The ministers wear dalmatic and tunicle.

At Vespers the antiphons and psalms are those used on Sundays, the chapter is proper to the Sunday as is the antiphon at the Magnificat. The Office hymn is Lucis creator. After the collect of the Sunday the Suffrage of the Saints is sung as are the Domincal preces at Compline.

Following the 'liturgical books of 1962' at Vespers the Suffrage has been abolished. At Compline the preces have been abolished. At Mattins there is but a single nocturn. At Prime Pss. 53, 118i & 118ii are sung, as on major feasts, the preces have been abolished. At Mass there is a single collect and Benedicamus Domino is suppressed in favour of Ite, missa est.

Art: Jerome Nadal


Patrick Gray said...

Thank you very much. The description of the Mass of Quinquagesima has the added comfort of helping those of us who cannot get to Mass.

John Meyers said...

Based on this being a major Sunday, the Quicumque is not said. That is clear enough (if your Latin is strong or you have a certain ordo handy).

My question is, was there a distinction of Sundays before the "greening" of Sundays? According to the Tridentine Rite blog it would have been said today--obviously the rubrics changed. But is this a side effect of the distinction of a major Sunday, or just one if the intended "features"?


Rubricarius said...


Prior to Divino afflatu Quicumque was said whenever the Office was of Sunday. Following the reform Quicumque was restricted to 'green' Sundays that were outside of Octave and did not have any occurring double feasts commemorated.

Anonymous said...

Is it improper if the priest celebrates the 1945 missal & doesn't sing the Gloria and tract after the gradual?(recites them instead of singing)

Anonymous said...

Sorry not the Gloria
Is it improper rubrics if the Creed isn't sung but spoken during Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

Peter said...

What was the purpose of the reform of Pius X in restricting the Quicumque to green Sundays? It is hard to guess at a reason: suppressing it altogether almost would seem to be more logical.

On a related note (perhaps you'll be mentioning it in a week or two anyway): why is it that there is no Suffrage in Passiontide (or Advent for that matter)?

Rubricarius said...

Quicumque was said on most days in the pre-Trent Office. As to cutting it from the violet Sundays I have never come across a proper reason - whims and fancies come to mind.

WRT the Suffrages I have no idea.

Peter said...

Whims and fancies indeed!

So, before the breviary of Pius V the Quicumque was not limited to Sundays?

Before the reform of Pius X, were the Suffrages said in Advent and Passiontide? I have not been able to find a satisfactory explanation of their absence in these seasons.

Rubricarius said...


WRT the Suffrages they, in their multiple form, were also omitted in Advent and Lent in the 1568 Breviary.