Sunday, 25 February 2018

Second Sunday in Lent

The second Sunday in Lent is a semi-double Sunday of the first class and its liturgical colour, from Mattins, is violet. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew's Gospel give the account of the Transfiguration of the LORD.

Vespers yesterday morning were second Vespers of the feast of St. Matthias the Apostle. The antiphons Juravit Dominus etc were sung, doubled, with Pss. 109, 112, 115, 125 & 138. The Office hymn was Exsultet orbis gaudiis. After the collect of the feast a commemoration was sung of the Sunday. The Suffrage was omitted. At Compline, in the late afternoon, the Dominical psalms were sung and the Dominical preces were omitted.

At Mattins the invitatory is Non sit vobis and the Office hymn is Ex more. The antiphons and psalms given for Sunday are sung. In the first nocturn the lessons are from the twenty-seventh chapter of Genesis and the story of Jacob and Esau. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from the book of St. Augustine against lying and explain the mystery of Jacob's actions. In the third nocturn the lessons are a homily of St. Leo the Great on the Transfiguration of the LORD. A ninth responsory, Cum audisset Jacob, is sung in place of the Te Deum.

At Lauds the antiphons Domine labia mea aperies etc are proper to the Sunday and are sung with the second scheme of Psalms (50, 117, 62, Benedictus es and 148). The chapter is proper to the Sunday and hymn is O sol salutis. After the collect of the Sunday the Suffrage of the Saints is sung.

At Prime and the Hours the antiphons are proper to the Sunday. At Prime the psalms are 92, 99 (displaced from Lauds) and the first two divisions of Ps. 118. The Dominical preces are sung and the short lesson is Quaerite Dominum.

Mass is sung after Terce. The deacon and subdeacon wear violet folded chasubles. There is no Gloria. The second collect is A cunctis, the third collect is Omnipotens. A Tract is sung after the Gradual, the Creed is sung, the preface is of Lent and the dismissal is Benedicamus Domino, sung by the deacon facing the altar.

At Vespers the antiphons and psalms (109, 110, 111, 112 & 113) are of Sunday. The Office hymn is Audi, benigne Conditor. After the collect of the Sunday the Suffrage of the saints is sung. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung.

In the 'liturgical books of 1962' Vespers on Saturday are sung at the same time as any other day of the year. Vespers are of the Sunday, there are no commemorations. Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations. At Prime the psalms are the festal arrangement of Ps. 53 and the first two divisi of Ps. 118 and the Domincial preces are omitted. At Mass the ministers wear dalmatic and tunicle, as in Septuagesima, there is only a single collect. The dismissal is Ite, missa est. At Vespers the Suffrage has been abolished as have the Dominical preces at Compline.


Anonymous said...

A question on the timing of Vespers outside Sundays: is it the case that the time of Vespers changed, or rather that the time of lunch changed? Elizabeth Ann Seton, for example, wrote that when she stayed with the Filichi family in Leghorn before her conversion, during Lent they would not have lunch before 3pm, which is round about the time Vespers was celebrated at least in Italy, was it not?

Rubricarius said...


I would suggest it is a question of outside of Lent Vespers is after lunch, in Lent Vespers before it.