Sunday, 11 November 2018

XXV Sunday after Pentecost

The twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. This year it is the third Sunday of November. Texts for the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany are used along with those from the twenty-third Sunday. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew are of the parable of the mustard seed and the leaven. This year the Second Sunday of November, and its week, are omitted. Today is also the centenary of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms of Saturday were sung. The Office hymn was Jam sol recedit igneus. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Muro tuo for the Saturday before the third Sunday of November. After the collect of the Sunday (from the text for the fifth Sunday after Epiphany) commemorations were sung of the preceding feast of St. Andrew Avellino, of St. Martin of Tours and St. Mennas. The Suffrage of the Saints was omitted due to the double feasts as were the Dominical preces at Compline.

At Mattins the invitatory is Adoremus Dominum etc and the Office hymn is Primo die. In the first nocturn the lessons are the Incipit of the Book of the Prophet Daniel. In the second nocturn the lessons are from St. Athanasius' Book to Virgins. In the third nocturn (from the texts appointed for the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany) the homily is from St. Augustine on St. Matthew's Gospel. The Te Deum is sung. At Lauds the Office hymn is Aeterne rerum Conditor. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of St. Martin and of St. Mennas. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted.

At Prime (Pss. 117, 118i & 118ii) Quicumque and the Dominical preces are omitted.

Mass is sung after Terce. The introit, gradual, Alleluia verse, offertory and communion texts are, again, those of the twenty-third Sunday. The rest of the texts are those of the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Martin, the third collect is of St. Mennas. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Blessed Trinity.

A Mass of Requiem may be celebrated for the War Dead. The anniversary Mass for the Dead is sung with one collect and the Dies Irae.

Vespers are of the 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 feast of St. Martin of Rome and of St. Martin of Tours. The Suffrage is omitted as are the Dominical preces at Compline.

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


Paleo-Con said...

Are Masses of Requiem permitted on a Sunday? I didn't think they were.

Rubricarius said...

Highly privileged Requiem Masses can be celebrated on 'green' Sundays, e.g. the Exequial Mass. This was quite common on continental Europe.

In England and Wales the celebration of one Requiem in churches on Remembrance Sunday (the Sunday closest to November 11th) was granted as part of the five-yearly faculties.

+DM said...

Paleo-Con, it may be that you are accustomed to the manner of things in North America when it comes to Requiem Masses? In the U.S., for example, a Rescript still prohibits a funeral Mass on a Sunday [SRC, 16 OCT 1940]

Not sure where you are located, but in Europe, there is nothing uncommon about Requiem Masses - even those of burial - taking place on a Sunday. My youth in Ireland had many an occasion of just such an event.

Rubrics state that a Requiem funeral Mass would be prohibited on all Primary Feasts of the First Class, save the first two days after Easter and Pentecost, so there are a number of days when it would not be permitted; the fact of a Sunday, in general, would not, immediately, be cause to refuse it.

Rubricarius said...

Thank you, +DM. I did not know about the rescript for the USA.