Sunday, 24 November 2019

XXIV & Last Sunday after Pentecost

Today is the twenty-fourth, and last, Sunday after Pentecost. It is also the fifth Sunday of November. The liturgical colour is green. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew's Gospel contain the prophetic words of the LORD concerning the last days and the coming of the Antichrist.

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 Super muros tuos for the Saturday before the fifth Sunday of November. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding Office of St. Clement, of St. John of the Cross and of St. Chrysogonus. 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 Prophet Micheas. In the second nocturn the lessons are from St. Basil on the thirty-third psalm. In the third nocturn the homily is from St. Jerome 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. John of the Cross and of St. Chrysogonus. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted.

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

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. John of the Cross, the third collect is of St. Chrysogonus. The Creed is sung and the preface of the Blessed Trinity.

Vespers are of the Sunday. The Office hymn is Lucis creator. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations are sung of the following Office of St. Catharine and of St. John of the Cross. The Suffrage of the Saints is omitted as are the Dominical preces at Compline due to the occurring and concurring double feasts.

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 but a single collect.

Art: Jerome Nadal Nadal's image of the Antichrist enthroned whilst the clergy and people give him false worship.


Unam Sanctam said...

I think there is a misprint when you say that, at Lauds, after the collect of the Sunday, the one of St. Felix is sung.

Rubricarius said...

Thank you, Unam Sanctam. Corrected now - the perils of cut and paste!

Drew said...

I am in a discussion regarding the Feast of the Immaculate Conception that will be on a Sunday this year. From your blog in 2013 you said that after 1956, the feast was not celebrated on Sunday but translated. I am in an exchange where others are claiming that in 1960, the feast of the Immaculate Conception was again celebrated in preference to the Sunday in Advent. How did the occur with the Holy Week changes in 1956 before the changes in classifications of feasts and Sundays that was done in 1960? Did John XXIII in 1960 (with Rubricarum instructum and the decree Novum rubricarum by the Sacred Congregation of Rites which made for the first time ever Sunday in Advent a greater Sundays of First Class)permit the Sunday to be displaced by the Immaculate Conception as an exception? Do you know what happened in 1963 Ordo regarding this feast when it again fell again on the Sunday?

Thanks for any help,


Rubricarius said...


Following the reforms of Cum nostra (March 1955, effective from 1 Jan 1956) the second Sunday of Advent could not be outranked by any feast. So in 1957 when the Immaculate Conception fell on a Sunday it was transferred to Monday 9th. The 1960 rubrics 'tweaked' this and gave the feast of the Immaculate Conception particular privileges so it would outrank the second Sunday of Advent. The ordinary form of the 1962 rite reverts back to the 1956-60 arrangement. The 1956 rubrics are used by groups such as the CMRI.

So in summary:
Pre-1995 - feast takes precedence over Sunday
1956-1960 - Sunday takes precedence over feast, feast transferred
1961-1969 - feast takes precedence over Sunday
1970- Sunday takes precedence over feast, feast transferred.

I trust that clarifies.

Drew said...

Please explain what is the source of this "tweak" and why would those using the Indult today not be able to use it to offer the Immaculate Conception in place of the Advent Mass?

Also, should the "Pre-1995" be 1956 instead.



Rubricarius said...

Hello Drew,

The 'tweak' in the New Code of Rubrics, which became effective from 1st January 1961, is found in General Rubrics, Chapter 3, No. 15. This gives the feast of the Immaculate Conception - and that feast alone - the right of precedence over the Sundays of Advent.

Apologies for the typo. Yes, 'pre-1995' above should read pre-1956.

So the only people who will transfer the feast of the Immaculate Conception this year are strict observance sedevacantists and the novus ordo - an odd pairing! (Having said that and not wishing to complicate the issue a number of different novus ordo countries and places will observe the feast on the Sunday.)

Anonymous said...

CMRI are the only ones who follow the 1956 Pius XII changes.
The rest are pre-1950 or 1962 ala both SSPX groups.
I've read some SSPX-Resistance faithful want the pre-1950 Missal all year on