Sunday, 28 June 2020
IV Sunday after Pentecost
The fourth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour, until Vespers, is green. This year it is also the Sunday within the Octave of St. John the Baptist. The Vigil of SS Peter and Paul was anticipated yesterday.
At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms of Saturday were sung. The chapter was O altitudo, from Romans, and the Office hymn was Jam sol recedit igneus. This chapter and hymn are used now on all of the 'green' Sundays after Pentecost. After the collect of the Sunday commemorations were sung of the preceding day within the Octave of St. John the Baptist and of St. Irenaeus. The Suffrage of the Saints was omitted as were the Dominical preces at Compline.
At Mattins the invitatory is Dominum qui fecit nos and the 'summer' Office hymn Nocte surgentes is sung. In the first nocturn the lessons are taken from the First Book of Kings. In the second nocturn the lessons are from a sermon of St. Augustine and in the third nocturn the homily is from St. Ambrose on the Gospel account from St. Luke on the huge catch of fish at the lake of Genesareth. At Lauds the Office hymn is Ecce jam noctis. After the collect of the Sunday commemoration are sung of SS Irenaeus and the Octave of St. John the Baptist. The Suffrage is omitted.
At Prime 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. Irenaeus, the third collect is of the Octave of St. John the Baptist. The Creed is sung and the preface is of the Blessed Trinity.
Prior to the reform of 1911-13 the fourth Sunday of June was the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. All Masses, other than the Conventual Mass, may be of the feast and the liturgical colour is white. The Mass De ventre is sung, the second collect is of the Sunday, the Creed is sung, the preface is of the Blessed Trinity and the last Gospel is of the Sunday.
In the afternoon there is a colour change to red and first Vespers of the feast of SS Peter and Paul are sung. The antiphons Petrus et Joannes etc are sung, doubled, with psalms 109, 110, 111, 112 and 116. The Office hymn is Decora lux. After the collect of the feast a commemoration is sung of the Sunday. The Suffrage and the Dominical preces are omitted.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the Octave of St. John the Baptist has been abolished. The Vigil of SS Peter and Paul is omitted this year. At Vespers there are no commemorations. Mattins is cut down to a single nocturn of three lessons. At Lauds there are no commemorations. At Mass there is a single collect.
Art: Jerome Nadal