Sunday, 4 September 2011
August 22nd - Octave Day of the Assumption
The Octave Day of the Assumption is of double rite and the liturgical colour is white. This year the feast falls on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday is commemorated at Vespers, Mattins, Lauds and Mass
At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons Assumpta est Maria etc are sung (doubled as on the feast day) with psalms 109, 112, 121, 126 & 147. The chapter is from Ecclesiasticus, In omnibus requiem etc., and the Office hymn Ave, Maris stella. After the collect of the feast a commemoration is sung of the Sunday, the antiphon on the Magnificat is Sapientia for the Saturday before the third Sunday of August. Following the commemoration of the Sunday a commemoration is sung of SS Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian. At Compline Te lucis is sung to the tone for feasts of the BVM and with the Doxology Gloria tibi Domine, Qui natus es de Virgine, Cum Patre et Sancto Spiritu, In sempiterna saecula as it has been throughout the Octave.
At Mattins the invitatory, antiphons, psalmody and responsories are as on the feast. In the first nocturn the lessons are taken from the Canticle of Canticles. These are the same as those found in modern editons of the Breviary. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from a sermon of St. Bernard. The selection of texts is completely different to that found in the modern editions (1891 & 1932). In the third nocturn St. Bernard again provides the homily on the fragment from St. Luke's Gospel. The texts are slightly longer than those found in the modern books. The eighth and ninth lessons are read together and ninth lesson is formed of the three lessons of the homily for the Sunday. These are from the text of a homily on St. Luke's Gospel by the Venerable Bede. The first lesson (of the homily) is the same as in the modern editions but the second is considerably longer combining both the modern second and third lessons. The third lesson is entirely absent from the modern books. The Te Deum is sung.
At Lauds the antiphons Assumpta est Maria etc are sung with psalms 92, 99, 62-66, Benedicite and 148-149-150. The hymn is O gloriosa Domina. After the collect of the feast commemorations are sung of the Sunday and of SS Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian.
At Prime and the Hours the hymns are sung with the proper Doxology and tone. At Prime (Pss. 53, 118i & 118ii) in the short responsory Qui natus es de Virgine is sung and the lectio brevis is In plateis.
Mass is celebrated after Terce. The Mass formulary is Gaudeamus etc. The Gloria is sung. The second collect is of the Sunday, the third collect of SS Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian. The Creed is sung, the preface is that of the BVM and the last Gospel is of the Sunday.
In the afternoon at second Vespers all is as at first Vespers of the feast except the antiphon on the Magnificat which is Hodie Maria Virgo caelos ascendit: gaudete, quia cum Christo regnat in aeternum. After the collect of the feast a commemoration is sung of the Sunday. With the singing of Compline the Office of this great Octave comes to a close for this year.