Sunday, 22 August 2010

August 9th - XIII Sunday after Pentecost

The thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, this year the second Sunday of August, is of semi-double rite.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms of Vespers for Saturday (Pss. 143, 144, 145, 146 & 147) were sung. The chapter was O Altitudo and the Office hymn O lux beata Trinitas. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Ego in altissimis for the Saturday before the second Sunday of August. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration of St. Romanus was sung followed by the Suffrages of the BVM Sancta Maria succurre etc, the Apostles Petrus Apostolus etc, of the Patron and lastly for peace Da pacem Domine . At Compline the Dominical preces were sung.

Yesterday was also the anticipated Vigil for the feast of St. Lawrence, as Vigils which fall on a Sunday are anticipated on the Saturday.

At Mattins the invitatory is Adoremus Dominum and the Office hymn Nocte surgentes. In the first nocturn (Pss. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14) are sung. The lessons are the Incipit of the Book of Ecclesiastes. The second lesson continues Ego Ecclesisastes...ut occuparentur in ea, what is the beginning of the third lesson in the modern editions. The third lesson begins Vidi cuncta... and continues until qui addit scientiam, addit dolorem, i.e. until v.18. In the second nocturn (Pss. 15, 16 & 17) the lessons are from a sermon of St. Chrysostom. These are longer than those in the modern books with lessons IV and V consisting of the entire text of the modern lessons IV, V & VI. The sixth lesson is not found in the modern editions (Igitur quo pacto... immanissima tyrannide commutare.) In the third nocturn (Pss. 18, 19 & 20) the homily is from St. Augustine on St. Luke's Gospel. These are longer than those found in modern editions with lessons seven and eight comprising of the text of the modern three third nocturn lessons. The ninth lesson is not found in the modern editions. The Te Deum is sung.

At Lauds the Sunday psalms (Pss. 92, 99, 62-66, Benedicite 148-49-150) are sung. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration of St. Romanus is sung followed by the the Suffrages of the BVM Sancta Maria succurre etc, the Apostles Gloriosi principes etc, of the Patron and lastly for peace Da pacem Domine etc.

At Prime (Pss. 117, 118i & 118ii) Quicumque is sung as are the Dominical preces.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Romanus, the third collect A cunctis. The Credo is sung, the Common Preface is sung.

Vespers are first Vespers of the feast of St. Lawrence with a corresponding change of liturgical colour to red. The antiphons Laurentius ingressus etc are sung with the psalms for first Vespers from the Common of Apostles (Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116). At Compline the Dominical preces are omitted because of the double feast.

Art: Jerome Nadal


  1. Rubricarius:

    I know this is completely off-topic - and late - but on Fr Hunwicke's blog, when discussing a video from Ecclesia Dei (13/11/2009), you commented:

    "I immediately noticed bows to the Cross at Glori Patri, Oremus and the conclusion of the collect etc.

    Have these people not read their own Ritus servandus in the Missal?"

    What do you mean? (I don't have access to a Latin Missale, you see.)

    Do you mean that those bows, etc., were deprecated in/by 1962? I'm not trying to be disingenuous; I'm actually quite curious.

  2. Hi Mark,

    Nothing disingenuous at all.

    Bows to the Cross, when the celebrant is at the side of the altar e.g. for the introit, collects, are not part of the 1962 rite.

    Old rubric: RS, IV, 2 ...Cum dicit Gloria Patri, tenens junctas manus, caput inclinat versus Crucem. ...

    1962 MR rubric: Cum dicit: Gloria Patri, tenens junctas manus, caput inclinat.

    Various 'experts' at the time like O'Connell and Fred McManus mentioned this in articles in Worship and Clergy Review etc.

    Best regards, R.

  3. Thank you for that; I think I understand. However, I don't have access to Worship and Clergy Review, or similar: does this mean one bows 'to nowhere', i.e. without turning? (If one is being really strict......)

  4. Hi Mark,

    The celebrant bows straight ahead, i.e. towards the book in 1962.

    I keep planning to write something on the SLP blog about this - I will get around to it one day. The point is in 1962 you only bow to the altar Cross when standing at the centre of the altar e.g. at Jesu Christe in the Gloria.

    So many celebrants of 1962 are either ignorant of this or do it anyway. One priest friend of mine said he is getting 'needled' from 1962 purists who object to him making bows to the Cross.

  5. Thank you for explaining, Rubricarius; it makes sense now.

    Don't think I necessarily agree with not bowing either... I just wanted to make sure I understood why some people tut.