Sunday, 20 March 2011

March 7th - Second Sunday in Lent

The Second Sunday is Lent is of semi-double rank. No feast can take precedence over it or any such a Sunday. The Gospel pericope is St. Matthew's account of the LORD's Transfiguration. The double feast of St. Thomas Aquinas is transferred to Monday

At Vespers, yesterday morning, the antiphons and psalms (143, 144, 145, 146 & 147) were of Saturday, the chapter proper to the Sunday. The Lenten hymn Audi benigne conditor was sung. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration of SS Perpetua and Felicitas was sung and then Suffrages were sung of the BVM Sancta Maria succurre etc, the Apostles Petrus Apostolus etc, of the Patron and lastly for peace Da pacem Domine etc. At Compline the Dominical preces were sung.

At Mattins the invitatory is Non sit vobis and the hymn is Ex more. These are both used throughout the first four weeks of Lent. In the first nocturn psalms 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 are sung. In the first nocturn the lessons are from the Book of Genesis. These are the same as in modern editions of the Breviary. In the second nocturn psalms 15, 16 & 17 are sung, the lessons are from St. Augustine's Book against Liars. The fourth lesson is slightly longer than in modern editions. In the third nocturn psalms 18, 19 & 20 are sung and the lessons are a homily from St. Leo on the Gospel. The eighth lesson continues with a section of the modern ninth lesson, Hic est filius meus ... atque indiffernter operatur. The ninth lesson begins Hic est filius meus, qui eam... and continues beyond the end of the ninth lesson in the modern editions. A ninth responsory, Cum audisset Job, is sung in place of the Te Deum.

At Lauds the antiphons are proper to the Second Sunday, Domine labia mea aperies etc, and are sung with Pss. 50, 117, 62-66, Benedicite, 148-149-150. The hymn is Jam Christe sol justitiae. The versicle after the hymn Angelis suis, chapter, antiphon at the Benedictus and collect are proper to the Sunday (the versicle and its response being used throughout Lent). A commemoration of SS Perpetua and Felicitas is sung followed by 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 are sung.

At Prime the order of psalmody is Pss. 53, 92, 118(i), 118(ii) and Quicumque, the 'Athanasian' Creed. The Dominical preces are sung. At all the Hours the antiphons and chapters are proper.

In Mass there is no Gloria, the second collect is of SS Perpetua and Felicitas, the third collect is A cunctis nos. A Tract replaces the Alleluia after the Gradual, the Credo is sung and the preface of Lent is sung. Benedicamus Domino is sung as the dismissal and the ministers wear violet folded chasubles in place of dalmatic and tunicle.

Vespers are first Vespers of the transferred feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. The antiphons Domine quinque talenta etc are sung with psalms 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116. The hymn Iste Confessor is sung. After the collect of the feast a commemoration of the Sunday is sung. At Compline the Dominical preces are omitted.

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