Sunday, 25 June 2017

June 12th - III Sunday after Pentecost

The third Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour, from Mattins, is green.

Vespers yesterday afternoon were second Vespers for the feast of St. Barnabas the Apostle. Thee antiphons Juravit Dominus etc were sung, doubled, with psalms 109, 112, 115, 125 & 138. The Office hymn was Exultet caelum laudibus. After the collect of the feast commemorations were sung of the Sunday and of SS Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarinus. The Suffrages were omitted. At Compline the Dominical preces are omitted.

At Mattins the invitatory is Adoremus Dominum and the Office hymn is Nocte surgentes. In the first nocturn (Pss. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14) the lessons are taken from the First Book of the Kings. These are the same as in modern recensions, the responsories are Praeparate corda vestra etc. In the second nocturn (Pss. 15, 16 & 17) the lessons are taken from the Exposition on the book of Kings of St. Gregory. In the third nocturn (Pss. 18, 19 & 20) the homily (found near the end of the Breviary) is from St. Augustine but the lessons are longer than in the post-Clementine books. The seventh lesson is consists of text which forms the seventh and eighth lessons in the later books. The eighth lesson is several sentences longer than the modern ninth lesson and the ninth lesson is not found in the later books. Today the text of the eighth and ninth lessons are joined together to form an extended eighth lesson and the ninth lesson is formed from the three lessons appointed for the feast of SS Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarinus. The Te Deum is sung.

At Lauds the Dominical psalms (Pss. 92, 99, 62-66, Benedicite & 148-49-150) are sung. The Office hymn is Ecce jam noctis. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration is sung of SS Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarinus 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 .

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 SS Basilides &c, the third collect is A cunctis. The Credo is sung and the Common Preface is sung.

Vespers are of the Sunday, with psalms (109, 110, 111, 112 & 113). The Office hymn is Lucis creator. After the collect of the Sunday the Suffrages of the BVM Sancta Maria succurre etc, the Apostles Petrus Apostolus etc, of the Patron and lastly for peace Da pacem Domine etc are sung. At Compline the Domincal preces are sung.

Art: Jerome Nadal


  1. Rubricarius,

    Thank you for this very informative blog. I've read somewhere that there used to be a rule that there had to be an odd number of collects at Mass - when did this change? Also, I'm thinking of starting to recite the real Tridentine Breviary/Diurnale, but don't know where I could find one - do you know? I have a diurnal from 1860, but would that be of any use? Apart from the additions to the calendar and the destruction of the hymns under Urban VIII were there any changes before Pius X?

  2. Thomas,
    Ordinarily on a day of semi-double rite or below there will be three collects but there are exceptions, such as a Sunday within an Octave where there will be two unless there is commemoration of an occurring feast to be made. In private Masses on simple feasts and ferial days a celebrant is free to add votive collects beyond the collects prescribed by the rubrics but they may only be added so that the total number of collects is five or seven.

    Between Urban VIII and Pius X there were, many, new feasts of course but not many real changes. One example would be from 1895 where the rules of concurrence were changed so that the concurring Office was commemorated first, before that it went purely by rank.

  3. Thank you for your reply. So if I could find a Tridentine calendar and the hymns, would I be able to use an 1860 diurnal to recite the actual Tridentine Office?