Sunday, 2 December 2018

November 19th - XXVII Sunday after Pentecost

The twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour, from Mattins onwards, is green. This year it the fourth Sunday of November and proper texts are taken from the sixth Sunday after Epiphany and used with those from the twenty-third Sunday. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew contain the parables of the mustard seed and leaven.

Vespers yesterday afternoon were second Vespers of the feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul, the colour of that feast being white. The antiphons Domum tuam Domine etc were sung with psalms 109, 110, 111, 112 & 147. After the collect of the feast commemorations were sung of the Sunday (the antiphon on the Magnificat being Qui caelorum for the Saturday before the fourth Sunday of November) and then of St. Pontianus. The Suffrages were omitted as were the Dominical preces at Compline.

At Mattins the liturgical colour changes to green and the invitatory is Adoremus Dominum and the Office hymn Primo dierum omnium. In the first nocturn (Pss. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14) the lessons are the Incipit of the book of Osee. The first lesson is longer than that found in the modern editions of the Breviary and continues Et dixit Dominus... until ...conteram arcum Israel in valle Jezrahel. The second lesson begins Et concepit adhuc..., approximately a third through the modern second lesson, and continues until ... et non numerabitur (the last third of the modern third lesson). The third lesson begins Et erit, in loco ubi dicetur eis... and continues past the end of the modern third lesson Dicite fratribus vestris... until ... interficiam eam siti, i.e. Cap. 2, vv. 1 -3. In the second nocturn (Pss. 15, 16 & 17) the lessons are from the writing of St. Augustine on the City of God. These are longer than those found in the modern Breviaries: the fourth lesson includes half the text of the modern fifth lesson, the fifth lesson includes the remaining text of the modern fifth lesson and all of the modern sixth. The sixth lesson is not found in the modern editions. In the third nocturn (Pss. 18, 19 & 20) the homily is from St. Jerome on St. Matthew's Gospel. These lessons are the same as in the modern books. The eighth and ninth lessons are read together as the eighth lesson and the ninth lesson is of St. Pontinaus. 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 is sung of St. Pontianus 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. 53, 117, 118i & 118ii) both Quicumque and the Dominical preces are sung.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Pontianus, the third collect is A cunctis. The Credo and the common preface are 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 of the BVM Sancta Maria succurre etc, the Apostles Petrus Apostolus etc, of the Patron and lastly for peace Da pacem Domine are sung. At Compline the Dominical preces are sung.

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