Sunday, 23 May 2021
May 10th - Third Sunday after Pascha
The third Sunday after Pascha is of semidouble rite and its liturgical colour is white. It is sometimes referred to as Jubilate from the first words of the introit at Mass, Jubilate Deo omnis terra etc.
Yesterday afternoon second Vespers of the feast of St. Gregory Nazianzen were sung. The antiphons Ecce sacerdos magnus etc were sung, doubled, with Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116. The Office hymn was Iste Confessor. After the collect of the feast commemorations were sung of the Sunday and of SS Gordian & Epimachus. The Paschal Commemoration of the Cross was omitted. At Compline (Pss. 4, 30 vv 1-6, 90 & 133) Te lucis was sung to the Paschal tone with the Doxology Gloria tibi Domine etc and the Dominical preces were omitted.
At Mattins the invitatory is Surrexit Dominus vere Alleluia and the Office hymn is O Rex aeterne Domine as on previous Sundays of Paschaltide. Again, at the nocturns the psalms are sung under a single antiphon. 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 the Apocalypse. The lessons are the same as in the post-Clementine editions. In the second nocturn (Pss. 15, 16 & 17) the lessons are taken from the a sermon by St. Augustine. These too are the same as in the later editions. In the third nocturn (Pss. 18, 19 & 20) the homily is from St. Augustine. This is, again, the same as in the later editions. The eighth and ninth lessons are read together to form an extended eighth lesson and the ninth lesson is that appointed for SS Gordian & Epimachus. The Te Deum is sung.
At Lauds psalms 92, 99 & 62-66 are sung under the nine-fold Alleluia. Benedicite is sung under the antiphon Surrexit Christus and psalms 148-49-150 are sung under the antiphon Alleluia. The Office hymn is Aurora lucis rutilat. After the collect of the Sunday a commemoration of SS Gordian & Epimachus is sung followed by the Paschal Commemoration of the Cross.
At the Hours the psalms are sung under an antiphon consisting of a four-fold Alleluia. At Prime the Dominical psalms Pss. 53, 118(i), 118(ii) and Quicumque are sung as are the Dominical preces. At the Hours the hymns are sung with the Paschal Doxology.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of SS Gordian & Epimachus, the third collect is Concede nos. The Credo is sung and the preface is of Paschaltide.
Vespers are of the Sunday, with Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 113 sung under a single antiphon, Alleluia. The Office hymn is Ad coenam Agni providi. After the collect of the Sunday the Paschal Commemoration of the Cross is sung. At Compline, Te lucis, is sung with the Paschal Doxology and the Dominical preces are sung.
Art: Jerome Nadal