Sunday 26 November 2023

November 13th - XXV Sunday after Pentecost

The twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite and its liturgical colour is green. This year it is the fourth Sunday of November. The orations and pericopes are taken from the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany and, as last Sunday, the introit, intra-pericope chants, offertory and communion are those given in the Missal for the twenty-third Sunday. The Gospel pericopes from St. Matthew contain the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven.

At Vespers yesterday afternoon the antiphons and psalms of Saturday (143, 144, 145, 146 & 147) were sung. The Office hymn was O lux beata Trinitas. The antiphon on the Magnificat was Qui caelorum for the Saturday before the fourth Sunday of November. 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 were sung. At Compline the Dominical preces were sung.

At Mattins 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 later books. 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 Suffrages of the BVM Sancta Maria succurre etc, the Apostles Gloriosi principesetc, of the Patron and lastly for peace Da pacem Domine are sung.

At Prime (Pss. 53, 117, 118i & 118ii) Quicumque is sung as are the Dominical preces.

Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is A cunctis, the third collect is chosen by the Dean or Rector. The Creed 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 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.

Art: Jerome Nadal


  1. The suffrage 'of the Patron' means of the parish church? or of the diocese? In my case, this means Our Lady (under different titles); the suffrage 'of the Patron' is here, then, omitted? But if the Sancta Maria succurre miseris is omitted how does one decide which antiphon, verse/response, and oration to use?

  2. @Marc in Eugene,

    The Patron is of the place, country, city, diocese etc so, for example, in most dioceses of England it was St. George but in others St. Boniface or St. Cuthbert with St. George as a secondary Suffrage.

    Where the BVM is Patron then the Sancta Maria etc Suffrage would be omitted.

    1. Would the Title of Our Lady replace the Sancta Maria Suffrage instead? For example, if the patroness of the Church were Our Lady under the title of Mother of God?

  3. Replies
    1. This is Tridentine rubrics only, not the pre-DA 1908? Because the 1908 rubrics apparently changed it so that the Sancta Maria suffrage is used, no matter the title; or did I read that wrongly? Page 18, Bottom paragraph:

    2. Gavantus and De Herdt suggest otherwise. I'll look into it when 'Ordo season' is over.

  4. This is from de Herdt, Tomus 2, pp. 475-476: Notandum, ubi sancta Maria est titularis sub quocumque mysterio aut titulo, ut assumptionis, nativitatis etc., ejus commemorationem in suffragiis non faciendam esse cum antiphona, versu et oratione propriƦ festivitatis, sed sufficere communem antiphonam cum versu et oratione inter suffragia positam, aliamque commemorationem non esse faciendam (1).

  5. @Paul,
    Thank you. I have not yet had a chance to look in my library. I suspect I was actually thinking of something else as the quote you provide seems conclusive - unless there was a change sometime.