Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Friday, 28 June, 2013
St. Leo II, Pope & Confessor; Semidouble, White
Commemorations of the Octave of St. John the Baptist and the Vigil of Sts. Peter & Paul

Office: Festal Office from the Common of Bishop-Confessors and Proper; antiphons are not doubled at the major Hours. Ordinary melody with normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours until None inclusive.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns - antiphons, psalms, and versicles from the Common of Confessor-Bishops:  1st. Nocturn - 3 lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture*, 2nd. Nocturn - 3 lessons and responds from the Proper; 3rd. Nocturn - 2 lessons and 2 responds from the Common (in the first place)**, 9th. lesson for the Vigil, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (not doubled) from the Common with Sunday psalms, Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, 148-150; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Euge serve and Collect proper, Comms of the Octave and the Vigil, No Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from None in the Common.

At the Hours, antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as in the Common and Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Comms. of the Octave & and Vigil, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est, Proper Last Gospel of the Vigil.***

After None, the liturgical color changes to red for the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs, Double I Class, on the following day.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) from the Proper w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116; Chapter, Hymn, & Versicle, Magnificat antiphon Tu es pastor and Collect from the Proper; No Commemorations or Suffrages.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis sung in the Solemn melody with normal doxology, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling in the Solemn Tone.

* In the Tridentine Breviarium, the lessons and responds at the first nocturn of Mattins are taken from the Common. One of the revisions of the Pian reform of 1911 was to assign the lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture on a consistent basis unless a feast had proper readings; we here adopt this practice for all feasts of semidouble and double rank. Doubles major, second, and first class will continue to adopt the Tridentine rubric of taking lessons from the Common (if no proper ones are given) for the first nocturn, as has been the case up to and including the 1962 Breviarium.

** For the benefit of Divine Office novices, "in the first place" here refers to the first set (which is the default) of lessons and responds given for the third nocturn in the Common at Mattins. Most Commons have alternative lessons for this nocturn which are termed "second place" and "third place".

*** In private Masses, the Mass of the Vigil, in violet without both Gloria and commemoration of St. Leo II, may be offered after None. Penitential kneeling applies for the Collects and Postcommunion orations.


  1. Just a note (although petulant) there is a proper last Gospel in the festive Mass, as the superseded Mass is a vigil. Thinking about the standard of "private Mass," I am amazed at the genuine depth and breadth of the old Office, as opposed to the narrowness of the post-1955 rites and the [boundless] options of the Pauline rites. Thanks for the Ordo and keep it up. If I ever do buy a physical pre-1911 edition (and I have my eye on a nice one from the late 19th century) I will be turning here with great frequency!

  2. Thank you, Rad Trad. Petulancy is always a valid and safe expression on this site! The omission of the proper Last Gospel was an oversight on my part; it's now corrected.