Monday, July 1, 2013


Sunday, 7 July, 2013
7th. Sunday after Pentecost; Semidouble, Green
Commemoration of Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Bishops & Confessors*
Office: Dominical Office per Annum as in the Psalter, Ordinary melody and the doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Adoremus Dominum, hymn Nocte surgentes, antiphons, psalms and versicles from the Psalter, 3 nocturns, lessons & responds from the Proper: 1st. Nocturn - Incipit of III Kings , 2nd. Nocturn - Epistle of St. Jerome to Nepotianus, 3rd. Nocturn - Gospel excerpt of St. Matthew 7 with Homily of St. Hilary for lessons 7 & 8, 9th. lesson of Sts. Cyril & Methodius**, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 3 antiphons (not doubled) two-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Tres pueri w/ Benedicite, and three-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 148-150 as in the Psalter, Chapter, Hymn Ecce jam noctis, and Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Attendite and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of Sts. Cyril & Methodius (Antiphon In sanctitate, Versicle Sapientiam, and Collect from the Proper for the feast), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Antiphon Alleluia from the Psalter for Sundays w/ Pss. 53, 117, 118.1, 118.2, and Athanasian Creed, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat.

At the Hours, all as in the Psalter for Sundays, Collect from the Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of Sts. Cyril & Methodius, 3rd. orations of Our Lady/Saints, Credo, Preface of the Most Holy Trinity (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, 5 antiphons Dixit Dominus etc. from the Psalter w/ Pss. 109-113, Chapter, Hymn Lucis Creator, and Versicle from the Psalter, Magnificat antiphon Non potest arbor and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration Sts. Cyril & Methodius (Antiphon Isti sunt, Versicle Sacerdotes tui, and Collect from the Proper for the feast), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.
At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.

After Compline, the liturgical color remains green for the Feria the following day.

* We adopt Leo XIII's directive from 1888 which ended the practice of transferring Semidouble feasts which occurred on minor Sundays; instead, such feasts are reduced to commemorations at both sets of Vespers, Lauds, and Mass, rubrics permitting, in occurrence. While this breaks from the Tridentine practice, it helps to maintain a better balance between the festal and ferial cycles.

** On minor Semidouble Sundays when a Semidouble or Simple feast occurs and is reduced to a commemoration, the 9th. lesson at Matins will be of the commemorated feast. For Semidoubles, the 9th. lesson may be formed by either the Lectio IX Contracta given in Breviaries between 1911 and 1955 (or the single lesson in 1961 editions) or by combining all three (or two) hagiographical lessons of the second nocturn into one; we leave either method as an option. This seems to have been an older practice which had disappeared at some point, though it escapes the CTO's memory at this point; we think it opportune to restore it (if it ever was a common practice, and if not, it is a laudable development nonetheless).

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