Thursday, August 8, 2013

VI ante Idus Augusti

Thursday, 8 August, 2013
Ss. Cyriacus, Largus, & Smaragdus, Martyrs; Semidouble, Red

Office: Festal Office from the Common of Several Martyrs or the Proper. Ordinary melody with the regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Martyrum & Hymn Christo profusum as in the Common, 3 nocturnes: Antiphons (not doubled) w/ Pss. 1, 2, 3, 14, 15, 23, 32, 33, & 45 from the Common, 1st. nocturne - lessons & responds from the occurring Scripture, 2nd. nocturn - lesson 4 of the hagiography and lessons 5 & 6 of the Sermon of St. Chrysostom from the Proper w/ responds from the Common, 3rd. nocturne - lessons from the Proper w/ responds from the Common, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Antiphons Omnes Sancti, etc. (not doubled) w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, and 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Rex gloriose & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Vestri capilli as in the Common, Collect from the Proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Fulgebunt from the Common.

At the Hours, antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter, rest from the Common, Collect proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady and 3rd. orations at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite missa est.

At Vespers, Antiphons Isti sunt, etc. (not doubled) w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 115 as in the Common. The psalms having been sung, the liturgical color changes to white for the following feast of St. John Mary Vianney, Priest & Confessor; Semidouble, from the Chapter onward. Chapter, Hymn Iste Confessor (M.T.V.), Versicle, and Magnificat antiphon Similabo from the Common of Confessors not Bishops; Collect from the Proper, Commemorations of the preceding feast (Antiphon Gaudent in caelis, Versicle Exsultabunt, Collect from the Proper) and of the following St. Romanus, Martyr (Antiphon Iste Sanctus, Versicle Gloria et honore, 2nd. Collect  from the Common for non-Bishop Martyrs), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.


  1. Interesting to see that you put St John Vianney tomorrow rather than today (1962-ville). I cannot understand why the reformers moved him one day rather than just switching him with St. Dominic, as they eventually did.

  2. Ah, the Dominican-Viannian mixup! St. Dominic died on 6 August; naturally, his feast couldn't be observed this day because of the Transfiguration, so 4 August was the closest open date. Then St. John Mary Vianney dies on 4 August 1859; when canonized, the Kalendar was already full, so the Vigil of St. Lawrence had to take the hit. Then along comes 1962ville (Love that phrase by the way), and because St. Lawrence's Vigil was only one of a handful to survive the 1955 axe, and 1962ville accorded it the newly established and only existing Vigil of the "Third Class" (complete with its own Vespers and Compline!), Vianney had to be bumped back a day and displace the downgraded martyrs of today, as the SVs are wont to point out. The Vigil had to have a place always (except on Sunday of course).

    While Novus Ordo Ville tried to make more sense out of this, I do think the Traditional approach of keeping feasts where they are is better, rather than rationalizing saints' feasts to accord with their dies natales. Let the Kalendar reflect an organic, yet imperfect, development over the centuries.

    1. Agreed. A liturgically minded English friend once said that the old Liturgy was like Common Law: not rationally created, rather a beautiful jumble that works perfectly and around which all other facets of society have converged and coalesced.