Sunday, August 11, 2013

XIX ante Kalendas Septembris MMXIII

Wednesday, 14 August, 2013
Fifth Day within the Octave of St. Lawrence; Semidouble, Red
Commemorations of the Vigil of the Assumption of the B.V.M. and of St. Eusebius, Bishop & Confessor

Office: Festal Office from the Proper for the feast and the Common of One Martyr. Ordinary melody with the regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Beatus Laurentius from the Proper & Hymn Deus tuorum militum from the Common, 3 nocturnes - Proper antiphons (not doubled) w/ Pss. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 16, & 20; 1st. nocturne - lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture (Wednesday, Week II August), 2nd. & 3rd. nocturnes - lessons (lesson 8 = 8&9 combined) from the Proper for the 5th. Day within the Octave w/ responds from the feast, 9th. lesson of the Vigil, Te Deum.

At Lauds, all as on the feast - Antiphons Laurentius etc. (not doubled) w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, & 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Martyr Dei from the Common, Versicle, Benedictus Antiphon In craticula, Collect from the feast, Commemoration of St. Eusebius (Antiphon Euge serve...dicit Dominus, Versicle Justum deduxit, Collect from the Proper), No Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson Potens est from the feast.

At the Hours, 2nd., 3rd., & 5th. antiphons, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as on the feast.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemorations of the Vigil and St. Eusebius, Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est, Proper Last Gospel of the Vigil.

Where observed, the Mass of the Vigil is celebrated after None, in violet, No Gloria, Commemoration of St. Eusebius, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Benedicamus Domino.

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for the feast of the Assumption of the B.V.M.; Double I Class. From now until Compline on 22 August inclusive, unless the contrary be stated in particular instances, all hymns of iambic dimeter are sung in Our Lady's melody with the proper doxology of the Incarnation.

At Vespers, Antiphons Assumpta est (doubled)  w/ Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126, & 147, Chapter from the Proper, Hymn Ave maris stella* from the Common of the B.V.M., Versicle from the Proper, Magnificat Antiphon Virgo prudentissima and Collect from the Proper*, No Commemorations nor Suffrages.

At Compline, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Solemn Tone.

* The CTO treatment of the Office of the Assumption is as follows: The Office is left intact as it was before 1950 except for the sixth lesson at Mattins and the Collect. We do so because both of these elements reflect the solemn definition of the Dogma (the former being precisely that in the words of Pius XII), and should, therefore, be included as a worthy and necessary liturgical developments apart from the other altered elements (e.g. the new hymn at First Vespers) of this Office following the 1950 definition.


  1. And the next day, Gaudeamus omnes in Domino!

  2. Just to add to the general joy in believing, the (defunct /superseded) Sarum Use in Britain had the feast of the Holy Name on 7th august and so the 14th was its Octave Day.
    I am not sure how exactly it worked, but I suppose the Vigil had to be commemorated. So much for any pre-Assumption fast!

  3. It wasn't until recently that I appreciated having acquired (18 years ago) a Liber Usualis from 1936; inter alia, the traditional chants for the Assumption and the orations for sainted popes are readily available.

  4. I can agree with inserting Pius XII's [non] proclamation, but that new Assumption collect is ghastly.

    From Fr. John Hunwicke, former Anglican now of the Ordinariate:

    "The real loss in 1951 was of the Collect for the Assmption. We beseech thee O Lord forgive the offences of thy servants: that we who are not able to please thee by our own deserts; may by the intercession of the Mother of thy Son our Lord be saved. It was replaced by a modern composition which I would describe as a dollop of dogma followed by a platitude. The older collect emphasises the ancient conviction of East and West that the purpose of the Assumption is that our Lady might intercede for us; it reminds us that only through the Mediatrix of All Graces, reigning body and soul in heavenly glory, can we attain Salvation; it always reminds me of the homilies of the Greek Fathers, culminating in S Gregory Palamas, about the Mediation of our Lady. And of the plea one hears in the Byzantine Rite Most Holy Mother of God, save us. "

  5. I suggest keeping the 1950 Collect for the feast day itself, and then using the old Collect for the rest of the Octave. Sound reasonable? In fact, glancing at some of the Octave, I noticed another tract of Pius XII tucked into 18 August and the loss of the proper readings from Canticles on the other days; we will ditch the former and keep the latter Canticle readings each day, so the days in the Octave will be 100% pre-1950.