Friday, August 16, 2013

XVI ante Kalendas Septembris MMXIII

Saturday, 17 August, 2013
Octave Day of St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr; Double, Red
Commemoration of the Octave of the Assumption of the B.V.M.

Office: Festal Office as on the feast w/ proper Collect for the Octave Day. Our Lady's melody with the proper doxology of the Incarnation for all hymns at the Hours by reason of the Octave of the Assumption.

At Mattins, Invitatory Beatus Laurentius from the Proper & Hymn Deus tuorum militum from the Common, 3 nocturnes - Proper antiphons (doubled) w/ Pss. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 16, & 20; lessons and responds at all nocturnes from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Antiphons Laurentius etc. (doubled) from the Proper w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, & 148-150, Chapter from the Proper, Hymn Martyr Dei & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon In craticula from the Proper, Collect from the Proper for the Octave Dat, Commemoration of the Octave of the Assumption (Antiphon, Versicle, and Collect Famulorum from the feast), no Suffrages.

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

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

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of the Octave of the Assumption, Credo, Preface of the B.V.M. by reason of her Octave (Et te in Assumptione, Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, Antiphons Laurentius etc. (doubled)  w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 115 from the Proper, Chapter from the Proper, Hymn Deus tuorum militum & Versicle from the Common, Magnificat Antiphon Beatus Laurentius as in the Proper, Collect of the Octave Day, Commemorations of the following 13th. Sunday after Pentecost (Saturday before the 3rd. Sunday of August: Antiphon - Omnis sapientia, Versicle Vespertina, Collect of the Sunday), of the Octave of the Assunption (Antiphon, Versicle, and Collect as at second Vespers of the feast), and of the following St. Agapitus, Martyr (Antiphon Iste Sanctus, Versicle Gloria et honore, Collect from the Proper), No Suffrages.

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

After Compline, the liturgical color changes to green for the 13th. Sunday after Pentecost on the following day.


  1. Just thought it might be worth commenting that, despite the repetition of the festive psalms in August using the old Roman psalter, I have not found August as daunting and "1910" as one perhaps expected. The variety in hymns and antiphons thus far, particularly in the current and concluding octaves, and their vigils, with deep theological commentary embedded in them, have kept my attention and heart at prayer remarkably well.

  2. Indeed, there has been, at least, variety in the antiphons and hymns, though there was a three-day stretch of repeated Laurentian Octave last week. Even so, for the first time, I was able to appreciate the Office of St. Lawrence more deeply, especially the respond at Mattins in which the Levite will follow his master (Sixtus II) three days later in his passion. And now to digest the traditional Assumption Office!

    Festal though this month is, the key difference between this and 1910 is that the Iste Confessor would be the daily default hymn in the latter. That said, we have some ferial psalmody on the horizon: Friday's Mattins & Lauds for a vigil (talk about a sharp transition after the conclusion of an Octave!), and the return (finally!) of ferial Vespers a week from Monday.