Thursday, November 28, 2013

December 2013 Ordo

Ordo recitandi pro mense Decembris A.D. MMXIII secundum ritum Tridentinum restauratum et renovatum

Notes for Advent:
The Sunday and Ferial Office is always commemorated at Vespers and Lauds when said Offices are impeded by a festal Office. Likewise, the Sunday and Feria is always commemorated at Mass on feasts. The antiphons given for the Magnificat and Benedictus are proper each day.

During Advent, the Suffrages of the Cross, Our Lady, the Saints, and for Peace are always omitted. These will not return to the Office until after the Epiphany Octave on the first day not of double rite.

At Mattins on Sundays, the antiphons, used with the normal Sunday psalms, are proper for the season. On Feriae, the antiphons are taken from the psalter as usual. On Feriae, the antiphons at the Hours are taken from the preceding Sunday's Lauds antiphons.

At Prime, the verse in the Short Respond is Qui venturus es in mundum on all days during the season except on the Immaculate Conception and during its Octave and on any other day for which a proper verse may be given.

Unless otherwise stated, the hymns at the Hours are sung in the tone given for Advent; the doxology remains the ordinary one per annum.

At Masses of the season, the Gloria is omitted. On Sundays, Credo and Preface of the Holy Trinity (or of Advent ad libitum). On Feriae, the Mass is of the preceding Sunday, unless otherwise noted, without the Alleluia verse and the Credo and with the Common Preface (or of Advent ad libitum). In festal Masses, the Gloria is sung.

1. 1st. Sunday of Advent, Semidouble Sunday of the First Class, Violet. At Mattins, Invitatory Regem venturum from now til Gaudete Sunday exclusive. At Lauds and the Hours and again at II Vespers, antiphons proper for the Sunday. At Prime, Quicumque and Dominical Preces. At Mass, second orations of Our Lady during Advent. II Vespers of the Sunday with comm. of the following day's commemorated saint. At Compline, Preces.

2. Feria, Simple, Violet. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of St. Bibiana, Virgin & Martyr. Ferial Preces at Lauds, Prime and the Hours. Vespers of the Feria, Ferial Preces, w/ comm. of the following day's commemorated saint. At Compline, Preces.

3. Feria, Simple, Violet. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of St. Francis Xavier, Priest & Confessor. Ferial Preces at Lauds, Prime and the Hours. Vespers of the following day w/ comm. of the Feria and St. Barbara. At Compline, Preces.

4. St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor, Semidouble, White. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Feria and St. Barbara, Virgin & Marytr. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass, Credo. II Vespers of the feast w/ comms. of the Feria and the following day's commemorated saint. At Compline, Preces.

5. Feria, Simple, Violet. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of St. Sabbas, Abbot and Confessor. Ferial Preces at Lauds, Prime, and the Hours. Vespers of the following day w/ comm. of the Feria.

6. St. Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor, Double, White. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Feria. II Vespers of the feast, but from the chapter onward of the following day w/ comm. of the preceding and the Feria.

7. St. Ambrose, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor, White. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Feria. At Mass, Credo. Vespers of the following day w/ comm. only of the Sunday's first Vespers. From now until None of 14 December, the hymns are sung in Our Lady's melody with the proper doxology of the Incarnation.

8. Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M., Double I Class. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the 2nd. Sunday of Advent. At Prime, verse Qui natus es de Maria Virgine today and during the Octave.At Mass, Credo and throughout the Octave, Preface of the B.V.M. Et te in Conceptione Immaculata, II Vespers of the feast w/ comm. of the Sunday.

9. Within the Octave, Semidouble, White. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Feria. Vespers of the Octave w/ comm. of the Feria and the following day's commemorated saint.

10. Within the Octave, Semidouble, White. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Feria and St. Melchiades, Pope & Martyr. Vespers of the following day w/ comms. of the Octave and the Feria.

11. St. Damasus, Pope & Confessor, Semidouble, White. At Lauds and Mass, comms. of the Octave and the Feria. II Vespers of the feast w/ comms. of the following day within the Octave and the Feria.

12. Within the Octave, Semidouble, White. (In Mexico and the USA, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Double Major). At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Feria. Vespers of the following day w/ comms. of the Octave and the Feria.

13. St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr, Double, Red. At Lauds and Mass, comms. of the Octave and the Feria. II Vespers of the feast w/ comms. of the following day within the Octave and the Feria.

14. Within the Octave, Semidouble, White. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Feria. I Vespers of Sunday w/ comm. of the following Octave Day. For the Sunday Office, the hymns are sung in the Advent tone w/ the regular doxology.

15. 3rd. (Gaudete) Sunday of Advent, Semidouble of the Second Class, Violet or Rose. At Mattins, Invitatory Prope est jam Dominus henceforth til 23 December inclusive. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Octave Day of the Immaculate Conception. At Prime, Quicumque and verse Qui venturus but no Preces because of the Octave Day. II Vespers of the Sunday w/ comm. of the Octave Day and the following day's commemorated saint. At Compline, no Preces.

16. Feria, Simple, Violet. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of St. Eusebius, Bishop & Martyr. At Lauds, Prime, and the Hours, Ferial Preces. Vespers of the Feria, Ferial Preces. At Compline, Preces.

17. Greater Advent Feria, Simple, Violet. At Lauds, proper antiphons (Tuesday before Christmas Eve) w/ ferial psalms, Ferial Preces. At Prime and the Hours, antiphons from Lauds and Ferial Preces.  At Vespers, antiphons and psalms as in Psalter, Great Antiphon O Sapientia, Ferial Preces. At Compline, Preces.

18. Ember Wednesday in Advent, Simple, Violet. At Lauds, proper antiphons (Wednesday before Christmas Eve) w/ ferial psalms, Ferial Preces, Collect proper. At Prime and the Hours, antiphons from Lauds and Ferial Preces. Mass is Proper for the day. At Vespers, antiphons and psalms as in Psalter, Great Antiphon O Adonai, Ferial Preces, Collect of the preceding Sunday. At Compline, Preces.

19.  Greater Advent Feria, Simple, Violet. At Lauds, proper antiphons (Thursday before Christmas Eve) w/ ferial psalms, Ferial Preces. At Prime and the Hours, antiphons from Lauds and Ferial Preces.  At Vespers, antiphons and psalms as in Psalter, Great Antiphon O Radix Jesse, Ferial Preces. At Compline, Preces.

20. Ember Friday in Advent, Simple, Violet. At Lauds, proper antiphons (Friday before Christmas Eve) w/ ferial psalms, Ferial Preces, Collect proper. At Prime and the Hours, antiphons from Lauds and Ferial Preces. Mass is Proper for the day. A second Mass of the Vigil of St. Thomas may be offered outside the conventual Mass. Vespers of the following day w/ comm. of the Feria = O Clavis David and Collect of the preceding Sunday.

21. St. Thomas, Apostle & Martyr, Double II Class, Red. At Lauds, comm. of the Feria w/ proper Benedictus Antiphon Ne timeas for 21 December, At Mass, comm. of the Feria (Ember Saturday), Credo, Preface of the Apostles, Proper Last Gospel of the Ember Saturday Mass. II Vespers of the feast w/ comm. of the following Sunday w/ Great Antiphon O Oriens.

22. 4th. Sunday of Advent, Semidouble of the Second Class, Violet. At Prime, Quicumque and Dominical Preces. At Mass, Credo. II Vespers of the Sunday w/ Great Antiphon O Rex Gentium. At Compline, Preces. (In the USA, I Vespers of the transferred feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini w/ comm. of the Sunday).

23. Greater Advent Feria, Simple, Violet. At Lauds, proper antiphons (Monday before Christmas Eve) w/ ferial psalms, Ferial Preces, proper Benedictus Antiphon Ecce completa for 23 December. At Prime and the Hours, antiphons from Lauds and Ferial Preces.  At Vespers, antiphons and psalms as in Psalter, Great Antiphon Emmanuel, Ferial Preces. At Compline, Preces. (In the USA, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin [transferred from 22 December] w/ comm. of the Feria).

24. Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord, Privileged Vigil of the First Class, Violet. At Mattins, Simple, antiphons and psalms of the Feria. At Lauds and the Hours, Double, antiphons proper w/ the festal psalms, No Preces. At Prime, proper incipit to the Martyrology announcing the birth of Our Lord. At Mass, the Alleluia verse is omitted, No Credo, Common (or Advent) Preface. Vespers of the following day, no commemorations. From now until None on 5 January, the hymns at the Hours are sung in the proper melody of Christmas with the doxology of the Incarnation. Mattins, separated from Lauds, of Christmas is sung in choir before the Mass at Midnight.

25. Nativity of Our Lord, Double I Class w/ Octave, White. Mattins before Midnight Mass. Mass at Midnight, Gloria & Credo, Preface and Communicantes of the Nativity from now and throughout the Octave followed by Lauds. Prime followed by the Mass at Dawn w/ comm. of St. Anastasia, Virgin & Martyr. Terce followed by Mass of the Day w/ Proper Last Gospel taken from the Epiphany. II Vespers of the feast w/ comm. of the following day.

26. St. Stephen, Deacon & Protomartyr, Double II Class w/ Octave, Red. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of Octave of Christmas. At Mass, Credo, Preface & Communicantes of the Nativity. II Vespers of the feast (antiphons and psalms of the Nativity) w/ comms. of the following day and the Octave.

27. St. John, Apostle & Evangelist, Double II Class w/ Octave, White. At Lauds and Mass, comms. of Octaves of Christmas and St. Stephen. At Mass, Credo, Preface of the Apostles, Communicantes of the Nativity. II Vespers of the feast (antiphons and psalms of the Nativity) w/ comms. of the following day and the Octaves.

28. Holy Innocents, Martyrs, Double II Class w/ Octave, Violet. At Mattins, no Te Deum. At Lauds and Mass, comms. of the Octaves of Christmas, St. Stephen, and St. John. At Mass, no Gloria, Tract in place of Alleluia verse, Credo, Preface & Communicantes of the Nativity. II Vespers of the feast (antiphons and psalms of the Nativity) w/ comms. of the following Sunday, St. Thomas Becket, and the Octaves.

29. Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Semidouble, White. At Lauds and Mass, comms. of St. Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr and the four Octaves. At Mass, Credo, Preface & Communicantes of the Nativity. II Vespers of the Sunday (antiphons and psalms of the Nativity) w/ comms. of St. Thomas Becket and the four Octaves.(In England, St. Thomas Becket, Double I Class w/ comms. of the Sunday and the Octaves).

30. Within the Octave of the Nativity, Semidouble, White. At Lauds and  Mass, comms. of the three Octaves. At Mass, propers as given for 30 December, Credo, Preface & Communicantes of the Nativity. Vespers of the following day (antiphons and psalms of the Nativity) w/ comms. of the four Octaves.

31. St. Sylvester, Pope & Confessor, Semidouble, White. At Lauds and Mass, comms. of the four Octaves. At Mass, Credo, Preface & Communicantes of the Nativity. Vespers of the following day w/ comm. of St. Sylvester only.











Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pontifical Vespers at the Faldstool

Some readers may want to know how we have accomplished to bring back public celebrations of the Office in a small parish. This is a question we will explore in further detail as time goes on. For now, here are some snapshots of Pontifical Vespers at the Faldstool celebrated last Sunday by His Excellency Bishop Herbert Bevard of the Diocese of St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands) while he was visiting Mater Ecclesiae Mission, the CTO author's home parish, in Berlin, NJ. Enjoy!

II Vespers of the 26th. Sunday after Pentecost (resumed 6th. Sunday after Epiphany) with no commemorations. It's 1962 after all, but it's a start. N.B. Both CTO and Divino Afflatu rubrics would have us chanting I Vespers of Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul w/ comm. of the Sunday.
Deus in adjutorium meum intende
The lack of space and singular benches prevented the two coped assistants (here seated at the sedilia) from being seated in the middle of the choir facing the bishop as the rubrics would stipulate:
During the psalms

First coped assistant intones the second antiphon


Gloria Patri at the end of Ps. 113

Another peculiarity (not pictured) of Pontifical Vespers is that the Chapter is not chanted by the Celebrant, but by the cantor while the bishop stands, still wearing the Mitre and facing the communion rail, with the two assistants on either side. If there were more assistants, they would have stood in a line facing the bishop.

At the Hymn Lucis Creator
Proceeding to the altar after the intonation of the Magnificat
Mater Ecclesiae being a smaller chapel, there is only one altar to incense.
Incensation

Vested again with Mitre at the end of the incensation of the altar
The bishop is incensed by the first assistant

The Collect
There was no picture taken of the Pontifical Blessing, given from the altar sung from the Pontifical Canon placed in front of the tabernacle. We did sing the Salve Regina with its oration at the end, a small gesture of restoring older rubrics.
Recessing

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 2013 Ordo

N.B. - Unless stated otherwise, the doxology at the hymns is the Ordinary one Per Annum and the Preface at Mass is the Common Preface. Also, if nothing be stated otherwise, the default is to sing the Gloria at Mass but omit the Credo.


1. All Saints; Double I Class, White. Credo. II Vespers of All Saints followed by Vespers of the Dead. Compline of the Dead.

2. Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed; Double, Black. Three Masses Proper. No Gloria, Prf. of the Dead. I Vespers of the Sunday following w/ Comm. of Octave of All Saints.

3. XXIV Sunday after Pentecost (I Sunday of November); Semidouble, White. Mass of the resumed IV Sunday after Epiphany, Credo, Prf. of the Trinity, Comm. of the Octave at Lauds & Mass. II Vespers of the Sunday; from the Chapter onward of the following w/ Comms. of Sunday and the Octave.

4. St. Charles Borromeo, B & C; Semidouble, White. Comm. of the Octave at Lauds & Mass. Credo at Mass by reason of the Octave. II Vespers of St. Charles w/ Comm. of the following day within the Octave.

5-7. Days within the Octave of All Saints; Semidouble, White. Mass as on the feast, Credo. On 7 November, I Vespers of the Octave Day w/ Comm. of the Four Crowned Martyrs.

8. Octave Day of All Saints; Double Major, White. Mass as on the feast, Credo. Comm. of the Four Crowned Martyrs at Lauds & Mass. I Vespers of the following day w/ Comms. of the Octave Day and St. Theodore.

9. Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Holy Saviour (St. John Lateran); Double II Class, White. Credo. Comm. of St. Theodore, M at Lauds & Mass. II Vespers of the feast w/ Comm. of the following Sunday (Sat. before III Sunday of Nov.)

The second Sunday of November and its week are omitted this year.

10.XXV Sunday after Pentecost (III Sunday of November); Semidouble, Green. Suffrages at Lauds. Dominical Preces at Prime. Mass of the resumed V Sunday after Epiphany, Credo, Prf. of the Trinity. I Vespers of the following day w/ Comm. of the Sunday.

11. St. Martin of Tours, B & C; Double, White. II Vespers of the feast w/ Comm. of the following day.

12. St. Martin I, P & M; Semidouble, Red. Suffrages at Lauds; Dominical Preces at Prime. II Vespers of the feast w/ Suffrages. Preces at Compline.

13. Feria; Simple, Green. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. No Gloria. Vespers of the Feria.

14. Feria; Simple, Green. Suffrages and Dominical Preces . No Gloria. I Vespers of the following day.

15. St. Albert the Great, B, C, & D; Double, White. Credo. II Vespers of the feast w/ Comm. of the following day.

16. St. Gertrude, V; Simple, White. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. I Vespers of the following Sunday w/ Comm. of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus.

17. XXVI Sunday after Pentecost (IV Sunday of November); Semidouble, Green. Comm. of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus at Mattins (Lesson IX), Lauds, & Mass. Suffrages at Lauds and Dominical Preces. Mass of the resumed VI Sunday after Epiphany, Credo, Prf. of the Trinity. I Vespers of the following day w/ Comm. of the Sunday.

18. Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul; Double Major, White. II Vespers of the feast w/ Comm. of the following day.

19. St. Pontianus, P & M; Simple, Red. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. Vespers of the Feria.

20. Feria; Simple, Green. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. I Vespers of the following day. Proper doxology of the B.V.M. from Vespers until Compline of the following night.

21. Presentation of the B.V.M.; Double Major, White. II Vespers of the feast w/ Comm. of the following day.

22. St. Cecilia, V & M; Semidouble, Red. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. II Vespers of the feast; from the Chapter onward for the following day w/ Comm. of the preceding.

23. St. Clement I, P & M; Semidouble, Red. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. II Vespers of the feast; from the Chapter onward for the following Sunday w/ Comms. of the preceding and Ss. John of the Cross and Chrysogonus.

24. XXVII and Last Sunday after Pentecost (V Sunday of November); Semidouble, Green. Comms. of St. John of the Cross, C & D, and St. Chrysogonus, M, at Lauds and Mass. Lesson IX at Mattins = of St. John of the Cross. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. Credo, Prf. of the Trinity. I Vespers of the following day w/ Comms. of the preceding Sunday and St. John of the Cross.

25. St. Catherine of Alexandria, V & M; Double, Red. II Vespers of the feast w/ Comm. of the following day.

26. St. Peter of Alexandria, M; Simple, Red. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. Vespers of the Feria.

27. Feria; Simple, Green. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. No Gloria.

28. Feria; Simple, Green. Suffrages and Dominical Preces. No Gloria.

29. Vigil of St. Andrew; Simple, Violet. Suffrages and Ferial Preces at Lauds and the Hours. Kneeling at Preces and Collects (and Postcommunion at Mass). No Gloria. I Vespers of the following day.

30. St. Andrew, A & M; Double II Class, Red. At Mass, Credo, Prf of Apostles. II Vespers of the feast w/ Comm. of the following First Sunday of Advent. Marian anthem = Alma Redemptoris Mater from Vespers henceforth w/ Versicle and Oration for Advent. From Vespers this evening until Vespers of 13 January inclusive, the Suffrages of the Cross and Saints are omitted on days of semidouble and simple rite.







Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Proposed Sanctorale for December

Proposed Sanctorale for December. Deviations from the 1568/1570 Kalendar are bolded, and explanations follow below.

1. Feria
2. St. Bibiana, Virgin & Martyr; Simple, Red
3. St. Francis Xavier, Priest & Confessor; Simple, White
4. St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor; Semidouble, White; Comm. of St. Barbara, Virgin & Martyr
5. St. Sabbas, Abbott & Confessor; Simple, White
6. St. Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor; Semidouble, White
7. St. Ambrose, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor; Double, White
8. Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.; Double I Class w/ Octave
9. Within the Octave; Semidouble, White
10.Within the Octave; Semidouble, White; Comm. of St. Melchiades, Pope & Martyr
11. St. Damasus, Pope & Confessor; Semidouble, White; Comm. of the Octave
12.Within the Octave; Semidouble, White
13. St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr; Double, Red; Comm. of the Octave
14.Within the Octave; Semidouble, White
15. Octave Day of the Immaculate Conception; Double Major, White
16. St. Eusebius, Bishop & Martyr; Simple, Red
17. Greater Advent Feria not privileged; Simple, Violet
18. Greater Advent Feria not privileged; Simple, Violet
19. Greater Advent Feria not privileged; Simple, Violet
20. Greater Advent Feria not privileged; Simple, Violet
21. St. Thomas, Apostle & Martyr; Double II Class
22. Greater Advent Feria not privileged; Simple, Violet
23. Greater Advent Feria not privileged; Simple, Violet
24. Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord; Privileged Vigil of the I Class - Simple at Mattins; Double from Lauds-None
25. Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ; Double I Class, White w/ Octave
26. St. Stephen, Protomartyr; Double II Class w/ Octave, Red; Comm. of the Octave of Christmas
27. St. John, Apostle & Evangelist; Double II Class w/ Octave, White; Comm. of Octaves
28. Holy Innocents, Martyrs; Double II Class w/ Octave, Violet (Red on Sunday); Comm. of Octaves
29. St. Thomas Becket; Semidouble, Red; Comm. of Octaves
30. Within the Octave of Christmas; Semidouble, White; Comm. of Octaves. When Sunday falls between 26 and 28 December, the Office of the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas is transferred to 30 December.
31. St. Sylvester, Pope & Confessor; Semidouble, White; Comm. of Octaves

Feasts added since 1570 which the CTO adopts, but sometimes with lower rankings:
3 Dec. - St. Francis Xavier - Universal cult and important figure of the Tridentine era. Simple rank instead of Double.
4 Dec. - St. Peter Chrysologus - Doctor of the Church. The CTO's principle is to give all doctors a universal feast with the minimum rank of Semidouble.
8-15 Dec - The CTO adopts the Office and Octave of the Immaculate Conception as revised and extended by Bl. Pius IX.
16 Dec. - St. Eusebius - an ancient bishop and martyr removed in the 1568 revisions. Restored but to a Simple rank instead of Semidouble.

Feasts added between 1570 and 1962 which the CTO does not adopt:
None

The CTO also, for the first time, proposes that two feasts which were ranked Double in 1570 be downgraded to Semidouble - St. Thomas Becket and St. Sylvester, both in the latter days of the Christmas Octave. The reason for this is to allow the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas to have at least a 3/7 chance (instead of a 1/7 chance) of being observed on a Sunday in a given year. The Christmas Octave is rightly loaded with the comites feasts, but the Office of the Octave should have a wider exposition beyond 30 December and the recurring, mandatory antiphons and psalms at Vespers. Our change does not go to the extreme of 1962 in which these two saints have been perpetually reduced to commemorations, but it may mean they are once every 6-7 years. Naturally, in  England, St. Thomas Becket has been and remains a particular Double I Class feast.

Overall, December's Sanctorale was already not encumbered with newer, obscure confessors of the post-Tridentine era, so the CTO did not have much to filter in this regard.

Not mentioned above is the fact that the Dominical and Ferial Office is that of Advent which means these Offices carry some privilege beyond the Per Annum Temporale which need to be considered together with the above Sanctorale. Specifically:

1. The first Sunday of Advent is a Semidouble Sunday of the first class which, therefore, outranks the celebration of any feast whatsoever that day. Feasts which are ranked double, of any grade, transferred to the next day on which no feast of double or semidouble rank occurs; feasts ranked semidouble and simple are commemorated in the Sunday's Office. Should a Double feast (e.g. St. Andrew), of any grade, fall on the Monday following, the feast has precedence in concurrence with Vespers of the Sunday.

2. The second, third, and fourth Sundays of Advent are Semidouble Sundays of the second class. The same rules apply to these as to the first Sunday except that Double I Class feasts, in the universal Kalendar, have precedence over the Sunday (e.g. Immaculate Conception).

3. The Feriae of Advent are all Major Feriae not privileged. On all feasts, Semidouble or higher, the Feria is commemorated daily at Vespers, Lauds, and Mass, without exception. On Simple feasts, the Office is of the Feria with a commemoration of the feast at Vespers the night before and at Lauds and Mass in the morning. All common vigils are excluded during the entire season. The weekdays from 17 to 23 December, furthermore, are greater feriae not privileged and exclude the observance of any particular octaves.

4. The Vigil of Christmas is a privileged vigil of the first class which excludes the observance of any other Office and has precedence over the Sunday when it so occurs.









Monday, November 11, 2013

Updates

First of all, happy Martinmas! Tomorrow beginneth the non-liturgically observed but worthy practice of pre-Advent.

The CTO is undergoing some reevaluations at the moment which is why you haven't seen new posts this month. We expect to issue a proposed Sanctorale for December this week. In the mean time, it would be beneficial if the readership would weigh in. Tell us if we should continue as is, reduce some aspects, and/or enhance other features. To what purpose should the CTO be directed in your opinion?

Lastly, if you will be in the greater Philadelphia area or would like to make a trek to Southern NJ, Pontifical Vespers from the Faldstool (1962 as there is no choice) will be celebrated on Sunday, 17 November, by His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard of the US Virgin Islands at Mater Ecclesiae Church in Berlin, NJ. His Excellency is a friend of the rector at Mater Ecclesiae and will be visiting there next weekend. Because of logistics, Vespers will begin at 1:15pm, and your unworthy servant will be the first MC for this first attempt at Pontifical Vespers at our parish.

Friday, November 1, 2013

III ante Nonas Novembris, MMXIII

Sunday, 3 November, 2013
24th. Sunday after Pentecost (4th. Resumed Sunday after Epiphany); Semidouble, White
1st. Sunday of November
Commemoration of the Octave of All Saints

Office: Dominical Office per Annum. Ordinary melody with the regular doxology at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Adoremus Dominum & hymn Primo die from the Psalter, 3 nocturnes -Antiphons, psalms (Pss. 1, 2, 3, 6-20) and versicles from the Psalter,  1st. & 2nd. nocturnes lessons & responds from the Proper (1st. Sunday of November), 3rd. nocturne - lessons and responds from the Proper for the 4th. Sunday after Epiphany., Te Deum.

At Lauds, 3 antiphons - 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 Aeterne rerum Conditor, and Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Ascendente and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of the Octave (Antiphon Te gloriosus, Versicle Exsultabunt, and Collect as at Lauds on the feast), No Suffrages.

At Prime, Antiphon Alleluia from the Psalter for Sundays w/ Pss. 53, 117, 118.1, 118.2, and Athanasian Creed, No 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 the Octave, 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. From the Chapter onward, of St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop & Confessor, for the following day, Semidouble. Chapter, Hymn Iste Confessor*, and Versicle from the Common of Bishop Confessors, Magnificat antiphon Sacerdos et Pontifex from the Common, and Collect from the feast, Commemorations of the preceding Sunday (Antiphon Domine, salve nos, Versicle Dirigatur, Collect of the Sunday), the Octave of All Saints (Antiphon O quam gloriosus, Versicle Exsultabunt, & Collect as at second Vespers of the feast), and of Ss. Vitalis & Agricola, Martyrs (Antiphon Istorum, Versicle Laetamini, and Collect of the feast), No Suffrages.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.


IV ante Nonas Novembris, MMXIII

Saturday, 2 November, 2013
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls); Double, Black
(2nd. Day within the Octave of All Saints - Not commemorated at Lauds)

Office: Common of the Votive Office of the Dead or the Proper . At the Little Hours, the psalms and canticles are prayed sine cantu or ad libitum may be sung according to the tone given in post-1911 editions of the Liber Usualis. Requiem aeternam replaces Gloria Patri. Penitential kneeling applies for all Collects in the Office and at the Collects and Postcommunions of the three Masses.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem cui omnia vivunt from the Common, No Hymn; 3 nocturnes - Antiphons Dirige, etc. (doubled) w/ Pss. 5, 6, 7, 22, 24, 26, 39, 40 & 41 from the Common; no absolutions and benedictions, lessons (sung without title) from the Proper w/ responds from the Proper at all nocturnes, 9th. respond = Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, etc., No Te Deum.

At Lauds,No introduction, Antiphons Exsultabunt, etc.(doubled) from the Common w/ Pss. 50, 64, 62 & 66, Canticle of Ezechiel, and 148-150, No Chapter or Hymn, Versicle and Benedictus Antiphon Ego sum from the Common, Pater noster, Preces, and Collect as given in the Proper and sung kneeling, No Comm. of the Octave, Requiescant in pace.

At Prime, No introduction, hymn, or antiphon, begins immediately with Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Chapter or Short Respond, Pater noster and special Preces followed by Collect from the Proper, Martyrology, Proper Versicle and additional oration after Martyrology from the Proper, all else is omitted.

At the Hours, No introduction, hymn, or antiphon, begin immediately with the respective divisiones of Ps. 118, Pater noster and all that follows as at Prime up to but excluding the Martyrology.

Three Masses may be offered today after None. If only one Mass (or if the principal Mass), the formulary of the first Mass is used, No Judica me, No Gloria, No Credo, Gloria Patri omitted at the Lavabo, Preface of the Dead (always Ferial Tone), At the Agnus Dei - Dona eis requiem (sempiternam), No Prayer for Peace, Requiescant in Pace, No Last Blessing, Last Gospel from St. John's Prologue, Absolution after Mass (for the deceased in general).

After None and Mass(es), the Office of All Souls' Day ceases, and the liturgical color changes to white (by reason of the Octave) for the 24th. Sunday after Pentecost, Semidouble, the following day.

At Vespers, Antiphons Benedictus, etc. (not doubled) w/  Pss. 143-147 from the Psalter for Saturday; Chapter, Hymn O lux beata Trinitas, & Versicle from the Psalter, Magnificat Antiphon Vidi Dominum from the Proper (Saturday before the First Sunday of November); Collect of the Sunday (4th. resumed Sunday after Epiphany), Commemoration of the Octave (Antiphon O quam gloriosus, Versicle Exsultabunt, and Collect as at second Vespers of All Saints), No Suffrages.

At Compline, Te lucis sung in the ordinary tone with the regular doxology, No Preces, Salve Regina sung in the solemn tone and standing.