Tuesday, December 24, 2013

IX ante Kalendas Januarii - Vigilia Nativitatis Domini

Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord; Privileged Vigil of the First Class, Violet
At Mattins - Simple Rite; From Lauds - Double Rite

Office: Proper for the Vigil. Hymns at the Hours are sung in the Advent melody with the regular doxology.

At Mattins: Invitatory Hodie scietis from the Proper, Hymn Verbum supernum from the Common of Advent, 1 nocturne = antiphons and psalms from the Psalter for Tuesday, Versicle Proper Hodie scietis, 3 lessons and responds from the Proper, No Te Deum.

At Lauds: Antiphons Judea et Jerusalem, etc.(doubled) from the Proper w/ psalms of Sunday, Chapter properHymn Vox clara ecce intonat from the Common of Advent, and Versicle from the Proper, Benedictus antiphon Orietur from the Proper, Collect from the Proper, No Commemorations or Suffrages.

At Prime: First antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1, and 118.2; Chapter Regi, Verse in short respond = Qui venturus es in  mundum, No Preces, Special introduction in the Martyrology announcing Our Lord's Nativity sung in the tones indicated, Short Lesson Per quem from the Proper.

At the Hours: Respective antiphons from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118, all else as in the Proper.

At Mass (after None): No Gloria, No Commemorations, Alleluia and its verse are omitted, No Credo, Common Preface (or Preface of Advent ad libitum), Benedicamus Domino.


After None/Mass, Advent expires and the Christmas season begins. The liturgical color changes to white for Our Lord's Nativity. From now until Second Vespers of the Purification, the verse and oration after the Marian Anthem (which remains Alma Redemptoris Mater) are Post partum and Deus qui salutis, respectively. From now until None of 5 January inclusive, unless the contrary be stated, the proper doxology of the Incarnation Gloria tibi, Domine, qui natus es de Virgine is employed in all hymns of iambic pentameter in Offices both of the season and on feasts, and all hymns are sung in the melodies given for Christmas.

At Vespers: Antiphons Rex pacificus etc.(doubled) w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116 from the Proper, Chapter, Hymn Christe, Redemptor omnium, and Versicle from the Proper, Magnificat antiphon Cum ortus fuerit from the Proper, Collect from the Proper, No Commemorations or Suffrages.

At Compline: Te lucis sung in the proper melody and doxology for Christmas, No Preces, Alma Redemptoris Mater sung in the Solemn Tone, kneeling.

1 comment:

  1. Christ is born! Glorify Him!

    I normally do not have the time for Mattins, but found it today at 1AM. I nearly forgot the switch from ferial to festive between Mattins and Lauds. It really amps up the anticipation for this evening.

    Rubricarius over at the St Lawrence Press has published the unique dismissal for this day (and Holy Innocents). I have sought it for a few years to no avail.