Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ordo for 1-7 June



Sunday - Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension, semiduplex, white. All as on the feast of the Ascension except what is given proper for the Sunday. At Lauds and Mass, comm. of the Octave. II Vespers of Sunday; comms. of the following day within the Octave (=antiphon from I Vespers of the feast) and of Ss. Marcellinus, etc.

Monday -  Within the Octave, semiduplex, white. All as on the feast except proper lessons at Mattins and no doubling the antiphons at the major Hours. Comm. Ss. Marcellinus, Peter, & Erasmus, Mm at Mattins (lesson IX), Lauds, and Mass. Vespers the same as II Vespers of the feast.

Tuesday - Within the Octave, semiduplex, white. All as on the feast except proper lessons at Mattins and no doubling the antiphons at the major Hours. Vespers the same as II Vespers of the feast.

Wednesday - Within the Octave, semiduplex, white. All as on the feast except proper lessons at Mattins and no doubling the antiphons at the major Hours. Vespers of the following Octave Day (=I Vespers of the feast), Comm. S. Boniface, M.

Thursday - Octave Day of the Ascension, duplex majus, white. All as on the feast except what is given proper for the Octave Day. Comm. S. Boniface, M, at Mattins (lesson IX), Lauds, and Mass. II Vespers of the Octave Day, comm. of the following S. Norbert.

Friday - Friday before the Vigil of Pentecost*, semiduplex, white.All as of the feast of the Ascension except what is given proper for this day. Comm. S. Norbert, BC, at Mattins (lesson IX), Lauds, and Mass. Vespers of the following Vigil w/o comms.

Saturday - Vigil of Pentecost, semiduplex II classis privileged, white. All as on the Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension except what is given proper for the Vigil. After None, the color changes to violet and the Vigil begins (d and sd wear folded chasubles); the Mass which anticipates the joy of Pentecost (in red, d and sd in dalmatic and tunicle) follows the Vigil. Vespers of the following feast of Pentecost. From now until None of the following Saturday, the proper doxology and melody of Pentecost is sung for all hymns at the Hours.

* A peculiar rubric in the Breviary is that this one day between the Octave of the Ascension and the Vigil of Pentecost is kept as a semidouble "feria" retaining all the same elements of the Octave just concluded. Hence, the Simplex feast of S. Norbert is only commemorated this year. It is interesting to note that the entire novena period is festal and is not allowed ever to revert to the Ferial psalmody at Mattins, even if only for a day. What do the readers think about this special case? Could it be that the Church wanted to keep this entire period distinct from the general weekdays of the Paschal season before the Ascension? A distinction muddied post-1955 and completely obliterated in 1970.


2 comments:

  1. That Friday is a special case, and I see no reason for changing it. It doesn't fit neatly into any other category, but that's what you should expect (occasionally) from a liturgical system that developed organically.

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  2. I'm not suggesting it be changed, but it is rather peculiar. Is the organic development such that no one wanted to compose a "Ferial" Office of "Ascensiontide" for just one possible weekday? That is, until 1956 when that precisely happened. I suppose the parallel is the Christmas season in which all 12 days are taken by octaves, save for the Vigil of Epiphany which is raised to a semiduplex and is exempted from Suffrages and Preces as a special exception.

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