Thursday, April 2, 2015

Feria Quinta in Coena Domini MMXV

Each day of Majoris Hebdomadae the CTO will feature a detailed daily Ordo.

Thursday, 2 April 2015
Maundy Thursday 
Duplex I Classis, Violet (Office) & White (Mass)

Late in the evening on Spy Wednesday, 15 unbleached wax candles are lit on a triangular candelabrum (hearse); these will be extinguished one by one, starting from the bottom ends on up, after each psalm of Mattins and Lauds is sung The Office today is completely Proper and is stripped bare to its primitive form. The minor doxology Gloria Patri is now omitted entirely until the Paschal Vigil Mass. There is no Invitatory or Hymn; the lessons are read without conclusions and no responses are made. Mattins begin immediately with the first antiphon Zelus domus tuae and Ps. 68; three nocturnes as in the Proper, no Te Deum.

At Lauds: Antiphons from the Proper w/ Pss. 50, 89, 62-66, Canticle of Moses (Exodus), and 148-149-150, there is no Chapter or Hymn, Bened. Ant. proper. The Benedictus sung, the lights of The lights of the church are extinguished, and the solitary lit candle atop the hearse is taken and hidden behind the altar whilst the Christus factus est, Pater noster, Ps. 50 again, and Collect are prayed. The Collect's conclusion is said silently, and then there is the loud strepitus. The candle is returned to the hearse, extinguished, and all depart in silence. There is no final Marian antiphon until Compline of Holy Saturday.

Early in the morning, the Little Hours are prayed consecutively. These are recited without chant; all begin immediately with the usual psalms for these Hours after which follow the Christus factus est, Pater noster, Ps, 50, and Collect (again the conclusion is silent). The Martyrology is omitted today and the next two days.

After None, the Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated; the vestments and altar crucifix veil are white. The deacon and subdeacon wear dalmatic and tunicle. At Masses celebrated by the local Ordinary, the holy oils are blessed during this Mass. At Mass, the Gloria is sung at which time the bells are rung and will then be silent until the Gloria on Holy Saturday; in place of bells during that intervening time, a crepitaculum or wooden clapper is used at the Sanctus, Consecration, etc. There is only a Gradual (no Tract) as is normative on Thursdays during Lent. The Credo is sung. Preface of the Holy Cross, Ite Missa est. The Last Gospel of S. John is prayed as usual, and then a procession to bear the Blessed Sacrament to the well adorned Altar of Repose follows the Mass. After a little while at the altar of repose, all return to the Church, the ministers changing into choir dress, and Vespers are recited (or sung per the ad libitum chants available) without ceremony which should occur close to the time of midday. The altar(s) is(are) then stripped after Vespers, leaving only the covered Crucifix (again draped in violet) and six candlesticks upon it.

Mandatum with a bishop -
Photo courtesy of S. Gertrude the Great
by way of the S. Lawrence Press Blog
A little while later in the early afternoon, the Mandatum takes place. The ministers are in violet; the Celebrant in cope, the Deacon and Subdeacon in folded chasubles. They enter the church; the deacon chants again the Gospel of the earlier Mass today, and the Celebrant then removes his cope and puts on an apron (or an amice) and proceeds to wash the feet of 12 men whilst are sung the chants Mandatum novum, etc. The ceremony concludes with a few short verses and responses and a final prayer. All then depart in silence.

Compline is recited, not sung, in the later afternoon/early evening without candles or ceremony. The Confiteor, Misereatur, and Indulgentiam are prayed and then Pss. 4, 30 (1-6), 90, and 133 followed by the Nunc Dimittis. All then kneel and recite the Christus factus estPater noster, Ps, 50, and Collect Visita quaesumus (again the conclusion is silent).

Later in the evening, Tenebrae of Good Friday; details in the next entry.

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