Rubrics VI


VI. Concerning the Office of the Lord’s Day

In the Lists appended to these General Rubrics the days of the year are treated under the heading of Sundays, Ferias, Vigils, and Feasts, but these terms are somewhat overlapping. Most Vigils are ferial in character, but a few are festive. Ferias take their Office from their Season, and therefore some are festive in character. All Sundays are Feasts, but their Office so largely determines that of the following week that they must be treated in a class apart from other Feasts. Saturday is the Eve of Sunday, and in liturgical usage is still known as the Sabbath, and therefore Vespers of Saturday is Sabbath Vespers and is not necessarily termed I Vespers of Sunday, even though it is such in fact whenever the Office of the Lord’s Day is said on Sunday.

Attention is therefore called to the following rules for the Office of the Lord’s Day:

1. The Office o Sundays is of semidouble rite, except for the following, when it is of double rite viz., Easter, Low, Pentecost and Trinity Sundays. However, since the Sunday Office is in honour of our Lord, it is accorded certain privileges which do not pertain to other Semidoubles, and by which it has in precedence a rank similar to greater Doubles; that is to say: (a) Sundays have certain rights of transference, and even of anticipation, and (b) their Office is preferred to all Semidoubles, and to all Doubles which are not I or II Class, in which cse the said Semidouble or Double cedes its Office is commemorated in the Sunday Office, and so is said to be simplified, for it is treated as a Simple. (But see Rubric III.)

2. It is to be understood, therefore, that when a simplified Semidouble or Double is commemorated in the Sunday Office the Office, the Office of the Lord’s Day acquires the rights which belong to that of his Saints’ Offices, in respect to these things: – (a) When on Sunday there is made a Commemoration of  Double, or of a day within an Octave, or of an Octave Day (even Simple), then the Common Commemoration, the Preces, and the Athanasian Creed are omitted. (b) And in the foregoing cases, and also in the case of a semidouble Feast which is not a day within an Octave, Lesson ix is read of the Sunday, and not of the commemoration, for the said Feasts are in this respect treated as Simples.

3. The Sundays in privileged Octaves take their Office from the Feast, rather than from the seasonal Office for ordinary Sundays.

4. The overplus of Sunday Offices Epiphanytide and Trinitytide may be reassigned (as is stated in their Propers) according to the scheme exhibited in the third Table at the end of these General Rubrics.

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2 Responses to Rubrics VI

  1. Charles Smith says:

    So, the over flow of Sundays this year as August began, are to be said on consecutive days after the 1st Sunday of August? I had just dropped them and began the 1st Sunday of August. How is one to say the transferred Sunday then?

    Charles Smith

    • Father Gregory says:

      Charles: If you look on p. lii of the Anglican Breviary you will find Table III with the title: Table of Reassignments of Supernumerary Sundays in Epiphanytide and Trinitytide. That is the Table par. 4 of the above Rubrical chapter is referring to. Somewhat cryptically it is explained in that Table that in order to correctly distribute the “supernumerary” or “overplus of” Sundays all you need to know is when LXX occurs and find it in the Table. LXX is simply Septuagesima Sunday and SN simply means “Sunday next before Advent.”

      For this year LXX was on February 20-ieth. So the the first dates listed in Table III namely Jan. 18th to 20th gives 27 Sundays after Trinity. The II Sunday to (and including) the IV Sunday after Epiphany are used up in Epiphanytide leaving Sundays V and VI as “overplus” or “supernumerary.” The V Sunday after Epiphany is to be said on the 25th Sunday after Trinity and the VI Sunday after Epiphany is said on 26th Sunday after Trinity. The “overplus” is always said before the Sunday next before Advent (SN).

      I hope this answers your question?

      Gregory +

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