Fourth Week of October


Note: The Anglican Breviary counts 4 Sundays in October. Sunday 23 of October should – in the Breviary – be celebrated as Christ the King. The ACC Kalendar actually celebrates October 30 as Christ the King which in the Anglican Breviary is the 1st Sunday of November. I have previously overlooked the difference between the ACC Kalendar and the Anglican Breviary leading me to incorrectly state that Christ the King was not celebrated. It is celebrated on the Sunday reckoned as the First Sunday of November in the Anglican Breviary and an Ordo will be provided. 

Sunday, October 23, Trinity XVIII

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary except: 

Matins: IX Lessons. Nocturn I & II: C630-C631 w/ Responds from Table 5. Nocturn III: C691-C692 w/ Responds from Table 5, Te Deum is said. 

Lauds & Hours: Ant. on Ben. & Collect, C692, Suffrage is said. At Prime Dominical Preces & Athanasian Creed are said. 

Vespers: Ant. on Magn., C693, w/ commem. of St. Raphael using Antiphon & Versicles from Ist Vespers (E484-E485), Collect E490. 

Compline: of Sunday, no Preces. 

Even though the Feast of St. Raphael is an excepted Feast it does not outrank Sunday (see Table II, p. xlix). 

Monday, October 24, Saint Raphael the Archangel, gd. 

All as in the Propers for the Feast (E484-E490), and what is not given there is taken from Common 16.

Vespers: commem. of Sts. Crispin & Crispinian using Table 6a, Collect 2, F63. 

Compline: Preces are said.

Tuesday, October 25, Sts. Crispin & Crispinian, MM., s. 

All from Psalter & Ordinary except:

Matins: Inv. & Hymn, F53.  III Lessons. Lessons i & ii from daily Scripture (combining ii and iii into one Lesson), and Lesson iii is the Legend, S71, Te Deum is said.

Lauds & Hours: from Chapter of the Feast using Common 6. Suffrage is said. At Prime Dominical Preces are said. 

Vespers: from the Chapter of St. Alfred the Great using Common 9, Collect 1. Commem. of Sts. Crispin & Crispian using Table 6c.

Compline: Preces are said. 

Wednesday, October 26, St. Alfred the Great, K.C., s. 

All from Psalter & Ordinary except: 

Matins: III Lessons. Lessons i & ii of daily Scripture (Lesson ii is ii and iii combined), Lesson iii as below, Te Deum is said.

King of the West-Saxons, born Wantage, Berkshire, England 849; died 899.

Alfred was the fifth son of Ethelwulf, or Æthelwulf, King of Wessex, and Osburh, his queen, of the royal house of the Jutes of Wight. When he was four years old, according to a story which has been repeated so frequently that it is generally accepted as true, he was sent by his father toRome, where he was anointed king by Pope Leo IV. This, however like many other legends which have crystallized about the name of Alfred, is without foundation. Two years later, in 855, Ethelwulf went on a pilgrimage to Rome, taking Alfred with him. This visit, recorded by Asser, is accepted as authentic by modern historians.

In 858 Ethelwulf died and Wessex was governed by his sons, Ethelbald, Ethelbert, and Ethelred, successively, until 871, when Alfred came to the throne. Nothing is known of his movements during the reigns of Ethelbald and Ethelbert, but Asser, speaking of him during the reign of Ethelred, gives him the title of Secundarius. In 868 he married Ealhswith, daughter of Ethelred, surnamed the Mickle, Ealdorman of the Gainas. The West-Saxons and the Mercians were then engaged in a war against the invading Danes and Alfred took an active part in the struggle. He ascended the throne during the thickest of this conflict, but before the end of the year he succeeded in effecting a peace, probably by paying a sum of money to the invaders.

For fifteen years Alfred’s kingdom was at peace, but in 903 the Danes who had been driven out made another onslaught. This war lasted for four years and resulted in the final establishment ofSaxon supremacy. These struggles had another result, hardly less important than the freedom from Danish oppression. The successive invasions had crushed out of existence most of theindividual kingdoms. Alfred made Wessex a rallying point for all the Saxons and by freeing the country of the invaders unwittingly unified England and prepared the way for the eventual supremacy of his successors.

He not only encouraged men of learning, but he laboured himself and gave proof of his own learning. He translated into Anglo-Saxon: “The Consolation of Philosophy” of Boëthius; “The History of the World” of Orosius; the “Ecclesiastical History” of Bede, and the “Pastoral Rule” and the “Dialogues” of St. Gregory the Great. The “Consolation of Philosophy” he not only translated but adapted, adding much of his own. The “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle”, the record of the English race from the earliest time, was inspired by him.

Source: Catholic Encyclopedia – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01309d.htm 

See also: 

Alfred the Great: http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/saxon_6.htm

Life of Alfred the Great by Asser: http://www.archive.org/stream/oldenglishchroni00gileuoft#page/42/mode/2up

Lauds & Hours: from Chapter of the Feast, Suffrage is said. At Prime Dominical Preces are said. 

Vespers: ferial Suffrage is said, no Preces. 

Compline: Preces are said. 

Thursday, October 27th, Vigil of Sts. Simon & Jude

NOTE: When this day occurs after October 25th, this week is the last one in the month; in which case at Matins tonight are read the Lessons of the Monday of the following fifth week; and on Friday and Saturday, those of the following Tuesday and wednesday; so as to finish in sequence the story of the martyrdom of the Maccabees; but the R.R. are those of the current weekday and not those which might otherwise be read with the Lessons. However, if all the aforesaid Lessons cannot be in this wise read, they are taken in order, so as to omit those which come toward the last of the story. 

All as directed in the Proper (E491) and Common 1 (F6). 

Matins: Lessons i & ii of the Vigil (combining ii & iii into one), Lesson iii is of the Monday of the Fifth Week all 3 Lessons combined into one. 

Note: Vigils are kept from Matins until and inclusive of None. 

Vespers: all as for the Feast of Sts. Simon & Jude E492 using Common 2 for what is not given in the Poper. 

Friday, October 28, SAINTS SIMON AND JUDE, d2.

All as in the Proper (E492) and Common  2. 

At Matins the i and ii (Proper) Lessons are combined into one, the iii Lesson are the Tuesday Lessons i – iii combined into one. 

Saturday, October 29, Saturday Office of Our lady w/ commem. of the Martyrs of Uganda

All as for the Saturday Office w/ commem. of the Martyrs of Uganda using Common 6a, Collect 2. Suffrage is said at Lauds, Dominical Preces at Prime is also said. Scripture readings are of the Wednesday of the fifth week (Martyrdom of the Maccabees). 

Alternatively keep the Saturday feria and commemorate the Martyrs as above. Suffrage is said, and at Prime the Dominical Preces. 

Vespers: as for Saturday. 

Compline: Preces are said. 

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I am an Anglican Catholic Priest, currently residing in Orvelte, the Netherlands.
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