Second Vespers for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Here is the booklet for Second Vespers for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In this booklet I have adjusted the layout such that it fits easily on 12 pages, including the full Magnificat antiphon. I have also corrected the first psalm antiphon and left the unusual cautionary accidental in the second psalm antiphon. Thanks to the observation of a Dominican confrere, I realized that I had included a “hybrid” form of the Magnificat in the first booklet, i.e. mixing the versions of the Neo-Vulgate and Vulgate texts. I have restored the full Vulgate text, following the example of the Antiphonale Romanum II. (I have updated the booklet for the 25th Sunday as well.)

The Magnificat antiphon, “Dives ille,” does not appear in the medieval Dominican repertoire, so I’ve given the version from Antiphonale Romanum II. I have paired it with the Magnificat canticle differentia setting that is called for by the Dominican Regulae Cantus, as the EUOUAE provided in ARII is not found in the Dominican tradition. (The Regulae Cantus gives a list of the “Usus differentiarum” for different antiphon incipit formulae, allowing you to determine which version is appropriate.) Interestingly, the antiphon text is not from the Gospel of the Sunday, but from Gregory the Great’s Hom. in Evang. XL, 5, 21 (cf. Ordo Cantus Officii 2015, p. 124). The melody is much simpler than most Gospel Magnificat antiphons.

The collect for this Sunday is one of the most beautiful in the repertoire:

O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven. rough our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Throughout his writings, Thomas Aquinas quotes this prayer again and again, alongside a related prayer that speaks of it being proper to God to be merciful and to spare. More recently, Pope Francis has taken to quoting this collect in various places in connection with the Year of Mercy, so the recitation of the prayer this Sunday will have a special resonance.

Image: Capital of Dives and Lazarus, Vezélay; photo by Jim Forest

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