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Despers.

Psalms and Hymns for all Sundays and Feasts.

The Office of Vespers is divided into two parts: 1, the Psalms and their Anthems; 2. the Little Chapter, Hymn, Magnificat and its Anthem, and the Collect.

The Psalms and Hymn on any given day are, either, 1. “ferial,” that is, those for the day of the week, as appointed in the "Sunday and Week-day Service;" or 2. those proper to the feast shown in the Calendar as falling on that day.

Nearly all feasts take precedence of ordinary Sundays and weekdays; and as the celebration of a feast begins on the previous evening, when what are termed its First Vespers are sung, it is seldom that the Sunday or Week-day Vespers are said. But although most feasts are thus entitled to First and Second Vespers, in practice it is only the more solemn feasts that have the whole of both Vespers, the greater number only having one of the Parts above mentioned of both Vespers. And therefore, generally, the first part of Vespers is for the day or feast occurring, and the second part for the feast of the next day.

Owing to the frequent clashing of the Moveable and Fixed Calendars, it is almost impossible to determine the order of Vespers without consulting one of the Catholic Directories annually published ; but once this order is ascertained, the subjoined Table will show the Psalms and Hymn for First and Second Vespers proper to all Sundays and feasts.

Pater noster. Ave Maria. In silence.

DEUS, in adjutorium meum

intende; - Domine, am GOD, come to my assis

adjuvandum me festina. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto: sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.

tance; O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Alleluia. From Septuagesima to Palm Sunday, Laus tibi, Domine, Rex æternæ gloriæ,-Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of everlasting glory, is said instead.

Here follow the five PSALMS (see Table) with their Anthems, the LITTLE CHAPTER, HYMN (see Table), MAGNIFICAT, p. 182, with its Anthem, and the COLLECT (for which one of the Collects given in "The Ecclesiastical Year," p. 281, may be taken).

After the Collect, and Commemorations, if any:

V. Benedicamus Domino: R. Deo gratias.

V. Fidelium animæ per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. R. Amen.

V. Let us bless the Lord : R Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen.

After which one of the Anthems of the B. V. Mary, p. 431, is generally sung: the Priest first saying the Pater noster in silence, and

Dominus det nobis suam pacem: R. Et vitam æternam. Amen.

May the Lord grant us His peace: R. And life everlasting. Amen.

T'able showing the Psalms and Hymns on Sundays

and festivals.

Abbreviations.

1 V., 2 V. First or Second Vespers; Ps. = Psalms; H.Hymn; and see the foot of the page. When not otherwise noted the 1 and 2 Vespers are alike.

1. Proper of the Season.

Sundays (When the 'Sunday' Office is said). Ps. for 2 V. only: all as at p. 144.-H. 1 and 2 V., Advent, Creator p. 348; Lent, Audi p. 365; Passion and Palm Sundays, Vexilla p. 303; Sundays after Easter, Ad regias p. 380; Sundays after Epiph. and Pentecost, 2 V. only, Lucis Creator p. 153.

Christmas, 1 V. Ps. and t. 2 V. Ps. (said from 25th to 30th Dec.) Dixit p. 144, Confitebor p. 145, Beatus p. 146, De profundis p. 87, Memento p. 159.-H. Jesu Redemptor, p. 352.

* Stands for the four first psalms of Sunday, p. 144.

↑ Shows the fifth psalm to be Laudate Dominum, p. 142.

Circumcision, Ps. as for feasts of B. V. Mary.-H. Jesu Redemptor p. 352.

Epiphany. Ps. 1 V.* and t. 2 V. (and during Octave) as for Sundays p. 144.-H. Crudelis p. 359.

2nd Sunday after Epiphany: The Name of Jesus. Ps. * and Credidi p 172.-H. Jesu dulcis p. 303.

Easter Sunday and week. 2 V. Ps. as at p. 144.-No H. 3rd Sun. after Easter: S. Joseph. As on March 19, in No. 3. Ascension and Octave. Ps.* and t.-H. Salutis p. 384. Whit-Sunday. Ps. 1 V. * and t. 2 V. (and during the Week) as at p. 144.-H. Veni Creator p. 387.

Trinity Sunday. Ps. 1 V. * and t. 2 V. p. 144.-H. Jam sol p. 180.

Corpus Christi and Octave. Ps. Dixit p. 144, Confitebor p. 145, Credidi p. 172, Beati p. 158, Lauda Jerusalem, p. 179.-H. Pange p. 394.

3rd Sun. after Pent.: The Sacred Heart. Ps. as for Corpus Christi.-H. Auctor p. 304.

1st Sunday of July (when not 2nd July). The Precious Blood. Ps. 1 V.* and t. 2 V. and Lauda Jerusalem, p. 179.--H. Festivis p. 305.

2. Common of Saints.

B. V. Mary. Ps. Dixit p. 144, Laudate p. 147, and the three psalms for Saturday, p. 177.-H. Ave maris p. 308.-Special H. on feast of the VII Sorrows, first ten stanzas of Stabat p. 228. For other special Hs. see p. 313.

Angels. Ps. 1 V. and t. 2. V. * and Confitebor p. 156.-H. see under No. 3.

Apostles. Ps. 1 V. * and †. 2 V. Dixit p. 144, Confitebor p. 145, and the three Psalms for Friday, p. 172.-H. Exultet p. 321. During Easter Tristes p. 325. See also No. 3, Martyrs. Ps. 1 V. * and t. 2 V. and Credidi p. 172, —H. for one Martyr Deus tuorum p. 325: Special Hs. p. 329. H. for many Martyrs Sanctorum p. 329, but in Faster Rex gloriose p. 328.

Bishops.

Ps. 1 V. and t. 2 V.* and Memento p. 159.H. Iste Confessor p. 332.

Confessors. Ps. and .-H. Iste Confessor p. 332.Special Hs. p. 335.

Virgins. Ps. as for B. V. Mary. H. Jesu Corona p. 336.Special Hs. p. 338.

Holy Women. Ps. as for B. V. Mary. H. Fortem p. 339, - Special Hs, p. 342.

* † See Notes p. 425,

Dedication of a Church &c. Ps. * and Lauda Jerusalem p. 179.-H. Coelestis p. 343.

3. Proper of Saints &c.

18 Jan. S. Peter. Ps. for Bishops.-H. Quodcumque p. 324. 21 S. Agnes. Ps. 1 V. * and t. 2 V. * and Lauda Jerusalem p. 179.-H. Jesu Corona p. 336.

25. S. Paul. Ps. as for Apostles.-H.

Egregie p. 325.

5 Feb. S. Agatha. Ps. and H. as on 21 Jan.

22. S. Peter, Ps. and H. as on 18 Jan.

18 March. S. Gabriel. Ps. for Angels.-H. Christe p. 316. 19. S. Joseph. Ps. * and t.-H. Te Joseph p. 401.

3 May. Holy Cross. Ps. * and †. H. Vexilla p. 303.

24 June. S. John Bapt. Ps. * and t.-H. Ut queant p. 407. 29. SS. Peter and Paul. Ps. for Apostles.-H. Decora p. 322.

30. S. Paul. Ps. for Apostles.-H. Egregie p. 325.

1 Aug. S. Peter. Ps. for Apostles.-H. Miris p. 324.

6. Transfiguration. Ps. * and †.-H. Quicumque p. 301, 29. S. John Bapt. Ps. and H. for one Martyr.

14 Sep. Holy Cross. As on 3 May.

29. S. Michael.-Ps. for Angels.-H. Te splendor p. 317.

2 Oct. Guardian Angels. Ps. for Angels.-H. Custodes p. 315.

24. S. Raphael. Ps. for Angels.-H. Tibi Christe p. 317. 1 Nov. All Saints. Ps. 1 V. * and †. 2 V. * and Credidi p. 172.-H. Placare p. 418.

Complin.

The Reader begins,

Jube, Domne, benedicere. P. Noctem quietam et finem perfectum concedat nobis Dominus omnipotens. R. Amen.

Pray, Sir, a blessing.

P. May the Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night, and a perfect end. R. Amen.

Short Lesson, 1 Pet. 5.

RATRES, sobrii estote, et

BR

BRETHREN, be sober, and watch because your adversary the devil as a roaring leo rugiens circuit, quærens lion goeth about, seeking

rius vester diabolus tamquam

*† See Notes, p. 425

quem devoret: cui resistite fortes in fide. Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. R. Deo gratias.

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini: R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.

Pater noster (in silence).

whom he may devour; whom resist ye strong in faith. But do Thou, O Lord, have mercy on us. R. Thanks be to God.

Our help is in the Name of the Lord: Who made heaven and earth.

Our Father (in silence).

After which the Confiteor and Misereatur are said, first by the Priest, and then by the Choir, followed by the Indulgentiam, as at Mass, p. 100. Then the Priest intones,

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Here follow the four psalms given on Wednesday, p. 163.

Ant. Miserere mihi, Do- Have mercy on me, O mine, et exaudi orationem Lord, and graciously hear my prayer.

meam.

Hymn, Te lucis, p. 192.

Little Chapter, Jerem. 14.

Tmine, et nomen sanctum tuum invocatum est super nos; ne derelinquas nos, Domine Deus noster. R. Deo gratias.

autem in nobis es, Do

BU

DUT Thou, O Lord, art among us, and Thy holy Name is invoked upon us; forsake us not, O Lord our God. R. Thanks be to God.

Short Responsory (Paschal time excepted).

In manus tuas, Domine, Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commendo spiritum meum. commend my spirit. R. Into

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