6 SUNDAY Fifteenth after Pentecost, semidouble. Second prayers A Cunctis. Third prayers at the choice of the priest. Green. Vespers of the Sunday, Suffrages. [In Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Plenary Indulgence. At Nottingham, The Octave of the Dedication of the Cathedral, double. White. Second Vespers of the Dedication, with Commemoration of the Sunday.]
7 Monday. Feria. Second prayers Fidelium (for the Dead). Third prayers A Cunctis. Green.
8 Tuesday. (Feast of Devotion) THE NATIVITY OF THE BVM, double of the second class with an Octave, during which commemoration of the Octave, Creed, and Preface of the BVM. Second prayers of St Aidan, Martyr. White. Plenary Indulgence
9 Wednesday. Of the Octave. Second prayers of St Gorgonius, Martyr. Third prayers Deus qui corda. White.
10 Thursday. St Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor, double. White.
11 Friday. Of the Octave. Second prayers of Sts Protus and Hyacinth, Martyrs. Third prayers Deus qui corda. White.
12 Saturday. Of the Octave. Second prayers Deus qui corda. Third prayers for the Church or the Pope. White.
A very quiet week, this. Our Lady's Birthday is celebrated almost as a Holyday but not quite, but its Octave (a proper Octave, not the simple one it ended up as) will remind all of us - would have reminded us - of its importance. It being a feast of the BVM, there is a Plenary Indulgence available for all. A difference between this week, though, and what happened before VII, is the effect of the Octave in maintaining a festal tone during the week. In the 1962 calendar, Wednesday and Friday will be dreary Green, with Saturday saved only because it has become the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, transferred from the Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity of the BVM. I don't think my considered opinions about the calendar reforms of the twentieth century are going to come as a surprise to anyone. By contrast, in 1863, Sunday and Monday's Green marks an incredibly rare opportunity to leave the little-used green vestments out instead of putting them away.
Is anyone up for a comparative 1863 vs 2015 (1962 Calendar) chart of vestment colours?
I've mentioned the Suffrages at Vespers before. I still like the fact that in the north St Cuthbert takes precedence over St George.
Holy Cross Priory on Wellington-street, Leicester is served by the Dominicans. The Very Rev Fr W T Nickolds is the Provincial, and the Rev Frs F Aloysius Dixon and Edmund Buckler OP also serve the parish. Mass on Sunday is at 9.00 and 11.00. Rosary and Catechism at 3.00. Vespers Sermon and Benediction at 6.30. On Holydays Mass is at 7.00 and 9.00. Evening Devotions and Benediction at 8.00. On other days, Mass is at 7.00 and 8.30. Evening Devotions at 8.00.
One of the reasons we can have this series is that Fr Moore, or his successors, were careful about keeping their copies of the Catholic Directory. Please say a quick Eternal Rest for him.