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the Masses appointed to be said›
THROUGHOTT THE YEAR.
All the Scriptural parts which in the Original Latin are taken from the Vulgate, have, in this Edition been faithfully compared with, and made literally conformable to the received and approved Version of the Holy Scriptures, as revised and edited by the Right Rev. and Ven. Dr. Richard Challoner, of learned and pious memory.
THE Prayers and portions of Holy Scripture, of
is composed, are in part unalterably the same, and partly different every day: those that are fixed and invari. able, are contained in what is called the ORDINARY OF THE MASS, from pages xv. to xlviii. inclusively; and the changeable or proper parts. (viz. the INTROITS, COLLECTS, EPISTLES and LESSONS, GRADUALS and TRACTS, GOSPELS, OFFERTORIES, SECRETS, COMMONIONS and POSTCOMMUNIONS) form the subsequent contents of the book. But as the PREFACES are not so frequently subject to change, they follow each other in regular succession in the Ordinary.
The Ecclesiastical Year, with respect to the Sundays and Moveable Feasts, commences with the FIRST SUNDAY of ADVENT, and closes on the LAST SUNDAY after PENTECOST; and with regard to the Festivals of the Saints, from the Feast of St. ANDREW, the 30th of November, to the Eve of the same Festival the year following, inclusively.
In order therefore to find out the PROPER MASS of the day, look for that day of the month in the Calendar, opposite to which may be seen a reference to the page wherein it is contained; and if a Double should fall on a Sunday, then the Mass of the Double is said instead of the Mass of the Sunday, except it be a Sunday of the FIRST CLASS, viz. the first Sunday of ADVENT OF LENT, PASSION, PALM, EASTER, WHIT, and TRINITY SUNDAYS: and the Sundays of the SECOND CLASS, which cannot be superseded, except by Doubles of the FIRST CLASS, are the ii. iii, and iv. of ADVENT, SEPTUAGE SIMA, SEXAGESIMA, and QUINQUAGESIMA, as also the ii. iii. and iv. of LENT. It must however be remarked
that the Gospels for Sundays thus superseded by Doubles are never omitted, but always recited (instead of St. JOHN'S GOSPEL) at the END OF MASS; and also that a Commemoration of the Sunday, by its proper CoL LECT, SECRET, and POSTCOMMUNION, is always made immediately after the Collect, &c. of the Festival.
But as it sometimes happens that a Double is transferred to a future vacant day, on account of the Octave of some festival of higher rank intervening, then the difficulty of finding out such transferred festival, may be easily removed by consulting the Laity's Directory, published annually, as a guide to the morning, as well as the evening service of the church.
As references are frequently made to the Common of Saints, commencing at p. 459, to the Proper of Saints, beginning with p. 521, and continuing in regular progression to the end of the Ecclesiastical Year; the reader will find the Masses thus referred to, designated by numerical letters, from No. I. to XXI. inclusively: Be it therefore observed, that on whatever day of the month these numerical references appear in the Calendar, or General Index, it denotes that the Mass thereof (having no proper parts assigned to it) is taken entirely from the Common Mass referred to: but should any exceptions occur, they are stated in a parenthesis.
Commemorations are made by the addition of a COLLECT, SECRET and POSTCOMMUNION, to those that are proper to the feast of the day. When therefore the word COLLECT, with an &c. annexed thereto, appears in the Rubrics, the &c. denotes that its proper Secret and Postcommunion are also comprehended.
Archbishop, bp. Bishop, pr. Priest, c. Confessor, Doctor, ab. Abbot, v. Virgin, w. Widow, B. Blessed, d. Double, sd. Semidouble, d. I. cl. Double of the first class, d. II.. Double of the second class. gr. d. Greater Double. The Holy-days of obligation are in CAPI TALS, and the days of particular devotion in Italics.
The CALENDAR, or GENERAL INDEX to the Immoveable Feasts.
JANUARY, XXXI Days.
1 CIRCUMCISION of our Lord, d. II. cl.
3 Octave-day of St. John, d. as on his Feast.
6 EPIPHANY of our Lord, d. I. cl.
13 The Octave-day of the Epiphany, d.
11. Sunday after Epiphany, Feast of the most
14 St. Hilary, bp. conf. sd,
17 St. Anthony, ab. Mass XV.* p. 491. (Gospel
18 St. Peter's Chair at Rome, gr. d.
23 St. Raymund of Pennafort, c. sd.
25 The Conversion of St. Paul, ap. gr.d.
26 St. Polycarp, bp. m. sd. '
27 St. John Chrysostom, bp. c. sd.