28 May 2010

Keep it White

After my offer (on Pentecost Sunday) of a creative solution to Whit Week, I offer today some thoughts about the first couple of Sundays after Trinity. Corpus Christ, of course, will be celebrated by all right-thinking people on the Thursday after Trinity, but here in S Thomas's we shall also keep an 'External Solemnity' on the following Sunday, with a Sung Mass of the feast. The unreformed Roman Rite was quite generous in its provision of permissions to celebrate such external solemnities and, of course, back in the good old days of Octaves, you did it anyway under the guise of observing a Sunday Within The Octave (I find it very liberating to have the admirable St Lawrence Press ORDO in my Sacristy).

You know what I'm about to say: on the following Sunday I shall do the same with the Sacred Heart. Quite right. You know it makes sense. I deem this a relaxed and creative appropriation of the Tradition.


Joshua said...

Time was I attended Mass at Sacred Heart, New Town... we had a succession of Sunday feasts to ease us into dreadful Boring Time, once Pentecost came and went: Trinity, Corpus Christi, then Sacred Heart on the Sunday, just as you suggest, Fr H.! (Indeed, since we were perforce OF in those dark days, we had five Sunday feasts in succession - Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, Corpus Christi, and Sacred Heart.)

Rubricarius said...

Some years, depending on the date of Pascha, one has the good fortune to have feasts on Sundays after the Sunday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart such as The Visitation or St. John the Baptist etc.

Green Sunday's don't get a look in sometimes until mid-July.

Doodler said...

I quite like getting back to Green Sundays after all the excitement. Bread and butter again after all that jam!!

davidforster said...

I understand that before the reforms to the calendar carried out in the thime of St Pius X, green Sundays were rare. It would be interesting for someone with more expertise in Rubrics to work out what the Sundays would have been, say, late in the reign of Pope Leo.