Dominicis in Adventus

Starting now, and in subsequent posts, we will be focusing on the liturgical year’s Sunday Masses, starting with Advent.

Dominica I Adventus:
Gospel Mk 1:1-18

Dominica II Adventus:
Gospel Lk 21:25-33 [Same Gospel in the Sarum.]

Dominica III Adventus: [The propers mentioned here are also the same in the Sarum.]
Introit Phil 4:7 (second verse)
Epistle 1 Cor 4:1-5
Gospel Matt 11:2-10

Dominica IV Adventus: [The propers mentioned here are also the same in the Sarum.]
Introit Ps 105:4-5; Ps 105:6
Epistle Phil 4:4-7
Gospel Jn 1:19-28

As can be seen, the Bragan Advent Sunday Masses are very similar to their Roman counterparts, with very little variation.

The most common variation is the Gospel pericope: while in the Roman Rite the Gospel pericope for the first Sunday of Advent continues the eschatological theme of the end of the liturgical year, the Bragan choses to present us with St. John the Forerunner at the outset (which the Roman Rite does on the final Sunday of Advent, only taken from St. Luke’s account). The following Bragan Sundays then use the Roman’s previous Sunday Gospel.

On the thrid Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, the introit’s second verse is not the psalm verse, as in the Roman, but rather another verse from Philippians [perhaps making up for the fact that the Epistle pericope is not the Gaudete text?]. On the 4th Sunday we are not graced with the famous Rorate caeli introit, but rather with psalm verses none the less evocative of the spirit of Advent: joyful expectation and repentance. Interestingly, the Epistle pericopes for the 3rd and 4th Sundays are, respectively, those of the 4th and 3rd Sundays of the Roman Rite.

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