notes: Eastertide II

Further notes for the Liturgy during Eastertide

1. The Lesser Litanies may be sung in procession or in Church before Mass on May 18th, 19th, and 20th (the three days preceding Ascension Thursday).

2. When the Lesser Litanies are sung, the Mass of the Rogation follows. At this Mass, a votive of the second class, the Priest wears violet. There is no gloria or Credo and the Preface is that of Easter. Mass begins with the incensation and Introit, omitting the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar. If the Mass or the Rogation is not said, there is no commemoration of it.

3. At the end of the Gospel on Ascension Thursday the paschal candle is extinguished and after Mass it is removed from the sanctuary.

4. On the ferias between the Ascension and Pentecost (May 22nd), the Proper is taken from the feast of the Ascension, omitting the Creed and the proper Communicantes.

5. The Vigil Mass of Pentecost, like that of Easter, is a festal Mass, the solemn opening of the Feast and Octave of Easter. It is properly celebrated after None in the late afternoon or evening and fulfils the Sunday obligation if celebrated at this proper time. The rubrics also permit anticipating the Vigil Mass in the morning (except for conventual Masses). The color of the day for the Office until the Mass exclusive is white; the color for the Mass is red.

6. One kneels during the Veni Sancte Spiritus verse on Pentecost and during the Octave.

7. A plenary indulgence may be gained by publicly saying or singing the Veni Creator on Pentecost Sunday.

(excerpted/adapted from the 2009 Liturgical Ordo, Priestly Fraternity of St Peter)

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