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2nd Vespers of Trinity Sunday

May 22, 2016

Here is a quick recording which I have just made, in order to demonstrate sung 2nd Vespers of Trinity Sunday, as done according to the Liber Usualis:


The flipping around necessary to get through this would be:

p. 250 – the Solemn Tone of the verse “Deus in adjutorium.” can be used ad libitum on Solemn feasts, so I used it; otherwise the Festal Tone (given on this same page) is always used at vespers.

p. 914 – 1st Antiphon

p. 128 – 1st Psalm, Dixit Dominus, 1. f

p. 914 – repeat 1st Antiphon, then sing 2nd Antiphon

p. 134 – 2nd Psalm, Confitebor, 2. D

p. 914 – repeat 2nd Antiphon, sing 3rd Antiphon

p. 143 – 3rd Psalm, Beatus vir. 3 a2

p. 914 – repeat 3rd Antiphon, sing 4th Antiphon

p. 150 – 4th Psalm, Laudate pueri, 4. E

p. 914 – repeat 4th Antiphon, sing 5th Antiphon

p. 156 – 5th Psalm, In exitu, 5. a

p. 914 – repeat 5th Antiphon, then sing the Chapter

p. 123 – the tone for the Chapter is on this page; also note that the Chapter always ends with the response “Deo gratias.”, which is missing from p. 914.

p. 915 – the Hymn, “Jam sol recedit igneus”; then sing the verse “Benedictus es.”

p. 118 – the tone for the verse is on this page; for Sundays or feasts, you use the first option, or else the second option, “according to a more recent custom”; I went with the first option, as its rather more common.

p. 916 – the Antiphon at the Magnificat, “Te Deum Patrem.”

p. 216 – the Magnificat, 4. E; I used the “Solemn Tone”, which has uses a more elaborate form of the middle cadence, because this is an option that can be used on 1st and 2nd class feasts; otherwise, the regular version of the tone 4. E would be used, as on p. 210.

p. 916 – repeat the Magnificat Antiphon

p. 101 – the verse “Domine exaudi” and the “Oremus” are said before the collect. I used the Ancient solemn tone found on this page; the other option for this would be the Festal Tone, found on p. 98. (The explanation of which tones can be used for the collect may be found on p. 124, if you are curious about these things.)

p. 916 – the collect is then sung; note that the flex † which is marked is in the right place for the Ancient solemn tone which I used (whereas, this would not be the case if I had used the Festal tone); however, as this tone has no metrum, the * does not really signify anything for us, except the existence of a good place for a pause. However, with the Ancient solemn tone, the instructions on p. 101 specify that “after any pause, the first syllable of the following word starts a tone lower than the dominant”; thus, I observed this as often as necessary.

p. 100 – the conclusion “Per Dominum.” can be read in full here.

p. 101 – the verse “Domine exaudi” is sung again after the collect.

At this point, p. 916 has an Antiphon / Verse / Collect for the commemoration of the first Sunday after Pentecost. However, on p. LXXX, it is noted that this is omitted (i.e., the rubrics no longer call for this commemoration to be made.)

p. 125 – the verse “Benedicamus Domino” is sung to one of the tones given for use at 2nd vespers of 1st class feasts; I went with the second option.

p. 261 – the very last thing is the verse “Fidelium animae”, which is said recto tono in a low voice.

And that’s how today’s Vespers are meant to be sung, to the best of my knowledge.






One Comment
  1. Gwyneth permalink

    I love the booklets you made for the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Is there any chance you could point me in the right direction for learning Vespers for the Little Office? Thank you!

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