Rorate Caeli

Giving the Green Vestments a Rest

Several first class feasts are coming up on the traditional Latin Mass calendar, and a couple of them will displace the next two Sunday Mass propers.

This Sunday, 24 June, the feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, with white vestments, will take precedence for Mass, although the propers for the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost will be said/sung as commemorations (that is, as a second collect, second secret and second postcommunion), at all Masses.  The feast has a vigil, a second class violet vestment Mass, on Saturday, 23 June.

Later that week, the first class, red vestment, Mass of Saints Peter and Paul is celebrated on Friday, 29 June.  It is one of ten holy days of obligation in the universal Church.  Some countries' bishops conferences observe it as obligatory (exempli gratia, the United Kingdom), some countries do not (e.g., the United States) and some countries even observe it as a public holiday (e.g., Malta).  The feast has a vigil, a second class violet vestment Mass, on Thursday, 28 June.

A couple days later, on Sunday, 1 July, we celebrate the feast of the Most Precious Blood (the second half of Corpus Christi, following last week's feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus).  The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost has none of its propers used at Sunday Masses, following the 1962 rubrics as reformed.  This is because both sets of propers are of our Lord, therefore the lesser of the two propers is not employed as a commemoration.  For chapels that use pre-1962 missals, commemorations for the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost and the Octave of Saints Peter and Paul are said/sung.

Summary: lots of feasts in the next couple of weeks.  It's a good time for parishes to send the green vestments to the tailor or dry cleaners before 20 Sundays of use in the summer and autumn months.


  1. RC said, "Lots of feasts in the next couple of weeks. It's a good time for parishes to send the green vestments to the tailor or dry cleaners before 20 Sundays of use in the summer and autumn months."

    No such luck in my parish. :-(

  2. Anonymous6:04 PM

    Thanks for pointing out that that on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist there IS a commemoration of the Sunday, whereas on the Precious Blood, there ISN'T. Both feasts are of the first class, but one is not of Our Lord and the other is, and therein lies the difference. Makes no difference that the Sundays are of the second class, because Sundays, just like Feriae of Advent and Lent, are privileged commemorations.

    When the Missal points out such things as no Commemoration of the Sunday on Trinity Sunday and Christ the King, this rubric can often be misapplied to cut out all commemorations of Sundays when, in fact, they are required as is the case when the feast is not of Our Lord.

    This makes the case for praying the traditional Breviary too, since there is a continuity in these minor details between the Office and Mass. If there is Commemoration at Lauds, there is a Commemoration at Mass; if not, then not.


  3. No such luck in my parish either. :(

  4. John McFarland5:10 PM

    I would have thought that there's been plenty of time since Septuagesima Sunday to get the green vestments spruced up.

  5. And that's why it's important to celebrate the FERIAL masses when possible...(I like feria days. There is much less...fuss.)


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