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Year of the
Of Moveable Feasts.
Easter Ascen- Whit
Corpus days Sunday
in Pent. Advent.
1841 Feb. 7 Feb. 24 Apr.11 May 20 May 30 June10 25
1844 Feb. 4 Feb.21 Apr. 7 May 16 May 26 June 6 26
1848 Feb. 20 Mar. 8 Apr.23 June 1 Junell June22 24
1852 Feb 8 Feb. 25 Apr.11 May 20 May 30 June10 25
1860 Feb. 4 Feb. 21 Apr. 8 May 17 May 27 June 7 26
1856 Jan. 20 Feb. 6 Mar 23 May 1 May 11 May 22 28 Nov.30 1857 Feb. 8 Feb. 25 Apr.12 May 21 May 31 June11 25 Nov.29 1858 Jan. 31 Feb. 17 Apr. 4 May 13 May 23 June 3 26 Nov.28 1859 Feb.20 Mar. 9 Apr. 24 June 2 June14 June23 23 Nov.27
1864 Jan. 24 Feb. 10 Mar.28 May 6 May 16 May 27 1865 Feb, 12 Mar. 1 Apr. 16 May 25 June 4 June 15 1866 Jan. 28 Feb. 14 Apr. 1 May 10 May 20 May 31 1867 Feb. 17 Mar. 6 Apr. 21 May 30 June 9 June20
1868 Feb. 9 Feb. 26 Apr. 13 May 22 June 1 June 12 25 Nov.30 1869 Jan. 24 Feb. 10 Mar.28 May 6 May 16 May 27 27 Nov.28 1870 Feb. 13 Mar. 2 Apr. 17 May 26 June 5 June16 24 Nov.27 1871 Feb. 5 Feb. 22 Apr. 9 May 18 May 28 June 8 26
Dec. 3 NOTE.-The first year in each of the above divisions, beginning from the second, will be Leap Year.
FOR THE USE OF THE VESPERS BOOK.
I.-The Vespers are either of some Festival, or of the Sunday.
II. The highest Festivals are called Doubles of the First Class, the next are of the Second Class, and these are frequently celebrated with an Octave, that is, for eight successive days. After these come Greater Doubles, and Doubles. Below these are Semidoubles and Simples. On Doubles, the entire Antiphon is sung or said before each Psalm, and at the Magnificat: but only a few words of it on Semidoubles.
III.-The Sundays are generally Semidoubles, but take precedency of all other Semidoubles. Easter Sunday, Low Sunday, Whit Sunday, and Trinity Sunday are Doubles; and the Sundays in Advent, and from Septuagesima, inclusively, till Easter, take precedency of all Doubles.
IV. Doubles are kept on Sundays when they occur, except on the Sundays above specified; but Semidoubles are never kept upon Sundays. When a Simple falls upon a Sunday or Festival, a Commemoration is made of it, except on the greatest Festivals.
V.-Doubles and Semidoubles have both First
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and Second Vespers. The First Vespers are said on the day before the Feast, the Second on the Feast itself.
VI. When a Double is kept on a Sunday, the Second Vespers will of course be said: but if the next day should be a higher Double, the First Vespers of that will be said, and only a Commemoration made of the former Double. If a Double of equal rank falls also on the Monday, the Vespers from the Little Chapter inclusively will be of the following Double, and afterwards a Commemoration will be made of the former. But should Monday be a Semidouble or a Simple, a Commemoration only is made of it.
VII.-If a Double does not fall on the Sunday, but on the Monday, the Vespers will be the first of the following Double, with a Commemoration of the Sunday. But if Monday is only a Semidouble or Simple, it is commemorated only in the Vespers of Sunday.
VIII. When Vespers are not said of the Sunday, a Commemoration only is made of it, except on some great Festivals.
IX. The Common Commemorations or Suffrages at the end of Vespers, are said from the Third Sunday after Epiphany to the Fourth of Lent; and from the Third Sunday after Pentecost to the Last inclusively, except on Doubles and within Octaves.
The above directions will suffice for finding the Vespers in most cases: but on account of transferred feasts and some other occurrences, it is not possible to find the Vespers at all times without consulting either the Ordo recitandi, or the Laity's Directory for the Church Service.
Days of Obligation
Commanded by the Church to be observed in England, with the obligation of hearing Mass, and resting from servile works.
The Nativity of our Lord, or Christmas Day, December 25.
The Circumcision of our Lord, or New Year's Day,
The Epiphany of our Lord, or Twelfth Day, January 6.
The Ascension of our Lord.
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi.
The Feast of SS. Peter and Paul, June 29.
The Feast of All Saints, November 1.
Days of Devotion,
On which it is earnestly recommended to hear Mass.
Feb. 2. Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
(in leap year 25) St. Matthias, Apostle.
24. Mar. 19.
Apr. 23. May 1. 1.
June 24. July 25.
Easter Monday and Tuesday.
St. Laurence, Martyr.
St. Bartholomew, Apostle.
Sept. 8. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
SS. Simon and Jude, Apostles.
26. St. Stephen, the First Martyr.
29. St. Thomas of Canterbury.
On which only one meal is allowed, and flesh meat is forbidden.
The forty days of Lent.
The Ember days, which are the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in the first week of Lent, in Whitsun week, in the third week in September, and in the third week in Advent.
The Vigils or Eves of Whit Sunday, SS. Peter and
On which it is forbidden to eat flesh meat.
The Sundays in Lent, unless leave be given to the contrary, which is usually done in this country. Every Friday, unless it be Christmas Day.
NOTE. That in 1830, Pope Pius VIII. dispensed with Catholics in England from abstinence on all Saturdays, except those which are Fasting Days; also on St. Mark, and the