'Third' Sunday of November/Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

November suffers from the strange phenomenon this year of leaping straight to week three in terms of its Matins readings, and hence I Vespers canticle antiphon.  This is not entirely an artifact of the 1960 rubrics, but rather reflects the fact that the first week of November used to be the Octave of All Saints, which had its own patristic readings.

As a result the winter three readings schema for Matins in the Benedictine Office starts this week rather than last week (thanks to the person who pointed this out to me).

The Scriptural readings for Matins are from the Book of Daniel, but in fact the canticle antiphon this week, 'Muros tuos' (Surround us O Lord with thy impregnable wall) is not scriptural.  It is though a lovely image, and one that was frequently used until modern theologians decided that walls meant not protection but ghettos....



We are also into that slightly odd end of the liturgical year phenomenon when the texts used to make up the requisite number of Sundays are the ones missed from the time after Epiphany last year due to the date of Easter, thus though we are twenty four Sundays after Pentecost, the collect and antiphons for this Sunday are actually those of the fifth Sunday after Epiphany.  Accordingly, the canticle antiphons refer to Matthew 13:24-30, the parable of the sower.

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