Article by : Marc Aupiais
The new "year" coming, after the "Pauline Year", is the "Year for Priests".
Quote: From V.I.S. Vatican Information Service: (additional paragraphing added)
"CLOSURE OF PAULINE YEAR, SOLEMNITY OF STS. PETER AND PAUL
VATICAN CITY, 23 JUN 2009 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has announced that at 6 p.m. on Sunday 28 June, in the Roman basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls, the Holy Father will preside at First Vespers of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, to mark the end of the Pauline Year.
In the Vatican Basilica at 9.30 a.m. on the day of the Solemnity, Monday 29 June, Benedict XVI will preside at the concelebration of the Eucharist with new metropolitan archbishops upon whom he will impose the pallium during the course of the ceremony.
(having quoted V.I.S. below is the context, and additional information involving facts of their message:)
OCL/VESPERS MASS/... VIS 090623 (120)"
Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff: Vatican's Profile:
Day after this specific First Vespers is:
Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles : c.f. liturgical article by Catholic Culture:
Note, in the Catholic liturgical Calendar, based on the Jewish Calendar: a day can be considered as starting the day before, when night begins.
Previous Pontifical speeches on the same First Vespers:
28 Jun 2007 ... CELEBRATION OF FIRST VESPERS OF THE SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY APOSTLES PETER AND PAUL. HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI. Basilica of St Paul ...
28 Jun 2008 ... CELEBRATION OF FIRST VESPERS OF THE SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY APOSTLES PETER AND PAUL FOR THE OPENING OF THE PAULINE YEAR. HOMILY OF HIS ...
"Character and significance
As early as the sixth century the pallium was considered a liturgical vestment to be used only in the church, and indeed only during Mass, unless a special privilege determined otherwise. This is proved conclusively by the correspondence between Gregory the Great and John of Ravenna concerning the use of the pallium. The rules regulating the original use of the pallium cannot be determined with certainty but its use, even before the sixth century, seems to have had a definite liturgical character. From early times more or less extensive restrictions limited the use of the pallium to certain days. Its indiscriminate use, permitted to Hincmar of Reims by Leo IV (851) and to Bruno of Cologne by Agapetus II (954) was contrary to the general custom. In the tenth and eleventh centuries, just as today, the general rule was to limit the use of the pallium to a few festivals and some other extraordinary occasions. The symbolic character now attached to the pallium dates back to the time when it was made an obligation for all metropolitans to petition the Holy See for permission to use it. The evolution of this character was complete about the end of the eleventh century; thenceforth the pallium is always designated in the papal Bulls as the symbol of plenitudo pontificalis officii. In the sixth century the pallium was the symbol of the papal office and the papal power, and for this reason Pope Felix transmitted his pallium to his archdeacon, when, contrary to custom, he nominated him his successor. On the other hand, when used by metropolitans, the pallium originally signified simply union with the Apostolic See, and was the symbol of the ornaments of virtue which should adorn the life of the wearer."
Named so, as it was celebrated by Candle Light, it consists inter alia: of evening prayers:
"The Lucernal psalms were sung, after which followed the recitation of the supplication and commemorations or litanies, then the prayers, and finally the blessing and dismissal."
New Advent's Catholic Encyclopedia: Vespers
"The Vesper psalms, as well as the hymns and antiphons, are well calculated to edify the faithful. Lastly, the ancient custom of having a lection or reading from the Old, or from the New, Testament, or from the homilies of the Fathers, might well in certain cases and to a certain extent be re-adopted, or serve as the subject-matter for the sermon which is sometimes delivered at this service."
New Advent's Catholic Encyclopedia: Vespers
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