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The Works of John Cassian.: Chapter XI. Of the points in which the service held on Sunday differs from what is customary on other days.
Of the points in which the service held on Sunday differs from what is customary on other days.
But we ought to know this, too, that on Sunday only one office 754 is celebrated before dinner, at which, out of regard for the actual service 755 and the Lords communion, they use a more solemn and a longer service of Psalms and prayers and lessons, and so consider that Tierce and Sext are included in it. And hence it results that, owing to the addition of the lessons, there is no diminution of the amount of their devotions, and yet some difference is made, and an indulgence over other times seems to be granted to the brethren out of reverence for the Lords resurrection; and this seems to lighten the observance all through the week, and, by reason of the difference which is interposed, it makes the day to be looked forward to more solemnly as a festival, and owing to the anticipation of it the fasts of the coming week are less felt. For any weariness is always borne with greater equanimity, and labour undertaken without aversion, if some variety is interposed or change of work succeeds.
Collecta. This word, from which our word “Collect” is possibly derived, is used for an assembly for worship in the Vulgate in Lev. 23:36, Deut. 16:8, 2 Chr. 7:9, Neh. 8:18: and compare the phrase, “Ad Collectam,” in the Sacramentary of Gregory for the Feast of the Purification.
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