From a reader:
In my diocese the Solemnity of the Epiphany is celebrated tomorrow
rather than on the sixth. Which Vespers therefore takes precedence? Second Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God or First Vespers of the Epiphany? Looking at the ranking table it seems both are within the first section entitled “I” but then the Epiphany is above solemnities of Our Lady. It just seems strange to say First Vespers and then Lauds but then no Second Vespers. Does the Epiphany have precedence?
Hmmm… I don’t have an Ordo at hand, for either calendar.
But in the older, traditional calendar I believe we say 2nd Vespers for the Octave of Christmas with a commemoration of the Holy Family. Epiphany is, of course, on 6 January where it belongs.
In the newer calendar, if Epiphany is celebrated – which I consider somewhat appalling – I think that Epiphany’s 1st Vespers would have precedence over the 2nd Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary. Furthermore, Epiphany is one of the most important and ancient feasts of the year.