Reflections from the Fota IX International Liturgy Conference


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Did The Ancient Mass Really Have Three Readings?
2014 August 06 by Jeff Ostrowski

“We are repeatedly assured that there was an Old Testament reading each Sunday morning, but that quite mysteriously these all vanished by the seventh century, and vanished leaving no memory that they had ever existed…” — Fr. John Parsons


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“The sooner we get started, the sooner some of you will live to see it.” — Donald Cardinal Wuerl, talking in 2012 about the forthcoming Lectionary revisions.


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When Is The Sequence Sung? Before The Alleluia?
2014 January 02 by Jeff Ostrowski

In 2000, there was an effort made at restoring the Sequence to its proper place.


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Bugnini Wanted To Eliminate Ash Wednesday!
2013 December 29 by Jeff Ostrowski

They failed to realize that one cannot simply “sit down over tea and crumpets” and VOTE INTO BEING the Church calendar. It’s supposed to develop organically.


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How "Catholic" Is Congregational Singing?
2013 December 02 by Jeff Ostrowski

John Paul II asked your forgiveness in 1980 … did you forgive him?


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More Thoughts On The 3-Year Lectionary …
2013 November 14 by Jeff Ostrowski

“The Instruction pretends that we actually do have Propers for the Mass, whereas everyone knows that today the Mass Propers are sung perhaps at one Mass in ten thousand.” — Professor László Dobszay


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What's So Great About The Mass Propers?
2013 November 05 by Jeff Ostrowski

“If the world is progressing intellectually, should not the existence of God have been defined in the 1st century and the nature of the Trinity in the 19th?” — Fulton J. Sheen


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Definition Of Liturgical “Piccoluomini” ?
2013 October 30 by Jeff Ostrowski

Human beings are “geared” toward annual events. Our minds, emotions, and memories simply aren’t programmed to work in 3-year cycles.


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Does The Vatican II Lectionary Distort Scripture?
2013 October 22 by Jeff Ostrowski

“I have noticed that when the present Lectionary occasionally proposes a 'Shorter Form’ for one of the Gospel readings, the lines edited are something Our Lord said that comfortable people would rather He had not said.” — Fr. George W. Rutler


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