Reflections from the Fota IX International Liturgy Conference
Novus Ordo Lectionary Reform
“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
“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.
In 2000, there was an effort made at restoring the Sequence to its proper place.
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.
John Paul II asked your forgiveness in 1980 … did you forgive him?
“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
“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
Human beings are “geared” toward annual events. Our minds, emotions, and memories simply aren’t programmed to work in 3-year cycles.
“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