From a reader:
First of all, thank you for your blog. It’s a wonderful resource for a "revert" like myself, and I read it often. I have a question about what happened at today’s Mass, which seemed a bit "off". I’m not a liturgical nitpicker by any means, but today instead of the Second Sunday of Advent liturgy, the readings and Gospel were those of tomorrow’s great feast, the Immaculate Conception. The vestments, however, were purple. That did seem of synch to me.
Also, am I correct in assuming that Sunday’s liturgy takes precedence over any feast, unless the feast itself falls on the Sunday? There have been years when the Immaculate Conception falls on a Sunday, and then of course these readings and Gospel are used. However, there seemed to be an over-emphasis on Mary (whom I love and honour dearly), and not much on the Second Sunday of Advent.
I’d be interested in reading your thoughts on this. At this parish there’s generally a lot of improvisation and ad-libbing in the liturgy. I guess they haven’t gotten the memo: Say the Black, do the Red!
Unless there is something particular happening, some directive from the bishop, this was very strange.
Sunday was the 2nd Sunday of Advent. Today, 8 December is the Immaculate Conception. On Sunday evening, we would have used 1st Vespers of the Immaculate Conception and, I suppose the anticipated Mass for Immaculate Conception, but then the vestments would have been white.
Someone didn’t get the memo.
Perhaps they need a reminder?