From a reader:
Dear Fr. Z,
Here we go again… The PCED [Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei] affirmed that it was OK with them (or at least with Msgr. Perl) for a Novus Ordo parish to have the TLM said on SUNDAY for Nov. 2 rather than transferring it to Monday as was ALWAYS done since it is a commemoration–black vestments, requiem Mass and all–despite Sundays being Feast days.
At our Novus Ordo parish, where the TLM is featured at 11 a.m. every Sunday, it appears we will have Epiphany on Sunday (two days early) along with the Novus Ordo calendar again. This means we do not get to have the feast appointed for that Sunday, which is The Most Holy Name of Jesus–needed more than ever in our blasphemous society.
I have heard the arguments that this is a primarily Novus Ordo parish, so we should be thankful for having the TLM every Sunday, but at the expense of losing the entire patrimony of the traditional liturgical year–sacrificed to the gods of the Novus Ordo calendar–with no rhyme nor reason behind it.
Perhaps you know something you can share with us regarding the PCED on these issues? What is going on with other readers at their parishes on Jan. 4?
I feel your pain.
I don’t like the transferring of major feasts like Epiphany or Ascension. I think it is just WRONG.
We all know the thinking: by putting on Sunday, more people are exposed to the mystery celebrated in that feast. But moving Epiphany – fixed in relationship to a fixed date, Christmas, and the Ascension, fixed in relation to the moving dates of Easter and Pentecost, destroys the integrity of the calender.
But the real issue here is the whether there should be any coordination of the two calendars.
I am of a mixed mind on that.
It is really a shame that we have two different calendars for the Roman Rite. It is a shame that so much tinkeritis afflicted the experts who rearranged everything after the Council… for no truly good reason I can discern.
Another point in this mess is that while Summorum Pontificum states that there are two "uses" of the one Roman Rite, it made a juridical determination, rather than a historical or theological determination.
It seems to me that having two calendars implicitly admits that the Novus Ordo and the older, traditional use really are two different Roman Rites.
Somewhere along the way, the calendars should be coordinated. I would rather see the newer calendar adapted to the older, especially – or at least – in regard to these major feasts like Epiphany. I would like to see a return of the pre-Lent Sundays.
But I suspect that is not going to happen. Instead, we will probably see the older calendar brought into line with the newer.
The issue of, for example, moving the TLM observance of All Souls to Sunday rather than bumping it a day to Monday is less problematic in my mind, but it does raise questions.
Perhaps you readers can describe what will be happening at your parishes or chapels where the TLM is celebrated.