It is the Last Sunday of the liturgical year. In the older, traditional form of the Roman Rite it is the 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost, even though numerically it is the 23rd. The Last Sunday is always the 24th.
Today we hear from dom Proper Gueranger and his introduction about what the “liturgical year” is all about from his monumental 15 volume The Liturgical Year. I read a little bit of the Preface to the work. If you can get some of these themes into your head and heart before the beginning of a new year – a year which we will be hearing in a new way! – you may find an extraordinary new depth of participation at Holy Mass.
At the end of this offering a offer some frivolous and, then again, not so frivolous comments about this Sunday, “Stir Up” Sunday (from the first words of the Collect for the Mass for the Last Sunday after Pentecost, and the making of a Christmas Pudding.