Diocese of Orange: reconsideration of use of newer Lectionary in older Mass

You know that in the Diocese of Orange, in California, His Excellency Most Rev. Tod Brown had considered that at celebrations of the older form of Mass, the readings from the NEWER Lectionary were to be used.  Here you can find more on that, posted elsewhere on WDTPRS.

I think you know my position.  I do not favor use of the newer Lectionary.  However, although many disagree with my reading of Art. 6, I believe that article does bear the interpretation that the newer Lectionary could be used.  However, the senisibilities of the people should be the determining factor.  It shouldn’t be used if it would cause problems.  This was the old position of the Pont. Comm. "Ecclesia Dei" (still in play right now, btw).  I am sure a clarification will come from the Commission before 14 Sept. I hope so, at least.

Now we get this from the Diocese of Orange.   It seems they are step back from the decision to impose the newer Lectionary on the older Mass.

—– Original Message —–
From: Marywood Center
Cc: # Executive Committee
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 10:01 AM
Subject: From Lesa Truxaw, Director, Office for Worship, re: Further information on Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum


On 10 July 2007 Bishop Brown sent out a memo Re: Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum based on the unofficial English translation sent to all bishops by Pope Benedict XVI in advance of the Motu Proprio’s release at noon on July 7, 2007.  The translation has since been revised.  This, in particular, affects the directions in the memo to give serious consideration to the use of the reformed Lectionary for Mass and its expanded cursus of Scripture texts.  The revised translation of Article 6 of the Motu Proprio states that “the readings may be given in the vernacular, using editions recognized by the Apostolic See.”  After September 14, the Exhalation [sic – breathe deeply] of the Holy Cross, when the Motu Prioprio becomes effective and when the forma extraordinaria is celebrated, the calendar of the Missal of Blessed John XXIII along with the readings contained in the Missal should be used until such time that the Ecclesia Dei Commission gives further direction.  The home page of the USCCB website has the most recent translation of the Motu Proprio along with Pope Benedict’s letter to the bishops.

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Lesa Truxaw

Director, Office for Worship

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