PODCAzT 123: The Liturgical Year and a Custom

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.

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  1. skull kid says:

    Thanks Fr Z, I love your podcazts. I’m listening to it now. I’ve missed the podcazts. It would be nice if you might consider making one for each of the Sundays of Advent. We’d love that.

  2. APX says:

    Yes, I too miss the podcazts, especially now that my drives to and from work are significantly longer. I’m running out of educational audio recordings that help give me something remotely intelligent to contribute to during discussions with people far more versed in Catholicism than myself, and that help me to grow in holiness. I wish there were more audio stuff out there. I spend so much time in my car commuting that I’d rather it be put to better use than all my banal music sometimes.

  3. Legisperitus says:

    Anyone happen to know when was the last year there were only 23 Sundays after Pentecost? I asked an 80-year-old priest and he couldn’t remember the last time.

  4. irishgirl says:

    Wonderful podcazt as always, Father Z–I’ve missed them.
    This was the first time I had ever heard anything of Dom Gueranger’s ‘The Liturgical Year’. I know that it was a favorite ‘read’ of St. Therese of Lisieux and her family.

  5. irishgirl says:

    Oh, I forgot: if you do any ‘reruns’ of past podcazts, I hope you have the parody piece about ‘Advent blue’, to the tune of ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’. That’s one which always brings a grin to my face!

  6. p2rp says:

    Loved this Podcast, this is my first. What a great job dom Proper Gueranger and the Podcast do in reminding us and illustrating how highly incarnational our Church and Liturgy are!

    Fr Z – can you identify the music you use? Is the theme music and chant available on CD?

    More Please!

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