“But Father!  But Father!”, some of you pussivanting libs are zeeping,…

I have often commented that the cutters and pasters who glued the Novus Ordo orations together on their scholarly desks systematically excised certain concepts, such as sin, guilt, propitiation, etc. You know, the “scary” stuff that might make people feel like that, I dunno, might have to change.

As I begin to look over the readings for this coming 7th Sunday after Pentecost, which have stern words, I wondered if they were to be found in the Novus Ordo Lectionary. Hence, I

consulted the useful and instructive:

Index Lectionum: A Comparative Table of Readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite (Lectionary Study Aids) (Volume 1)


Every priest, at least, should have this useful book.   It compares, side by side, the use of Scripture selections in the Novus Ordo and the TLM, going through the Bible in order.  So, if you want to find out on what days a specific verse of Scripture is used in the Novus Ordo and the TLM, this is your book.

Do the readings perennially raised as a sacrifice to the Father on the 7th Sunday after Pentecost appear also in the Novus Ordo?

Not on a Sunday.

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Rom 6:19-23  [In NO on Thursday of week 29, year I]
Brethren: I speak in a human way because of the weakness of your flesh; for as you yielded your members as slaves of uncleanness and iniquity unto iniquity, so now yield your members as slaves of justice unto sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free as regards justice. But what fruit had you then from those things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of these things is death. But now set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and as your end, life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“But Father!  But Father!”, some of you pussivanting libs are zeeping, “Weak flesh?  Unclean?  The wages of sin is death?  Gosh!  That made me feel bad.  I need an affirming hug.  Gimme that white thing everyone gets and then let’s sing a song. AND YOU HATE VATICAN II! ”

Elsewhere I posted that 50% of Catholics in these USA know what transubstantiation is.

Continuation ? of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt. 7:15-21 [In NO, vv. 15-20, on Wednesday of week 12, I & II]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven.

Hmmm… it seems to me that this reading might have been proclaimed with profit over the last, say, 50 years.  No?  The suspicious cynic in me is struggling not to suggest that someone didn’t want this reading heard too often.

One thing can be said about the older lectionary: people’s memories were refreshed with truly important readings year in and year out for their whole lives.  They could sink in.

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  1. JustaSinner says:

    Bad taste to purchase this for my parish priest?

  2. Traductora says:

    Getting rid of the old lectionary was probably one of the worst but most effective things VII did. That and destroying the monastic office.

  3. richdel says:

    An equally potent couple of verses one never hears from the lectionary:

    “I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:46-47)

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