Sunday, June 10, 2018

10TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OR THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST--WHICH SOUNDS BETTER?

Green unity!


No matter how you cut it, it is in fact the Third Sunday after Pentecost in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Mass, but for some peculiar reason in the Ordinary Form of the Mass it is the 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

But, to my puzzlement, how is it that it is the 10th Sunday? When was the 9th Sunday? The 8th Sunday; the 7th Sunday? The 6th Sunday?

Well, okay, the First Sunday in Ordinary Time this year, if you really want confusion, was Epiphany Sunday, January 7th because the very next Sunday was the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 14th.

But you might ask, but Father, wasn't and isn't Epiphany Sunday in the Christmas Season, Christmastide? Well yes, why do you ask?

Of Course in the Extraordinary Form calendar, January 7th was in the Christmas Season and was Holy Family, but the very next Sunday, January 14th was the Second Sunday after Epiphany which made Holy Family Sunday the 1st Sunday after Epiphany since Epiphany is a fixed date of January 6th which this year was a Saturday.

But in the Ordinary Form, while in fact January 14th was the Second Sunday after Epiphany, it was called, now get this, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time making January 7th the First Sunday in Ordinary Time although it was clearly Epiphany in my Roman Missal!

At any rate unless the Extraordinary Form Mass you attended on June 3rd was the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi, last Sunday the EF Mass could have been green, but not the OF Mass since it was Corpus Christi, not an external Solemnity.

But fret not, today in both forms we are back to green! Praise the Lord for Catholic green unity!

4 comments:

John Nolan said...

Before 1960 it was the Sunday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart. The Propers don't change, but the vestment colour in the EF (1962) is now green.

The Propers for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary time are completely different, a clear indication of how the Novus Ordo represents a deliberate rupture with the past. Vestment colour hardly implies unity.

Last Sunday was in the Octave of Corpus Christi, and until 1960 would have had white vestments.

Already, priestly societies of Pontifical Right are using the pre-1955 Ordo for Holy Week. One can expect the restoration of the pre-1960 Octaves in due course. Not before time.

Anonymous said...

Bee here:

Fr. McD said, "But fret not, today in both forms we are back to green! Praise the Lord for Catholic green unity!"

Well, I thought so too, but not at the EF Mass I attended this morning. My parish decided to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart at the EF Low Mass this morning, which I was grateful for, since I was not able to attend Mass last Friday on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, but confused by too, because it was published in the bulletin this would be the Third Sunday after Pentecost, and that's what I was reading in the missal for the first part of the Mass.

I just try to go with the flow... :-)

God bless.
Bee

Marc said...

“[P]riestly societies of Pontifical Right are using the pre-1955 Ordo for Holy Week. One can expect the restoration of the pre-1960 Octaves in due course.”

I certainly hope so. The ICRSS already gets close to this in a rather clever way. And I saw some apostolates returned to the unadulterated Pentecost vigil. Very promising.

The ore-1955 Good Friday we went to this year was a revelation to me.

Joe Potillor said...

Tempus per Anum ;)