John Nolan writes and asks:
"The Responsorial Psalm and the so-called Gospel acclamation, along with the third lesson, are part and parcel of the 1970 Lectionary. The first two may of course be substituted by the Gradual and Alleluia/Tract as found in the Graduale Romanum (or even in a simpler setting).
Are you advocating a return to only two readings on Sundays? If so, it might make sense to return to the traditional Roman lectionary."
First, is there any parish out there in the Ordinary Form substituting the Responsorial Psalm with the Gradual and Alleluia Tract as found in the Graduale Romanun? Does anyone actually have a copy of the Graduale Romanun reformed after Vatican II?
I am advocating a renewal in continuity for the reformed lectionary but only for Sunday. The revised weekday lectionary is far superior and richer than the EF's daily Mass lectionary which for the most part is almost non existent. The revised lectionary would need the Gradual and Alleluia/Tract though.
What I dislike about the revised lectionary is that too many readings are thrown at us which does two things: it makes the Mass more wordy and classroom like and thus less mystical and inspirational and it throws too much at the laity to digest often with the second reading not relating to the Old Testament or Gospel reading, except maybe during the Easter Season.
I think there is nothing wrong with the Sunday EF lectionary and it could be easily adapted with some minor changes to the revised Roman Calendar. But I would miss all the Old Testament readings we have heard with the revised lectionary. So an "Old Testament"year could be added with Gospels that are not in the EF lectionary. I think we would only need a two year cycle or readings if this actually were to happen.
At Requiem Masses, I do not encourage three readings.Two readings are sufficient plus the responsorial psalm. But as I have written, the responsorial psalm is tedious with all the refrains and unnecessarily long with its useless repetitions. Even if we kept the Psalm and only had the refrain at the beginning and the end with the Psalm chanted straight through, this would be an improvement.
However, the current crop of responsorial psalms could be used as Communion Chants allowing the congregation to sing the refrain as they approach the communion rail.
But, yes, since celebrating the EF Mass with its Gradual and Alleluia/Tract, I have found these much more meditative and less tedious than the long responsorial Psalm.