Wednesday, April 4, 2018
SPEAKING OF THE WORDY LECTIONARY
As I have written before, I believe it is time to reconsider the revised lectionary. It is too wordy.
The Tridentine Lectionary was perfect. There was the Epistle Reading, the Gradual and the Gospel.
It's flaw was that it was limited in the selection of Scriptures for Sunday and the daily Mass Tridentine Lectionary was non existent except for Advent, Lent and Easter. Our revised daily Mass lectionary is great, just get rid of the useless repetition of the Responsorial Psalm and return to the Gradual and Tract.
Certainly Vatican II asked that there be a more lavish use of Scripture in a revised Lectionary. Have a Year B then with Old Testament readings used during the year where appropriate and a year C to use New Testament Readings not in the Tridentine's Lectionary. But keep the Tridentine Lectionary for year A.
With that said, Let me ask a question with my statement first.
For funeral, I do not encourage two readings and the Responsorial Psalm before the Gospel. I recommend a first reading (from either the Old Testament or New Testament, the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel.
How many of you experience this at funerals.
I'd like to do the same for weddings but haven't pushed that as I aggressively as I have for funerals.
What do you think?