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One advantage of the TLM: readings that don’t appear in the NO November 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, sadness, scandals, secularism, Tradition.

One of the advantages partisans of the NO purport it to hold over the TLM is the greatly increased number of Biblical verses that are used in the Novus Ordo’s three year cycle of readings as opposed to the perennial calendar of the Traditional Mass. But the reformers of the Mass were extremely selective in the verses they chose, deliberately some which had been in use for well over a thousand years because they were either insufficiently ecumenical or said things the reformers did not like.

One of the most famous of these is the exclusion of 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, wherein Saint Paul reminds us that receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily is sinful sacrilege.  The exclusion of that reading also undermines belief in the Real Presence, because it was exactly that condemnation of illicit reception that forms a powerful argument in favor of the Real Presence (even if the Gospels, and especially John 6, were certainly enough support for this belief that can be traced back to the earliest Fathers.  Unfortunately, the Novus Ordo excludes or relegates to early weekdays (Mon, Tues) much of John 6).

Another reading missing at least in part from the Novus Ordo selections is 1 Pet IV:13-19 (taken from the Feast of Pope Saint Martin I, according to the Missale Romanum of 1945):

Dearly beloved, if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that when His glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.  If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed; for that which is of the honor, glory, and power of God, and that which is his Spirit, resteth upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or a coveter of other men’s things. But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in His Name. For the time is that judgment should begin at the house of God, and if first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the Gospel of God?  And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.

——–End Quote——–

Now why might these verses included in such an ancient Mass be excluded from the Novus Ordo?  Could it have anything to do with the fact that it speaks of the damnation of those outside the Church, a most conveniently unecumenical thought by Saint Peter?  Bible verses that mention suffering and travail are quite frequently excluded, as were the many Collects and other Propers of the Mass containing such elements also either edited or replaced entirely.

The following is the the Novus Ordo Mass, but I think it merits inclusion, anyway, this is the Gospel from yesterday (Saint Luke XIV:26-33):

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: if any man come to Me, and hate not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, having a  mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it; lest, after he hath laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock hi, saying: This man began to build and was not able to finish?………So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth cannot be My disciple.

———End Quote———-

Now Pope Saint Martin was horribly persecuted not by pagans but by fellow Catholics, or, rather, Monothelite heretics.  He died a martyr’s death. Thus the Church’s inclusion of this Gospel is so obvious and yet is also a clear warning, if we are to call ourselves Catholic and live the Faith truly we must count the cost beforehand, even to the point of death.  Very few katholycs do so today.  Once again, we see also a reading that stresses the suffering Christians must expect in this life.  That is quite different from the happy clappy never suffer a moment ethos that reigns in most parishes today.

I note in passing that the Feast of Pope Saint Martin I was reduced to an optional memorial in the liturgical calendar of the Novus Ordo and the readings were completely changed and utterly nonsensical from the point of view of the life of the great Pope and Martyr.

It can also be argued that the three year cycle undermines key Catholic beliefs because some critical readings are heard only once every three years (if at all), opposed to every year. Thus, opposite to decades ago when many Catholics knew certain part of the Gospels by heart from hearing them every year at Mass, today most Catholics know even less of the Bible, and what they know is often disconnected from the flow of liturgical seasons, as the three year cycle in the Novus Ordo completely divorced the readings from the liturgical year.


1. Dismas - November 13, 2014

Protestants put a heavy emphasis on the Bible as well. That is because they do not have an authentic Church.

The authentic Catholic Church IS the Bible revealed.

This other religion sure does look a lot like our protestant friends, huh?

2. TG - November 14, 2014

I get Magnificant magazine so I see all the readings of NO Mass every day. I’ve noticed that the tough gospel readings or epistle readings are always during weekday Masses. Now and then the readings on Sunday might be a tough gospel but then it gets ignored at the homily. The other things that bugs me is that sometimes it’s the same story but a different gospel. When my grandson received his First Holy Communion, the readings of John 6 were read. The priest actually chose different readings than those of the missal.

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