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18th Sunday after Pentecost: “Death, Rather than Sin!”

Our glimpse into the Epistle reading for Sunday’s Holy Mass in the Vetus Ordo of the Roman Rite continues for this coming 18th Sunday after Pentecost. Bl. Ildefonso Schuster, the great liturgist and once Cardinal Archbishop of Milan (+1954) informs us that our ancient Roman forbears identified this Sunday as the “third after the ‘birthday’…

16th Sunday after Pentecost: the breadth and length and height and depth

This week, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost in the Vetus Ordo, we are in Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3:13-21.  Paul penned this letter, along with that to the Colossians and to Philemon probably during his first imprisonment in Rome, around 62 AD. This 16th Sunday was once reckoned as the 1st after from…

13th Sunday after Pentecost: We Live in the Relief, not the Burden

For some weeks we had Pauline readings from the Letters to the Corinthians. We begin this Sunday with pericopes from the Letter to the Galatians. The Epistle reading for this 13th Sunday after Pentecost (or as our ancient Roman forebears would have called it, the 3rd after St. Lawrence, which shows how important the saint…

12th Sunday after Pentecost: You are Christ’s love letter

In the flow of our green Vetus Ordo Sundays, this 12th Sunday after Pentecost brings the last selection from Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians.  Next week we begin with Galatians.   The order of our readings is very ancient, older in fact than the institution of the Divine Office.   Hence, for our ancient Roman forebears, these…

11th Sunday after Pentecost: Soccer balls instead of doctrine? Not so much

We continue with this year’s focus on the Epistle, the first reading, in the Vetus Ordo of the Roman Rite. This week we hear from St. Paul in 1 Cor. 15:1-10. Context remains important. Last Sunday we observed the Feast of the Transfiguration, which has its own proper readings. However, last Sunday was in the…

Transfiguration Sunday: “We Have the Prophetic Word Made More Sure”

This Sunday we observe the Feast of the Transfiguration rather than the “green” Sunday after Pentecost, being the 10th. This Feast of the Transfiguration has a complicated history. First, in Rome there were celebrated on 6 August the feast of the martyrs Pope Sixtus II and six of his deacons, slain that day in the…

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