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5th Sunday Remaining after Epiphany: A funny thing happened on the way to Advent

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, an odd thing happens in the Church’s traditional calendar for the Vetus Ordo. The Sundays left over after Epiphany are finally dusted off, “resumed,” and prayed until the liturgical year is concluded. This is because of the vagaries of the Moon and shifting date of Easter…

23rd Sunday after Pentecost: “Stand firm in the Lord, my beloved!”

We would have had a first selection from Philippians last week, the last Sunday of October, but the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost was superseded by the Feast of Christ the King in the Vetus calendar. Sunday’s reading from Philippians 3:17-21 and 4:1-3 is also used in the Vetus calendar on the Feast of St. Clement…

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…

15th Sunday after Pentecost: “God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”

We come now to the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, which in an older way of thinking was called Quinta post Sancti Laurentii… the 5th after St. Lawrence, who was so beloved of the Romans. In fact, most of the Sundays of the year had station churches, not just the Sundays of Advent or days of…

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…

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