Liturgical Time



At Liturgy this past Sunday Father Jim informed us that the Gospel readings for that day, and for the next two Sundays, had not been heard in a while. These three Sundays are celebrated this year as the 6th, 7th, and 8th Sundays in Ordinary Time and not since 2010, 2007, and 2001 respectively had their readings been proclaimed at Mass. He said that it is up to us to figure out why this is the case -- and here’s an added hint -- each of the readings is from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 6.

I took him up on the challenge.

It took a few days to pull all the data together. First I found liturgical calendars for the years 2001 – 2019. Then I began a list of seasons and other solemnities, recording the date each was celebrated. Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter provide the structure about which the rest of the year is arranged. The days of the week on which these big “pieces” fall can cause other celebrations to shift to the next day or move a week or two down the road; for instance, the Feast of Saint Joseph (usually on March 19th) or the Feast of the Annunciation (usually March 25th). It was amazing to see patterns develop. I missed the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross (usually September 14th) until 2008 when it fell on a Sunday and so was elevated to that of a solemnity. Add the fact that the Sunday Mass readings are on a three year cycle (presently Cycle C, the hint above) and you have your answer.

How was your week?

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3