MY PURPOSE in providing these calendars is simple: I want to encourage people to become more familiar with the Word of God as it is experienced at Mass every day. In 1975 I entered the seminary, and over the decades I have learned to appreciate the systematic proclamation of the Scriptures as they are arranged in the Lectionary for Mass. In fact, I look upon my hearing of the Letter to the Hebrews at weekday Masses in late January 1981 as having been foundational to my faith-life.
These calendars reflect celebrations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois (USA).
Key to abbreviations used in these calendars
You may find this link helpful for looking up readings.
Bookmark with information on "navigating" the liturgical calendar through 2049
I am not a liturgist. I am, however, a person who presides at Mass every day. Daily familiarity with the Lectionary since 1975 gives me license, I think, to make some judgments of my own.
I have relented in my opposition to "short forms" of readings. You will find "short forms" listed.
Since people who preach at weekday Mass are encouraged to look at an entire week's worth of weekday readings as a unit, and to work around feast days in order to give priority to the progression of the weekday readings, I am providing "source materials": the progression of the weekday readings, unencumbered by feast days; and the progression of the epistles and gospels of Sundays.
Saints' days: As I have noted, my calendars reflect celebrations in my home diocese. In recent years, numerous saints' observances have crowded the U.S. calendar on which my diocesan calendar is based.
Abbreviations: As I have noted, I am not a liturgist. When I first compiled these calendars (early 1990s), I found that a Lectionary for Masses with Children referred to saints as "married man" and "married woman," and there were a few other innovations. I held on to these abbreviations for classes of saints, but I don't seem to find more recent liturgical resources using them. I have had a look at Norms Governing Liturgical Calendars from the USCCB; this seems to be the best source for this topic.
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