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.
Be advised of some quirks and idiosyncrasies on my part (scroll down) when it comes to compiling these calendars.
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
QUIRKS AND IDIOSYNCRASIES:
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 do not bother with quoting a "short form" and a "long form" of a reading. We are to be fed by the Word; we are not to push it away! (OK, one exception: Ephesians 5 and the problematic text about "wives being submissive to their husbands.") I remember reading Fr. Raymond Brown's consternation at there being this allowance for "short forms" of readings, and I'm with him!
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.
And while we're on the subject of year vs. saints, I shall rant a bit. I thought that Pope Paul VI had a very good purpose in ridding the calendar of numerous saints' days. The continuous proclamation of the Word of God and the systematic revealing of the mystery of Christ is not to be obscured by a plethora of saints! But now we find our calendar in the midst of saint-creep. Some saints are piling on three and four deep! And how, may I ask, does a devotion to Divine Mercy, good as it is, co-opt a Sunday of Easter?
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