A Zenit news item provides a translation of the CDWDS directive from Pope Benedict about that Mass during the Pauline year:
Thus, in virtue the faculties conferred on this Congregation by the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, it is permitted, in an extraordinary manner, that on Jan. 25, 2009, the Third Sunday ‘per annum,’ a Mass according to the formulary ‘Conversion of St. Paul,’ as is found in the Roman Missal, may be celebrated in the individual churches. In such a case, the second reading of the Mass is taken from the Roman Lectionary for the Third Sunday ‘per annum,’ and the Creed will be recited.
So the Lectionary is given as:
First Reading: Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22 (Not both, as they are each Paul’s conversion story as told from two different perspectives.)
Psalm 117 with the refrain from Mark 16:15 “Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.” (Unattributed voice of God, but not really in an in-your-face way.)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (3rd Ordinary Sunday, cycle B)
Gospel: Mark 16:15-18
I wonder if any clarifications on “a Mass” will be asked and given, and if people will bother to ask permission to celebrate all Masses in this “extraordinary manner.”
I also wonder whose idea it was to do this.