General Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass: A Final Look

We’ve reached the end of our examination of the texts of the General Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass. You can review the whole document online, if you wish.

I refer you to the appendices, which include a “Table of Principal Celebrations,” dating Easter and feasts which rely on it for their own dating. It runs 1998-2025.

There is also a chart of Sunday second readings in Ordinary Time, but I would recommend instead Fr Felix Just’s fine site for all sorts of tables and statistics on the Roman Lectionaries.

I don’t have a lot to write about as we wrap up this peek at the GILM. The document contains a good amount of optimism, it being 1981. From about 1970, Roman documents on liturgy are more noted for a more measured tone than those from the period of 1963-69. The liturgical clampdown of the 90’s is still far enough in the future. GILM represents a sample of Roman liturgical thinking from the midpoint of implementing liturgical reform: a respect for the role and office of bishop, an expectation that liturgy will continue to grow more fruitful, a refinement of earlier ideas and practices–some of which had been found wanting, and others enhanced as the Church reaches a zenith of collaboration between the curia, the bishops, bureaucrats, and experts.

Any last comments on the document, the Lectionary, or some related topic?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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