The title, I would not advocate for this. But I noticed Paul Inwood’s piece at PrayTell that circled around omitting the Easter Vigil Psalms.
To be sure, Easter Vigil is demanding on everyone. The time. The length. The complexity. The quality you need to bring to the table in order for it not to be boring, tedious, or impossible. I was in ministry for years before it became comfortable for me, and I had a lot of catching up to do. Some clergy never master it, and some don’t want to try.
So I’m dismayed that half a century after liturgical reform people are still looking to cut corners. It’s not hard to find parishes that do the Easter Vigil well and to get tutored in best practices.
That said, I’m amused about that pastor who wants all the readings and silence instead of psalms. If you twisted my arm and asked me to omit anything in the Liturgy of the Word, it would be the prayers after each psalm. And if you pressed me further, I’d ask why aren’t we omitting readings and keeping the psalms? The difference in quality of text is negligible. And I’d take Psalm 16 over Genesis 22 (despite the energy that has gone into churchsplaining child sacrifice) any day.