Category Archives: General Introduction to the Lectionary

GILM 95-96: Christmas Season

The Christmas season, in brief: 95. For the vigil and the three Masses of Christmas both the prophetic readings and the others have been chosen from the Roman tradition.The Gospel on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, Feast of … Continue reading

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GILM 93-94: Advent Readings

Readers may be more familiar with the yearly Sunday pattern for the first season of the liturgical year: 93. Each Gospel reading has a distinctive theme: the Lord’s coming at the end of time (First Sunday of Advent), John the Baptist … Continue reading

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GILM 92: Description of the Order of Readings

Chapter V runs us through GILM 110. With each post for the week ahead, we’ll cover this material: 92. It seems useful to provide here a brief description of the Order of Readings, at least for the principal celebrations and … Continue reading

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GILM 89-91: Psalm and Gospel Acclamation

We have yet to address the psalm and gospel acclamation. These considerations conclude Chapter IV of the GILM. 89. Among the chants between the readings, the psalm which follows the first reading is of great importance. As a rule the … Continue reading

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GILM 85-88: Other Considerations

85. In the Order of Readings for ritual Masses the references given are to the texts already published for the individual rites. This obviously does not include the texts belonging to celebrations that must not be integrated with Mass. [110] … Continue reading

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GILM 83-84: Choices for Saints’ Celebrations

In these detailed prescriptions for readings proclaimed on saint days, most of these principles we’ve already covered. First, if there are proper readings for a saint, they should be used if these illustrate something biblical about the saint or about … Continue reading

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GILM 82: Choices in Weekday Readings

Priests and liturgists are confronted with choices at daily Mass, usually the intersection of the cycle of saints with the readings of ordinary time: 82. The arrangement of weekday readings provides texts for every day of the week throughout the … Continue reading

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