Liturgy and Worship

Upcoming Feasts of the Church

Consider joining us for the 8:30am Mass for these special Feasts and celebrations of the Church:
10/18 – The Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist
10/28 – The Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles
11/1 – The Solemnity of All Saints (not a Holy Day of Obligation this year)
11/2 – Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)
11/5 - First Friday with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Benediction at 12noon

 

Upcoming Formation & Rehearsal Info

Nov 6, Saturday, 9:30 am BSCC Church: Formation for EMHCs
Nov 12, Friday, 7:00pm STR Mission Church: Formation for EMHCs

Wednesdays, 5:35 BSCC Church: Children’s Choir
Wednesdays, 7pm BSCC Church: Spanish Choir Rehearsal (no rehearsal10/6)
Thursdays, 7pm BSCC Church: English Choir
Rehearsal (no rehearsal 10/7)
Thursdays, 7pm STR Mission Church: Spanish Choir Rehearsal

For more information about Liturgical Ministries, please contact Marie Messner in the Liturgy & Music Office.

 

Liturgical Question, answered by Kevin Feltmann, Director of Liturgy and Music

I was told that if you go to Mass every day for three years, you will hear the entire Bible read. Is that true?

Prior to the Vatican II, very little of Sacred Scripture was read at Mass. Generally, just a portion of an Epistle, and a Gospel. The Old Testament was only read a handful of times during the year, and most of that was during Holy Week. For those who like statistics, the Pre-Vatican II Missal contained: 22.4% of the Gospels, 11% of the rest of the New Testament, and a shocking 1% of the Old Testament. (It should be noted that this figure does not include the Psalms, as the Psalms also appear throughout the Missal as Antiphons). In a 1951 revision of the Missal, the Old Testament content dropped to .39%.

Vatican II, in its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium), declared that: “The treasures of the Bible are to be opened up more lavishly so that a richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God's word. In this way the more significant part of the Sacred Scriptures will be read to the people over a fixed number of years.” (SC, #51).

Our current lectionary does contain a “more significant part” of the Bible. It contains a 3 year cycle for Sundays (A-Matthew, B-Mark, C-Luke, with John thrown into all three years), and a 2 year cycle for weekdays. It does greatly improve upon the Pre-Vatican II statistics as we read: 89.8% of the Gospels, 54.9% of the rest of the New Testament, and an improved 13.5% of the Old Testament. (Again, this figure is without the Psalms.)

While you will not hear the entire Bible read, you will hear a better portion than we did prior to Vatican II. For more information on these Lectionary statistics, please see Fr. Felix Just’s website: catholic-resources.org/Lectionary/Statistics.htm. From there you can also explore a host of other topics regarding our Catholic Faith.

If you have questions about liturgy or music, please send them to Kevin Feltmann, who will answer them directly and possibly through the bulletin for everyone’s benefit.

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