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  1. Cf. especially Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, nn. 7, 24, 33, 35, 48, 51, 52, 56; Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, nn. 1, 21, 25, 26; Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, Ad gentes, n. 6; Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 18.
  2. Among the spoken or written statements of the Supreme Pontiffs, see especially: Paul VI, Motu Proprio, Ministeria quaedam, 15 August 1972, n. V: Acta Apostolicae Sedis [AAS] 64 (1972) 532; Apostolic Exhortation, Marialis cultus, 2 February 1974, n. 12: AAS 66 (1974) 125-126; Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii nuntiandi, 8 December 1975, n. 28: AAS 68 (1976) 24-25, n. 43: ibid. pp. 33-34, n. 47: ibid. pp. 36-37; John Paul II, Apostolic Constitution, Scripturarum thesaurus, 25 April 1979 in Nova Vulgata Bibliorum Sacrorum editione, Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis 1979, pp. V-VIII; Apostolic Exhortation, Catechesi tradendae, 16 October 1979, nn. 23, 27, 48: AAS 71 (1979) 1296-1297, 1298-1299, 1316; Letter, Dominicae Cenae, 24 February 1980, n. 10: AAS 72 (1980) 134-137.
  3. Cf. Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction Eucharisticum Mysterium, 25 May 1967, n. 10: AAS 59 (1967) 547-548; Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Instruction Liturgicae instaurationes, 5 September 1970, n. 2: AAS 62 (1970) 695-696; Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, Directorum catechesticum generale, 11 April 1971: AAS 64 (1972) 106-107; n. 25: ibid., p. 114; Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, nn. 9, 11, 24, 33, 60, 62, 316, 320; Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, Instruction on liturgical formation in seminaries, In Ecclesiasticam futurorum sacerdotum, 3 June 1979, nn. 11, 52; ibid., Appendix, n. 15; Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, Instruction Inaestimabile Donum, 3 April 1980, nn. 1, 2, 3; AAS 72 (1980) 333-334.
  4. Cf. Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo lectionum Missae (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1969), pp. IX-XII (Praenotanda); Decree of promulgation: AAS 61 (1969) 548-549.
  5. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, nn. 35, 56; Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii nuntiandi, 8 December 1975, nn 28, 47: AAS 68 (1976) 24-25, 36-37; Letter, Dominicae Cenae, 24 February 1980, nn. 10, 11, 12: AAS 72 (1980) 134-146.
  6. For example, the terms "word of God," "Sacred Scripture," "Old" and "New Testament," "Reading (readings) of the word of God," "Reading (readings) from Sacred Scripture," "Celebration (Celebrations) of the word of God," etc.
  7. Thus one and the same text may be read or used for various reasons on various occasions and celebrations of the Church's liturgical year. This is to be recalled in the homily, in pastoral exegesis, and in catechesis. The indexes of this volume will show, for example, that Romans chapter 6 or Romans chapter 8 is used in various seasons of the liturgical year and in various celebrations of the sacraments and sacramentals.
  8. Cf. Lk 4:6-2 1; 24:25-35, 44-49.
  9. Thus, for example, in the celebration of Mass, there is proclamation, reading, etc. (cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, nn. 21, 23, 95, 131, 146, 234, 235). There are also other celebrations of the word of God in the Pontificale Romanum, the Rituale Romanum, and the Liturgia Horarum, as restored by decree of the Second Vatican Council.
  10. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, nn. 7, 33; Mk 16:19-20; Mt 28:20; St. Augustine, Sermo 85, 1: "The Gospel is the mouth of Christ. He is seated in heaven yet does not cease to speak on earth": PL 38, 520; cf, also In Io. Ev. tract. XXX, 1: PL 35, 1632; CCL 36, 289; Pontificate Romano Germanicum: "The Gospel is read, in which Christ speaks by his own mouth to the people ... the Gospel resounds in the church as though Christ himself were speaking to the people" (see C. Vogel & R. Elze, edd., Le Pontifical romano-germanique du dixième siècle. Le Texte I, Citta del Vaticano, 1963, XCIV, 18, p. 334); or "At the approach of Christ, that is, the Gospel, we put aside our staffs, because we have no need of human assistance" (ibid. XCIV, 23, p. 335).
  11. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 7.
  12. Cf. Heb 4:12.
  13. Cf. St. Augustine, Quaestionum in Heptateuchum liber 2, 73: PL 34, 623; CCL 33, 106; Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, n. 16.
  14. Cf. St. Jerome: "If, as St. Paul says (I Cor 1:24), Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, anyone who is ignorant of the Scriptures is ignorant of the power of God and his wisdom. For ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ" (Commentarii in Isaiam prophetam, Prologus: PL 24, 17A; CCL 73, 1); Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, n. 25.
  15. Cf. 2 Cor 1:20-22.
  16. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 10.
  17. Cf. 2 Thes 3: 1.
  18. Cf. Collectae, Pro Sancta Ecclesia, in Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1975), pp. 786, 787, 790: St. Cyprian, De oratione dominica 23: PL 4, 553; CSEL 3/2, 285; CCL 3A, 105; St. Augustine, Sermo 71, 20, 33: PL 38, 463f.
  19. Cf. Collecta, Dominica XXI "per annum," in Missale Romanum, p. 360.
  20. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, n. 8.
  21. Cf. Jn 14:15-17, 25-26-16:15.
  22. Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 4.
  23. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 51; Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 18; also Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, n. 21; Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, Ad gentes, n. 6. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 8.
  24. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 56.
  25. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 33.
  26. Cf. Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Instruction, Liturgicae instaurationes, 5 September 1970, n. 2: AAS 62 (1970) 695-696; John Paul II Letter, Dominicae Cenae, 24 February 1980, n. 10: AAS 72 (1980) 134-137; Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, Instruction, Inaestimabile Donum, 3 April 1980, n. 1: AAS 72 (1980) 333.
  27. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 33.
  28. Cf. below, n. 111 of this Introduction.
  29. Cf. Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo cantus Missae, editio typica 1972, Praenotanda, nn. 4, 6, 10.
  30. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 11.
  31. Cf. ibid., n. 272; and nn. 32-34 of this Introduction.
  32. Cf. ibid., nn. 35, 95.
  33. Cf. ibid., nn. 82-84.
  34. Cf. ibid., nn. 94, 131.
  35. Cf. Ordo Missae cum populo, 11, in: Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1975), p. 388.
  36. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 36.
  37. Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution, Laudis canticum in Liturgia Horarum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instaurata auctoritate Pauli VI promulgata (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis 1971); cf. also Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, nn. 24, 90; Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction, Musicam sacram, 5 March 1967, n. 39: AAS 59 (1967) 311; Liturgia Horarum, Instituto Generalis, nn. 23, 109; Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, Ratio fundamentalis, n. 53.
  38. Cf. below, nn. 89-90 of this Introduction.
  39. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, no. 18, 38.
  40. Cf. ibid., n. 272; and below, nn. 32ff of this Introduction.
  41. Cf. ibid., n. 39.
  42. Cf. ibid., no. 37-39; Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo cantus Missae, Praenotanda, no. 7-9; Graduale Romanum, 1974, Praenotanda, n. 7; Graduale simplex, editio typica altera 1975, Praenotanda, n. 16.
  43. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 52; Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction, Inter Oecumenici, 26 September 1964, n. 54: AAS 56 (1964) 890.
  44. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 42.
  45. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 35, 2.
  46. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 6 and 47.
  47. Cf. Paul VI, Encyclical, Mysterium Fidei, 3 September 1965, n. 36: AAS 57 (1965) 753; Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church Ad gentes, n. 9; Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii nuntiandi, n. 43: AAS 69 (1976) 33-34.
  48. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 35, 2; Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 41.
  49. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 10.
  50. Cf. John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation, Catechesi tradendae, 16 October 1979, n. 48: AAS 71 (1979) 1316.
  51. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 165.
  52. Cf. ibid., n. 42; and also Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction, Eucharisticum Mysterium, 25 May 1967, n. 28: AAS 59 (1967) 556-557.
  53. Cf. Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Instruction, Actio pastoralis, 15 May 1969, n. 6g: AAS 61 (1969) 809; Directorium de Missis cum pueris, I November 1973, n. 48: AAS 66 (1974) 44.
  54. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, nn. 42, 338; Rituale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum, auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo celebrandi Matrimonium (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1969), no. 22, 42, 57; Ordo Exsequiarum (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1969), on. 41, 64.
  55. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 97.
  56. Cf. ibid., n. 139.
  57. Cf. ibid., n. 23.
  58. Cf. ibid., n. 43.
  59. Cf. ibid., n. 45.
  60. Cf. ibid., n. 99.
  61. Cf. ibid., n. 47.
  62. Cf. above, note 23 of this Introduction.
  63. Cf. Institution Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 272.
  64. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 122.
  65. Cf. Pontificale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, De Ordinatione Diaconi, Presbyteri et Episcopi (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis 1968), p. 28, n. 24; p. 68, n. 21; p. 85, n. 24; p. 70, n. 25; p. 100, n. 25.
  66. Cf. below, no. 78-91 of this Introduction.
  67. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, no. 318-320, 324-325.
  68. Cf. ibid., n. 313.
  69. Cf. ibid., n. 42; Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, Instruction, Inaestimabile Donum, n. 3: AAS 72 (1980) 334.
  70. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 11.
  71. Cf. ibid., n. 68.
  72. Cf. ibid., nn. 33, 47.
  73. Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 4.
  74. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 33.
  75. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 9.
  76. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 7.
  77. Cf. ibid., n. 9.
  78. Cf. Rom 1: 16.
  79. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, n. 21.
  80. Quoted ibid.
  81. Cf. Jn 14:15-26; 15:26-16:4, 5-15.
  82. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, Ad gentes, no. 6 and 15; and also Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, n. 26.
  83. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 24; and also Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, Directorium Catecheticum Generale, 11 April 1971, n. 25: AAS 64 (1972) 114.
  84. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 56; see also Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, Instruction, Inaestimabile Donum, 3 April 1980, n. 1: AAS 72 (1980) 333-334.
  85. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, nn. 24 and 35.
  86. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n, 34.
  87. Cf. ibid., n. 96.
  88. Cf. ibid., nn. 47, 61, 132; Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, Instruction, Inaestimabile Donum, 3 April 1980, n. 3: AAS 72 (1980) 334.
  89. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 66.
  90. Cf. Paul VI, Motu Proprio, Ministeria quaedum, 15 August 1972, n. V: AAS 64 (1972) 532.
  91. Cf. Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, Instruction, Inaestimabile Donum, nn. 2 and 18: AAS 72 (1980) 334; cf. also Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Directorium de Missis cum pueris, 1 November 1973, nn. 22, 24, 27: AAS 66 (1974) 43.
  92. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, nn. 47, 66, 151; cf. also Consilium ad exsequendam Constitutionem de sacra Liturgia, De oratione communi fidelium (Città del Vaticano 1966) n. 8.
  93. Cf, Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 66.
  94. Cf. ibid., nn. 37a and 67.
  95. Cf. ibid., n. 68.
  96. Cf. for example, Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution, Missale Romanum, 3 April 1969, in Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis 1975), p. 15, quoted in Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo lectionum Missae, editio typica altera (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1981), p. XXX.
  97. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, nn. 35 and 51.
  98. Cf. Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution, Missale Romanum: in Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis 1975), p. 15, quoted in Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo lectionum Missae, editio typica altera (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1981), p. XXXI.
  99. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, nn. 9 and 33; Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction, Inter Oecumenici, 26 September 1964, n. 7: AAS 56 (1964) 878; John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation, Catechesi tradendae, 16 October 1979, n. 23: AAS 71 (1979) 1296-1297.
  100. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 35, 4; Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction, Inter Oecumenici, 26 September 1964, nn. 37-38: AAS 56 (1964) 884.
  101. Cf. Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Instruction, Actio pastoralis, 15 May 1969, n. 6: AAS 61 (1969) 809; Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Directorium de Missis cum pueris, I November 1973, on. 41-47: AAS 66 (1974) 43; Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Marialis cultus, 2 February 1974, n. 12: AAS 66 (1974) 125-126.
  102. Each of the years is designated by the letter A, B, or C. The following is the procedure to determine which year is A, B, or C. The letter C designates a year whose number is divisible into three equal parts, as though the cycle had taken its beginning from the first year of the Christian era. Thus the year 1 would have been Year A; year 2, Year B; year 3, Year C (as would years 6, 9, and 12). Thus, for example, year 1980 is Year C; 1981, Year A; 1982, Year B; and 1983, Year C again. And so forth. Obviously each cycle runs in accord with the plan of the liturgical year, that is, it begins with the First Week of Advent, which falls in the preceding year of the civil calendar.
    The year in each cycle is marked in a sense by the principal characteristic of the Synoptic Gospel used for the semicontinuous reading of Ordinary Time. Thus the first Year of the cycle is the Year for the reading of the Gospel of Matthew and is so named; the second and third Years are the Year of Mark and the Year of Luke.
  103. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, no. 36-40; Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo cantus Missae (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis), no. 5-9.
  104. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 313.
  105. Cf. ibid., n. 318; Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, Instruction, Inaestimabile Donum, n. 1: AAS 72 (1980) 333-334.
  106. For example: in Lent the continuity of the Old Testament readings corresponds to the unfolding of the history of salvation; the Sundays in Ordinary Time provide the semicontinuous reading of one of the Letters of the Apostles. In these cases it is right that the pastor of souls choose one or other of the readings in a systematic way over a series of Sundays, so that he may establish a coherent plan for catechesis. It is not right to read indiscriminately on one day from the Old Testament, on another from the Letter of an Apostle, without any orderly plan for the texts that follow.
  107. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 319
  108. Cf. ibid., n. 316c; see Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 51.
  109. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 318.
  110. Cf. Rituale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum, auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo Paenitentiae (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis 1974), Praenotanda, n. 13.
  111. Cf. Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 320.
  112. Cf. ibid., n. 313.
  113. Cf. no. 173-174, of this Order of Readings.
  114. Cf. n. 233, of this Order of Readings.
  115. So, for example, when there are six weeks before Lent, the seventh week begins on the Monday after Pentecost. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity replaces the Sunday of Ordinary Time.
  116. When there are, for example, five weeks before Lent, the Monday after Pentecost begins with the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time and the Sixth Week is omitted.
  117. Cf. Table II at the end of this Introduction.
  118. Cf. Table III at the end of this Introduction. [This table appears only in Volume II.]
  119. Cf. Missale Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti Oecumenici Concilii Vaticani II instauratum auctoritate Pauli VI promulgatum, Ordo lectionum Missae, editio typica altera (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1981), p. XLVII, note 119.
  120. Cf. Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Instruction Liturgicae instaurationes, 5 September 1970, n. 11: AAS 62 (1970) 702-703; Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 325.
  121. Cf. ibid., nn. 11, 29, 68a, 139.
  122. Cf. Index of Readings, pp. 1161-1173, of this Order of Readings.
  123. The references for the psalms follow the order of the Liber Psalmorum, published by the Pontifical Commission for the Neo-Vulgate (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1969).

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