The other day, Rorate Caeli published a lecture given by Dr Kwasniewski at the Sacra Liturgia conference in 2015 in New York, on the reform of the lectionary. See: 50 Years of a Religious and Cultural Catastrophe: When the Yearly Biblical Readings of Immemorial Tradition Were Cast Away

At the heart of the discussion over the modern rite lectionary is the question of the purpose of the scripture texts at Mass. Until recently, it was unheard of to suggest that there was any other purpose than the instruction of the faithful. Kwasnieski argues that the lessons have first and foremost “an ecclesial identity, a sacerdotal orientation, and a eucharistic finality.” This question is crucial in the discussion of such matters as the length of texts or the manner in which the scripture is presented at Mass: who reads it, which direction they face, what they wear, whether they speak or chant…

The purpose of the lessons also nags away in the background when we come to decide whether to have the semi-continuous readings of the day on a Saint’s Day. The modern lectionary preference is to keep going with the Book of the Apocalypse or whichever, but Kwasniewski calls this into question on the grounds that “the goal of Christian faith is not a material knowledge of Scripture but personal sanctification and conversion, which is the formal content and aim of Scripture itself” and therefore the use of particular readings for the different types of saints puts scripture at the service of the life of grace.

Read the Whole Article at https://the-hermeneutic-of-continuity.blogspot.com/

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