We deny to claim "any Superiority to ourself
to defyne, decyde, or determyn any Article or Poynt
of the Christian Fayth and Relligion,
or to chang any Ancient Ceremony of the Church
from the Forme before received and observed
by the Catholick and Apostolick Church."

Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Again, the Lectionary. Here is the contemporary CofE rendition:

The briefest -- and utterly non-scholarly -- review of traditional sources shows a small number of places where the Tridentine readings match up with certain, identifiable densities:

I think a case can be made for the following style of minimalist revision:

  • Prophecy: 2 Kings 2:1-15 -- Elijah Taken Up to Heaven
  • Epistle: Acts 1:1-11 -- Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven
  • Gospel: Mark 16:14-20 -- The Great Commission

Luke 24:44-53 records the Ascension, frames it with the Old Testament, and foretells the Pentecost. In so doing, however, it diffuses the event and has none of the non-politically-correct power of Mark. Ephesians 4:7-13 is a very interesting gloss but the RCL give us Ephesians 1:15-23, which is only somewhat connected to the feast day. So barring the minimalist enrichment proposed, Trent (and Sarum) remain clearly superior. Sorry.

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