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Sunday, November 25 2012~Resources for Sunday Mass (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms)

Posted by Dim Bulb on November 20, 2012

This post contains resources (mostly biblical and homiletic) for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Rite. One or two posts are marked as pending and I hope to have these done by Wednesday night. Other resources may be added and these will be marked “update.” I hope to have a resource post for the first Sunday of Advent up before the end of this week.



  • Mass Readings in the NJB TranslationUsed in most English speaking countries. Scroll down. I’ve seen conflicting reports concerning whether or not it is the JB, or the NJB that is currently used in most English speaking nations. If anyone knows of a Bishop’s Conference site that has a set up similar to the US Bishop’s site linked above (but using the JB or NJB), please let me know.
  • Anglican Use Daily Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.

GENERAL RESOURCES: sites that usually deal with the readings as a whole. Commentaries on the individual readings further below.

  • Word Sunday. The readings in both and literal translation, notes on the text, podcast, children’s reading.
  • SacerdosGives the theme of the readings, the doctrinal message, and pastoral application.
  • Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background on the readings. Can be printed out, copied, and used as bulletin insert.
  • Scripture Speaks. I’ve linked to the archive. This Sunday’s post not yet available.
  • The Bible Workshop. Links to several relevant articles, contains a reading guide to the gospel text, a comparison of the readings, suggestions for a lesson (i.e., homily).
  • The Wednesday WordIt’s about the Sunday readings, but the document is posted on Wednesday, hence the name. Designed for prayer and reflection, the pdf document ends with Father Dom Henry Wansbrough’s reflections on the first and second readings. Fr. Wansbrough is General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and contributed commentaries on Matt, Mark, and the Pastorals in A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture.



  • Pending: St Augustine’s Notes on Today’s Responsorial (Ps 93).


  • Pending (maybe): My Notes on Today’s 2nd Reading (Rev 1:5-8).



  • Podcast on Revelation 1:1-8. By Dr. Peter Williamson, co-editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, a new commentary series. All his podcasts on Revelation can be found here (scroll down).

Dominica XXIV et ultima Post Pentecosten V. Novembris ~ II. classis





  • Processions. A Liturgical Sketch based upon the Gospel.

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Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 93

Posted by Dim Bulb on November 20, 2012


THIS psalm is a hymn to Yahweh as King of the universe.  The cry with which it begins: “The Lord is King” is a cry of joy at the sight of Yahweh ascending, as it were, the throne from which He rules the world. For a time Israel had been cast down in defeat, and it had seemed as if Yahweh had abandoned His rule of the nations. But once again He has intervened and shown His might and His justice. Israel’s enemies have been overthrown, and in the pride of victory, the psalmist sings as if now, for the first time, Yahweh were the King of the world, “Yahweh is King.” What the intervention was that proved the love of the Lord for Israel we do not know. It was not the return from Exile, for verse 5 speaks of the Temple as still standing inviolate. The ascription of the psalm to David is wanting in the Massoretic text, and it is improbable that the occasion of the poem was an event of the Davidic period. The enthronement of Yahweh is coloured for the psalmist by the Messianic outlook: Yahweh, as King of the world, is depicted in the traditional imagery of the Messianic King. The King of the Messianic End-period was traditionally regarded as resuming and repeating in Himself the glories of the Lord of the Creation-period. So the Lord of the world is here shown restraining His foes as the Creator restrained His adversaries, the powers of Chaos and the Abyss, “when He shut in the Sea with the sand”—

When he burst forth, issuing from the womb.
When I made cloud his apparel,
And thick vapour his swathing band.
And imposed on him a decree.
And set a bar and doors :
‘ Thus far thou mayest come, but no farther ;
And here shall thy swell be broken.”—(Job38:8-1 1.)

The enemies of Yahweh may storm and rage, but above the sea-storm of their fury Yahweh sits unmoved on His eternal throne. No billows, however highly tossed, of their raging can attain to the everlasting throne which is set above the waters of earth and heaven (cf. Ps 29:10). It is not now for the first time that Yahweh is King : His reign is from eternity and to eternity. The recent defeat of Israel’s foes which has driven them back from Jerusalem and the Temple is a striking proof of the permanence of Yahweh’s rule, even when His foes may seem for a moment to prevail. His promises of help to Israel, and of inviolability for His Sanctuary have been fulfilled in the deed of rescue which He has performed for His people, and the psalmist looks forward triumphantly to the permanent inviolability of Sion.

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St Jerome’s Notes on Daniel 7:13-14

Posted by Dim Bulb on November 20, 2012

Verses 13, 14. “And behold, there came One with the clouds of heaven like unto the Son of man.” He who was described in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar as a rock cut without hands, which also grew to be a large mountain, and which smashed the earthenware, the iron, the bronze, the silver, and the gold is now introduced as the very person of the Son of man, so as to indicate in the case of the Son of God how He took upon Himself human flesh; according to the statement which we read in the Acts of the Apostles: “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up towards heaven? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him going into heaven” (Acts 1:11).

“. . .And He arrived unto the Ancient of days, and they brought Him before His presence, and He gave unto Him authority and honor and royal power.” All that is said here concerning His being brought before Almighty God and receiving authority and honor and royal power is to be understood in the light of the Apostle’s statement: “Who, although He was in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and was found in His condition to be as a man: He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:6-8). And if the sect of the Arians were willing to give heed to all this Scripture with a reverent mind, they would never direct against the Son of God the calumny that He is not on an equality with God.

“.. .And He is the one whom all the peoples, tribes, and language-groups shall serve. His authority is an eternal authority which shall not be removed, and His kingdom shall be one that shall never be destroyed… .” Let Porphyry answer the query of whom out of all mankind this language might apply to, or who this person might be who was so powerful as to break and smash to pieces the little horn, whom he interprets to be Antiochus? If he replies that the princes of Antiochus were defeated |81 by Judas Maccabaeus, then he must explain how Judas could be said to come with the clouds of heaven like unto the Son of man, and to be brought unto the Ancient of days, and how it could be said that authority and royal power was bestowed upon him, and that all (671) peoples and tribes and language-groups served him, and that his power is eternal and not terminated by any conclusion (source)

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