Tuesday 21 May 2013

Scripture in the 1962 Missale Romanum (EF)

There's a lot that can be said about the differences between the EF and OF lectionaries. There's also a lot of debate about which is "better" and why. To aid this area of discussion, I have compiled some tables of the chants and readings in the EF.

Please click here to view the PDF. To download it after clicking to view, you can use the "Direct Download" option in the Dropbox bar. It's about 750Kb in size, and 24 pages long.

The main source for these tables is the lovely Baronius Press 1962 Missal.

My next step is to get some statistics together, similar to those on Fr Felix Just's Lectionary pages, and also to take the data in the tables and index it in canonical order.

Please email me if you spot any glaring errors!


  1. Thanks, this is both interesting and useful! Keep up the good work.

  2. This is excellent, thank you very much for the hard work which must have gone into this!

    You may be interested in the Position Paper on the 1962 Lectionary which the Una Voce Federation recently produced, you'll find it here:


  3. As I read about your project on Ben Travato's Blog I laughed out loud - both for the serendipity of the moment and for the hours of saved time you have just given me. I have recently spent countless hours going through the Missale Romanum from 1962 producing just such a list, but am still only in the middle of Lent - I was adding the beginning of each text as well, which slowed things down a lot. But your list is an invaluable shortcut.
    I wanted to have such a list so as to "think as the Church thinks", to read the isolated Bible texts in the context of the network of associations that the Church has built into her Liturgy, with the same resonances that Augustine or Bernhard of Clairvaux had as they wrote their own texts.
    With your list at hand, I can move on to the Breviary, or are you producing such a list for it as well?
    Thanks for the good work.

  4. Ben - thanks for the publicity on your blog! :-)

    Joseph Shaw - I do keep up with the Una Voce Position Papers, but I've not read the Lectionary one yet. Thanks for the link. When I read it, then I'll create a link to it in the sidebar.

    Joseph - ha ha, I've not even thought about the Breviary yet! I'm still knee-deep in the 1962 Missal; I have a few more ideas for resources that might be helpful for the purpose of study and making comparisons between old and new. Very glad to have saved you some time - I look forward to your Breviary list!


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