This Morning, I Went “West”

7 Jul

“Versus Populum” is NOT the former name of a Sports Network, now called NBC Sports Network. It is, however, where the Priest in the Latin(Roman)Rite Liturgy of the Ordinary Form, called The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, faces “Liturgical West”, hence, Facing the Congregation.
And so it was the case at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at Queens Boulevard and Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens, that I was at Mass this morning. Continuing from Yesterday, I listened to this morning’s Reading of The Gospel According to St. Matthew Apostle, as Jesus Christ performed Miracles of The Curing of The Sick, such as the Woman who by Faith, touched Jesus’ Garment and was cured of her Hemorrhages and the Official, whose Daughter appeared to be Dead, but Jesus brought her back to Life.
Now in the Latin(Roman)Rite Ordinary Form Mass Calendar, it was 14th Sunday In Ordinary Time, a form only used by the Latin(Roman)Rite. In the Latin(Roman)Rite Extraordinary Form Tridentine Latin Mass, it is the 4th Sunday After Pentecost.
I prefer this Traditional Way of Time After Pentecost, Epiphany and Easter. The Anglicans and Lutherans still employ this. The 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel does not follow this path.
It is in the Latin(Roman)Rite Ordinary Form, where the Readings follow the Three Year “ABC” Cycle. The Daily Readings follow the “AB” Cycle.
Like the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, we stand for Holy Communion. Like in the same Liturgy, the General Intercessions-Prayers of The Faithful, they are from the Byzantine Rite Catholic Tradition.
The Doxology At The End of The Our Father is also Byzantine Rite Catholic in Origin, except it is the Priest who sings this part.
West is following The East Gospel Cycle. This looks to be a Traditionalist Summer.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Theotokos, Pray For Us Sinners, Now and at The Hour of Our Death, Amen.


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