19th Sunday After Pentecost(Byzantine)

20 Oct

It should be so noted that in the Byzantine Rite, as well as the Tridentine Form of The Roman Rite, that the Epistle and Gospel Readings follow a One Year Cycle, that is, everything is the same, year after year. There is no “ABC” 3 Year Sunday Cycle, nor “AB” Weekday Cycle.
This being the 19th Sunday After Pentecost in both the Tridentine Form and Byzantine Rite this year, it is also the 29th Sunday Of Ordinary Time on the Ordinary Form Mass Calendar. Fr. Robert Barron, to my knowledge, has not produced a Video Series called “Ordinary”, yet.
This is also called “Third Sunday Of Luke”, as St. Luke’s Gospel is being read and preached. In this Sunday’s Gospel Reading in the Byzantine Rite, it is the Gospel of “Love Your Enemies.”
There are 3 Types of Love and what Jesus is speaking of is called in Greek “Agapon” or Divine Love. The word “Agape” is derived from this. In short, do good for all, not just for your friends. If you lend money, don’t go after that person for payback.
I get this type of Homily at both the Tridentine Latin Mass and Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. I rarely, if ever, hear this type of Homily at the Ordinary Form Mass of The Roman Rite(Unless, I’m at St Agnes on East 43rd Street[Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Place] in Midtown Manhattan).
These Ancient and Beautiful Catholic Liturgies of Eastern and Roman Origin, make me feel closer to The Lord In The Trinity.
Today, on the Byzantine Rite Calendar on the Julian Calendar, it is October 6th and The Feast of Saint Thomas The Apostle, who founded the Catholic Church in India and, possibly the Chaldean Rite.

In both the Tridentine Latin Mass and Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgies of St John Chrysostom and St Basil The Great, the Readings are Epistle, Graduale(Psalm) & Gospel. This is the way I recall Mass before the imposition of The Ordinary Form of Mass, which has A Reading of Old Testament, Psalm Responses, Epistle, Alleluia or Praise To You Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory and Gospel. I prefer the Byzantine and Tridentine Forms where it is Epistle, Graduale and Gospel.

Next Week on Byzantine and Tridentine Calendars, The Feast of Christ The King is celebrated. In the Ordinary Form, that is the Final Sunday In Ordinary Time.

Deo Gratias!



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