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October 2, 2015

Bugnini’s Church of Nice

When I went to the Novus Ordo  in my local church this morning I noted that it’s the  Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels in the New calendar as well as in  the Old.  But in the Novus Ordo,  today’s Gospel is shorter than in the Usus Antiquior. Why is that, do you think.? The Novus Ordo usually contains much bigger chunks of Sacred Scripture than the old Latin Mass,  in which the Gospel today is Matthew 18: 1-10.

At that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus, calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them.

And said: amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.

And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.

But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. And if thy hand, or thy foot, scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee.

It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire.

And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

The verses I have put in red type are in the Usus Antiquior but omitted in the Novus Ordo.  About 50 years or so ago, one of Annibale Bugnini’s   committees of experts must have decided these verses weren’t very nice, and would have to go. No point in upsetting people.



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