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"Sacred scripture is of the greatest importance in the celebration of the liturgy.
For it is from scripture that lessons are read and explained in the homily, and psalms are sung;
the prayers, collects, and liturgical songs are scriptural in their inspiration and their force,
and it is from the scriptures that actions and signs derive their meaning.
Thus to achieve the restoration, progress, and adaptation of the sacred liturgy,
it is essential to promote that warm and living love for scripture
to which the venerable tradition of both eastern and western rites gives testimony"
According to one report, the pre-Vatican II
used only 1% of the Old Testament and only 16.5% of the New Testament.
No wonder most Catholics had little knowledge of the Bible.
(I don't have figures for present rite. Can anyone supply these please?)
Yet now Pope Benedict and "reform of the
want us to go back to the Scripturally malnourished Tridentine Rite
Jesus, for the sake of so many
people whose only Bible time is Sunday Mass,
please stop the back-to-Tridentine juggernaut
Comments welcome here
Thank you Stephen for comment. I just found
this (in Wikipedia at this
link, in section "1970 Missal")
The proportion of the Bible read at Mass was greatly increased. Prior to the reforms of Pius XII (which reduced the proportions further), 1% of the Old Testament and 16.5% of the New Testament had been read at Mass. Since 1970, the equivalent proportions for Sundays and weekdays (leaving aside major feasts) have been 13.5% of the Old Testament and 71.5% of the New Testament. This was made possible through an increase in the number of readings at Mass and the introduction of a three-year cycle of readings on Sundays and a two-year cycle on weekdays.