>I do love these Octaves, or eight days each supporting the feast at the heart of the Octave. You know I can’t get much further in a blog entry without referencing my favorite sites, Old Style Breviary for today. That piece of art could either be the Lord’s Supper, or it could be a fanciful representation of Jesus after the Road to Emmaus. Now with equal heart we turn to New Style Breviary for today.
The day’s blog post doesn’t seem to be started until those two sites are listed. During my brief sojourn at the Google-Pages version of Gethsemani Reflections, I took up two themes, the Sacred Heart, and the other as the Calendar/Lectionary. I see no reason to not continue those themes now that Gethsemani Refections is safely back home.
It is a dream of mine to compile a prayer book, complete with lectionary. Of course, this isn’t meant for official Vatican approval use, it’s meant for me and others like me. I’m not announcing the intention of beginning that project, but anyone who wants to do something like that needs to know how to deal with the lectionary and the calendar.
21. The Easter Vigil, during the holy night when Christ rose from the dead, ranks as the “the mother of all vigils.”  Keeping watch, the Church awaits Christ’s resurrection and celebrates it in the sacraments. Accordingly, the entire celebration of this vigil should take place at night, that is, should either begin after nightfall or end before the dawn of Sunday.
That comes from always useful The Catholic Liturgy Library. They are a valuable resource. The quote came from The General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calednar. Having this kind of information freely available on the internet is a joy to me, seventy five years ago I would have to own the book, or copy it by hand.
Now anyone is able to access the Fathers of the Church, and any version of the Bible they could imagine. St. Thomas Aquinas can be found, in full, at a number of sites. Check out this doozy, the secret Vatican archives. That site is cool because it lets you examine the documents closely, with up to date web technology.
I guess all this means that I’m back to discussing Calendars and Lectionaries.