“[62.] It is also illicit to omit or to substitute the prescribed biblical readings on one’s own initiative, and especially “to substitute other, non-biblical texts for the readings and responsorial Psalm, which contain the word of God”.” - (Redemptionis Sacramentum)
- Can exceptions be made to this for an ordinary Sunday Mass? I ask this because my parents, who attend Mass at a different church to me, mentioned that the new curate had mentioned in his homily about picking potatoes with his grandfather when he was young! I was surprised to hear this (not that an Irishman had picked spuds in his youth:D) and asked my parents what this had to do with the readings of the day - marriage was the most obvious theme of course. They replied that they did not read today’s readings because the parish was celebrating “Harvest Sunday” and the readings had something to do with this (I don’t know which readings exactly). I don’t know if the decision to change the prescribed readings was his own decision or if it was made in consultation with the parish priest, but unfortunately I have had some previous encounters with this priest and I would consider him to be quite unorthodox at times & he belongs to a religious order whose Irish apostolate I do not think very highly of at the present time. So does Redemptionis Sacramentum have the last word on this sort of thing, or could the parish have had some authority to allow them to substitute the readings?