The Golden Sequence and a Story

How wonderful it would be to celebrate the Octave of Pentecost in the OF…

Truth Revealed in Beauty

A treat for Monday within the Octave of Pentecost (Old Calendar). I was just thinking earlier how really sad it is that the “greatest of the octaves” was eliminated in the liturgical reforms of Paul VI. Even the Holy Father himself seemed to regret this, as an old story goes:

The Monday after Pentecost in 1970 His Holiness Pope Paul VI rose bright and early and went to the chapel for Holy Mass. Instead of the red he expected, there were green vestments laid out for him.

He queried the MC assigned that day, “What on earth are these for? This is the Octave of Pentecost! Where are the red vestments?”

“Santità,” quoth the MC, “this is now Tempus ‘per annum’. It is green, now. The Octave of Pentecost is abolished.”

“Green? That cannot be!”, said the Pope, “Who did that?”

“Holiness, you did.”

And Paul VI wept.

…and…

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