OF vs. EF

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Autumnsnow:  She means “Ordinary Form” and “Extraordinary Form”. Basically the main difference is in the liturgical calendars used and the different cycles of scriptural readings.

The Extraordinary Form operates according to a one-year cycle, which means the same readings are used on the same dates every year. The Ordinary Form uses a three-year cycle, which means particular passages are usually used once every three years.

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@tigergrrl2008:  Thanks for the explanation, but I’m still lost. Lol.  Anyhow, I’m not sure which one we are having.  😛

 

We actually get to choose our readings so I guess it isn’t one form or the other.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BeeRod527:  Agreed, it is the same sacrament.  Personal preference is definitely allowed though (unless they’re questioning the validity of one form… then not so much 😛 ).

Edit: We get to choose our readings too, but there are other differences than just the readings cycle.  I personal prefer EF, but I’m not even having a mass anyway since FI isn’t Catholic.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I generally attend the EF, but will probably have an OF wedding just to avoid confusing the rest of my family and friends. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Some people think the EF is better than the OF. Who are you to say they can’t think (or say) that?

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

PLENTY of people think the OF is way better and have spent the past 40 years loudly making their opinion known! (and in the case of most priests and bishops, doing whatever they can to suppress the EF.) Why do you care if the EF people feel like they have to go on the offensive sometimes?

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

And since no one has actually said this yet, for those who are wondering (sorry for the triple post) the “EF” is exclusively in Latin, and is the form of the Mass that was done prior to Vatican II, and is now making a bit of a “come back” you could say, and the OF is the “current” Mass that is normally (although certainly not required) to be said in English (or whatever the vernacular is.)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

OF is the norm, EF is the Latin.  I find the EF folks very abrasive and defensive, but I’ve had bad run ins.  Being forced to wear a head covering…or even worse skirts…to attend a Sunday Mass is unacceptable, yet in the EF it’s norm.

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