a “ Book of Common Prayer” today it is most likely that you would find it contained the lectionary approved by the Church of. England in within its. The Book of Common Prayer website. An “unofficial” site A Canadian site devoted to the study of the Prayer Book lectionary. Cambridge University Press. It may come as a surprise to some, but the Book of Common Prayer has not Rubrics have been changed, some services were dropped, the lectionary.
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Many Anglican Churches across the country still use the Book of Common Prayer for some of their services. That is a good thing. It’s theology is not without fault, but it attained a high standard of theology that has not been reproduced in any liturgies written since.
A high proportion of all of its services are taken straight from Scripture, with the effect that a great number of Scriptures are read during any BCP service. The BCP takes the Bible, and turns it into a prayer book. The result is that as we 16662 to pray together – either Sunday by Sunday or for a special occasion – the Bible leads us in prayer.
There are many other positive things that could be said about the Prayer Book, but this is all only preamble for what I’m about to post. The BCP contains within it two lectionaries tables of readings.
One is for all days of the year, and is designed to help the church to read the whole Bible together during the course of a year. The other is designed for use during services of the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. It contains a collect a single-sentence prayer and a reading from the epistles usually and a reading from one of the 4 Gospels.
There is an entry for each Sunday in the church’s year, and also for the other days of the year that the Prayer Book thinks are worth marking. When we have a Prayer Book Communion here, we would usually use the set epistle and gospel during the service. Which means that, whenever I’m organising the readings for Sunday services for the coming months, I spend some time looking up what those readings are. Having, over the years, built up a list that I think is accurate, I thought I’d post it here in case it saves anybody else spending more time than they need to.
So, in case it’s helpful Just a note about what is not here. After the regular calendar for Sundays, the BCP lists collects, epistles and gospels for a number of days on which saints are remembered. We would follow the readings for the associated Sunday, and not for the saint’s day, so I’ve never looked those readings up.
For that reason, those are not listed here. If anyone spots any errors, please let me know so that I don’t ask someone to read the wrong reading. The thing that’s always struck me as odd is that in and indeed thereafter not until ! Thank you for posting this table. I searched for quite some time, and had almost resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to manually key in such a table and that being complicated by the fact that the source document does not show the verse range; only the beginning verse.
Thankfully I found your post before doing all that work myself. Further, after copying the table into Excel, I found that there were hyperlinks to BibleGateway my favoriteand I found a little Excel macro which would replace text within a hyperlink text so as to replace your translation of choice with mine.
And, by any chance, do you know where the collects might possibly be entered in a table that could be cut-and-paste’d into Excel? Thank you for this list. In preparing a book related to the BCP lectionaries, this is a help. For some time, OT readings have also been authorised in the C. There is a confusing number of daily BCP lectionaries, the latest authorised is that of the improved version of about having surprisingly lost its authorisation but the SPCK prints only the CW daily lectionary.
Cranmer’s lectionary in the and books was based on the civil rather than eccesiastical year. It included more than readings from the Apocrypha and only a few from The Revelation!
I think only a prayer book up to could strictly be called BCP. Yes, we have other authorised lectionaries, which include the OT. I am interested in the and lectionaries.
The Articles give us Cranmer’s view of the apocrypha, namely that it is not Lectiomary but is still useful to be read. For this reason, the Church of England lectionary always gives an alternative whenever a reading from the apocrypha is given. Hence my interest in how Cranmer’s lectionaries evolved.
Dear James, I have nicked your table and added columns to indicate where these readings appear in the lectionary given in Common Worship. I trust you don’t mind. Thanks for doing so, and adding that extra lectionxry. I still need to 16662 through your conclusions properly, but all kinds of things start to jump out.
It’s a shame that Galatians 4: Those thoughts are both fairly trivial. I was worried whether the Second Service lectionary makes for a good diet for that part of the congregation who never get to hear the Principal Service lectionary readings, maybe about half of the evening congregation.
I had seen the argument that the BCP HC lectionary is designed to offer a good doctrinal coverage and some believe that hearing fewer texts that come up more often the BCP being a one-year lectionary is better than hearing more Scripture with an expository rather than thematic focus the RCL using a wider range of texts in lectionzry three-year cycle, with NT and Gospels being read consecutively rather than chosen because they fit together thematically.
But is the BCP Holy Communion lectionary meant to “work” on its own or did Cranmer assume that people will have heard the Mattins readings? So while it is a shame not to have Galatians 4: Actually when I preached through Galatians as it came up in the CW Principal lectionary, I departed from the Second Service lectionary in the evening and preached on the parts of Galatians not covered in the lectionary.
I have not found an up-to-date list of suggestions for hymns to go with the BCP Holy Communion lectionary readings although my asking around has prompted the RSCM to consider producing one. Thanks – I saw you asking around about that, and wondered where your enquiries would lead. Good to know that there are some other resources that give you a start at least.
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