Lectionary

The lectionary file is not quite finished yet...

At the foot of this page is a file containing a suggested lectionary for use alongside the Sarum office per annum that envisages the reading of the entire canon of Holy Scripture in one year, more or less. The lectionary also includes the lessons of the Sarum Missal.

It provides lessons for the office as follows:
1) Matins lessons following the traditional Sarum lessons scheme for Holy Scripture, but using lengthened portions, so that the book(s) of the Bible traditionally read during a particular liturgical season are read in their entirety.
2) A lesson for Prime, to be read after the office of Chapter (the Capitular office), which was a provision made in the Sarum rite in any case.
3) Two lessons at Vespers - as at Evensong - which may be read either side of the office hymn.

In this way most of the Bible is read through in the liturgical year, although in actual practice (because of the variable length of seasons such as the period after Epiphany and after Trinity) some sections will be missed in some years.


Using the lectionary

There are several features of the lectionary given here that require explanation. (a) The italicised entries in the lectionary indicate lessons that may be overridden when there is a potential clash. For example, there are a series of lessons provided for the days from 16th to 23rd December (the days of the "O" Antiphons), which may clash with lessons provided for the third week in Advent, because Advent is of variable length: the lessons for the "O" Antiphon days take precedence over the italicised entries for the third week of Advent. (b) The special lessons for Feast days (which will be in a supplement in the completed list) take precedence over the Ferial lessons. (c) Only Double Feasts displace the Matins lessons on Ferias, otherwise there would be too much disruption to the scheme.

The following additional suggestions are tentative, but I think they work in practice.
(d) On Simple Feasts of Nine Lessons, the third Nocturn is repeated at every Feast of the Common: one could therefore omit the third Nocturn, and instead have a first Nocturn with the Ferial lessons, followed by two Nocturns of the Feast, preceded by the proper hymn and Invitatory. Matins would therefore be split into two parts, a Ferial first Nocturn, and two Festal Nocturns. (e) On Simple Feasts of Three Lessons,  the Feast could become a Memorial only. The lessons of Matins (which are usually the Legend of the Saint) could become a Homily at what would have been First Vespers of the Feast, after the Memorial Collect - one could even add the proper hymn before the Memorial Antiphon, something similar to the Memorial of St Stephen at Second Vespers of Christmas.
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Timothy Graham,
Feb 4, 2017, 6:16 AM