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Re: Fabulous Article by Dr. John Stephenson
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2010, 01:41:02 PM »
Thanks for the clarification John.  I thought there was some type of inconsistency with Rome and the RCL but wasn't sure (it can get confusing at times).  By the way, how is retirement?

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Re: Fabulous Article by Dr. John Stephenson
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2010, 01:52:56 PM »
No. However, it may appear so. The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) was devised after the Roman Lectionary (by quite a few years). The RCL is based on the Roman and corresponds 98% of the time (my estimate). It was the solemn of hope of the RCL folks that Rome would accept the RCL but it did not.

All of the modern lectionaries in the West (Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.) are based on the Roman, just as the Lutheran & Anglican pre-Vatican II lectionaries were.

Yes. From the introduction to The Revised Common Lectionary:

The Revised Common Lectionary and its earlier edition of 1983 continue the pattern of the Roman Lectionary for Mass of 1969. The 1992 revision follows the basic calendar of the Western church, provides for a three-year-cycle of three readings, and allows the sequence of gospel readings each year to lead God's people to a deeper knowledge of Christ and faith in him. ....

Except for occasional changes, the Revised Common Lectionary accepts the cornerstone of the Roman lectionary: the semicontinuous reading of the three synoptic gospels over a three-year period. This pattern connects the first reading with the gospel fo the Sundays after Epiphany and Pentecost. The Old Testament passage is perceived as a parallel, a contrast, or as a type leading to its fulfillment in the gospel. The Revised Common Lectionary provides two approaches to the first readings for the Sundays after Pentecost: one set of Old Testament readings continues the Roman lectionary pattern, while the other offers a series of semi-continuous passages, allowing a larger variety of particular Old Testaent theemses to be presented.

As I recall: LBW (1978), the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (1979), and the Common Lectionary (1983) all created their own lectionaries based on the Roman Lectionary for Mass. The Consultation on Common Texts, which includes the ELCA, LCMS, and TEC among the 22 church bodies of North America, revised the Common Lectionary -- most notably, adding the thematic Old Testament reading, which is the Roman, Lutheran, and Episcopal tradition; to the semi-continuous readings during the Sundays after Pentecost, which is the tradition of other Protestants. They worked out many of the differences between the three previous lectionaries -- including how the Sundays after Pentecost would be assigned. (Because of the moveable Easter date, the length of the Pentecost Season is variable. Lutherans traditionally had lopped off the extra celebrations from the end of the Pentecost Season, while some others lopped them off at the beginning. The RCL lops them off from the beginning.)
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Re: Fabulous Article by Dr. John Stephenson
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2010, 07:35:51 PM »
Don't forget there's the option of skipping Sundays after Michaelmass.