Lectionary etc.

14 July 2010

THE additional weekday lectionary and amendments to the calendar, lectionary, and collects returned from the revision committee, were considered by the House of Bishops, and received final approval.

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, promised not to detain the Synod long over whether Luke 9.7-9 should be omitted from the New Testament passage for the Monday of the third week of Lent. The Synod voted to take note of the report, and the business was referred to the House of Bishops.

When it returned for final approval on Monday, the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, intro­duc­ing it, said that there was an addi­tion to the calendar of four people because they had been dead long enough to be excluded no longer un­der the 50-year rule: Amy Car­michael, founder of the Dohnavur Fellow­ship; Paul Couturier, ecumen­ist; Gregory Dix, liturgist; and Bishop George Bell, ecumenist and peace­maker.

The seven martyrs of the Melan­esian Brotherhood were also com­memorated because of their witness in death. To the name of William Wilberforce, social reformer, were now to be added two other anti-slavery campaigners, Thomas Clark­son and Olaudah Equiano.

The pillar lectionary was intended to be accessible, with readings that were not too long and easy to interpret. They were in addition to the other readings.

John Scrivener (Chester) spoke of a “dripping liturgical tap”. The more provision there was, “the less likely we are to have anything in common”.

Clive Scowen (London) hoped users would consider using the alternatives to the Apocrypha.

The Revd Dr John Hartley (Brad­ford) expressed thanks for the committee’s immediate acceptance of the canonical alternatives.

Dana Delap (Durham) said that the pillar lectionary was “a wonderful piece of kit” for cathedrals.

The voting for final approval was: Bishops 21 for, nem. con.; Clergy, 101 for, nem. con.; Laity, 125 for, nem. con., with 2 abstentions.

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