The Lectionary for Holy Week

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) issued a statement March 24 concerning inconsistencies between the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) and the Holy Week liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer.

The statement was prepared during the commission’s March 15-19 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. It recommends that Episcopal Church congregations use the RCL readings rather than those listed in the prayer book.

The Revised Common Lectionary became the Episcopal Church’s official lectionary on the First Sunday in Advent 2010 (via General Convention Resolution A077, passed in 2006). Holy Week this year is the first time the RCL is in use.

However, Resolution A077 did not address the Holy Week readings listed on pages 270-295 of the prayer book in the Holy Week liturgies. Commission members said in the statement that they plan to recommend to the 77th General Convention, meeting in Indianapolis in July 2012, that it remove the inconsistencies.

The complete statement, with the recommended list of readings, can be found here.

The 2006 General Convention resolved that “the Revised Common Lectionary shall be the Lectionary of this Church, amending the Lectionary on pp. 889-921 of the Book of Common Prayer,” but did not deal with the resultant inconsistencies of pages within the Book of Common Prayer itself.

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