GILM 113: A Multi-Volume Lectionary

A few practical notes, from a generation when the CDWDS was more pragmatic in its approach to liturgy:

113. The size of the Lectionary will necessitate editions in more than one volume; no particular division of the volumes is prescribed. But each volume is to contain the explanatory texts on the structure and purpose of the section it contains.

The ancient custom is recommended of having separate books, one for the Gospels and a second for the other readings for the Old and New Testament.

It may also be useful to publish separately a Sunday lectionary (which could also contain selected excerpts from the sanctoral cycle), and a weekday lectionary. A practical basis for dividing the Sunday lectionary is the three-year cycle, so that all the readings for each year are presented in sequence.

But there is freedom to adopt other arrangements that may be devised and seem to have pastoral advantages.

I’m not aware of an edition in English that omits the Gospels. My parishes have long used a Book of Gospels, but the edition used by lectors always contains the readings, from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Ah! Freedom for sensibly pastoral arrangements–those were the days.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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