ASK THE PASTOR: How is the Lectionary (reading schedule) Organized?

The readings are organized around the seasons of the “Church Year.” The lectionary (reading calendar) currently in use at Risen Christ is a three year reading schedule that follows the historic practice of reading a selection from the Old Testament or the book of Acts (during the Easter season), a Psalm (or a portion of a Psalm), a selection from the Epistles (letters of the Apostles), and a selection from one of the Gospels.

 The assigned readings have been selected in order to highlight different aspects of the life and work of Christ who was born, lived, was revealed as the Messiah, was rejected by sinful man, was crucified, died, buried, rose on the third day, ascended into heaven, and poured out His Holy Spirit creating the Church through the preaching of His Word and the Administration of His Sacraments.

 The central focus throughout the church’s calendar is the person and work of Christ who is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). In organizing the readings of the church around these events, the church seeks to carry out her responsibility to follow in the footsteps of St. Paul and proclaim the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) devoted to the public reading of the scripture (1 Timothy 4:13), following the pattern of sound words while guarding the good deposit entrusted by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:13-14), as we preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2).

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