Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Defects in the lectionary for the Daily Offices

We publish in our weekly Chronicle the weekly daily office lectionary, so that parishioners can tear out the page and put it into the prayer book to use for Morning and Evening Prayer. We publish the new (1979 BCP) lectionary so we are "on the same page" with the rest of ECUSA when reading scripture at MP and EP. However, every once in a while I am reminded that some of the defects found in the Episcopal Church 2007 were aimed back in the 1970's with the revision of the prayer book and lectionary.

Why would I say this? Well, the Old Testament lessons do skip around alot, skipping large portions and geneologies. But the New Testament lessons for the most part follow along sequentially from day to day. BUT - if you are not following closely, you would miss that certain verses are skipped. This is the case this week!

As we are reading St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans at Morning Prayer, on Tuesday we read Chapter 1, verses 16-25. On Wednesday we are assigned verses 28- Chapter 2, verse 11. WHAT HAPPENED TO VERSES 26 and 27?

Here they are (excluded from the lectionary.....)
26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

So, from now on Tristan, Paul and I (the office staff) will try to see if a few verses are being dropped here and there, and add them back in the Chronicle. And of course - PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for the Episcopal Church!

ADDENDUM - I received an email from a friend updating me on this......
I saw your post on the omitted verses in Romans this week, something I'd noticed myself in Proper 6 of Year 2 but hadn't realized also occurred this year in Lent. Anyway, I thought you'd be interested to know that those verses weren't read in the 1928 Prayer Book either. The 1928 Lectionary stops at Rom. 1:25 and then picks up at 2:1 at Morning Prayer in the week following Epiphany I and also at Evening Prayer after Trinity XIII. The 1945 revised lectionary stops at 1:17 and picks up at 2:1 at EP in the week after Trinity IX.
We've been in trouble for a long time!