With the introduction of a new translation of the lectionary for Advent 1998, there is a new opportunity for catechesis about the lectionary in homes and in parishes, a new opportunity to team more about the scriptures we hear at liturgy. This book in the Basics of Ministry Series will help answer many important questions about the Roman Catholic lectionary: its origins in the Bible, its development through history, the impact of different languages on the translation that is used, the effect of Vatican 11, how the liturgical seasons impact the organization of the texts in the lectionary, the influence of the three-year cycle on the readings and the gospels, what is left out of the lectionary, and the similarities and differences between the Roman Catholic lectionary and the Revised Common lectionary.

Inside, you'll also find two charts of readings - one listing the one-year cycle of readings that was before Vatican II and the other listing the readings used in today's three-year cycle, including recent changes, additions and revisions to the lectionary. A clear and concise explanation of the lectionary number and the use of "sense lines" is also included. Many sections and chapters contain questions for reflection and discussion, challenging lectors and the entire assembly to give serious thought to the book that has been an integral part of Catholic worship for twenty centuries. By Martin Connell.

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