Reading from Holy Scripture

The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible is the standard translation used in worship and instruction at St. Margaret’s, with the following exceptions:

  • The King James Version is used for Advent Lessons and Carols and the Christmas Eve Gospel reading from Luke 2:1‑14.
  • Selections from the Book of Psalms are from the Psalter of the Book of Common Prayer.
  • Other translations may be used on occasion, especially at the Burial of the Dead, with the prior consent of the Rector.

A Lectionary is a table of readings from Scripture appointed to be read at public worship. Consistent with actions of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, St. Margaret’s uses the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), adapted for use by the Episcopal Church.

Readings for upcoming Sundays can be reviewed at the Lectionary Page by Kelley W. Puckett.

Eucharistic Readings for a particular occasion normally include

  • a reading from the Old Testament of the Acts of the Apostles
  • a selection from the Psalter
  • a reading from the New Testament (not the Gospels or Acts)
  • a reading from the Holy Gospel

When more than one option is included in one of these categories, the first option normally is used, with the following exceptions:

  • On the Second Sunday after Christmas, the first, second, and third Gospel readings are used in Lectionary Years A, B, and C respectively.
  • On Ash Wednesday, the reading from Joel is used in odd-numbered years, and the reading from Isaiah is used in even-numbered years.
  • On Good Friday, the readings from Hebrews 10 is used in odd-numbered years, and the reading from Hebrews 4 is used in even-numbered years.

On the Sundays after Pentecost, the Revised Common Lectionary includes two tracks for the Old Testament reading and Psalm. Track 1 is a semi-continuous reading of the Old Testament, and Track 2 includes selections related to the appointed Gospel reading. St. Margaret’s always uses Track 1.

Whenever an appointed reading includes optional text, including optional long forms of selections from the Psalter, that text is not used.

At the discretion and mutual agreement of the preacher or the organist and choirmaster, alternate readings allowed by the RCL, Track 2, or optional long form text may be used, but because that change affects the published bulletin, the sermon, the selection of music, and the Lector’s preparation, the person making the change is responsible for communicating that information at least one week in advance to the following people:

  • The Rector
  • The Preacher
  • The Organist and Choirmaster
  • The Deacon
  • The Publications Director
  • The Lector responsible for reading the adapted lesson,
    whose name and contact information can be obtained
    from the Publications Director or the Parish Secretary

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