Most often, the readings (in the original languages) will engage in wordplay, as in the numerous readings involving crowns on St Stephen's day (stephanos=crown), and so on. It is the liturgical voice of the Church, as canonical as anything can possibly be, directing the hearing of the people to a depth of reading that the black-and-white printed pages convey. The Church has always done as Blake said he did: "Both read the Bible day & night / But thou readst black where I read white."
Saturday, 13 September 2008
More on lectionaries
Commenting on the previous post, Kevin Edgecomb has very kindly sent a link to an online collection of ancient and modern lectionaries, both Western and Eastern which he has compiled. See Lectionaries Old and New. He observes: