A statement by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music concerning inconsistencies in Holy Week liturgies
The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM), has issued the following statement concerning inconsistencies between the Revised Common Lectionary and the Holy Week Liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer.
The statement was prepared during the SCLM meeting in March in Atlanta, GA.
SCLM members and their dioceses are: the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, chair, Chicago; the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Phillips, vice-chair, Rhode Island; John Repulski, secretary, Michigan; Martha Baker, Missouri; Dent Davidson, Chicago; Bishop Thomas Ely, Vermont; Br. Christopher Hamlett, O.P, Southern Virginia; Sandra Montes, Texas; Jeannine Otis, New York; Bishop John McKee Sloan, Alabama; the Rev. Dr. Louis Weil, California; and Bishop Pierre Whalon, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.
The 2006 General Convention resolved that âthe Revised Common Lectionary shall be the Lectionary of this Church, amending the Lectionary on pp. 889-921 of the Book of Common Prayer,â but did not deal with the resultant inconsistencies of pages within the Book of Common Prayer itself.
In anticipation of Holy Week 2011, the first year that the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is required for use in The Episcopal Church, the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music recommends that congregations use the RCL lections during Holy Week 2011. In our report to the 77th General Convention, the SCLM will formally propose a resolution to remove the inconsistencies between the RCL and BCP.
The RCL lections for Holy Week 2011 follow:
Palm Sunday, BCP pp. 270-273
Liturgy of the Palms: Matthew 21:1-11
Processional Psalm 118: 1-2,19-29
Liturgy of the Word:
Matthew 26:14â"27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
Maundy Thursday, BCP p. 274
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
The Commission strongly recommends omitting the âHallelujah!â at the end of Psalm 116 (v. 17).
Good Friday, BCP pp. 276-277
or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Holy Saturday, BCP p. 283
or Lamentations 3:1-9,19-24
1 Peter 4:1-8
or John 19:38-42
Easter Vigil, BCP pp. 288-295
The story of Creation:
Abrahamâs sacrifice of Isaac:
Israelâs deliverance at the Red Sea:
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
Godâs Presence in a renewed Israel:
Baruch 3:9-15,32---4:4 or
Salvation offered freely to all:
A new heart and a new spirit:
Psalms 42 and 43
The valley of dry bones:
The gathering of Godâs people:
At the Eucharist:
Atlanta, Georgia, March 2011
Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music: http://generalconvention.org/ccab/mandate/2
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org