Merry Christmas: When the Scripture Readings Don’t Quite Cut It

With this, I wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas.

Beyond that, anyone whose is or was in a liturgical church knows that part of the liturgy is to read appropriate scriptures (like this one for this time of year.)  The idea is that the scriptures be really appropriate.  However, when the liturgy isn’t followed, this breaks down, as a friend on Facebook found out when reading these scriptures to his children:

So I start reading for our Advent readings: “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree…” After I said “Augustus,” E. starts moaning and by the end of the sentence she is weeping. I stopped and asked her what was wrong. D. explained that whenever one of E.’s fish died, she would have a burial ceremony and when she asked J. to read from Scripture, this was always the passage he chose.

That is the best reason why I posted the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

3 Replies to “Merry Christmas: When the Scripture Readings Don’t Quite Cut It”

    1. Let’s get the Scripture readings right first. Then we can deal with the propers…

      I am sure, however, that TEC will deal with that issue in detail in the next so-called BCP.


  1. Well, “propers” include the Scripture readings, since they are variable, depending on the occasion or the service in question.

    I don’t even want to THINK about what TEC is going to come up with next.


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