Sunday 29 June 2014

Table of readings from the Experimental Lectionary (1965-69)

Sorry it's been a while since the last post - life has a habit of taking over...!

However, I managed to obtain a copy of Lectionary for the Masses of the Week (London: Burns & Oates, 1966, 2 vols.), an interesting piece of liturgical history that in some respects gives a preview of what was to come in the post-conciliar reform of the lectionary. It is, according to Bugnini, only one of (at least) three different experimental schemes in use from 1965 (The Reform of the Liturgy 1948-1975 [Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1990], p. 480 n. 5). The bishops of England & Wales, along with those of Scotland and Ireland, appear to have adopted the German scheme.

The table of readings from this experimental lectionary can be found here.

I hope in the next few months to track down a copy of the French experimental scheme and tabulate it for the purposes of comparative study, but that could be a little tricky since it appears that bits of it were published in five or six different pamphlets. For now, though, freely use, share and enjoy this new table!

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