Field Testing Update

In the two weeks since our initial request for field testing volunteers, we’ve been happy to receive nearly 150 responses. The map below displays the states in which clergy have signed up to use the temporal lectionary in congregational worship and provide feedback on a regular basis. As you can see, we have congregations inContinue reading “Field Testing Update”

Eastertide Lections

As we find ourselves within the Octave of Easter, it seems only appropriate to provide a preview of the weekday lections as they appear in our sources from Easter until the Ascension of Our Lord. It should be noted that each day within the Octave of Easter has its own full mass (some with theirContinue reading “Eastertide Lections”

Cartographic Advancements

We’ve added a new tool to the missal database: the ability to visually represent the data for a given occasion on a diocesan map of late-medieval Germany. To illustrate the usefulness of this feature, consider the following list of gospel texts for Friday of Sexagesima: The chart above is an amazing amount of data toContinue reading “Cartographic Advancements”

Septuagesimal Strife

Every year, without fail, the approach of Septuagesima sees Lutheran blogs and social media filled with confusion and questioning. The author has had the dubious pleasure of witnessing these discussions for the last decade or so, and the questions always seem to be the same. What, if anything, changes or disappears during Septuagesima? Are theContinue reading “Septuagesimal Strife”

As Advent Approaches: Weekday Readings and Liturgical Notes

It was with some mild surprise that I found myself contemplating preparations for Advent. All Saints? This Sunday? I can’t imagine how this happened. So it goes. The approach of Advent frequently brings with it the planning of additional midweek services. And, as you may have guessed, the preliminary research for The Lutheran Missal hasContinue reading “As Advent Approaches: Weekday Readings and Liturgical Notes”

What to do with Wednesdays?

As you may have read elsewhere, the Sunday lectionary and propers are the central axis around which the temporal calendar revolves. The lectionary of the temporal calendar, however, is not limited to Sundays, but provides Epistles and Gospels for Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, as well as a full mass for every single dayContinue reading “What to do with Wednesdays?”

Uncovering the Historic Lectionary

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14) The Church’s lectionary is not the product of a committee. It did not originate in response to a synodical resolution or a papal directive. Rather, it was created and refined by an organic process that spanned generationsContinue reading “Uncovering the Historic Lectionary”

The Whole Lectionary

Many people do not know that Sundays and major feasts days are only a small part of the Church’s historic lectionary. These are the chief occasions, yes, but the lectionary, as observed by faithful Christians for centuries, includes much more. The temporal calendar historically contained propers for most Wednesdays and Fridays of the year, andContinue reading “The Whole Lectionary”