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									   R E V I S E D
   for the Lutheran Church
          of Australia

   R E V I S E D
   for the Lutheran Church
          of Australia

      P U B L I S H E R S
Prepared by the Commission on Worship, Lutheran
Church of Australia.
Copyright  1998 Openbook Publishers
First printing May 1998
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Printed and published by Openbook Publishers
205 Halifax Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
ISBN 0 85910 884 8
INTRODUCTION                                                1
SUNDAYS AND MAJOR FESTIVALS: YEAR A                         3
SUNDAYS AND MAJOR FESTIVALS: YEAR B                        15
SUNDAYS AND MAJOR FESTIVALS: YEAR C                        27

What is the Revised Common Lectionary?

A   t the 1997 Convention of the Lutheran Church of Australia, Synod adopted the Revised
    Common Lectionary (RCL) for use in the LCA beginning in Advent 1998 (year A), and
asked the Commission on Worship to release the list of readings for it.
   The RCL is a revision of the three-year lectionary which has been used in some form by
virtually all liturgical churches in the USA and Australia (including the LCA) for a number of
years. Different churches have used variations of the lectionary, and it has attracted a number
of criticisms. The form the LCA has used was taken (with slight changes) from the American
Lutheran Book of Worship (1978)—which differed in some respects from the forms used by
other Australian churches.
   Most of the churches now use the RCL. This revision keeps the same basic structure as the
older forms of the three-year lectionary; most of the gospels remain the same. But
improvements have been made, and the Old Testament readings particularly have been
extensively revised; for the Sundays after Pentecost there are now two alternative sets
supplied. Other revisions reflect questions of balance and of where readings start and end.

The ‘Propers’
A major change for the LCA involves the sets of readings, called Propers, that are given for
the last Sundays after Epiphany before Transfiguration, and for the Sundays after Trinity
Sunday. Proper 1 is used for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (unless this happens to be
Transfiguration), and Proper 29 is always used for the last Sunday of the church year. The
Proper for the Second Sunday after Pentecost will vary from year to year according to the
date of Easter and how many Sundays after Pentecost there are. (Some churches have a
different numbering system for the Propers, finishing up with Proper 34 for the last Sunday
after Pentecost, but the actual readings used on any particular day are the same in all
churches that use the RCL.) The Sundays are still called ‘Second Sunday after Pentecost’,
‘Third Sunday after Pentecost’, etc, even though their Propers vary.
   The lectionary is in fact easier to use than it may sound, because the Propers for the
Sundays following Trinity are all dated. For example, Proper 8 is headed ‘Sunday between 26
June and 2 July inclusive’. All you need to know in practice is when the last Sunday after
Epiphany (Transfiguration) comes in a particular year. Laypeople can consult their pastor or
the current Lutheran Yearbook, Openbook Diary, or Australian Christian Diary. The
following table may be helpful.

Year Sunday before                 Ash      Easter       Pentecost   Trinity    2 after     Last        1
     Transfiguration Transfig      Wed       Day                               Pentecost (Proper 29) Advent
                                                                                                       yr A
1998                                                                                                 29 Nov
yr A     5 Epiphany                                                            Proper 5                yr B
1999         7 Feb      14 Feb    17 Feb     4 Apr        23 May     30 May      6 Jun     21 Nov    28 Nov
yr B   8 Epiph Prop 3                                                          Proper 7                yr C
2000        27 Feb      5 Mar     8 Mar     23 Apr        11 Jun     18 Jun     25 Jun     26 Nov     3 Dec
yr C   7 Epiph Prop 2                                                          Proper 6                yr A
2001        18 Feb      25 Feb    28 Feb    15 Apr         3 Jun     10 Jun     17 Jun     25 Nov     2 Dec
yr A       4 Epiph                                                             Proper 4                yr B
2002         3 Feb      10 Feb    13 Feb    31 Mar        19 May     26 May      2 Jun     24 Nov     1 Dec
yr B   7 Epiph Prop 2                                                          Proper 7                yr C
2003        23 Feb      2 Mar     5 Mar     20 Apr         8 Jun     15 Jun     22 Jun     23 Nov    30 Nov
yr C   6 Epiph Prop 1                                                          Proper 6                yr A
2004        15 Feb      22 Feb    25 Feb    11 Apr        30 May     6 Jun      13 Jun     21 Nov    28 Nov
yr A       4 Epiph                                                             Proper 4                yr B
2005        30 Jan      6 Feb     9 Feb     27 Mar        15 May     22 May     29 May     20 Nov    27 Nov
yr B   7 Epiph Prop 2                                                          Proper 6                yr C
2006        19 Feb      26 Feb    1 Mar     16 Apr         4 Jun     11 Jun     18 Jun     26 Nov     3 Dec
yr C   6 Epiph Prop 1                                                          Proper 5                yr A
2007        11 Feb      18 Feb    21 Feb     8 Apr        27 May     3 Jun      10 Jun     25 Nov     2 Dec
yr A       3 Epiph                                                             Proper 3                yr B
2008        27 Jan      3 Feb     6 Feb     23 Mar        11 May     18 May     25 May     23 Nov    30 Nov
yr B   6 Epiph Prop 1                                                          Proper 6                yr C
2009        15 Feb      22 Feb    25 Feb    12 Apr        31 May     7 Jun      14 Jun     22 Nov    29 Nov
yr C       5 Epiph                                                             Proper 5                yr A
2010         7 Feb      14 Feb    17 Feb     4 Apr        23 May     30 May      6 Jun     21 Nov    28 Nov

LCA adaptations
The Commission on Worship has made only a few minor changes to the readings for the
Sundays and major festivals of the RCL for LCA use. Three verses of the Psalm for the Second
Sunday after Christmas have been made optional because of their reference to snow — not as
appropriate in January in Australia and New Zealand as in the Northern Hemisphere. The last
Sunday of the church year has been renamed the ‘Sunday of the Fulfilment’, and first alternative
gospels have been added to this Sunday for years B and C. A number of alternative readings
from the Apocrypha are listed in the RCL throughout the year, and these have been omitted here.
   The RCL includes only a small list of minor festivals, so this section has been supplemented
from the LCA Collects and Readings book and the RCL listing published by Augsburg Fortress.

The selection of readings
In year A most of the gospels are from Matthew, in year B from Mark, and in year C from Luke.
Selections from John are spread throughout the three years. The Psalms are intended as
responses to the first readings and hence they are indented here — although they could be used
as introits. For the non-festival Sundays the second readings and the gospels are semi-
continuous and not generally related thematically to one another. There are two sets of first
readings (with accompanying Psalms) given for the Sundays after Pentecost: a new semi-
continuous set following through various Old Testament books, and a set related thematically to
the gospels, based on the earlier form of the lectionary. It is intended that either one of these two
sets be used throughout and that they not be mixed.
Note: The numbering of verses in the Scripture readings listed here follows that of the New Revised
Standard Version; there may be slight differences in other versions.


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