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The Gospel as Central Point of Homily
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
647075 Liturgy The Gospel as Central Point of Homily Introduction A homily is a public commentary or discourse delivered behind what is called a lectern or a pulpit following the reading of the Scriptures. In religious services or masses celebrated in Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox Churches, the homily is an integral part of religious worship and is usually made at the first of two connecting liturgies, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Beecher, 1910).
A lectionary is simply a list of Bible passages assigned to be read in designated days of the year. Although the Church of England does not prescribe which Bible translation to be used, the Common Worship Lectionary, which has a two-strand approach, is being adopted: one strand for special days and seasons and another strand for ordinary time (Horton et al, 2001). The church calendar being observed by the Anglican church is the same calendar being used by the traditional Christian churches. The calendar begins with the season of Advent in preparation for Christmas, followed by Christmas itself, then the Epiphany, then Lent with its conclusion at Pentecost (Common Worship, 2000). Common Worship The Common Worship was the result of the incorporation of the improvements in the Alternative Service Book of the Church of England and was done to achieve overall uniformity in worship down to the local congregation (Horton et al, 2001). Latest improvements pertained specifically to providing flexibility in the substance and form of worship at the local service level. ...
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