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The Reading of Scripture

The Common Worship lectionary offers flexible variety in the systematic reading of Holy Scripture. Clergy and Readers may choose particular readings for special services in accordance with pastoral and evangelistic circumstances. The Principal Service readings for Sundays and Holy Days also have alternative 'tracks' to be considered.

For churches desiring to study a single book of Scripture systematically, or pursue a similar course of special study, provision is allowed outside the principal seasons (ordinary time). The church should be reading Scripture together at the time of the celebration of the Incarnation, Passion and Resurrection. At other times, there is local freedom. Clergy and LLMs have the duty to ensure that all who read the Scriptures are duly prepared, and do so audibly, clearly and intelligibly. Stage training is not irrelevant.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

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