Weekday readings

I had a meeting yesterday with my future Vestry Secretary to plan the Institution service and catch up on news. We have  a new liturgy for the Institution which contains a rather old-fashioned prayer which the new incumbent reads after they have been laden down with bibles, and oil, and bread and wine, etc. With a little bit of Googling we have discovered it came from TEC. I don’t like it and I want a new one!  Does anyone out in blogland have a nice modern, inclusive prayer that their church uses?

I also learned that my new church uses the previous Sunday readings for the Thursday morning eucharist. I have always used the readings set for the day. What do other churches do?

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9 thoughts on “Weekday readings

  1. Here’s the prayer read in our Diocese (Oxford, C. of E.)by the new incumbent after the presentation of all the symbols:
    “I pledge myself to care for the community that gathers here, to share with them the Word of God and the work of ministry, to celebrate with them the sacraments of the new covenant, and to encourage them in their discipleship. Together may we make this a place where Christian people are equipped for their life and witness in God’s world. Amen.”
    C. of E. churches around my way usually use readings for the day at mid-week eucharists. Can’t comment on Scottish episcopal though!

  2. Usually I use the readings for the day, however I have in the passed used the mid-week Eucharist to read a complete book over a period of time (which after all is the intention of week day readings only people don’t go to Mass every day any more).

  3. I would suggest you read the Commination from the 1662 Prayer Book at this point. It strikes exactly the right note,

    “Now seeing that all they are accursed (as the prophet David beareth witness) who do err and go astray from the commandments of God; let us (remembering the dreadful judgement hanging over our heads, and always ready to fall upon us) return unto our Lord God, with all contrition and meekness of heart; bewailing and lamenting our sinful life, acknowledging and confessing our offences, and seeking to bring forth worthy fruits of penance. For now is the axe put unto the root of the trees, so that every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God: he shall pour down rain upon the sinners, snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest; this shall be their portion to drink. For lo, the Lord is come out of his place to visit the wickedness of such as dwell upon the earth. But who may abide the day of his coming? Who shall be able to endure when he appeareth? His fan is in his hand, and he will purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the bam; but he will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire……” etc etc

    Start as you mean to go on. Let them know who’s boss!

    http://www.eskimo.com/~lhowell/bcp1662/occasion/commination.html

  4. So, does the daily eucharistic Lectionary have some othEr purpose then? Of course it makes more sense if you offer mass daily.

  5. Uses the previous Sunday readings on a Thursday?? Some one has introduced THAT liturgical malpractice since I was Rector. I always used the weekday or a saints day from Exciting Holiness.

  6. I remember the Rev Preb David Sceats using something I think he himself had written when he arrived at Selkirk and liking it at the time – maybe worth asking him.

  7. OK, my humble apologies to the Vestry Secretary at Christ Church, Falkirk. They do indeed use the readings set for the day – it was the Collect and Post Communion Collect which are from the previous Sunday. I misheard. So that’s all fine then.

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