Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Readings follow the Lectionary for "Year C" for that week. Previous years link below. Christ Church uses Track 2 of the readings.
What is the Revised Common Lectionary
Years A, B & C Sunday Services
(replacement pages for 1979 BCP) Revised Common Lectionary
The 1979 Book of Common Prayer Web Link. Click for Prayer Book
The 1928 Book of Common Prayer PDF. Click for Prayer Book
The 1662 Book of Common Prayer PDF. Click for Prayer Book
Christ Church Readings / Lectionary Archives Year A
Christ Church Readings / Lectionary Archives Year B
Christ Church Readings / Lectionary Archives Year C
Index to Lesser Feasts and Fasts and Newer Commemorations.
What are “Track 1” and “Track 2”?
During the long green season after Pentecost, there are two tracks (or strands) each week for Old Testament readings. Within each track, there is a Psalm chosen to accompany the particular lesson.
The Revised Common Lectionary allows us to make use of either of these tracks, but once a track has been selected, it should be followed through to the end of the Pentecost season, rather than jumping back and forth between the two strands.
The first track of Old Testament readings (“Track 1”) follows major stories and themes, read mostly continuously from week to week. In Year A we begin with Genesis, in Year B we hear some of the great monarchy narratives, and in Year C we read from the later prophets.
A second track of readings (“Track 2”) follows the Roman Catholic tradition of thematically pairing the Old Testament reading with the Gospel reading, often typologically—a sort of foretelling of Jesus Christ’s life and ministry, if you will. This second track is almost identical to our previous Book of Common Prayer lectionary.
Within each track there may be additional readings, complementary to the standard reading; these may be used with the standard reading, or in place of it.
(credit to The Rev Dr. J. Barrington Bates)