What we’re doing on this blog on Mondays is looking back and forth at the Daily Office readings (or lessons) so we can better process together what the Scriptures are saying, and list the recommended Propers for the Communion or Antecommunion service for each day of the week.
Last week: 2 Kings 15-17, 2 Chronicles 28-29, Acts 5:12-9:31, Isaiah 9-15, Mark 8:11-11:26
This week: 2 Kings 18-22, 2 Chronicles 30-33, Acts 9:32-13:12, Isaiah 16-22, Mark 11-14
Both in Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer we are hurtling toward some major endings. In Morning Prayer we are powering through the last century of the kingdom of Judah, recorded in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. We’re in the reign of Hezekiah at the moment, who was one of the last great kings of Judah. He’s featured heavily not only Kings and Chronicles but also in the middle of Isaiah, so we’ll hear some of his stories again from that book later this month. We’ll then bounce through the lows and highs of Manasseh and Josiah over the coming week, and finally crash into the destruction of Jerusalem early next week.
In Evening Prayer we have been moving through Mark’s Gospel. Last week we entered the second “half” of the book, where Jesus’ teachings and claims are increasingly tested. Disagreements and questionings, even from St. Peter, characterize this half of the book, and things only continue to escalate this week. We’ve just had the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, so now we’re in “holy week”, leading up to the crucifixion. It’s an interesting experience reading through the Gospel books at this pace – you discover just how much attention is given to the death and resurrection of our Lord. In this lectionary, for example, it takes about four weeks to read Mark, which means a quarter of the book is spent on Jesus’ final week in Jerusalem! You’ll also note here (as in the other gospels) that the chapters dealing with the trial and crucifixion and death are the longest chapters in the book.
Many of us are used to thinking of the resurrection of our Lord as being “more important” than his suffering and death, so it’s thought-provoking to see the Gospels give more attention to the death than the resurrection.
This is the week of Proper 26 (or 20th after Trinity in the traditional calendar), so keep in mind that the historic Prayer Book default is that a mid-week Eucharist will repeat the Collect & Lessons (the propers) for yesterday. Especially this week a weekday communion service probably should use “Proper 26” if it was not used on Sunday! Otherwise, we recommend…
- Monday 11/4 = Votive *
- Tuesday 11/5 = Elizabeth & Zechariah
- Wednesday 11/6 = Votive
- Thursday 11/7 = Votive or St. Willibrord
- Friday 11/8 = Votive
- Saturday 11/9 = Votive
* A Votive is a “Various Occasion” (page 733 in the BCP 2019). The traditional appointments are Holy Trinity on Sunday, Holy Spirit on Monday, Holy Angels on Tuesday, of the Incarnation on Wednesdays, of the Holy Eucharist on Thursdays, the Holy Cross on Fridays, and of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturdays.