Lectionary (Jelovilcm Bible -Version) Readers' Edition (Geoffrey Chapman 70s.) PUBLISHED today, this topographical masterpiece now makes available for the new army of (willing or less willing!) lhymen who read the lessons from the Sanctuary each Sunday, all the material used during the newly devised three-year liturgical cycle.
It describes its purpose as primarily pastoral in implementing Vatican H's directives that "in sacred celebrations there is to he more reading from holy Scripture. and it is to he more varied and suitable," as well as that, in the Mass. "the treasures of the Bible are to be opened more lavishly so that richer fare may he provided for the Faithful at the table of God's word."
Those worried about an "impoverishment" of our liturgical heritage can at least take consolation in this vast compendium of carefully thought out bibheal passages. They have been assembled with scholarship in a manner highly suitable for enhancing the essentially unchanging representation at every Mass of Christ's unique sacrifice on Calvary, presand in the Supper Room at the first Mass of all.
Never before, in fact, has the Mass been so wondrously enriched from scriptural sources, and the selections now available apply not only to Sundays and Feastdays, but to weekdays as welt. The loving care associated with possession, as of old, of a treasured Roman Missal may well attach to a Lectionary such as this, which, at 70s., would he a marvellous buy For the home as well as for the altar. It can be used, in fact, with an interest that must come as a revelation to many, for fruitful private study and meditation, as well as for preparation reading in public — apart of course from actual use on the altar.
It is, perhaps, superfluous but prudent to add that this treasury of scriptural reading, has been officially approved for use in all Churches in England. Wales, Scotland and Ireland.