Posted by: mattcolvin | November 12, 2011

Blogging the REC Lectionary

As of last Saturday, I have become a postulant for diaconal orders in the Reformed Episcopal Church.

One of the things that comes with being a deacon is a duty to read the Daily Office (from the Latin officium, duty), or Morning and Evening Prayer. This is a way for ministers to stay immersed in the Scriptures on a daily basis.

I will be blogging the lectionary, a day in advance. I hope that by being a day ahead of the church calendar, my jottings will be of service to the ministers and laity of our parish in their own devotions or following of the Daily Office. I will be skipping Sundays for two reasons: partly because the Sunday readings are not in continuity with the other 6 days; partly because there are too many Sunday readings for me to blog them without weariness and burn-out.

Those of you who have read my thoughts on this blog (especially the “Bible” category) will know what to expect. I read the Scriptures from an evangelical Protestant perspective, shaped by the New Perspective on Paul and a careful consideration of the original languages. My Hebrew is far inferior to my Greek right now, but that will change. Among those who have shaped me as a reader of Scripture, the most important are N.T. Wright, David Daube, and Peter Leithart.

Sometimes I will have many things to say, sometimes only a brief note. Sometimes I will blog on all the readings for a given day, sometimes only for one or two.



  1. Congratulations Matt! We need more, many more, like you.

  2. That’s wonderful! We’ll be praying for you all.

  3. Hi Matt,

    I understand there are several versions of the Book of Common Prayer. Which one would you recommend to me? I’d like to start a journey with it.

    • We use the Reformed Episcopal BCP, which I believe contains the liturgy of 1662, including the Black Rubric. I don’t have much experience of other versions.

  4. Many thanks. I’ll look at it.

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