A new home for the bible guide

At some point this year, the dedicated domain and premium plan for this site will lapse. That means a lot of internal links will be broken. I have therefore backed-up what I hope will be a permanent version elsewhere of the Reading Rite guide to the Bible (particularly aimed at those who read it in church. If you’ve bookmarked content, I suggest changing that bookmark to the new home, at least until I find out how much changes when I stop paying for the premium plan.

You can find the guide and a full index at Lection and Liturgy.

Traditional AND contemporary

I often hear people make a contrast between styles of worship in church that labels some “traditional” and some “contemporary”. And I – and I guess you too – know what they mean. And it’s certainly true that some forms of worship that pride themselves on being contemporary are determinedly non-traditional.

I have in the past experienced, and heard others share similar experiences, of Sunday church gatherings that not only embrace contemporary musical, dress and other styles, but manage to get through the whole act of worship without a reading from the bible. That’s clearly non-traditional.

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In the second century church

This post is in the series Rite Reading.

The third and final vignette in this little series of glimpses at public reading in the past comes from around the year 150AD. (The previous two glimpses were here, and here.)

In the pages of the New Testament (and some other early Christian literature) we get various instructions about what Christians should do when they meet for worship, and various glimpses of special gatherings. However, we don’t get a full description of an ordinary Christian worship assembly. For such a description we have to wait till the middle of the second century, for a writer called Justin, a Greek-speaking immigrant to Rome from the Palestinian Samaritan city now known as Nablus. Justin was a philosopher who appears to have made his living as a teacher, both before and after he became a Christian.

Justin Martyr (public domain: Wikimedia Commons)
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