Readings at Holy Communion
Readings for Lent
Collect of the day

Our Readings and Collects are from the Church of England's Common Worship.

The Church of England in common with many other churches uses a Calendar of Seasons. With Christmas/Epiphany and Eastertide as the two main seasons of the church year, the calendar not only gives a rhythm to our Christian lives but also ensures that each year we are kept in rememberance of all the aspects of our redemption in Jesus.

The Lectionary which we use on Sundays is based on a 3 year cycle. During each of the 3 years the Gospel reading is based on 1 of the 3 Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). The 4th Gospel of John is used during any of the 3 years where John's viewpoint best suits the theme of the Sunday.

We are currently in year B and are reading through Marks's Gospel.

Like the rest of the New Testament, Marks's gospel was written in Koine Greek or 'common Greek'. This was at the time the universal language of the general public of the then Roman Empire. The wide use of this language and its concise vocabulary is a factor which contributed to the rapid spread of the Good News of Jesus throughout the Roman Empire.

The Lectionary which we use on Sundays is based on a 3 year cycle. During each of the 3 years the Gospel reading is based on 1 of the 3 Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). The 4th Gospel of John is used during any of the 3 years where John's viewpoint best suits the theme of the Sunday.

Starting in Advent 2014 we are reading through Mark's Gospel. This is shortest gospel and considered to be the first one written down. The viewpoint of each of the 3 synoptic gospels is similar, with each having many of the same stories. Mark however does not include the Nativity stories.

Like the rest of the New Testament, Mark's gospel was written in Koine Greek or 'common Greek'. This was at the time the universal language of the general public of the then Roman Empire. The wide use of this language and its concise vocabulary is a factor which contributed to the rapid spread of the Good News of Jesus throughout the Roman Empire.

Readings for Lent 1
New Testament: 1 Peter 3:18-end. Gospel: Mark 1:9-15.
After his baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus is driven out by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. (The word driven out is ekballo in Greek - a forceful word derived from the root word to throw). Jesus here demonstates the victory over Satan which will be completed by his forthcoming death and resurrection.

Readings for Lent 2
New Testament: Romans 4:13-end. Gospel:Mark 8:31-38
Jesus tells his disciples about his coming death and resurrection. Peter fails to understand the way in which God's will in Jesus will be accomplished. This leads Jesus on to explain to the multitude and to his disciples that there is a cost involved in following him.

The Collect for this Sunday is linked to the Sunday readings

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