Holy Week readings: Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music commentary

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music offers commentary and suggestions for readings for Holy Week. The cycle of readings of RCL are recommended and commentary is offered on those lessons that are often seen as anti-Jewish:

The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) is offering a commentary on some of the lectionary texts for Holy Week (March 24-31). This commentary will focus on texts that are linked to the sometimes unintended anti-Judaism which these texts have nourished in Christian liturgy.

The Commission’s work is in response to a resolution of the 2012 General Convention that called upon the SCLM to prepare “materials that assist members of the Church to address Christian anti-Judaism expressed in and stirred by portions of Christian scriptures and liturgical texts.” It continues a project first mandated by the 2006 General Convention in Resolution C-001.

“We have now arrived at the time for this project to take form in offering to the Church materials intended as a resource for clergy and laity who may be preaching in Holy Week this year (March 24-31), using the lectionary readings for the current Cycle C,” said the Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, SCLM chair.

Meyers noted that a commentary will be placed on the SCLM Blog dealing with the texts that are generally considered the most problematic. That commentary, she added, will be followed in due course by other commentaries on texts which occur elsewhere during the course of the liturgical year.

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