2003 Liturgical Calendar published!
- Dear friends,
We are very pleased to announce the publication today
of 'A Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, Year B,
December 2002 through November 2003.' I just sent the
information off to our Web minister, so it isn't on
the Web site yet, but information about how to order
is below. We are very excited about the publication
of this new, improved, and expanded version of the
Liturgical Calendar we have published for many years.
I know it will be an important resource for your
Here's more detailed information.
A Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary, Year B, December
2002 through November 2003, compiled by Dr. David Kerr
Park. Spiral bound, 8 ½" x 11", 78 pages. $9.95 each,
six or more copies for $7.95 each, plus shipping and
Chi Rho Press is pleased to announce a brand new
Liturgical Calendar for the coming church year. Our
newly designed Liturgical Calendar is packed with
useful information for planning worship and preaching
in the local church for each Sunday and Holy Day of
the Church Year. It is intended for use by pastors,
musicians, altar guilds, teachers, theological
students, and anyone using the Church Year as a
basis for worship or education. The Liturgical
Calendar is spiral bound so it can lie flat for
easy use, in a new, larger 8 ½" x 11" format.
Because we are rushing this Liturgical Calendar
into print, it is not yet up on our Web site,
though it will be there soon! To order, call
us at 301/926-1208 and leave a message with the
number of copies you want, your name, address,
and phone number, and a credit card number, the
card holder?s name as it appears on the card, the
type of card it is (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover),
and the expiration date. Or send us e-mail with
You may also send your order with a check or money
order, made out to Chi Rho Press, to Chi Rho Press,
P.O. Box 7864, Gaithersburg, MD 20898. (To figure
shipping and handling, for orders up to $9.99 add
$2.50; orders of $10 to $19.99 add $3.50; orders
of $20 to $39.99 add $4.50; orders of $40 to $59.99
add $5.50; orders of $60 to $79.99 add $6.50; orders
of $80 to $99.99 add $7.50; orders of $100 or more,
add 9% of the order.)
Featured in this new Liturgical Calendar are these
sections: Celebrations that may be featured on a given
Sunday, or alternate ways of naming a day in the
Liturgical Calendar. Next are Visual Elements,
including the standard color for the day (based on
modern ecumenical consensus), alternative colors,
commonly used symbols, and other creative suggestions.
Then the Revised Common Lectionary readings, including
a brief summary of each reading. The First Reading is
usually from the Hebrew Scriptures, but there are
exceptions, such as the use of readings from Acts
during the Easter season. These are sometimes
selected thematically to fit the Liturgical Calendar,
but often are simply being read through key passages
over a series of weeks. This is followed by a Psalm
or a Canticle. The Second Reading is next, usually
from the Epistles, like the First Reading typically
a series of key passages from the same book being
read over a number of weeks. Finally the Gospel
Reading follows the story of Jesus through the
Christmas and Easter cycles, plus the teachings of
Jesus the rest of the year.
On many Sundays there is a section of Alternative
Readings, some from the Revised Common Lectionary
and others are based on the suggestions of other
writers seeking to better balance the place of women
in the Lectionary or address other concerns. All
the Alternative Readings are from the Bible.
Finally comes Liturgical Notes, which includes a
Calendar for the week, Suggestions for that day,
and an empty space for your own Planning notes.
The calendar includes a new Sanctoral Cycle (the
list of saint?s days), days from the secular
calendar, both official holidays and other days
that mark people?s lives, as well as days from
other faith traditions.
A word about the new Sanctoral Cycle: A major
element of the calendar for each week includes
remembering the lives and deaths of those who have
gone before us. This is traditionally called the
Sanctoral Cycle (or list of saint?s days). The list
used in this resource, however, was developed for
use in GLBT congregations to reflect the particular
needs we have for modern spiritual models.
This list is designed intentionally to be more
reflective of the faith and contributions of women
(Fanny Crosby, Julian of Norwich), lay persons
(Dorothy Day, Henry David Thoreau), ethnic minorities
(Sojourner Truth, Seattle), non-Europeans (Oscar
Romero), Protestants (Martin Luther, Søren
Kierkegaard), and especially modern examples we
can better relate to (Mother Teresa, Anne Frank).
This is an inclusive, contemporary Sanctoral Cycle
that can be used in practical ways in a gay and
lesbian context. It is a work in progress, and
as such will continue to be updated in future
editions of the Liturgical Calendar published by
Chi Rho Press, and hopefully soon in book form.
A core of historical and Biblical names that are
still meaningful today have been retained (Mary the
Mother of Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi). Then others
not usually represented have been added, such as
persons of other faith traditions through whom the
light of Truth has also shown (Rabbi Abraham Heschel,
Gandhi), or artists and musicians (Michaelangelo,
Bach). In selecting contemporary examples Dr. Park
has emphasized persons who stood for inclusiveness,
justice, and spiritual diversity (Martin Luther King,
Clarence Jordan). Many gay and lesbian ?saints? are
included as well (Dag Hammarskjold, St. Aelred, Sts.
Sergius and Bacchus) and martyrs (Matthew Shepherd,
Harvey Milk) because it is important for us to
reclaim our own heritage as spiritual leaders and
people of faith.
Order your copy of the 2003 Liturgical Calendar today!
$9.95 each, six or more copies for $7.95 each.
R. Adam DeBaugh
Chi Rho Press, Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
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