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6232Re: [liturgy-l] Re: The Gospel of John and three year lectionary

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  • Jan J.H.Hofland
    Sep 7, 2001
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      Frank Senn wrote:

      > You express surprise that John Calvin would advocate a lectio continua.

      Calvinist churches traditionally did not use a lectionary, that is to say a
      pericope system. They followed the line set out by Zwingli, Bullinger, Bucer
      and Calvin, who chose for a lectio continua beside a free-choice reading by
      the preacher. According to Calvin, the pericope system(s) known to him did
      not reflect expert biblical knowledge, tended to make preachers lazy and
      fattened the purses of the writers of printed pericope sermons.

      My surprise is that the above mentioned chose for a system at all, be it a
      lectio continua. Before long, this was replaced by the use of the
      Heidelberg Catechism as the basis for a teaching service in the afternoon or

      Jan J.H.Hofland
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