Literary Companion to the Lectionary: A Poetic Gathering to Accompany the Readings for Sundays, Principal Feasts, and Selected Holy Days
This beautiful book offers poems and literary pieces for Sundays and principal feasts throughout the liturgical year. Each selection relates to an aspect of the Scripture readings for the Eucharist in the Revised Common Lectionary, the Roman Catholic lectionary, and the Book of Common Prayer. Drawn from many centuries and many countries-including Britain, Ireland, North America, Africa, and Australia, these readings bridging literature and liturgy can prompt private prayer or public worship through imaginative engagement. A short note before each passage connects with an idea, image, or story found in one of the biblical readings or the seasonal theme. From Robert Herrick to Brendan Kennelly, from Christina Rossetti to Emily Dickinson, from Dante to Monica Furlong, the poets, novelists, and playwrights gathered here bring an added dimension that graces the life of the church.
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The Second Sunday of Advent
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
The First Sunday of Christmas
The Second Sunday of Christmas
Day of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion Corpus Christi
Proper 4 Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 5 Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 6 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 7 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 8 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 9 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 10 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Baptism of Christ The First Sunday of Epiphany
The Second Sunday of Epiphany Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Third Sunday of Epiphany Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple Candlemas
The Fifth Sunday of Epiphany Proper 1 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Seventh Sunday of Epiphany Proper 3
The Second Sunday Before Lent
The Sunday Next Before Lent Transfiguration of Our Lord Last Sunday after Epiphany Sunday after Epiphany
The First Sunday of Lent
The Second Sunday of Lent
The Third Sunday of Lent
The Fourth Sunday of Lent
Mothering Sunday Mothers Day
The Fifth Sunday of Lent Passiontide Begins
Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Passion
Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday in Holy Week
Wednesday in Holy Week
Easter Eve Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
The Second Sunday of Easter
The Third Sunday of Easter
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
The Seventh Sunday of Easter Sunday after Ascension Day
Day of Pentecost Whit Sunday
Proper 11 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 12 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 13 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 14 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 15 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 16 Twentyfirst Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 17 Twentysecond Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 18 Twentythird Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 19 Twentyfourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 20 Twentyfifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 21 Twentysixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 22 Twentyseventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 23 Twentyeighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 24 Twentyninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Last Sunday After Trinity Proper 25 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
All Saints Day
All Saints Sunday
The Fourth Sunday Before Advent Proper 26 Thirtyfirst Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Third Sunday Before Advent Proper 27 Thirtysecond Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Second Sunday Before Advent Proper 28 Thirtysecond Sunday in Ordinary Time
Christ the King
Selected Festivals and Special Occasions
The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus 1 January
to the Blessed Virgin Mary 25 March
The Transfiguration of Our Lord 6 August
The Blessed Virgin Mary 15 August
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed All Souls Day 2 November
Creation Harvest Thanksgiving Rogation Days One World Week Christian Aid Week
Remembrance Sunday Veterans Day Anzac Day
Sources and Acknowledgements
Index of Authors and Translators
Index of First Lines
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Advent beauty becomes bird Blessed blood body born calls celebrates child Christ Christian church comes creation Cross dark dead dear death divine earth English eternal eyes faith Father fear feel field fire Fourth freedom gifts give given glory God's Gospel grace hands hast hear heart heaven Holy hope human imagination Jesus keep King late leave Lent light live look Lord Mary mind morning mother move never night pain Passing Passion permission poem poet praise pray prayer present Proper readings rich Saviour Second Sunday seek Selected shepherds shine sleep Song sorrow soul speak Spirit stands suffering Sunday in Ordinary Sunday of Easter Sunday of Epiphany tears tell thee things Third Thomas thou Thou art thought translated tree true turn Week wise wonder
Seite 99 - Wilt Thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt Thou forgive that sin, through which I run And do run still, though still I do deplore? When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done; For I have more.
Seite 62 - Come live with me and be my Love, And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and valleys, dale and field.
Seite 115 - ... swords may reap the field, And plant fresh laurels where they kill : But their strong nerves at last must yield ; They tame but one another still : Early or late They stoop to fate, And must give up their murmuring breath When they, pale captives, creep to death. The garlands wither on your brow; Then boast no more your mighty deeds! Upon Death's purple altar now See where the victor-victim bleeds. Your heads must come To the cold tomb: Only the actions of the just Smell sweet and blossom in...
Seite 35 - THROW away thy rod ! Throw away thy wrath ! O my God ; Take the gentle path ! For my heart's desire Unto thine is bent ; 1 aspire To a full consent. Not a word or look I affect to own, But by book ; And thy book alone.
Seite 5 - I LEANT upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-gray, And Winter's dregs made desolate The weakening eye of day. The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh Had sought their household fires.
Seite 99 - Which was my sin, though it were done before ? Wilt thou forgive that sin through which I run, And do run still, though still I do deplore ? When thou hast done, thou hast not done, For I have more.
Seite 100 - CAN I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief? Can I see a falling tear, And not feel my sorrow's share? Can a father see his child Weep, nor be with sorrow filled? Can a mother sit and hear An infant groan, an infant fear? No, no! never can it be!
Seite 2 - Passing away, saith the World, passing away: Chances, beauty and youth sapped day by day: Thy life never continueth in one stay. Is the eye waxen dim, is the dark hair changing to grey That hath won neither laurel nor bay? I shall clothe myself in spring and bud in May: Thou, root-stricken, shalt not rebuild thy decay On my bosom for aye. Then I answered: Yea.
Seite 64 - Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day, Didst make thy triumph over death and sin; And, having harrowed hell, didst bring away Captivity thence captive, us to win...
Seite 63 - The shepherd swains shall dance and sing For thy delight each May morning: If these delights thy mind may move, Then live with me and be my love.