I recently received the Lectionary for 2012 for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (PDF here). There is much improved from recent versions, but with one inaccuracy. It assumes that A New Zealand Prayer Book/ He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (ANZPB/HKMOA) has been revised! Regulars here will know that there was an attempt to print a revised Prayer Book without going through the required process – but that “revised” printing did not go ahead. The Lectionary assumes that it did:

The RCL has been adapted for use in a revision of ANZPB/HKMOA, replacing the exiting printed pages 549 to 723. (page 2)

Each Sunday in 2012, where this year (2011) and previous Lectionaries had RCL as the heading for the eucharistic readings – that column in 2012 is now headed ANZPB/HKMOA. Those 2012 readings, however, are not those in ANZPB/HKMOA as stated, but continue to be the readings assigned by our agreement to follow RCL.

I have let people responsible for the Lectionary know that this is an error (especially since, in this digital age, an error from one year, if not corrected, can so easily be there again next year) and asked them to correct it for the online, digital version. I cannot work out, however, why the collect cross-referencing that is used prior to the planned reprint – is still in the 2012 Lectionary!

Positively, I have also thanked them for the many improvements this year. The responsorial psalm has been placed where it comes in the Eucharist. The Eve of St Thomas has been restored (but the Christmas proper for non-Steven Monday 26 December have been removed? As has the proper for non-Holy Innocents 28 December?) The constant alteration of our colours continues to confuse/bemuse me: in this year’s lectionary 28 December 2011 is White; in next year’s lectionary the exact same date, 28 December 2011 is… Red!!!) Thankfully the counting backwards to Lent has been removed (this year, 2011, the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time was also the 4th Sunday before Lent – that has gone for 2012). It may be worth reflecting why we have retained Sundays in Lent, rather than of Lent? The 5th Sunday in Lent is still called Passion Sunday – I don’t know why. Obviously, the 6th Sunday in Lent is the Sunday of the Passion. Why the special emphasis on Monday and Tuesday in Easter Week – and not Wednesday? Thankfully the plethora of titles for Sundays in Ordinary Time has been slashed: in 2011 a Sunday would be called 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time and RCL Proper 27 and 21st Sunday after Pentecost and 3rd Sunday before Advent. In 2012 only the first title is used. Obviously the Lectionary organisers heard our plea that Green (the colour I used), which had been removed 2011 for November 13, has been restored. Now, once again in the Anglican Church of Or, November 11, 2012 you can choose from Green, Red, White, or Violet.

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