I went to a Christening at the United Church of Christ, and was surprised to hear the same readings as I heard hours earlier in my Catholic Church? I even searched the Vatican site, to make sure that all Catholics were reading the same worldwide, and we were. So why would a protestant church like the UCC pick the same readings as Rome? This was not just an isolated coincidence, since their other week’s readings also match.
As I understand it, many protestant denominations have adopted the Lectionary for use in their worship services. Thus it is not at all unusual for Catholics and Protestants to often hear the same readings on the same Sundays.
Actually, these Protestant churches use the Revised Common Lectionary, which is not quite the same thing as the Catholic lectionary. Frequently the Old Testament readings are different. For one thing, the RCL does not include the deuterocanonical books as far as I know, and it generally moves through OT narratives consecutively, rather than picking them to match the Gospel readings.
The New Testament readings are mostly the same, and I think the Gospels almost always are.
Nonsense. There’s no hypocrisy, and no one claims that the lectionary is matter of fact.
The contemporary lectionaries (yes, they are different) used by the various Western liturgical traditions are the result of ecumenical liturgical scholarship. We Protestants are happy to acknowledge that Catholics have played a leading role, but it really has been a collaborative venture.
There is nothing hypocritical about Protestants learning from and imitating Catholicism. Where do you get this bizarre idea?
The hypocrisy is not in learning and imitating Catholic theology or prayers, but rather in doing that and then claiming Catholicism is wrong.
Protestants don’t know where to stand, grab doctrines from Catholicism, make up their own, no proper leadership, interpretation of scripture is purely based on individual understanding (who is to say my interpretation is wrong?)
“Collaborative venture” err yea, sounds like a recipe for a cake.
Cafeteria christianity. Relativism. A recipe for disaster with icing on the top.
“Ecumenical liturgical scholarship” in other words, all doctrines promulgated by the magesterium in Rome is copied, if there is disagreement don’t copy it.
Happy to acknowledge Catholics have played a leading role? What are you trying to say?
The bible was compiled under the guidance of early Popes, all core doctrinal faiths have been the result of the Catholic church, now the liturgical copying. I think it’s a good thing the liturgies are copied, but it’s still hypocritical. Catholicism has played a leading role, so go with a denomination that doesn’t play the leading role
Just like one living in sin and reprimanding someone else doing the same.
The RCL does include the deuterocanonicals as an option. I just looked up the readings for Oct. 28, 2007, and the reading from Sirach was an option. So it is possible that the readings could be the same in Catholic and Protestant churches even on a Sunday where a deuterocanonical book is used. I would expect, though, that many Protestant churches would choose one of the other options besides a deuterocanonical book.