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date: 18 November 2019


The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

In Christian worship it was long customary for two passages of Scripture to be read or sung at the Eucharist; the former came to be known as the ‘Epistle’, doubtless because it was normally taken from the NT Epistles, though sometimes from Acts, and in the W. occasionally from the OT or Rev. In early times, both in the E. and W., the Gospel was preceded by several lessons, of which the Epistle was the last. In the Roman rite, with certain exceptions, only the Epistle survived until ... ...

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