These are letters written by some very early Christian leaders, in the 1st or 2nd century, which are not part of the New Testament. They are generally considered to form part of the basis of Christian tradition. The ennobling word "epistle" is used partly because these were all written in Greek, in a time period close to when the epistles of the New Testament were written, and thus "epistle" lends additional weight of authority.
In the context of a liturgy , epistle may refer more specifically to a particular passage from a New Testament epistle the Pauline epistles and the General epistles —sometimes also from the Book of Acts or the Revelation of John , but not the Four Gospels —that is scheduled to be read on a certain day or at a certain occasion. The corresponding Gregorian chants have a special tone tonus epistolae.
When the epistle is sung or chanted at Solemn Mass it is done so by the subdeacon. In the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Byzantine Rite Catholics the Epistle reading is called the Apostol the same name is given to the lectionary from which it is read.
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Unlike the Latin Rite there are never readings from the Old Testament. These daily Epistle readings are a part of the Paschal cycle , being ultimately dependent upon the date of Pascha Easter. There are also lessons appointed for the feast days of numerous saints and commemorations. There may be one, two, or three readings from the Apostol during a single Liturgy.
The Epistle is read between the Prokeimenon and the Alleluia.
The Epistle reading is always linked to a reading from the Gospel , though some services, such as Matins , will have a Gospel lesson, but no Epistle. A number of services besides the Divine Liturgy will have an Epistle and Gospel reading. Such services often include a Prokeimenon and Alleluia as well. The Epistle is chanted by the reader , though at a Hierarchical Liturgy a Divine Liturgy celebrated by a bishop , it is read by a deacon.
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The one who chants the Epistle also reads the verses of the Prokeimenon. During the Middle Ages , the art of letter writing was taught in numerous manuals, and the ars dictaminis became an important genre of instructional discourse. The necessity for letter writing was in large part due to the general deterioration of civil life and the decay of the Roman road system in the early Middle Ages , factors that obliged literate people with business to transact to send letters instead of travel themselves. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the literary genre of letter-writing.
For other uses, see Epistulae disambiguation. This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. January Main article: Pauline Epistles. Holy Bible.
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This is because the Epistles and Gospels of the Anglican liturgy were the same readings as those in the Missa l of St Pius V, with only a few minor differences. In other words, until the Second Vatican Council, they were the selection of readings which nurtured the piety of clergy and people for a millennium and a half. In other words, the reference is to portions of Scripture deemed to be those most central to the Divine Message of the entire Bible.