I began, some time back, with this question: given the divergence between the post-Pentecostal lectionaries of the Anglicans/Lutherans, on the one hand, and the Romans, on the other, which has greater antiquity, authenticity, and coherence?
I can now, finally, answer this question with some degree of certainty (after many false steps and blind alleys): Trent, with one important caveat. The beginning of the entire sequence is mashed up in ways that are difficult to untangle, for there are three different Sundays which are all vying for the lead position:
- (i) The Sunday within the Octave of Pentecost
- (ii) The First Sunday after Pentecost
- (iii) Trinity Sunday
The latter is a very late innovation, which suppressed the first two, but in two very different ways.
The readings for (i) The Sunday within the Octave of Pentecost are preserved in the Comes of Murbach and thus issues the Anglican solution -- mash together with (iii) Trinity Sunday:
The Collect for (ii) The First Sunday after Pentecost is "commemorated"
and the former Gospel reading becomes the new Last Gospel in the Roman solution -- mash together with (iii) Trinity Sunday:
From thence, Trent is mostly (or, much more) correct, as I will demonstrate in a future post.