A Few Notes on Readings from Job

Posted September 5, 2017 9:42 pm by Gregory DiPippo

A Few Notes on Readings from Job

In the traditional form of the Divine Office, the Matins readings for the first two weeks of September are taken from the book of Job. The system of Scriptural readings assigned to the Office goes back to the 6th century; it originated in the ancient Roman basilicas, but we know nothing about how it was devised. When it was extensively revised in the Tridentine reform, the basic pattern of readings (Isaiah in Advent, St Paul after Christmas, Genesis in Septuagesima etc.) was not changed, but completed and expanded.The readings of the first two chapters, which are assigned to the first

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