The Gospel Readings in the Cycle of the Year

Hans-Werner Schroeder

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A guide to the series of readings from the gospels used in The Christian Community.

Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
64 pages
Publication date:
24 Jan 2008


Behind the highlights of the festivals of the Christian Year, there is a series of readings from the gospels which are used in the Act of Consecration of Man, the Communion Service of The Christian Community. Deeper study of these readings reveals a composition which has nothing arbitrary about it. Motifs develop and grow from week to week; even the particular gospel from which a reading is taken is expressive of an aspect of the events it describes.

What emerges is a new gospel, taking its content from the other gospels, but living in time and in the rhythm of the Christian year. Hans-Werner Schroeder shows how this gospel expresses the life of Christ, which was a unique historical event, as a living reality within the course of every year.


Hans-Werner Schroeder (1931-2016) was a priest of the Christian Community. He taught at the seminary in Stuttgart and was the author of The Cosmic Christ, Necessary Evil, The Trinity and The Healing Power of Prayer (all Floris Books).

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