Easter Vigil readings: collect for Baruch or Proverbs reading

The 2006 General Convention resolved that “the Revised Common Lectionary shall be the Lectionary of this Church, amending the Lectionary on pp. 889-921 of the Book of Common Prayer,” but did not deal with the resultant inconsistencies of pages within the Book of Common Prayer itself. General Convention 2012 adopted Resolution A059 calling for the Book of Common Prayer to be revised to resolve the discrepancy between the current Lectionary (as adopted in 2006 and official as of Advent 1 2010) and the Proper Liturgies for Holy Days.

Many of the readings are similar, with just a slight difference in the verses selected. However, in the Easter Vigil, the Revised Common Lectionary includes Baruch 3:9-15,32—4:4 or Proverbs 8:1-8,19-21;9:4b-6, rather than Isaiah 4:2-6.

The SCLM envisions using the collect for “God’s Presence in a renewed Israel” for the Baruch or Proverbs reading. Although it doesn’t match either reading thematically, the commission decided not to try to propose a revision of a text in the BCP.

Here’s the full list of readings for the Vigil this year:

The story of Creation:
Genesis 1:1—2:4a
Psalm 136:1-9,23-26

The Flood:
Genesis 7:1-5,11-18;8:6-18,9:8-13
Psalm 46

Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac:
Genesis 22:1-18
Psalm 16

Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea:
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
Canticle 8

God’s Presence in a renewed Israel:
Baruch 3:9-15,32—4:4 or
Proverbs 8:1-8,19-21;9:4b-6
Psalm 19

Salvation offered freely to all:
Isaiah 55:1-11
Canticle 9

A new heart and a new spirit:
Ezekiel 36:24-28
Psalms 42 and 43

The valley of dry bones:
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 143

The gathering of God’s people:
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Psalm 98

At the Eucharist:
Romans 6:3-11
Psalm 114
Luke 24:1-12