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date: 02 June 2020

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Supporters of the initiatives for Bible translation and publication in the 1530s aimed high: ‘every person’ should be encouraged to read the Bible in English. But for the significant minority of the laity who were still illiterate, as well as for many who struggled with the difficulty and diversity of the text, the passages of the English Bible declaimed regularly in church continued to be the primary source of their scriptural knowledge. This chapter sheds light on an important practice, explaining which parts of the Bible were read in churches, and outlining the fixed rotas of readings, communal worship, and set prayers that constituted most worshippers’ experience of the Bible in England throughout the sixteenth and into the seventeenth centuries.

Keywords: preaching, Bible printing, liturgy, church worship, Bible reading, saints’ days, Cranmer, Sunday sequence

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