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The gospel in the Episcopal liturgy is the final reading from Holy Scriptures taken from the canonical gospels at the eucharist (BCP, pp. 326, 357). It marks the climax of the liturgy of the word. The gospel may include elaborate ceremonial, such as a gospel procession with two candle bearers and a thurifer. The congregation stands for the gospel, which may be read or sung from the midst of the congregation. The proclamation of the gospel is properly done by a deacon, and in the Episcopal Church the gospel must be proclaimed by a gospeler in holy orders. Acclamations normally precede and follow the gospel. In the Episcopal Church, the Sunday gospel is drawn from the three-year cycle of the lectionary (BCP, pp. 889-921). The gospel may also be read at the Blessing of a Marriage (BCP, p. 426), and at the Burial of the Dead (BCP, pp. 479, 495). 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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