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The Ambo

I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; behold, I did not restrain my lips. Ps. 40:10

The Ambo is the place where both the readings are read and from which the sermon is preached. Some churches have a pulpit and a lectern. When there is one piece of furniture serving both functions, it is called an “ambo.”



Book of Lectionary Readings – Readings in The Episcopal Church come from the Revised Common Lectionary. A lectionary is an ordered system for reading the Holy Scriptures at the eucharist and the Daily Offices. It is usually presented in the form of a table of references for the psalms and readings for the various days of the liturgical year, although it may be a separate book containing the actual texts of the readings. The BCP contains two lectionaries: The eucharistic lectionary (BCP, pp. 887-931), and the Daily Office lectionary (BCP, pp. 933-1001). Lesser Feasts and Fasts contains a lectionary for weekdays in Advent, Christmastide, Lent, and Easter; and for lesser feasts during the church year.