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PERICOPE

Literally from the Greek, a "cutting around," commonly applied to a passage from the Bible to be read at Mass or in the Divine Office. Also refers to a lesson (lectio) from the Scriptures, Fathers of the Church, or writings of the saints read in the Liturgy of the Hours.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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