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A '''pericope'''([[w:Greek language|Greek]] περικοπή; Slavonic: Зачало(Zachalo), "a cutting-out") is a portion of text selected to be read aloud, such as the [[Epistle]] and [[Gospel]] readings.
[[Lectionary|Lectionaries]] are normally made up of pericopes containing the [[Epistle]] and [[Gospel]] readings for the
[[liturgical year ]]. A pericope consisting of passages from different parts of a single book, or from different books of the Bible, and linked together into a single reading is called a ''[[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/concatenation concatenation]]'' or ''composite reading''.
*[http://www.godward.org/archives/BS%20Notes/Bible%20Study%20Notes%20No%20One%20Pericope1.htm What is a "Pericope"?]
*[http://virtualreligion.net/primer/pericope.html "Pericope"] from ''A [[Synoptic gospels|Synoptic Gospels]] Primer''