Saturday, January 13, 2018

What is the Lectionary?
The Revised Common Lectionary is a lectionary of readings or pericopes from the Bible for use in Protestant Christian worship, making provision for the liturgical year with its pattern of observances of festivals and seasons.  The Revised Common Lectionary was the product of a collaboration between the North American Consultation on Common Texts (CCT) and the International English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC). After a nine-year trial period, it was publicly released in 1994. The CCT membership includes the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as many traditional liturgically-based American and Canadian Episcopal and Protestant Churches such as Lutheran, North American Anglican (Episcopal), Presbyterian, and more loosely Methodist.

As in its predecessors, readings are prescribed for each Sunday: a passage typically from the Old Testament (including in Roman Catholic and Episcopal/Anglican Churches those books sometimes referred to as the Apocrypha or deuterocanonical books), or the Acts of the Apostles; a passage from one of the Psalms; another from either the Epistles or the Book of Revelation; and finally a passage from one of the four Gospels.

Also like its predecessors, it runs in three-year cycles; the gospel readings in the first year (Year A) are taken from the Gospel of Matthew, those in the second year (or Year B) from the Gospel of Mark, and in the third year (or Year C) come from the Gospel of Luke. Portions of the Gospel of John are read throughout Eastertide, and are also used for other liturgical seasons including Advent, Christmastide, and Lent where appropriate.

Year A begins on the first Sunday of Advent in 2016, 2019, 2022, etc.
Year B begins on the first Sunday of Advent in 2017, 2020, 2023, etc.
Year C begins on the first Sunday of Advent in 2018, 2021, 2024, etc.

The major principle behind the lectionary is that on a Sunday members of congregations should be able to hear the voice of each writer week by week, rather than readings being selected according to a theme. Thus, in any given year the writer of one of the first three gospels will be heard from beginning to end. Likewise, the rest of the New Testament is heard, in some cases, virtually in total, in others in large part.

January 7, 2018, 1st Sunday of Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord
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Psalm Lesson One Lesson Two Gospel
Roman Catholic Psalm 29:1-4
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Acts 10:34-38
Mark 1:7-11

Revised Common Psalm 29
Genesis 1:1-5
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

Episcopal Psalm 89:1-29
Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-38
Mark 1:7-11

For more information, this link goes to a good introduction of the Lectionary:

Other Resources:

In addition, you can follow lectionary pages on Twitter and Facebook. There are even apps for the Lectionary in the App Store.

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