Month-by-month lectionary reading list
Download these printable versions of the daily and Sunday and festival scripture reading list to use in church bulletins and newsletters.
Please note that two distinct lectionaries are provided on this page: the two-year Daily Lectionary and the three-year Revised Common Lectionary for Sundays and festivals; be sure you have selected the appropriate one.
Lectionary for Sundays and Festivals
2013: Year C (ending Nov. 24) and Year A (beginning Dec. 1)
2014: Year A (ending Nov. 23) and Year B (beginning Nov. 30)
The three-year Revised Common Lectionary for Sundays and festivals was produced by the ecumenical Consultation on Common Texts in 1992, and was included in the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (Westminster John Knox Press, 1993); it may also be found in the Presbyterian Planning Calendar and the Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study, published annually by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This lectionary provides scripture readings for proclamation in public worship, following the Sundays, festivals, and seasons of the Christian year (or liturgical calendar). Four scripture passages are given for each Sunday and festival: (a) the First Reading, usually from the Old Testament, but replaced by a reading from Acts during the season of Easter; (b) a Psalm or canticle, intended not as a separate reading, but as a response (ideally, a musical response) to the First Reading; (c) the Second Reading, an Epistle or other New Testament writing; and (d) the Gospel Reading, from Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. The three-year lectionary cycle (Years A, B, and C) focuses on different sections of scripture each year, notably the Gospel of Matthew in Year A, Mark in Year B, and Luke in Year C (the fourth gospel, John, is prominently featured at certain times in each year).
2013: Year 1 (ending Nov. 30) and Year 2 (beginning Dec. 1)
2014: Year 2 (ending Nov. 29) and Year 1 (beginning Nov. 30)
The two-year Daily Lectionary comes from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (Westminster John Knox Press, 1993) where it was adapted from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer; it may also be found in the Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study, published each year by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This lectionary is intended for personal study and reflection, as well as daily prayer in individual or small group settings. In a two-year period, this lectionary allows users to read through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice, moving sequentially and systematically through large sections of scripture. Two morning psalms and two evening psalms are provided for each day, so that the readings may be framed by prayer, using the words of the psalms. Users of this lectionary may choose to read all the lessons in one sitting, or may distribute the readings throughout the day as a part of the practice of daily prayer (a common pattern is Old Testament in the morning, Epistle at noon, and Gospel in the evening).
John, thanks for your comment. In the design of the two-year daily lectionary, a selection from the "Laudate Psalms" is used every day in Morning Prayer, following this schedule: Sunday: Psalm 150; Monday: Psalm 145; Tuesday: Psalm 146; Wednesday: Psalm 147:1-11; Thursday: Psalm 147:12-20; Friday: Psalm 148; Saturday: Psalm 149. (This is an expansion and adaptation of the traditional "Laudate Psalms," 148-150 only, used at the end of every service of morning prayer [or "Lauds"] in the ancient daily office.) Other psalms repeat week-by-week through the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Easter, because of their association with certain themes of the Christian year (e.g., Psalm 22 on Fridays in Lent, because of its connection with the cross on Good Friday). However, during "Ordinary Time" (after Epiphany and Pentecost), the psalter moves to a four-week rotation, with the exception of the Laudate Psalms as noted above. So ... long story short, hang on until Pentecost and you'll get some more variety. Or you might be interested in the special eight-week psalter that is used by members of the Company of Pastors (http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/companyofpastors/), which uses all 150 psalms.
I've noticed that in the Daily Lectionary, the Psalms repeat within a week's time. Why is this? Personally I would prefer a longer time period between repeating the same readings -- or include passages from Proverbs or other wisdom literature. Thanks.
Deborah, you can access Daily Readings for Lent here: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/daily-readings-lent-2012/ or from our Season of Lent web page: http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/worship/worship-resources-lent/ I have also added a link to the Daily Readings for the Season of Lent above. Thanks!
Lenten Daily readings for 2012 like you posted last year? This is very helpful for our congregation.
Laurie, the readings provided on these lists are for the appropriate year, so unless you're just curious it doesn't matter. But if you are curious, Year 2 of the Daily Lectionary begins Sunday, November 27, 2011 (the First Sunday in Advent). That means for most of the year the odd year corresponds to Year 1 and the even to Year 2; it's only from Advent through New Year's Eve when that trick doesn't work. I'll see if we can add a note to this page to make that more clear.