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
2015: Year B (ending Nov. 22) and Year C (beginning Nov. 29)
2016: Year C (ending Nov. 20) and Year A (beginning Nov. 27)
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).
2015: Year 1 (ending Nov. 28) and Year 2 (beginning Nov. 29)
2016: Year 2 (ending Nov. 26) and Year 1 (beginning Nov. 27)
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).
On the Daily Lectionary, how do we know if we are in Year 1 or Year 2? Odds and evens? Or does it matter?
Update for Leah and others interested in the single page listing of the RCL from the Planning Calendar: It's now available to download above, under Lectionary for Sundays and Festivals. Click on the link that says Full Year (Single Page).
Thanks, Leah. Good idea. I'll see if we can make that available on this site.
I miss the single page listing of Lectionary for the Lord's Day that used to be printed in the front of the annual calendar, but is missing this year. Is there a place to download that single page of Sunday readings?
Thanks for this feedback, Deb! I will pass it along.