Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Lectionary

Michael Spencer provides a tutorial on The Lectionary:
1. What is the lectionary?
Lectionary: schedule of readings from Holy Scripture for use in the weekly (or daily) liturgy. In current use are both an historic, one-year lectionary with readings that have been in use for centuries, and a more recently developed three-year lectionary called the “Revised Common Lectionary.” Use of a lectionary provides the congregation with the opportunity to hear carefully chosen sections from the entire Bible and provides an individual with various scripture passages for daily reading, worship of study.
2. Is the lectionary related to the Church Year?
Yes, lectionaries are one of the main ways a Christian or a congregation stays “on track” with the liturgical or Christian year.
3. What is the difference between a daily and a weekly lectionary?
Weekly lectionaries usually contain the scripture lessons used in public worship by liturgical churches. The Revised Common Lectionary is an attempt by many different denominations to coordinate worship by means of the same lectionary.

Daily scripture readings are not part of the Revised Common Lectionary, and vary much more widely from source to source. [quite a bit more]
Note the Daily Lectionary from The Book of Common Prayer [using the ESV] provided in the column on the left. » Blog Archive » A Lectionary F.A.Q.

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