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The Lectionary Page


 

A Liturgical Calendar for Upcoming Weeks

With Links to the Lessons
From the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)
(as adapted for use in Episcopal worship)

 

| November | December | January | February | March |

Planning further ahead? Use the 2014 Liturgical Calendar or 2015 Liturgical Calendar.

Looking back? Use the 2013 Liturgical Calendar or 2012 Liturgical Calendar or 2011 Liturgical Calendar.

A Reverse Lectionary is now available.

A Liturgical Calendar in iCalendar format is available.

A Note concerning the weekday calendar.

What are Track 1 and Track 2?


November 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

All Saints may always be additionally celebrated on the Sunday following November 1.           1
All Saints
2
All Saints (white)
or
Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 26
3
Richard Hooker, Priest
4 5
6
William Temple, Archbishop
7
Willibrord, Archbishop
8
9
Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27

10
Leo the Great, Bishop
11
Martin, Bishop of Tours
12
Charles Simeon, Priest
13
14
Consecration of Samuel Seabury
15
16
Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28

17
Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln
18
Hilda, Abbess of Whitby
19
Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary
20
Edmund, King of East Anglia
21 22
Clive Staples Lewis, Apologist and Writer
23
Last Sunday after Pentecost:
Christ the King


24
25
James Otis Sargent Huntington, Priest
26
27
Thanksgiving Day
28
Kamehameha and Emma
29
30
First Sunday of Advent

 
       

December 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday


1
St Andrew, Apostle
2
Channing Moore Williams, Missionary Bishop
3
4
John of Damascus
5
Clement of Alexandria, Priest
6
Nicholas, Bishop
7
Second Sunday of Advent

8
9
10
11
12 13
14
Third Sunday of Advent

15
16
17
18
19 20
21
Fourth Sunday of Advent
22
St Thomas, Apostle
(transferred)
23
24
Christmas Eve
25
Christmas Day
Christmas I
Christmas II
Christmas III
26
St Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
27
St John, Apostle and Evangelist
28
First Sunday after Christmas

(Note: Episcopal readings differ from the "generic" RCL readings)

29
Holy Innocents
(transferred)
30
Francis Joseph Gaudet, Educator and Prison Reformer
31

   

January 2015

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

         1
The Holy Name
2
 
3
4
Second Sunday after Christmas
5
6
The Epiphany
7 8
Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary
9
Julia Chester Emery, Missionary
10
William Laud, Archbishop
11
First Sunday after the Epiphany
12
Aelred, Abbot
13
Hillary, Bishop
14 15
Martin Luther King, Jr.
(alternate date)
16 17
Antony, Abbot
18
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
19
Confession of St Peter, Apostle
(transferred)
20
Fabian, Bishop and Martyr
21
Agnes, Martyr
22
Vincent, Deacon and Martyr
23
Phillips Brooks, Bishop
24
Ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi
25
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
26
Conversion of St Paul, Apostle
(transferred)
27
John Chrysostom, Bishop
28
Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar
29 30  31

 February 2015

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 1
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
2
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
3
Anskar, Archbishop
4
Cornelius, the Centurion
5
Martyrs of Japan
6 7
8
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
9 10
11 12 13
Absalom Jones, Priest
 14
Cyril and Methodius, Monk and Bishop
15
Last Sunday after Epiphany
16 17
Janani Luwum
Archbishop and Martyr
18
Ash Wednesday
19 20 21
22
First Sunday in Lent
23
Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
24
St Matthias, Apostle
25
26
27
George Herbert, Priest
28
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, Educator

March 2015

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 1
Second Sunday in Lent
 2
Chad, Bishop of Lichfield
 3
John and Charles Wesley, Priests
4 
 5
6
7
Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs
8
Third Sunday in Lent
9
Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa
10
11
12
Gregory the Great, Bishop
13
James Theodore Holly, Bishop
14
15
Fourth Sunday in Lent
16
17
Patrick, Bishop
18
Cyril, Bishop
19
St Joseph
20
Cuthbert, Bishop
21
Thomas Ken, Bishop
22
Fifth Sunday in Lent
23
Gregory the Illuminator
24
Oscar Romero, Archbishop, and the Martyrs of San Salvador
25
The Annunciation
26
27
Charles Henry Brent, Bishop
28
29
Sunday of the Passion:
Palm Sunday

30
Monday in Holy Week
31
Tuesday in Holy Week
 

 





What are “Track 1” and “Track 2”?

During the long green season after Pentecost, there are two tracks (or strands) each week for Old Testament readings. Within each track, there is a Psalm chosen to accompany the particular lesson.

The Revised Common Lectionary allows us to make use of either of these tracks, but once a track has been selected, it should be followed through to the end of the Pentecost season, rather than jumping back and forth between the two strands.

The first track of Old Testament readings (“Track 1”) follows major stories and themes, read mostly continuously from week to week. In Year A we begin with Genesis, in Year B we hear some of the great monarchy narratives, and in Year C we read from the later prophets.

A second track of readings (“Track 2”) follows the Roman Catholic tradition of thematically pairing the Old Testament reading with the Gospel reading, often typologically—a sort of foretelling of Jesus Christ’s life and ministry, if you will. This second track is almost identical to our previous Book of Common Prayer lectionary.

Within each track there may be additional readings, complementary to the standard reading; these may be used with the standard reading, or in place of it.

(credit to The Rev Dr. J. Barrington Bates)



A Note about Weekday Observances

This calendar follows the observances of saints and martyrs found in Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 2006.

The General Convention of 2009 gave approval for trial use of Holy Women, Holy Men, intended as a replacement for Lesser Feasts and Fasts. It was expected that the General Convention of 2012 would either give Holy Women, Holy Men final approval or reject it. However, because a consensus opinion about Holy Women, Holy Men had not emerged, the Convention extended the trial period to 2015 and directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to continue revising Holy Women, Holy Men. You can get a pdf of the resolution from the General Convention web site.

Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 2006 remains the last calendar of saints to be given final approval.




Transition to the Revised Common Lectionary complete at Advent 2010

The 75th General Convention in June, 2006 directed that the Revised Common Lectionary replace the Book of Common Prayer lectionary "effective the First Sunday of Advent 2007; with the provision for continued use of the previous Lectionary for purposes of orderly transition, with the permission of the ecclesiastical authority, until the First Sunday of Advent 2010 (A077)." (Episcopal News Service)

During the trial and transition periods, both the traditional BCP lections and the RCL lections were available on this site. Beginning with Advent 2010, only the Revised Common Lectionary readings will be referenced on this calendar.

However, recognizing that some communities may continue to use the lections from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, and that there is an historical value in maintaining the accessibility of those lections, we continue to include the General Index to the 1979 BCP Lection Texts.

A final word of caution: The General Convention of 2000 which authorized the trial use of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) actually modified the RCL slightly to conform to Episcopal worship needs. What is presented here is that Episcopal adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary.



The lessons appointed for the following special services are now available:

Marriages
Burials
Dedication of a Church
Advent Lessons and Carols
Christmas Lessons and Carols
Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve (King's College)
The Passion Gospels Formatted for Dramatic Reading

Those seeking lessons not on the current calendar may consult the

Comprehensive Index to Texts: Years A, B, and C, and Holy Days

For communities continuing to use the older BCP lectionary:

General Index to the 1979 BCP Lection Texts


This site was created to support all those who need access to the lesson texts of the Episcopal (TEC) Eucharistic Lectionary.

The Sunday Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. The year which will begin with Advent in 2014 will be Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2013 was Year C.

The Bible translation used is The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The collects and the Psalms are from the Book of Common Prayer. The collects use the contemporary wording.

The liturgical color appropriate for the day is indicated, when the color is green, red or purple, by the color of the numeral against a light grey background. When the liturgical color is white, the numeral is black against a white background.

On weekdays, other than major Holy Days, the color indicated is the color appropriate to the season. When celebrating the feast of a martyred saint, scarlet is also appropriate.

I am always interested in ways to make this site more useful to you. Your feedback is appreciated. And, please, let me know as soon as possible if you catch an error in this material.


New: Liturgical Calendar available for iCal, Google Calendar, etc

A number of people have asked for a liturgical calendar formatted for iCal, Google Calendar, or any other program that uses the iCalendar format. I have prepared such a calendar, accurate through 2017. You can subscribe to it, through your calendar program, using this url:

http://www.lectionarypage.net/Resources/LiturgicalCalendar.ics

Alternatively, using the same url, you may download the calendar file by pasting the url in the destination window of your web browser and hitting the Go button. For most browsers, on most computers, this will result in that file being downloaded and stored in your downloads folder. You can then import it into your calendar program. What is the difference? You cannot alter a calendar to which you are subscribed, but you can alter a calendar imported from a file on your computer. The downside, if there is one, is that corrections made to the original file (that is, my file) will not be replicated on your computer. Your choice.

Inasmuch as this is something very new, there is a strong likelihood that the calendar contains an error, or the file is flawed in some other way. Please let me know as soon as possible about errors, omissions, or anything else that lessens the usability of this calendar.


Other Helpful Resources

A wonderful lectionary-based collection of commentaries, exegesis, articles, art and music suggestions can be found at Textweek.

Sometimes the question is not what we read on a given date, but "When do we read a certain lesson?" The Reverse Lectionary can answer that question.

I am often asked where one can find the Daily Lectionary (a two year cycle) online.

A number of pronunciation guides are available online. The Bible Workshop offers phonetic spelling as well as audible guidance.

The Sunday lectionary in Spanish can be found at St Mark's Press Leccionario Domenical.

The Book of Common Prayer, in both the current and the historical versions, can be found online.

Looking for more information about the saints? James Kiefer's hagiographs are a good starting point.

Want to read the lessons in other translations? Bible Study Tools offers access to the King James, New King James, Revised Standard, New Revised Standard, New American Standard, New International and many other versions in various languages.

For those interested in chanting of Gospels, the Rev. William G. Gartig of Cincinnati has posted sheet music (in Gregorian, square note notation) of settings he has done using Gospel Tone I at his web site: www.nku.edu/~gartigw.


 

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Kelly W. Puckett

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Last updated on November 11, 2014.