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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)

 

| March | April | May | June | July |

Planning further ahead? Use the 2014 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?


March 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday







 1
David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales
 2
Last Sunday after Epiphany
 3
John and Charles Wesley, Priests
4 
 5
Ash Wednesday
6
7
Perpetua and her Companions
8
9
First Sunday in Lent
10
11
12
Gregory the Great, Bishop
13
James Theodore Holly, Bishop
14
15
16
Second Sunday in Lent

17
Patrick, Bishop
18
Cyril, Bishop
19
St Joseph
20
Cuthbert, Bishop
21
Thomas Ken, Bishop
22
James De Koven, Priest
23
Third Sunday in Lent
24
Oscar Romero, Archbishop, and the Martyrs of San Salvador
25
The Annunciation
26
27
Charles Henry Brent, Bishop
28
29
John Keble, Priest
30
Fourth Sunday in Lent

31
John Donne, Priest
 
     

April 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday



1
Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest
2
James Lloyd Breck, Priest
3
Richard, Bishop
4
Martin Luther King
5
6
Fifth Sunday in Lent

7
Tikhon, Patriarch, Confessor, and Ecumenist
8
William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest
9
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
10
William Law, Priest
11
George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop
12
13
Sunday of the Passion:
Palm Sunday

14
Monday in Holy Week
15
Tuesday in Holy Week
16
Wednesday in Holy Week
17
Maundy Thursday
(White is appropriate at the Eucharist)
18
Good Friday
(Black may be used)
19
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil
(White is appropriate at the Vigil)
20
Easter Day
Principal
Evening
21
Monday in Easter Week
22
Tuesday in Easter Week
23
Wednesday in Easter Week
24
Thursday in Easter Week
25
Friday in Easter Week
26
Saturday in Easter Week
27
Second Sunday of Easter
28
St Mark, Evangelist
(transferred)
29
Catherine of Siena
30



 May 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday





1
St Philip and St James, Apostles
2
Athanasius, Bishop
3
4
Third Sunday of Easter
5
6
7
8
Dame Julian of Norwich
9
Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop
10
11
Fourth Sunday of Easter
12
13


14
15
16
17
18
Fifth Sunday of Easter
19
Dunstan, Archbishop
20
Alcuin, Deacon and Abbott of Tours
21
22
23
24
Jackson Kemper, Bishop

25
Sixth Sunday of Easter
26
Augustine, Archbishop
27
28

29
Ascension Day
30
31
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin


  June 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 1
Seventh Sunday of Easter
2
The Martyrs of Lyons
3
The Martyrs of Uganda
4
5
Boniface, Archbishop and Martyr
6
7
Vigil of Pentecost
(Red may be used at Vigil)
8
Day of Pentecost
Whitsunday

9
Columba, Abbot
10
Ephrem of Edessa
11
St Barnabas, Apostle
12
Enmegahbowh, Priest and Missionary
13
The First Book of Common Prayer
14
Basil the Great, Bishop
15
First Sunday after Pentecost
Trinity Sunday


16
Joseph Butler, Bishop
17
18
Bernard Mizeki, Martyr

19
20
21
22
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 7

23
24
Nativity of St John, the Baptist
25
26
27
28
Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons
29
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 8

30
St Peter and St Paul, Apostles
(transferred)
         

 July 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

     1
2
3
4
Independence Day

5
6
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 9

7
8
9
10
11
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot
12
13
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 10

14
15
16
17
William White, Bishop
18 19
Macrina, Monastic and Teacher
20
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 11

21
22
Mary Magdalene
23
24
Thomas a Kempis, Priest
25
St James, Apostle
26
The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
27
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 12

28
29
Mary and Martha of Bethany
30
William Wilberforce
31
Ignatius of Loyola

 


 







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.

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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