What is the Lectionary?
The Lectionary is a schedule of selected Bible readings that the Roman Catholic Church and many churches follow for worship services.
It is arranged in two cycles, a 2-year cycle for weekdays and a 3-year cycle for Sundays.
Weekdays include three passages - a passage from either Testament, a Psalm, and a Gospel passage.
Sundays include these same types plus a fourth passage usually drawn sequentially from the New Testament. The Sunday 3-year cycle follows the synoptic Gospels.
- Year A = Matthew
- Year B = Mark
- Year C = Luke
- John is read during the Easter season in all three years.
The Lectionary covers 90% of the Gospels, 55% of the rest of the New Testament, 127 Psalms and 13.5% of the rest of the Old Testament. (source: https://catholic-resources.org/Lectionary/Statistics.htm
While it doesn’t exhaust the entire Bible, the Lectionary is the most universal daily Bible-reading plan out there, which makes it a great for fellowship, since Christians all over the world use it for daily prayer and worship.
The Lectionary Reading Record is a helpful tool for following the Scripture readings used in the daily mass. It also helps a person become consistent in their daily intake of Scripture.
It is made available as a PDF file that you can print for your own use or for use with a small-group. A PDF file can be viewed and printed if your computer is equipped with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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Then click on "pdf" of the quarterly file you wish to download.