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The Daily Lectionary
(The Daily Office)

The readings are not current and are no longer being updated.

The Daily Bible Readings provided here are adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, used in the Anglican and Episcopal traditions for daily church services. They are organized on a two year cycle and can provide a basis for daily devotional reading and reflection.  Because of their roots on worship, the readings follow the church year beginning with Advent (Year 1 begins with Advent, 2020 for the 2021 Church Year; Year 2 begins with Advent, 2021 for the 2022 church year).

Because these readings are adapted for daily devotional reading for a general audience, they do not always follow the Book of Common Prayer exactly.  For example, readings from the Apocrypha, which are included in the BCP, are here replaced with other readings.

A three year cycle of daily devotional readings coordinated with the Revised Common Lectionary is available from Augsburg Press:  Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings: Consultation on Common Texts.

Why do the readings for Sundays here in the Daily Readings not match the Sunday Readings for the Preaching Lectionary and Commentaries?

Daily Bible Readings, Year 1, 2020-2021 (2021 Church Year)

Advent 1 (begins November 29, 2020)
Christmas 1
Epiphany and Ordinary Time until Lent 1
Lent 1
Holy Week 1
Easter 1
Pentecost 1
Ordinary Time 1

Daily Bible Readings, Year 2, 2019-2020 (2020 Church Year)

Advent 2  (begins December 1, 2019)
Christmas 2
Epiphany and Ordinary Time until Lent 2
Lent 2
Holy Week 2
Easter 2
Pentecost 2
Ordinary Time 2

Seasonal Devotionals and Reflections

The Twelve Days of Christmas
NazNet's Advent Celebration
NazNet's Christmas Celebration: The Twelve Days
An Epiphany Devotional

Why do the Sunday Readings here not match the Sunday Readings for the Lectionary and Commentaries?

The readings for Sundays in the Daily Devotional Readings are not the same readings that are found in the Sunday Lectionary Readings and associated commentaries on this site. These daily devotional readings are adapted from the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer (Anglican/Episcopal). These are used for daily services of worship and for morning and evening prayers on a two year cycle. The BCP also has a different Weekly Lectionary on a three year cycle, which is the lectionary for Sunday services of worship organized around the Church calendar. Because of the different cycles, the Daily Office includes Sunday readings that are different from the lectionary for Sunday worship.

For readings in Sunday services of worship and other holy days, CRI/Voice uses the Revised Common Lectionary, which is organized on a three year cycle. The RCL enjoys much more widespread use among Protestants in general. Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican Lectionaries, along with the RCL, all follow basically the same sequence for weekly readings on a Year A-B-C cycle, although individual passages sometimes differ between the various lectionaries.

While the Weekly Lectionary of the BCP can be used for preaching on the same three year cycle as the RCL, most Protestants prefer the RCL for preaching. Not only does it give more commonality between denominations, it allows a common focus for other studies and curriculum (like interdenominational preaching resources, such as The Text This Week or CRI/Voice).

The Seasons of the Church Year

The Church Year begins with Advent in November/December.
We are presently in  Year B  of readings in the Revised Common Lectionary.
 beginning with Advent, December 1, 2019
Year B:  2017-2018; 2020-2021
Year C:  2015-2016; 2018-2019
Year A:  2016-2017, 2019-2020>

Click below for information about the various Seasons and Holy Days that comprise The Christian Church Year. Except as noted, the dates are for 2020-2021 Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary, Year 1  of the the Daily Office (daily readings) of the Book of Common Prayer. (For a more complete calendar, see The Church Year, 2021)

Ordinary Time Year A  (June 1 - November 28, 2020)

Advent Year B  (November 29 - December 24, 2020)
Christmas (December 25, 2020 - January 5, 2021)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25, 2020 - January 5, 2021)
Epiphany (and Ordinary Time until Lent) (January 6 - February 16, 2021)
Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (February 16, 2021)
Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021)
Lent (February 17 - April 3, 2021)
Holy Week (March 28 - April 3, 2021)
Maundy Thursday (April 1, 2021)
Good Friday (April 2, 2021)
Easter (April 4, 2021)
Pentecost (May 23, 2021)
Ordinary Time (May 24 - November 27, 2021

Advent  Year C  (November 28, 2021)

Dates of the Church Year, RCL Year B, 2021 (2020-2021)
Dates of the Church Year, RCL Year C, 2019 (2018-2019)
Dates of the Church Year, RCL Year A, 2020 (2019-2020)

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