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The Lectionary Page


A Liturgical Calendar for Upcoming Weeks

With Links to the Lessons
for Sundays and Major Holy Days
From the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)
(as adapted for use in Episcopal worship)

|November | December | January | February | March |

Looking for the lesser commemorations? Index to Lesser Feasts and Fasts and New Commemorations

Planning further ahead? Use the 2016 Liturgical Calendar or the 2017 Liturgical Calendar.

Go to the Reverse Lectionary.

NEW Resource: RCL Daily Readings.

What are Track 1 and Track 2?



November 2016

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

  Note: If All Saints' Day is additionally observed on Sunday, use white   1
All Saints' Day
2
3
4 5
6
All Saints' (see Nov 1, white)
or
Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27
7
8 9
10
11
12
13
Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28
14 15
16
17
18
19
20
Last Sunday after Pentecost:
Christ the King
21
22
23
25
26
27
First Sunday of Advent
28
29 30
St Andrew, Apostle
     

December 2016

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

         1
2
3
4
Second Sunday of Advent
5
6
7
8
9 10
11
Third Sunday of Advent
12
13 14 15
16 17
18
Fourth Sunday of Advent
19
20 21
St Thomas, Apostle
22 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
Holy Innocents
29
30
31

January 2017

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 1
The Holy Name
2
3 4
5
6
The Epiphany
7
8
First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Baptism of Our Lord
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
16
17
18
Confession of St Peter, Apostle
19
20
21
22
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
23
24
25
Conversion of St Paul, Apostle
26
27
28
29
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
30
 31        

 February 2017

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

       1
2
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
3
4
5
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
13 14 15 16 17 18
19
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
20 21 22
23
24
St Matthias, Apostle
25
26
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
27
28
     

March 2017

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 
   1
Ash Wednesday
2
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
3
Friday after Ash Wednesday
4
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
 5
First Sunday in Lent
6
Monday in the First Week of Lent
7
Tuesday in the First Week of Lent
8
Wednesday in the First Week of Lent
9
Thursday in the First Week of Lent
10
Friday in the First Week of Lent
11
Saturday in the First Week of Lent
12
Second Sunday in Lent
13
Monday in the Second Week of Lent
14
Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent
15
Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent
16
Thursday in the Second Week of Lent
17
Friday in the Second Week of Lent
18
Saturday in the Second Week of Lent
19
Third Sunday in Lent
20
St Joseph
(transferred)
 21
Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent
 22
Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent
 23
Thursday in the Third Week of Lent
24
Friday in the Third Week of Lent
25
The Annunciation
26
Fourth Sunday in Lent
27
Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent
28
Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent
29
Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent
30
Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent
31
Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

 




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

In 2006, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church gave final approval to 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.

The General Convention of 2015 gave initial approval to a new document called A Great Cloud of Witnesses, replacing Holy Women, Holy Men. In the new document, the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music presented seven criteria for adding commemorations to the calendar and recommended sixteen deletions from the calendar of Holy Women, Holy Men because those persons did not meet all of the seven criteria. The General Convention approved the criteria but not the deletions!

Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 2006 remains the last calendar of saints to be given final approval. Because of the general level of confusion about the lesser commemorations and the lack of agreement about what should be included, and because the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music envisions these commemorations as local observances in communities where the person being commemorated is already venerated and remembered, from January 2016 onward, the lesser commemorations will not be included on the main calendar.

You may access them by date through the Index to Lesser Feasts and Fasts and Newer Commemorations.

An alphabetical index is also available: Lesser Feasts and Fasts and Newer Commemorations, Alphabetical




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

Looking back? Use the Calendars for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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 C. The year which will begin with Advent in 2016 will be Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2015 was Year B.

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.


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

Newly available: The Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings are now available online at DailyLectio.net. This three year cycle of daily scripture readings follows and augments the RCL Sunday lections. The readings for Thursday through Saturday prepare for the Sunday lessons, while the Monday through Wednesday readings reflect on the Sunday lessons. (To be clear: these are not the Daily Office readings from the Book of Common Prayer.)

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 4, 2016