The Revised Common Lectionary

lectionaryThe Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is a work of The Consultation on Common Texts, an ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada who produce liturgical texts for use in common by North American Christian Churches.

Each year of the RCL centers on one of the synoptic Gospels (Year A – Matthew, Year B – Mark, Year C – Luke). John is read in each year in the major seasons of Christmas, Lent, and Easter.

Sundays and Festivals

The Revised Common Lectionary provides a three-year plan for Sunday readings starting with the season of Advent, four weeks before Christmas day. For each Sunday and festival, four readings are suggested and include: a Gospel reading, an Old Testament reading, a reading from the Psalms, and a New Testament reading.

For much of the year, the Old Testament lesson is closely related to the Gospel reading. However, from the first Sunday after Trinity Sunday to the end of the church year, two provisions have been made: a continuation of the complimentary readings or a semicontinuous pattern of Old Testament readings.

Daily Lectionary

The Daily Lectionary is a partner with the Revised Common Lectionary, which provides a three-year plan for Sunday readings and festivals throughout the church year. The Daily Lectionary provides a psalm and two scripture reading for each day between Sundays. The foundational premise of this set of daily readings is their relationship to the Sunday lectionary. The readings are chosen so that the days leading up to Sunday (Thursday through Saturday) prepare for the Sunday readings. The days flowing out from Sunday (Monday through Wednesday) reflect upon the Sunday readings.

Text and Resources

For each week of the lectionary, the Vanderbilt Divinity Library website has art images, as well as lectionary based prayers for use in worship.