A lectionary is a table of readings from Scripture appointed to be
read at public worship. The association of particular texts with
specific days began in the 4th century. The Lectionary [1969, revised
1981] developed by the Roman Catholic Church after Vatican II provided
for a three-year cycle of Sunday readings. This Roman lectionary
provided the basis for lectionary in The Book of Common Prayer 1979 as
well as those developed by many other denominations.
Lectionary, published in 1983, was an ecumenical project of several
American and Canadian denominations, developed out of a concern for the
unity of the Church and a desire for a common experience of Scripture. It was intended as a harmonization of the many different denominational
approaches to the three-year lectionary. It has been in trial use in The
Episcopal Church and among the member denominations since 1983.
The Revised Common Lectionary, published in 1992, takes into account
constructive criticism of the Common Lectionary based on the evaluation
of its trial use and like the current prayer-book lectionary is a
three-year cycle of Sunday Eucharistic readings in which Matthew, Mark
and Luke are read in successive years with some material from John read
in each year.
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