The Revised Common Lectionary

The Revised Common Lectionary harmonizes the major variants of the three-year lectionary used in North America, bringing to church-goers across the continent the same Scripture passages each week.

The lectionary has several advantages:

1. It covers a great breadth of Scripture--the whole counsel of God.

2. It provides a sequence from week to week (frequently from the New Testament).

3. It relates the gospel of the New Testament to its Old Testament antecedents (including an appropriate Psalter passage).

4. It follows the Christian year, with its focus on Christ.

5. It speaks to the persons and work of the Trinity.

6. It protects the congregation from a narrow preoccupation with the New Testament to the exclusion of the Old Testament.

The Commissions on Worship and Christian Unity commend the Common Lectionary to the RCA. In the words of one consultation participant, it is "by far the most successful and practical ecumenical progress in Christian worship since the Second Vatican Council."

The Vanderbilt Divinity School Library provides an online version of the Revised Common Lectionary.

Also available online is At Home with the Word, a booklet that reprints the Sunday lessons for daily Bible reading.

The Revised Common Lectionary was prepared by the Consultation on Common Texts. This effort, which began with the 1969 Roman Lectionary, is the successor to the 1974 lectionary prepared by the Consultation on Church Union. 

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