Last week I mentioned a lectionary that I was designing. It is now finished, and publicly available at this link!
This lectionary is based upon the basic Christian liturgical calendar, so anyone who is familiar with the Daily Office lectionary in the Book of Common Prayer will immediately recognize most of its features. It starts in Advent, but is meant to be a cycle from year to year. Over the course of each year, one will read the Hebrew Old Testament, the Apocrypha (according to Western tradition), the Christian New Testament, and the Apostolic Fathers, all in their entirety.
It has five readings per day: two in the morning, two in the evening, and one at night. Each of these follow a different track, roughly chronological order through the course of the year. In the morning it takes you through 1) the Torah and the prophetic writings, and 2) the four Gospel books as well as Acts. In the morning it takes you through 1) the OT historical writings, and 2) the other NT and Apostolic writings. In the night, it goes through the OT and Apocryphal wisdom literature. The Psalms are excluded from this lectionary, because it is assumed that these readings will be incorporated into the Daily Office (morning, evening, and night prayers), wherein the Psalms are already covered.
The primary difference between this lectionary and typical Anglican lectionaries is the handling of the “green seasons,” technically known as Ordinary Time. Rather than estimating the number of weeks between Epiphany and Lent verses the weeks between Pentecost and Advent, those two periods of time are considered as one: “Ordinary Time.” How this plays out, then, is that after Epiphany’s calendar week ends, Ordinary Time begins. On Ash Wednesday, Ordinary Time is interrupted. When Pentecost Sunday arrives, Ordinary Time is continued on the next week from where it left off.
Additionally, major holy days are appended to this lectionary. The readings for these are greatly reduced compared to traditional Anglican office lectionaries, having only the morning readings replaced.
Abbreviations used in this lectionary:
Steph. St. Stephen
Innoc. Holy Innocents
Circ. Circumcision / Holy Name of Jesus
Ash W Ash Wednesday
Palm Palm Sunday
Or Ordinary Time
Andr. St. Andrew
Thom. St. Thomas
C. Pet. Confession of St. Peter
Paul Conversion of St. Paul
Purif. Purification of Mary / Presentation of Jesus
Matthi St. Matthias
Ann. The Annunciation of Jesus to Mary
Ph & J St. Philip & St. James
Visit. The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Barn. St. Barnabus
J. Bap. St. John the Baptist
P & P Martyrdom of Peter and Paul
Magd. St. Mary Magdelene
James St. James the Apostle
Trans. The Transfiguration of Jesus
Mary The Blessed Virgin Mary
Barth. St. Bartholomew
Cross Holy Cross / Triumph of the Cross
Matt. St. Matthew
Angels St. Michael and all Angels
Si & J St. Simon & St. Jude
Saints All Saints’ Day
Souls All Souls’ Day
Thnx Thanksgiving Day