What is the Revised Common Lectionary?
The Revised Common Lectionary contains scripture readings for each Sunday and festival in a three-year cycle. The list of texts is prepared by the Consultation on Common Texts, a forum for liturgical renewal among many of the major Christian churches of North America. Each yearly cycle of readings and psalms begins with the First Sunday of Advent (4 Sundays before Christmas)and ends with Christ the King Sunday. The given texts for a Sunday usually include a Psalm, an Old Testament Reading, a Gospel, and an Epistle Reading. The purpose of a lectionary is to provide for a disciplined use of the whole range of scripture in the church’s worship.