The readings on this site are adjusted for expository preaching purposes, although the main readings generally follow the passages set by the Revised Common Lectionary. The complete text for the RCL is published by Abingdon Press for the Consultation on Common Texts, copyright 1992. The listed readings for the Church Year on this site draw on the following Lectionaries:
i] RCL The Revised Common Lectionary published in 1992. The Consultation on Common Texts originated in the mid-1960's as a forum for consultation on worship renewal among the main Christian churches in the United States and Canada. After testing and revision of the Common Lectionary for some six years the Revised Common Lectionary was released to begin service in Advent 1992.
a The main Bible readings for the three year RCL series
c A sequential Old Testament reading, RCL. These may be used to replace the main Old Testament reading which supports the gospel reading
d An alternate reading for the main Bible reading, RCL.
ii] AAPB The three year series of readings for the Australian Prayer Book published 1978.
a) The original Tables and Lessons 1978. This Lectionary used a number of sources, eg. the Roman Lectionary for the Mass of 1969.
b) The Alternative Tables and Lessons 1985 (replacing the lectionary of 1978). This Alternative Lectionary grew out of the work to establish a common Lectionary within the Christian church which culminated in the publication of the Common Lectionary of 1983.
e Indicates an AAPB reading
iii] APBA An Australian Lectionary for Another Prayer Book for Australia 1995. This Lectionary generally follows the Revised Common Lectionary of 1992 for the main Sunday readings, but makes some changes and includes supplementary Sunday readings and daily readings. A yearly lectionary is published by Broughton Publishing under copyright and may be ordered from any good book store.
b Supplementary Old and New Testament readings to provide additional readings where church members attend a second service on Sunday.
f Indicates a reading which is different to the RCL reading.
Numbering System. There are four different numbering systems for Sundays used on this site, with Ordinary Sundays and Proper Sundays serving as the main numbering system. For Epiphany, all Proper Sundays after Epiphany are given an Epiphany number. For Easter, Ordinaries list Sundays after Easter and Propers the Sundays of Easter.
a) Ordinaries. These Sundays begin on the first Sunday after Epiphany - the Baptism of the Lord. Sunday 9 is scheduled between May 29 and June 4 inclusive, if after Trinity Sunday.
b) Propers. These Sundays begin on the sixth Sunday after Epiphany. Proper 4 is scheduled between May 29 and June 4 inclusive, if after Trinity Sunday.
c) Sundays after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday being the first Sunday after Pentecost.
d) Sundays after Trinity, the system used by the book of Common Prayer
The illustrated church on this page is that of Christ Church Bungonia. Bungonia is a small village East of Goulburn, NSW Australia. Note the typical Australian semi-arid bush. The building style is typical of Australian stone churches built in the late 1800's.
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