Understanding the Historic (One-Year) Lectionary

The lectionary is a set of readings that establish the various seasons of the Christian Church Year. The Historic Lectionary follows a one-year cycle that retains the traditional order of Epistle and Gospel readings used by Lutherans before the adoption of the newer three-year lectionaries. This lectionary is “historic” in that it has been used by many Lutherans since the sixteenth century and that it reflects much of what was common in the medieval practice inherited by the Lutheran reformers. The Latin names are retained for many of the Sundays. This post is designed to be an aid in understanding the Sunday-names used in the Historic Lectionary. Continue reading

The Great Skip — Treasury of Daily Prayer for 2010

Treasury of Daily Prayer

Users of Treasury of Daily Prayer will need to make the Great Skip in preparation for devotions on February 17th, Ash Wednesday. With the beginning of Lent, the Daily Lectionary changes from using calendar dates to using liturgical days. This handily accommodates the changeable dates of the festival half of the Church Year, which are all based on the date of Easter.

So, long story short: February 17th, move your bookmark from the back of Treasury to page 24 in the front. And then carry on.

(There is another Lesser Skip that happens at the conclusion of the Season after Easter, but well remind you about that in May.)