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Homiletics or Preaching

Lectionaries and the Christian Year

A lectionary is a collection of scriptural readings which are read according to the Christian calendar. They are used in more liturgical or high church settings like Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, and Lutheranism. While the lectionary readings of different traditions and denominations vary, they usually use a 3-year lectionary cycle following at least a broad understanding of the Christian calendar. Many Protestant churches us the Revised Common Lectionary, which is freely available online. If you're part of a denomination or tradition that uses liturgy, chances are the lectionary is available on the denominations website.

Whether or not you use a lectionary, there is a rich tradition in the frame of the Christian calendar or year. Below are a couple of resources to help orient your preaching to the yearly cycle celebrated throughout all the Christian traditions.