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The Revised Common Lectionary: 20th Anniversary Annotated Edition
”For twenty years now the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) has been doing its work among us. . . . It has had to win its way simply by its own excellence and by the appeal of the idea of reading the scriptures on Sundays and feast days in concert with other Christians in churches across the world as a sign of our unity in Jesus Christ."
— from the introduction by Gordon Lathrop

This edition includes the definitive list of RCL citations together with a new comprehensive introduction and notes to the reading sets, illuminating the origin and development of the lectionary that is explored weekly by thousands of preachers, worship leaders, and students of scripture.

 

The Revised Common Lectionary: The Consultation on Common Texts.
Now in widespread use around the world, this 1992 revision of the 1983 Common Lectionary was published by the CCT with representation from the English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC). The volume provides an introduction, titles of Sundays and special days, the three-year table of readings, the story of the common lectionary, and indexes of the readings according to the Sundays of the year and according to the books of the Bible.

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Downloads of the Revised Common Lectionary in English.

Download the Revised Common Lectionary in Spanish:
Leccionario Comun Revisado.

Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings: Proposed by the Consultation on Common Texts
Published in 2005, this resource expands the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion by providing daily citations for the full three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship.  

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Download RCL Daily Readings (includes RCL Sunday and festival readings)

Year A PDF format    RTF format


Year B PDF format    RTF format

Year C PDF format    RTF format

?      Download An Overview of Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings in PDF format

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Revised Common Lectionary Prayers: Proposed by the Consultation on Common Texts
In response to encouragement from the English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC) and the broad need for ecumenical prayers to accompany the Revised Common Lectionary, the CCT published a set of prayers in 2002 designed for use with the calendar of readings. The prayers include seasonal/thematic prayers, intercessory prayers, and scriptural prayers for the full three-year cycle of the RCL and were written by persons representing the ecumenical community in North America.  

 

 

Online Publications

Praying Together
Initiated by the CCT, a project that sought to provide a contemporary and ecumenical English version of prayers in regular use by the churches was taken up by the International Consultation on English Texts (ICET), which published Prayers We Have in Common in several editions between 1970 and 1975. These texts were then revised by ICET's successor, the English Language Liturgical Consultation, and published in 1988. 

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A Celebration of Baptism: An Ecumenical Liturgy.
The CCT developed an ecumenical liturgy for Holy Baptism as a further step in the contemporary and theological convergence regarding baptism. Published in 1988, the rite serves as an invitation to the churches to consider as official denominational rites were prepared, and it is offered for possible use in the instance of baptism when more than one Christian tradition is represented.

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A Christian Celebration of Marriage: An Ecumenical Liturgy.
As a contribution to the pastoral ministry of the churches to those entering into ecumenical marriages, CCT prepared a marriage liturgy drawn from or based upon the marriage liturgies of the CCT churches. It was prepared with ecumenical marriages in mind and published in 1987, with a minor revision in 1995.

 

Out of Print Publications

These items are out of print and electronic versions are not planned. Copies may be available in theological libraries or as used copies through www.amazon.com or www.abebooks.com.

Ecumenical Services of Prayer
Published in 1983, this resource came about as a result of a desire expressed by various members of the CCT to have a simple resource for worship in common on those occasions when Christians of various traditions gather for meetings or celebrations of an ecumenical nature.

Common Lectionary: The Lectionary Proposed by the Consultation on Common Texts
In order to achieve even greater unity in worship, the CCT proposed a harmonization of denominational variants in the lectionary for the Sundays and major feast days of the Christian year, based on the three-year lectionary systems in use in many of the Churches in North America. Published in 1983, this lectionary was the subject of an extensive revision process that resulted in the Revised Common Lectionary of 1992.

A Liturgical Psalter for the Christian Year

Growing out of an early study of the liturgical use of psalms, this selection of sixty psalms was prepared and edited by Massey H. Shepherd Jr. with the assistance of the CCT, and it was published in 1976.
 

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