About The Consultation on Common Texts

The Consultation on Common Texts (CCT) is an ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada who produce liturgical texts  and curate a three-year lectionary for common use by Christian churches worldwide.

CCT is most widely known for our development of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), a collection of readings from the Bible arranged according to the Christian Year and intended for proclamation during Lord’s Day worship.  In 2005 the CCT published Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, providing a schedule of daily lessons related to the RCL. In 2012, we released the 20th Anniversary Annotated Edition of the Revised Common Lectionary, complete with new introductions and critical apparatus for the readings, noting where they vary from the Ordo Lectionum Missae (Roman Catholic lectionary) and the previous Common Lectionary (1993), along with notes from our archives detailing how certain critical decisions were reached.

The CCT originated in the mid-1960’s as a forum for consultation on worship renewal among many Christian churches in the United States and Canada.  You may read more about the history of the CCT or its member church bodies.

The CCT is also a constituent member of the worldwide English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC) which develops common liturgical texts for use in worship across multiple denominations worldwide. As part of ELLC, we participated in the creation of the Reims Statement and continue our work in North America with a commitment to advance its recommendations for ecumenical relationships, common texts, and the promotion of the Revised Common Lectionary.