Does Lectionary have the same readings as my church?

Lectionary includes readings from the Revised Common Lectionary for years A, B, and C. The RCL is very common with most mainstream churches, including Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian, among others. If you are part of these denominations, chances are Lectionary will match readings from your church services on most days, or contain only a slight variation from what your church is using.

You can compare your church bulletin against the readings you would have seen this past Sunday in Lectionary using the Revised Common Lectionary (Book of Common Prayer - 2007) calendar:

  Readings for Sunday, November 24, 2013:

  • Jeremiah 23:1-6
  • Canticle 4 or Canticle 16 or Psalm 46
  • Colossians 1:11-20
  • Luke 23:33-43

For those not using the RCL, Lectionary also includes readings from the original Book of Common Prayer in it's 1979 form. It also includes variations of the RCL specific to various churches, such as the Episcopal Church of the United States. If you are interested in Lectionary but find it doesn't match the liturgical readings of your church, just drop me a line - I might be able to add a calendar that fits your needs.

What calendars are provided by Lectionary

Lectionary currently includes Year A, Year B, and Year C texts for

  • The Lectionary from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
  • The Revised Common Lectionary from the 2007 Book of Common Prayer
  • The Revised Common Lectionary for the Episcopal Church of the United States

covering 2011 - 2013 (with free updates for 2014 and beyond). Here is a brief description of each of the included lectionaries.

Lectionary from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer:The original lectionary from the 1979 (and earlier) Book of Common Prayer has deep roots and is included for churches that have not made the move to the RCL.

Revised Common Lectionary from the 2007 Book of Common Prayer: The Revised Common Lectionary is found in the Book of Common Prayer in its 2007 form, and is a general mapping of Bible readings for days in the Christian calendar, such as The Epiphany, Palm Sunday, or the vast Season after Pentecost. Many churches follow the RCL or some variation of it.

Revised Common Lectionary for the Episcopal Church of the United States: Lectionary also includes the RCL as used by the Episcopal Church of the United States (aka ECUSA - my current church). The main differences between the ECUSA lectionary and the RCL in Lectionary are around feast names and colors. For example, the first sunday after The Epiphany is labeled "First Sunday after the Epiphany" and uses green in the RCL calendar, whereas the ECUSA typically celebrates "The Baptism of Our Lord" and uses white. The ECUSA calendar in Lectionary reflects these differences, and demonstrates cosmetic but useful information if you happen to be a member of an Episcopal church in the US.

Other lectionary adaptations may be included over time. Feel free to suggest a lectionary on the Contact page.

Worthy of pointing out is that the materials in Lectionary have been culled together from various sources and by mere mortals - every attempt has been made to be as accurate as possible, but I am just a layperson so certainly errors exist. If you find an inaccuracy (or three), please let me know.

Does Lectionary include the Daily Office?

Lectionary for the iPhone offers the ability to purchase the Daily Office as an add-on within the application. The Daily Office on the iPhone version of Lectionary shows the reading for the current calendar day only.

Lectionary for iPad includes the entire Daily Office as part of the application.

Both versions of Lectionary use the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer, and include morning Psalm, Old Testament, Epistle, Gospel, and Evening Psalms with readings in easy to navigate format. The Daily Office extends through 2012 and cycles through both Year One and Year Two.

Does Lectionary include the Collects?

Lectionary and Lectionary for iPad both include the Collects from the Book of Common Prayer in your choice of Contemporary or Traditional form.

Which translation of the Bible does Lectionary use?

Scripture readings in Lectionary are taken from the New Revised Standard Version. The NRSV was chosen because it includes Anglican readings not found in other versions, as well as its generous permissions policy. You are free, of course, to use Lectionary along with your printed Bible of choice. Psalms are taken from the Book of Common Prayer and are formatted for responsive reading.

Will Lectionary work on my iPod Touch? On my iPad?

Lectionary works on both the iPhone and iPod touch running iPhoneOS 3.0 or greater. If you have an iPad, Lectionary will run there as well, or you can get Lectionary for iPad which is optimized for the iPad and includes features not found in the iPhone version, such as the Daily Office.

Help! I need support!

I'm sorry your installation of Lectionary is not working properly and causing you grief. Drop me a line and I'll get back to you pronto.

If you're having trouble please make sure you're using the latest version of Lectionary. The latest version of Lectionary for iPhone is 1.13 and was released April 23, 2013; the latest version of Lectionary for iPad is 1.7 and was released September 10, 2013.

One of the things I may need are crash reports from your device. Here are the steps you'll need to complete to get those to me.

  1. Sync your device with iTunes
  2. Find any files that begin with "Lectionary" and end with ".crash" in this folder on your computer:
    • Mac OS X: ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/<DEVICE_NAME>
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Application Data\Apple Computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\<DEVICE_NAME>
    • Windows Vista: C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\<DEVICE_NAME>

An example of a crash file would look like
  ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/iPhone/Lectionary_2010-02-24-195916_geoffrey.crash

Once you have them, you can zip them up and email them to me and I'll take a look.

Please note that if you are running Lectionary on a jailbroken device, as much as I might want to, Apple's tools make it virtually impossible for me to help you.