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Introduction and Explanation
Question: What is a Daily Devotional Guide?
Answer: It is a systematically assembled collection of short Bible passages to be used in combination to assist in worship and study of the Holy Word of God.
Question: Why are Christian Daily Devotional Guides needed?
Answer: They are needed to simplify and systematize both daily and weekly Bible readings for worship and study. The full Christian Bible in all of its historical completeness consists of 80 separate, holy books (82 for the Orthodox church) included under one cover. It contains almost a million words, which makes it vastly longer than the length of the average modern book. Thus, because of the Bible’s very length, a systematic and understandable organizational arrangement of daily Bible readings is of great help to readers.
Question: Do systematic and understandable arrangements of daily Bible readings have a name?
Answer: Yes; they are called lectionaries. A lectionary is defined as a systematic arrangement of scriptural readings to serve a particular worship or study purpose. There are different types of lectionaries in which the Bible passages are arranged in different sequence to accomplish different purposes.
Question: What are the types of lectionaries most commonly used in the Christian community?
Answer: Two principal types of lectionaries are used:
Question: How do Common Calendar lectionaries differ from Liturgical lectionary?
Answer: The Common Calendar Lectionary begins reading sequentially from the Bible books on January 1st each year and ends on December 31st of each year. The Liturgical Calendar Lectionary begins on the first Sunday in Advent of each year (usually around the first Sunday in December) with readings appropriate for each Holy Day and ends the Saturday before the first day of Advent of the following year. The first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday four weeks prior to the week of Christmas.
Question: What is the purpose of the Common Calendar Christian Lectionary?
Answer: The Common Calendar Lectionary is the simplest and most straightforward daily reading arrangement. It is designed to familiarize readers with the entire Bible in the order in which the books and passages customarily appear in traditional Bibles, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. From this lectionary readers learn where and in what sequence biblical books and passages appear throughout the entire Bible from beginning to end.
Question: What is the purpose of the Liturgical Calendar Lectionary?
Answer: The Liturgical Calendar Lectionary arranges the selection of readings according to particular seasons, Sundays, and Feast Days of the Christian year. They include, among others, specially appropriate readings for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, etc. Also appropriate Sunday readings for each week of the year are included in the Liturgical Calendar Lectionary, again selected according to liturgical usages and customs.
Question: Which type of lectionary is best for me and why?
Answer: That depends on a number of personal and denominational considerations. If you are interested primarily in studying the biblical message in the order of its printed sequence, you will probably prefer the Common Calendar Lectionary. These generally observe the following major divisions: (1) the Psalms, (2) the Old Testament, (3) the Gospels, and (4) the balance of the New Testament.
If, on the other hand, you are primarily interested in formal worship (as distinguished from Bible Study) with emphasis on celebrating the church season, Feast Days, and Sundays without reference to the sequence found in the Bible, you may prefer the Liturgical Calendar Lectionary.
The balance of this Introduction will contain a more detailed description of both the Common Calendar Lectionary and the Liturgical Calendar Lectionary on this website.
The Common Calendar Lectionary
The Common Calendar Lectionary used on this web site includes six distinct parts in the following order:
1.) The first of the five parts consists of a Psalm or beginning prayer. It is used for the purpose of focusing the reader’s attention away from secular and material thoughts and toward the Lord in His Trinitarian Person. This section is divided into 183 parts (one-half year) and is repeated in the same order twice in the calendar year, totaling 366 readings (including leap year). These 183 parts consist of the 150 Psalms in the order they appear in the Bible, plus six additional powerful and inspiring prayers as they appear elsewhere in the Bible.
2.) The second part of the Common Calendar Lectionary is a reading from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John successively and in normal Biblical order. The Gospels are divided into 365 (Leap Year 366) separate and discrete readings, each reading of felicitous length giving consideration to textual cohesiveness, unity, and completeness. There is one reading for each day of the year, and its Gospel is presented in its entirety.
3.) The third part of the Common Calendar Lectionary consists of 365 (Leap Year 366) discrete readings containing the entire balance of the New Testament from Acts to Revelation, again in the order in which they appear in the Bible. Nothing is omitted. A daily reading of the Common Calendar Lectionary insures that at least once per year you will have read every word of the complete New Testament.
4.) The fourth part of this Common Calendar Lectionary consists of 365 (Leap Year 366) daily discrete sections, selected from the Old Testament and the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical Books. It comprises selections in biblical order beginning from the first chapter of Genesis and concluding in biblical order. This section is by far the longest part in the Common Calendar Lectionary. It is necessarily so because of the enormous length of the Old Testament and Deuterocanonical Books/Apocrypha. These 365 discrete sections (Leap Year 366) have been carefully selected to provide the reader with a basic overview of the scope, history and theology of the entire Old Testament and Apocrypha.
5.) Our fifth of the Common Calendar Lectionary is found in no other lectionary: it consists of a short, aphoristic and readily memorizable subsection at the end of each daily lectionary reading. We call this fifth section Word of Wisdom. It consists of one Word of Wisdom for each of the 365 days of the year. They are taken mainly from the Wisdom Books in the Bible, consisting of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom of Solomon, and Ecclesiasticus (Sirach). But in addition, some Words of Wisdom have been selected from the Old Testament and Apocrypha; these do not elsewhere appear in our daily readings. It is hoped that our readers will be inclined to commit many of these to memory and reflect on them as they go about their daily tasks.
6.) Our sixth and final section is a selection, used by permission, from Universal Jesus Speaks Morals and Values.
The Liturgical Calendar Lectionary
The Liturgical Calendar Lectionary is a lectionary form that is most widely used over the entire world. The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons is comprised of selected readings intended to be used in both formal worship settings and for personal devotions. This is reflective of the special seasons of the church including Sundays and Feast Days. It does not include all the Books in the Bible nor is it presented in the sequence of chapters and verses as they appear in the Bible. Ordinarily, the passages consist of
Comments in General
Please note that in this website, the general order of the 80 books of the Bible is that of the Authorized Version of 1611. This order places the 14 Deuterocanonical Books, otherwise known as the Apocrypha, between Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, and Matthew the first book of the New Testament.
Please also note that the biblical text used on this website is that of the Third Millennium Bible (New Authorized Version), an updating of the complete Authorized Version of 1611. For a more detailed description of the Third Millennium Bible (NAV) please see the introductory pages on this website.
This website does not reflect the preferences of any one Christian denomination. It may be used without hesitation by all Christian faiths and likewise by all Jews, Moslems and lovers of God the whole world over. All who seek truth, beauty, wisdom and inspiration for the troubled times in which we live will hopefully find solace and inspiration from the Words of God appearing on our website. This is truly a website for all people everywhere.
The Words of Christ are printed in red, to emphasize those most blessed, powerful, and revolutionary words ever written. It is our recommendation to users of this lectionary that if your available time limits you to read a single Bible selection each day, that you read this second part of the Common Calendar Lectionary.
It is to be noted, of necessity and for the purpose of conserving time and space, in making our selections of passages in this part, some portions of the Old Testament and Apocrypha have been omitted. But we hasten to assure our readers that each and every portion of the entire Bible is important, and that Part 4 of this lectionary, which necessarily must be selective, is not intended to be a substitute for reading the entire Bible from beginning to end.
The citations from Universal Jesus Speaks Moral and Values is used by special permission of the publisher. They consists of 365 quotations in sequence from the entire New Testament, the words of Jesus and his New Testament spokesman which speak to how to live a moral and vitreous life. Primarily theological portions of the New Testament are being reserved for a separate publication.
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