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THE TRADITIONAL EUCHARISTIC LECTIONARY of the Western Church, thought extinct by some, is alive and well in many parishes throughout the world.  Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Western-rite Orthodox, Old Catholics and many protestant churches, are still using that ancient and truly ecumenical eucharistic lectionary which has been feeding the faithful for well over one thousand years.  The Anglican Book of Common Prayer, The Roman Missal, The St. Andrew Service Book (Antiochian Orthodox), and many more beloved books of the Church contain within them (or they did, until recently) what is now referred to as "the traditional lectionary" of the Western Church.  Robert Crouse expresses well the heart of the traditional lectionary: 

In the cycle of the Christian Year, in the ancient lectionary - that cycle of Epistle and Gospel lessons which has served the Church for well over a millennium ... the essential message of Holy Scripture, God's word to us, is set before us in an orderly and supremely logical way.  As we follow the lessons appointed for the Sundays and the great festivals, as we meditate upon them, as we open our minds and hearts to understand the pattern and meaning of them, we are led, step by step, into an ever deeper and clearer perception of Christian truth and the essentials of Christian life. 

This website is aimed at spreading the word to all Christians: the traditional lectionary is not dead, and it is still a vital instrument for teaching the faith and deepening our walk with Christ. 

Within these pages you will find sermons, commentaries, scriptural texts, anecdotes, images, all based on the traditional lectionary.  We hope to be adding resources continually.  We have materials ready for all of the Sundays in the Christian Year now and hope soon to have materials for all of the Holy Days and Saints Days as well.  


At present all of our "propers" are from the Book of Common Prayer 1662 and also, on the few Sundays where it differs, from the Canadian BCP, 1962 revision.  Although the traditional lectionary is generally speaking "common" among many churches, there are slight variations and additions made by each church.  We want to expand these in time to include the variations.  


We are grateful to the fine people at Episcopalian.org who hosted this site for the first few years of its existence.  We are also grateful to the work of the Prayer Book Societies of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States for their promotion of the use and understanding of the Book of Common Prayer, which retains the traditional Eucharistic lectionary, in the worldwide Anglican Communion.