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The Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of readings from the Bible, used by many Christian churches as the basis for worship services.

A trial version was released in 1983, the result of a collaboration between the North American Consultation on Common Texts and the International English Language Liturgical Consultation. The full public release was in 1994.

It is based on the 1969 Roman Catholic lectionary, Ordo Lectionum Missae, and similarly to this predecessor, it has four passages for each Sunday, one from each of:

  • A reading from the Old Testament or Apocrypha.
  • A psalm.
  • A reading from the New Testament (excluding the Gospels).
  • A reading from the Gospels (mostly from Matthew in Year A, Mark in Year B and Luke in Year C, with John used throughout the cycle).

It differs from Ordo Lectionum Missae in giving more emphasis to the Old Testament and to Wisdom literature. This was the result of feedback during the nine-year trial period.

See also the Wikipedia article on Revised Common Lectionary.

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