What is Catholic Lectionary?
The word “lectionary” means a book of Scripture readings for appointed services (e.g., Masses and Divine Office). The lectionaries of the Roman Catholic Church are published in Latin; those for other Western Christian churches are published in the vernacular, usually English. A lectionary is a plan or schedule of biblical texts to be read at each Sunday and Daily Mass or service in the church. Most Protestants follow some form of this pattern, though there is no single lectionary for Catholic Church and Protestants.
The lectionary is a cycle of daily Bible readings and the prayers, hymns, and other readings appointed for each day in the liturgical year. The word lection comes from a Latin word meaning “to pick out.”
It is from the Life of Christ that the Church form the Book of Lectionary. The Online Lectionary available here provides Daily readings from January 1 to December 31 with links to daily prayers, meditations, and Gospel passages.
Specifically, Catholic Lectionary is a Catholic liturgical book containing portions of the Bible appointed to be read on particular days of the year. It is otherwise called Daily Mass Readings book. The Word read out from Catholic Lectionary is used for Daily Scripture lessons preached during homily.
Catholic Lectionary is sometimes called Roman Catholic Lectionary. This is because it contains specifically Catholic readings for Roman Rite. But, this does not mean that the Eastern church does not use it in some instances.
There is another kind of Lectionary called Revised Common Lectionary. The fact remains that all of them are almost the same. Though, there may be some difference in arrangement and translations.
Revised Common Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary is the kind of lectionary organized, arranged and used by protestant churches. The major difference between Revised Common Lectionary and the Catholic Lectionary is the arrangement of the contents. The arrangement of the readings in the two lectionaries vary. The feasts and other celebrations neither have the same date or the same readings. Thus, Revised Common Lectionary is not the same as Roman Catholic Lectionary.
Considering the protestant Revised Common Lectionary in order of their succession, Revised Common Lectionary succeeded Common Lectionary, which itself succeeded COCU (Consultation on Church Union) Lectionary.
Why Catholic Church uses the Lectionary
The Catholic church did not see the Catholic lectionary as a means of fragmenting the Scriptures into parcels. Rather, it is a means to the path to understanding the Scriptures. The Catholic Lectionary is a guide for everyone both the Catholic priests and the Catholic faithful. Catholics believe that, guided by the Catholic lectionary, our faith in God is well nourished and we grow in our faith and in our understanding of our Lord by reading His Word.
How Many Catholic Lectionaries do we have?
There are three (3) lectionaries in the Catholic church. Since there are more than one liturgical periods (seasons) in the Catholic church including Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time; some efforts were made to orderly arrange the Mass Readings according to these periods (seasons). Such arrangement resulted into the three different lectionaries which are Sunday Mass Readings (also called Sunday Missal), Lectionary for Ordinary Time of the Year, and Lectionary for Festive Periods like Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
Sunday Mass Readings (Sunday Missal)
This particular Roman Catholic Lectionary embodies Sunday Mass Readings for the three liturgical cycles. That is, Sunday Mass Readings for Cycle A, Sunday Mass Readings for Cycle B and Sunday Mass Readings for Cycle C. It contains Sunday Mass readings for ordinary time of the liturgical year and for the festive periods of the liturgical year.
Sunday Mass Readings for Cycle A
Sunday Mass Readings for Cycle B
Sunday Mass Readings for Cycle C
Catholic Lectionary for Ordinary Time of the Year
This Catholic Lectionary contains daily Mass readings for the weekdays in the ordinary time of the Catholic liturgical year.
Catholic Lectionary for Ordinary Time of the Year (1)
Catholic Lectionary for Ordinary Time of the Year (2)
Catholic Lectionary for Festive Periods
Catholic Lectionary Readings for Advent
Catholic Lectionary Readings for Christmas
Catholic Lectionary Readings for Lent
Catholic Lectionary Readings for Easter
The Liturgical Cycles in Catholic Lectionary
Catholic liturgical years are in three cycles. Consequent to that, Catholic Lectionary readings for Sundays are in three (3) cycles. They include:
These three cycles are covered within the period of three (3) years. And within these three years, the Catholic Church might have covered the whole Books of the Bible. Note that these three cycles reflects very much in Sunday Mass Readings. This is because, Catholic Mass Readings for Ordinary Time rotates within a period of two years. They are:
The Languages of Catholic Lectionary
The Catholic Lectionary has been translated into many languages. It has been translated into almost all the languages which Catholic faithful speak. Such languages as English, Spanish, Deutsche, Italian, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and so on. As for now, this website contains Mass Readings in Igbo language and Mass Readings in English language, with hope that we will soon publish for other languages.
Seasons in Catholic Lectionary
The internal arrangement of Catholic Lectionary is not only according to days of the year. It is arranged also according to the periods or seasons of the church. Therefore, we have Mass Readings for these seasons:
The Catholic Lectionary Readings are properly arranged according to these seasons. The Catholic Liturgical calendar helps in arranging these readings according to date.
Truly, Catholic Lectionary is known to be a book. But, nowadays some people prefer using electronic means to access Catholic Daily Mass Readings and other church documents. We developed this Online Catholic Lectionary in response to the quest to take Mass Readings online.
Online Catholic Lectionary
Online Catholic Lectionary is a domain where you get all the Catholic Daily Mass Readings as they are in the Catholic Lectionary. The aim of this website is to make Catholic Lectionary Readings accessible online. This will enable people from different parts of the world to access Catholic Daily Mass Readings through their mobile device, tablets or PC and at their convenience. With this, people can now have access to Catholic Daily Mass Readings anywhere they find themselves without carrying the Lectionary booklet around.
Online Catholic Lectionary website is free to use, all you need are mobile device and internet connection. Since it was hosted on a trusted server, you can access it 24/7.
Every Catholic Mass Reading accessed online or found in the Catholic lectionary booklet contains these elements:
- First Reading
- Responsorial Psalm
- Second Reading (only on Sunday Readings, Readings for Solemnities and readings for some Feasts)
- Gospel Acclamation
- Gospel Reading
You are expected to take these readings daily and reflect on them and apply the moral lessons to your life.
Source of Catholic Lectionary
Catholic Lectionary is directly from Catholic Bible. Below you find more detailed information about the Catholic Bible, the source of Catholic Lectionary.
The Catholic Bible
The word ‘The Bible’ comes from a Greek word ‘τὰ βιβλία’, transliterated into “Ta Biblia”. The Bible is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures written by human beings through Divine Inspiration. The Bible accounts for the relationship between God and man, especially towards the salvation of man.
The Catholic Bible composed of Holy Books written in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. The Old Testament is the account of God’s Word interaction with the People of Israel while the New Testament is the Word from God the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit to the people of the whole world. The Catholic Bible has 73 Books with the Deuterocanonical Books included.
As I cited earlier, the Catholic Bible is the source of Catholic Daily Mass Readings as provided in the catholic Lectionary.
The Old Testament of the Catholic Bible
The Books written in the Old Testament of The Catholic Bible are as follows:
The Historical Books
- 1 Samuel
- 2 Samuel
- 1 Kings
- 2 Kings
- 1 Chronicles
- 2 Chronicles
- 1 Maccabees
- 2 Maccabees
The Wisdom Books
- Song of Solomon
- Wisdom of Solomon
The Prophetic Books
The New Testament of The Catholic Bible
The Books written in the New Testament of the Catholic Bible are as follows:
Early Church Historical Book
New Testament Letters: Letters of St Paul
- 1 Corinthians
- 2 Corinthians
- 1 Thessalonians
- 2 Thessalonians
- 1 Timothy
- 2 Timothy
General Catholic Letters
- 1 Peter
- 2 Peter
- 1 John
- 2 John
- 3 John
Catholic Lectionary Readings for 2022
For easy accessibility, I chose to arrange the Catholic Daily Mass Readings for 2022 according to the months of the year. I arranged it according to the twelve (12) months of the year. It include Catholic Mass Readings for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December 2022 in English language and Igbo Language.
Catholic Mass Readings for 2022, from January 2022 to December 2022
Catholic Sunday Mass Readings for 2022
Here are the Catholic Sunday Mass Readings for 2022 and for other years in the three (3) lectionary cycles. It include Mass Readings for Cycle A, Cycle B and Cycle C. This segment contains mainly Sunday Mass Readings, but not readings for Week Days.
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Catholic Mass Readings for Ordinary Time Years 1 & 2
There are Catholic Mass Readings for Ordinary Time of the year. These Mass Readings are taken on weekdays within the period of Ordinary Time in the catholic liturgical calendar. Since Mass readings for Ordinary Time are arranged for two years, we have Catholic readings for Ordinary Time, Year 1 and Catholic Mass Readings for Ordinary Time, Year 2. Here, we published Catholic Mass readings for Ordinary Time in English and Igbo languages.
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|Catholic Mass Readings for Ordinary Time, Year 2||Igbo Mass Readings for Year 2|
Catholic Mass Readings for Memorials, Feasts and Solemnities
These are Mass Readings dedicated to some special and specific celebrations. Such celebrations as Solemnities, Feasts and Memorials. These Mass Readings are taken yearly whenever such celebration is being done. They can be special Solemnities, Feasts of Apostles and other saints and Memorials of saints in the Catholic church. Here, we published these Mass readings in English and Igbo languages.
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Catholic Mass Readings for Advent Season
These are Catholic Mass Readings dedicated to the season of Advent. They include Mass readings from First Sunday of Advent to Catholic Mass Readings for December 24. These Mass readings are meant for the period of Advent when we prepare to receive Christ who is to be born in our midst. You will find these Mass Readings in the Lectionary Volume for Festive period. Here, we published these Mass readings in English and Igbo languages.
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Catholic Mass Readings for Christmas Time | Christmastide
When we move from the period of Advent into the period of Christmas period, there are Catholic Mass Readings dedicated to the season of Christmas or Christmastides. They include Mass readings from December 25 (Christmas Day) till the Mass Readings for the Baptism of the Lord ( First Sunday in Ordinary Time). These Mass readings are meant for the celebration of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ who took flesh in order to save mankind. Here, we published these mass readings in English and Igbo languages.
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|Catholic Sunday Mass Readings for Christmastide||Igbo Sunday Mass Readings for Christmastide|
Catholic Mass Readings for Lenten Season
As the journey to salvation of mankind continues in the salvation history, we are lunched into the season of Lent. And, there are Catholic Mass Readings dedicated to the season of Lent. They include Mass readings from Ash Wednesday through the whole Lenten season to Holy Week. These Mass readings extend to the morning of Holy Saturday. These Mass readings are meant for the period of fasting, prayer and abstinence as we follow our Lord Jesus Christ along the Way of the cross. Here, we published these Mass readings in English and Igbo languages.
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|Catholic Sunday Mass Readings for Lent||Igbo Sunday Mass Readings for Lent|
Catholic Mass Readings for Eastertide | Easter Time
Finally, in fulfilment of our salvation, we get into the season of Easter. Still, there are Catholic Daily Mass Readings dedicated to the season of Easter / Eastertide. They include Mass readings for Easter Sunday to Mass Readings for Pentecost Sunday. These are Mass Readings meant for the period we celebrate the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over death and his resurrection and ascension into heaven. You will find these Mass readings in the Volume of lectionary for festive period and in the Sunday Missal. Here, we published these Mass readings in English and Igbo languages.
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|Catholic Sunday Mass Readings for Easter Season||Igbo Sunday Mass Readings for Easter Season|
I believe at this point that you have most, if not all the necessary pieces of information about Catholic lectionary. Secondly, you can now access the Catholic Daily Mass Readings and Catholic Sunday Mass Readings easily. Now, let us look at Catholic Daily prayers for various intentions and at different hours of the day. Let’s move on.
Catholic Daily Prayers
A good Christian life is a life of prayer. Every Catholic faithful is expected to live deep prayer life. You have to say individual or communal prayers at different moments of the day. Most importantly, you thank God for the gift of life and material to support life with. You equally ask him for more graces and gifts. However, considering the moments you are most expected to say prayers everyday, there are four major prayers:
- Morning prayers
- Afternoon prayers
- Evening prayers
- Night prayers
These are prayers every Catholic faithful is expected to say daily during the morning hours. These prayers can be said immediately you wake from your bed or at any other moment in the morning hours. Morning prayers constitute mainly prayers of thanksgiving; thanking God for the gift of life, good health and for the grace to do his will in the course of that day’s activities. Here, we published these morning prayers in English and Igbo languages.
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These are prayers every Catholic faithful is expected to say during the afternoon or mid-day hours. Afternoon prayers are sometimes called mid-day prayers. Though, in some occasions, afternoon prayers differ from mid-day prayer with regards the time such prayer is said. The content of these prayers is mainly appreciation to God for leading us that far in the daily activities. You also pray God to graciously lead you for the rest of the day. Here, we published these afternoon or mid-day prayers in English and Igbo languages.
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These are prayers every Catholic faithful is expected to say in the evening hours of the day when you return from your place of work. Evening prayer is also called Vespers. Evening prayer is full of thanksgiving to God for his goodness and kindness on us, especially for keeping us safe in the course of the activities of that day. Here, we published these evening prayers in English and Igbo languages.
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These are prayers every Catholic faithful Christians are expected to say in the night hours before going to bed. Night prayers is also called Compline. You say these prayers in thanksgiving to God for his goodness and kindness showered on you for the whole day. You then ask for the grace for cool night rest; free from demonic attacks and terrible nightmares. Here, we published these night prayers in English and Igbo languages.
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These are prayers that seems specifically meant for catholic faithful to say daily. Catholic prayers include morning prayers, afternoon prayers or mid-day prayers, evening prayers and night prayers. You say these prayers to thank God for what He has done for you, and you ask for other favors you want his to grant you. Here, we published Catholic prayers in English and Igbo languages.
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|Catholic Morning Prayers||Ekpere Ututu|
|Catholic Afternoon Prayers||Ekpere Ehihie|
|Catholic Evening Prayers||Ekpere Mgbede|
|Catholic Night Prayers||Ekpere Abali|
You know that when you sing that you are praying twice? Yes! It is true. Catholic Hymns is a very important element of the Catholic liturgy. With Catholic hymns, Catholic liturgy is properly graced. Therefore, we share with you the right and best way to pray twice: Catholic Hymns for Mass and other liturgical celebrations.
Catholic Hymns are those songs that are sung during Mass and other liturgical celebrations. They constitute vital part of Catholic liturgy. Catholic hymns are also called liturgical hymns. These songs are led by the cantors (choir master or mistress) during liturgical celebrations. Catholic hymns are arranged according to when they are used in liturgical celebration. In the right order, they are arranged into:
- Entrance Hymns
- Penitential Hymns
- Offertory Hymns
- Communion Hymns
- Post Communion Hymns and
- Dismissal Hymns.
Catholic hymns have printed and audio forms. Now, we published only the text format of Catholic hymns. We are hopeful to update the audio format very soon. Here, we published catholic hymns in English and Igbo languages. You can have this website as your Online Catholic Hymnbook.
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|Entrance Hymns||Ukwe Mbata|
|Penitential Hymns||Ukwe Ome nke Ime Ebere|
|Offertory Hymns||Ukwe Onyinye|
|Communion Hymns||Ukwe Oriri Nso|
|Post Communion Hymns||Ukwe A natachaa Oriri Nso|
|Dismissal Hymns||Ukwe Mgbasa|
In your journey to spiritual grow with the use of Catholic Daily Mass readings, Catholic Prayers, Catholic Hymns, you can also enjoy Catholic Daily Mass Reflections and reflections on Catholic Saints of the Day.
Catholic Saints of the Day
Catholic Saints of the day are reflections on the lives of saints. It is arranged according to the date such saint is being celebrated. Here, we present the lives of most of the Catholic saints and the moral lessons we can imbibe from the way they lived. In each reflection, you will find the miracles that happened in the lives of the various saints we wrote about. You will get to know how they died and other information about their relics.
Here, we published the Catholic Saints of the Day according to the month and day they are commemorated.
- Saints of the Day for January
- Saints of the Day for February
- Saints of the Day for March
- Saints of the Day for April
- Saints of the Day for May
- Saints of the Day for June
- Saints of the Day for July
- Saints of the Day for August
- Saints of the Day for September
- Saints of the Day for October
- Saints of the Day for November
- Saints of the Day for December
The Lectionary is a set of Bible readings from the Old and New Testaments that are used in the public worship services of Christian churches. In this article, we’ve provided you with an overview of how and why Catholics use the lectionary readings. We hope these tips have been helpful! If there is anything else we can do for you, please let us know by visiting contact us page.
Throughout the year, we thought it would be helpful to share some Bible readings for Sundays and Week days from the Catholic Lectionary. Every week, Catholics are given a list of scripture passages that they can read throughout the day. These passages act as a guide for your prayer life and serve as inspiration for sermons during Mass on Sundays and Week days.
In summary, I believe that at this point that you have gathered much information about Catholic Lectionary and the quick route to access Online Catholic Lectionary on our website. You have greater understanding of Catholic Daily Mass Readings, Daily Catholic Prayers, Catholic Hymns and Catholic Saints of the Day. Lastly, we admonish you to always read the Word of God and meditate on it for “By readings the Word, meditating on it and sharing it, we shall become like the Word.” Again, note that “His Word is a lamp for our feet, and a light to my path (Psalm: 119:105).” To access other Catholic faith related posts, visit our Blog page.
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