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What is Catholic Lectionary?
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.
There is another called Revised Common Lectionary. The fact is that all of them are almost the same. Though, there may be some difference in arrangement and translations.
What is Revised Common Lectionary?
Revised Common Lectionary is Catholic lectionary of Mass readings from the Scriptures for use in Catholic worship, making provision for the liturgical years with its pattern of observances of festivals and seasons.
In order of their succession, Revised Common Lectionary succeeded Common Lectionary, which itself succeeded COCU (Consultation on Church Union) Lectionary.
Why do Catholic Church use the Lectionary?
The Catholic church did not see the 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 both the Catholic priests and the Catholic faithful.
Guided by the lectionary, our faith in God is well nourished and we grow in our faith and in our understanding of our Lord.
How many Catholic Lectionaries do we have?
Since there are many seasons in the Catholic church, including Ordinary Time, some effort were made to orderly arrange the Mass Readings. This effort resulted to three lectionaries:
- Sunday Mass Readings (also called Sunday Missal)
- Lectionary for Ordinary Time of the Year
- Lectionary for Festive Periods (used during Advent, Christmastide, Lent and Easter)
With these three lectionaries, one has all the Mass Readings for the three Catholic Lectionary Cycles.
The Cycles in Catholic Lectionary
Catholic Lectionary has three (3) cycles. These cycles 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 hold strictly to Sunday Mass Readings. This is because, Catholic Readings for Ordinary Time rotates within a period of two years. Those Years 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. This is the reason we have Igbo Mass Readings, Mass Readings in English and so on.
Seasons in Catholic Lectionary
Catholic Lectionary is not only arranged according to days of the year. It is also arranged according to the seasons of the church. The seasons of the Catholic church include:
The Catholic Lectionary Readings are properly arranged according to these seasons. The Catholic Liturgical calendar helps in guiding the date for these readings.
However, Catholic Lectionary is known to be a book. But nowadays some persons prefer using electronic means to access some church documents. That is why we deem it necessary to develop Online Catholic Lectionary.
Online Catholic Lectionary
Online Catholic Lectionary is a domain where you get all the Daily Mass Readings as they are in the Catholic Lectionary. The aim of this website is to bring Catholic Lectionary Readings online. This will enable people from different parts of the world to access Daily Mass Readings through their mobile device, tablets or PC. With this, people can now have access to Daily Mass Readings wherever they are 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 reading posted on Online Catholic Lectionary has:
- First Reading
- Responsorial Psalm
- Second Reading (only on Sunday Readings, Readings for Solemnities and readings for some Feasts)
- Gospel Acclamation
- Gospel Reading
To be specific, this Online Catholic Lectionary directly posts Mass Readings in two languages: English and Igbo languages. However, we provide you the tool to translate the Mass Readings into your preferred languages. And the links to access these mass readings are provided on this page.
Where is Catholic Lectionary from?
Catholic Lectionary is directly from Catholic Bible. You will get to know more about The Catholic Bible where Catholic Lectionary came from through the information below.
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 and also an account of the relationship between God and 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, which include the Deuterocanonical Books that the Protestant Churches have a low opinion about. In fact, Protestant Churches rejected them.
As I cited before, it is from The Catholic Bible that we derive the Catholic Daily Mass Readings as there are found in 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 by Months – Yearly Mass Readings
These are Catholic Daily Mass Readings for the 12 months of the year. It include Catholic Mass Readings for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December in English and Igbo Languages.
Catholic Mass Readings for 2021 : January – December
|Daily Mass Readings||Igbo Mass Readings|
|Daily Mass Readings for January 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for January 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for February 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for February 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for March 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for March 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for April 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for April 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for May 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for May 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for June 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for June 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for July 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for July 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for August 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for August 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for September 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for September 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for October 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for October 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for November 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for November 2021|
|Daily Mass Readings for December 2021||Igbo Mass Readings for December 2021|
|All Catholic Mass Readings for 2021||All Igbo Mass Readings for 2021|
Catholic Sunday Mass Readings for Year A, B & C
These are Catholic Sunday Mass Readings for the three (3) lectionary cycles. It include Mass Readings for Year A, Year B and Year C. This segment contains mainly Sunday Mass Readings, but not readings for ordinary days.
|Sunday Mass Readings for Yr A, B & C||Igbo Sunday Readings for Yr A, B & C|
|Sunday Mass Readings for Year A||Igbo Sunday Readings for Year A|
|Sunday Mass Readings for Year B||Igbo Sunday Readings for Year B|
|Sunday Mass Readings for Year C||Igbo Sunday Readings for Year C|
Catholic Mass Readings for Weekdays
This segment has Catholic Daily Mass Readings for Weekdays. It contains Mass Readings for ordinary days which are not Solemnities, Feasts and Memorials. It includes Catholic readings for Year 1 and Year 2. These are mainly readings for Ordinary Time of the Catholic liturgical year. Below are Weekday readings in English and Igbo languages.
|Weekday Mass Readings||Igbo Weekday Mass Readings|
|Catholic Mass Readings for Year 1||Igbo Mass Readings for Year 1|
|Catholic Mass Readings for Year 2||Igbo Mass Readings for Year 2|
Mass Readings for Memorials, Feasts and Solemnities
These are Mass Readings for Solemnities, Feasts and Memorials. It contains Mass Readings for special Solemnities, Feasts of Apostles and other saints and Memorials of saints in the Catholic church. Below are the readings are in Igbo and English languages.
|Mass Readings for Solemnities, Feasts and Memorials||Igbo Readings for Memorials, Feasts and Solemnities|
|Catholic Mass Readings for Memorials||Igbo Mass Readings for Memorials|
|Catholic Mass Readings for Feasts||Igbo Mass Readings for Feasts|
|Catholic Mass Readings for Solemnities||Igbo Mass Readings for Solemnities|
Catholic Mass Readings for Advent Season
These are Catholic Daily Mass Readings for the season of Advent. They include Mass readings from First Sunday of Advent to December 24. These readings are for the period we await the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. These Mass readings are contained in the Lectionary for Festive periods. Below are the readings in English and Igbo languages.
|Catholic Mass Readings for Advent||Igbo Mass Readings for Advent|
|Catholic Readings for Advent Season||Igbo Readings for Advent Season|
Catholic Mass Readings for Christmas Time | Christmastide
These are Catholic Daily Mass Readings for the season of Christmas or Christmastides. They include Mass readings from December 25 (Christmas Day) till the beginning of the first phase of Ordinary Time. These Mass readings are for celebration of the birth of the infant Jesus who came to save mankind. Below are the Mass readings in English and Igbo languages.
|Mass Readings for Christmas Time /Christmastide||Igbo Mass Readings for Christmastide|
|Catholic Readings for Christmastide||Igbo Readings for Christmastide|
Catholic Mass Readings for Lenten Season
These are Catholic Daily Mass Readings for the season of Lent. They include Mass readings from Ash Wednesday through the whole Lenten season to Holy Week. It ends on the morning of Holy Saturday. These readings are for the period of fasting, prayer and abstinence as we follow our Lord along the Way of the cross. Below are these Mass readings in English and Igbo languages
|Mass Readings for Lenten Season||Igbo Mass Readings for Lenten Season|
|Catholic Mass Readings for Lent||Igbo Mass Readings for Lent|
Catholic Mass Readings for Eastertide | Easter Time
These are Catholic Daily Mass Readings for the season of Easter / Eastertide. They include Mass readings from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. These are Mass Readings for the period we celebrate the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over death and his resurrection. Most of the readings here are contained in the Lectionary for Festive period and Sunday Missal. Below are the Mass readings in English and Igbo languages.
|Mass Readings for Eastertide||Igbo Mass Readings for Eastertide|
|Catholic Mass Readings for Easter Season||Igbo Readings for Easter Season|
Having completely guided and directed you where to get Catholic Daily Mass Readings in English and Igbo languages, I will now lead you to where you get your Daily prayers for different intentions. Let’s move on.
As good Christians, it is required that at different moment of the day that we say our prayers; to thank God for his goodness. We also ask him for our various needs. On this note, we have four special kinds of prayer base on time:
- Morning prayer
- Afternoon prayer
- Evening prayer
- Night prayer
Now, let us consider the kinds of prayer above and give you access to them.
These are prayers good Christians are expected to say in the morning when they wake from our beds. These prayers are mostly prayers of thank-giving for the grace to waking up alive. Some of the prayers we are expected to say in the morning could be found below in English and Igbo languages.
|Morning Prayers||Igbo Morning Prayers|
|Daily Morning Prayers||Igbo Daily Morning Prayers|
|Catholic Morning Prayers||Igbo Catholic Morning Prayers|
These are prayers Christians are expected to say in the afternoon or during mid-day. It is sometimes called Mid-day prayer. We say these prayers in appreciation to God for leading us thus far for the day. We equally ask him to lead us through the day safe and sound. Some of the prayers we are expected to say in the afternoon could be found below in English and Igbo languages.
|Afternoon Prayers||Igbo Afternoon Prayers|
|Daily Afternoon Prayers||Igbo Daily Afternoon Prayers|
|Catholic afternoon Prayers||Igbo Catholic Afternoon Prayers|
These are prayers Christians are expected to say in the evening when we return from their places of work. It is sometimes called Vespers. This is a prayer of appreciation. We use this prayer to thank God for his goodness on our lives, especially for keeping us safe throughout the day. Some of the prayers we are expected to say in the evening could be found below in English and Igbo languages.
|Evening Prayers||Igbo Evening Prayers|
|Daily Evening Prayers||Igbo Daily Evening Prayers|
|Catholic Evening Prayers||Igbo Catholic Evening Prayers|
These are prayers Christians are expected to say in the night when we are about to go to bed. We use this prayer to thank God his goodness for the whole day. We also ask him to save us from all harm as we sleep. Some of the prayers we are expected to say in the night could be found below in English and Igbo languages.
|Night Prayers||Igbo Night Prayers|
|Daily Night Prayers||Igbo Daily Night Prayers|
|Catholic Night Prayers||Igbo Catholic Night Prayers|
These are specifically Catholic prayers we say in the morning, afternoon, evening and night. We say these prayers to thank God for his favors and ask him for other needs of ours. Some of the Catholic prayers we are expected to say could be found below in English and Igbo languages.
|Catholic Prayers||Igbo Catholic Prayers|
|Catholic Morning Prayers||Ekpere Ututu|
|Catholic Afternoon Prayers||Ekpere Ehihie|
|Catholic Evening Prayers||Ekpere Mgbede|
|Catholic Night Prayers||Ekpere Abali|
Other important elements of Catholic liturgy are the Hymns. With Catholic Hymns the liturgical celebrations are graced. Thus, I would like to share will you most of the Catholic Hymns for Mass and other liturgical celebrations.
Catholic Hymns are those songs that are sung during Mass and other liturgical celebrations. These songs are led by the cantors (choir master or mistress). Catholic Hymns are categorized into:
- Entrance Hymns
- Penitential Hymns
- Offertory Hymns
- Communion Hymns
- Post Communion Hymns and
- Dismissal Hymns.
The Catholic Hymns on this website are in written-text format. The audio version will be updated with time. Hence, we posted Catholic Hymns here in two languages: English and Igbo. Below are the popular Catholic Hymns we have in English and Igbo Catholic Hymn Books.
|Catholic Mass Hymns||Ukwe Aja Missa|
|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 addition to the Daily Mass Readings, Daily Catholic Prayers and Catholic Hymns we make available in this website, you get also some motivational write-up about the Saints of the Day.
Catholic Saints of the Day
Catholic Saints of the day are details of lives of Saints and the days we celebrate them. In this segment we expose the lives of Saints and the moral lesson we got to learn from their lives. Again we arrange them according to the date the commemorate them.
Included are the miracles that happen in their lives. Also you will get information about their death and the whereabouts of their relics and other related information.
However, below is a list of Saints of the day according to their month of commemoration.
- 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
At this point, I believe that you have come to know more about Catholic Lectionary and where to access Online Catholic Lectionary. You are now given access to Catholic Daily Mass Readings, Daily Catholic Prayers, Catholic Hymns and Catholic Saints of the Day. Finally, I admonish you read and meditate on the Word of the Lord daily since His Word is a Light for our steps. To access other Catholic faith related posts, visit our Blog page.
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