O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psalm 95:1-2 (Venite, exultemus) (KJV)
The purpose of this site is to make available resources for those who desire to make the Psalms a part of their daily devotional life, as well as to promote reading through the entire Protestant canon of Scripture and observing the historic Western Church calendar. To that end, the editor has created a schedule of appointed readings for each day of the year, consisting of the following:
- The entire New Testament is read each year, with each quarter of the year having one of the Gospels included (Matthew is appointed in the winter, John in the spring, Luke in the summer, and Mark in the fall). The rest of the New Testament, along with the books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes are also read annually on this part of the schedule. Revelation is read during the first three weeks of December to coincide with Advent. Matthew follows in late December and through most of January to coincide with Christmas and Epiphany. John is read in March and April to coincide with Easter, as close as possible given the movability of Easter. John 20, which recounts the Resurrection, falls on April 8, the median date on which Easter may fall (between March 22 and April 25). Luke begins on June 23, with the first chapter divided in two, so that the second section, read on June 24, corresponds to the Nativity of John the Baptist. Luke is followed immediately by the Acts of the Apostles.
- The Psalms are read three times through each year, with many of the readings juxtapositioned so that a Psalm quoted in the New Testament is appointed on the day it is included in the New Testament reading, as well as in relation to Old Testament events to which a particular Psalm may relate or just when it is suitable to another of the appointed readings. Psalm 119 is divided into five sections. All the other Psalms are appointed as full chapters. The three cycles through the Psalms are each 122 days long, as follows:
- December – March (which is 121 days in non-leap years and 122 days in leap years; with the Psalm appointed for February 29 being moved to February 28 on non-leap years)
- April – July
- August – November
- The remainder of the Old Testament is appointed at approximately a chapter a day, but no more than two on any day, over a two-year cycle.
- Genesis 1 begins each odd-numbered year on February 1 and the historical books are then read in order through 2 Kings, which is concluded on January 31 in even-numbered years. Exodus 13 falls on April 8 in odd-numbered years, so that the account of the Passover is read the day immediately preceding the median date of Easter and the account of the crossing of the Red Sea is read the day immediately following the median date of Easter.
- Habakkuk 1 begins each even-numbered year on February, followed by Jeremiah and Lamentations, each book being particularly suitable for the season of Lent. These are followed by Jonah, with chapter 2, which recounts Jonah’s prayer inside the belly of the whale or great fish, being appointed on April 7, the median date for Holy Saturday (March 21 through April 24) and Daniel, two books which present types of the death and resurrection of Our Lord.
- Isaiah is read beginning in early December in even-numbered years through January in odd-numbered years so as to coincide with Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.
- As the vast majority of appointed readings are of complete chapters (other than on days when fixed-date lectionary readings are appointed), users may easily use a variety of audio bibles which generally utilize full-chapter units. The editor of this site uses the KJV from Biblegateway, narrated by Max McLean.
- This schedule also includes lectionary readings for fixed-date holy days, saints days, and other feasts of the Church, relying primarily on the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer, supplemented by the lectionary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, with an occasional modification by the editor.
Readings for Sundays and Movable Holy Days may be taken from any lectionary of the reader’s choosing. The editor uses the historic one-year lectionary as published in the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer or the Lutheran Service Book (2006) (LSB-1YL), with a few modifications. I’ve posted this lectionary, as modified, under the Daily Readings menu. Other options include the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels from the 1662, 1928 or other version of the Book of Common Prayer, the Lectionary from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, and the Revised Common Lectionary. Catholics and Orthodox Christians may readily substitute readings appointed in their lectionaries as well. In any case, this gives the reader a feel for the annual cycle of the Church calendar, and supports his or her reading about events surrounding Christ’s trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection during that season of the calendar and his coming and birth during that season. There are a variety of supplemental resources which are based on the historical one-year lectionary, some of which the editor utilizes. I will be posting links for those in the future.
Between the lectionary readings for fixed-date holy days, saints days, and other festivals and a lectionary for Sundays and movable holy days, just under 100-a-year lectionary selections are appointed. This allows the reader on those days to read selections from different parts of the Bible which relate to each other and reveal connections between the various parts of Scripture.
While the reader may use whichever transition he or she prefers, the editor utilizes Coverdale’s translation of the Psalms so that he may listen to their being sung. Recordings are available for the entire Cloverdale Psalter. The editor has links to those under the Psalter menu, which is still incomplete. I hope to complete that section of this site in 2017.
Last revised St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2017.