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 to 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 two daily reading schedules, each supplemented with lectionary readings on dates specified. The editor has completed final modifications of the schedules as of January 2, 2017 and plans no further modification except to correct discovered error or omissions during the current calendar year and hopefully beyond.
The first schedule covers the entire New Testament 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). One or more Psalm is also appointed daily, with each Psalm appointed at least twice each year.
The readings are generally of one complete chapter and are arranged in order for each book, with chapter readings appointed on Mondays through Saturdays. Readings for Sundays and Holy Days are taken from a lectionary of the reader’s choice. The editor uses the historic one-year lectionary as published in the Lutheran Service Book (2006) (LSB-1YL), with a few small 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.
The second schedule covers the entire Old Testament over a two-year period. This makes readings short enough to give the opportunity to incorporate a commentary or other study aid of the reader’s choice to increase understanding. This schedule also includes readings for the fixed-date Holy Days and Feasts of the Christian Year, which again can be taken from a lectionary of the reader’s choosing. As with the first schedule, the editor uses the LSB-1YL, with a few modifications, for these special readings. I use the Psalms appointed in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer for this lectionary. Again, I’ve posted this under the Daily Readings menu. Thus, during the Christmas season, the reader breaks from the Old Testament chapter readings for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Stephen Day, St. John Day, The Innocent’s Day, and The Circumcision and Naming of Our Lord. Other important events in Our Lord’s life are likewise highlighted: His Presentation in the Temple, the Annunciation of His coming to His mother, the Visitation of Mary with Elizabeth, the Nativity of John the Baptist, and His Transfiguration, among other events recorded in Scripture. There are also days dedicated to His apostles, His mother, His guardian, His angels, and His departed saints. Old Testament readings are arranged so as to place some of them in seasons to which they are historically associated, particular Lent and Easter.
Between the two schedules, 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. These days are highlighted in red on each schedule, but specific readings are not listed, as those will vary depending upon the lectionary the reader selects.
For days when a full chapter is appointed in either or both schedules, the editor listens to those readings utilizing audio available through Biblegateway.com. Having full chapter readings on days not covered by a lectionary lends itself to the use of this resource.
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 January 4, 2017.