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. With the exception of the St. James Daily Devotional Guide for the Christian Year, the editor has never found a reading schedule which both covered every verse of the Protestant canon of Scripture AND was aligned with the traditional calendar of the Western Church. This year, I have also added in a separate column readings from the books included in the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox canons which are not in the Protestant canon.
The resulting schedule of appointed readings is arranged as follows:
- 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, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon 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.
- Proverbs is read during February to correspond to Lent
- 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).
- 1 & 2 Corinthians and 1 & 2 Thessalonians follow, to highlight the resurrection during the Easter season.
- These are followed by Job and the Song of Solomon
- 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.
- These are followed by several of the Epistles before the reading in Mark begins in September, followed by the remainder of the Epistles and Ecclesiastes.
- The Psalms are read three times through each year, with the Psalm appointed in the Lectionary of the Episcopal Church for fixed Holy Days, Feasts, and Saint Days appointed for that same date on this schedule. Many of the other readings are juxtapositioned so that a Psalm quoted in the New Testament is appointed on the day it is included in the New Testament reading. Particular Psalms may also be appointed in relation to Old Testament events to which they may relate or simply because 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 to be read over the course of a year.
- The schedule begins with Genesis in early March, followed by Exodus, so that the account of the Passover is appointed on the same date as John 19, which records our Lord’s crucifixion, and the account of the crossing of the Red Sea is appointed on the same date as John 20, which records our Lord’s resurrection.
- The remainder of the Pentateuch follows, with the schedule following the order of the Protestant canon through Esther.
- Daniel and the minor prophets follow.
- Ezekiel is scheduled to coordinate with Revelation during December, juxtapositioning related references between the two books.
- Isaiah is read beginning in late December to be read along with Matthew.
- The Old Testament readings end with Jeremiah and Lamentations in February and early March, as readings suitable for Lent.
- 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.
- This year, I added an additional column that contains daily readings from the Deuterocanon (for Catholic and Orthodox Christians) or the Old Testament Apocrypha (for Protestants), along with readings from Flavius Josephus’ “Antiquities of the Jews” (starting after his account of Esther) and “The War of the Jews”, to cover the inter-testament period and the secular history of first century Palestine.
Users may supplement the fixed date schedule with readings for Sundays and Movable Holy Days may be taken from any lectionary of the reader’s choosing. The editor uses primarily the historic one-year lectionary as published in the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer’s Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, supplemented by the Lutheran Service Book (2006) (LSB-1YL), with a few modifications. Other options include the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels from the 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 January 1, 2018.