Introduction

I have completed a simplified schedule for reading through the New Testament once each year, with each Psalm and New Testament Canticle appointed six times each year on a 60 day cycle, based on the 30 day cycle appointed in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.  On months with 31 days and on February 29 in leap years, the three Canticles in the first two chapters of the Gospel according to Saint Luke are appointed. The remainder of the Old Testament (including all the books of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox canon, plus 2 Esdras and 4 Maccabees) are appointed for reading over two years. Protestants not interested in reading the Old Testament books not in their canon may simply skip those readings.

The New Testament chapter readings are appointed for Monday through Friday, a chapter each day for 260 days, with an occasional Saturday reading.

The Old Testament chapter readings are appointed everyday of the year except for major fixed-date Holy Days and Feasts. The Psalms and New Testament Canticles are appointed daily, 365 days a year.

For Sundays and both fixed and movable Holy Days and feasts, the editor appoints readings primarily from the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer when such readings are appointed.  For Holy Week, the editor appoints readings from Mark 11 – 15, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Good Friday, with a reading from Matthew on Holy Saturday, rather than from the readings appointed in the lectionary. Users may use the lectionary of their choice.

The editor also plans to supplement those readings with The Harmony of the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels by Melville Scott or Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.  Printed copies, as well as an epub and version, of Scott’s work may be purchased through Lulu.com.  A Kindle version may be purchased through Amazon.  Butler’s work is available for free online.

As time permits, the editor intends to post public domain English translations of all the books appointed for reading.  For most books, including most of the Apocrypha/Deuterocanon, the editor intends to use the King James (Authorized) Version.  For a few books not available in the King James, the editor intends to post from Breton’s translation of the Septuagint. The Psalter translation is that of Myles Coverdale as published in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the source for the New Testament Canticles as well. This source was chosen because their are readily available recordings of those being sung. Where available, the editor will also add images of art works in the public domain appropriate to the day or the readings.