The Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of Holy Scripture readings that follow the Sundays, festivals, and seasons of the Christian liturgical year. It was compiled in 1992 by the ecumenical Consultation on Common Texts to provide a balanced scriptural guide for weekly worship that ensures exposure to the main themes of Christian faith and worship. It is ecumenical in nature and overlaps heavily with the Roman Catholic lectionary.
Four texts are assigned for each Sunday and festival:
- The first reading usually comes from the Old Testament but is replaced by a reading from Acts during the season of Easter
- A reading from an Epistle or other New Testament writing
- A reading from a Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John).
The three-year lectionary cycle (A, B, and C) focuses on different portions of the Gospels in each year:
- Matthew in Year A
- Mark in Year B
- Luke in Year C
- John featured at certain times in each year