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Could you add the liturgical Color of the Day to each week's readings?

Could you add the liturgical Color of the Day to each week's readings?

We do offer a summary of the Seasons and their Colors that may be helpful:
* Advent - The Season of Expectation - Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas Day, the season of Advent is a time when the Church looks toward the second coming of Jesus and the eternal hope of Christians in the end of time. The color for this season is either Purple (for royalty) or Blue (for the Virgin Mary).
* Christmas - The Season of Incarnation - For 12 days, from Christmas Day (December 25) through Epiphany (January 6) (inclusive) the Church celebrates the miraculous incarnation of God in the person of Jesus. The color for this season is White.
* Epiphany - This season connects with the Christmas season as a time of beginnings. Beginning with the visit of the Wise Ones, the season includes the baptism of Jesus, the presentation in the temple, the miracle at Cana, and the Transfiguration. The season's color is Green, with the special days using White for their celebration.
* Lent - The Season of Reflection - For forty days (not including Sundays) prior to Easter Sunday the Church reflects on the suffering of Jesus. Together, we approach the cross. Worship during this period is traditionally more subdued and penitential. Many people also fast during the season of Lent. The color for this season is Purple.
* Holy Week - The final week of Lent is called "Holy Week." Often churches that do not typically meet for daily worship will meet every day of Holy Week. At the minimum, they will worship on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. The color for Holy Week remains Purple, although some churches use Red on Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday. Some churches also use Black on Good Friday.
* Easter - The Season of Resurrection - For fifty days beginning on Easter Sunday Christians celebrate the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus and the certain hope their own resurrection. The color for Easter is White. This season ends on the Sunday of Pentecost, for which the color is Red.
* Ordinary Time - The Season of Nurture and Growth - The periods of time following Epiphany and Pentecost are referred to as "Ordinary" because their Sundays are numbered in ordinal fashion. The focus of Ordinary Time is on developing a deeper understanding of Christian discipleship. The color for this season is Green (for growth).

As to linking the colors directly to each liturgical day, we have added it to our future enhancements list. One of the complications is that denominations can occasionally differ regarding the use of a particular color. In the meantime, one among several useful resources for liturgical colors is available at http://www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Worship/Learning-Center/FAQs/Liturgical-Colors.aspx.

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Readings for the Coming Week
Proper 12 (17) (July 27, 2014)
  • First reading and Psalm
    • Genesis 29:15-28
    • Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128
  • Alternate First reading and Psalm
    • 1 Kings 3:5-12
    • Psalm 119:129-136
  • Second reading
    • Romans 8:26-39
  • Gospel
    • Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Table of Readings for the Current Season
Season after Pentecost (June 15, 2014 - November 27, 2014)

HYMN SUGGESTIONS are now available! On each scripture page, on the right-hand side in the yellow box, click on the "Hymns" link. These hymns are provided via Hymnary.org, a project supported by the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and affiliated organizations. The hymns are drawn from a wide range of Christian denominations and have been selected by scholars in the discipline.

ALL THREE YEARS OF RCL PDFS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRINTING: Please offer feedback as we refine this resource.

CALENDARS: We now have a calendar feature for Google Calendar, iCal, and Outlook! Just click on the "calendar" icon in the top right corner of the page.

During the Season after Pentecost, the Revised Common Lectionary offers two sets of parallel readings. The first set of "semicontinuous" OT readings follows major stories/themes, beginning in Year A with Genesis and ending in Year C with the later prophets. "Complementary" OT readings follow the historical tradition of thematically pairing the OT reading with the Gospel reading. Whichever approach is chosen at the beginning of Pentecost, the intent is for the remaining Season after Pentecost readings to follow the same approach. In addition, both sets of readings sometimes offer alternate options (indicated by italics): readings that may be used with, or in place of, the standard reading. Finally, note that the psalms for each Sunday after Pentecost are intended to paired with a particular OT reading (either semicontinuous or complementary).

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