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The Incredulity of Thomas / Duccio, di Buoninsegna, d. 1319 / 1308-1311 (Click the picture for more information)

The Lectionary provides an iCalendar file of weekly readings so that you'll have the option of having the readings appear on your personal calendar. iCalendar is a standard file format that all major calendaring applications support.

There are two ways to get the Lectionary into your calendaring application: by subscribing to the Lectionary calendar feed, or by importing the lectionary.ics file.

Subscription Method

The subscription method allows you to create a link to the Lectionary calendar feed within your calendaring application. This feed is updated nightly with any new changes/corrections that may have been made by Divinity Library staff. Using this method, you will always have the most up-to-date Lectionary calendar, and new liturgical years will automatically appear as they are loaded onto the Lectionary website. However, you will not be able to make any local changes to this calendar, as it is read-only.

The URL for the Lectionary's calendar feed is:
iCalendar icon  webcal://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/feeds/lectionary.ics
You will need this to complete the subscription instructions below. If your calendaring application does not accept this URL, please try replacing webcal:// with http://.

Instructions for the subscription method in major calendaring applications:

  • Microsoft Outlook (2007 and later only. 2003 and back do not support internet calendar subscriptions. There is an open-source addon available to add this functionality; use at your own risk.)
  • Google Calendar (Note: After subscribing, it may take up to 24hrs for the calendar entries to appear on your calendar. This is a limitation on Google's end, not ours.)
  • Apple iCal / Calendar
  • Apple iOS: From your iPad or iPhone, tap the webcal:// link above, and tap Subscribe when prompted. To see your subscription, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars. It will be listed under Accounts. To subscribe manually, copy the webcal:// link above and tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Other > Add Subscribed Calendar, and paste the webcal:// link above in the Server box. iOS 7 users: Your subscription may not appear in your Calendar app after upgrading to iOS 7. Go into your subscription account entry at Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, toggle the Account switch to turn it off, and toggle it again to turn the account back on. Your calendar should now appear in your Calendar app.

Import Method

The import method provides you with a snapshot of the Lectionary calendar feed, current as of the time you import the file. You are then able to edit the calendar locally as you wish. However, you must re-import the Lectionary calendar at least annually to be sure you have the new year's readings on your calendar - they will not automatically appear.

To download the Lectionary calendar file, right-click on this link and choose the option for saving the target/link (wording will vary by browser). This will save lectionary.ics file to your computer for use in the instructions below. This file contains entries for all liturgical years that are currently available on the website.

We also provide iCalendar files for each individual liturgical year. These could be used as new years become available if you do not want to lose any changes you've previously made to your imported Lectionary calendar. The following is a list of all liturgical year files (current and historical):

Instructions for the import method in major calendaring applications: