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The Lectionary provides iCalendar files of Weekly and Daily 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 feeds, or by importing the Lectionary ICS files.

Subscription Method

The subscription method allows you to create a link to the Lectionary calendar feeds 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 Weekly calendar feed is:
iCalendar icon  webcal://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/feeds/lectionary.ics

The URL for the Lectionary's Daily calendar feed is:
iCalendar icon  webcal://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/feeds/lectionary-daily.ics

You will need one or both of these URLs 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 > Accounts and Passwords. It will be listed under Accounts. To subscribe manually, copy the webcal:// link above and tap Settings > Accounts and Passwords > Add Account > Other > Add Subscribed Calendar, and paste the webcal:// link above in the Server box. Note: In previous versions of iOS, "Accounts and Passwords" was titled "Mail, Contacts, Calendars". Please look for "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" in place of "Accounts and Passwords" if you are on iOS 10.x or under.

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.

Note: Once the calendar dates for that year have been added using the import method, they cannot be removed except manually, date by date. If this is a concern, please use the Subscription method, in which the RCL calendar can be hidden or removed completely.

To download a Lectionary calendar file, right-click on the desired link below and choose the option for saving the target/link (wording will vary by browser). This will save the 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.

The URL for the Lectionary's Weekly calendar download is:
iCalendar icon  https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/feeds/lectionary.ics

The URL for the Lectionary's Daily calendar download is:
iCalendar icon  https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/feeds/lectionary-daily.ics

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 calendars. The following is a list of all liturgical year files (current and historical):



Instructions for the import method in major calendaring applications: