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"... The heavens
reflect your glory
and the earth
proclaims the
wonder of your
loving care.
Excerpted from Intercessory prayers for New Year's Day
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This site is the result of the vision of Anne Richardson, the Digital Projects Librarian for the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. Please contact the Divinity Library Reference Staff with questions, corrections, or complaints. Chris Benda, the Theological Librarian, and Anne Richardson manage the website.

The Heard Library staff members whose significant efforts brought this site to fruition are Jodie Gambill and Tao You. The students who have provided significant support for this project through the years are Sarah Parsons, Heather Wibbels, Rick Logsdon, Rob Teitelbaum, and the Rev. C. Joshua Villines. In the transition to the mobile-friendly site in 2022-2023, Serena McMillan's dedicated efforts were invaluable.

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Below are a few recommended print resources for learning more about the Revised Common Lectionary and the Church Year:

  • Beckwith, Roger T. Calendar and Chronology, Jewish and Christian: Biblical, Intertestamental and Patristic Studies. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1996.
  • Boling, Ruth L. A Children's Guide to Worship. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1997.
  • Boling, Ruth L. Come Worship with Me: A Journey Through the Church Year. Louisville, KY: Geneva Press, 2001.
  • The Book of Common Prayer According to the Use of the Episcopal Church. New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 1979.
  • Book of Worship: United Church of Christ. New York: United Church of Christ, 1986.
  • Book of Common Worship. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1993.
  • Bradshaw, Paul. The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2003.
  • Cartwright, Colbert S., and O. I. Cricket Harrison, eds. Chalice Worship. St. Louis, MO, 1997.
  • Consultation on Common Texts. The Revised Common Lectionary. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.
  • Dawn, Marva J. Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn of the Century Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2006.
  • Hickman, Hoyt L., Don E. Saliers, Laurence Hull Stookey, and James F. White. The New Handbook of the Christian Year. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.
  • Johnson, Maxwell E. Between Memory and Hope: Readings on the Liturgical Year. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 2000.
  • Jones, Cheslyn, Geoffrey Wainwright, and Edward Yarnold. The Study of Liturgy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978. (Section VI, The Calendar, pages 455-484)
  • Lutheran Book of Worship. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1978.
  • Senn, Frank C. Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1997.
  • Stookey, Laurence Hull. Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.
  • Talley, Thomas J. The Origins of the Liturgical Year. New York: Pueblo Pub. Co, 1986.
  • The United Methodist Book of Worship. Nashville, TN: United Methodist Publishing House, 1992.
  • Webber, Robert. Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2004.
  • West, Fritz. Scripture and Memory: The Ecumenical Hermeneutic of the Three-Year Lectionaries. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 1997.
  • White, James F. Introduction to Christian Worship. 2d ed. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990.

The African American Lectionary is a resource provided by the Vanderbilt Divinity School and Hope International. "It Highlights African American ecclesial traditions as well as moments that express the joy, freedom, and the challenges of being both African American and Christian..."