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Daily Office Lectionary from the Book of Common Prayer Available Online in the ESV

The Daily Office readings from the Book of Common Prayer are now available online in several formats, just in time for the first Sunday of Advent (the beginning of the liturgical year).

Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world use the Book of Common Prayer for personal and public worship. The lectionary follows a liturgical calendar organized around a number of holidays, principally Christmas and Easter. We used the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer as the source of our readings.

Only the Bible readings are available on our site, not the liturgy. However, the Book of Common Prayer is in the public domain in the U.S. and most other countries. You can use our web service to integrate the readings with orders of service on your site if you feel ambitious.

Our implementation omits readings from the Apocrypha (since the ESV doesn’t include it). You may need to consult another Bible for Apocryphal readings or substitute a reading from an Old Testament book. We also include all optional readings, which may not be appropriate for your context.

We wrote a PHP program to convert between the Gregorian and liturgical calendars on-the-fly. It’s entirely possible we got some of the readings or dates wrong. Please let us know if you find anything that doesn’t look right or if you have any suggestions for improvement.

November 30, 2006 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Digital,Digital,ESV,ESVBible.org,News & Announcements | Author: Crossway Staff @ 7:10 pm | (11) Comments »

Watch a Dramatic Presentation of Hebrews 9 and 10

Ryan Ferguson performs Hebrews 9 and 10 from the ESV:

This presentation comes from the recent WorshipGod06 conference put on by Sovereign Grace Ministries. (Recap here.)

Via Manspeak and WorshipMatters.

November 29, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 10:16 am | (19) Comments »

Dilemmas of Giving Away an ESV Won in a Contest

Julianne at ½ + ½ = 1 tells of a prize she received in a recent contest:

Each of us received a shiny mini size English Standard Version (ESV) Bible. Actually, we are supposed to give the gifts that we got away – we’re supposed to give them to either people who don’t have Bibles or non-Christians.

However, when I saw the size of it and the version of the Bible, I’m so tempted to keep it. Actually, Angela, Jessica and I were talking about how tempted we were to keep the Bibles for ourselves. The reason *I* wanna keep it is because it’s an ESV Bible. Jessica wants to keep it because of its small size… Angela wants to keep it because there are concordances at the back of the Bible! LOL! All of us have different reasons to want to keep the Bible.

The story has a happy ending: she finds someone to whom she gives away the Bible.

November 27, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 10:20 am | 1 Comment »

Greasemonkey and Camino Add-ons

James sends news of a Greasemonkey add-on he’s developed that automatically links Scripture references in webpages to the ESV. (Greasemonkey is itself an add-on for Firefox.)

Two identical paragraphs illustrate what the script does. One paragraphs has a number of references to Scripture passages, but no links. The second paragraph has turned all the Scripture references into links.

Meanwhile, emailer Colin explains how to add ESV search to Camino, a browser for the Mac:

  1. Close Camino.
  2. Find your search engine plist. The search engine plist can be found in your user profile at ~/Library/Application Support/Camino/SearchURLList.plist. The format of SearchURLList.plist is straightforward. Essentially, you have a list of search engine names and their corresponding search URLs. The search engine name is the human-readable string displayed in the search field’s magnifying glass menu, and the search URL is the URL that Camino will visit to display search results.
  3. Open in TextEdit.
  4. Add the following text:

    <key>ESV</key>
    <string>http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?q=%s</string>

    Make sure you add this before the part in the existing file that says:

    </dict>
    </plist>

  5. Save the .plist file
  6. Re-open Camino.
November 22, 2006 | Posted in: Digital,ESV | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:56 am | 1 Comment »

Kids These Days: Listening to the ESV Online

Erin at Works of the Heart, who at thirteen is the youngest blogger we’ve seen talking about the ESV, tells how she uses her family’s computer:

Along with my regular school work, I’m also learning to knit and crochet using an interactive CD-rom and I listen to different sermons and the ESV Bible online.

Neat. The ESV website lets you listen to up to 176 verses at a time, which can keep you occupied for a while.

Oh, and Erin, if it makes you feel any better, most of our computers here are Dells—though our cover designers and typesetters all use Macs.

November 21, 2006 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 10:02 am | Comments Off »