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.