The Bible contains two main parts:
Occasionally, the Daily Office Lectionary also includes readings from extra sources called “deuterocanonical works” (or Apocrypha, see table 2).
Each part contains several books. The books further divide into chapters, and chapters into verses.
When referring to an entire book of the Bible, the book name is usually spelled out.
When referring to a specific section of a book, the abbreviated book name appears first, followed by a chapter number.
When referring to verses within a chapter, the chapter number is followed by a colon, then one or more verses. Consecutive verses are connected with an endash (–). A comma followed by a space separate nonconsecutive verses. Sometimes a semicolon followed by a space separate references to different chapters.
Most references are simple. For example, Matt 6:7–15 refers to the gospel of Matthew (from the New Testament), chapter 6, verses 7 through 15.
For a more complex example, Zech 12:9–11; 13:1, 7–9 refers to the book of Zechariah (from the Hebrew Bible), chapter 12, verses 9 through 11, then chapter 13, verse 1, then verses 7 through 9. Again, most references are simple.
Any reading may be lenthened. Suggested lengthenings are shown in parentheses.
Brackets show psalms which may be omitted. In general, the psalms are arranged so you can read all 150 of them every 30 days. If you want to follow that pattern, then don’t skip the bracketed psalms.
The Lectionary.app also uses several emoji (see table 4). They’re fun. Like abbreviations, they save space. But a key is invaluable for understanding what we want them to symbolize.
|9||1 Sam or 1 Kgdms||1 Samuel or 1 Kingdoms|
|10||2 Sam or 2 Kgdms||2 Samuel or 2 Kingdoms|
|11||1 Kgs or 3 Kgdms||1 Kings or 3 Kingdoms|
|12||2 Kgs or 4 Kgdms||2 Kings or 4 Kingdoms|
|13||1 Chr||1 Chronicles|
|14||2 Chr||2 Chronicles|
|21||Eccl or Qoh||Ecclesiates or Qoheleth|
|22||Song or Can||Song of Songs or Canticles|
|Source: SBL Handbook of Style 8.3.1|
|3||Add Esth||Additions to Esther|
|4||Wis||Wisdom of Solomon|
|5||Sir||Sirach or Ecclesiasticus|
|7||Ep Jer||Epistile of Jeremiah|
|8||Add Dan||Additions to Daniel|
|10||Bel||Bel and the Dragon|
|11||1 Macc||1 Maccabees|
|12||2 Macc||2 Maccabees|
|13||1 Esd||1 Esdras|
|14||Pr Man||Prayer of Manasseh|
|15||Ps 151||Psalm 151|
|16||3 Macc||3 Maccabees|
|17||2 Esd||2 Esdras|
|18||4 Macc||4 Maccabees|
|Source: SBL Handbook of Style 8.3.3|
|7||1 Cor||1 Corinthians|
|8||2 Cor||2 Corinthians|
|13||1 Thess||1 Thessalonians|
|14||2 Thess||2 Thessalonians|
|15||1 Tim||1 Timothy|
|16||2 Tim||2 Timothy|
|21||1 Pet||1 Peter|
|22||2 Pet||2 Peter|
|23||1 John||1 John|
|24||2 John||2 John|
|25||3 John||3 John|
|Source: SBL Handbook of Style 8.3.2|
|💜||Advent and Lent|
|💗||The Third Sunday of Advent and the Fourth Sunday in Lent|
|🤍||Christmas time and Easter time; Trinity Sunday; Holy days of Jesus (except the Passion), his mother Mary, and saints who were not martyrs; St. John the Evangelist (December 27); the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25); the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24); and All Saints’ Day (November 1)|
|💚||Ordinary Time (after Epiphany and after Pentecost)|
|❤️||Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Christ’s Passion, Pentecost Sunday, apostles, evangelists, and saints who were martyrs.|