Definition of lectionary in English:


Line breaks: lec¦tion|ary
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛkʃ(ə)n(ə)ri

noun (plural lectionaries)

  • A list or book of portions of the Bible appointed to be read at divine service: the Deacon was given the task of preparing a new lectionary
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    • Dating back to the 4th century, Christians and churches have used lectionaries of Biblical readings.
    • Indeed, this last pattern forms the basis of many lectionaries used for Morning and Evening Prayer.
    • This publication contains information on how to customize the lectionary for local needs.


late 18th century: from medieval Latin lectionarium, from Latin lect- 'chosen, read', from the verb legere.

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