Office of Readings - which year?


For the two year cycle of Scripture readings, how is the year we are in determined?


Year I.

This year is 2009 (I know calendrically it is still 2008 for a few days, but for this purpose it has been 2009 since the I Sunday of Advent). Odd-numbered year => Year I; Even-numbered year => Year II.



The title of your thread is a bit confusing. There is no cycle in the Office of Readings but in the Lectionary read at Mass. Weekdays have a two year cycle and Sunday’s a three year cycle. The Office of Readings is what is found in the Liturgy of the Hours.


There is, but there isn’t. From the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours:

  1. There are two cycles of biblical readings. The first is a one-year cycle and is incorporated into The Liturgy of the Hours; the second, given in the supplement for optional use, is a two-year cycle, like the cycle of readings at weekday Masses in Ordinary Time.
  1. The two-year cycle of readings for the liturgy of the hours is so arranged that each year there are readings from nearly all the books of sacred Scripture as well as longer and more difficult texts that are not suitable for inclusion in the Mass. The New Testament as a whole is read each year, partly in the Mass, partly in the liturgy of the hours; but for the Old Testament books a selection has been made of those parts that are of greater importance for the understanding of the history of salvation and for deepening devotion.

The complementarity between the readings in the liturgy of the hours and in the Mass in no way assigns the same texts to the same days or spreads the same books over the same seasons. This would leave the liturgy of the hours with the less important passages and upset the sequence of texts. Rather this complementarity necessarily demands that the same book be used in the Mass and in the liturgy of the hours in alternate years or that, if it is read in the same year, there be some interval in between.

If I am not mistaken, the readings that are incorporated in the Liturgy of the Hours correspond to Year II. It is not *required *to follow the two-year cycle.



I hadn’t seen any specifics for the two year cycle using the four-volumn set, but then I received Christian Prayer as a gift and there is a table for a two year cycle of readings for the Office of Readings. It makes sense that the cycle would follow the same pattern as the readings for daily Mass.


I think this is probably right but I have long used Daily Prayer from The Divine Office which is much shorter than the actual Divine Office. My Office of Readings which is from the St. Paul Sisters has the same First and Second Readings for each and every year.

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NB: The patterns are similar, but not the same. As the GILOH notes: They are complementary.



Nothing wrong with getting another opinion, but:

:frowning: Have you found something lacking or unclear in the answers given here? :frowning:

[Sheesh – Ask for a clarification or something]


For folks who are unfamiliar with the 2-year cycle, I have attached it to this post (Suprised that I could not find it online through a couple of cursory searches).

It is not my intention to violate any copyright by doing so. The data is identical between the CBP and DoSP editions of Christian Prayer, so at least it is not owned by either of those publishers. (And the quality is somewhat degraded – Scanning B&W kept it under the CAF attachment size-limit)



I have done more than a cursory search for a listing of the scriptural passages for the Office of Readings and have not found anything beyond a brief mention that such a thing exists.

Thank you for posting the scans of this information.



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