This is the second half to last week’s Lectionary-Based Study with Logos: Part 1 by Louis St. Hilaire, Logos Bible Software’s Catholic Product Manager.
Using Lectionary Resources in Logos Bible Software
Lectionary resources in Logos Bible Software are designed to make it easy to find the text for the day and to read it in the Bible translation of your choice.
The readings are arranged by calendar date and the book automatically opens at the next set of readings. For each Sunday or feast, the title, the season and the liturgical color is given. The text of the readings for the day is displayed in the translation you specify at the top of the panel, and links are provided that you can use to open your Bible or right-click to quickly open up Logos guides, tools and searches for deeper study and sermon preparation. (Click the images to see them full size.)
For more general study, you can also find a complete listing of readings organized by liturgical event (i.e. more like a print lectionary that you can re-use year to year) in the “Index of Readings” found at the end of the lectionary.
The home page ribbon also gives you quick access to your lectionary. It displays the title and readings for the next Sunday and opens up your lectionary when you click.
To get your preferred lectionary to show up, prioritize it from Library.
In addition, the “Lectionaries” section of the Passage Guide allows you to quickly see where the passage you’re studying appears in your lectionaries. How and where a passage is used in a lectionary reveals important ways that your passage has been used in worship in connection with other passages or important feasts.
To get this section to show up in your Passage Guide, click “Add” on the Passage Guide title bar and select “Lectionaries”.
Helps & Commentaries Geared Toward the Lectionary
Besides the lectionary resources mentioned in Part I, Logos also has several commentaries and sermon preparation helps that are specifically geared toward use with a lectionary:
- Lectionary Reflections (Years A & B, Year C) contains Jane Williams’ Church Times columns on the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary.
- Preaching from the Lectionary: An Exegetical Commentary by Gerard Sloyan provides an exegetical analysis of each lectionary passage from the Revised Common Lectionary and the Catholic Lectionary for Mass for each Sunday and major feasts in the three-year cycle.
- Sermon Studies from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Northwestern Publishing House contains sermon helps for each of the readings in the three-year lectionary created by The Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship plus an additional volume covering the texts of Christian Worship, where it differs. Sermon Studies is available as part of Northwestern Publishing House Electronic Library: Collection One, or as individual volumes: Old Testament Series A, Old Testament Series B, Old Testament Series C, Selected Psalms, Epistles Series A, Epistles Series B, Epistles Series C, Gospels Series A, Gospels Series B, Gospels Series C, Christian Worship.
- Finally, Gerard Sloyan’s volume on the John in Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching offers a lectionary-based commentary, studying the Gospel of John from the perspective of its use in the liturgy of the Church.
Do you use a lectionary? Leave us a comment and let us know which one.