almanac

Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary files for Apple, Google, Outlook, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows
and other calendar software

Common Worship Calendar and Lectionary
for desktop calendars, smartphones and tablets

Almanac is a complete calendar and lectionary according to the calendar of the Church of England (Common Worship and BCP). It can be using the View tab, or with a calendar on a computer, tablet or phone, or an online web calendar. It is available for any liturgical year from 2007–8. Other tabs on this page provide links to other lectionary resources, and give details of how to integrate the Almanac into your Calendar.

Almanac is available in a number of formats for Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal, iPhone or iPad, Google Calendar and for other vCalendar-compatible calendar applications. It can be synced from a desktop calendar to other an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or other smartphones. The Calendar can also be loaded into Google Calendar and synced to an Android device, and used with a Windows Phone or Windows Surface tablet.

Before , it is recommended that you preview your selected data using the ‘web page’ option. It is strongly recommended that you create a new empty calendar before importing. This will make it easier to remove the data if the import goes wrong or you decide that you don’t want it. For further information and instructions on each version, click on the appropriate sub-heading in the section.

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Disclaimer

The Almanac is intended to comply fully with the Calendar and Rules to Order the Service of the Church of England. No other Calendars are used or merged with the data.

The Almanac is made available free of charge. Furthermore I disclaim all responsibility for any consequences of any errors in the files. My liability is limited to making available an updated version of the archive as and when I am able to do so. Please help by pointing out any errors.

Further Resources

Further calendar and lectionary resources are available in the section.


Simon Kershaw
8 September 2000
last updated: 18 January 2020

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Ash Wednesday26February
Palm Sunday 5April
Good Friday10April
Easter Day12April
Ascension Day21May
Pentecost31May
Trinity Sunday 7June
Advent Sunday29November
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Almanac Resources

The Almanac for today

: collect(s) and readings (with text from the NRSV and the Common Worship psalter) together with biographical and historical notes from Exciting Holiness, and ready-to-use Morning and Evening Prayer (CW and BCP), Prayer During the Day (CW), and Night Prayer (CW and traditional language). Links to previous and succeeding days and to other dates are also provided.

oremus Bible Browser

The oremus Bible Browser contains the complete text of the bible, including the Apocrypha which is used by the lectionary, following the NRSV (Anglicized Edition) and the Authorized or King James Version, together with the psalters from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship, as well as the ASB 1980. Or try the new Browser, version 3, currently in beta test.

The Date of Easter

The Easter date calculator displays the date of Easter in any specified year, together with the dates of Easter-related observances, and the names and the ‘proper’ numbers of the Sundays in ‘ordinary time’. This can be used to generate a basic calendar for any year in which the full Almanac is not available, or just to see a calendar for an historical or future year. There is an option to use the Julian Calendar instead of the Gregorian Calendar, and by default the calculator automatically switches in September 1752.

Introduction to Lectionaries

When first introduced, several of the lectionaries were acompanied by a commentary or introduction, explaining the rationale behind the choices made.

Suggested hymns for use with the Revised Common Lectionary

Although the oremus Hymnal was closed in 2017, compiler Steve Benner’s hymn suggestions for use with the Revised Common Lectionary, which forms the basis of the Common Worship Principal Service Lectionary, are still available.

Common Worship texts

The Common Worship texts can be found on the Church of England website:

Earlier years

For calendar data for earlier years, from 2005–6 back to 2002–3, see the Palm almanac archive page.

Sunrise and Sunset

Crosscal will calculate the times of sunrise and sunset for your UK location, ready to import to your calendar.

Instructions

This page provides help on how to download a copy of the Almanac and load it into the calendar on your computer, phone or tablet. Click on the appropriate link to show the information about using the Almanac with that calendar.

From 2015–16, the preferred Outlook download is this iCalendar file. Save the file to your disc and then import into Outlook using File -> Open and Export -> Open Calendar.

This calendar file contains formatted text and links to all the bible readings using an Outlook extension to iCalendar. For earlier years, where the Outlook iCalendar download is not available, use the Outlook csv download.

You may find that the CW data is imported into a new Calendar rather than your normal one. After you have checked that the data is what you are expecting you can move it another Calendar as follows:

  1. Go to Calendar View.
  2. In the left hand panel select only the calendar that contains the CW items, hiding your normal calendar.
  3. In Outlook 2013 and 2010 from the Views tab select Change View (leftmost item) and select the List option. (In Outlook 2007 click on View > Current View > All Appointments.)
  4. Click on one of the CW items and then type ctl-A to select them all.
  5. Right click and select Move > Calendar (assuming you default calendar is called Calendar).

You can now reselect Calendar View, see Step 3 above.

This is a csv file which can be imported into Microsoft Outlook, as well as into other applications such as a spreadsheet. Save the file to your disc and then import into Outlook using File -> Open -> Import to start the Import and Export Wizard.

This file will also import into Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003. There appear to be some formatting issues caused by Outlook auto-formatting the imported text, but this does not affect the content.

From 2015–16, a new Outlook iCalendar is available and is the preferred option for loading into Outlook. For earlier years, where that download is not available, this cvs download should be used. Although Outlook allows the import of .ics and .vcs files, do not load the iCal or vCal files from this site, as they are not configured for Outlook.

iCalendar is a standard format for exchanging calendar data, which can be imported into Apple’s Calendar desktop calendar, or into Google Calendar, or into other iCalendar-compatible software. There are two ways of using this option.

One way is to save the .ics file to your hard disc, then in Calendar select the menu command File -> Import, select the default Calendar option, and then choose the file that you saved. You will probably want to load the data into its own new calendar so that you can manage it separately. From here you can sync the calendar to an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Blackberry, or other Smartphone or PDA.

If you are using a tablet or smartphone with Google Calendar directly, rather than in conjunction with a desktop, then it is easiest to use the Almanac’s subscription link option, rather than download an .ics file. See the Google Calendar section below.

I strongly recommend that you create a new empty calendar before importing. This will enable you to easily remove the data if the import goes wrong or you decide that you don’t want it.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to the calendar directly — see the Subscription section.

There is a known glitch when importing to Apple Calendar, which causes a few users to get multiple copies of calendar entries when importing. Be sure to import into a new calendar, so that if you are unfortunate enough to experience this you can easily correct it. If this happens you may prefer to try the subscription method.

This file is not recommended for use with Outlook: use the Outlook iCalendar file, or else the .csv download.

You can subscribe to the calendar directly from your iPad, iPhone or other iOS device, as well as from many other iCalendar applications on tablets, smartphones and computers. Browse to this page on your device and select the option iCalendar subscription together with the other options you require. This will display a page with another link on it. On an iPad or iPhone (and similar devices) tap on this link to download the Calendar file; your iPhone, iPad (etc) will then ask you if you want to import the file into your Calendar. It may take several minutes for your device to download the calendar, so be patient.

If you are viewing this page and trying to subscribe from within an app such as Facebook, you will need to open this page directly in Safari, as Facebook does not know how to add the download to your Calendar. Select the three vertical dots at the top (iPad) or bottom (iPhone) of the Facebook app, and tap on “Open in Safari”.

On a desktop or laptop computer you can similarly choose the menu option iCalendar subscription together with the other options you require. This will display a page with another link on it. Copy the link to the clipboard by right-clicking and selecting ‘Copy link’ or ‘Copy shortcut’ or similar option. Then in Apple Calendar choose the menu option Calendar -> Subscribe... and paste the link that you have just copied into the Subscribe to: box. The advantage of this method is that any corrections or updates will be applied automatically. You do not have to remove the old entries and reload a new file. The disadvantage is that a subscribed calendar cannot be altered, so you will be unable to add notes or other information into the CW entries in your calendar.

Google Calendar is an iCalendar-based system, and can read the same .ics files as Apple Calendar. These files can be viewed using the Google Calendar web application or added to another desktop calendar. They can also be viewed on smartphones and tablets, including those using Android.

If you are not using a desktop or laptop computer, but want to use the Almanac within Google Calendar on a tablet or smartphone, then the following is recommended:

At the Almanac

  1. select the options you want
  2. preview as web page to check you’re getting what you want
  3. select the download option iCalendar subscription
This will give you a long URL link that you can copy (by tapping and holding on the URL until your iPad pops up a menu that should have copy link or similar text that you can choose.

At calendar.google.com

  1. log in if not already logged in
  2. In the left panel click on the dots next to Add calendar and select From URL
  3. Paste the link that you copied from the Almanac into the box URL of calendar
  4. Click Add Calendar and wait a few seconds for the calendar to be added

Further help

If you have read these instructions and the details in the section and need further help, please contact me at simon.kershaw@oremus.org, including detailed information about what you are trying to do, details of any errors, and so on.

Copyright

This Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary is compiled by Simon Kershaw from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010–19.

The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.

The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church, reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.

Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.

The Additional Weekday Lectionary is copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 2010.

A Lectionary and Additional Collects for Holy Communion [BCP] originates in the 1928 BCP and the BCP according to the use of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon (1960) and was authorized in the Church of England in 1965.

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer is published by the Anglican Consultative Council www.anglicancommunion.org/acp.