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Almanac: the Calendar and Lectionary for Common Worship

Almanac is a complete calendar and lectionary according to the calendar of the Church of England for both Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer.

Select from the tabs above to or to it to your calendar on phone, tablet or computer.

The Almanac for 2021–22 is currently being compiled. It is hoped to have it ready to download and to view by the end of September. Join the notification list to be emailed when it is ready.

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New!

Hide verse numbers: chapter and verse numbers can be hidden in the View tab.
https now supported: Almanac runs on secure http (https). Link to https://almanac.oremus.org.
In the Download tab: The preview reflects selections as they change.
In the View tab: On touchscreens swipe left or right for the next or previous day. On small screens, tap the calendar icon to see the month and principal feasts in the year: swipe to change month or year. Tap Set location to customize sun and moon data, and let your device provide the location.
In the Bible tab: On touchscreens, swipe for the next or previous passage.

Disclaimer

Almanac is intended to comply fully with the Calendar and Rules to Order the Service of the Church of England, according to Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer. No other Calendars are used or merged with the data.

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.

Contents

  • Download: Add Almanac to your own Calendar (computer, tablet, smartphone, or online)
  • View: Each day’s lectionary readings, daily prayer, collects, notes from Exciting Holiness, Common of Saints, Harvest, sun and moon data and more
  • Bible: the oremus Bible Browser
  • Resources: links to Common Worship texts, hymn suggestions, commentaries, and more
  • Help: how to download Almanac to your own calendar; how to run Almanac as a web app on a tablet or smartphone; copyright, cookie information and acknowledgments

Simon Kershaw
8 September 2000
last updated: 8 September 2021

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From the oremus Bible Browser https://bible.oremus.org v3.0 almanac 1.0 0 30 Jan 2020.
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About oremus Bible Browser

oremus Bible Browser v3.0

29 April 2019

oremus Bible Browser is copyright © 1998–2019 Simon Kershaw <biblemail@oremus.org>. All rights reserved.

Some of the texts included in the oremus Bible Browser are copyright © the individual copyright holders, and are used by permission.

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The oremus Bible Browser is, and always has been, offered free of any charge. If you would like to make a contribution to costs then donations may be made via PayPal or Amazon to simon@kershaw.org.uk. To use PayPal, simply browse to paypal.me/SimonKershaw, enter the amount and click or tap the “Next” button. Do select “Sending to a friend or family”: if you select “Paying for an item or service” PayPal will deduct a fee.

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oremus Bible Browser Help

Looking up a bible reference

The oremus Bible Browser is a simple, friendly way of accessing bible texts. Just enter a reference to a bible passage in the box and press ‘return’, and the passage will be displayed. Optionally, you can tap the search icon (🔍) rather than using the ‘return’ key.

As you use the oremus Bible Browser, it remembers the passages and searches you have entered, displaying the first few lines of each as a ‘visual history’ at the bottom of the page. This grows to become a horizontal scrolling list, and tapping on an item restores it to the main panel. These items are stored in the browser page, and you do not need to be on-line to restore them.

Searching for words and phrases

You can also enter other words or short phrases to search for the text anywhere in the bible. You can force a search rather than a reference by prefixing it with the word ‘search:’ – this is useful if you want to search for a word that is also the name of a biblical book, such as ‘revelation’ or ‘Ezekiel’ or words such as ‘Paul’ or ‘letter’ which are otherwise ignored.

Search results appear in a separate, scrollable, panel, and you can tap on a verse to display the verse and its surrounding context in the main panel.

Retrieving multiple passages

Tapping on the down arrow () enlarges the text entry panel allowing you to enter multiple bible references, one per line. You can then tap the search icon (🔍) to retrieve the passages.

Selecting a bible version

The menu system (accessed via the menu icon at the top left of the page) allows you to select a different bible version. The oBB currently supports the New Revised Standard Version in both American and British spelling editions, together with the Authorized Version of 1611, also called the King James Version. In addition there are three further versions of the psalms: the psalters from Common Worship (the Church of England’s 2000 prayer book), the Alternative Service Book 1980, and from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The oBB remembers the version selected until it is changed again.

Display options

The menu also lets you choose whether to display verse numbers (including chapter numbers), footnotes and footnote markers, section headings (which are provided by some translations as an aid to the reader), and also the passage reference and links to adjacent passages. You can toggle the display of all these on and off independently, and the oBB remembers your settings.

Text size

The size of the type used to display bible passages can be increased and decreased using the two buttons (T and T).

Dark mode

Setting dark mode changes the colour scheme, so the background colour is dark – nearly black – and the text is pale. This is useful when reading from the oremus Bible Browser in a dark setting, for example at a nighttime service in a church or elsewhere.

Search options

By default, searching for text scans the entire bible. You can limit you search to a range of books by selecting them in the ‘search options’ panel.

Quicklinks

Tapping the star icon () will generate a short link to a passage, multiple passages, or a word search. This link is stored by the oBB server, and can be shared with others.

Browser support

Version 3 of the oremus Bible Browser works with the latest versions of popular browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Edge on desktop and laptop computers and also on tablets and phones. Internet Explorer is not supported.

To make full use of the oBB you must use secure https, rather than the old http. Some functionality will not work without https, including remembering your settings.

Cookies

The oBB stores some data in cookies, including the settings options and the most recent bible reference (or references). Although your web browser automatically sends oBB cookies to the oBB server, the server does not use them at all. It is only used by the web browser to remember your options and to reapply them each time you visit the oBB page.


Simon Kershaw
22 June 2019

Almanac Resources

Common Worship texts

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

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.

These pages link the first lines to HymnQuest: click on one to find that hymn at HymnQuest. All users have access to public-domain texts at HymnQuest; HymnQuest subscribers have access to in-copyright texts as well. Better integration of the hymn suggestions into Almanac is planned.

Almanac has no connection with HymnQuest beyond being a user of an excellent resource.

Introduction to Lectionaries

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

The Date of Easter

The Book of Common Prayer contains several tables showing how the date of Easter is determined. Almanac implements the mathematical equivalent of these tables, and this page describes the calculation.

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.

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). There are also links to previous and succeeding days and to other dates.

oremus Bible Browser

As an experiment, the is now integrated with the Almanac, and can be viewed in the Bible tab. It provides easy access to 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.

It continues to be available separately at bible.oremus.org, or try the new Browser, version 3, currently in beta test.

Earlier years

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

Other oremus resources

The main oremus page provides access to other liturgical resources including oremus Daily Prayer, and An Anglican Liturgical Library, which contains earlier Church of England material, as well as links to liturgical texts from other parts of the Anglican Communion.

Sunrise and Sunset

Crosscal will calculate the times of sunrise and sunset for your UK location for a whole year, ready to import to your calendar. Crosscal data is now also incorporated into the View tab, and can be customized by following the Set location link in the calendar menu panel on that tab. Here you can enter a (UK )postcode, which will be looked up to find the corresponding latitude and longitude. Alternatively, you can enter your latitude and longitude directly.