About the Moravian Readings

What are the “Moravian Daily Texts?”

The Moravian Church in America publishes the “Daily Texts” six days a week.  (On Sundays, it’s the Common Lectionary readings).

The Daily Texts consist of three readings: one from Psalms, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.  The readings are strictly sequential, and begin simultaneously on January 1 of even-numbered years at Psalm 1, Genesis 1 and Matthew 1.

It takes one year to read from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150.  It requires two calendar years to get all the way through the Old Testament and New Testament readings.  However, you can begin at any point during the year, and if you stick with it for two years you’ll come back around to where you started.  Plus, you’ll have read through the Psalms twice!

For me, the Moravian readings finally encouraged me to read the Bible all the way through.  With the traditional “Through the Bible” readings that start at Genesis 1:1, I always bogged down around Leviticus and abandoned the quest.

By reading the New Testament at the same time as  the Old Testament–all of it leavened by the Psalms–each day’s readings (like the coffee I drink while reading and writing) are richer and more satisfying.  Plus, there’s always the added bonus of spotting interesting connections between seemingly unconnected readings.

There’s much more about the Moravian Daily Texts at their website.

You can subscribe to the Moravian Readings and receive the day’s readings via email every day.