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What is the CCL?
The Comprehensive Catholic Lectionary (CCL) provides a three-year lectionary cycle and corresponds to the A, B and C cycles of the canonical Roman Catholic Lectionary for Sundays and Feast days.
Purposes of the Lectionary
The first purpose of this lectionary is to include every significant story about women in the Bible not included in the canonical Sunday lectionary.
Every gospel text about women not included in the canonical lectionary is added.
Every New Testament text about women outside of the gospels not included in the canonical lectionary is added, i.e. from Acts, the Epistles, Pastoral Letters and Revelation/Apocalypse).
Texts about significant women in the Hebrew Bible not included in the canonical lectionary are added.
The second purpose of this lectionary is to eliminate exclusive language for God and human beings. Masculine language for God is often substituted with gender neutral words for God and, when the original Biblical language warrants it, with feminine words for God.
The third purpose of this lectionary is to expose and/or familiarize believers with the entire spectrum of Biblical readings and history, from the foundational stories of the Hebrew Bible to the end of the New Testament period where doctrinal or dogmatic interests do not dictate text selection.
The fourth purpose of this lectionary is to educate believers to the broad spectrum of Biblical theologies.
The fifth purpose of this lectionary is to select passages from Biblical books which honor the most important literary and theological contributions of the writers, especially the Evangelists.
This lectionary is a comprehensively inclusive lectionary with texts rendered in inclusive language.