The administrator of our Diocese, His Grace Bishop Mark, asks us to consider undertaking a challenge of reading the whole Orthodox Study Bible in one year. At first it might seem like a hard thing to do, but in reality it will only take 15-20 minutes of your time every day. Most important, not only will it allow you to learn more about your Faith, it will also bring you great comfort and peace of heart. Let us just think about how much time we spend every evening watching TV or browsing the Internet, activities, that far from enriching us, lead us to greater confusion and disturbance of heart. Yet if we only spend little time each night quietly reading the Bible and saying our prayers, we will become stronger in faith and will be able to be better at fulfilling all the responsibilities that God gave us to do.
Orthodox Study Bible Yearly Reading Plan (PDF)
Orthodox Study Bible Yearly Reading Plan (MS Word)
Here you can find a simple plan with assigned reading from the Bible for each day of year 2013. Each day has four assigned readings, three from Old Testament and one from New Testament. Find readings assigned for today. After you are finished with each reading, put a check mark so that you can keep track of what you read. If you missed some of the readings it will help you see what you need to make up. If you have young children in your family, try to read with them the reading from the New Testament (fourth column). If you didn’t start with January 1st, start with today and then finish the readings that you missed in the beginning of the next year. If you don’t have the Orthodox Study Bible, you can use any other Bible that contains the readings of Old and New Testaments. You do need to be aware that most of the editions of the Bible don’t include some of the books that are part of the Orthodox Canon of Scripture and are listed in this plan. You can find these books in any translation of the Greek Old Testament Scripture, often referred to as “Septuagint.”