What are the three ways Catholics cover the entire Bible?

I was speaking with someone who recently attended a Men’s Retreat where the priest/conference speaker mentioned three (3) ways in which Catholics can cover the entire Bible (aside from reading it on their own). He only remembers the first two: Mass readings, Liturgy of the Hours. The third has something to do with, possibly, the Divine Mercy… Does anyone know what this might be?

Thanks in advance!

I’ve read through the entire Bible twice – over the years. There ARE Bible reading guides that give chapters for twice a day – morning and evening. Covers both Old and New Testament – in a year’s time. This time through, I’m taking longer cause I’m taking notes more as I read. Sometimes I read a Bunch at one sitting and other times a little. And I get on Q/A discussion forums and get into researching various subject areas. Learn a Lot that way, also.

Crochet Lady - Thanks for sharing your suggestion :).

If you go to mass every day for three years, you will hear 71.5 percent of the New Testament, and only 13.5 percent of the Old Testament.

The following link has some other interesting statistics.


I think there is a lot to be said about reading the Bible cover to cover, it takes me around two years, it poses lots of questions, so asking for help is good.

I don’t think the Liturgy of the Hours covers the entire Bible. I would be interested to hear from anyone who can explain how it does.


It covers a large majority of the Psalms, but most schemas are not 100% complete in this regard. The imprecatory psalms are omitted in modern recensions. There is also a scattering of Epistles and OT readings, and even writings of the saints in OOR, but the coverage is not of a significant portion.

My best advice to cover the whole Bible is to take a study course that will explain it to you at the same time. I found Jeff Cavins’ Great Adventure Bible Timeline to be extremely edifying and we are still taking supplemental courses in this series at my parish. The Great Adventure is a Bible study that can serve you well for years to come if you can get your pastor’s approval to start it.

As mentioned, Mass readings cover a good portion of the Bible, but less in the Old Testament.

Liturgy of the Hours can add more–in our monastery, we have a full chapter or so of assorted books (except the Gospels) daily, plus we use the entire 150 psalms.

The third way might be Lectio Divina–Spiritual Reading, or Divine Reading, which is a personal, prayerful reading of the Bible.

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful replies.