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The Revised Common Lectionary

(a Free Church–Baptist, Congregational Reformed version)


 

2013 (continue Lectionary Year C)

 

Jan 06, Epiphany of our Lord, Is. 60:1-6. Ps. 72:1-7,10-14. Eph. 3:1-12. Matt. 2:1-12. Gold/White

(Epiphany ends the Christmas Cycle)

 

Sundays of the Year (after Epiphany)

Jan 13, Baptism of our Lord, 1st Sunday of the Year, Is 43:1-7. Ps. 29. Acts 8:14-17. Luke 3:15-22. White

Jan 20, 2nd Sunday of the Year, Is. 62:1-5. Ps. 36:5-10. 1 Cor. 12:1-11. John 2:1-11. Green

Jan 27, 3rd Sunday of the Year, Neh. 8:1-10. Ps. 19. 1 Cor. 12:12-31a. Luke 4:14-21. Green

 

Feb 03, 4th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 1:4-10. Ps. 71:1-6. 1 Cor 13:1-13. Luke 4:21-30. Green

Feb 10, Transfiguration of the Lord, Exod. 34:29-35. Ps. 99. 2 Cor. 3:12~4:2. Luke 9:28-43. White

 

The Easter Cycle (Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide, through the Day of Pentecost)

   Lent

Feb 13, Ash Wednesday, Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Is. 58:1-12. Ps. 51:1-17. 2 Cor. 5:20b~6:10. Matt. 6:1-6,16-21. Black/Violet

Feb 17, 1st Sunday in Lent, Dt. 26:1-11. Ps. 91:1-2,9-16. Rom. 10:8b-13. Luke 4:1-13. Violet

Feb 24, 2nd Sunday in Lent, Gen. 15:1-18. Ps. 27. Phil. 3:17~4:1. Luke 13:31-35. Violet

 

Mar 03, 3rd Sunday in Lent, Is. 55:1-9. Ps. 63:1-8. 1 Cor. 10:1-13. Luke 13:1-9. Violet

Mar 10, 4th Sunday in Lent, Josh. 5:9-12. Ps. 32. 2 Cor. 5:16-21. Luke 15:1-3,11b-32. Violet

Mar 17, 5th Sunday in Lent, Is. 43:16-21. Ps. 126. Phil. 3:4b-14. John 12:1-8. Violet

 

   Holy Week (Passiontide)

Mar 24, Passion/Palm Sunday, [Luke 19:28-40. Ps. 118.] Is. 50:4-9a. Ps. 31:9-16. Phil. 2:5-11. Luke 22:14~23:56. Red

Mar 25, Monday of Holy Week, Is. 42:1-9. Ps. 36:5-11. Heb. 9:11-15. John 12:1-11. Red/Violet

Mar 26, Tuesday of Holy Week, Is. 49:1-7. Ps. 71:1-14. 1 Cor. 1:18-31. John 12:20-36. Red/Violet

Mar 27, Wednesday of Holy Week, Is. 50:4-9a. Ps. 70. Heb. 12:1-3. John 13:21-32. Red/Violet

Mar 28, Maundy (Holy) Thursday, Exod. 12:1-14. Ps. 116:1-2,12-19. 1 Cor. 11:23-26. John 13:1-17,31b-35. White

Mar 29, Good (Holy) Friday, Is. 52:13~53:12. Ps. 22. Heb. 10:16-25 or Heb. 4:14-16;5:7-9. John 18:1~19:42. Black/Red/Violet

Mar 30, Holy Saturday (until sundown), Job 14:1-14 or Lam. 3:1-9,19-24. Ps. 31:1-4,15-16. 1 Pet. 4:1-8. Matt. 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42. None/Black

 

   Eastertide

Mar 30, Easter Vigil (after sundown), Exod. 14:10-31. Exod. 15:1b-13,17-18. Rom. 6:3-11. Luke 24:1-12. Gold/White

Mar 31, Resurrection Day (I morn), Acts 10:34-43. Ps. 118:1-2,14-24. 1 Cor. 15:19-26. John 20:1-18. Gold/White

Mar 31, Resurrection Day (II morn), Is. 65:17-25. Ps. 118:1-2,14-24. Acts 10:34-43. Luke 24:1-12. Gold/White

Mar 31, Resurrection Day (evening), Is. 25:6-9. Ps. 114. 1 Cor. 5:6b-8. Luke 24:13-49. White

Apr 07, 2nd Sunday of Easter, Acts 5:27-32. Ps. 150 or Ps. 118:14-29. Rev. 1:4-8. John 20:19-31. White

Apr 14, 3rd Sunday of Easter, Acts 9:1-20. Ps. 30. Rev. 5:11-14. John 21:1-19. White

Apr 21, 4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), Acts 9:36-43. Ps. 23. Rev. 7:9-17. John 10:22-30. White

Apr 28, 5th Sunday of Easter, Acts 11:1-18. Ps. 148. Rev. 21:1-6. John 13:31-35. White

 

May 05, 6th Sunday of Easter, Acts 16:9-15. Ps. 67. Rev. 21:22~22:5. John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9. White

May 09, (Thursday) Ascension of our Lord, Acts 1:1-11. Ps. 47 or 93. Eph. 1:15-23. Luke 24:44-53. Gold/White

May 12, 7th Sunday of Easter, Acts 16:16-34. Ps. 97. Rev. 22:12-21. John 17:20-26. White

May 19, The Day of Pentecost, Last Sunday of Easter, Acts 2:1-21. Ps. 104:24-34,35b. Rom. 8:14-17. John 14:8-17,25-27. Red

(The Day of Pentecost ends the Easter Cycle)

 

Sundays of the Year (after Pentecost)

May 26, Trinity Sunday, Prov. 8:1-4,22-31. Ps. 8. Rom. 5:1-5. John 16:12-15. White

 

Jun 02, 09th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 18:20-39. Ps 96. Gal 1:1-12. Luke 7:1-10. Green

Jun 09, 10th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 17:8-24. Ps. 146. Gal 1:11-24. Luke 7:11-17. Green

Jun 16, 11th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 21:1-21a. Ps. 5:1-8. Gal. 2:15-21. Luke 7:36~8:3. Green

Jun 23, 12th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 19:1-15a. Ps. 42 and 43. Gal. 3:23-29. Luke 8:26-39. Green

Jun 30, 13th Sunday of the Year, 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14. Ps. 77:1-2,11-20. Gal. 5:1,13-25. Luke 9:51-62. Green

 

Jul 04, U.S. Independence Day, Is. 26:1-8. Ps. 47. Rom. 13:1-10. John 8:31-36. None

Jul 07, 14th Sunday of the Year, 2 Kings 5:1-14. Ps. 30. Gal. 6:1-16. Luke 10:1-11,16-20. Green

Jul 14, 15th Sunday of the Year, Amos 7:7-17. Ps. 82. Col. 1:1-14. Luke 10:25-37. Green

Jul 21, 16th Sunday of the Year, Amos 8:1-12. Ps. 52. Col. 1:15-28. Luke 10:38-42. Green

Jul 28, 17th Sunday of the Year, Hos. 1:2-10. Ps. 85. Col. 2:6-19. Luke 11:1-13. Green

 

Aug 04, 18th Sunday of the Year, Hos 11:1-11. Ps. 107:1-9,43. Col. 3:1-11. Luke 12:13-21. Green

Aug 11, 19th Sunday of the Year, Is. 1:1,10-20. Ps. 50:1-8,22-23. Heb. 11:1-3,8-16. Luke 12:32-40. Green

Aug 18, 20th Sunday of the Year, Is 5:1-7. Ps. 80:1-2,8-19. Heb. 11:29~12:2. Luke 12:49-56. Green

Aug 25, 21st Sunday of the Year, Jer. 1:4-10. Ps. 71:1-6. Heb. 12:18-29. Luke 13:10-17. Green

 

Sep 01, 22nd Sunday of the Year, Jer. 2:4-13. Ps. 81:1,10-16. Heb. 13:1-8,15-16. Luke 14:1,7-14. Green

Sep 08, 23rd Sunday of the Year, Jer. 18:1-11. Ps. 139:1-6,13-18. Philemon 1-21. Luke 14:25-33. Green

Sep 15, 24th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 4:11-12,22-28. Ps. 14. 1 Tim. 1:12-17. Luke 15:1-10. Green

Sep 22, 25th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 8:18~9:1. Ps. 79:1-9. 1 Tim. 2:1-7. Luke 16:1-13. Green

Sep 29, 26th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 32:1-3a,6-15. Ps. 91:1-6,14-16. 1 Tim. 6:6-19. Luke 16:19-31. Green

 

Oct 06, 27th Sunday of the Year, Lam. 1:1-6. Ps. 137 or Lam. 3:19-26. 2 Tim. 1:1-14. Luke 17:5-10. Green

Oct 13, 28th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 29:1,4-7. Ps. 66:1-12. 2 Tim. 2:8-15. Luke 17:11-19. Green

Oct 20, 29th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 31:27-34. Ps. 119:97-104. 2 Tim. 3:14~4:5. Luke 18:1-8. Green

Oct 27, 30th Sunday of the Year, Joel 2:23-32. Ps. 65. 2 Tim. 4:6-8,16-18. Luke 18:9-14. Green (or Reformation Sunday. Red)

 

Nov 01, (or on Nov 3) All Saints’ Day, Dan. 7:1-3,15-18. Ps. 149. Eph. 1:11-23. Luke 6:20-31. White

Nov 03, 31st Sunday of the Year (if not All Saints), Hab. 1:1-4; 2:1-4. Ps. 119:137-144. 2 Thess. 1:1-4,11-12. Luke 19:1-10. Green

Nov 10, 32nd Sunday of the Year, Hag. 1:15b~2:9. Ps. 98 or 145:1-5,17-21. 2 Thess. 2:1-5,13-17. Luke 20:27-38. Green

Nov 17, 33rd Sunday of the Year, Is. 65:17-25. Isaiah 12. 2 Thess. 3:6-13. Luke 21:5-19. Green

Nov 24, Reign of Christ, Last Sunday of the Year, Jer. 23:1-6. Luke 1:68-79. Col. 1:11-20. Luke 23:33-43. White

Nov 28, (Thursday) U.S. Thanksgiving Day, Deut. 26:1-11. Ps. 100. Phil. 4:4-9. John 6:25-35. White

 

(Begin Lectionary Year A)

 

The Christmas Cycle (Advent and Christmastide, through Epiphany)

   Advent

Dec 01 1st Sunday of Advent, Jer. 33:14-16. Ps. 25:1-10. 1 Thes. 3:9-13. Luke 21:25-36. Blue

Dec 08, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Is. 11:1-10. Ps. 72:1-7,18-19. Rom. 15:4-13. Matt. 3:1-12. Blue

Dec 15, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Is. 35:1-10. Ps. 146:5-10 or Luke 1:47-55. James 5:7-10. Matt. 11:2-11. Blue

Dec 22, 4th Sunday of Advent, Is. 7:10-16. Ps. 80:1-7,17-19. Rom. 1:1-7. Matt. 1:18-25. Blue

 

   Christmastide

Dec 24, Nativity of our Lord (Eve I, after sundown), Is. 9:2-7. Ps. 96. Titus 2:11-14. Luke 2:1-20. Gold/White

Dec 24, Nativity of our Lord (Eve II), Is. 62:6-12. Ps. 97. Titus 3:4-7. Luke 2:1-20. Gold/White

Dec 25, Nativity of our Lord (Day), Is. 52:7-10. Ps. 98. Heb. 1:1-12. John 1:1-5,9-14,16-18. White

Dec 29, Sunday in Christmastide, Is. 63:7-9. Ps 148. Heb. 2:10-18. Matt. 2:13-23. White

 

2014

 

Jan 05, Epiphany of our Lord (Observed), Is. 60:1-6. Ps. 72:1-7,10-14. Eph. 3:1-12. Matt. 2:1-12. Gold/White

(Epiphany ends the Christmas Cycle)

 

Sundays of the Year (after Epiphany)

Jan 12, Baptism of our Lord, 1st Sunday of the Year, Is. 42:1-9. Ps. 29. Acts 10:34-43. Matt. 3:13-17. White

Jan 19, 2nd Sunday of the Year, Is. 49:1-7. Ps. 40:1-11. 1 Cor. 1:1-9. John 1:29-42. Green

Jan 26, 3rd Sunday of the Year, Is. 9:1-4. Ps. 27:1,4-9. 1 Cor. 1:10-18. Matt. 4:12-23. Green

 

Feb 02, 4th Sunday of the Year, Micah 6:1-8. Ps. 15. 1 Cor. 1:18-31. Matt. 5:1-12. Green

Feb 09, 5th Sunday of the Year, Is. 58:1-12. Ps. 112:1-10. 1 Cor. 2:1-16. Matt. 5:13-20. Green

Feb 16, 6th Sunday of the Year, Deut. 30:15-20. Ps. 119:1-8. 1 Cor. 3:1-9. Matt. 5:21-37. Green

Feb 23, 7th Sunday of the Year, Lev. 19:1-2,9-18. Ps. 119:33-40. 1 Cor. 3:10-11,16-23. Matt. 5:38-48. Green

 

Mar 02, Transfiguration of the Lord, Exod. 24:12-18. Ps. 2 or 99. 2 Peter 1:16-21. Matt. 17:1-9. White

 

The Easter Cycle (Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide, through the Day of Pentecost)

   Lent

Mar 05, Ash Wednesday (7th Wed. before Easter Day), Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Is. 58.1-12. Ps. 51:1-17. 2 Cor. 5:20b~6:10. Matt. 6:1-6,16-21. Black/Violet

Mar 09, 1st Sunday in Lent, Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7. Ps. 32. Rom 5:12-19. Matt. 4:1-11. Violet

Mar 16, 2nd Sunday in Lent, Gen. 12:1-4a. Ps. 121. Rom 4:1-5,13-17. John 3:1-17. Violet

Mar 23, 3rd Sunday in Lent, Exod. 17:1-7. Ps. 95. Rom. 5:1-11. John 4:5-42. Violet

Mar 30, 4th Sunday in Lent, 1 Sam. 16:1-13. Ps. 23. Eph. 5:8-14. John 9:1-41. Violet

 

Apr 06, 5th Sunday in Lent, Ezek. 37:1-14. Ps. 130. Rom. 8:6-11. John 11:1-45. Violet

 

   Holy Week (Passiontide)

Apr 13, Passion/Palm Sunday, [Matt. 21:1-11. Ps. 118.] Is. 50:4-9a. Ps. 31:9-16. Phil. 2:5-11. Matt. 26:14~27:66. Red

Apr 14, Monday of Holy Week, Is. 42:1-9. Ps. 36:5-11. Heb. 9:11-15. John 12:1-11. Red/Violet

Apr 15, Tuesday of Holy Week, Is. 49:1-7. Ps. 71:1-14. 1 Cor. 1:18-31. John 12:20-36. Red/Violet

Apr 16, Wednesday of Holy Week, Is. 50:4-9a. Ps. 70. Heb. 12:1-3. John 13:21-32. Red/Violet

Apr 17, Maundy (Holy) Thursday, Exod. 12:1-14. Ps. 116:1-2,12-19. 1 Cor. 11:23-26. John 13:1-17,31b-35. White

Apr 18, Good (Holy) Friday, Is. 52:13~53:12. Ps. 22. Heb. 10:16-25 or Heb. 4:14-16;5:7-9. John 18:1~19:42. Black/Red/Violet

Apr 19, Holy Saturday (until sundown), Job 14:1-14 or Lam. 3:1-9,19-24. Ps. 31:1-4,15-16. 1 Pet. 4:1-8. Matt. 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42. None/Black

 

   Eastertide

Apr 19, Easter Vigil (Saturday, after sundown), Exod. 14:10-31. Exod. 15:1b-13,17-18. Rom. 6:3-11. Matt. 28:1-10. Gold/White

Apr 20, Resurrection Day (I morn), Acts 10:34-43. Ps. 118:1-2,14-24. Col. 3:1-4. John 20:1-18. Gold/White

Apr 20, Resurrection Day (II morn), Jer. 31:1-6. Ps. 118:1-2,14-24. Acts 10:34-43. Matt. 28:1-10. Gold/White

Apr 20, Resurrection Day (evening), Is. 25:6-9. Ps. 114. 1 Cor. 5:6b-8. Luke 24:13-49. White

Apr 27, 2nd Sunday of Easter, Acts 2:14a,22-32. Ps. 16. 1 Pet. 1:3-9. John 20:19-31. White

 

May 04, 3rd Sunday of Easter, Acts 2:14a,36-41. Ps. 116:1-4,12-19. 1 Pet. 1:17-23. Luke 24:13-35. White

May 11, 4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), Acts 2:42-47. Ps. 23. 1 Pet. 2:19-25. John 10:1-10. White

May 18, 5th Sunday of Easter, Acts 7:55-60. Ps. 31:1-5,15-16. 1 Pet. 2:2-10. John 14:1-14. White

May 25, 6th Sunday of Easter, Acts 17:22-31. Ps. 66:8-20. 1 Pet. 3:13-22. John 14:15-21. White

May 29, (Thursday) Ascension of our Lord, Acts 1:1-11. Ps. 47 or 93. Eph. 1:15-23. Luke 24:44-53. White/Gold

 

Jun 01, 7th Sunday of Easter, Acts 1:6-14. Ps. 68:1-10,32-35. 1 Pet. 4:12-14; 5:6-11. John 17:1-11. White

Jun 08, Day of Pentecost (Last Sunday of Easter), Acts 2:1-21. Ps. 104:24-34,35b. 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13. John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39. Red

(The Day of Pentecost ends the Easter cycle)

 

Sundays of the Year (after Pentecost)

Jun 15, Trinity Sunday, Gen. 1:1~2:4a. Ps. 8. 2 Cor. 13:11-13. Matt. 28:16-20. White

Jun 22, 12th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 21:8-21. Ps. 86:1-10,16-17. Rom. 6:1b-11. Matt. 10:24-39. Green

Jun 29, 13th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 22:1-14. Ps. 13. Rom. 6:12-23. Matt. 10:40-42. Green

 

Jul 04, (Friday) U.S. Independence Day, Deut. 10:17-21. Ps. 145. Heb. 11:8-16. Matt. 5:43-48. None

Jul 06, 14th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 24:34-38,42-49,58-67. Ps. 45:10-17 or Song 2:8-13. Rom. 7:15-25a. Matt. 11:16-19,25-30. Green

Jul 13, 15th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 25:19-34. Ps. 119:105-112. Rom. 8:1-11. Matt. 13:1-9,18-23. Green

Jul 20, 16th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 28:10-19a. Ps. 139:1-12,23-24. Rom. 8:12-25. Matt. 13:24-30,36-43. Green

Jul 27, 17th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 29:15-28. Ps. 128 or 105:1-11,45a-b. Rom. 8:26-39. Matt. 13:31-33,44-52. Green

 

Aug 03, 18th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 32:22-31. Ps. 17:1-7,15. Rom. 9:1-5. Matt. 14:13-21. Green

Aug 10, 19th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 37 1-4,12-28. Ps. 105:1-6,16-22,45a-b. Rom. 10:5-15. Matt. 14:22-33. Green

Aug 17, 20th Sunday of the Year, Gen. 45:1-15. Ps. 133. Rom. 11:1-2a,29-32. Matt. 15:10-28. Green

Aug 24, 21st Sunday of the Year, Exod. 1:8~2:10, Ps. 124. Rom. 12:1-8. Matt. 16:13-20. Green

Aug 31, 22nd Sunday of the Year, Exod. 3:1-15. Ps. 105:1-6,23-26,45c. Rom. 12:9-21. Matt. 16:21-28. Green

 

Sep 07, 23rd Sunday of the Year, Exod. 12:1-14. Ps. 149. Rom 13:8-14. Matt. 18:15-20. Green

Sep 14, 24th Sunday of the Year, Exod. 14:19-31. Ps. 114 or Ex. 15:1b-11,20-21. Rom. 14:1-12. Matt. 18:21-35. Green

Sep 21, 25th Sunday of the Year, Exod. 16:2-15. Ps. 105:1-6,37-45. Phil. 1:21-30. Matt. 20:1-16. Green

Sep 28, 26th Sunday of the Year, Exod. 17:1-7. Ps. 78:1-4,12-16. Phil. 2:1-13. Matt. 21:23-32. Green

 

Oct 05, 27th Sunday of the Year, Exod. 20:1-4,7-9,12-20. Ps. 19. Phil. 3:4b-14. Matt. 21:33-46. Green

Oct 12, 28th Sunday of the Year, Exod. 32:1-14. Ps. 106:1-6,19-23. Phil. 4:1-9. Matt. 22:1-14. Green

Oct 19, 29th Sunday of the Year, Exod. 33:12-23. Ps. 99. 1 Thes. 1:1-10. Matt. 22:15-22. Green

Oct 26, 30th Sunday of the Year, Deut. 34:1-12. Ps. 90:1-6,13-17. 1 Thess. 2:1-8. Matt. 22:34-46. Green (Red for Reformation Sunday)

 

Nov 01, All Saints (or on Nov 02), Rev. 7:9-17. Ps. 34:1-10,22. 1 John 3:1-3. Matt. 5:1-12. White

Nov 02, 31st Sunday of the Year (if not All Saints), Josh. 3:7-17. Ps. 107:1-7,33-37. 1 Thess. 2:9-13. Matt. 23:1-12. Green

Nov 09, 32nd Sunday of the Year, Josh. 24:1-3a,14-25. Ps. 78:1-7. 1 Thes. 4:13-18. Matt. 25:1-13. Green

Nov 16, 33rd Sunday of the Year, Judg. 4:1-7. Ps. 123. 1 Thes. 5:1-11. Matt. 25:14-30. Green

Nov 23, Reign of Christ, Last Sunday of the Year, Ezek. 34:11-16,20-24. Ps. 100. Eph. 1:15-23. Matt. 25:31-46. White

Nov 27, (Thursday) U.S. Thanksgiving Day, Deut. 8:7-18. Ps. 65. 2 Cor. 9:6-15. Luke 17:11-19. White

 

(Begin Lectionary Year B)

 

The Christmas Cycle (Advent and Christmastide, through Epiphany)

   Advent

Nov 30, 1st Sunday of Advent, Is. 64:1-9. Ps. 80:1-7,17-19. 1 Cor. 1:3-9. Mark 13:24-37. Blue

 

Dec 07, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Is. 40:1-11. Ps. 85:1-2,8-13. 2 Pet. 3:8-15a. Mark 1:1-8. Blue

Dec 14, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Is 61:1-4,8-11. Ps. 126 or Luke 1:47-55. 1 Thess. 5:16-24. John 1:6-8,19-28. Blue

Dec 21, 4th Sunday of Advent, 2 Sam. 7:1-11,16. Ps. 89:1-4,19-26 or Luke 1:47-55. Rom. 16:25-27. Luke 1:26-38. Blue

 

   Christmastide

Dec 24, Nativity of our Lord (Eve I, after sundown), Is. 9:2-7. Ps. 96. Titus 2:11-14. Luke 2:1-20. Gold/White

Dec 24, Nativity of our Lord (Eve II), Is. 62:6-12. Ps. 97. Titus 3:4-7. Luke 2:1-20. Gold/White

Dec 25, Nativity of our Lord (Day), Is. 52:7-10. Ps. 98. Heb. 1:1-12. John 1:1-5,9-14,16-18. White

Dec 28, Sunday in Christmastide, Is. 61:10~62:3. Ps. 148. Gal 4:4-7. Luke 2:22-40. White

 

2015

 

Jan 04, Epiphany (Observed), Is. 60:1-6. Ps. 72:1-7,10-14. Eph. 3:1-12. Matt. 2:1-12. Gold/White

(Epiphany ends the Christmas Cycle)

 

Sundays of the Year (after Epiphany)

Jan 11, Baptism of our Lord, 1st Sunday of the Year, Gen. 1:1-5. Ps. 29. Acts 19:1-7. Mark 1:4-11. White

Jan 18, 2nd Sunday of the Year, 1 Sam. 3:1-20. Ps. 139:1-6,13-18. 1 Cor. 6:12-20. John 1:43-51. Green

Jan 25, 3rd Sunday of the Year, Jonah 3:1-5,10. Ps. 62:5-12. 1 Cor. 7:29-31. Mark 1:14-20. Green

 

Feb 01, 4th Sunday of the Year, Deut. 18:15-20. Ps. 111. 1 Cor. 8:1-13. Mark 1:21-28. Green

Feb 08, 5th Sunday of the Year, Is. 40:21-31. Ps. 147:1-11,20c. 1 Cor. 9:16-23. Mark 1:29-39. Green

Feb 15, Transfiguration of the Lord, 2 Kings 2:1-12. Ps.. 50:1-6. 2 Cor. 4:3-6. Mark 9:2-9. White

 

The Easter Cycle (Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide, through the Day of Pentecost)

   Lent

Feb 18, Ash Wednesday, Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Is.. 58:1-12. Ps. 51:1-17. 2 Cor. 5:20b~6:10. Matt. 6:1-6,16-21. Black/Violet

Feb 22, 1st Sunday in Lent, Gen. 9:8-17. Ps. 25:1-10. 1 Pet. 3:18-22. Mark 1:9-15. Violet

 

Mar 01, 2nd Sunday in Lent, Gen. 17:1-7,15-16. Ps. 22:23-31. Rom. 4:13-25. Mark 8:31-38. Violet

Mar 08, 3rd Sunday in Lent, Exod. 20:1-17. Ps. 19. 1 Cor. 1:18-25. John 2:13-22. Violet

Mar 15, 4th Sunday in Lent, Num. 21:4-9. Ps. 107:1-3,17-22. Eph. 2:1-10. John 3:14-21. Violet

Mar 22, 5th Sunday in Lent, Jer. 31:31-34. Ps. 51:1-12 or 119:9-16. Heb. 5:5-10. John 12:20-33. Violet

 

   Holy Week (Passiontide)

Mar 29, Passion/Palm Sunday, [Procession: Mark 11:1-11 and Ps. 118:1-2,19-29.] Is. 50:4-9a. Ps. 31:9-16. Phil. 2:5-11. Mark 14:1~15:47. Red

Mar 30, Monday of Holy Week, Is. 42:1-9. Ps. 36:5-11. Heb. 9:11-15. John 12:1-11. Red/Violet

Mar 31, Tuesday of Holy Week, Is. 49:1-7. Ps. 71:1-14. 1 Cor. 1:18-31. John 12:20-36. Red/Violet

 

Apr 01, Wednesday of Holy Week, Is. 50:4-9a. Ps. 70. Heb. 12:1-3. John 13:21-32. Red/Violet

Apr 02, Maundy Thursday (after sundown), Exod. 12:1-14. Ps. 116:1-2,12-19. 1 Cor. 11:23-26. John 13:1-17,31b-35. White

Apr 03, Good Friday, Is. 52:13~53:12. Ps. 22. Heb. 10:16-25 or Heb. 4:14-16; 5:7-9. John 18:1~19:42. Black/Red/Violet

Apr 04, Holy Saturday (until sundown), Job 14:1-14 or Lam. 3:1-9,19-24. Ps. 31:1-4,15-16. 1 Pet. 4:1-8. Matt. 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42. No color

 

   Eastertide

Apr 04, Easter Vigil (after sundown), Exod. 14:10-31. Exod. 15:1b-13,17-18. Rom. 6:3-11. Mark 16:1-8. Gold/White

Apr 05, Resurrection Day (I morn), Acts 10:34-43. Ps. 118:1-2,14-24. 1 Cor. 15:1-11. John 20:1-18. Gold/White

Apr 05, Resurrection Day (II morn), Is. 25:6-9. Ps. 118:1-2,14-24. Acts 10:34-43. Mark 16:1-8. Gold/White

Apr 05, Resurrection Day (evening), Is. 25:6-9. Ps. 114. 1 Cor. 5:6b-8. Luke 24:13-49. White

Apr 12, 2nd Sunday of Easter, Acts 4:32-35. Ps.133. 1 John 1:1~2:2. John 20:19-31. White

Apr 19, 3rd Sunday of Easter, Acts 3:12-19. Ps. 4. 1 John 3:1-7. Luke 24:36b-48. White

Apr 26, 4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), Acts 4:5-12. Ps. 23. 1 John 3:16-24. John 10:11-18. White

 

May 03, 5th Sunday of Easter, Acts 8:26-40. Ps. 22:25-31. 1 John 4:7-21. John 15:1-8. White

May 10, 6th Sunday of Easter, Acts 10:44-48. Ps. 98. 1 John 5:1-6. John 15:9-17. White

May 14, (Thursday)Ascension of our Lord, Acts 1:1-11. Ps. 47 or 93. Eph. 1:15-23. Luke 24:44-53. Gold/White

May 17, 7th Sunday of Easter, Acts 1:15-26. Ps. 1. 1 John 5:9-13. John 17:6-19. White

May 24, Day of Pentecost, Last Sunday of Easter, Acts 2:1-21. Ps. 104:24-34,35b. Rom. 8:22-27. John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15. Red

(The Day of Pentecost ends the Easter cycle)

 

Sundays of the Year (after Pentecost)

May 31, Trinity Sunday, Is. 6:1-8. Ps. 29. Rom. 8:12-17. John 3:1-17. White

 

Jun 07, 10th Sunday of the Year, 1 Sam. 15:8:4-20;11:14-15. Ps. 138. 2 Cor. 4:13~5:1. Mark 3:20-35. Green

Jun 14, 11th Sunday of the Year, 1 Sam. 15:34~16:13. Ps. 20. 2 Cor. 5:6-17. Mark 4:26-34. Green

Jun 21, 12th Sunday of the Year, 1 Sam. 17:1-49 with Ps. 9:9-20. or 1 Sam. 17:57~18:16 with Ps. 133. 2 Cor. 6:1-13. Mark 4:35-41. Green

Jun 28, 13th Sunday of the Year, 2 Sam. 1:1,17-27. Ps. 130. 2 Cor. 8:7-15. Mark 5:21-43. Green

 

Jul 04, (Saturday) U.S. Independence Day, Deut. 10:17-21. Ps. 72. Gal. 5:13-26. Mark 12:13-17. None

Jul 05, 14th Sunday of the Year, 2 Sam. 5:1-10. Ps. 48. 2 Cor. 12:2-10. Mark 6:1-13. Green

Jul 12, 15th Sunday of the Year, 2 Sam. 6:1-19. Ps. 24. Eph. 1:3-14. Mark 6:14-29. Green

Jul 19, 16th Sunday of the Year, 2 Sam. 7:1-14a. Ps. 89:20-37. Eph. 2:11-22. Mark 6:30-56. Green

Jul 26, 17th Sunday of the Year, 2 Sam. 11:1-15. Ps. 14. Eph. 3:14-21. John 6:1-21. Green

 

Aug 02, 18th Sunday of the Year, 2 Sam.11:26~12:13a. Ps.. 51:1-12. Eph. 4:1-16. John 6:24-35. Green

Aug 09, 19th Sunday of the Year, 2 Sam. 18:5-33. Ps. 130. Eph. 4:25~5:2. John 6:35-51. Green

Aug 16, 20th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 2:10-12;3:3-14. Ps. 111. Eph. 5:15-20. John 6:51-58. Green

Aug 23, 21st Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 8:1-43. Ps. 84. Eph. 6:10-20. John 6:56-69. Green

Aug 30, 22nd Sunday of the Year, Song 2:8-13. Ps. 45:1-2,6-9. James 1:17-27. Mark 7:1-23. Green

 

Sep 06, 23rd Sunday of the Year, Prov. 22:1-2,8-9,22-23. Ps. 125. James 2:1-17. Mark 7:24-37. Green

Sep 13, 24th Sunday of the Year, Prov. 1:20-33. Ps. 19. James 3:1-12. Mark 8:27-38. Green

Sep 20, 25th Sunday of the Year, Prov. 31:10-31. Ps. 1. James 3:13~4:8a. Mark 9:30-37. Green

Sep 27, 26th Sunday of the Year, Esther 7:1-10;9:20-22. Ps. 124. James 5:13-20. Mark 9:38-50. Green

 

Oct 04, 27th Sunday of the Year, Job 1:1;2:1-10. Ps.. 26. Heb. 1:1-4;2:5-12. Mark 10:2-16. Green

Oct 11, 28th Sunday of the Year, Job 23:1-17. Ps. 22:1-15. Heb. 4:12-16. Mark 10:17-31. Green

Oct 18, 29th Sunday of the Year, Job 38:1-41. Ps. 104:1-9,24,35c. Heb. 5:1-10. Mark 10:35-45. Green

Oct 25, 30th Sunday of the Year, Job 42:1-17. Ps. 34:1-22. Heb. 7:23-28. Mark 10:46-52. Green (or Reformation Sunday. Red)

 

Nov 01, All Saints, Is. 25:6-9. Ps. 24. Rev. 21:1-6a. John 11:32-44. White

Nov 08, 32nd Sunday of the Year, Ruth 3:1-5;4:13-17. Ps. 127. Heb. 9:24-28. Mark 12:38-44. Green

Nov 15, 33rd Sunday of the Year, 1 Sam 1:4-20. 1 Sam 2:1-10. Heb. 10:11-25. Mark 13:1-8. Gree

Nov 22, Reign of Christ, Last Sunday of the Year, 2 Sam. 23:1-7. Ps. 132:1-18. Rev. 1:4b-8. John 18:33-37. White

Nov 26, (Thursday) U.S. Thanksgiving Day, Joel 2:21-27. Ps. 126. 1 Tim. 2:1-7. Matt. 6:25-33. White

 

(Begin Lectionary Year C)

 

The Christmas Cycle (Advent and Christmastide, through Epiphany)

  Advent

Nov 29, 1st Sunday of Advent, Jer. 33:14-16. Ps. 25:1-10. 1 Thes. 3:9-13. Luke 21:25-36. Blue

 

Dec 06, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Mal. 3:1-4. Luke 1:68-79. Phil. 1:3-11. Luke 3:1-6. Blue

Dec 13, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Zep. 3:14-20. Is. 12:2-6. Phil. 4:4-7. Luke 3:7-18. Blue

Dec 20, 4th Sunday of Advent, Mic. 5:2-5a. Ps. 80:1-7 or Luke 1:47-55. Heb 10:5-10. Luke 1:39-55. Blue

 

  Christmastide

Dec 24, Nativity of our Lord (Eve I, after sundown), Is. 9:2-7. Ps. 96. Titus 2:11-14. Luke 2:1-20. Gold/White

Dec 24, Nativity of our Lord (Eve II), Is. 62:6-12. Ps. 97. Titus 3:4-7. Luke 2:1-20. Gold/White

Dec 25, Nativity of our Lord (Day), Is 52:7-10. Ps. 98. Heb. 1:1-12. John 1:1-5,9-14,16-18. White

Dec 27, Sunday in Christmastide, 1 Sam. 2:18-20,26. Ps. 148. Col. 3:12-17. Luke 2:41-52. White

 

2016

 

Jan 03, Epiphany of our Lord, Is. 60:1-6. Ps. 72:1-7,10-14. Eph. 3:1-12. Matt. 2:1-12. Gold/White

(Epiphany ends the Christmas Cycle)

 

Sundays of the Year (after Epiphany)

Jan 10, Baptism of our Lord, 1st Sunday of the Year, Is 43:1-7. Ps. 29. Acts 8:14-17. Luke 3:15-22. White

Jan 17, 2nd Sunday of the Year, Is. 62:1-5. Ps. 36:5-10. 1 Cor. 12:1-11. John 2:1-11. Green

Jan 24, 3rd Sunday of the Year, Neh. 8:1-10. Ps. 19. 1 Cor. 12:12-31a. Luke 4:14-21. Green

Jan 31, 4th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 1:4-10. Ps. 71:1-6. 1 Cor 13:1-13. Luke 4:21-30. Green

 

Feb 07, Transfiguration of the Lord, Exod. 34:29-35. Ps. 99. 2 Cor. 3:12~4:2. Luke 9:28-43. White

 

The Easter Cycle (Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide, through the Day of Pentecost)

   Lent

Feb 10, Ash Wednesday, Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Is. 58:1-12. Ps. 51:1-17. 2 Cor. 5:20b~6:10. Matt. 6:1-6,16-21. Black/Violet

Feb 14, 1st Sunday in Lent, Dt. 26:1-11. Ps. 91:1-2,9-16. Rom. 10:8b-13. Luke 4:1-13. Violet

Feb 21, 2nd Sunday in Lent, Gen. 15:1-18. Ps. 27. Phil. 3:17~4:1. Luke 13:31-35. Violet

Feb 28, 3rd Sunday in Lent, Is. 55:1-9. Ps. 63:1-8. 1 Cor. 10:1-13. Luke 13:1-9. Violet

 

Mar 06, 4th Sunday in Lent, Josh. 5:9-12. Ps. 32. 2 Cor. 5:16-21. Luke 15:1-3,11b-32. Violet

Mar 13, 5th Sunday in Lent, Is. 43:16-21. Ps. 126. Phil. 3:4b-14. John 12:1-8. Violet

 

   Holy Week (Passiontide)

Mar 20, Passion/Palm Sunday, [Luke 19:28-40. Ps. 118.] Is. 50:4-9a. Ps. 31:9-16. Phil. 2:5-11. Luke 22:14~23:56. Red

Mar 21, Monday of Holy Week, Is. 42:1-9. Ps. 36:5-11. Heb. 9:11-15. John 12:1-11. Red/Violet

Mar 22, Tuesday of Holy Week, Is. 49:1-7. Ps. 71:1-14. 1 Cor. 1:18-31. John 12:20-36. Red/Violet

Mar 23, Wednesday of Holy Week, Is. 50:4-9a. Ps. 70. Heb. 12:1-3. John 13:21-32. Red/Violet

Mar 24, Maundy (Holy) Thursday, Exod. 12:1-14. Ps. 116:1-2,12-19. 1 Cor. 11:23-26. John 13:1-17,31b-35. White

Mar 25, Good (Holy) Friday, Is. 52:13~53:12. Ps. 22. Heb. 10:16-25 or Heb. 4:14-16;5:7-9. John 18:1~19:42. Black/Red/Violet

Mar 26, Holy Saturday (until sundown), Job 14:1-14 or Lam. 3:1-9,19-24. Ps. 31:1-4,15-16. 1 Pet. 4:1-8. Matt. 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42. None/Black

 

   Eastertide

Mar 26, Easter Vigil (after sundown), Exod. 14:10-31. Exod. 15:1b-13,17-18. Rom. 6:3-11. Luke 24:1-12. Gold/White

Mar 27, Resurrection Day (I morn), Acts 10:34-43. Ps. 118:1-2,14-24. 1 Cor. 15:19-26. John 20:1-18. Gold/White

Mar 27, Resurrection Day (II morn), Is. 65:17-25. Ps. 118:1-2,14-24. Acts 10:34-43. Luke 24:1-12. Gold/White

Mar 27, Resurrection Day (evening), Is. 25:6-9. Ps. 114. 1 Cor. 5:6b-8. Luke 24:13-49. White

 

Apr 03, 2nd Sunday of Easter, Acts 5:27-32. Ps. 150 or Ps. 118:14-29. Rev. 1:4-8. John 20:19-31. White

Apr 10, 3rd Sunday of Easter, Acts 9:1-20. Ps. 30. Rev. 5:11-14. John 21:1-19. White

Apr 17, 4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), Acts 9:36-43. Ps. 23. Rev. 7:9-17. John 10:22-30. White

Apr 24, 5th Sunday of Easter, Acts 11:1-18. Ps. 148. Rev. 21:1-6. John 13:31-35. White

 

May 01, 6th Sunday of Easter, Acts 16:9-15. Ps. 67. Rev. 21:22~22:5. John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9. White

May 05, (Thursday) Ascension of our Lord, Acts 1:1-11. Ps. 47 or 93. Eph. 1:15-23. Luke 24:44-53. Gold/White

May 08, 7th Sunday of Easter, Acts 16:16-34. Ps. 97. Rev. 22:12-21. John 17:20-26. White

May 15, The Day of Pentecost, Last Sunday of Easter, Acts 2:1-21. Ps. 104:24-34,35b. Rom. 8:14-17. John 14:8-17,25-27. Red

(The Day of Pentecost ends the Easter Cycle)

 

Sundays of the Year (after Pentecost)

May 22, Trinity Sunday, Prov. 8:1-4,22-31. Ps. 8. Rom. 5:1-5. John 16:12-15. White

May 29, 09th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 18:20-39. Ps 96. Gal 1:1-12. Luke 7:1-10. Green

 

Jun 05, 10th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 17:8-24. Ps. 146. Gal 1:11-24. Luke 7:11-17. Green

Jun 12, 11th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 21:1-21a. Ps. 5:1-8. Gal. 2:15-21. Luke 7:36~8:3. Green

Jun 19, 12th Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 19:1-15a. Ps. 42 and 43. Gal. 3:23-29. Luke 8:26-39. Green

Jun 26, 13th Sunday of the Year, 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14. Ps. 77:1-2,11-20. Gal. 5:1,13-25. Luke 9:51-62. Green

 

Jul 03, 14th Sunday of the Year, 2 Kings 5:1-14. Ps. 30. Gal. 6:1-16. Luke 10:1-11,16-20. Green

Jul 04, (Monday) U.S. Independence Day, Is. 26:1-8. Ps. 47. Rom. 13:1-10. John 8:31-36. None

Jul 10, 15th Sunday of the Year, Amos 7:7-17. Ps. 82. Col. 1:1-14. Luke 10:25-37. Green

Jul 17, 16th Sunday of the Year, Amos 8:1-12. Ps. 52. Col. 1:15-28. Luke 10:38-42. Green

Jul 24, 17th Sunday of the Year, Hos. 1:2-10. Ps. 85. Col. 2:6-19. Luke 11:1-13. Green

Jul 31, 18th Sunday of the Year, Hos 11:1-11. Ps. 107:1-9,43. Col. 3:1-11. Luke 12:13-21. Green

 

Aug 07, 19th Sunday of the Year, Is. 1:1,10-20. Ps. 50:1-8,22-23. Heb. 11:1-3,8-16. Luke 12:32-40. Green

Aug 14, 20th Sunday of the Year, Is 5:1-7. Ps. 80:1-2,8-19. Heb. 11:29~12:2. Luke 12:49-56. Green

Aug 21, 21st Sunday of the Year, Jer. 1:4-10. Ps. 71:1-6. Heb. 12:18-29. Luke 13:10-17. Green

Aug 28, 22nd Sunday of the Year, Jer. 2:4-13. Ps. 81:1,10-16. Heb. 13:1-8,15-16. Luke 14:1,7-14. Green

 

Sep 04, 23rd Sunday of the Year, Jer. 18:1-11. Ps. 139:1-6,13-18. Philemon 1-21. Luke 14:25-33. Green

Sep 11, 24th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 4:11-12,22-28. Ps. 14. 1 Tim. 1:12-17. Luke 15:1-10. Green

Sep 18, 25th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 8:18~9:1. Ps. 79:1-9. 1 Tim. 2:1-7. Luke 16:1-13. Green

Sep 25, 26th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 32:1-3a,6-15. Ps. 91:1-6,14-16. 1 Tim. 6:6-19. Luke 16:19-31. Green

 

Oct 02, 27th Sunday of the Year, Lam. 1:1-6. Ps. 137 or Lam. 3:19-26. 2 Tim. 1:1-14. Luke 17:5-10. Green

Oct 09, 28th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 29:1,4-7. Ps. 66:1-12. 2 Tim. 2:8-15. Luke 17:11-19. Green

Oct 16, 29th Sunday of the Year, Jer. 31:27-34. Ps. 119:97-104. 2 Tim. 3:14~4:5. Luke 18:1-8. Green

Oct 23, 30th Sunday of the Year, Joel 2:23-32. Ps. 65. 2 Tim. 4:6-8,16-18. Luke 18:9-14. Green

Oct 30, 31st Sunday of the Year, Hab. 1:1-4; 2:1-4. Ps. 119:137-144. 2 Thess. 1:1-4,11-12. Luke 19:1-10. Green (or Reformation Sunday. Red)

 

Nov 01, (or on Nov 6) All Saints’ Day, Dan. 7:1-3,15-18. Ps. 149. Eph. 1:11-23. Luke 6:20-31. White

Nov 06, 32nd Sunday of the Year (if not All Saints), Hag. 1:15b~2:9. Ps. 98 or 145:1-5,17-21. 2 Thess. 2:1-5,13-17. Luke 20:27-38. Green

Nov 13, 33rd Sunday of the Year, Is. 65:17-25. Isaiah 12. 2 Thess. 3:6-13. Luke 21:5-19. Green

Nov 20, Reign of Christ, Last Sunday of the Year, Jer. 23:1-6. Luke 1:68-79. Col. 1:11-20. Luke 23:33-43. White

Nov 24, (Thursday) U.S. Thanksgiving Day, Deut. 26:1-11. Ps. 100. Phil. 4:4-9. John 6:25-35. White

 

 

 

 

Notes:


Colors suggest a dominant seasonal color. Where two colors are shown, the first is the color for that day, the second, for the season; if both are used together, the color of the day overlays the color of the season. For Good Friday no color is also appropriate. For Lent and Holy Week, Maroon or the 'Lenten array' of unbleached muslin with Red and Black accents is appropriate as a substitute for Violet. On Maundy (Holy) Thursday, Red/Violet is used until sundown, then White for the Lord's Supper; after Communion the colors are removed or are replaced with Red/Black/Violet. Where “Gold” is indicated, Yellow may be used. Some churches still use Violet/Purple for Advent, though Blue is now preferred, associated with the dominant themes of Advent (hope, the Jewish people, Mary, and royalty). Blues in Advent may vary from lighter “Marian” blues to Indigo. Lighter greens are appropriate for Sundays of the Year after Epiphany (suggesting the greens of spring); darker (summer) greens turning to autumn colors after Trinity. Reds for Holy Week may be deep reds, maroons, or crimson; for Pentecost and other times, bright reds, scarlet. Also, appropriate textures (as in cloth and visual centers) are important; rough (burlap) for Lent, smooth (silks or satins) for Easter, etc.


Christmas and Easter services are noted with Roman Numerals, indicating variations where there may be more than one service. I indicates the 'main' service for Christmas Eve or Easter Morning. II indicates a late service Christmas Eve or a Second (Later) Service on Christmas Day or a Second Service (earlier or later than the main service) on Easter Morn.


‘Until sundown' or 'after sundown' recall the beginning of the Liturgical Day at sundown (according to Jewish, rather than Roman, custom). Christmas begins at sundown on Dec. 24, Easter begins at sundown on Holy Saturday, All Saints ("All Hallows") at sundown on Oct. 31, Epiphany at sundown the evening before or on Twelfth Night (Jan. 5), etc.


On Passion/Palm Sunday, the bracketed Procession Gospel is read at the beginning of the service, usually in connection with Ps. 118 and a processional with palm branches. Remaining readings turn the focus to the "Valley of the Shadow" and our Lord's Passion. Some churches read the full Passion narrative on Maundy Thursday after Communion, so that, on Passion Sun., only a short segment of the long Gospel Text is chosen.


For every reading shown in the calendar, the reading may be lengthened as desired, but should be shortened with care and only for necessity. In a number of instances, the Lectionary committee's suggested readings provide 'snips' from a longer passage, as Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23, for 22nd Sun. of Year B; however, the full lection, Mark 7:1-23, may be used instead. Yet, as shown for the third setting for Christmas Day, ‘snipping’ John 1:1-18 into John 1:1-5,9-14,16-18 actually better preserves this hymn to Christ by omitting the interpolations concerning John the Baptist.


The last Sunday in Oct. may be observed as Reformation Sunday, in honor of Reformation Day, Oct. 31. All Saints Day (Christian 'Memorial Day'), actually Nov. 1, may be observed on the first Sunday in November. Epiphany (the Last Day of Christmas), traditionally observed on Jan. 6, may be observed the Sunday before, as shown in this calendar. If Ascension is not celebrated on its usual Thursday, it may be celebrated the following Sunday (7th Sun. of Easter) by substituting one or more readings, or only the Acts 1:1-11 reading, as desired.


Though civil, commercial, and national holidays are not part of the Christian calendar, readings have been supplied for US Independence Day and Thanksgiving; however, observance of and readings for these days should not replace that for an adjacent Sunday. (In other countries, these may be used on the appropriate national days of independence or thanksgiving.) Readings are intended for use on the specific holiday or, if on a Sunday, in a special service other than the congregation's regular (main) service of worship. Civil and commercial holidays (Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.) should never be given preference over observances in the Christian Calendar.


Only one First Lesson and Psalm are shown above for the Easter Vigil, though the full Vigil Service calls for nine lessons with Psalms, plus epistle and gospel readings. Because the Exodus 14 lesson should always be read, it is the one shown above. This service is normally a long service of Baptism and Reception into the Church held sometime between full dark (about 8 p.m.) on Saturday and dawn Sunday though some churches may celebrate the (shorter) service as the ‘dawn’ (sunrise) service very early on Easter Morn. The first Easter Morning service which follows the Vigil Service is a Communion Service where these new members are honored at their First Communion as Baptized Christians. The full set of 'First Reading' lessons for Easter Vigil, in their suggested order with related 'psalms,' is:


Gen. 1:1-2:4a

Gen. 7:1-5,11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13.

Gen. 22: 1-18.

Exod. 14:10-31, 15:20-21.

Is. 55:1-11.

Prov. 8:1-8,19-21, 9:4b-6.

Ezek. 36:24-28.

Ezek. 37:1-14.

Zeph. 3:14-20.

Ps. 136:1-9,23-26.

Ps. 46.

Ps. 16.

Exod. 15:1b-13,17-18.

Is. 12:2-6.

Ps. 19.

Pss. 42 and 43.

Ps. 143.

Ps. 98.


Finally, to make it easier to compare dates from this calendar with resources from other denominations which use a slightly different naming use for some dates, “(First) Sunday in Christmastide” as used here corresponds to “First Sunday after Christmas,” and “Sundays of the Year” to “Sundays in Ordinary Time.” If you desire to celebrate Epiphany on its traditional date of Jan 6, when a weekday or Saturday, and there is need for readings for the Sunday falling between Jan 2-5, inclusive, these are appointed for all three years of the cycle:

              Second Sunday in Christmastide, Jer. 31:7-14. Ps. 147:12-20. Eph. 1:3-14. John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5,9-14,16-18. White


The readings suggested here are adapted from and compared with the Revised Common Lectionary (copyright © 1992) by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT) and are used by permission. For accuracy, this calendar is also compared with the version of the RCL published in the Book of Common Worship (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1993), pp.1033-1048.


Communions represented in the CCT (at this time) are: Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Reformed Church in North America, Church of the Brethren, Episcopal Church (U.S.A.), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Free Methodist Church in Canada, Liturgy and Life (American Baptist Fellowship for Liturgical Renewal), Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Mennonite Church, National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States, Polish National Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Church in Canada, Reformed Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. (www.commontexts.org)



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