Readings

Church Lectionary

A lectionary is a collection of readings from Sacred Scripture. These readings are arranged according to the Church’s calendar and are intended to be read at the regular, weekly gathering of God’s people.

Already in the fourth century, readings were gathered together for this purpose. Initially, the readings were arranged in a continuous fashion, with each Sunday’s texts picking up where the reading had concluded the previous week. For the festival half of the church year (Advent through Pentecost), readings were eventually assigned that reflected the theme of the day.

LECTIONARY YEAR B

January 1

2021

Circumcision and Naming of Jesus 

Numbers 6:22–27 

Psalm 8 

Galatians 3:23–29 

Luke 2:21

 

January 3 

Second Sunday after Christmas 

1 Kings 3:4–15 

Psalm 119:97–104 

Ephesians 1:3–14 

Luke 2:40–52

 

EPIPHANY 

January 6 

Epiphany 

Isaiah 60:1–6 

Psalm 72:1–11 (12–15) 

Ephesians 3:1–12 

Matthew 2:1–12

 

January 10 

The Baptism of Our Lord 

Genesis 1:1–5
Psalm 29 

Romans 6:1–11
Mark 1:4–11

 

January 17 

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Samuel 3:1–10 (11–20) 

Psalm 139:1–10 

1 Corinthians 6:12–20 

John 1:43–51

 

January 24

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Jonah 3:1–5, 10 

Psalm 62 

1 Corinthians 7:29–31 (32–35) 

Mark 1:14–20

or 

St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor 

Acts 16:1–5 

Psalm 71:15–24 

1 Timothy 6:11–16 

Matthew 24:42–47

 

January 31 

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany 

Deuteronomy 18:15–20 

Psalm 111 

1 Corinthians 8:1–13 

Mark 1:21–28

February 7 

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany 

Isaiah 40:21–31 

Psalm 147:1–11 

1 Corinthians 9:16–27 

Mark 1:29–39

 

February 14 The Transfiguration

of Our Lord

2 Kings 2:1–12 or

Exodus 34:29–35 

Psalm 50:1–6 

2 Corinthians 3:12–13 (14–18); 4:1–6 

Mark 9:2–9

 

ASH WEDNESDAY 

February 17 

Ash Wednesday 

Joel 2:12–19 

Psalm 51:1–13 (14–19)

2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10

Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21

 

LENT 

February 21 

First Sunday in Lent 

Genesis 22:1–18 

Psalm 25:1–10 James 1:12–18 Mark 1:9–15

 

February 28 

Second Sunday in Lent 

Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 

Psalm 22:23–31 

Romans 5:1–11 

Mark 8:27–38

March 7 

Third Sunday in Lent 

Exodus 20:1–17 

Psalm 19 

1 Corinthians 1:18–31 

John 2:13–22 (23–25)

 

March 14 

Fourth Sunday in Lent 

Numbers 21:4–9 

Psalm 107:1–9 

Ephesians 2:1–10 

John 3:14–21

 

March 21 

Fifth Sunday in Lent 

Jeremiah 31:31–34 

Psalm 119:9–16 

Hebrews 5:1–10 

Mark 10:(32–34) 35–45

 

HOLY WEEK 

March 28 

Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

Zech. 9:9–12

Psalm 118:19–29

or

Psalm 31:9–16

Philppians 2:5–11

Mark 14:1—15:47

or Mark 15:1–47

or John 12:20–43

April 1

Holy (Maundy) Thursday 

Exodus 24:3–11 

Psalm 116:12–19 

1 Corinthians 10:16–17 

Mark 14:12–26

 

April 2 

Good Friday 

Isaiah 52:13—53:12 

Psalm 22 

or

Psalm 31

Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9

John 18:1—19:42

or 

John 19:17–30

 

EASTER 

April 4

The Resurrection of Our Lord 

Easter Sunrise

Exodus 15:1–11 

Psalm 118: 15–29 

1 Corinthians 5:6b–8 

John 20:1–18

 

Easter Day 

Isaiah 25:6–9 

Psalm 16 

1 Corinthians 15:1–11 

Mark 16:1–8

 

April 11 

Second Sunday of Easter 

Acts 4:32–35 

Psalm 148 

1 John 1:1—2:2 

John 20:19–31

 

April 18 

Third Sunday of Easter 

Acts 3:11–21 

Psalm 4 

1 John 3:1–7 

Luke 24:36–49

 

April 25 

Fourth Sunday of Easter 

Acts 4:1–12 

Psalm 23 

1 John 3:16–24 

John 10:11–18

or 

St. Mark, Evangelist 

Isaiah 52:7–10 

Psalm 146 

2 Timothy 4:5–18 

Mark 16:14–20

 

May 2 

Fifth Sunday of Easter 

Acts 8:26–40 

Psalm 150 

1 John 4:1–11 (12–21) 

John 15:1–8

 

May 9 

Sixth Sunday of Easter 

Acts 10:34–48 

Psalm 98 

1 John 5:1–8 

John 15:9–17

 

May 13 

The Ascension of Our Lord 

Acts 1:1–11 

Psalm 47 

Ephesians 1:15–23 

Luke 24:44–53

 

May 16 

Seventh Sunday of Easter 

Acts 1:12–26 

Psalm 1 

1 John 5:9–15 

John 17:11b–19

 

PENTECOST 

May 23 

The Day of Pentecost 

Ezekiel 37:1–14 

Psalm 139:1–12 (13–16) 

Acts 2:1–21 

John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15

 

May 30 

The Holy Trinity 

Isaiah 6:1–8 

Psalm 29 

Acts 2:14a, 22–36 

John 3:1–17

June 6

Second Sunday after Pentecost 

Genesis 3:8–15 

Psalm 130 

2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1 

Mark 3:20–35

 

June 13

Third Sunday after Pentecost 

Ezekiel 17:22–24 

Psalm 1 

2 Corinthians 5:1–10 (11–17) 

Mark 4:26–34

 

June 20

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 

Job 38:1–11 

Psalm 124 

2 Corinthians 6:1–13 

Mark 4:35–41

 

June 27

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 

Lamentations 3:22–33 

Psalm 30 

2 Corinthians 8:1–9, 13–15 

Mark 5:21–43

July 4

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 

Ezekiel 2:1–5 

Psalm 123 

2 Corinthians 12:1–10 

Mark 6:1–13

 

July 11

Seventh Sunday after

Pentecost 

Amos 7:7–15 

Psalm 85:(1–7) 8–13

Ephesians 1:3–14 Mark 6:14–29

 

July 18

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 

Jeremiah 23:1–6 

Psalm 23 

Ephesians 2:11–22 

Mark 6:30–44

 

July 25

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 

Genesis 9:8–17 

Psalm 136:1–9 

Ephesians 3:14–21 

Mark 6:45–56

or 

St. James the Elder, Apostle 

Acts 11:27—12:5 

Psalm 56 

Romans 8:28–39 

Mark 10:35–45

August 1
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 

Exodus 16:2–15 

Psalm 145:10–21 

Ephesians 4:1–16 

John 6:22–35

 

August 8

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 

1 Kings 19:1–8
Psalm 34:1–8 

Ephesians 4:17—5:2 

John 6:35–51

 

August 15

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 9:1–10 or

Joshua 24:1–2a, 14–18

Psalm 34:12–22 

Ephesians 5:6–21 

John 6:51–69

or 

St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord 

Isaiah 61:7–11 

Psalm 45:10–17 

Galatians 4:4–7 

Luke 1:(39–45) 46–55

 

August 22

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

Isaiah 29:11–19 

Psalm 14 

Ephesians 5:22–33 

Mark 7:1–13

 

August 29

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

Deuteronomy 4:1–2, 6–9 

Psalm 119:129–136 

Ephesians 6:10–20 

Mark 7:14–23

or
The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist 

Revelation 6:9–11 

Psalm 71: 1–8 

Romans 6:1–5 

Mark 6:14–29

September 5

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

Isaiah 35:4–7a 

Psalm 146 

James 2:1–10, 14–18

Mark 7:(24–30) 31–37

 

September 12

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

Isaiah 50:4–10 

Psalm 116:1–9 

James 3:1–12 

Mark 9:14–29

 

September 19

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 

Jeremiah 11:18–20 

Psalm 54 

James 3:13—4:10 

Mark 9:30–37

 

September 26

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29

Psalm 104: 27–35

James 5:(1–12) 13–20 

Mark 9:38–50

October 3

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

Genesis 2:18–25 

Psalm 128 

Hebrews 2:1–13 (14–18) 

Mark 10:2–16

 

October 10

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 5:6–7, 10–15 

Psalm 90:12–17 

Hebrews 3:12–19 

Mark 10:17–22

 

October 17

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost 

Ecclesiastes 5:10–20 

Psalm 119:9–16 

Hebrews 4:1–13 (14–16) 

Mark 10:23–31

 

October 24

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost 

Jeremiah 31:7–9 

Psalm 126 

Hebrews 7:23–28 

Mark 10:46–52

 

REFORMATION 

October 31 

Reformation Day 

Revelation 14:6–7 

Psalm 46 

Romans 3:19–28 

John 8:31–36 

or

Matthew 11:12–19

ALL SAINTS’ DAY

November 7

(observed)

All Saints’ Day

(November 1) 

Revelation 7:(2–8) 9–17 

Psalm 149 

1 John 3:1–3 Matthew 5:1–12

or

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost 

1 Kings 17:8–16 

Psalm 146 

Hebrews 9:24–28 

Mark 12:38–44

 

November 14

Twenty–fifth Sunday after Pentecost 

Daniel 12:1–3 

Psalm 16 

Hebrews 10:11–25 

Mark 13:1–13

 

November 21

Last Sunday of the Church Year

Isaiah 51:4–6 

or

Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14

Psalm 93 

Jude 20–25 or

Revelation 1:4b–8

Mark 13:24–37 or

John 18:33–37

 

THANKSGIVING 

November 25 

Thanksgiving Day 

Deuteronomy 8:1–10 

Psalm 67 Philppians 4:6–20 

or

1 Timothy 2:1–4 

Luke 17:11–19

 

ADVENT 

November 28, 2021 

First Sunday in Advent 

Jeremiah 33:14–16 

Psalm 25:1–10 

1 Thessalonians 3:9–13 

Luke 19:28–40