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The Revised Common Lectionary — Year B, Beginning Advent 2011–2012

Lectionary readings for liturgical years beginning in Advent: 2016 2017

Sunday Reading Psalm New Testament Gospel
1st Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
27th November 2011
Isa. 64:1-9Ps. 80:1-7, 17-191 Cor. 1:3-9Mk. 13:24-37
2nd Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
4th December 2011
Isa. 40:1-11Ps. 85:1-2, 8-132 Pet. 3:8-15aMk. 1:1-8
3rd Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
11th December 2011
Isa. 61:1-4, 8-11
Ps. 126
or Lk. 1:47-55
1 Thess. 5:16-24Jn. 1:6-8, 19-28
4th Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
18th December 2011
2 Sam. 7:1-11, 16
Lk. 1:47-55
or Ps. 89:1-4, 19-26
Rom. 16:25-27Lk. 1:26-38
The Nativity of the Lord
Cycle B – Proper I
25th December 2011
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 9:2-7Ps. 96Tit. 2:11-14Lk. 2: 1-14, (15-20)
The Nativity of the Lord
Cycle B – Proper II
25th December 2011
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 62:6-12Ps. 97Tit. 3:4-7Lk. 2:(1-7), 15-20
The Nativity of the Lord
Cycle B – Proper III
25th December 2011
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 52:7-10Ps. 98Heb. 1:1-4, (5-12)Jn. 1:1-14
1st Sunday after Christmas
Cycle B
1st January 2012
[The following readings are used on the First Sunday after Christmas unless the readings for The Epiphany of the Lord are preferred.]
Isa. 61:10–62:3Ps. 148Gal. 4:3-7Lk. 2:22-40
Holy Name of Jesus
[Mary, Mother of God]
Cycle B
1st January 2012
Num. 6:22-27Ps. 8
Gal. 4:4-7
or Phil. 2:5-11
Lk. 2:15-21
New Year's Day
Cycle B
1st January 2012
Eccl. 3:1-13Ps. 8Rev. 21:1-6aMt. 25:31-46
Epiphany
Cycle B
6th January 2012
Isa. 60:1-6Ps. 72:1-7, 10-14Eph. 3:1-12Mt. 2:1-12
Baptism of the Lord
[1st Sunday after the Epiphany]
Cycle B
8th January 2012
Gen. 1:1-5Ps. 29Acts 19:1-7Mk. 1:4-11
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
15th January 2012
1 Sam. 3:1-10, (11-20)Ps. 139:1-6, 13-181 Cor. 6:12-20Jn. 1:43-51
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
22nd January 2012
Jonah 3:1-5, 10Ps. 62:5-121 Cor. 7:29-31Mk. 1:14-20
4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
29th January 2012
Deut. 18:15-20Ps. 1111 Cor. 8:1-13Mk. 1:21-28
Presentation of the Lord
Cycle B
2nd February 2012
Mal. 3:1-4
Ps. 84
or Ps. 24:7-10
Heb. 2:14-18Lk. 2:22-40
5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
5th February 2012
Isa. 40:21-31Ps. 147:1-11, 20c1 Cor. 9:16-23Mk. 1:29-39
6th Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
12th February 2012
2 Kgs. 5:1-14Ps. 301 Cor. 9:24-27Mk. 1:40-45
7th Sunday after the Epiphany
[Last Sunday before Ash Wednesday]
Cycle B
19th February 2012
[Readings for Churches whose calendar requires this Sunday, and who do not observe the Last Sunday after the Epiphany with Transfiguration readings.]
Isa. 43:18-25Ps. 412 Cor. 1:18-22Mk. 2:1-12
Transfiguration Sunday
[Last Sunday before Lent]
Cycle B
19th February 2012
[Readings used in Churches where the Last Sunday after Epiphany is observed as Transfiguration Sunday.]
2 Kgs. 2:1-12Ps. 50:1-62 Cor. 4:3-6Mk. 9:2-9
Ash Wednesday
Cycle B
22nd February 2012
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
or Isa. 58:1-12
Ps. 51:1-172 Cor. 5:20b-6:10Mt. 6:1-6, 16-21
1st Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
26th February 2012
Gen. 9:8-17Ps. 25:1-101 Pet. 3:18-22Mk. 1:9-15
2nd Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
4th March 2012
Gen. 17:1-7, 15-16Ps. 22:23-31Rom. 4:13-25
Mk. 8:31-38
or Mk. 9:2-9
3rd Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
11th March 2012
Ex. 20:1-17Ps. 191 Cor. 1:18-25Jn. 2:13-22
4th Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
18th March 2012
Num. 21:4-9Ps. 107:1-3, 17-22Eph. 2:1-10Jn. 3:14-21
5th Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
25th March 2012
Jer. 31:31-34
Ps. 51:1-12
or Ps. 119:9-16
Heb. 5:5-10Jn. 12:20-33
Annunciation of the Lord
Cycle B
25th March 2012
Isa. 7:10-14
Ps. 45
or Ps. 40:5-10
Heb. 10:4-10Lk. 1:26-38
6th Sunday in Lent
[Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday]
Cycle B – Liturgy of the Palms
1st April 2012
Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29
Mk. 11:1-11
or Jn. 12:12-16
6th Sunday in Lent
[Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday]
Cycle B – Liturgy of the Passion
1st April 2012
Isa. 50:4-9aPs. 31:9-16Phil. 2:5-11
Mk. 14:1-15:47
or Mk. 15:1-39, (40-47)
Monday of Holy Week
Cycle B
2nd April 2012
Isa. 42:1-9Ps. 36:5-11Heb. 9:11-15Jn. 12:1-11
Tuesday of Holy Week
Cycle B
3rd April 2012
Isa. 49:1-7Ps. 71:1-141 Cor. 1:18-31Jn. 12:20-36
Wednesday of Holy Week
Cycle B
4th April 2012
Isa. 50:4-9aPs. 70Heb. 12:1-3Jn. 13:21-32
Maundy Thursday
Cycle B
5th April 2012
Ex. 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14Ps. 116:1-2, 12-191 Cor. 11:23-26Jn. 13:1-17, 31b-35
Good Friday
Cycle B
6th April 2012
Isa. 52:13-53:12Ps. 22
Heb. 10:16-25
or Heb. 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Jn. 18:1-19:42
Holy Saturday
Cycle B
7th April 2012
[Services other than Easter Vigil.]
Job 14:1-14
or Lam. 3:1-9, 19-24
 
Ps. 31:1-4, 15-161 Pet. 4:1-8
Mt. 27:57-66
or Jn. 19:38-42
Easter Vigil
Cycle B
7th April 2012
1. Gen. 1:1-2:4a
and Ps. 136:1-9, 23-26
2. Gen. 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13
and Ps. 46
3. Gen. 22:1-18
and Ps. 16
4. Ex. 14:10-31; 15:20-21
and Ex. 15:1b-13, 17-18
5. Isa. 55:1-11 and
Isa. 12:2-6
6. Bar. 3:9-15, 3:32-4:4 or Prov. 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6
and Ps. 19
7. Ezek. 36:24-28
and Ps. 42, 43
8. Ezek. 37:1-14
and Ps. 143
9. Zeph. 3:14-20
and Ps. 98
Rom. 6:3-11
and Ps. 114
Mk. 16:1-8
Easter Day
[Resurrection of the Lord]
Cycle B
8th April 2012
*Acts 10:34-43
or Isa. 25:6-9
Ps. 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Cor. 15:1-11
or Acts 10:34-43
 
Jn. 20:1-18
or Mk. 16:1-8
Easter Evening
Cycle B
8th April 2012
[When the main Easter service is late in the day.]
Isa. 25:6-9Ps. 1141 Cor. 5:6b-8 Lk. 24:13-49
2nd Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
15th April 2012
*Acts 4:32-35Ps. 1331 Jn. 1:1-2:2 Jn. 20:19-31
3rd Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
22nd April 2012
*Acts 3:12-19Ps. 41 Jn. 3:1-7 Lk. 24:36b-48
4th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
29th April 2012
*Acts 4:5-12Ps. 231 Jn. 3:16-24 Jn. 10:11-18
5th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
6th May 2012
*Acts 8:26-40Ps. 22:25-311 Jn. 4:7-21 Jn. 15:1-8
6th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
13th May 2012
*Acts 10:44-48Ps. 981 Jn. 5:1-6 Jn. 15:9-17
Ascension of the Lord
Cycle B
17th May 2012
[These readings may also be used on The Seventh Sunday of Easter.]
*Acts 1:1-11
Ps. 47
or Ps. 93
Eph. 1:15-23Lk. 24:44-53
7th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
20th May 2012
[If Ascension not observed here.]
*Acts 1:15-17, 21-26Ps. 1 1 Jn. 5:9-13 Jn. 17:6-19
Day of Pentecost
Cycle B
27th May 2012
*Acts 2:1-21
or Ezek. 37:1-14
Ps. 104:24-34, 35b
Rom. 8:22-27
or Acts 2:1-21
Jn. 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Cycle B
31st May 2012
1 Sam. 2:1-10 Ps. 113Rom. 12:9-16b Lk. 1:39-57
Trinity Sunday
[1st Sunday of Pentecost]
Cycle B
3rd June 2012
Isa. 6:1-8Ps. 29Rom. 8:12-17Jn. 3:1-17
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 5 (10)
10th June 2012
1 Sam. 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15)

Alternate Reading:
Gen. 3:8-15
Ps. 138

Alternate Psalm:
Ps.130
2 Cor. 4:13-5:1 Mk. 3:20-35
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 6 (11)
17th June 2012
1 Sam. 15:34–16:13

Alternate Reading:
Ezek. 17:22-24
Ps. 20

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 92:1-4, 12-15
2 Cor. 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17Mk. 4:26-34
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 7 (12)
24th June 2012
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
or
1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16

Alternate Reading:
Job 38:1-11
Psalm 9:9-20
or
Psalm 133

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 107:1-3, 23-32
2 Cor. 6:1-13 Mk. 4:35-41
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 8 (13)
1st July 2012
2 Sam. 1:1, 17-27

Alternate Reading:
Wis. 1:13-15, 2:23-24
or Lam. 3:22-33
Ps. 130

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 30
2 Cor. 8:7-15 Mk. 5:21-43
6th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 9 (14)
8th July 2012
2 Sam. 5:1-5, 9-10

Alternate Reading:
Ezek. 2:1-5
Ps. 48

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 123
2 Cor. 12:2-10 Mk. 6:1-13
7th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 10 (15)
15th July 2012
2 Sam. 6:1-5, 12b-19

Alternate Reading:
Amos 7:7-15
Ps. 24

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 85:8-13
Eph. 1:3-14 Mk. 6:14-29
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 11 (16)
22nd July 2012
2 Sam. 7:1-14a

Alternate Reading:
Jer. 23:1-6
Ps. 89:20-37

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 23
Eph. 2:11-22 Mk. 6:30-34, 53-56
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 12 (17)
29th July 2012
2 Sam. 11:1-15

Alternate Reading:
2 Kgs. 4:42-44
Psalm 14

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 145:10-18
Eph. 3:14-21 Jn. 6:1-21
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 13 (18)
5th August 2012
2 Sam. 11:26 - 12:13a

Alternate Reading:
Ex. 16:2-4, 9-15
Ps. 51:1-12

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 78:23-29
Eph. 4:1-16 Jn. 6:24-35
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 14 (19)
12th August 2012
2 Sam. 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

Alternate Reading:
1 Kgs. 19:4-8
Ps. 130

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 34:1-8
Eph. 4:25-5:2Jn. 6:35, 41-51
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 15 (20)
19th August 2012
1 Kgs. 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Alternate Reading:
Prov. 9:1-6
Ps. 111

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 34:9-14
Eph. 5:15-20Jn. 6:51-58
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 16 (21)
26th August 2012
1 Kgs. 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43

Alternate Reading:
Josh. 24:1-2a, 14-18
Ps 84

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 34:15-22
Eph. 6:10-20Jn. 6:56-69
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 17 (22)
2nd September 2012
Song. 2:8-13

Alternate Reading:
Deut. 4:1-2, 6-9
Ps. 45:1-2, 6-9

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 15
Jas. 1:17-27Mk. 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 18 (23)
9th September 2012
Prov. 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 35:4-7a
Ps. 125

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 146
Jas. 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17Mk. 7:24-37
Holy Cross
Cycle B
14th September 2012
Num. 21:4b-9
Ps. 98:1-5
or Ps. 78:1-2, 34-38
1 Cor. 1:18-24Jn. 3:13-17
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 19 (24)
16th September 2012
Prov. 1:20-33

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 50:4-9a
Ps. 19

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 116:1-9
or Wis.7:26 - 8:1
Jas. 3:1-12Mk. 8:27-38
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 20 (25)
23rd September 2012
Prov. 31:10-31

Alternate Reading:
Wis. 1:16-2:1, 12-22
or Jer. 11:18-20
Ps. 1

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 54
Jas. 3:13–4:3, 7-8a
Mk. 9:30-37
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 21 (26)
30th September 2012
Est. 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

Alternate Reading:
Num. 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Ps. 124

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 19:7-14
Jas. 5:13-20Mk. 9:38-50
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 22 (27)
7th October 2012
Job 1:1, 2:1-10

Alternate Reading:
Gen. 2:18-24
Ps. 26

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 8
Heb. 1:1-4, 2:5-12Mk. 10:2-16
Canadian Thanksgiving Day
Cycle B
8th October 2012
Joel 2:21-27Ps. 1261 Tim. 2:1-7Mt. 6:25-33
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 23 (28)
14th October 2012
Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Alternate Reading:
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Ps. 22:1-15

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 90:12-17
Heb. 4:12-16Mk. 10:17-31
21st Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 24 (29)
21st October 2012
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 53:4-12
Ps. 104:1-9, 24, 35c

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 91:9-16
Heb. 5:1-10Mk. 10:35-45
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 25 (30)
28th October 2012
Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Alternate Reading:
Jer. 31:7-9
Ps. 34:1-8, (19-22)

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 126
Heb. 7:23-28Mk. 10:46-52
All Saints Day
Cycle B
1st November 2012
[Sometimes observed on first Sunday in November]
Wis. 3:1-9
or Isa. 25:6-9
Ps. 24Rev. 21:1-6aJn. 11:32-44
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 26 (31)
4th November 2012
[If All Saints not observed on this day]
Ruth 1:1-18

Alternate Reading:
Deut. 6:1-9
Ps. 146

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 119:1-8
Heb. 9:11-14Mk. 12:28-34
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 27 (32)
11th November 2012
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

Alternate Reading:
1 Kgs. 17:8-16
Ps. 127

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 146
Heb. 9:24-28Mk. 12:38-44
25th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 28 (33)
18th November 2012
1 Sam. 1:4-20

Alternate Reading:
Dan. 12:1-3
1 Sam. 2:1-10

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 16
Heb. 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25Mk. 13:1-8
Thanksgiving Day, USA
Cycle B
22nd November 2012
Joel 2:21-27Ps. 1261 Tim. 2:1-7Mt. 6:25-33
26th Sunday after Pentecost
[Reign of Christ]
Cycle B – Proper 29 (34)
25th November 2012
2 Sam. 23:1-7

Alternate Reading:
Dan. 7:9-10, 13-14
Ps. 132:1-12, (13-18)

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 93
Rev. 1:4b-8Jn. 18:33

 

Notes regarding citations from the Revised Common Lectionary.
The Revised Common Lectionary provides for two patterns of readings from the Old Testament during the period between Trinity Sunday and Christ the King.
  1. One is a pattern of paired readings from the Hebrew scriptures readings which are closely related to the gospel readings.
  2. Another reading pattern provides a pattern of semicontinuous readings from the Hebrew scriptures.

The Consultation on Sacred Texts recommends that, while congregations may choose one or the other reading pattern, each pattern should not be intermixed with the other, e.g., the alternate first reading is paired with the alternate reading from Psalms.

*During Eastertide a reading from Acts is often substituted for the lesson from the Hebrew Bible. On the Day of Pentecost, if the Old Testament passage from Ezekiel is chosen for the first reading, the passage from Acts is used as the second reading.

Revised Common Lectionary copyright © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.

 

         
         
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