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The Revised Common Lectionary — Year B, Beginning Advent 2020–2021

Lectionary readings for liturgical years beginning in Advent: 2017 2018 2019 2020

Sunday Reading Psalm New Testament Gospel
1st Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
29th November 2020
Isa. 64:1-9Ps. 80:1-7, 17-191 Cor. 1:3-9Mk. 13:24-37
2nd Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
6th December 2020
Isa. 40:1-11Ps. 85:1-2, 8-132 Pet. 3:8-15aMk. 1:1-8
3rd Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
13th December 2020
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
20th December 2020
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 2020
[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 2020
[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 2020
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 52:7-10Ps. 98Heb. 1:1-4, (5-12)Jn. 1:1-14
1st Sunday after Christmas
Cycle B
27th December 2020
[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


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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