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

Lectionary readings for liturgical years beginning in Advent: 2018 2019 2020 2021

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 III
25th December 2020
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 52:7-10Ps. 98Heb. 1:1-4, (5-12)Jn. 1:1-14
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 I
25th December 2020
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 9:2-7Ps. 96Tit. 2:11-14Lk. 2: 1-14, (15-20)
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
New Year's Day
Cycle B
1st January 2021
Eccl. 3:1-13Ps. 8Rev. 21:1-6aMt. 25:31-46
Holy Name of Jesus
[Mary, Mother of God]
Cycle B
1st January 2021
Num. 6:22-27Ps. 8
Gal. 4:4-7
or Phil. 2:5-11
Lk. 2:15-21
2nd Sunday after Christmas
Cycle B
3rd January 2021
[When Epiphany is celebrated on a weekday following the second Sunday after Christmas Day.]
Jer. 31:7-14
 
or Sir. 24:1-12
Ps. 20
or Wis. 10:15-21
Eph. 1:3-14
Jn. 1:(1-9), 10-18
Epiphany
Cycle B
6th January 2021
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
10th January 2021
Gen. 1:1-5Ps. 29Acts 19:1-7Mk. 1:4-11
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
17th January 2021
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
24th January 2021
Jonah 3:1-5, 10Ps. 62:5-121 Cor. 7:29-31Mk. 1:14-20
4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
31st January 2021
Deut. 18:15-20Ps. 1111 Cor. 8:1-13Mk. 1:21-28
Presentation of the Lord
Cycle B
2nd February 2021
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
7th February 2021
Isa. 40:21-31Ps. 147:1-11, 20c1 Cor. 9:16-23Mk. 1:29-39
Transfiguration Sunday
[Last Sunday before Lent]
Cycle B
14th February 2021
[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
17th February 2021
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
21st February 2021
Gen. 9:8-17Ps. 25:1-101 Pet. 3:18-22Mk. 1:9-15
2nd Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
28th February 2021
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
7th March 2021
Ex. 20:1-17Ps. 191 Cor. 1:18-25Jn. 2:13-22
4th Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
14th March 2021
Num. 21:4-9Ps. 107:1-3, 17-22Eph. 2:1-10Jn. 3:14-21
5th Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
21st March 2021
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 2021
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 Passion
28th March 2021
Isa. 50:4-9aPs. 31:9-16Phil. 2:5-11
Mk. 14:1-15:47
or Mk. 15:1-39, (40-47)
6th Sunday in Lent
[Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday]
Cycle B – Liturgy of the Palms
28th March 2021
Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29
Mk. 11:1-11
or Jn. 12:12-16
Monday of Holy Week
Cycle B
29th March 2021
Isa. 42:1-9Ps. 36:5-11Heb. 9:11-15Jn. 12:1-11
Tuesday of Holy Week
Cycle B
30th March 2021
Isa. 49:1-7Ps. 71:1-141 Cor. 1:18-31Jn. 12:20-36
Wednesday of Holy Week
Cycle B
31st March 2021
Isa. 50:4-9aPs. 70Heb. 12:1-3Jn. 13:21-32
Maundy Thursday
Cycle B
1st April 2021
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
2nd April 2021
Isa. 52:13-53:12Ps. 22
Heb. 10:16-25
or Heb. 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Jn. 18:1-19:42
Easter Vigil
Cycle B
3rd April 2021
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
Holy Saturday
Cycle B
3rd April 2021
[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 Evening
Cycle B
4th April 2021
[When the main Easter service is late in the day.]
Isa. 25:6-9Ps. 1141 Cor. 5:6b-8 Lk. 24:13-49
Easter Day
[Resurrection of the Lord]
Cycle B
4th April 2021
*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
2nd Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
11th April 2021
*Acts 4:32-35Ps. 1331 Jn. 1:1-2:2 Jn. 20:19-31
3rd Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
18th April 2021
*Acts 3:12-19Ps. 41 Jn. 3:1-7 Lk. 24:36b-48
4th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
25th April 2021
*Acts 4:5-12Ps. 231 Jn. 3:16-24 Jn. 10:11-18
5th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
2nd May 2021
*Acts 8:26-40Ps. 22:25-311 Jn. 4:7-21 Jn. 15:1-8
6th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
9th May 2021
*Acts 10:44-48Ps. 981 Jn. 5:1-6 Jn. 15:9-17
Ascension of the Lord
Cycle B
13th May 2021
[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
16th May 2021
[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
23rd May 2021
*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
Trinity Sunday
[1st Sunday of Pentecost]
Cycle B
30th May 2021
Isa. 6:1-8Ps. 29Rom. 8:12-17Jn. 3:1-17
Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Cycle B
31st May 2021
1 Sam. 2:1-10 Ps. 113Rom. 12:9-16b Lk. 1:39-57
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 5 (10)
6th June 2021
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)
13th June 2021
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)
20th June 2021
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)
27th June 2021
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)
4th July 2021
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)
11th July 2021
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)
18th July 2021
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)
25th July 2021
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)
1st August 2021
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)
8th August 2021
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)
15th August 2021
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)
22nd August 2021
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)
29th August 2021
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)
5th September 2021
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
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 19 (24)
12th September 2021
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
Holy Cross
Cycle B
14th September 2021
Num. 21:4b-9
Ps. 98:1-5
or Ps. 78:1-2, 34-38
1 Cor. 1:18-24Jn. 3:13-17
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 20 (25)
19th September 2021
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)
26th September 2021
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)
3rd October 2021
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
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 23 (28)
10th October 2021
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
Canadian Thanksgiving Day
Cycle B
11th October 2021
Joel 2:21-27Ps. 1261 Tim. 2:1-7Mt. 6:25-33
21st Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 24 (29)
17th October 2021
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)
24th October 2021
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
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 26 (31)
31st October 2021
[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
All Saints Day
Cycle B
1st November 2021
Wis. 3:1-9
or Isa. 25:6-9
Ps. 24Rev. 21:1-6aJn. 11:32-44
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 27 (32)
7th November 2021
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)
14th November 2021
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
26th Sunday after Pentecost
[Reign of Christ ]
Cycle B – Proper 29 (34)
21st November 2021
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
Thanksgiving Day, USA
Cycle B
25th November 2021
Joel 2:21-27Ps. 1261 Tim. 2:1-7Mt. 6:25-33

 

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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