Scripture Readings Throughout the Year

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Scripture readings/ Throughout the Year

(see readings/ for this month)

Old Testament readings/ are read for Feast Day Vespers,and at Sixth Hour and Vespers during lent. The New Testament readings/ are found at Matins and the Divine Liturgy.

The annual cycle of the Gospels is composed of four series:

  1. The Gospel of St. John is read from Pascha until Pentecost Sunday
  2. The Gospel of St. Matthew readings/ are divided over seventeen weeks beginning with the Monday of the Holy Spirit (the day after Pentecost). From the twelfth week, it is read on Saturdays and Sundays while the Gospel of St. Mark is read on the remaining weekdays
  3. The Gospel of St. Luke divided over nineteen weeks beginning on the Monday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross, interrupting the cycle. The 11th Sunday of Luke is always read 2 Sundays before the Nativity, and that Sunday’s reading from Luke is read on the 11th Sunday of Luke. From the thirteenth week, it is only read on Saturdays and Sundays, while St. Mark’s Gospel is again read on the remaining weekdays
  4. The Gospel of St. Mark is also read during the Lenten period on Saturdays and Sundays with the exception of the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

The annual cycle of Apostolic readings/

  • The Acts of the Apostles begin on Pascha and continue through Pentecost.
  • Epistle readings/ start on the Tuesday after Pentecost, Romans begins and the readings/ continue pretty much in order with the rest of the New Testament books. The more important readings/ are generally done on a Sunday or a Saturday with the others on the weekdays.
  • The Book of Revelation is not used in the Lectionary cycle, probably because this cycle pre-dates the addition of this book to the Bible.

Nativity interruption and yearly adjustment

From about two Sundays before Christmas, to the Sunday after the Theophany advent – Nativity -Theophany, readings/ interupr the cycle. And after that, and before the Pre-Lenten Season, there is usually an adjustment to the cycle. readings/ may be repeated or skipped depending on when Pascha fell the previous year and when it falls in the coming year. On Zacchaeus Sunday, the Sunday before the Triodion begins, the apostolic reading for the 32nd Sunday after Pentecost, and the gospel reading for the 15th Sunday of Luke, is used. This is where readings/ may be skipped if needed. If readings/ need to be repeated, many churches just count backwards from this Sunday back to the Nativity – Theophany interruption. (This skipping or repeating of scripture readings/ does not change the cycle of Tones (Prokeimenon or Alleluia Verses).

Other readings/

There are also prescribed readings/ for Sunday and Feastday Matins, Fixed Feastday and Lenten vespers, Feastday Liturgies, and some other occasions such as Weddings, Baptisms, and Burials.

Because of the Fixed Feasts, a particular day of the liturgical year may have more then one set of readings/, those based on the movable cycle listed above, and those based upon the fixed date cycle. In some cases the readings/ of the movable cycle outrank those of the fixed cycle such as Pascha, and in other cases the fixed cycle outrank those of the movable cycle such as the Nativity.

Sundays of Holy Pascha

(Festal Triodion)

From the Sunday of Holy Pascha to the Sunday of Pentecost the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of John is read.

Matins Gospels are not in the normal cycle at this time.

Ascension Thursday is also listed here.


Sunday of Holy Pascha Acts 1:1-8 John 1:1-17
John 20:19-25
(Great Vespers)
2nd Sunday after Pascha Acts 5:12-20 Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
John 20:19-31
3rd Sunday after Pascha Acts 6:1-7 Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
Mark 15:43-16:8
4th Sunday after Pascha Acts 9:32-42 Luke 24:1-12 (4th Matins Gospel)
John 5:1-15
5th Sunday after Pascha Acts 11:19-26, 29-30 John 20:1-10 (7th Matins Gospel)
John 4:5-42
6th Sunday after Pascha Acts 16:16-34 John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
John 9:1-38
Holy Ascension (Thurs.) Acts 1:1-12 Mark 16:9-20 (Matins Gospel)
Luke 24:36-53
7th Sunday after Pascha Acts 20:16-18,28-36 John 21:1-14 (10th Matins Gospel)
John 17:1-13
8th Sunday after Pascha
Holy Pentecost
Acts 2:1-11 John 20:19-23 (Matins Gospel)
John 7:37-52; 8:12




Sundays after Holy Pentecost

1st Sunday after Pentecost Heb. 11:33-12:2 Matt. 10:32-33,37-38; 19:27-30
2nd Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 2:10-16 Matt. 4:18-23
3rd Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 5:1-10 Matt. 6:22-33
4th Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 6:18-23 Matt. 8:5-13
5th Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 10:1-10 Matt. 8:28-9:1
6th Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 12:6-14 Matt. 9:1-8
7th Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 15:1-7 Matt. 9:27-35
8th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 1:10-18 Matt. 14:14-22
9th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 3:9-17 Matt. 14:22-34
10th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 4:9-16 Matt. 17:14-23
11th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 9:2-12 Matt. 18:23-35
12th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 15:1-11 Matt. 19:16-26
13th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 16:13-24 Matt. 21:33-42
14th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 1:21-2:4 Matt. 22:1-14
15th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 4:6-15 Matt. 22:35-46
16th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 6:1-10 Matt. 25:14-30
17th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 6:16-7:1 Matt. 15:21-28

(The interruption of the reading of the Gospel of Matthew after the Elevation of the Holy Cross is known as the “Lukan Jump”. This is the middle of September near the Conception of the Forerunner John, the start of the ecclesiastical Year in late Antiquity. This usually happens before the 18th Sunday)

18th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 9:6-11 1st Sunday of Luke Luke 5:1-11
19th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 11:31-12:9 2nd Sunday of Luke Luke 6:31-36
20th Sunday after Pentecost Gal. 1:11-19 3rd Sunday of Luke
Luke 7:11-16
21st Sunday after Pentecost Gal. 2:16-20 4th Sunday of Luke Luke 8:5-15
22nd Sunday after Pentecost Gal. 6:11-18 5th Sunday of Luke Luke 16:19-31
23rd Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 2:4-10 6th Sunday of Luke Luke 8:26-39
24th Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 2:14-22 7th Sunday of Luke Luke 8:41-56
25th Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 4:1-6 8th Sunday of Luke Luke 10:25-37

(The Advent Cycle can occur from the 20th Sunday after Pentecost to the 26th Sunday after Pentecost. Consult your local calendars for the exact date.)

(The weeks between the end of the Advent Cycle and the beginning of the the Triodion is continued with the Pentecost Cycle)

26th Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 5:9-19 9th Sunday of Luke Luke 12:16-21
27th Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 6:10-17 10th Sunday of Luke Luke 13:10-17
28th Sunday after Pentecost Col. 1:12-18 11th Sunday of Luke (see Advent Cycle) Luke 14:16-24
29th Sunday after Pentecost Col. 3:4-11 12th Sunday of Luke Luke 17:12-19
30th Sunday after Pentecost Col. 3:12-16 13th Sunday of Luke Luke 18:18-27
31st Sunday after Pentecost 1 Tim. 1:15-17 14th Sunday of Luke Luke 18:35-43
32nd Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday of Zacchaeus
(5th Sunday before lent)
1 Tim. 4:9-15 15th Sunday of Luke Luke 19:1-1

(Note: If Theophany readings still apply or Pascha is later, Zacchaeus Sunday may be moved to a later date. Consult a current calendar. Zacchaeus Sunday is the Sunday before the Triodion.)


Sundays Preparatory to Great Lent.

Publican and Pharisee (4th Sunday before lent) 2 Tim. 3:10-15 Luke 18:10-14
Prodigal Son (3rd Sunday before lent) 1 Cor. 6:12-20 Luke 15:11-32
Sunday of Last Judgment
(2nd Sunday before lent)
1 Cor. 8:8-9:2 Matt. 25:31-46
Forgiveness Sunday
(Sunday before lent )
Rom. 13:11-14:4 Matt. 6:14-21




Great Lent Sundays

1st Sunday of Great Lent Sunday of Orthodoxy Heb. 11:24-26,32-12:2 John 1:43-51
2nd Sunday of Great Lent St.Gregory Palamas Heb. 1:10-23
Heb. 7:26-8:2 (Gregory )
Mark 2:1-12
John 10:9-16
(Gregory )
3rd Sunday of Great Lent Adoration of the Cross Heb. 4:14-5:6 Mark 8:34-9:1
4th Sunday of Great Lent St. John of the Ladder Heb. 6:13-20
Eph. 5:9-19 (John)
Mark 9:17-31
Matt. 4:25-5:12 (John)
(Sat.) Akathist to the Most-Holy Theotokos Heb. 9:24-28
Heb. 9:1-7
Mark 8:27-31
Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28
5th Sunday of Great Lent St. Mary of Egypt Heb. 9:11-14
Gal. 3:23-29 (Mary)
Mark 10:32-45
Luke 7:36-50



Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

Lazarus Saturday Heb. 12:28-13:8 John 11:1-45
Palm Sunday Phil. 4:4-9
Matthew 21:1-11, 15-17 (Matins)

John 12:1-18

Passion Week.

Great and Holy Monday
Matt. 21:18-43
Ezekiel 1:1-20
(Sixth Hour)
Exodus 1:1-20
Job 1:1-12
Great and Holy Tuesday Matt. 22:15-23:39
Ezekiel 1:21-2:1
(Sixth Hour)
Great and Holy Wednesday John 12:17-50
Ezekiel 2:3-3:3
(Sixth Hour)
Great and Holy Thursday Luke 22:1-39
Jeremiah 11:18-12:5;9-11;14-15
(First Hour)
1 Cor. 11:23-32
Matt. 26:2-20
John 13:3-17
Matt. 26:21-39
Luke 22:43-45
Matt. 26:40-27:2
Exodus 19:10-19
Job 38:1-23;42:1-5
Isaiah 50:4-11
Great and Holy Friday

John 13:31-18:1
John 18:1-28

Matt. 26:57-75
John 18:28-19:16
Matt. 27:3-32
Mark 15:16-32
Matt. 27:33-54
Luke 23:32-49
John 19:25-37
Mark 15:43-47
John 19:38-42
Matt. 27:62-66
(12 Passion Gospels –
Matins Thursday evening)

Zachariah 11:10-13
(Royal Hour – First Hour)
Galations 6:14-18
(Royal Hour – First Hour)
Matt. 27:1-56
(Royal Hour – First Hour)
Isaiah 50:4-11
(Royal Hour – Third Hour)
Rom. 5:6-11
(Royal Hour – Third Hour)
Mark 15:16-41
(Royal Hour – Third Hour)
Isaiah 52:13-54:1
(Royal Hour – Sixth Hour)
Heb. 2:11-18
(Royal Hour – Sixth Hour)
John 18:28-19:37
(Royal Hour – Sixth Hour)
Exodus 33:11-23
Job 42:12-16
Isaiah 52:13-54:1
1 Cor. 1:18-2:2
Matt. 27:1-38
Luke 23:39-43
Matt. 27:39-54
John 19:31-37
Matt. 27:55-61
Great and Holy Saturday Ezekiel 37:1-14
(Matins Friday evening)
1 Cor. 5:6-8
Gal. 3:13-14
(Matins Friday evening)
Matt. 27:62-66
(Matins Friday evening)
Rom. 6:3-11
(Liturgy of St. Basil)
Matt. 28:1-20
(Liturgy of St. Basil)
Genesis 1:1-13
Isaiah 60:1-16
Exodus 12:1-11
Jonah (entire book)
Joshua 5:10-15
Exodus 13:20-15:19
Zephaniah 3:8-15
1 King 17:8-24
Isaiah 61:10-62:5
Genesis 22:1-18
Isaiah 61:1-9
2 Kings 4:8-37
Isaiah 63:11-64:5
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Daniel 3:1-23
Song of the Holy Children

(The complete Book of Acts is read before Matins of Pascha.)


Matins Resurrection Gospels.

A Matins Resurrection Gospel reading is read at Sunday Matins on an eleven-week cycle beginning on the Sunday after Pentecost until the Fifth Sunday of the Great. When a great feast falls on a Sunday, the reading is replasted by a Matins reading for that feastday. The same Resurrection Gospel readings are read from Pashca to Pentecost, but in a diferent order. (Passion Week Matins also has its own readings.)

  1. Matthew 28:16-20
  2. Mark 16:1-8 8
  3. Mark 16:9-20 9
  4. Luke 24:1-12 10
  5. Luke 24:12-35 11
  6. Luke 24:36-53
  7. John 20:1-10
  8. John 20:11-18
  9. John 20:19-31
  10. John 21:1-14
  11. John 21:15-25


Scripture Readings For the Twelve Great Feasts

Nativity of the Most-HolyTheotokos Genesis 28:10-17
Ezekiel 43:27-44:4
Proverbs 9:1-11
Phil. 2:5-11
Luke 1:39-49, 56(Matins)

Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

Exaltation of the Precious Cross
Exodus 15:22-16:1
Proverbs 3:11-18
Isaiah 60:11-16
1 Cor. 1:18-24 John 12:28-36(Matins)

John 19:6-11, 13-20, 5-28, 30-35

Entry of the Most-Holy Theotokos into the Temple Exodus 40:1-5,9-10,16,34-35
I Kings 7:51, 8:1, 3-4, 6-7, 9-11
Ezekiel 43:27-44:4
Heb. 9:1-7 Luke 1:39-49, 56(Matins)

Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Chris (see Advent Cycle) Gal. 4:4-7 Matt. 2:1-12
Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ (see Advent Cycle) Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 Matt. 3:13-17
Meeting of Our Lord Jesus Christ Exodus 12:15-13:16
Leviticus 12
Numbers 8
Heb. 7:7-1 Luke 2:25-32 (Matins)

Luke 2:22-40

Annunciation to the Most-Holy Theotokos Proverbs 8:22-30
(4th Vespers Reading)
Heb. 2:11-18 Luke 1:39-49, 56(Matins)

Luke 1:24-38

Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ Exodus 24:12-18
Exodus 33:11-23; 34:4-6, 8
I Kings 19:3-9, 11-13, 15-16
2 Peter 1:10-19 Luke 9:28-36(Matins)

Matt. 17:1-9

Dormition of the Most-Holy Theotokos
Genesis 28:10-17
Ezekiel 43:27-44:4
Proverbs 9:1-11
Phil. 2:5-11 Luke 1:39-49, 56(Matins)

Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

NOTE: The Readings for Holy Pascha and the Movable Great Feasts (Palm Sunday, Ascension and Pentecost) are to be found above.


Scripture Readings for Special Occasions.

For the Departed:

Monday Rom. 14:6-9 John 5:17-24
Tuesday 1 Cor. 15:39-57 John 5:24-30
Wednesday 2 Cor. 5:1-10 John 6:35-39
Thursday 1 Cor. 15:20-28 John 6:40-44
Friday 1 Cor. 15:47-57 John 6:48-54
1 Thess. 4:13-17 John 5:24-30


For Other Occasions:

For the Liturgical New Year 1 Tim. 2:1-7 Luke 4:16-22
For Civil Holidays Rom. 13:1-7 Matt. 22:15-22
In Times of Strife Eph. 6:10-17 Mark 11:23-26
In Times of Drought
James 5:10-16 Matt. 16:1-6
In Times of Fear of Earthquake Heb. 12:6-13, 25-27 Matt. 8:23-27
For the Sick James 5:10-16 Matt. 8:14-23
Mark 5:24-34
John 4:46-54
For Travelers by Land Acts 8:26-39 John 14:1-14
For Travelers by Air or Sea Acts 21:1-7 Mark 4:35-41
At the Beginning of Instruction Eph. 1:16-19; 3:19-21
Mark 10:13-16
At the Beginning of Every Good Work
Phil. 2:12-16 Matt. 7:7-11
For Every Need Eph. 5:9-21
2 Cor. 1:3-7
Luke 18:2-8
Matt. 7:7-11
Mark 11:23-26
For Giving Thanks Eph. 5:9-21 Luke 17:12-19
For Baptism
Rom. 6:3-11 Matt. 28:16-20
For Marriage Eph. 5:20-33 John 2:1-11
For Burial of Infants 1 Cor. 15:39-57 John 6:35-39
For Burial of Laymen 1 Thess. 4:13-17 John 5:24-30
For Burial of Monastics 1 Thess. 4:13-17 John 5:24-30
For Burial of Priests
1 Thess. 4:13-17
Rom. 5:13-21
1 Cor. 15:1-11
1 Cor. 15:20-28
Rom. 14:6-9
John 5:24-30
John 5:17-24
John 6:35-39
John 6:40-44
John 6:48-54

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