Scripture readings/ Throughout the Year
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:
- The Gospel of St. John is read from Pascha until Pentecost Sunday
- 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
- 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
- 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).
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
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
|2nd Sunday after Pascha||Acts 5:12-20||Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel)
|3rd Sunday after Pascha||Acts 6:1-7||Mark 16:9-20 (3rd Matins Gospel)
|4th Sunday after Pascha||Acts 9:32-42||Luke 24:1-12 (4th Matins Gospel)
|5th Sunday after Pascha||Acts 11:19-26, 29-30||John 20:1-10 (7th Matins Gospel)
|6th Sunday after Pascha||Acts 16:16-34||John 20:11-18 (8th Matins Gospel)
|Holy Ascension (Thurs.)||Acts 1:1-12||Mark 16:9-20 (Matins Gospel)
|7th Sunday after Pascha||Acts 20:16-18,28-36||John 21:1-14 (10th Matins Gospel)
|8th Sunday after Pascha
|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
|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
Meatfare (2nd Sunday before lent)
|1 Cor. 8:8-9:2||Matt. 25:31-46|
Cheesefare (Sunday before lent )
|Rom. 13:11-14:4||Matt. 6:14-21|
- See also: Scripture Readings for Weekdays of Pre-Lent
- See also: Scripture Readings for Saturdays of Pre-Lent and Lent
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 )
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
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)
Luke 7:36-50 (Mary)
- See also: Scripture Readings for Weekdays of Lent
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)
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.)
- Matthew 28:16-20
- Mark 16:1-8 8
- Mark 16:9-20 9
- Luke 24:1-12 10
- Luke 24:12-35 11
- Luke 24:36-53
- John 20:1-10
- John 20:11-18
- John 20:19-31
- John 21:1-14
- John 21:15-25
Scripture Readings For the Twelve Great Feasts
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:
- See: lectionarie on OCA site.
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