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The Revised Common Lectionary — Year B, Beginning Advent 2017–2018

Lectionary readings for liturgical years beginning in Advent: 2016 2017 2018

Sunday Reading Psalm New Testament Gospel
1st Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
3rd December 2017
Isa. 64:1-9Ps. 80:1-7, 17-191 Cor. 1:3-9Mk. 13:24-37
2nd Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
10th December 2017
Isa. 40:1-11Ps. 85:1-2, 8-132 Pet. 3:8-15aMk. 1:1-8
3rd Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
17th December 2017
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
24th December 2017
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 2017
[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 2017
[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 2017
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 52:7-10Ps. 98Heb. 1:1-4, (5-12)Jn. 1:1-14
1st Sunday after Christmas
Cycle B
31st December 2017
[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 2018
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 2018
Eccl. 3:1-13Ps. 8Rev. 21:1-6aMt. 25:31-46
Epiphany
Cycle B
6th January 2018
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
7th January 2018
Gen. 1:1-5Ps. 29Acts 19:1-7Mk. 1:4-11
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
14th January 2018
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
21st January 2018
Jonah 3:1-5, 10Ps. 62:5-121 Cor. 7:29-31Mk. 1:14-20
4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle B
28th January 2018
Deut. 18:15-20Ps. 1111 Cor. 8:1-13Mk. 1:21-28
Presentation of the Lord
Cycle B
2nd February 2018
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
4th February 2018
Isa. 40:21-31Ps. 147:1-11, 20c1 Cor. 9:16-23Mk. 1:29-39
Transfiguration Sunday
[Last Sunday before Lent]
Cycle B
11th February 2018
[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
14th February 2018
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
18th February 2018
Gen. 9:8-17Ps. 25:1-101 Pet. 3:18-22Mk. 1:9-15
2nd Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
25th February 2018
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
4th March 2018
Ex. 20:1-17Ps. 191 Cor. 1:18-25Jn. 2:13-22
4th Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
11th March 2018
Num. 21:4-9Ps. 107:1-3, 17-22Eph. 2:1-10Jn. 3:14-21
5th Sunday in Lent
Cycle B
18th March 2018
Jer. 31:31-34
Ps. 51:1-12
or Ps. 119:9-16
Heb. 5:5-10Jn. 12:20-33
6th Sunday in Lent
[Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday]
Cycle B – Liturgy of the Palms
25th March 2018
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
25th March 2018
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
26th March 2018
Isa. 42:1-9Ps. 36:5-11Heb. 9:11-15Jn. 12:1-11
Tuesday of Holy Week
Cycle B
27th March 2018
Isa. 49:1-7Ps. 71:1-141 Cor. 1:18-31Jn. 12:20-36
Wednesday of Holy Week
Cycle B
28th March 2018
Isa. 50:4-9aPs. 70Heb. 12:1-3Jn. 13:21-32
Maundy Thursday
Cycle B
29th March 2018
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
30th March 2018
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
31st March 2018
[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
1st April 2018
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
1st April 2018
*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
1st April 2018
[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
8th April 2018
*Acts 4:32-35Ps. 1331 Jn. 1:1-2:2 Jn. 20:19-31
Annunciation of the Lord
Cycle B
9th April 2018
Isa. 7:10-14
Ps. 45
or Ps. 40:5-10
Heb. 10:4-10Lk. 1:26-38
3rd Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
15th April 2018
*Acts 3:12-19Ps. 41 Jn. 3:1-7 Lk. 24:36b-48
4th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
22nd April 2018
*Acts 4:5-12Ps. 231 Jn. 3:16-24 Jn. 10:11-18
5th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
29th April 2018
*Acts 8:26-40Ps. 22:25-311 Jn. 4:7-21 Jn. 15:1-8
6th Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
6th May 2018
*Acts 10:44-48Ps. 981 Jn. 5:1-6 Jn. 15:9-17
Ascension of the Lord
Cycle B
10th May 2018
[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
13th May 2018
[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
20th May 2018
*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
27th May 2018
Isa. 6:1-8Ps. 29Rom. 8:12-17Jn. 3:1-17
Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Cycle B
31st May 2018
1 Sam. 2:1-10 Ps. 113Rom. 12:9-16b Lk. 1:39-57
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 4 (9)
3rd June 2018
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 5 (10)
10th June 2018
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 6 (11)
17th June 2018
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 7 (12)
24th June 2018
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 8 (13)
1st July 2018
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 9 (14)
8th July 2018
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 10 (15)
15th July 2018
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 11 (16)
22nd July 2018
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 12 (17)
29th July 2018
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 13 (18)
5th August 2018
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 14 (19)
12th August 2018
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 15 (20)
19th August 2018
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 16 (21)
26th August 2018
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 17 (22)
2nd September 2018
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 18 (23)
9th September 2018
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 2018
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 19 (24)
16th September 2018
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 20 (25)
23rd September 2018
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 21 (26)
30th September 2018
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 22 (27)
7th October 2018
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
8th October 2018
Joel 2:21-27Ps. 1261 Tim. 2:1-7Mt. 6:25-33
21st Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 23 (28)
14th October 2018
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 24 (29)
21st October 2018
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 25 (30)
28th October 2018
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 2018
Wis. 3:1-9
or Isa. 25:6-9
Ps. 24Rev. 21:1-6aJn. 11:32-44
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle B – Proper 26 (31)
4th November 2018
[If All Saints not observed on this day]
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 27 (32)
11th November 2018
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
Cycle B – Proper 28 (33)
18th November 2018
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
22nd November 2018
Joel 2:21-27Ps. 1261 Tim. 2:1-7Mt. 6:25-33
Reign of Christ
[27th Sunday after Pentecost]
Cycle B – Proper 29 (34)
25th November 2018
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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