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The Revised Common Lectionary — Year A, Beginning Advent 2019–2020

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

Sunday Reading Psalm New Testament Gospel
1st Sunday of Advent
Cycle A
1st December 2019
Isa. 2:1-5Ps. 122Rom 13:11-14Mt. 24:36-44
2nd Sunday of Advent
Cycle A
8th December 2019
Isa. 11:1-10Ps. 72:1-7, 18-19Rom 15:4-13Mt. 3:1-12
3rd Sunday of Advent
Cycle A
15th December 2019
Isa. 35:1-10
Ps. 146:5-10
or Lk. 1:47-55
Jas 5:7-10Mt. 11:2-11
4th Sunday of Advent
Cycle A
22nd December 2019
Isa. 7:10-16Ps. 80:1-7, 17-19Rom 1:1-7Mt. 1:18-25
Nativity of the Lord
Cycle A – Proper I
25th December 2019
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 9:2-7Ps. 96Tit. 2:11-14Lk. 2: 1-14, (15-20)
Nativity of the Lord
Cycle A – Proper II
25th December 2019
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 62:6-12Ps. 97Tit. 3:4-7Lk. 2:(1-7), 15-20
Nativity of the Lord
Cycle A – Proper III
25th December 2019
[Christmas Eve and Day]
Isa. 52:7-10Ps. 98Heb. 1:1-4, (5-12)Jn. 1:1-14
1st Sunday after Christmas Day
Cycle A
29th December 2019
[The following readings are used on the 1st Sunday after Christmas unless the readings for The Epiphany of the Lord are preferred.]
Isa. 63:7-9Ps. 148Heb. 2:10-18Mt. 2:13-23
Holy Name of Jesus
[Mary, Mother of God]
Cycle A
1st January 2020
Num. 6:22-27Ps. 8
Gal. 4:4-7
or Phil. 2:5-11
Lk. 2:15-21
New Year's Day
Cycle A
1st January 2020
Eccl. 3:1-13Ps. 8Rev. 21:1-6aMt. 25:31-46
2nd Sunday after Christmas Day
Cycle A
5th January 2020
[When Epiphany is celebrated on a weekday following the Second Sunday after Christmas Day.]
Jer. 31:7-14
or Sir. 24:1-12
Ps. 147:12-20
or Wis. 10:15-21
Eph. 1:3-14Jn. 1:(1-9), 10-18
Epiphany of the Lord
Cycle A
6th January 2020
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 A
12th January 2020
Isa. 42:1-9Ps. 29Acts 10:34-43Mt. 3:13-17
2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle A
19th January 2020
Isa. 49:1-7Ps. 40:1-111 Cor. 1:1-9Jn. 1:29-42
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle A
26th January 2020
Isa. 9:1-4Ps. 27:1, 4-91 Cor. 1:10-18Mt. 4:12-23
4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle A
2nd February 2020
Micah 6:1-8Ps. 151 Cor. 1:18-31Mt. 5:1-12
Presentation of the Lord
Cycle A
2nd February 2020
Mal. 3:1-4
Ps. 84
or Psalm 24:7-10
Heb. 2:14-18Lk. 2:22-40
5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle A
9th February 2020
Isa. 58:1-9a, (9b-12)Ps. 112:1-9 (10)1 Cor. 2:1-12, (13-16)Mt. 5:13-20
6th Sunday after the Epiphany
Cycle A
16th February 2020
Deut. 30:15-20
or Sir. 15:15-20
Ps. 119:1-81 Cor. 3:1-9Mt. 5:21-37
Transfiguration Sunday
[Last Sunday before Lent]
Cycle A
23rd February 2020
[Readings used in Churches where the Last Sunday after Epiphany is observed as Transfiguration Sunday.]
Ex. 24:12-18
Ps. 2
or Ps. 99
2 Pet. 1:16-21
Mt. 17:1-9
Ash Wednesday
Cycle A
26th February 2020
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 A
1st March 2020
Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7Ps. 32Rom. 5:12-19Mt. 4:1-11
2nd Sunday in Lent
Cycle A
8th March 2020
Gen. 12:1-4aPs. 121Rom. 4:1-5, 13-17
Jn. 3:1-17
or Mt. 17:1-9
3rd Sunday in Lent
Cycle A
15th March 2020
Ex. 17:1-7Ps. 95Rom. 5:1-11Jn. 4:5-42
4th Sunday in Lent
Cycle A
22nd March 2020
1 Sam. 16: 1-13Ps. 23Eph. 5:8-14Jn. 9:1-41
Annunciation of the Lord
Cycle A
25th March 2020
Isa. 7:10-14
Ps. 45
or Ps. 40:5-10
Heb. 10:4-10Lk. 1:26-38
5th Sunday in Lent
Cycle A
29th March 2020
Ezek. 37:1-14Ps. 130Rom. 8:6-11Jn. 11:1-45
6th Sunday in Lent
[Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday]
Cycle A – Liturgy of the Palms
5th April 2020
Mt. 21:1-11Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29
6th Sunday in Lent
[Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday]
Cycle A – Liturgy of the Passion
5th April 2020
Isa. 50:4-9aPs. 31:9-16Phil. 2:5-11
Mt. 26:14–27:66
or Mt. 27:11-54
Monday of Holy Week
Cycle A
6th April 2020
Isa. 42:1-9Ps. 36:5-11Heb. 9:11-15Jn. 12:1-11
Tuesday of Holy Week
Cycle A
7th April 2020
Isa. 49:1-7Ps. 71:1-141 Cor. 1:18-31Jn. 12:20-36
Wednesday of Holy Week
Cycle A
8th April 2020
Isa. 50:4-9aPs. 70Heb. 12:1-3Jn. 13:21-32
Maundy Thursday
Cycle A
9th April 2020
Ex. 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14Ps. 116:1-2, 12-191 Cor. 11:23-36Jn. 13:1-17, 31b-35
Good Friday
Cycle A
10th April 2020
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 A
11th April 2020
[Services other than Easter Vigil.]
Job. 14:1-14
or Lam. 3:1-9, 19-24
Ps. 31:1-4, 15-16
1 Pet. 4:1-8
Mt. 27:57-66
or Jn. 19:38-42
Easter Vigil
Cycle A
11th April 2020
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
Mt. 28:1-10
Easter Day
[Resurrection of the Lord]
Cycle A
12th April 2020
*Acts 10:34-43
or Jer. 31:1-6
Ps. 118:1-2, 14-24
Col. 3:1-4
or Acts 10:34-43
Jn. 20:1-18
or Mt. 28:1-10
Easter Evening
Cycle A
12th April 2020
[When the main Easter service is late in the day.]
Isa. 25:6-9Ps. 1141 Cor. 5:6b-8Lk. 24:13-49
2nd Sunday of Easter
Cycle A
19th April 2020
*Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Ps. 161 Pet. 1:3-9Jn. 20:19-31
3rd Sunday of Easter
Cycle A
26th April 2020
*Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Ps. 116:1-4, 12-191 Pet. 1:17-23Lk. 24:13-35
4th Sunday of Easter
Cycle A
3rd May 2020
*Acts 2:42-47
Ps. 231 Pet. 2:19-25Jn. 10:1-10
5th Sunday of Easter
Cycle A
10th May 2020
*Acts 7:55-60
Ps. 31:1-5, 15-161 Pet. 2:2-10Jn. 14:1-14
6th Sunday of Easter
Cycle A
17th May 2020
*Acts 17:22-31
Ps. 66:8-201 Pet. 3:13-22Jn. 14:15-21
Ascension of the Lord
Cycle A
21st May 2020
[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 A
24th May 2020
[If Ascension not observed here.]
*Acts 1:6-14
Ps. 68:1-10, 32-351 Pet. 4:12-14; 5:6-11Jn. 17:1-11
Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Cycle A
31st May 2020
*1 Sam. 2:1-10
Ps. 113Rom. 12:9-16bLk. 1:39-57
Day of Pentecost
Cycle A
31st May 2020
*Acts 2:1-21
or Num. 11:24-30
Ps. 104:24-34, 35b
1 Cor. 12:3b-13
or Acts 2:1-21
Jn. 20:19-23
or Jn. 7:37-39
Trinity Sunday
[1st Sunday after Pentecost]
Cycle A
7th June 2020
Gen. 1:1–2:4a
Ps. 82 Cor. 13:11-13Mt. 28:16-20
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 6 (11)
14th June 2020
Gen. 18:1-15, (21:1-7)

Alternate Reading:
Ex. 19:2-8a
Ps. 116:1-2, 12-19

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 100
Rom. 4:13-25Mt. 9:9-13, 18-26
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 7 (12)
21st June 2020
Gen. 21:8-21

Alternate Reading:
Jer. 20:7-13
Ps. 86:1-10, 16-17

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18
Rom. 6:1b-11Mt. 10:24-39
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 8 (13)
28th June 2020
Gen. 22:1-14

Alternate Reading:
Jer. 28:5-9
Ps. 13

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 89:1-4, 15-18
Rom. 6:12-23Mt. 10:40-52
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 9 (14)
5th July 2020
Gen. 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

Alternate Reading:
Zech. 9:9-12
Ps. 45:10-17
or Song. 2:8-13

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 145:8-14
Rom. 7:15-25aMt. 11:16-19, 25-30
6th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 10 (15)
12th July 2020
Gen. 25:19-34

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 55:10-13
Ps. 119:105-112

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 65:(1-8), 9-13
Rom. 8:1-11Mt. 13:1-9, 18-23
7th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 11 (16)
19th July 2020
Gen. 28:10-19a

Alternate Reading:
Wis. 12:13, 16-19
or Isa. 44:6-8
Ps. 139:1-12, 23-24

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 86:11-17
Rom. 8:12-25Mt. 13:24-30, 36-43
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 12 (17)
26th July 2020
Gen. 29:15-28

Alternate Reading:
1 Kgs. 3:5-12
Ps. 105:1-11, 45b
or Ps. 128

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 119:129-136
Rom. 8:26-39Mt. 13:31-33, 44-52
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 13 (18)
2nd August 2020
Gen. 32:22-31

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 55:1-5
Ps. 17:1-7, 15

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 145:8-9, 14-21
Rom. 9:1-5Mt. 14: 13-21
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 14 (19)
9th August 2020
Gen. 37:1-4, 12-28

Alternate Reading:
1 Kgs. 19:9-18
Ps. 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b

Alternate Psalm:
Ps.85:8-13
Rom. 10:5-15Mt. 14:22-33
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 15 (20)
16th August 2020
Gen. 45:1-15

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 56:1, 6-8
Ps. 133

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 67
Rom. 11:1-2a, 29-32Mt. 15:(10-20), 21-28
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 16 (21)
23rd August 2020
Ex. 1:8-2;10

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 51:1-6
Ps. 124

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 138
Rom. 12:1-8Mt. 16:13-20
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 17 (22)
30th August 2020
Ex. 3:1-15

Alternate Reading:
Jer. 15:15-21
Ps. 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 26:1-8
Rom. 12:9-21
Mt. 16:21-28
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 18 (23)
6th September 2020
Ex. 12:1-14

Alternate Reading:
Ezek. 33:7-11
Ps. 149

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 119:33-40
Rom. 13:8-14Mt. 18:15-20
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 19 (24)
13th September 2020
Ex. 14:19-31

Alternate Reading:
Gen. 50:15-21
Ps. 114
or Ex. 15:1b-11, 20-21

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 103:(1-7), 8-13
Rom. 14:1-12Mt. 18:21-35
Holy Cross
Cycle A
14th September 2020
Num. 21:4b-9
Ps. 98:1-5
or Ps. 78:1-2, 34-38
1 Cor. 1:18-24Jn. 3:13-17
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 20 (25)
20th September 2020
Ex. 16:2-15

Alternate Reading:
Jonah 3:10-4:11
Ps. 105:1-6, 37-45

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 145:1-8
Phil. 1:21-30Mt. 20:1-16
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 21 (26)
27th September 2020
Ex. 17:1-7

Alternate Reading:
Ezek. 18:1-4, 25-32
Ps. 78:1-4, 12-16

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 25:1-9
Phil. 2:1-13Mt. 21:23-32
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 22 (27)
4th October 2020
Ex. 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 5:1-7
Ps. 19

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 80:7-15
Phil. 3:4b-14
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 23 (28)
11th October 2020
Ex. 32:1-14

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 25:1-9
Ps. 106:1-6, 19-23

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 23
Phil. 4:1-9Mt. 22:1-14
Canadian Thanksgiving Day
Cycle A
12th October 2020
Deut. 8:7-18Wis. 10:15-212 Cor. 9:6-15Lk. 17:11-19
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 24 (29)
18th October 2020
Ex. 33:12-23

Alternate Reading:
Isa. 45:1-7
Ps. 99

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 96:1-9, (10-13)
1 Thess. 1:1-10Mt. 22:15-22
21st Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 25 (30)
25th October 2020
[If All Saints not observed on this day]
Deut. 34:1-12

Alternate Reading:
Lev. 19:1-2, 15-18
Ps. 90:1-6, 13-17

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 1
1 Thess. 2:1-8Mt. 22:34-46
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 26 (31)
1st November 2020
Josh. 3:7-17

Alternate Reading:
Micah 3:5-12
Ps. 107:1-7, 33-37

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 43
1 Thess. 2:9-13Mt. 23:1-12
All Saints Day
Cycle A
1st November 2020
[Sometimes observed on first Sunday in November]
Rev. 7:9-17Ps. 34:1-10, 221 Jn. 3:1-3Mt. 5:1-12
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 27 (32)
8th November 2020
Josh. 24:1-3a, 14-25

Alternate Reading:
Wis. 6:12-16
or Amos 5:18-24
Ps. 78:1-7

Alternate Psalm:
Wis. 6:17-20
or Ps. 70
1 Thess. 4:13-18Mt. 25:1-13
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Cycle A – Proper 28 (33)
15th November 2020
Judg. 4:1-7

Alternate Reading:
Zeph. 1:7, 12-18
Ps. 123

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 90:1-8, (9-11), 12
1 Thess. 5:1-11Mt. 25:14-30
25th Sunday after Pentecost
[Reign of Christ]
Cycle A – Proper 29 (34)
22nd November 2020
Ezek. 34:11-16, 20-24

Alternate Reading:
Ezek. 34:11-16, 20-24
Ps. 100

Alternate Psalm:
Ps. 95:1-7a
Eph. 1:15-23Mt. 25:31-46
Thanksgiving Day, USA
Cycle A
26th November 2020
Deut. 8:7-18Ps. 652 Cor. 9:6-15Lk. 17:11-19

 

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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