Minnesota Episcopal Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Church in Minnesota
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We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.

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Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds

Resolution on Creation Season

Resolution on Green Congregations

Environmental Reflections Holy Days and Feast Days (Revised Common Lectionary)

In 1996, starting with Lectionary Year B, the MEESC launched a multi-year project to complete reflections and comments on the earth-centered aspects of the Lectionary readings. Work on filling the gaps for Holy Days will be undertaken each time we approach specific Holy Days; however, input is accepted at any time. If you would like to contribute, please see the directions at the end of this page.

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Feast Days

The following Feast Days have reflections for one or more of their designated readings or a general reflection about the day.

St. Andrew (November 30):

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Deuteronomy 30: 11-14
  • Psalm 19: 1-6
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 10: 8b-18
  • Gospel: Matthew 4:18-22

Holy Name of Jesus (January 1):

  • General Reflections
  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Numbers 6: 22-17
  • Psalm 8
  • New Testament Reading: Galatians 4: 4-7 or Philippians 2: 9-13
  • Gospel: Luke 2:15-21

The Transfiguration (August 6):

  • General Reflections
  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 34:1-8
  • Psalm 99
  • New Testament Reading: 2 Peter 1: 13-21
  • Gospel: Luke 9:28-36

Holy Cross Day (September 14):

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading : Isaiah 45: 21-25
  • Psalm 98 or 98: 1-4
  • New Testament Reading: Philippians 2: 5-11 or Galatians 6: 14-18
  • Gospel: Johm 12: 31-36a

As we receive reflections and comments on a specific Holy Day, we will add them to this listing. If you would like to contribute, please see the directions at the end of this page.

Holy Days

The days on the left represent Sundays and Holy Days where the readings and the reflections are the same each year and do not appear separately in the Lectionary Readings by Year. Click on the season you seek.


Christmas Day

Christmas Day I
Christmas Day II
  • Old Testament Reading (Hebrew Scripture): Isaiah 62: 6-12
  • Psalm 97
  • New Testament Reading: Titus 3: 4-7
  • Gospel:Luke 2: (1-7) 8-20
Christmas Day III
  • Old Testament Reading (Hebrew Scripture): Isaiah 52: 7-10
  • Psalm 98
  • New Testament Reading: Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12)
  • Gospel: John 1:1-14

First Sunday after Christmas

Second Sunday after Christmas

The Epiphany

The Epiphany (Jan 6)

Season of Lent

Ash Wednesday

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

  • Old Testament Reading (Hebrew Scripture): Isaiah 52:1353:12
  • Psalm 22
  • New Testament Reading: Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4: 14-16; 5: 7-9
  • Gospel: John 18: 1 19: 42

Holy Saturday

  • Meditation on Holy Saturday readings (by John G. Gibbs, PhD)
  • Old Testament Reading (Hebrew Scripture): Job 14: 1-14 or Lamentations 3: 1-9, 19-24
  • Psalm 31: 1-4, 15-16
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 4: 1-8
  • Gospel: Matthew 27: 57-66 or John 19: 38-42

Season of Easter

Easter Sunday

Easter Vigil

Easter Evening

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 25: 6-9
  • Psalm 114
  • New Testament: 1 Corinthians 5: 6b-8
  • Gospel: Luke 24:13-49


Vigil of Pentecost

  • Gospel: John 7: 37-39a
Copyright Statement

We are looking for your input!

To provide your comments and thoughts to a reading without any comments, please send an e-mail to any member of the MEESC or our Webverger or send a letter to:
MEESC c/o C. Morello 4451 Lakeside Drive Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

The MEESC assumes that all correspondence received is for publication on this web site. If your comments are not for publication, please so note on your correspondence. The MEESC reserves the right to decide which items are included on the web site.

This page last updated 2013-03-06.

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