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Environmental Reflections 
Lectionary Year A – 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 Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary readings. Major work on filling the gaps in this page will be undertaken each time we are in Year C; however, input is accepted at any time. The Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary pages will remain accessible until after the end of Lectionary Year C in 2010.

Starting in 2006 with Lectionary Year C, the MEESC also began providing reflections and comments on the earth-centered aspects of the Revised Common Lectionary Readings.

If you would like to contribute, please see the directions at the end of this page.

Linked to the Sundays and Holy Days are available commentaries, sermons, and thoughts pertaining to the readings selected for that day that we have received. If you would like to scroll to various seasons of the liturgical year, please click on the season:


Season of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
  • Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 15:4-13
  • Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12

Third Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Christmas Season

Season of Epiphany

The Epiphany

First Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 42: 1-9
  • Psalm 29
  • New Testament Reading: Acts 10: 34-43
  • Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17

Second Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 49:1-7
  • Psalm 40:1-12
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 
  • Gospel: John 1: 29-42

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Micah 6:1-8
  • Psalm 15
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 
  • Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58: 1-9a (9b-12)  
  • Psalm 112: 1-9 (10) 
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-11
  • Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20 

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 30: 15-25 or Sirach 15: 15-20
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9
  • Gospel: Matthew 5: 21-37

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18
  • Psalm 119: 33-40
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-23
  • Gospel: Matthew 5: 38-48

Eighth Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 49: 8-16a
  • Psalm 131
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5
  • Matthew 6: 24-34

Last Sunday after Epiphany

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Season of Lent

Ash Wednesday

First Sunday in Lent

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Genesis 2: 15-17; 3:1-7
  • Psalm 32
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 5: 12-19 
  • Gospel: Matthew 4: 1-11 

Second Sunday in Lent

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Genesis 12: 1-4a
  • Psalm 121
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 
  • Gospel: John 3: 1-17

Third Sunday in Lent

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Exodus 17: 1-7
  • Psalm 95
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 5: 1-11 
  • Gospel: John 4: 5-42 

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering Sunday)

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 
  • Psalm 23
  • New Testament Reading: Ephesians 5: 8-14 
  • Gospel: John 9: 1-41

Fifth Sunday in Lent

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 37: 1-14
  • Psalm 130 
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 8: 6-11
  • Gospel: John 11: 1-45 

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Holy Week

Palm Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Word

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

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Easter Season

Note: For the Easter Season, Year A, the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota recommended its congregations celebrate a Creation Season. Each week of the season has a link to that week's Creation Season Reflections. To get to the complete Creation Season materials, click here.

Easter Sunday

First Service of Easter

Easter 2

Easter 3

Easter 4

Easter 5

Easter 6

Easter 7

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Season of Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday (Whitsunday)

Trinity Sunday

A Note about the Propers:

The major difference between the Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary is in the Propers (the Sundays after Pentecost). There are no readings for Proper 1 and Proper 2.

One track (called here "Semi-Continuous Track") arranges the Old Testament Readings in a semi-continuous narrative, similar to the way the Epistles are read in ordinary time. Year C focuses on the Prophets, arranged in chronological order, with heavy emphasis on Jeremiah.

The other track (called here "Gospel Theme Track") is similar to the Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary, wherein the Reading from the Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) is chosen to complement the themes of the particular Gospel reading for the day.

Both tracks use the same New Testament Reading and Gospel.

[Source: Revised Common Lectionary: Episcopal Edition, St. Mark's Press, Wichita, KS (ISBN 0-9618112-4-2)]

Proper 3

If the Sunday between May 24 and May 28 inclusive follows Trinity Sunday, the Proper for the Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany is used. (Source: Revised Common Lectionary: Episcopal Edition, St. Mark's Press, Wichita, KS, page 297)

Proper 4 (May 29-June 4)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 6: 9-22; 7: 24; 8:14-19 Deuteronomy 11: 18-21, 26-28
Psalm Psalm 46 Psalm 31: 1-5; 19-24
New Testament Reading
Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28, (29-31)
Gospel
Matthew 7: 21-29

 

Proper 5 (June 5-June 11)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 12: 1-9 Hosea 5:15 – 6:6
Psalm Psalm 33: 1-12 Psalm 50: 7-15
New Testament Reading
Romans 4: 13-25
Gospel
Matthew 9: 9-13

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Proper 6 (June 12-June 18)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 18: 1-15, (21: 1-7) Exodus 19: 2-8a
Psalm Psalm 116:1, 10-17 Psalm 100
New Testament Reading
Romans 5: 1-8
Gospel
Matthew 9:35 –10:8, (9-23)

 

Proper 7 (June 19-June 25)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 21: 8-21 Jeremiah 20: 7-13
Psalm Psalm 86: 1-10, 16-17 Psalm 69: 8-11, (12-17), 18-20
New Testament Reading
Romans 6: 1b-11
Gospel

 

Proper 8 (June 26-July 2)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 22: 1-14 Jeremiah 28: 5-9
Psalm Psalm 13 Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18
New Testament Reading
Romans 6: 12-23
Gospel
Matthew 10: 40-42

 

Proper 9 (July 3-July 9)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Zechariah 9: 9-12
Psalm Psalm 45:11-18 or
Song of Solomon 2: 8-13
Psalm 145: 8-15
New Testament Reading
Romans 7: 15-25a
Gospel

 

Proper 10 (July 10-July 16)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 25: 19-34 Isaiah 55: 10-13
Psalm Psalm 119: 105-112 Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-14
New Testament Reading
Romans 8: 1-11
Gospel
Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-2

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Proper 11 (July 17-July 23)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 28: 10-19a Wisdom of Solomon12: 13, 16-19
or Isaiah 44: 6-8
Psalm Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23 Psalm 86: 11-17
New Testament Reading
Romans 8:12-25
Gospel

 

Proper 12 (July 24-July 30)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 29: 15-28 1 Kings 3: 5-12
Psalm Psalm 105: 1-11, 45b
or Psalm 128
Psalm 119: 121-136
New Testament Reading
Romans 8: 26-39
Gospel
Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52

 

Proper 13 (July 31-August 6)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 32: 22-31 Isaiah 55: 1-5
Psalm Psalm 17: 1-7, 16 Psalm 145: 8-9, 15-22
New Testament Reading
Romans 9: 1-5
Gospel

 

Proper 14 (August 7-August 13)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28 1 Kings 19: 9-18
Psalm Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b Psalm 85: 8-13
New Testament Reading
Romans 10: 5-15
Gospel

 

Proper 15 (August 14-August 20)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 45: 1-15 Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8
Psalm Psalm 133 Psalm 67
New Testament Reading
Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32
Gospel

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Proper 16 (August 21-August 27)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 1:8—2:10 Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm Psalm 124 Psalm 138
New Testament Reading
Gospel
Matthew 16:13-20

 

Proper 17
(August 28-September 3)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 3: 1-15 Jeremiah 15: 15-21
Psalm Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c Psalm 26: 1-8
New Testament Reading
Romans 12: 9-21
Gospel
Matthew 16: 21-27

 

Proper 18
(September 4-September 10)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 12: 1-14 Ezekiel 33: 7-11
Psalm Psalm 149 Psalm 119:33-40
New Testament Reading
Romans 13: 8-14
Gospel
Matthew 18:15-20
General Reflection on the Gospel Theme Track Readings

 

Proper 19
(September 11-September 17)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 14: 19-31 Genesis 50: 15-21
Psalm Psalm 114 or
Exodus 15: 1b-11, 20-21
Psalm 103: (1-7), 8-13
New Testament Reading
Romans 14: 1-12
Gospel
Matthew 18: 21-35
General Reflection on the Gospel Theme Track Readings
(except Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture)

 

Proper 20
(September 18-September 24)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 16: 2-15 Jonah 3:10-4:11
Psalm Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45 Psalm 145:1-8
New Testament Reading
Philippians 1:21-30
Gospel
Matthew 20:1-16

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Proper 21
(September 25-October 1)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 17: 1-7 Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32
Psalm Psalm 78: 1-4, 12-16 Psalm 25: 1-8
New Testament Reading
Gospel

 

Proper 22
(October 2-October 8)

   
Creation Season 2008 Information for this Sunday (Special Recognition of the Place of Food in our Lives), Proper 22-25
  Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Isaiah 5: 1-7
Psalm Psalm 19 Psalm 80:7-14
New Testament Reading
Philippians 3: 4b-14
Gospel
Matthew 21:33-46
General Reflection on the Gospel Theme Track Readings (except New Testament)

 

Proper 23
(October 9-October 15)

   
Creation Season 2008 Information for this Sunday (Special Recognition of the Place of Food in our Lives), Proper 22-25
  Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 32: 1-14 Isaiah 25: 1-9
Psalm Psalm 106: 1-6; 19-23 Psalm 23 
New Testament Reading
Gospel
Matthew 22:1-14

 

Proper 24
(October 16-October 22)

   
Creation Season 2008 Information for this Sunday (Special Recognition of the Place of Food in our Lives), Proper 22-25
  Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 33: 12-23 Isaiah 45: 1-7
Psalm Psalm 99 Psalm 96: 1-9, (10-13)
New Testament Reading
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10
Gospel
Matthew 22:15-22

 

Proper 25
(October 23-October 29)

   
Creation Season 2008 Information for this Sunday (Special Recognition of the Place of Food in our Lives), Proper 22-25
  Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Deuteronomy 34: 1-12 Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18
Psalm Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17 Psalm 1
New Testament Reading
1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8
Gospel
Matthew 22: 34-46

 

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Proper 26
(October 30-November 5)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Joshua 3: 7-17 Micah 3: 5-12
Psalm Psalm 107: 1-7, 33-37 Psalm 43
New Testament Reading
Gospel
Matthew 23: 1-12

 

Proper 27
(November 6-November 12)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25 Wisdom of Solomon 6: 12-16
or Amos 5:18-24
Psalm Psalm 78: 1-7 Wisdom of Solomon 6: 12-16
or Psalm 70
New Testament Reading
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel

 

Proper 28
(November 13-November 19)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Judges 4: 1-7 Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-18
Psalm Psalm 123 Psalm 90: 1-8, (9-11), 12
New Testament Reading
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11
Gospel
Matthew 25: 14-30

 

Proper 29 (Last Sunday after Pentecost)
(November 20-November 26)

Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24 Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24
Psalm Psalm 100 Psalm 95:1-7a
New Testament Reading
Ephesians 1: 15-23
Gospel
Matthew 25: 31-46
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