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Environmental Reflections 
Lectionary Year B

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 B; however, input is accepted at any time.

Starting in 2006 with Lectionary Year C, the MEESC began providing reflections and comments on the earth-centered aspects of the Revised Common Lectionary Readings. By the end of the Lectionary Year B that began in November 2011, this page will be totally replaced by the Revised Common Lectionary Readings page for Year B.

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

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9a
  • Psalm 80
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
  • Gospel: Mark 13: (24-32) 33-37

Second Sunday of Advent

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11.
  • Psalm 85
  • New Testament Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15a, 18
  • Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

Third Sunday of Advent

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25
  • Psalm 126
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: (12-15)16-28
  • Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28

Fourth Sunday of Advent

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16
  • Psalm 132
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 16:25-27
  • Gospel: Luke 1:26-28

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Christmas Season

Season of Epiphany

First Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 42: 1-9
  • Psalm 89: 1-29
  • New Testament Reading: Acts 10: 34-38
  • Gospel: Mark 1:7-11

Second Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
  • Psalm 63: 1-8
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 6: 11b-20
  • Gospel: John 1:43-51

Third Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Jeremiah 3:21 4:2 
  • Psalm 130 
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:17-23
  • Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 
  • Psalm 111
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1b-13 
  • Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

  • Sermon on Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) and Gospel readings.
  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: 2 Kings 4:(8-17)18-21(22-31)32-37
  • Psalm 142
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
  • Gospel: Mark  1:29-39

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-15
  • Psalm 42 
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
  • Gospel: Mark 1:40-45

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 43: 18-25
  • Psalm 32
  • New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:18-22
  • Gospel: Mark 2:1-12

Eighth Sunday after Epiphany

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Hosea 2:14-23
  • Psalm 103
  • New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:(4-11)17 4:2 
  • Gospel: Mark 2:18-22 

Last Sunday after Epiphany

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Season of Lent

First Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in Lent

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Genesis 22:1-14
  • Psalm 16
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 8:31-39
  • Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

Third Sunday in Lent

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fifth Sunday in Lent

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Holy Week

Palm Sunday

NOTE:  If there is no other opportunity to use the texts appointed for Liturgy of the Palms, then in some years the homily or sermon might well be based on one or both of those texts rather than only and always on the texts appointed for Liturgy of the Word.  The lectionaries of all our denominations do not include the whole of Scripture, or even in some cases a representative text of some important portions of it.

The Liturgy of the Palms

The Liturgy of the Word

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

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Easter Season

Easter Sunday

Services of Easter

Easter 2

Easter 3

  • General Reflection on Micah 4:1-5; Acts 4:5-12; 1 John 1:1-2:2; and Luke 24:36b-48
  • First Lesson: Acts 4:5-12 or Micah 4:1-5
  • Psalm 98
  • New Testament Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:2 or Acts 4:5-12
  • Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48

Easter 4

  • General Reflection on John 10:11-16, Ezekiel 34:1-10; Acts 4:32-37; I John 3:1-8
  • First Lesson: Acts 4:(23-31)32-37 or Ezekiel 34:1-10
  • Psalm 23 or 100
  • New Testament Reading: 1 John 3:1-8 or Acts 4:(23-31)32-37 
  • Gospel: John 10:11-16 

Easter 5

  • First Lesson: Acts 8:26-40 or Deuteronomy 4:32-40
  • Psalm: 66:1-11 or 66:1-8
  • New Testament Reading: 1 John 3:(14-17)18-24 or Acts 8:26-40 
  • Gospel: John 14:15-21

Easter 6

  • First Lesson: Acts 11:19-30 or Isaiah 45:11-13,18-19
  • Psalm 33 or 33:1-8,18-22
  • New Testament Reading: 1 John 4:7-21 or Acts 11:19-30
  • Gospel: John 15:9-17

Easter 7

  • First Lesson: Acts 1:15-26 or Exodus 28:1-4,9-10,29-30
  • Psalm: 68:1-20 or 47
  • New Testament Reading: 1 John 5:9-15 or Acts 1:15-26
  • Gospel:John 17:11b-19 

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Season of Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday

Trinity

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Exodus 3:1-6
  • Psalm 93 or Canticle 2 or 13
  • New Testament Reading: Romans 8:12-17
  • Gospel: John 3:1-16

Proper 1

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: 2 Kings 5: 1-15
  • Psalm 42 
  • New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27
  • Gospel: Mark 1: 40-45 

Proper 2

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 43: 18-25
  • Psalm 32 
  • New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 1: 18-22
  • Gospel: Mark 2: 1-12

Proper 3

Proper 4

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Deuteronomy 5: 6-21
  • Psalm 81
  • New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 5-12
  • Gospel: Mark 2: 23-28

Proper 5

Proper 6

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Ezekiel 31: 1-6, 10-14
  • Psalm 92
  • New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 1-10
  • Gospel: Mark 4: 26-34

Proper 7

Proper 8

Proper 9

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Ezekiel 2: 1-7
  • Psalm 123 
  • New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10
  • Gospel: Mark 6: 1-6

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Proper 10

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Amos 7: 7-15
  • Psalm 85 
  • New Testament Reading: Ephesians 1: 1-14
  • Gospel: Mark 6: 7-13

Proper 11

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 57: 14b-21
  • Psalm 22: 22-30 
  • New Testament Reading: Ephesians 2: 11-22
  • Gospel: Mark 6: 30-44

Proper 12

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-15
  • Psalm 114
  • New Testament Reading: Ephesians 4: 1-7,11-16
  • Gospel: Mark 6: 45-52

Proper 13

Proper 14

Proper 15

Proper 16

Proper 17

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-9
  • Psalm 15
  • New Testament Reading:  Ephesians 6:10-20
  • Gospel: Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

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Proper 18

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 35:4-7a
  • Psalm 146 or Psalm 146: 4-9
  • New Testament Reading: James 1:17-27
  • Gospel: Mark 7:31-37 

Proper 19

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9
  • New Testament Reading: James 2:1-5,8-10,14-18
  • Gospel: Mark 8:27-38 or Mark 9:14-29

Proper 20

Proper 21

Proper 22

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:  Genesis 2:18-24
  • Psalm 8 or Psalm 128
  • New Testament Reading: Hebrews 2:(1-8) 9-18 
  • Gospel: Mark 10:2-9 

Proper 23

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:  Amos 5:6-7,10-15
  • Psalm 90 or 90:1-8,12
  • New Testament Reading: Hebrews 3:1-6 
  • Gospel: Mark 10:17-27(28-31)

Proper 24

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Isaiah 53: 4-12
  • Psalm 91
  • New Testament Reading: Hebrews 4: 12-16:
  • Gospel: Mark 10: 35-45

Proper 25

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Proper 27

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: 1 Kings 17: 8-16 
  • Psalm 146: 4-9
  • New Testament Reading: Hebrews 9: 24-28 
  • Gospel: Mark 12: 38-44 

Proper 28

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Daniel 12:1-4a (5-13)
  • Psalm 16
  • New Testament Reading: Hebrews 10:31-39
  • Gospel: Mark 13: 14-23

Proper 29

  • Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading: Daniel 7: 9-14 (5-13)
  • Psalm 93
  • New Testament Reading: Revelation 1:1-8
  • Gospel: John 18:33-37 or Mark 11: 1-11
 

We are looking for your input!

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c/o C. Morello
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