The Catholic Lectionary for Mass (1998 USA Edition)
tables compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

Readings for the Sundays of Advent

NOTE: The new "Liturgical Year"always begins on the First Sunday of Advent, not on Jan. 1:

Advent 2013 is part of the 2014 liturgical year (Sunday Cycle A), which begins on December 1, 2013.
Advent 2014 is part of the 2015 liturgical year (Sunday Cycle B), which begins on November 30, 2014.
Advent 2015 is part of the 2016 liturgical year (Sunday Cycle C), which begins on November 29, 2015.

See the Calendar of Lectionary Cycles and Movable Liturgical Feasts for other years.

Date # Sunday First Reading Responsorial Psalm Second Reading Alleluia Verse Gospel
12/1/13 1 1st Sunday of Advent - A Isa 2:1-5 Ps 122:1-2, 3-4a, 4b-5, 6-7, 8-9 Rom 13:11-14 Ps 85:8 Matt 24:37-44
12/8/13 4 2nd Sunday of Advent - A Isa 11:1-10 Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Rom 15:4-9 Luke 3:4+6 Matt 3:1-12
12/15/13 7 3rd Sunday of Advent - A Isa 35:1-6a, 10 Ps 146:6c-7, 8-9a, 9b-10 Jas 5:7-10 Isa 61:1 (cited in Lk 4:18) Matt 11:2-11
12/22/13 10 4th Sunday of Advent - A Isa 7:10-14 Ps 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 Rom 1:1-7 Matt 1:23 Matt 1:18-24
11/30/14 2 1st Sunday of Advent - B Isa 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 1 Cor 1:3-9 Ps 85:8 Mark 13:33-37
12/7/14 5 2nd Sunday of Advent - B Isa 40:1-5, 9-11 Ps 85:9ab+10, 11-12, 13-14 2 Pet 3:8-14 Luke 3:4+6 Mark 1:1-8
12/14/14 8 3rd Sunday of Advent - B Isa 61:1-2a, 10-11 Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 1 Thess 5:16-24 Isa 61:1 (cited in Lk 4:18) John 1:6-8, 19-28
12/21/14 11 4th Sunday of Advent - B 2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 (diff) Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27+29 Rom 16:25-27 Luke 1:38 Luke 1:26-38
11/29/15 3 1st Sunday of Advent - C Jer 33:14-16 Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10+14 1 Thess 3:12–4:2 Ps 85:8 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
12/6/15 6 2nd Sunday of Advent - C Bar 5:1-9 Ps 126:1-2a, 2b-3, 4-5, 6 Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 Luke 3:4+6 Luke 3:1-6
12/13/15 9 3rd Sunday of Advent - C Zeph 3:14-18a Isa 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 Phil 4:4-7 Isa 61:1 (cited in Lk 4:18) Luke 3:10-18
12/20/15 12 4th Sunday of Advent - C Mic 5:1-4a Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 Heb 10:5-10 Luke 1:38 Luke 1:39-45

Notes:


Rationale: The official "Introduction" to the Lectionary (Second Edition, 1981) briefly explains the rationale for the reading choices for the Sundays of Advent:

"Each Gospel reading has a distinctive theme: the Lord's coming at the end of time (First Sunday of Advent), John the Baptist (Second and Third Sunday), and the events that prepared immediately for the Lord's birth (Fourth Sunday). The Old Testament readings are prophecies about the Messiah and the Messianic age, especially from the Book of Isaiah. The readings from an Apostle contain exhortations and proclamations, in keeping with the different themes of Advent." (Lectionary for Mass, "Introduction," chap. 5, par. 93)


Related Resources:


1998 USA Lectionary (Main Page)

Season of Advent Season of Christmas Season of Lent Season of Easter
Solemnities of the Lord Ordinary Time - Year A Ordinary Time - Year B Ordinary Time - Year C

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