Readings

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Our lives are shaped by various calendars: social, civic, religious, and personal. These calendars give meaning to seasons and certain days in the year.  In the church our calendar is  based on a liturgical year which divides the year into seasons-- Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary time -- and feast days. Each of these seasons asks us to reflect on God in our lives in specific ways. Our readings on Sundays reflect this pattern.

Our readings are set out by what is called the Revised Common Lectionary, published in 1992, and adopted by The Episcopal Church in 2006. A lectionary is simple a set of readings appointed to be read during public worship. The Revised Common Lectionary is the result of ecumenical work over the last sixty years.

 

After Vatican II, the Roman Catholic Church established a lectionary (1969) with a three-year cycle for Sunday readings. This work became the basis for several other denominations to establish their own lectionaries, as The Episcopal Church did in the 1979 editions of The Book of Common Prayer. 

The Ecumenical movement with its concern for unity and working together propelled the establishment of what is known as The Common Lectionary, published in 1983. It provided a common set of scripture to be read across various Christian denominations. This initial effort took account of various criticism and the Revised Common Lectionary. 

The Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of Sunday Eucharistic readings in which Matthew, Mark, and Luke are read in successive years with some material from John read in each year.

There are several online versions of the Revised Common Lectionary:

A given Sunday may have options for what may be read. To know what we will be reading at St. Peter's see the schedule below. We also provide a link to the readings.  

Readings  For August & September

21 August 2022

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 16)

4 September 2022

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 18)

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14:25-33

 

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18 September 2022

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 20)

Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 16:1-13

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2 October 2022

St Francis (transferred, animal blessing)

Job 39:1–18 

Psalm 121 

Matthew 11:25–30

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14 August 2022

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 15)

Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalm 82
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

 

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28 August 2022

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 17)

Sirach 10:12-18
Psalm 112 
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

 

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11 September 2022

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 19)

Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 51:1-11
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

 

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25 September 2022

Michaelmas (transferred)

Genesis 28:10-17

Revelation 12:7-12

John 1:47-51

Psalm 103 or 103:19-22

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“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever”

Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Proper 28