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Liturgical Calendar (2004-2007)

Year

2007

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Sunday Cycle

C A B C A B C

Weekday Cycle

1            

Last Week/Ord

8            

Ash Wednesday

             

Easter

             

Ascension Thursday

             

Pentecost

             

Corpus Christi

             

1st Sunday of Advent

             

Liturgical Calendar Notes:

bullet Last Week/Ord: is the number of the last week in Ordinary Time before Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.
bullet Resume Week/Ord: is the number of the week in Ordinary Time that starts the day after Pentecost.

Gospel Readings

Season

Sunday

Cycle A

Cycle B

Cycle C

Ordinary

1

Mt 3:13-17

Mk 1:7-11

Lk 3:15,16,21,22

2

Jn 1:29-34

Jn 1:35-42

Jn 2:1-11

3

Mt 4:12-23

Mk 1:14-20

Lk 1:1-4;4:14-21

4

Mt 5:1-12

Mk 1:21-28

Lk 4:21-30

5

Mt 5:13-16

Mk 1:29-39

Lk 5:1-11

6

Mt 5:17-37

Mk 1:40-45

Lk 6:17,20-26

7

Mt 5:38-48

Mk 2:1-12

Lk 6:27-38

8

Mt 6:24-34

Mk 2:18-22

Lk 6:39-45

9

Mt 7:21-27

Mk 2:23-3:6

Lk 7:1-10

10

Mt 9:9-13

Mk 3:20-35

Lk 7:11-17

11

Mt 9:36-10:8

Mk 4:26-34

Lk 7:36-8:3

12

Mt 10:26-33

Mk 4:35-41

Lk 9:18-24

13

Mt 10:37-42

Mk 5:21-43

Lk 9:51-62

14

Mt 11:25-30

Mk 6:1-6

Lk 10:1-12,17-20

15

Mt 13:1-23

Mk 6:7-13

Lk 10:25-37

16

Mt 13:24-43

Mk 6:30-34

Lk 10:38-42

17

Mt 13:44-52

Jn 6:1-15

Lk 11:1-13

18

Mt 14:13-21

Jn 6:24-35

Lk 12:13-21

19

Mt 14:22-33

Jn 6:41-51

Lk 12:32-48

20

Mt 15:21-28

Jn 6:51-58

Lk 12:49-53

21

Mt 16:13-20

Jn 6:60-69

Lk 13:22-30

22

Mt 16:21-27

Mk 8:14,15,21,23

Lk 14:1,7-14

23

Mt 18:15-20

Mk 7:31-37

Lk 14:25-33

24

Mt 18:21-35

Mk 8:27-35

Lk 15:1-32

25

Mt 20:1-16

Mk 9:30-37

Lk 16:1-13

26

Mt 21:28-32

Mk 9:38-43,45,47,48

Lk 16:19-31

27

Mt 21:33-43

Mk 10:2-16

Lk 17:5-10

28

Mt 22:1-14

Mk 10:17-30

Lk 17:11-19

29

Mt 22:15-21

Mk 10:35-45

Lk 18:1-8

30

Mt 22:34-40

Mk 10:46-52

Lk 18:9-14

31

Mt 23:1-12

Mk 12:28-34

Lk 19:1-10

32

Mt 25:1-13

Mk 12:38-44

Lk 20:27-38

33

Mt 25:14-30

Mk 13:24-32

Lk 21:5-19

34, Christ the King

Mt 25:31-46

Jn 18:33-37

Lk 23:35-43

Advent

1

Mt 24:37-44

Mk 13:33-37

Lk 21:25-28,34-36

2

Mt 3:1-12

Mk 1:1-8

Lk 3:1-6

3

Mt 11:2-11

Jn 1:6-8,19-28

Lk 3:10-18

4

Mt 1:18-24

Lk 1:26-38

Lk 1:39-45

Christmas

Holy Family

Mt 2:13-15,19-23

Lk 2:22-40

Lk 2:41-52

2

Jn 1:1-18

Epiphany

Mt 2:1-12

Baptism of the Lord

Mt 3:13-17

Mk 1:7-11

Lk 3:15-16,21-22

Lent

1

Mt 4:1-11

Mk 1:12-15

Lk 4:1-13

2

Mt 17:1-9

Mk 9:2-10

Lk 9:28-36

3

Jn 4:5-42

Jn 2:13-25

Lk 13:1-9

4

Jn 9:1-41

Jn 3:14-21

Lk 15:1-3,11-32

5

Jn 11:1-45

Jn 12:20-33

Jn 8:1-11

Palm/Passion

Mt 21:1-11

Mk 11:1-10, Jn 12:12-16

Lk 19:28-40

Mt 26:14-27:66

Mk 14:1-15:47

Lk 22:14-23:56

Easter

Easter, Vigil

Genesis 1,1--2,2;Psalm 104; Genesis 22: 1-18;Psalm 16; Exodus 14,15--15,1; Is 54, 5-14; Psalm 30; Is 55,1-11;
Is 12,2-6;Baruch 3, 9-15. 32--4,4; Psalm 19; Ez 36, 16-28; Psalm 42; Romans 6,3-11; Year a: Mat 28, 1-10; Year B: Mark 16,1-8; Year C: Luke 24:1-12

Easter, Sunrise

Mat 28, 1-10;

Mark 16,1-8;

Luke 24:1-12

Easter, Day

Morning: John 20:1-18
Afternoon: Luke 24: 13-35.

2

Jn 20:19-31

3

Lk 24:13-35

Lk 24:35-48

Jn 21:1-19

4

Jn 10:1-10

Jn 10:11-18

Jn 10:27-30

5

Jn 14:1-12

Jn 15:1-8

Jn 13:31-35

6

Jn 14:15-21

Jn 15:9-17

Jn 14:23-29

Ascension Thursday

Mt 28:16-20

Mk 16:15-20

Lk 24:46-53

7

Jn 17:1-11

Jn 17:11-19

Jn 17:20-26

Pentecost, Vigil

Jn 7:37-39

Pentecost, Vigil, Alternate

 

Jn 15:26-27

Jn 14:15-16

Pentecost, Day

Jn 20:19-23

Pentecost, Day, Alternate

 

Jn 16:12-15

Jn 14:23-26

 

Liturgical Season Links to Information at CatholicMom.com

bullet Advent and Christmas
bullet Lent
bullet Holy Week
bullet Easter Season

Special Feast and Holy Day Links to Information at Catholicmom.com

bullet All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, All Soul's Day
bullet Assumption
bullet St. Patrick's Day
bullet Feast of St. Nicholas
bullet Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
bullet Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
bullet Catholic Coloring and Gospel Word Activities for related seasons

Helpful Links for Liturgical Calendar information

bullet The Catholic Calendar Page
bullet New American Bible/USCCB - Daily Readings and Psalms
bullet Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar Generator
bullet Catholic encyclopedia from NewAdvent.org - interesting article on the origins and development of the Christian Calendar
bullet Liturgical Seasons - helpful list of resources for Catholic educators
bullet Church Seasons:  Mark Your Calendar - helpful and information article
bullet Liturgical Calendar Index - from TheMass.org, includes feasts and readings

 

 

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