Scripture in Church

Scripture Readings Throughout the Year
  Epistle Gospel
Sunday of Holy Pascha Acts 1:1-8 John 1:1-17
2nd Sunday after Pascha Acts 5:12-20 John 20:19-31
3rd Sunday after Pascha Acts 6:1-7 Mark 15:43-16:8
4th Sunday after Pascha Acts 9:32-42 9:32-42 John 5:1-15
5th Sunday after Pascha Acts 11:19-26, 29-30 John 4:5-42
6th Sunday after Pascha Acts 16:16-34 John 9:1-38
Holy Ascension (Thurs.) Acts 1:1-12 Luke 24:36-53
7th Sunday after Pascha Acts 20:16-18,28-36 John 17:1-13
8th Sunday Holy Pentecost Acts 2:1-11 John 7:37-52; 8:12
1st Sunday after Pentecost Heb. 11:33-12:2 Matt. 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30
2nd Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 2:10-16 Matt. 4:18-23
3rd Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 5:1-10 Matt. 6:22-33
4th Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 6:18-23 Matt. 8:5-13
5th Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 10:1-10 Matt. 8:28-9:1
6th Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 12:6-14 Matt. 9:1-8
7th Sunday after Pentecost Rom. 15:1-7 Matt. 9:27-35
8th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 1:10-18 Matt. 14:14-22
9th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 3:9-17 Matt. 14:22-34
10th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 4:9-16 Matt. 17:14-23
11th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 9:2-12 Matt. 18:23-35
12th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 15:1-11 Matt. 19:16-26
13th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 16:13-24 Matt. 21:33-42
14th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 1:21-2:4 Matt. 22:1-14
15th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 4:6-15 Matt. 22:35-46
16th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 6:1-10 Matt. 25:14-30
17th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 6:16-7:1 Matt. 15:21-28
18th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 9:6-11 Luke 5:1-11
19th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 11:31-12:9 Luke 6:31-36
20th Sunday after Pentecost Gal. 1:11-19 Luke 7:11-16
21st Sunday after Pentecost Gal. 2:16-20 Luke 8:5-15
22nd Sunday after Pentecost Gal. 6:11-18 Luke 16:19-31
23rd Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 2:4-10 Luke 8:26-39
24th Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 2:14-22 Luke 8:41-56
25th Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 4:1-6 Luke 10:25-37
26th Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 5:9-19 Luke 12:16-21
27th Sunday after Pentecost Eph. 6:10-17 Luke 13:10-17
28th Sunday after Pentecost Col. 1:12-18 Luke 14:16-24
29th Sunday after Pentecost Col. 3:4-11 Luke 17:12-19
30th Sunday after Pentecost Col. 3:12-16 Luke 18:18-27
31st Sunday after Pentecost 1 Tim. 1:15-17 Luke 18:35-43
32nd Sunday after Pentecost 1 Tim. 4:9-15 Luke 19:1-10
34th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 6:12-20 Luke 15:11-32
35th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 8:8-9:2 Matt. 25:31-46
Triodion
  Epistle Gospel
Publican and Pharisee, four weeks before Lent 2 Tim. 3:10-15 Luke 18:10-14
Prodigal Son, three weeks before Lent 1 Cor. 6:12-20 Luke 15:11-32
Last Judgement Sunday, two weeks before Lent 1 Cor. 8:8-9:2 Matt. 25:31-46
Sunday of Cheesefare Rom. 13:11-14:4 Matt. 6:14-21
Great Lent
  Epistle Gospel
1st Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of Orthodoxy Heb. 11:24-26,
32-12:2
John 1:43-51
2nd Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas Heb. 1:10-23 Mark 2:1-12
3rd Sunday of Great Lent, Adoration of the Cross Heb. 4:14-5:6 Mark 8:34-9:1
4th Sunday of Great Lent, St. John of the Ladder Heb. 6:13-20 Mark 9:17-31
5th Sunday of Great Lent, St. Mary of Egypt Heb. 9:11-14 Mark 10:32-45
Lazarus Saturday Heb. 12:28-13:8 John 11:1-45
Palm Sunday Phil. 4:4-9 John 12:1-18
Passion Week
  Epistle Gospel
Holy Thursday 1 Cor. 11:23-32 Matt. 26:2-20
John 13:3-17
Matt. 26:21-39
Luke 22:43-45
Matt. 26:40-27:2
Holy Friday - 12 Passion Gospels  
  1. John 13:31-18:1
  2. John 18:1-28
  3. Matt. 26:57-75
  4. John 18:28-19:16
  5. Matt. 27:3-32
  6. Mark 15:16-32
  7. Matt. 27:33-54
  8. Luke 23:32-49
  9. John 19:25-37
  10. Mark 15:43-47
  11. John 19:38-42
  12. Matt. 27:62-66
Holy Saturday Rom. 6:3-11 Matt. 28:1-20
Scripture Readings For the Twelve Great Feasts*
Feast Epistle Gospel
The Nativity of the Most-Holy Theotokos Phil. 2:5-11 Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28
The Exaltation of the Precious Cross 1 Cor. 1:18-24 John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35
The Entry of the Most-Holy Theotokos into the Temple Heb. 9:1-7 Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Gal. 4:4-7 Matt. 2:1-12
The Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 Matt. 3:13-17
The Meeting of Our Lord Jesus Christ Heb. 7:7-17 Luke 2:22-40
The Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos Heb. 2:11-18 Luke 1:24-38
The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2 Peter 1:10-19 Matt. 17:1-9
The Dormition of the Most-Holy Theotokos Phil. 2:5-11 Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

NOTE: The Readings for Holy Pascha and the Movable Great Feasts (Palm Sunday, Ascension and Pentecost) are to be found in the previous Table. Scripture Readings for Special Occasions.

For the Departed:
  Epistle Gospel
Monday Rom. 14:6-9 John 5:17-24
Tuesday 1 Cor. 15:39-57 John 5:24-30
Wednesday 2 Cor. 5:1-10 John 6:35-39
Thursday 1 Cor. 15:20-28 John 6:40-44
Friday 1 Cor. 15:47-57 John 6:48-54
Saturday 1 Thess. 4:13-17 John 5:24-30
For Other Occasions:
  Epistle Gospel
For the New Year 1 Tim. 2:1-7 Luke 4:16-22
For Civil Holidays Rom. 13:1-7 Matt. 22:15-22
In Times of Strife Eph. 6:10-17 Mark 11:23-26
In Times of Drought James 5:10-16 Matt. 16:1-6
In Times of Fear of Earthquake Heb. 12:6-13, 25-27 Matt. 8:23-27
For the Sick James 5:10-16 Matt. 8:14-23
For Travelers by Land Acts 8:26-39 John 14:1-14
For Travelers by Air or Sea Acts 21:1-7 Mark 4:35-41
At the Beginning of Instruction Eph. 1:16-19; 3:19-21 Mark 10:13-16
At the Beginning of Every Good Work Phil. 2:12-16 Matt. 7:7-11
For Every Need (Special Petitions) Eph. 5:9-21 Luke 18:2-8
For Giving Thanks Eph. 5:9-21 Luke 17:12-19
For Baptism Rom. 6:3-11 Matt. 28:16-20
For Marriage Eph. 5:20-33 John 2:1-11
For Burial of Infants 1 Cor. 15:39-57 John 6:35-39
For Burial of Laymen 1 Thess. 4:13-17 John 5:24-30
For Burial of Monastics 1 Thess. 4:13-17 John 5:24-30
For Burial of Priests 1 Thess. 4:13-17 John 5:24-30

Excerpt taken from "These Truths We Hold - The Holy Orthodox Church: Her Life and Teachings". Compiled and Edited by A Monk of St. Tikhon's Monastery. Copyright 1986 by the St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania 18459.

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