Catholic Sunday Readings for the Three Liturgical Years
In the Catholic Church we have three Liturgical Years namely Year A, Year B and Year C. Each Liturgical Year starts with the first Sunday of Advent and also marks the transition from one lectionary cycle (A, B, or C) to the next.
These lectionary cycles came into existence after the Second Vatican Council ordered a change in the Sunday Mass Readings so that Catholics would familiarize themselves with with the whole Holy Bible.
The above change resulted into the current three-year cycle of Catholic Sunday Readings which are built around the readings from the three synoptic Gospels namely Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Catholic Mass Readings and Homily – Year A
In Year A we get the Sunday Gospel Readings from the Gospel of Matthew
Catholic Mass Readings and Homily – Year B
In Year B we get the Sunday Gospel Readings from the Gospel of Mark
Catholic Mass Readings and Homily – Year C
In Year C we get the Sunday Gospel Readings from the Gospel of Luke
During the Easter Season, we always get the First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. During other liturgical seasons, we get the First Reading from the Old Testament.
The First Reading shares the same theme with Gospel and The Psalm is usually our response to God’s Word given to us in the First Reading.
The Second Reading is chosen independently. It is more or less a continuous reading (even though in some instances some verses or chapters are omitted) of the whole book of the New Testament bar the Gospels.
When one book is over we begin reading another Book.
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