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 2010 is part of the 2011 liturgical year (Sunday Cycle A), which begins on November 28, 2010.
Advent 2011 will be part of the 2012 liturgical year (Sunday Cycle B), which begins on November 27, 2011.
Advent 2012 will be part of the 2013 liturgical year (Sunday Cycle C), which begins on December 2, 2012.
See the Calendar of Lectionary Cycles and Movable Liturgical Feasts for other years.
|Date||#||Sunday||First Reading||Responsorial Psalm||Second Reading||Alleluia Verse||Gospel|
|11/28/10||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|
|12/5/10||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|
|12/12/10||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|
|12/19/10||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|
|11/27/11||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|
|12/4/11||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|
|12/11/11||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|
|12/18/11||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|
|12/2/12||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|
|12/9/12||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|
|12/16/12||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|
|12/23/12||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|
- The numbers in the first column are the official section numbers from the Ordo Lectionum Missae, second typical edition, 1981; they are identical to the section numbers from the first edition, 1969.
- Titles in the second column are linked directly to the readings provided on the website of the USCCB, if available.
- Readings which are new or different from the 1970 Lectionary are marked in the table above; click on the underlined links (new) or (diff) for detailed explanations.
"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)
- An Overview of the Seasons of Advent and Christmas
- Readings for the Weekdays of Advent
- How Long Is Advent?
|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|