The Catholic Lectionary for Mass (1998 USA Edition)
tables compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
Readings for Solemnities and Major Feasts
(Year A: 2011, 2014, 2017; Year B: 2012, 2015, 2018; Year C: 2013, 2016, 2019, etc.)

Solemnities of the Lord during Ordinary Time:

The following three special celebrations occur each year in the weeks immediately following Pentecost Sunday.

Date # Sunday or Feast First Reading Responsorial Psalm Second Reading Alleluia Gospel
6/15/14 164 Sunday after Pentecost:
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - A
Exod 34:4b-6, 8-9 Dan 3:52, 53, 54, 55 (diff) 2 Cor 13:11-13 cf. Rev 1:8 John 3:16-18
5/31/15 165 Trinity Sunday - B Deut 4:32-34, 39-40 Ps 33:4-5, 6+9, 18-19, 20+22 Rom 8:14-17 cf. Rev 1:8 Matt 28:16-20
5/22/16 166 Trinity Sunday - C Prov 8:22-31 Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Rom 5:1-5 cf. Rev 1:8 John 16:12-15
6/22/14 167 Sunday after Trinity Sunday:
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
(formerly called "Corpus Christi") - A
Deut 8:2-3, 14b-16a Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 1 Cor 10:16-17 John 6:51 John 6:51-58
6/7/15 168 Body & Blood / Corpus Christi - B Exod 24:3-8 Ps 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18 Heb 9:11-15 John 6:51 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
5/29/16 169 Body & Blood / Corpus Christi - C Gen 14:18-20 Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 1 Cor 11:23-26 John 6:51 Luke 9:11b-17
6/27/14 170 Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost:
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - A
Deut 7:6-11 Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, [6-7,] 8+10 1 John 4:7-16 Matt 11:29ab Matt 11:25-30
6/12/15 171 Sacred Heart - B Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9 Isa 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 Eph 3:8-12, 14-19 Matt 11:29ab or 1 John 4:10b John 19:31-37
6/3/16 172 Sacred Heart - C Ezek 34:11-16 Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 Rom 5:5b-11 Matt 11:29ab or John 10:14 Luke 15:3-7

NOTES:

  1. Readings that are different from the first edition of the Lectionary for Mass (Latin 1969; USA 1970) are marked in the tables above and below. Click on the underlined links (diff) for more detailed explanations.
  2. Numbers in the second column are the official reading numbers from the Ordo Lectionum Missae, second typical edition, 1981. Each of these is one less than the number for the corresponding readings in the first typical edition of the Lectionary from 1969, since the Chrism Mass (on Thursday of Holy Week) was moved from #39 in the 1969 edition to #260 in the 1981 edition.
  3. In the dioceses of the United States, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body of Blood of Christ (traditionally called Corpus Christi) is now celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday; it was formerly celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, as it still is in many other countries today.
  4. Rationale for reading selections: "On the solemnities of Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi, and the Sacred Heart, the texts chosen correspond to the principal themes of these celebrations." (Lectionary for Mass, 1981, "Introduction," par. 108).
  5. Printing Suggestion: If you wish to print out this page, use "LANDSCAPE" rather than "Portrait" as the paper orientation, so the tables will fit better.
 

Solemnities and Feasts of the Lord and the Saints:

Readings for the following twelve celebrations are included in the Sunday Lectionary (Volume I of the Lectionary for Mass), since most of these celebrations supplant the corresponding Sunday of Ordinary Time if the date falls on a Sunday in a particular year. They cannot, however, take precedence over the Sundays of Advent, Lent, or Easter, or the weekdays of Holy Week or the Easter Octave (acc. to the Vatican's General Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar, promulgated March 21, 1969). Thus, if March 19 or Dec. 8 falls on a Sunday in a particular year, the feast is moved to the following Monday. The transfer of March 19 and March 25 is more complicated; see the table below for details.

# Solemnity (S) or Feast (f) S
or
f
First Reading Responsorial Psalm Second Reading Gospel Years It
Falls on
Sunday
524 Feb. 2: The Presentation of the Lord f Mal 3:1-4 Ps 24:7, 8 ,9, 10 Heb 2:14-18 Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32 2003, 2014,
2020, 2025
543 March 19: St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(transferred to Monday 3/20 if 3/19 is a Sunday;
exception for 2008: transferred to Saturday, 3/15/08)
S 2 Sam 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29 Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 Matt 1:16, 18-21, 24a
or Luke 2:41-51a
2000, 2006,
2017, 2023;
2008
545 March 25: The Annunciation of the Lord
(tranferred if 3/25 is a Sunday, or if it falls during
Holy Week or Easter Week - see the table below
)
S Isa 7:10-14; 8:10 (diff) Ps 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11 Heb 10:4-10 Luke 1:26-38 2001, 2007,
2012, 2018
586 June [23]/24: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Vigil S Jer 1:4-10 Ps 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 1 Pet 1:8-12 Luke 1:5-17 x
587 June 24: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Day S Isa 49:1-6 Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15 Acts 13:22-26 Luke 1:57-66, 80 2001, 2007,
2012, 2018
590 June [28]/29: SS. Peter and Paul, Apostles: Vigil S Acts 3:1-10 Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 Gal 1:11-20 John 21:15-19 x
591 June 29: SS. Peter and Paul, Apostles: Day S Acts 12:1-11 Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18 Matt 16:13-19 2003, 2008,
2014, 2025
614 Aug 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord f Dan 7:9-10, 13-14 Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 2 Peter 1:16-19 A: Matt 17:1-9
B: Mark 9:2-10

C: Luke 9:28b-36
2000, 2006,
2017, 2023
621 Aug. [14]/15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Vigil S 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2 Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14 1 Cor 15:54b-57 (diff) Luke 11:27-28 x
622 Aug. 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Day S Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a; 10ab Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16 1 Cor 15:20-27 Luke 1:39-56 1999, 2004,
2010, 2021
638 Sept. 14: The Exaltation of the Cross f Num 21:4b-9 Ps 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38 Phil 2:6-11 John 3:13-17 2003, 2008,
2014, 2025
667 Nov 1: All Saints S Rev 7:2-4,9-14 Ps 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 1 John 3:1-3 Matt 5:1-12a 1998, 2009,
2015, 2020
668 Nov 2: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) -
[new on the list of feasts with special readings; previously
any readings for Masses for the Dead
were recommended]
S Wis 3:1-9

or Wis 4:7-15

or Isa 25:6-9

Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

or Ps 25:6+7b, 17-18, 20-21

or Ps 27:1, 4, 7+8b+9a, 13-14

Rom 5:5-11
or  Rom 5:17-21
or  Rom 6:3-9
or  Rom 8:14-23
or  Rom 8:31b-35, 37-39
or  Rom 14:7-9, 10c-12
or  1 Cor 15:20-28
or  1 Cor 15:51-57
or  2 Cor 4:14-5:1
or  2 Cor 5:1, 6-10
or  Phil 3:20-21
or  1 Thess 4:13-18
or  2 Tim 2:8-13
Matt 5:1-12a
or  Matt 11:25-30
or  Matt 25:31-46
or  Luke 7:11-17
or  Luke 23:44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6a
or  Luke 24:13-16, 28-35
or  John 5:24-29
or  John 6:37-40
or  John 6:51-59
or  John 11:17-27
or  John 11:32-45
or  John 14:1-6
2003, 2008,
2014, 2025
671 Nov 9: The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
[new on the list of feasts with special readings]
f Ezek 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17 John 2:13-22 2003, 2008,
2014, 2025
689 Dec. 8: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(transferred to Monday 12/9 if 12/8 is a Sunday of Advent )
S Gen 3:9-15, 20 Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 Luke 1:26-38 2002, 2013,
2019, 2024


Sundays of Ordinary Time Supplanted in Particular Years:

In every year, several Sundays of Ordinary Time are supplanted or omitted, for various reasons:

  1. At least three Sundays of O.T. are supplanted each year by Pentecost and the two Solemnities that follow it (as listed in the first table above). Exactly which Sundays are affected, however, varies from year to year, depending on the date of Easter.
  2. Since the length of the Advent Season varies (between three and four weeks, depending on which weekday Christmas falls), but in order to ensure that the readings for the 34th Week in Ordinary Time are read at the very end of each liturgical year, one entire week of Ordinary Time is often (but not always) omitted after the Season of Easter. Thus, for example, if the weekdays just before Lent belong to the 5th week of O.T., then after Pentecost we continue with the 6th week of O.T. in some years, but skip to the 7th week of O.T. in most years. See the Calendar of Lectionary Cycles and Movable Feasts for details on which week is omitted in which years.
  3. Other Sundays of O.T. are supplanted whenever a Solemnity or major Feast (as listed in the tables above) falls on a Sunday. In such cases, the following weekdays still use the liturgical readings for the corresponding week of Ordinary Time.
Year Sundays of Ordinary Time Supplanted, and Why
2011: A OT # 10 – (omitted)
OT # 11 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 12 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 13 – Corpus Christi
2012: B OT # 8 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 9 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 10 – Corpus Christi
OT # 12 – June 24, Nativity of St. John the Baptist
2013: C OT # 6 – (omitted)
OT # 7 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 8 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 9 – Corpus Christi
2014: A OT # 4 – Feb. 2, Presentation of the Lord
OT # 9 – (omitted)
OT # 10 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 11 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 12 – Corpus Christi
OT # 13 – June 29, Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles
OT # 24 – Sept. 14, Exaltation of the Holy Cross
OT # 31 – Nov. 2, Commemoration of All Souls
OT # 32 – Nov. 9, Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
2015: B OT # 7 – (omitted)
OT # 8 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 9 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 10 – Corpus Christi
OT # 31 – Nov. 1, Solemnity of All Saints
2016: C OT # 6 – (omitted)
OT # 7 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 8 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 9 – Corpus Christi
2017: A OT # 9 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 10 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 11 – Corpus Christi
OT # 18 – Aug 6, Transfiguration of the Lord
2018: B OT # 7 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 8 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 9 – Corpus Christi
OT # 12 – June 24, Nativity of St. John the Baptist
2019: C OT # 9 – (omitted)
OT # 10 – Pentecost Sunday
OT # 11 – Trinity Sunday
OT # 12 – Corpus Christi

 
Notes on the Solemnities of St. Joseph (March 19) and of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25):

If March 19 is a Sunday during Lent, then the Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is transferred to the following Monday, March 20. For 2008, however, since March 19 was Wednesday of Holy Week, the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship decreed that this solemnity should be celebrated on the previous Saturday, March 15, 2008. For a detailed explanation, see the Newsletter of the Committee on the Liturgy of the USCCB (Sept. 2006, pp. 34-35).

If March 25 is a Sunday during Lent, then the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is transferred to Monday, March 26; but if it falls during Holy Week or the Easter Octave, then it is transferred to Monday of the second week of Easter. The following table lists all the years between 1970 and 2025 on which this Solemnity is transferred:

March 25
on the Liturgical Calendar
New Date for the Solemnity
of the Annunciation of the Lord
Applicable Years
Fourth Sunday of Lent Monday, March 26 1979, 1990, 2001
Fifth Sunday of Lent Monday, March 26 2007, 2012
Palm Sunday Monday, April 9 2018
Monday of Holy Week Monday, April 8 1991, 2002, 2013, 2024
Tuesday of Holy Week Monday, April 7 1975, 1986, 1997
Wednesday of Holy Week Monday, April 6 1970
Good Friday Monday, April 4 2005, 2015
Holy Saturday Monday, April 3 1978, 1989
Easter Tuesday Monday, March 31 2008

Holy Days of Obligation:


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