Johannine Literature in the Catholic Lectionary for Mass
(1981 Latin and 1998 USA Editions)

compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. 

Lectionary Readings from the Johannine Epistles

Introduction: The First Letter of John is the ONLY biblical book that is included in its entirety in the Lectionary for Mass!  It is scheduled to be read every year on the weekdays of the Christmas Season, although not all of it is read in any particular year, depending on which days of the week Christmas and Epiphany are celebrated.  On Sundays and Major Feasts, only about one third of 1 John is read (mostly on the Sundays of Easter in Year B).  Selections from 1 John are also recommended or optional for several Saints Days and various other Masses.  In contrast, the Second and Third Letters of John are never read on Sundays and never recommended for special Masses, but only one short reading from each letter is scheduled for a weekday Mass every two years.


Readings from 2 John and 3 John:

Lect. # Day First Reading
495 32nd Week of Ordinary Time: Friday (Year II) 2 John 4-9
496 32nd Week of Ordinary Time: Saturday (Year II)    3 John 5-8

Notes:


Readings from 1 John on Sundays and Major Feasts:

Lect. # Sunday or Feast Second Reading
47 3rd Sunday of Easter - B 1 John 2:1-5a
50 4th Sunday of Easter - B 1 John 3:1-2
667 Nov. 1 - Solemnity of All Saints 1 John 3:1-3
17 Holy Family (Year C, optional) * 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24
53 5th Sunday of Easter - B 1 John 3:18-24
56 6th Sunday of Easter - B 1 John 4:7-10
170 Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - A    1 John 4:7-16
60 7th Sunday of Easter - B 1 John 4:11-16
44 2nd Sunday of Easter - B 1 John 5:1-6
21 Baptism of the Lord (Year B, optional) * 1 John 5:1-9
Notes:

Readings from 1 John on Weekdays:

Lect. # Day - Feast First Reading
697 Dec. 27 - Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist 1 John 1:1-4
698 Dec. 28 - Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs 1 John 1:5—2:2
202 Dec. 29 - Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas 1 John 2:3-11
203 Dec. 30 - Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas 1 John 2:12-17
204 Dec. 31 - Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas 1 John 2:18-21
205 Jan. 2 - Weekday in the Christmas Season 1 John 2:22-28
206 Jan. 3 - Weekday in the Christmas Season 1 John 2:29—3:6
207 Jan. 4 - Weekday in the Christmas Season 1 John 3:7-10
208 Jan. 5 - Weekday in the Christmas Season 1 John 3:11-21
212 Monday after Epiphany (or Jan. 7) 1 John 3:22—4:6
213 Tuesday after Epiphany (or Jan. 8) 1 John 4:7-10
214 Wednesday after Epiphany (or Jan. 9) 1 John 4:11-18
215 Thursday after Epiphany (or Jan. 10) 1 John 4:19—5:4
209/
216
Jan. 6, if Epiphany is celebrated Jan. 7 or 8
or Friday after Epiphany (or Jan. 11)
1 John 5:5-13
210/
217
Jan. 7, if Epiphany is celebrate Jan. 8
or Saturday after Epiphany (or Jan. 12)
1 John 5:14-21

Notes:

Lect. # Day - Feast First Reading 2007-
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697 Dec. 27 - Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist 1 John 1:1-4 Thurs. Fri. Sat. [HF Sun] Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. [HF Sun]
698 Dec. 28 - Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs 1 John 1:5—2:2 Fri. Sat. [HF Sun] Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. [HF Sun] Mon.
202 Dec. 29 - Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
(optional memorial: St. Thomas Becket)
1 John 2:3-11 Sat. [HF Sun] Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. [HF Sun] Mon. Tues.
203 Dec. 30 - Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas 1 John 2:12-17 [HF Sun] Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. [HF Fri.] Sat. [HF Sun] Mon. Tues. Wed.
204 Dec. 31 - Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
(optional memorial: St. Sylvester)
1 John 2:18-21 Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. [HF Sun] Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.
[18] [Jan. 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God] [different reading] Tues. 1 Wed. 1 Thurs. 1 Fri. 1 Sat. 1 Sun. 1 Mon. 1 Tues. 1 Wed. 1 Thurs. 1 Fri. 1
205 Jan. 2 - Weekday in the Christmas Season
(Memorial: Sts. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen)
1 John 2:22-28 Wed. 2 Thurs. 2 Fri. 2 Sat. 2 X Mon. 2 Tues. 2 Wed. 2 Thurs. 2 Fri. 2 Sat. 2
206 Jan. 3 - Weekday in the Christmas Season 1 John 2:29—3:6 Thurs. 3 Fri. 3 Sat. 3 X X Tues. 3 Wed. 3 Thurs. 3 Fri. 3 Sat. 3 X
207 Jan. 4 - Weekday in the Christmas Season
(Memorial: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
1 John 3:7-10 Fri. 4 Sat. 4 X X X Wed. 4 Thurs. 4 Fri. 4 Sat. 4 X X
208 Jan. 5 - Weekday in the Christmas Season
(Memorial: St. John Neumann)
1 John 3:11-21 Sat. 5 X X X X Thurs. 5 Fri. 5 Sat. 5 X X X
[20] [Epiphany - transferred to Sunday, or traditional Jan. 6] [different reading] Sun. 6 Sun. 5 Sun. 4 Sun. 3 Sun. 2 Sun. 8 Sun. 7 Sun. 6 Sun. 5 Sun. 4 Sun. 3
212 Monday after Epiphany (or Jan. 7) 1 John 3:22—4:6 Mon. 7 Mon. 6 Mon. 5 Mon. 4 Mon. 3 X X Mon. 7 Mon. 6 Mon. 5 Mon. 4
213 Tuesday after Epiphany (or Jan. 8) 1 John 4:7-10 Tues. 8 Tues. 7 Tues. 6 Tues. 5 Tues. 4 X X Tues. 8 Tues. 7 Tues. 6 Tues. 5
214 Wednesday after Epiphany (or Jan. 9) 1 John 4:11-18 Wed. 9 Wed. 8 Wed. 7 Wed. 6 Wed. 5 X X Wed. 9 Wed. 8 Wed. 7 Wed. 6
215 Thursday after Epiphany (or Jan. 10) 1 John 4:19—5:4 Thurs. 10 Thurs. 9 Thurs. 8 Thurs. 7 Thurs. 6 X X Thurs. 10 Thurs. 9 Thurs. 8 Thurs. 7
209/216 Friday after Epiphany (or Jan. 11)
[or Jan. 6, if Epiphany is celebrated Jan. 7 or 8]
1 John 5:5-13 Fri. 11 Fri. 10 Fri. 9 Fri. 8 Fri. 7 Fri. 6 Sat. 6 Fri. 11 Fri. 10 Fri. 9 Fri. 8
210/217 Saturday after Epiphany (or Jan. 12)
[or Jan. 7, if Epiphany is celebrate Jan. 8]
1 John 5:14-21 Sat. 12 Sat. 11 Sat. 10 Sat. 9 Sat. 8 Sat. 7 X Sat. 12 Sat. 11 Sat. 10 Sat. 9
[21] [Baptism of the Lord: Sunday after Epiphany, or the 
following Monday if Epiphany is celebrated Jan. 7 or 8]
[different reading] Sun. 13 Sun. 12 Sun. 11 Sun. 10 Sun. 9 Mon. 9 Mon. 8 Sun. 13 Sun. 12 Sun. 11 Sun. 10

For another view of this material, see also my table of Movable Feasts during the Christmas Season.


Readings from 1 John prescribed or recommended on Saints Days:

Lect. # Day First Reading
557 April 29 - St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor 1 John 1:5—2:2 (opt.)
512 Jan. 13 - St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor 1 John 2:18-25 (opt.)
667 Nov. 1 - Solemnity of All Saints 1 John 3:1-3 (proper)
539 March 8 - St. John of God, Religious 1 John 3:14-18 (rec.)
594 July 4 - St. Elizabeth of Portugal 1 John 3:14-18 (rec.)
599 July 14 - St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest 1 John 3:14-18 (rec.)
678 Nov. 17 - St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious 1 John 3:14-18 (rec.)
607 July 29 - St. Martha 1 John 4:7-16 (rec.)
633 Aug. 28 - St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor 1 John 4:7-16 (proper)
542 March 18 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor    1 John 5:1-5 (rec.)
560 May 2 - St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor 1 John 5:1-5 (opt.)
583 June 21 - St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious 1 John 5:1-5 (rec.)
611 Aug. 2 - St. Eusebius of Verceli, Religious 1 John 5:1-5 (rec.)

Notes:


Readings from 1 John recommended for Special Masses:
(Common of the Saints, Ritual Masses, Votive Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions):

Lect. # Occasion First Reading
781 .5 Ritual: Institution of Lectors/Readers 1 John 1:1-4
949 .2 Occasions: For Forgiveness of Sins 1 John 1:5—2:2
893 .3 Occasions: For Reconciliation 1 John 2:1-5
792 .15 Ritual: Anointing of the Sick 1 John 3:1-2
1014 .14 Ritual: Masses for the Dead 1 John 3:1-2
1014 .15 Ritual: Masses for the Dead 1 John 3:14-16
740 .16 Common of Holy Men and Women 1 John 3:14-18
953 .3 Occasions: For Charity, for Promoting Harmony, and for Relatives and Friends  1 John 3:14-18
802 .8 Ritual: Marriage 1 John 3:18-24
802 .9 Ritual: Marriage 1 John 4:7-12
740 .17 Common of Holy Men and Women 1 John 4:7-16
812 .14 Ritual: Consecration to a Life of Virginity and Religious Profession 1 John 4:7-16
998 .6 Votive: Sacred Heart 1 John 4:7-16
868 .8 Occasions: For Unity of Christians 1 John 4:9-15
716. 10 Common of Martyrs 1 John 5:1-5
740 .18 Common of Holy Men and Women 1 John 5:1-5
979 .6 Votive: Holy Eucharist 1 John 5:4-8
992 .4 Votive: Precious Blood 1 John 5:4-8

Note: These texts are listed among many other optional readings that could be chosen for the particular feast or occasion.


Readings from the Johannine Epistles in the pre-Vatican II Missale Romanum:

Day First Reading
Jan. 26: St. Polycarp 1 John 3:10-16
Sunday after Corpus Christi 1 John 3:13-18
July 18: St. Camillus 1 John 3:13-18
First Sunday after Pentecost 1 John 4:8-21
Low Sunday (Sunday after Easter)    1 John 5:4-10

Note: In contrast to this short list, the post-Vatican II Lectionary for Mass contains many more readings from the Johannine Epistles, especially 1 John.


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