Johannine Literature in the Catholic Lectionary for Mass
(1981 Latin Ordo Lectionum Missae)

compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

Readings from John's Gospel in Weekday Masses:

Notes:

  1. No passages from John's Gospel are prescribed for any weekdays during the Season of Ordinary Time.
  2. The numbers in the first column are from the 1981 Latin Ordo Lectionum Missae. Any numbers between 39 and 260 are one less than the corresponding number in the 1969 Latin Ordo Lectionum Missae and the 1970 USA Lectionary for Mass, due to a change in the placement of the Chrism Mass of Holy Thursday.
Lect. # Liturgical Season and Day Gospel Reading
204 Christmas Season: Dec. 31 John 1:1-18
205 Christmas Season: Jan. 2 John 1:19-28
206 Christmas Season: Jan. 3 John 1:29-34
207 Christmas Season: Jan. 4 John 1:35-42
208 Christmas Season: Jan. 5 John 1:43-51
210 Christmas Season: Jan. 7 (if Epiphany is on Jan. 8) John 2:1-11
267 2nd Week of Easter: Monday John 3:1-8
268 2nd Week of Easter: Tuesday John 3:7b-15
269 2nd Week of Easter: Wednesday John 3:16-21
217 Christmas Season: Jan. 12 or Saturday after Epiphany John 3:22-30
270 2nd Week of Easter: Thursday John 3:31-36
236 3rd Week of Lent: optional Mass John 4:5-42 (or shorter)
244 4th Week of Lent: Monday John 4:43-54
245 4th Week of Lent: Tuesday John 5:1-3, 5-16
246 4th Week of Lent: Wednesday John 5:17-30
247 4th Week of Lent: Thursday John 5:31-47
191 3rd Week of Advent: Friday John 5:33-36
271 2nd Week of Easter: Friday John 6:1-15
272 2nd Week of Easter: Saturday John 6:16-21
273 3rd Week of Easter: Monday John 6:22-29
274 3rd Week of Easter: Tuesday John 6:30-35
275 3rd Week of Easter: Wednesday John 6:35-40
276 3rd Week of Easter: Thursday John 6:44-51
277 3rd Week of Easter: Friday John 6:52-59
278 3rd Week of Easter: Saturday John 6:60-69
248 4th Week of Lent: Friday John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
249 4th Week of Lent: Saturday John 7:40-53
251 5th Week of Lent: Monday John 8:1-11 (or 8:12-20)
252 5th Week of Lent: Tuesday John 8:21-30
253 5th Week of Lent: Wednesday John 8:31-42
254 5th Week of Lent: Thursday John 8:51-59
243 4th Week of Lent: optional Mass John 9:1-41 (or shorter)
279 4th Week of Easter: Monday John 10:1-10 (or 10:11-18)
280 4th Week of Easter: Tuesday John 10:22-30
255 5th Week of Lent: Friday John 10:31-42
250 5th Week of Lent: optional Mass John 11:1-45 (or shorter)
256 5th Week of Lent: Saturday John 11:45-57 (or 56?)
257 Monday in Holy Week John 12:1-11
281 4th Week of Easter: Wednesday John 12:44-50
282 4th Week of Easter: Thursday John 13:16-20
258 Tuesday in Holy Week John 13:21-33, 36-38
283 4th Week of Easter: Friday John 14:1-6
284 4th Week of Easter: Saturday John 14:7-14
285 5th Week of Easter: Monday John 14:21-26
286 5th Week of Easter: Tuesday John 14:27-31a
287 5th Week of Easter: Wednesday John 15:1-8
288 5th Week of Easter: Thursday John 15:9-11
289 5th Week of Easter: Friday John 15:12-17
290 5th Week of Easter: Saturday John 15:18-21
291 6th Week of Easter: Monday John 15:26—16:4a
292 6th Week of Easter: Tuesday John 16:5-11
293 6th Week of Easter: Wednesday John 16:12-15
294 6th Week of Easter: Thursday John 16:16-20
295 6th Week of Easter: Friday John 16:20-23a
296 6th Week of Easter: Saturday John 16:23b-28
297 7th Week of Easter: Monday John 16:29-33
298 7th Week of Easter: Tuesday John 17:1-11a
299 7th Week of Easter: Wednesday John 17:11b-19
300 7th Week of Easter: Thursday John 17:20-26
262 1st Week of Easter: Tuesday John 20:11-18
265 1st Week of Easter: Friday John 21:1-14
301 7th Week of Easter: Friday John 21:15-19
302 7th Week of Easter: Saturday John 21:20-25

Readings from John's Gospel on the Feasts of Saints:

Notes:

  1. The numbers in the first column are identical in the 1969 Latin, 1970 USA, and 1981 Latin Lectionaries.
  2. Major Feasts with prescribed "Proper" readings are given in bold, while Memorials with optional readings are not in bold.
  3. For most feasts, the 1969 Latin Ordo (and thus also the 1970 USA Lectionary) only gives cross-references to the "Common Readings" for the appropriate category of saint or feast (bishops, martyrs, virgins, etc.). In contrast, the 1981 Latin Ordo recommends a particular reading for each feast and each saint, although these readings are taken from the appropriate "Commons."
Lect. # Date  -  Saint or Feast Gospel Reading
629 August 24 - St. Bartholomew, apostle [Proper] John 1:45-51
647 September 29 - Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels [Proper] John 1:47-51
531 February 11 - Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes (com) John 2:1-11
671 November 9 - Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (com) John 2:13-22
638 September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross [Proper] John 3:13-17
577 June 5 - St. Boniface, bishop and martyr (com) John 10:11-16
670 November 4 - St. Charles Borromeo, bishop (com) John 10:11-16
688 December 7 - St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church (com) John 10:11-16
607 July 29 - St. Martha (com) John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42
618 August 10 - St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr [Proper] John 12:24-26
596 July 6 - St. Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr (com) John 12:24-26
642 September 19 - St. Janarius, bishop and martyr (com) John 12:24-26
660 October 17 - St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr (com) John 12:24-26
561 May 3 - Sts. Philip and James, apostles [Proper] John 14:6-14
542 March 18 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor of the Church (com) John 15:1-8
534 February 21 - St. Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church (com) John 15:1-8
604 July 23 - St. Bridget, religious (com) John 15:1-8
657 October 15 - St. Theresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church (com) John 15:1-8
677 November 16 - St. Gertrude, virgin (com) John 15:1-8
564 May 14 - St. Matthias, apostle [Proper] John 15:9-17
690 December 11 - St. Damasus I, pope (com) John 15:9-17
518 January 24 - St. Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church (com) John 15:9-17
537 March 4 - St. Casimir (com) John 15:9-17
599 July 14 - St. Camillus de Lellis, priest (com) John 15:9-17
676 November 16 - St. Margaret of Scotland (com) John 15:9-17
536 February 23 - St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr (com) John 15:18-21
551 April 13 - St. Martin I, pope and martyr (com) John 15:18-21
620 August 13 - Sts. Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs (com) John 15:18-21
550 April 11 - St. Stanislaus, bishop and martyr (com) John 17:11b-19
575 June 2 - Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs (com) John 17:11b-19
640 September 16 - Sts. Cornelius, pope, and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs (com) John 17:11b-19
554 April 24 - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr (com) John 17:20-26
570 May 26 - St. Philip Neri, priest (com) John 17:20-26
589 June 28 - St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr (com) John 17:20-26
625 August 20 - St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the Church (com) John 17:20-26
674 November 12 - St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr (com) John 17:20-26
639 September 15 - Blessed Virgin Mary of Sorrows [Proper] John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35
603 July 22 - St. Mary Magdalene [Proper] John 20:1-2, 11-18
697 December 27 - St. John, apostle and evangelist [Proper] John 20:2-8
593 July 3 - St. Thomas, apostle [Proper] John 20:24-29
514 January 20 - St. Fabian, pope and martyr (com) John 21:15-17
558 April 30 - St. Pius V, pope (com) John 21:15-17
626 August 21 - St. Pius X, pope (com) John 21:15-17
590 June 29 - Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles, Vigil [Proper] John 21:15-19

The above table is listed in canonical order. The same information is provided in the following table, but in calendrical order:

Lect. # Date  -  Saint or Feast Gospel Reading
514 January 20 - St. Fabian, pope and martyr (com) John 21:15-17
518 January 24 - St. Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church (com) John 15:9-17
531 February 11 - Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes (com) John 2:1-11
534 February 21 - St. Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church (com) John 15:1-8
536 February 23 - St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr (com) John 15:18-21
537 March 4 - St. Casimir (com) John 15:9-17
542 March 18 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor of the Church (com) John 15:1-8
550 April 11 - St. Stanislaus, bishop and martyr (com) John 17:11b-19
551 April 13 - St. Martin I, pope and martyr (com) John 15:18-21
554 April 24 - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr (com) John 17:20-26
558 April 30 - St. Pius V, pope (com) John 21:15-17
561 May 3 - Sts. Philip and James, apostles [Proper] John 14:6-14
564 May 14 - St. Matthias, apostle [Proper] John 15:9-17
570 May 26 - St. Philip Neri, priest (com) John 17:20-26
575 June 2 - Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs (com) John 17:11b-19
577 June 5 - St. Boniface, bishop and martyr (com) John 10:11-16
589 June 28 - St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr (com) John 17:20-26
590 June 29 - Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles, Vigil [Proper] John 21:15-19
593 July 3 - St. Thomas, apostle [Proper] John 20:24-29
596 July 6 - St. Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr (com) John 12:24-26
599 July 14 - St. Camillus de Lellis, priest (com) John 15:9-17
603 July 22 - St. Mary Magdalene [Proper] John 20:1-2, 11-18
604 July 23 - St. Bridget, religious (com) John 15:1-8
607 July 29 - St. Martha (com) John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42
618 August 10 - St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr [Proper] John 12:24-26
620 August 13 - Sts. Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs (com) John 15:18-21
625 August 20 - St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the Church (com) John 17:20-26
626 August 21 - St. Pius X, pope (com) John 21:15-17
629 August 24 - St. Bartholomew, apostle [Proper] John 1:45-51
638 September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross [Proper] John 3:13-17
639 September 15 - Blessed Virgin Mary of Sorrows [Proper] John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35
640 September 16 - Sts. Cornelius, pope, and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs (com) John 17:11b-19
642 September 19 - St. Janarius, bishop and martyr (com) John 12:24-26
647 September 29 - Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels [Proper] John 1:47-51
657 October 15 - St. Theresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church (com) John 15:1-8
660 October 17 - St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr (com) John 12:24-26
670 November 4 - St. Charles Borromeo, bishop (com) John 10:11-16
671 November 9 - Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (com) John 2:13-22
674 November 12 - St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr (com) John 17:20-26
676 November 16 - St. Margaret of Scotland (com) John 15:9-17
677 November 16 - St. Gertrude, virgin (com) John 15:1-8
688 December 7 - St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church (com) John 10:11-16
690 December 11 - St. Damasus I, pope (com) John 15:9-17
697 December 27 - St. John, apostle and evangelist [Proper] John 20:2-8

 


Readings from John's Gospel optional in other Masses:
(Common of Saints, Ritual Masses, Votive Masses, and Masses for Various Needs and Occasions)

Notes:

  1. The numbers in the first column are from the 1981 Latin Ordo Lectionum Missae, which are very different from the 1969 Latin Ordo Lectionum Missae and the 1970 USA Lectionary for Mass, due to the addition of many more Masses in the second editions of the Lectionary.

  2. Most of these Masses have several different optional texts; thus, the first number refers to the group of recommended readings while the number after the period indicates which option within the group this particular reading is. 

Lect. # Occasion for Mass Gospel
755 .7 Ritual: Christian Initiation apart from the Easter Vigil John 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18
755 .8 Ritual: Christian Initiation apart from the Easter Vigil John 1:29-34
743 .1 Ritual: Entrance into the Order of Catechumens John 1:35-42
779 .4 Ritual: Admission to Candidacy for Ordination as Deacons and Priests John 1:35-42
861 .7 Occasions: For Vocations of Priests and Religious John 1:35-51
779 .5 Ritual: Admission to Candidacy for Ordination as Deacons and Priests John 1:45-51
712 .11 Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary John 2:1-11
805 .7 Ritual: Marriage John 2:1-11
706 .3 Common: Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church John 2:13-22
755 .9 Ritual: Christian Initiation apart from the Easter Vigil John 3:1-6
760 .6 Ritual: Baptism of Children John 3:1-6
755 .10 Ritual: Christian Initiation apart from the Easter Vigil John 3:16-21
763 .4 Ritual: For the Reception into full Communion of those already Baptized John 3:16-21
760 .7 Ritual: Baptism of Children John 4:5-14
706 .4 Common: Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church John 4:19-24
822 .2 Ritual: Dedication of an Altar John 4:19-24
1016 .11 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 5:24-29
789 .4 Ritual: Institution of Acolytes John 6:1-15
981 .6 Votive: Holy Eucharist John 6:1-15
789 .5 Ritual: Institution of Acolytes John 6:24-35
981 .7 Votive: Holy Eucharist John 6:24-35
795 .17 Ritual: Anointing of the Sick John 6:35-40
1016 .12 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 6:37-40
1022 .2 Ritual: Burial of Baptized Children John 6:37-40 or 6:37-49
789. 6 Ritual: Institution of Acolytes John 6:41-51
800 .1 Ritual: Viaticum John 6:41-51
981 .8 Votive: Holy Eucharist John 6:41-51
760 .8 Ritual: Baptism of Children John 6:44-47
800 .2 Ritual: Viaticum John 6:51-58
981 .9 Votive: Holy Eucharist John 6:51-58
789 .7 Ritual: Institution of Acolytes John 6:51-59
1016 .13 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 6:51-58
1022 .3 Ritual: Burial of Baptized Children John 6:51-58
795 .18 Ritual: Anointing of the Sick John 6:53-58
784 .5 Ritual: Institution of Lectors John 7:14-18
768 .8 Ritual: Confirmation John 7:37b-39
760 .9 Ritual: Baptism of Children John 7:37b-39a
760 .10 Ritual: Baptism of Children John 9:1-7
795 .19 Ritual: Anointing of the Sick John 9:1-7
724 .10 Common of Pastors John 10:11-16
774 .8 Ritual: Holy Orders John 10:11-16
847 .5 Occasions: For Priests John 10:11-16
871 .3 Occasions: For Unity of Christians John 10:11-16
795 .20 Ritual: Anointing of the Sick John 10:11-18
1000 .4 Votive: Sacred Heart John 10:11-18
1016 .14 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 11:17-27 or 11:21-27
1022 .4 Ritual: Burial of Baptized Children John 11:32-38, 40
1016 .15 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 11:32-45
871 .4 Occasions: For Unity of Christians John 11:45-52
876 .4 Occasions: For the Spread of the Gospel John 11:45-52
1016 .16 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 12:23-28 or 12:23-26
718 .5 Common of Martyrs John 12:24-26
774 .9 Ritual: Holy Orders John 12:24-26
815 .13 Ritual: Consecration of Virgins and Religious Profession John 12:24-26
822 .3 Ritual: Dedication of an Altar John 12:31-36a
974 .4 Votive: Triumph of the Holy Cross John 12:31-36a
748 .2 Ritual: RCIA: Presentation of the Creed John 12:44-50
755 .11 Ritual: Christian Initiation apart from the Easter Vigil John 12:44-50
871 .5 Occasions: For Unity of Christians John 13:1-15
1016 .17 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 14:1-6
988 .3 Votive: Holy Name John 14:6-14
768 .9 Ritual: Confirmation John 14:15-17
763 .5 Ritual: For the Reception into full Communion of those already Baptized John 14:15-23
768 .10 Ritual: Confirmation John 14:23-26
842 .3 Occasions: Pastoral or Spiritual Meetings John 14:23-29
891 .3 Occasions: For Peace and Justice John 14:23-29
763 .6 Ritual: For the Reception into full Communion of those already Baptized John 15:1-6
742. 24 Common of Holy Men and Women John 15:1-8
815 .14 Ritual: Consecration of Virgins and Religious Profession John 15:1-8
831 .4 Occasions: For the Church John 15:1-8
856 .6 Occasions: For Religious John 15:1-8
866 .6 Occasions: For the Laity John 15:1-8
937 .4 Occasions: For the Sick John 15:1-8
1000 .5 Votive: Sacred Heart John 15:1-8
755 .12 Ritual: Christian Initiation apart from the Easter Vigil John 15:1-11
760 .11 Ritual: Baptism of Children John 15:1-11
805 .8 Ritual: Marriage John 15:9-12
886 .7 Occasions: For the Laity John 15:9-12
901 .2 Occasions: In Time of War and Civil Disturbances John 15:9-12
724 .11 Common of Pastors John 15:9-17
742 .25 Common of Holy Men and Women John 15:9-17
774 .10 Ritual: Holy Orders John 15:9-17
815 .15 Ritual: Consecration of Virgins and Religious Profession John 15:9-17
837 .1 Occasions: For the Election of a Pope or Bishop John 15:9-17
847 .6 Occasions: For Priests John 15:9-17
861 .8 Occasions: For Vocations of Priests and Religious John 15:9-17
947 .7 Occasions: In Thanksgiving John 15:9-17
1000 .6 Votive: Sacred Heart John 15:9-17
805 .9 Ritual: Marriage John 15:12-16
956 .2 Occasions: For Charity, For Promoting Harmony, For Relatives and Friends John 15:12-17
718 .6 Common of Martyrs John 15:18-21
866 .7 Occasions: For the Laity John 15:18-21
881 .4 Occasions: For Persecuted Christians John 15:18-21, 26—16:4
768 .11 Ritual: Confirmation John 15:18-21, 26-27
768 .12 Ritual: Confirmation John 16:5-7, 12-13a
947 .8 Occasions: In Thanksgiving John 16:20-22
871 .6 Occasions: For Unity of Christians John 17:1-11a
774 .11 Ritual: Holy Orders John 17:6, 14-19
831 .5 Occasions: For the Church John 17:11b, 17-23
837 .2 Occasions: For the Election of a Pope or Bishop John 17:11b, 17-23
876 .5 Occasions: For the Spread of the Gospel John 17:11b, 17-23
718 .7 Common of Martyrs John 17:11b-19
871 .7 Occasions: For Unity of Christians John 17:11b-19
881 .5 Occasions: For Persecuted Christians John 17:11b-19
742 .26 Common of Holy Men and Women John 17:20-26
805 .10 Ritual: Marriage John 17:20-26
815 .16 Ritual: Consecration of Virgins and Religious Profession John 17:20-26
871 .8 Occasions: For Unity of Christians John 17:20-26
1000 .7 Votive: Sacred Heart John 17:20-26
1016 .18 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 17:24-26
1016 .19 Ritual: Masses for the Dead John 19:17-18, 25-39
712 .12 Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary John 19:25-27
1022 .5 Ritual: Burial of Baptized Children John 19:25-30
975 .9 Votive: Triumph of the Holy Cross John 19:28-37
760 .12 Ritual: Baptism of Children John 19:31-35
1000 .8 Votive: Sacred Heart John 19:31-37
981 .10 Votive: Holy Eucharist John 19:31-37
994 .4 Votive: Precious Blood John 19:31-37
774 .12 Ritual: Holy Orders John 20:19-23
891 .4 Occasions: For Peace and Justice John 20:19-23
789 .8 Ritual: Institution of Acolytes John 21:1-14
981 .11 Votive: Holy Eucharist John 21:1-14
724 .12 Common of Pastors John 21:15-17
774 .13 Ritual: Holy Orders John 21:15-17
831 .6 Occasions: For the Church John 21:15-17
847 .7 Occasions: For Priests John 21:15-17

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