The Catholic Lectionary for Mass
(1981 Latin & 1998 USA Editions)
compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.


Lectionary Readings from the Acts of the Apostles

Readings for Sundays and Major Feasts:

# Sunday or Feast Second Reading
13 Christmas Vigil - Years ABC Acts 13:16-17, 22-25 - Paul & Barnabas Preach in Antioch of Pisidia
21 Baptism of the Lord - Years ABC Acts 10:34-38 - Peter Preaches about Jesus to Cornelius' Household
# Sunday or Feast First Reading
42 Easter Sunday - Years ABC Acts 10:34a, 37-43 - Peter to Cornelius: Jesus Commissioned the Apostles to Preach
43 2nd Sunday of Easter - Year A Acts 2:42-47 - The Communal Life of the Believers in Jerusalem
46 3rd Sunday of Easter - Year A Acts 2:14, 22-33 - Peter Preaches to the Crowd at Pentecost (excerpt about Jesus & David)
49 4th Sunday of Easter - Year A Acts 2:14a, 36-41 - Peter's Speech at Pentecost (conclusion): Repent and Be Baptized
52 5th Sunday of Easter - Year A Acts 6:1-7 - The Appointment of Seven Hellenists as Community Servants (Deacons)
55 6th Sunday of Easter - Year A Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 - Philip Evangelizes Samaria; The Apostles Confirm the Action
58 Ascension of the Lord - Years ABC Acts 1:1-11 - The Promise of the Holy Spirit and the Ascension of Jesus
59* [ 7th Sunday of Easter - Year A ] Acts 1:12-14 - The Community of Apostles, Women, and Jesus' Family in Jerusalem
63 Pentecost Sunday - Years ABC Acts 2:1-11 - The Holy Spirit Comes upon the Disciples at Pentecost
44 2nd Sunday of Easter - Year B Acts 4:32-35 - Unity and Sharing in the Community of Believers
47 3rd Sunday of Easter - Year B Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 - Peter Preaches in the Temple: God has Glorified Jesus
50 4th Sunday of Easter - Year B Acts 4:8-12 - Peter's Speech before the Sanhedrin
53 5th Sunday of Easter - Year B Acts 9:26-31 - Saul (Paul) Visits and Preaches in Jerusalem
56 6th Sunday of Easter - Year B Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 - Cornelius' Household Receives the Holy Spirit and Baptism
58 Ascension of the Lord - Year B (same as in Year A)
60* [ 7th Sunday of Easter - Year B ] Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26 -The Choice of Another Apostle to Replace Judas
63 Pentecost Sunday - Year B (same as in Year A)
45 2nd Sunday of Easter - Year C Acts 5:12-16 - Signs and Wonders Performed by the Apostles
48 3rd Sunday of Easter - Year C Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 - The Trial of the Apostles before the Sanhedrin
51 4th Sunday of Easter - Year C Acts 13:14, 43-52 - Barnabas and Paul Preach in Antioch of Pisidia
54 5th Sunday of Easter - Year C Acts 14:21-27 - Barnabas and Paul Conclude Their First Mission
57 6th Sunday of Easter - Year C Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 - The Letter of the Apostles after the Council of Jerusalem
58 Ascension of the Lord - Year C (same as in Year A)
61* [ 7th Sunday of Easter - Year C ] Acts 7:55-60 - The Martyrdom of Stephen
63 Pentecost Sunday - Year C (same as in Year A)
[The numbers in the leftmost column are the official section numbers from the Ordo Lectionum Missae, second typical edition, 1981.]

*Note on #59-61: In ecclesiastical provinces where the Ascension of the Lord is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter
(incl. all of California and most of the Western USA), the readings for the Ascension (#58) replace those listed here.


Readings for Weekdays in the Season of Easter:

# Weekday of Easter First Reading Biblical Event
261 Easter Octave – Mon Acts 2:14, 22-33 Peter preaches to the crowd in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost
262 Easter Octave – Tues Acts 2:36-41 The conclusion of Peter's sermon and the reaction of the people
263 Easter Octave – Wed Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John heal a crippled beggar near the Beautiful Gate of the Temple
264 Easter Octave – Thurs Acts 3:11-26 Then, Peter preaches to the crowd that gathers in Solomon's Portico
265 Easter Octave – Fri Acts 4:1-12 Peter and John are arrested; the next day they preach before the Sanhedrin
266 Easter Octave – Sat Acts 4:13-21 The Sanhedrin orders them to stop preaching about Jesus, but they refuse
267 2nd Week – Mon Acts 4:23-31 The community of believers prays and gives praise to God
268 2nd Week – Tues Acts 4:32-37 The community of believers are united and share possession in common
269 2nd Week – Wed Acts 5:17-26 The apostles are arrested and put on trial before the Sanhedrin
270 2nd Week – Thurs Acts 5:27-33 Peter and the apostles defend themselves before the Sanhedrin
271 2nd Week – Fri Acts 5:34-42 A Pharisee named Gamaliel defends the apostles during their trial
272 2nd Week – Sat Acts 6:1-7 Seven Hellenists area appointed as community servants (deacons)
273 3rd Week – Mon Acts 6:8-15 Stephen works great wonders and signs, but is arrested and put on trial
274 3rd Week – Tues Acts 7:51—8:1a Stephen concludes his self-defense speech and is stoned to death
275 3rd Week – Wed Acts 8:1b-8 The Church in Jerusalem is persecuted; Philip goes to preach in Samaria
276 3rd Week – Thurs Acts 8:26-40 Philip preaches to the Ethiopian Eunuch on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza
277 3rd Week – Fri Acts 9:1-20 Jesus appears to Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus; Saul is baptized
278 3rd Week – Sat Acts 9:31-42 Peter heals a paralytic named Aeneas and restores a dead girl, Tabitha, to life
279 4th Week – Mon Acts 11:1-18 Peter tells believers in Jerusalem why he baptized he gentile Cornelius
280 4th Week – Tues Acts 11:19-26 A Christian Church is established in Antioch in Syria
281 4th Week – Wed Acts 12:24—13:5a The Church at Antioch sends Barnabas and Saul on their first mission
282 4th Week – Thurs Acts 13:13-25 Barnabas & Paul preach to Jews in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia
283 4th Week – Fri Acts 13:26-33 Paul's sermon in the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch (cont.)
284 4th Week – Sat Acts 13:44-52 Barnabas and Paul extend their preaching to the Gentiles in Pisidian Antioch
285 5th Week – Mon Acts 14:5-18 The apostles are persecuted at Iconium, then preach & heal a cripple in Lystra
286 5th Week – Tues Acts 14:19-28 Barnabas and Paul conclude their mission and return to Antioch in Syria
287 5th Week – Wed Acts 15:1-6 The apostles and elders meet in Jerusalem to settle some questions
288 5th Week – Thurs Acts 15:7-21 The Council of Jerusalem decides that Gentiles need not be circumcised
289 5th Week – Fri Acts 15:22-31 The Council of Jerusalem composes a letter to communicate their decisions
290 5th Week – Sat Acts 16:1-10 Paul, Silas & Timothy depart from Antioch and travel through Asia Minor
291 6th Week – Mon Acts 16:11-15 They cross over to Europe (Philippi in Macedonia) and baptize Lydia
292 6th Week – Tues Acts 16:22-34 They are arrested and beaten in Philippi, but God delivers them from prison
293 6th Week – Wed Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 Paul goes to Athens and preaches to the Greeks at the Areopagus
294* 6th Week – Thurs Acts 18:1-8 Paul, Silas & Timothy begin a Christian Church in Corinth
295 6th Week – Fri Acts 18:9-18 Paul remains in Corinth 18 months, and is tried before the proconsul Gallio
296 6th Week – Sat Acts 18:23-28 Apollos preaches about Jesus in Ephesus and Achaia
297 7th Week – Mon Acts 19:1-8 Paul preaches in Ephesus, teaching more about the Holy Spirit
298 7th Week – Tues Acts 20:17-27 Paul says farewell to the Christian elders of Ephesus who meet him at Miletus
299 7th Week – Wed Acts 20:28-38 Paul's concludes his farewell address, telling the elders of dangers to come
300 7th Week – Thurs Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 In Jerusalem, Paul defends himself before the Sanhedrin
301 7th Week – Fri Acts 25:13b-21 In Caesarea, proconsul Festus tells King Agrippa & Queen Bernice about Paul
302 7th Week – Sat morn. Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 Paul arrives in Rome, preaches to the Jews, and remains under house arrest

*Lectionary Note before #294: "In Provinces where the celebration of the Ascension is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter
[incl. California & most of the Western USA], the following readings are used on this Thursday." [see Lectionary #58]

See also an Overview of First Readings for Weekday Masses and/or my Biblical Study Guide for the Acts of the Apostles

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