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


Movable Feasts during the Christmas Season

The lengths of the liturgical Seasons of Advent and Christmas vary from year to year, depending on what weekday Dec. 25 occurs in any particular year.  The exact dates of several other feasts celebrated annually during the Christmas Season also vary.

Moreover, the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on different days in various countries and dioceses today; either it is observed on Jan. 6 (the traditional date, usually a weekday) or it is transferred to the Sunday between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8 (in most U.S. dioceses today).  There is no difference if Jan. 6 itself is a Sunday (as in 2008, 2013, 2019), in which case the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated everywhere on the following Sunday, Jan. 13. In places where Epiphany is NOT transferred to a Sunday, then the "Second Sunday after Christmas" (as on Jan. 5, 2014) has a different set of prescribed readings.

The colored cells in the following charts indicate days when the readings are from the Gospel of John and/or the First Letter of John (see the notes below for more details). See my main Lectionary Webpages for complete lists of all the readings for each day.

 
If Epiphany is transferred to a Sunday

(as done in the U.S.A. and some other countries; thus it occurs between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8)

Year 1Adv 4Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
2005-06 B
2011-12 B
11/27 12/18 26 27 28 29 30
HF
31 1/1
MM
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Ep
9
Bap
. . . . . .
12/25
2006-07 C
(leap)
12/3 12/24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
HF
1/1
MM
2 3 4 5 6 7
Ep
8
Bap
. . . . . .
2007-08 A
2012-13 C
12/2 12/23 . 25 26 27 28 29 30
HF
31 1/1
MM
2 3 4 5 6
Ep
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Bap
(leap)
2013-14 A
12/1 12/22 . . 25 26 27 28 29
HF
30 31 1/1
MM
2 3 4 5
Ep
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Bap
2008-09 B
2014-15 B
11/30 12/21 . . . 25 26 27 28
HF
29 30 31 1/1
MM
2 3 4
Ep
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Bap
2009-10 C
2015-16 C
11/29 12/20 . . . . 25 26 27
HF
28 29 30 31 1/1
MM
2 3
Ep
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bap
2010-11 A
 (leap)
11/28 12/19 . . . . . 25 26
HF
27 28 29 30 31 1/1
MM
2
Ep
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Bap

 
If Epiphany is celebrated on Jan. 6

(the traditional date; twelve days after Christmas, no matter which weekday it is)

Year 1Adv 4Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
2005-06 B
2011-12 B
11/27 12/18 26 27 28 29 30
HF
31 1/1
MM
2 3 4 5 6
Ep
7 8
Bap
. . . . . . .
12/25
2006-07 C
(leap)
12/3 12/24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
HF
1/1
MM
2 3 4 5 6
Ep
7
Bap
. . . . . . .
2007-08 A
2012-13 C
12/2 12/23 . 25 26 27 28 29 30
HF
31 1/1
MM
2 3 4 5 6
Ep
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Bap
(leap)
2013-14 A
12/1 12/22 . . 25 26 27 28 29
HF
30 31 1/1
MM
2 3 4 5
2Xm
6
Ep
7 8 9 10 11 12
Bap
2008-09 B
2014-15 B
11/30 12/21 . . . 25 26 27 28
HF
29 30 31 1/1
MM
2 3 4
2Xm
5 6
Ep
7 8 9 10 11
Bap
2009-10 C
2015-16 C
11/29 12/20 . . . . 25 26 27
HF
28 29 30 31 1/1
MM
2 3
2Xm
4 5 6
Ep
7 8 9 10
Bap
2010-11 A
 (leap)
11/28 12/19 . . . . . 25 26
HF
27 28 29 30 31 1/1
MM
2
2Xm
3 4 5 6
Ep
7 8 9
Bap

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