Readings & Gospels

The readings for all regular services are taken from the Church of England Lectionary, the authorised cycle of readings

On Sundays there is a three year cycle based on the gospels according to Matthew, Mark and Luke. In 2012 we are in Year B (Mark). The first reading is usually from one of the letters (epistles) in the New Testament but in some seasons especially in Advent and Lent the readings are from the Old Testament

The church year begins in Advent, the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It then proceeds through Christmas and Epiphany when we celebrate the birth of Christ and those who came to visit him. The mood changes swiftly on Ash Wednesday when we begin the 40 days preparation for Holy Week and Easter. We contemplate the meaning of Our Lord's death and resurrection. Fifty days after Easter comes Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples and they found themselves gifted with a mission for the church. The Sunday following we celebrate Trinity Sunday, the full-blown doctrine of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Sundays following this are numbered after Trinity and the church's year ends with the Feast of Christ the King. The readings through the year reflect these themes of the seasons

You will find the reading and gospel for each Sunday on the Sunday Mass page. Click on the Sunday and all the information for that day will appear


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