Lector’s Resources

Advent 2020 Reader’s Schedule

Service Readings

Liturgical Introductions & Conclusions for Scripture Readings

Old Testament

A reading from the Book of Genesis (or Exodus, Joshua, Proverbs, Job, etc., for most OT books).
A reading from the first (or second) Book of Samuel (or Kings, Chronicles, Maccabees).
A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah (or Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, etc., for all prophets).
A reading from the Song of Songs.  (the only OT text not “from the Book of…”)

The New Testament

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans (or Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians).
A reading from the first (or second) Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (or Thessalonians).
A reading from the first (or second) Letter of Paul to Timothy.
A reading from the Letter of Paul to Titus (or Philemon).
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.   (not “…of Paul to the Hebrews”)
A reading from the Letter of James (or Jude).
A reading from the first (or second, or third) Letter of Peter (or John).
A reading from the Book of Revelation.  (not plural “Revelations”)

Liturgical Conclusions:

After the 1st and 2nd readings:
Lector: “The Word of the Lord.”

or

“Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”|
or
“Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.”

Response: “Thanks be to God.”

The Gospels

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (or Mark, Luke, John).
After the Gospel readings:

Priest/Deacon: “The Gospel of the Lord.” (not “This is the Gospel of …”)
Response: “Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Alternate Introductions: (mentioning “Saint”)

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (or Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians).
A reading from the first (or second) Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (or Thessalonians).
A reading from the first (or second) Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Titus (or Philemon).
A reading from the Letter of Saint James (or Jude) *
A reading from the first (or second, or third) Letter of Saint Peter (or John).
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew (or Mark, Luke, John).* 

The title “Saint” is explicitly added before the names of most of the Apostles (Paul, Peter, John, Jude), but curiously not before the names of the four Evangelists.  In contrast, the Spanish translation of the Roman Missal does have “San Mateo,” “San Marcus,” etc.  The usage is inconsistent for James.  Although Paul is called “Saint,” Timothy and Titus are not.