What Are Some Readings From the Year B Lectionary?


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Ruth 3:1-5 and 4:13-17, 1 Kings 17:8-16, Hebrews 9:24-28 and Mark 12:38-44 are the respective first reading, alternate first reading, second reading and gospel reading of November 8, 2015. Psalm 127 and Psalm 146 are the respective Psalm contexts for the first reading and the alternate first readings for the 24th Sunday after the Pentecost. The lectionary provides Isaiah 25:6-9 as the complementary first reading of November 1, 2015.

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During Year B, the revised common lectionary provides two parallel sets of readings. Old Testament readings for the first set follow major themes and stories from the great monarchy narratives. The second set follows the pairing of Old Testament themes with readings from the gospels. In most cases, this set pairs predictions of the life of Jesus Christ with his ministry.

Observers can follow either set of readings, but they must stick to the selected set until the end of the season. Readers can use either or both the standard readings and the complementary readings if available. Readers should pair the Psalms provided for each Sunday after the Pentecost with a particular reading of the Old Testament. During a few instances, the lectionary does not offer a Psalm reading due to the thematic nature of the day.

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