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This is for Catholics---

How does your church determine what part of the bible to read each week?

I know it a rotation. How long does it take to go through the bible?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:47 PM on Oct. 16, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Catholics are required to attend Mass on Sundays (unless they have a valid reason not to), but most Catholic Churches offer Mass every day. So in the Latin Rite there are 2 major cycles - the weekday cycle and the Sunday cycle.

    The Sunday cycle is divided into three years, labeled A, B, and C. (This is year B). In Year A, we read mostly from the Gospel of Matthew. In Year B, we read the Gospel of Mark and chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. In Year C, we read the Gospel of Luke. The Gospel of John is read during the Easter season in all three years. The 1st reading is usually from the OT and is picked to reflect themes from the Gospel reading. The second reading is usually from one of the epistles. These letters are read semi-continuously. Each Sunday, we pick up close to where we left off the Sunday before.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:53 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • The weekday cycle is divided into two years, Year I and Year II. Year I is read in odd-numbered years (liek this year) and Year II is used in even-numbered years. The Gospels for both years are the same. During the year, the Gospels are read semi-continuously, beginning with Mark, then moving on to Matthew and Luke. The Gospel of John is read during the Easter season. For Advent, Christmas, and Lent, readings are chosen that are appropriate to the season. The first reading on weekdays may be taken from the Old or the New Testament. Typically, a single book is read semi-continuously (i.e., some passages are not read) until it is finished and then a new book is started.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:53 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • NOTE: The year of the cycle does not change on January 1st, but on the 1st Sunday of Advent (usually late November) which is the beginning of the liturgical year. The liturgical year 2009 began on November 30, 2008, and ends on November 28, 2009.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:54 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • So, how long it takes to go throught the bible depends if you attend daily Mass or only on Sundays. And the readings will be the same for any Latin Rite Mass that you attend anywhere in the world. The readings we have at a Latin Rite Mass here in the US will be the same as those in China, Africa, Austrailia.

    Now the Eastern Rite Catholic services (Divine Liturgy) is different and there are several different Catholic Eastern Rites so their readings and how they do them are different.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:57 PM on Oct. 16, 2009

  • Oh and if anyone wants to know the scripture readings for a Latin Rite Mass on any day, just check out:


    Answer by eringobrough at 12:28 AM on Oct. 17, 2009

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