These notes try to serve the Church by helping lectors prepare to proclaim the Scriptures in our Sunday assemblies. For each day's first and second readings (and occasionally for the gospel), the Notes give the historical and theological background, plus suggestions on oral interpretation.

While most pages treat the texts in the Roman Lectionary, a growing number deal with the Revised Common Lectionary's selections.

More information about Lector's Notes is here.

All Lector's Notes Published to Date

Liturgical Year A (2014, 2017, etc.)
Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

First Sunday of Advent
Second Sunday of Advent
Third Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Vigil of Christmas, Years A, B & C
Christmas Midnight Mass, Years A, B, & C
Misa de Gallo, Misa de Navidad de Medianoche
Christmas Mass at Dawn, Years A, B, & C
Christmas Mass during the Day, Years A, B, & C
Feast of the Holy Family, Years A, B & C
Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, Years A, B & C
Feast of the Epiphany (includes 3 homily starters and an essay on hearing the readings as a community.)
Epifanía del Señor

Liturgical Year A (2014, 2017, etc.)
Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Ash Wednesday, Years A, B, & C
Miércoles de Ceniza, Año A, B y C
First Sunday of Lent
Domingo 1° de Cuaresma
Second Sunday of Lent
Domingo 2° de Cuaresma
Third Sunday of Lent
Domingo 3° de Cuaresma
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Domingo 4° de Cuaresma
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Domingo 5º de Cuaresma
Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday), Years A, B & C
Domingo de Ramos, La Pasión de El Señor
Holy Thursday, Years A, B & C
Jueves Santo
Good Friday, Years A, B & C
Viernes Santo
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil), Years A, B & C
Easter Sunday, Years A, B & C
Domingo de Pascua, Año A, B y C
Second Sunday of Easter
Segundo Domingo de Pascua
Third Sunday of Easter
Tercer Domingo de Pascua
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Quarto Domingo de Pascua
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Quinto Domingo de Pascua
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sexto Domingo de Pascua
Seventh Sunday of Easter
The Ascension of the Lord, Years A, B & C
La Ascensión del Señor, Años A, B & C
Vigil of Pentecost, Years A, B & C
Pentecost Sunday (morning), Years A, B & C
Pentecostés mañana
Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, Annually
Santa María Madre de Dios, 1 de enero, Año A, B y C
The Presentation of the Lord (Notes include a four-hundred-word homily starter based on the three readings.)

Liturgical Year A (2014, 2017, etc.)
Ordinary Time (Season of the Year)

Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday of Ordinary Time, Years A, B & C)
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Séptimo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Octavo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Noveno Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Trinity Sunday
Domingo de la Santisima Trinidad
Corpus Christi
Cuerpo y Sangre de Cristo
Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XIII Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XIV Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XV Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XVI Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XVII Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XVIII Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XIX Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XX Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
XXI Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
XXII Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
XXIII Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XXIV Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Proper 19 (R.C.L.)
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XXX Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
XXXI Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
XXXII Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Proper 27 (R.C.L.)
Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
XXXIII Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Feast of Christ the King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time)

Liturgical Year B(2015, 2018, etc.)
Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

First Sunday of Advent
Primer Domingo de Adviento
Second Sunday of Advent
Segundo Domingo de Adviento
Third Sunday of Advent
Tercer Domingo de Adviento
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Cuarto Domingo_de_Adviento
Vigil of Christmas, Years A, B & C
Christmas Midnight Mass, Years A, B, & C
Misa de Gallo, Misa de Navidad de Medianoche
Christmas Mass at Dawn, Years A, B, & C
Christmas Mass during the Day, Years A, B, & C
Feast of the Holy Family, Years A, B & C
Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, Years A, B & C
Santa María Madre de Dios, 1 de enero, Año A, B y C
Feast of the Epiphany (includes 3 homily starters and an essay on hearing the readings as a community.)
Epifanía del Señor

Liturgical Year B(2015, 2018, etc.)
Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Ash Wednesday, Years A, B, & C
Miércoles de Ceniza, Año A, B y C
First Sunday of Lent
Primer Domingo de Cuaresma
Second Sunday of Lent
Segundo Domingo de Cuaresma
Third Sunday of Lent
Tercer Domingo de Cuaresma
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Cuarto Domingo de Cuaresma
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Quinto Domingo de Cuaresma
Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday), Years A, B & C
Domingo de Ramos, La Pasión de El Señor
Holy Thursday, Years A, B & C
Jueves Santo
Good Friday, Years A, B & C
Viernes Santo
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil), Years A, B & C
Easter Sunday, Years A, B & C
Domingo de Pascua, Año A, B y C
Second Sunday of Easter
Third Sunday of Easter
Tercer Domingo de Pascua
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Quarto Domingo de Pascua
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Quinto Domingo de Pascua
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sexto Domingo de Pascua
The Ascension of the Lord, Years A, B & C
La Ascensión del Señor, Años A, B & C
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Vigil of Pentecost, Years A, B & C
Pentecost Sunday (morning), Years A, B & C
Pentecostés mañana
Trinity Sunday
Domingo de Trinidad
Corpus Christi
Cuerpo y Sangre de Cristo

Liturgical Year B(2015, 2018, etc.)
Ordinary Time (Season of the Year)

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Segundo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Tercer Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Cuarto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sexto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Séptimo Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
XI Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XIII Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XIV Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XV Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XVI Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XVII Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
XVIII Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
Proper 26 (R.C.L.)
Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Proper 27 (R.C.L.)
Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Feast of Christ the King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time)
Fiesta de Cristo Rey

Liturgical Year C(2013, 2016, etc.)
Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

First Sunday of Advent
Second Sunday of Advent
Third Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Vigil of Christmas, Years A, B & C
Christmas Midnight Mass, Years A, B, & C
Misa de Gallo, Misa de Navidad de Medianoche
Christmas Mass at Dawn, Years A, B, & C
Christmas Mass during the Day, Years A, B, & C
Feast of the Holy Family, Years A, B & C
Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, Years A, B & C
Santa María Madre de Dios, 1 de enero, Año A, B y C
Feast of the Epiphany (includes 3 homily starters and an essay on hearing the readings as a community.)
Epifanía del Señor

Liturgical Year C(2013, 2016, etc.)
Lent, Easter, Pentecost

Ash Wednesday, Years A, B, & C
Miércoles de Ceniza, Año A, B y C
First Sunday of Lent
Primer Domingo de Cuaresma
Second Sunday of Lent
Segundo Domingo de Cuaresma
Third Sunday of Lent
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday), Years A, B & C
Domingo de Ramos, La Pasión de El Señor
Holy Thursday, Years A, B & C
Jueves Santo
Good Friday, Years A, B & C
Viernes Santo
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil), Years A, B & C
Easter Sunday, Years A, B & C
Domingo de Pascua, Año A, B y C
Second Sunday of Easter
Third Sunday of Easter
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sixth Sunday of Easter
The Ascension of the Lord, Years A, B & C
La Ascensión del Señor, Años A, B & C
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Vigil of Pentecost, Years A, B & C
Pentecost Sunday (morning), Years A, B & C
Pentecostés mañana
Trinity Sunday
Corpus Christi

Liturgical Year C(2013, 2016, etc.)
Ordinary Time (Season of the Year)

The Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday of Ordinary Time)
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Proper 15 (R.C.L.)
Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Feast of Christ the King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time)

Other Feasts Throughout the Year

The Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday of Ordinary Time)
The Presentation of the Lord, February 2 (Notes include a four-hundred-word homily starter based on the three readings.)
Feast of Sainst Peter & Paul (vigil), Years A, B, & C
Feast of Sainst Peter & Paul (morning), Years A, B, & C
Feast of the Transfiguration, Years A, B, & C
Vigil of the Assumption, Years A, B, & C
Feast of the Assumption, Years A, B, & C
Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Years A, B, & C
All Saints (November 1, Years A, B, & C)
All Souls (November 2, Years A, B, & C)
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (November 9, Years A, B, & C)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Years A, B & C
Birth of John the Baptist, Vigil, Years A, B, & C
Birth of John the Baptist, Years A, B, & C
Naciamento de Juan el Bautista, Año A, B y C

Credit for the picture at the top:
My friend Bill Krenn, also of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., took this picture in April, 2015, at the Shaw Nature Reserve, an exurban site of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Bill granted permission to use the photo.

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