Eastern Orthodox New Testament Reading Plan

This plan was prepared by Esteban Vázquez as part of a series of posts On Reading the Scriptures (in particular, Part One) and is based on the rule for reading the New Testament in the kellia at the Optina Monastery, which prescribed a chapter of the Holy Gospel (89 in all) and two from the Acts, Epistles, and Revelation for every day, with only one chapter from Revelation on the last seven days in order to make up 89 readings.

Column I gives the chapters from the Gospels in succession.

Column II gives the continuous order of Apostolic readings as prescribed by the Optina rule, and according to the order of New Testament books found in the Slavonic Bible. However, this order sometimes causes the reader to finish the last chapter of a book and then start on the first one of the next, which may confuse some readers acquainting themselves with the subject matter of the New Testament.

For their benefit, Column III gives a revised order in which the reading of each Apostolic book is completely finished before starting on the next one; the sole exceptions to this are one-chapter epistles (Jude, Philemon, etc.), which are combined with the last chapter of the previous book.

Column IV also gives this revised format, but according to the order of New Testament books usually found in our English Bibles.

This plan is under continuous revision, and any suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated by Esteban and myself.

Day I II III IV
Day 1 St Matthew 1 Acts 1-2 Acts 1-2 Acts 1-2
Day 2 St Matthew 2 Acts 3-4 Acts 3-4 Acts 3-4
Day 3 St Matthew 3 Acts 5-6 Acts 5-6 Acts 5-6
Day 4 St Matthew 4 Acts 7-8 Acts 7-8 Acts 7-8
Day 5 St Matthew 5 Acts 9-10 Acts 9-10 Acts 9-10
Day 6 St Matthew 6 Acts 11-12 Acts 11-12 Acts 11-12
Day 7 St Matthew 7 Acts 13-14 Acts 13-14 Acts 13-14
Day 8 St Matthew 8 Acts 15-16 Acts 15-16 Acts 15-16
Day 9 St Matthew 9 Acts 17-18 Acts 17-18 Acts 17-18
Day 10 St Matthew 10 Acts 19-20 Acts 19-20 Acts 19-20
Day 11 St Matthew 11 Acts 21-22 Acts 21-22 Acts 21-22
Day 12 St Matthew 12 Acts 23-24 Acts 23-24 Acts 23-24
Day 13 St Matthew 13 Acts 25-26 Acts 25-26 Acts 25-26
Day 14 St Matthew 14 Acts 27-28 Acts 27-28 Acts 27-28
Day 15 St Matthew 15 James 1-2 James 1-2 Romans 1-2
Day 16 St Matthew 16 James 3-4 James 3-4 Romans 3-4
Day 17 St Matthew 17 James 5; I Peter 1 James 5 Romans 5-6
Day 18 St Matthew 18 I Peter 2-3 I Peter 1-2 Romans 7-8
Day 19 St Matthew 19 I Peter 4-5 I Peter 3-4 Romans 9-10
Day 20 St Matthew 20 II Peter 1-2 I Peter 5 Romans 11-12
Day 21 St Matthew 21 II Peter 3; I John 1 II Peter 1-2 Romans 13-14
Day 22 St Matthew 22 I John 2-3 II Peter 3 Romans 15-16
Day 23 St Matthew 23 I John 4-5 I John 1-2 I Corinthians 1-2
Day 24 St Matthew 24 II John; III John I John 3-4 I Corinthians 3-4
Day 25 St Matthew 25 Jude; Romans 1 I John 5; II John I Corinthians 5-6
Day 26 St Matthew 26 Romans 2-3 III John; Jude I Corinthians 7-8
Day 27 St Matthew 27 Romans 4-5 Romans 1-2 I Corinthians 9-10
Day 28 St Matthew 28 Romans 6-7 Romans 3-4 I Corinthians 11-12
Day 29 St Mark 1 Romans 8-9 Romans 5-6 I Corinthians 13-14
Day 30 St Mark 2 Romans 10-11 Romans 7-8 I Corinthians 15-16
Day 31 St Mark 3 Romans 12-13 Romans 9-10 II Corinthians 1-2
Day 32 St Mark 4 Romans 14-15 Romans 11-12 II Corinthians 3-4
Day 33 St Mark 5 Rom. 16; I Cor. 1 Romans 13-14 II Corinthians 5-6
Day 34 St Mark 6 I Corinthians 2-3 Romans 15-16 II Corinthians 7-8
Day 35 St Mark 7 I Corinthians 4-5 I Corinthians 1-2 II Corinthians 9-10
Day 36 St Mark 8 I Corinthians 6-7 I Corinthians 3-4 II Corinthians 11-12
Day 37 St Mark 9 I Corinthians 8-9 I Corinthians 5-6 II Corinthians 13
Day 38 St Mark 10 I Corinthians 10-11 I Corinthians 7-8 Galatians 1-2
Day 39 St Mark 11 I Corinthians 12-13 I Corinthians 9-10 Galatians 3-4
Day 40 St Mark 12 I Corinthians 14-15 I Corinthians 11-12 Galatians 5-6
Day 41 St Mark 13 I Cor. 16; II Cor. 1 I Corinthians 13-14 Ephesians 1-2
Day 42 St Mark 14 II Corinthians 2-3 I Corinthians 15-16 Ephesians 3-4
Day 43 St Mark 15 II Corinthians 4-5 II Corinthians 1-2 Ephesians 5-6
Day 44 St Mark 16 II Corinthians 6-7 II Corinthians 3-4 Philippians 1-2
Day 45 St Luke 1 II Corinthians 8-9 II Corinthians 5-6 Philippians 3-4
Day 46 St Luke 2 II Corinthians 10-11 II Corinthians 7-8 Colossians 1-2
Day 47 St Luke 3 II Corinthians 12-13 II Corinthians 9-10 Colossians 3-4
Day 48 St Luke 4 Galatians 1-2 II Corinthians 11-12 I Thessalonians 1-2
Day 49 St Luke 5 Galatians 3-4 II Corinthians 13 I Thessalonians 3-4
Day 50 St Luke 6 Galatians 5-6 Galatians 1-2 I Thessalonians 5
Day 51 St Luke 7 Ephesians 1-2 Galatians 3-4 II Thessalonians 1-2
Day 52 St Luke 8 Ephesians 3-4 Galatians 5-6 II Thessalonians 3
Day 53 St Luke 9 Ephesians 5-6 Ephesians 1-2 I Timothy 1-2
Day 54 St Luke 10 Philippians 1-2 Ephesians 3-4 I Timothy 3-4
Day 55 St Luke 11 Philippians 3-4 Ephesians 5-6 I Timothy 5-6
Day 56 St Luke 12 Colossians 1-2 Philippians 1-2 II Timothy 1-2
Day 57 St Luke 13 Colossians 3-4 Philippians 3-4 II Timothy 3-4
Day 58 St Luke 14 I Thessalonians 1-2 Colossians 1-2 Titus 1-2
Day 59 St Luke 15 I Thessalonians 3-4 Colossians 3-4 Titus 3; Philemon
Day 60 St Luke 16 I Thes. 5; II Thes. 1 I Thessalonians 1-2 Hebrews 1-2
Day 61 St Luke 17 II Thessalonians 2-3 I Thessalonians 3-4 Hebrews 3-4
Day 62 St Luke 18 I Timothy 1-2 I Thessalonians 5 Hebrews 5-6
Day 63 St Luke 19 I Timothy 3-4 II Thessalonians 1-2 Hebrews 7-8
Day 64 St Luke 20 I Timothy 5-6 II Thessalonians 3 Hebrews 9-10
Day 65 St Luke 21 II Timothy 1-2 I Timothy 1-2 Hebrews 11-12
Day 66 St Luke 22 II Timothy 3-4 I Timothy 3-4 Hebrews 13
Day 67 St Luke 23 Titus 1-2 I Timothy 5-6 James 1-2
Day 68 St Luke 24 Titus 3; Philemon II Timothy 1-2 James 3-4
Day 69 St John 1 Hebrews 1-2 II Timothy 3-4 James 5
Day 70 St John 2 Hebrews 3-4 Titus 1-2 I Peter 1-2
Day 71 St John 3 Hebrews 5-6 Titus 3; Philemon I Peter 3-4
Day 72 St John 4 Hebrews 7-8 Hebrews 1-2 I Peter 5
Day 73 St John 5 Hebrews 9-10 Hebrews 3-4 II Peter 1-2
Day 74 St John 6 Hebrews 11-12 Hebrews 5-6 II Peter 3
Day 75 St John 7 Heb. 13; Rev. 1 Hebrews 7-8 I John 1-2
Day 76 St John 8 Revelation 2-3 Hebrews 9-10 I John 3-4
Day 77 St John 9 Revelation 4-5 Hebrews 11-12 I John 5; II John
Day 78 St John 10 Revelation 6-7 Hebrews 13 III John; Jude
Day 79 St John 11 Revelation 8-9 Revelation 1-2 Revelation 1-2
Day 80 St John 12 Revelation 10-11 Revelation 3-4 Revelation 3-4
Day 81 St John 13 Revelation 12-13 Revelation 5-6 Revelation 5-6
Day 82 St John 14 Revelation 14-15 Revelation 7-8 Revelation 7-8
Day 83 St John 15 Revelation 16 Revelation 9-10 Revelation 9-10
Day 84 St John 16 Revelation 17 Revelation 11-12 Revelation 11-12
Day 85 St John 17 Revelation 18 Revelation 13-14 Revelation 13-14
Day 86 St John 18 Revelation 19 Revelation 15-16 Revelation 15-16
Day 87 St John 19 Revelation 20 Revelation 17-18 Revelation 17-18
Day 88 St John 20 Revelation 21 Revelation 19-20 Revelation 19-20
Day 89 St John 21 Revelation 22 Revelation 21-22 Revelation 21-22

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