An East Syrian Kalendar and Lectionary (Maclean)

This lectionary represents contemporary East Syrian practice of just prior to 1894.

Source: Maclean, Arthur John. East Syrian Daily Offices. London: Rivington, Percival & Co., 1894: 264-281

An asterisk in the table below indicates the day is obsolete at the time of Maclean’s writing.

KALENDAR OT Readings NT Readings
First Sunday of “Annunciation” or Advent Gen 17; Isa 42.18-43.14 Eph 5.21-6.10; Lk 1.5-26
Second Sunday of “Anununciation” Num 22.9-21; Isa 43.14-44.6 Col 4.2-end; Lk 1.26-57
Third Sunday of “Annunciation” Gen 18.1-20; Jgs 13.2-25 Eph 3; Lk 1.57-end
Fourth Sunday of “Annunciation” Gen 24.50-end; 25.12-29; 1Sm 1.1-19 Eph 5.5-21; Mt 1.18-end
The Nativity, December 25th Isa 7.10-16; 9.1-4, .6-8; Mic 4.1-5.6; 5.7-10 Gal 3.15-4.7; Lk 2.1-21
Friday. Mar Yaqu (James)6, the Lord’s Brother*    
First Sunday of the Nativity Gen 21.9-22; 1Sm 1.19-end Gal 4.18-5.2; Mt 2
Friday. Mart Máriam (St. Mary) Ex 15.11-22; Mic 6.1-6 Ac 1.1-15; Rom 16; Lk 1.26-57
Second Sunday of the Nativity Ex 2.1-11; Isa 49.1-7 2Tim 2.16-end; Lk 2.21-end
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; rogation of Mar Zaya (very rarely observed)    
Epiphany [“The Shining Forth”] Jan. 6th Num 24.2-end; Isa 4.2-6; 11.1-6, .9-11; ch 12 Tit 2.11-3.8; Mt 3
Friday. Mar Yukhánan (John) the Baptist Isa 35.3-end; 40.1-9 Ac 13.13-34; Eph 2.19-end of 3; Mk 6.14-30
First Sunday of the Epiphany Ex 3.1-16; Isa 44.21-45.5 2Tim 3.1-16; Lk 4.14-31
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Rogation of the Virgins.    
Friday. Patrus-Polus (St. Peter and St. Paul) 2Ki 4.8-38 Ac 9.32-43; 14.8-16; 20.7-13; 2Cor 10.1-8; 11.21-end; Mt 16.13-20; Jn 21.15-25
Second Sunday of the Epiphany Num 10.29-11.11; Isa 45.11-18 Heb 3.1-14; Jn 1.1-29
Friday. The four Evangelists. [Also, “the memorial of the one hundred and fifty Bishops who excommunicated Macedonius”*] 1Ki 18.30-40 Ac 5.12-33; 2Cor 1.8-15; Mt 10.1-16
Third Sunday of the Epiphany Num 11.11-21; Isa 45.18-46.5 Heb 3.14-4.11; Jn 1.29-43
Friday. Mar Istapánus (St. Stephen) 1Ki 21.1-22 Ac 6.8-7.2; 7.51-8.3; 2Cor 3.18-end of 4; Mt 11.20-end; 23.29-end
Fourth Sunday of the Epiphany Num 11.23-end of 12; Isa 46.5-end Heb 7.18-end; Jn 1.43-2.12
Friday. The Greek Doctors 1Sam 22.6-18 Ac 21.27-35; 22.30-23.17; 2Tim 2.8-20; 4.1-9, .14-19; Mt 4.23-5.20
Fifth Sunday of the Epiphany Dt 18.9-end; Isa 48.12-21 Heb 6.9-7.4; Jn 3.1-22
Monday of the Rogations of the Ninevites Isa 63.17-end of 64; Am 5.3-16; Hab 3 1Tim 2.1-3.11; Mt 5.17-38
Tuesday of the Rogation of the Ninevites Isa 59.1-19; Lam 5 Rom 12; Mt 5.17-38
Wednesday of the Rogation of the Ninevites Gen 18.20-end; Isa 63.7-17 Col 3.1-4.2; Mt 6.1-19
Thursday of the Rogation of the Ninevites Isa 65.16-66.3; Jer 17.21-27 Col 3.1-18; Jn 16.23-end
Friday. The Syrian Doctors. [Also, Memorial of Mar Saurishu of Bith Garmai] 2Ki 13.14-22 Ac 12.25-13.13; Heb 13.1-10, .16-22; Mt 16.24-17.10
Sixth Sunday of the Epiphany Dt 24.9-end; Isa 63.7-17 Heb 8.1-9.11; Jn 3.22-4.4
Friday. Mar Awa, Catholicos, or “One Person” (the Patron Saint) Isa 41.8-17 Ac 18.19-19.21; 2Cor 10.4-end; Mt 24.45-25.24
Seventh Sunday of Epiphany Dt 14.2-15.5; Isa 42.5-10, .14-18 1Tim 6.9-end; Mt 7.28-8.14
Friday. The forty Martyrs [of Sebaste] who were frozen to death As on Confessors’ day (below)  
Eighth Sunday of the Epiphany. [Also, Memorial of all the Eastern (Syrian) Catholici] Ex 15.22-26; 16.4-8, .9-11; Isa 44.23-45.8; 45.17-25; 46.1-3 Eph 1.15-2.8; Mk 1.1-12
Friday of the Departed Ezk 37.1-15; Sir 44.1-23 1Cor 15.34-57; Jn 5.19-30
Sunday before [lit. entering] the Great Fast Ex 34.1-8, .27-end; Isa 58.1-13, .14 Eph 4.17-5.5, .15-22; Mt 3.16-4.12
First Monday of the Fast. This and the two following days are the Rogation of the Angle Gauriel (Gabriel). Gen 1.1-20; Josh 1.1-12 Rom 1.1-26; Mt 5.17-38
First Tuesday of the Fast Gen 1.20-2.8; Josh 1.12-2.12 Rom 1.26-2.6; Mt 5.38-end
First Wednesday of the Fast Gen 2.8-end; Josh 2.8-end Rom 2.6-28; Mt 6.1-19
First Thursday of the Fast Gen 3.1-20; Josh 3.1-14 Rom 2.28-3.27; Mt 6.19-end
First Friday of the Fast Gen 3.20-end; Josh 3.14-4.10 Rom 3.27-end of 4; Mt 7.1-15
Second Sunday of the Fast Gen 5.18-32; Josh 4.15-end Rom 5; Mt 7.15-28
Second Friday of the Fast Gen 5.32-end of 6; Josh 5.1-13 Rom 7.1-14; Mk 11.27-12.12
Third Sunday of the Fast Gen 7; Josh 5.13-6.6 Rom 7.14-end; Mt 20.17-29
Third Friday of the Fast Gen 9.8-end; Josh 6.6-end Rom 7.25-8.12; Mk 12.13-35
Fourth Sunday of the Fast Gen 11; Josh 7.10-16 Rom 8.12-28; Mt 21.23-end
Middle (Fourth) Monday of the Fast Gen 12.1-10; Josh 7.16-end Rom 9.1-14; Jn 5.1-19
Middle Tuesday of the Fast Gen 12.10-13.8; Josh 8.1-18 Rom 9.14-30; Jn 5.19-end
Middle Wednesday of the Fast, or the Division of the Fast Gen 13.8-end; Josh 8.18-30 Rom 9.30-10.18; Jn 6.51-70
Middle Thursday of the Fast Gen 14.1-18; Josh 8.30-end Rom 10.17-11.13; Jn 7.1-14
Middle Friday of the Fast Gen 14.18-15.16; Josh 9.1-15 Rom 11.25-end; Jn 7.14-37
Fifth Sunday of the Fast Gen 16 and 17; Josh 9.15-end Rom 12; Jn 7.37-8.21
Fifth Friday of the Fast Gen 18.1-20; Josh 14.6-end Rom 13; Jn 8.31-end
Sixth Sunday of the Fast Gen 19.1-27; Josh 21.43-22.10 Rom 14.10-end; Jn 9.39-10.22
Sixth Friday of the Fast Gen 19.27-end; Josh 22.10-21 Rom 15.1-14; Jn 11.1-45
Feast (or Sunday) of Hosannas Gen 49.1-13, .22-27; Zech 3.7-4.7, .11-end; 7.9-11; 8.4-6, .12, .16-20; 9.9-13 Rom 11.13-25; Mt 20.29-21.23
Last (Seventh) Monday of the Fast Gen 37.1-23; Josh 22.21-30 Heb 1 and 2; Jn 11.47-12.12
Last Tuesday of the Fast Gen 37.23-end; Josh 22.30-23.2 Heb 4.14-6.9; Jn 12.12-44
Last Wednesday of the Fast Gen 39.7-end of 40; Josh 23 Heb 9.11-end; Jn 13.1-18
The Passover Ex 12.1-21; Zech 9.9-13; 11.4-6, .12-14; 12.9-end; 13.7-end 1Cor 5.7-9; 10.15-18; 11.23-end; Mt 26.17-25; Jn 13.22-28; Mt 26.25; Jn 13.3-16; Mt 26.26-31
Friday of the Passion Isa 52.13-end of 53; Dan 9.21-end Gal 2.17-3.15; Mt 27.1-33; Lk 23.27-31; Mt 27.33-44; Lk 23.39-44; Mt 27.45-55; Jn 19.31-38; Mt 27.57-62
Baptism   1Cor 10.1-14; Jn 2.23-3.9
The Great Sabbath. or Saturday of Light Gen 22.1-20; Jonah 1 and 2 1Cor 1.18-end; Mt 27.62-end
Feast of the Resurrection.Evening   1Cor 15.20-29; Mt 28
” ” : Morning   Lk 24.1-13
” ” : Liturgy Isa 60.1-8; 1Sam 2.1-11 Rom 5.20-end of 6; Heb 13.20-end; Jn 20.1-19
Monday of the Week of Weeks Isa 60.9-end Ac 2.14-37; Eph 6.10-end; Jn 14.18-15.15
Tuesday of the Week of Weeks Isa 61.1-10 Ac 2.37-end; 1Cor 15.1-20; Lk 24.13-36
Wednesday of the Week of Weeks Isa 61.10-62.6 Ac 4.23-32; Eph 4.1-17; Jn 15.1-26
Thursday of the Week of Weeks Isa 54.1-16 Ac 6.1-8; Col 2.8-3.4; Mt 10.1-16
Friday of the Week of Weeks. The Confessors. Song of the Three Children .2-35 Ac 6.8-8.3; Heb 11.3-11, .32-12.3; Mt 10.16-34
New Sunday Isa 55.4-end Ac 4.32-5.6; Col 1.1-21; Jn 20.19-end
Mar Giwargis (George), April 24th Dan 6.6-end Ac 12.1-25; Php 1.12-27; Mt 10.37-end; 19.27-end
Saturday. Mar Khanánya (Ananias) “of the wolves”    
Third Sunday of the Resurrection Isa 56.1-8 Ac 5.34-end; Eph 1.1-15; Jn 14.1-15
Monday. Rabban Humizd of Shiraz. As on Mar Awa’s Day  
Friday. Sons of Shmuni (Salamone) As on the Confessors’ Day  
Fourth Sunday of the Resurrection Isa 49.13-24 Ac 8.14-26; Eph 1.15-2.2; Jn 16.16-end
Fifth Sunday of the Resurrection Isa 49.7-14 Ac 9.1-20; Heb 10.19-37; Jn 21.1-15
Sixth Sunday of the Resurrection Isa 51.9-12; 52.7-13 Ac 10.1-17; Eph 2.4-end; Jn 17
Ascension Day 2Ki 2.1-16 Ac 1.1-15; 1Tim 1.18-end of 2; 3.14-end; Lk 24.36-end
Sunday after the Ascension Isa 6 Ac 1.15-end; Php 1.27-2.12; Mk 16.2-end
Pentecost, the first day of the Shawu’a of the Apostles Ex 19.1-10; 20.18-22 Ac 2.1-22; 1Cor 12.1-28; Jn 14.15-18, .25-27; 15.26-16.16
“Order of Worship”   Jn 4.4-31
Wednesday. Memorial of the first Eucharist*    
Friday of Gold Isa 35.3-end Ac ch 3; 1Cor 12.28-end of 13; Lk 7.1-23
Second Sunday of the Apostles Joel 2.15-27 Ac 4.5-23; 1Cor 5.6-6.12; Lk 7.31-end
Third Sunday of the Apostles Dt 1.3-18; Isa 1.1-11 1Cor 7.1-8; Lk 10.23-end
Fourth Sunday of the Apostles Dt 1.16-34; Isa 1.11-21 1Cor 9.13-end; Lk 6.12-47
Fifth Sunday of the Apostles Dt 1.33-2.2; Isa 1.21-end 1Cor 14.1-20; Lk 12.16-35
Sixth Sunday of the Apostles Dt 4.1-10; Isa 2.1-22 1Cor 10.14-33; Lk 12.57-13.18
Seventh Sunday of the Apostles Dt 4.10-24; Isa 5.8-26 1Cor 15.58-end of 16; Lk 13.22-end
Wednesday. The Seventy Apostles.*    
Friday. The Seventy Apostles. Isa 41.8-21 Ac 13.13-24; 14.20-24; Rom 8.28-9.6; Mt 10.37-11.15
Sunday of the Twelve Apostles, or Nusardéil 1Ki 18.30-40 Ac 5.12-33; 2Cor 1.8-15; Lk 14.1-15
Friday. Mar Sargis (Sergius), and Mar Yaqu (James) of Suwa    
Second Sunday of Summer Dt 4.3-41; Isa 3.16-end of 4 2Cor 3.4-end; Lk 15.4-end
Friday. Mar Mari, disciple of Mar Addai    
Third Sunday of Summer Dt 5.1-17; Isa 5.1-8 2Cor 7.1-12; Jn 9.1-39
Fourth Sunday of Summer Dt 5.16-6.4; Isa 9.8-end 2Cor 10; Mk 7.1-24
Mar Tuma, July 3 Isa 55.4-57.12, or as Mar Awa Eph 3, or as Mar Awa; Jn 20.19-end
Transfiguration [lit. Revelation], August 6 Isa 6 Ac 1.15-end; 1Tim 1.18-end of 2; 3.14-end; Mt 16.24-17.10
Fifth Sunday of Summer Lv 22.26-23.23; Isa 28.14-23 2Cor 12.14-end of 13; Lk 16.19-17.11
Sixth Sunday of Summer Lv 19.1-15; Isa 29.13-end 1Th 2.1-13; Lk 17.5-20
Friday. Mar Shimun Bar Sabai, [Ninth] Catholicos and Martyr, A.D. 314-330 or 326-344 Isa 41.8-17 Ac 18.19-19.21; 2Cor 10.4-end; Jn 15.1-26
Seventh Sunday of Summer Lv 19.15-end; 20.9-15; Isa 30.1-16 1Th 2.14-20; Lk 18.2-15
First Sunday of Eliya (Elijah) Dt 6.20-7.7; Isa 31.4-end 2Th 1; Lk 18.35-19.11
Second Sunday of Eliya Dt 7.7-12; Isa 30.15-27 2Th 2.15-end of 3; Mt 13.1-9
Third Sunday of Eliya Dt 7.12-end; Isa 32.1-33.7 Php 1.12-26; Mt 13.24-44
Friday. Eliya the Tishbite, and Mar Ishuyaw (Jesusdedit)    
Feast of the Cross, September 13 Isa 52.13-end of 53 Ac 2.14-37; 1Cor 1.18-end; Lk 24.13-36
Fourth Sunday of Eliya, First of the Cross Dt 8.11-end; Isa 33.13-end Php 1.27-2.12; Mt 4.12-5.17
Fifth Sunday of Eliya, Second of the Cross Dt 9.1-9; Isa 25.1-9 Php 3.1-15; Mt 17.14-end
Sixth Sunday of Eliya, Third of the Cross Dt 9.13-23; Isa 25.9-26.20 Php 4.4-end; Mt 15.21-39
Seventh Sunday of Eliya, Fourth of the Cross Dt 10.12-end; Isa 28.23-29.13 1Cor 14.26-end; Mt 18.1-19
First Sunday of Mar Mushi (Moses) Dt 11.1-13; Isa 40.1-18 2Cor 1.23-2.17; Mt 20.1-17
Second Sunday of Mar Mushi Dt 11.26-12.2; Isa 40.18-41.8 Gal 5.16-end; Mt 12.46-end
Third Sunday of Mar Mushi Dt 12.1-29; Isa 41.8-21 Gal 6; Jn 5.1-19
Fourth Sunday of Mar Mushi Dt 12.29-14.3; Isa 41.21-42.5 1Tim 5.1-17; Mt 8.23-9.10
First Sunday of the Hallowing of the Church, or Ma’alta Ex 40; Isa 6 1Cor 12.28-end of 13; Mt 16.13-20; 21.12-14
Second Sunday of the hallowing of the Church. [Also Mar Yukhánan the Arab] Ex 39.32-end; 1Ki 8.10-30 Heb 8.1-9.6; Mt 12.1-14
Third Sunday of the Hallowing of the Church Num 7.1-11; Isa 54.1-16 Heb 9.6-16; Jn 2.12-23
Friday. Mar Augin    
Fourth Sunday of the Hallowing of the Church 1Ki 6.1-20; Ezk 42.1-8 Heb 9.16-end; Mt 22.41-23.13

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