Lectionary for December 2020

Theme for December: “The Law of his God is in his heart. None of his steps shall slide.” (Psalm 37:31)

December 1: {St. James the Righteous, St. Simon} 1 Chronicles 29; Micah 6; Luke 15

December 2: {Holy Memorial Day} 2 Chronicles 1; 1 John 1; Micah 7; Luke 16

December 3: {St. James the Righteous} 2 Chronicles 2; 1 John 2; Nahum 1; Luke 17

December 4: 2 Chronicles 3-4; 1 John 3; Nahum 2; Luke 18

December 5: (Sabbath – Genesis 32:4-36:43; Obadiah 1:1-21) 2 Chronicles 5:1-6:11; 1 John 4; Nahum 3; Luke 19

December 6: 2 Chronicles 6:12-42; 1 John 5; Habakkuk 1; Luke 20

December 7: 2 Chronicles 7; Habakkuk 2; Luke 21

December 8: {St. Paul} 2 Chronicles 8; Habakkuk 3; Luke 22

December 9: {Holy Memorial Day} 2 Chronicles 9; Zephaniah 1; Luke 23

December 10: {Holiday} 2 Chronicles 10; Revelation 1; Zephaniah 2; Luke 24

December 11: 2 Chronicles 11-12; Revelation 2; Zephaniah 3; John 1

December 12: (Sabbath – Genesis 37:1-40:23; Zechariah 2:14-4:7) 2 Chronicles 13; Revelation 3; Haggai 1; John 2

December 13: 2 Chronicles 14-15; Revelation 4; Haggai 2; John 3

December 14: 2 Chronicles 16; Revelation 5; Zechariah 1; John 4

December 15: 2 Chronicles 17; Revelation 6; Zechariah 2; John 5

December 16: {Holy Memorial Day} 2 Chronicles 18; Revelation 7; Zechariah 3; John 6

December 17: 2 Chronicles 19-20; Zechariah 4; John 7

December 18: 2 Chronicles 21; Zechariah 5; John 8

December 19: (Sabbath – Genesis 41:1-44:17; 1 Kings 3:15-4:1) 2 Chronicles 22-23; Zechariah 6; John 9

December 20: 2 Chronicles 24; Zechariah 7; John 10

December 21: 2 Chronicles 25; Zechariah 8; John 11

December 22: 2 Chronicles 26; Zechariah 9; John 12

December 23: {Holy Memorial Day} 2 Chronicles 27-28; Zechariah 10; John 13

December 24: 2 Chronicles 29; Zechariah 11; John 14

December 25: {Minor Fast} 2 Chronicles 30; Zechariah 12:1-13:1; John 15

December 26: (Sabbath – Genesis 44:18-47:27; Ezekiel 37:15-28) 2 Chronicles 31; Zechariah 13:2-9; John 16

December 27: 2 Chronicles 32; Zechariah 14; John 17

December 28: 2 Chronicles 33; Malachi 1; John 18

December 29: 2 Chronicles 34; Malachi 2; John 19

December 30: {Holy Memorial Day} 2 Chronicles 35; Malachi 3; John 20

December 31: 2 Chronicles 36; Malachi 4; John 21


Holidays and Fasts

All Wednesdays and Fridays: We fast from dairy on Wednesdays, while we fast from meat on Fridays.

December 10: First night of Chanukah

December 25: Asara B’Tevet (A minor fast commemorating the date when Nebuchadnezzar II took seige of Jerusalem)


Commemoration of St. James the Righteous
Heavenly Father, Yahweh, who called Thy servant James the Righteous into the headship of the earthly Church, under the mantle of Thine only Begotten Son Yeshua Messiah, help us, O Lord, to preserve and live by the words of the Teacher of Righteousness; through Yeshua Messiah our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of St. Simon
Almighty Yahweh, who called Thy servant Simon through Thy Son to be an apostle, and hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Yeshua Messiah himself being the head corner-stone; grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made aholy temple acceptable unto thee; through the same Yeshua Messiah our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of St. Paul
Heavenly Father Yahweh, who, through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the gentile world; grant, we beseech thee, that we, having been illuminated by the Apostolic Teaching, may show forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the Didache which he taught; through Yeshua Messiah our Lord. Amen.

Holy Memorial Day
(On this evening we light a single candle for the departed and recite the following prayer)
O loving Creator, we ask that Thou keepest our dearly departed in the shelter of Thy hands. Please bring them closer to Thy Light so they may rise ever higher in Thy presence. Through Thy Son our Lord Yeshua Messiah. Amen.

Divine Liturgy
There are no High Holy Days in this month’s lectionary. Thus, the celebration of the Divine Liturgy is taken from the Didache, chapters 9 and 10. (Download the liturgy here.) In most cases, Qurbana/Mass may be celebrated on any day, but should be celebrated at least once per week, preferably on Saturday or Sunday. Priests are responsible for celebrating Mass daily, even if in a private situation. In the latter case, the Didache may be used instead of the Liturgy of St. James.