Holy Week Readings: Year A (feminist and other uncommon readings too)

I’m not sure how to feel about Holy Week this year.

Today, I moved my “office” from the dinning room table and into what was the crap room. It is the second bedroom in our home that was supposed to be an office and craft room for me but ended up being a place for clutter to hide. Kurtis and I had thrown up some lights and a fake pulpit for recording a while ago to get some initial things up on the church facebook page. There is still room to do that now that the room has been rearranged. It is time to admit that I will likely be working from home for the foreseeable future so I might as well get a better set up. So between moving things upstairs I took some time to rest. The dinning room chair was not great for all day sitting and my back is hurting. I was a little productive today with getting information entered into a pastoral care form, but that was about it for productivity. I’m trying not to feel guilty about it. I needed to rest and to have a more productive and comfortable space. The upstairs chair is better so far, or at least a different part of my back hurts. Stretching and breathing are in order as soon as this posts. Maybe I’ll do some Holy Week readings after dinner… or tomorrow. Self-care isn’t always easy but it is necessary when I’ve run out of steam. Hope you are safe and well.

Here are the reading options: Most churches who follow the lectionary use RCL and are on Year A, even those who don’t follow the lectionary strictly usually use lectionary texts for Holy Week. I’ve included what Remembering the Women suggests for adding in texts to the lectionary (year A) for a more feminist feel. Third Church has chosen to go with Year D which is molded after the RCL; its goal is to include texts that aren’t included in the other three years. I like getting to hear/read these other texts but preaching on them is sometimes challenging (perhaps a reason these texts were left out of the three year rotation). Game for Good Christians Revised Uncommon Lectionary is a funny book but the readings themselves are not. Maybe I’ll write those up later.

Or do I just want to give up and binge watch Tiger King and try to get through the isolation without thinking? Maybe a little reading and a little binge watching.

RCL: Revised Common Lectionary

Year D: Alternative year for RCL. Third Church is using year D instead of Year A of RCL.

RUL: The Revised Uncommon Lectionary (A Game for Good Christians)

RW: Remembering The Women: Women’s Stories from Scripture for Sundays and Festivals


RCL: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; and John 12:1-11

RUL: Matthew 15:21-28


RCL: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; and John 12:20-36

RUL: Psalm 88


RCL: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; and John 13:21-32

RUL: Matthew 7:1-2

Maundy Thursday

RCL: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116: 1-2,12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; and John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Year D: Deuteronomy 30:1-14; Psalm 115 (or Psalm 113); John 7:53-8:11 (or Luke 22:1-46); and Romans 2:12-29

RUL: Matthew 26:36-46

RW: Judges 11:29-40; 1 Samuel 25:39c-42; and 1 Timothy 5:9-10

Good Friday

RCL: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22, Hebrews 10:16-25; and John 18:1-19:42

Year D: Ezera 9:5-15 (or Jeremiah 25:15-38 or Chronicles 7:1-22); Psalm 88; Luke 23:1-49; 1 Peter 4:1-19

RUL: Mark 14:51-52

RW: Genesis 35:9-20; 1 Samuel 4:1-22; John 12:1-8 and John 18:15-17, 25-27; and John 19:25-27

Holy Saturday

RLC: Job 14:1-14; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8 and Matthew 27:57-66

RUL: John 8:1-11

Revised Common Lectionary

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