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Readings for May 2020

Readings for the services of Sunday Holy Communion and Wednesday Morning Prayer for the month of May. Services are curtailed by the provisions to protect the health of the community in the face of COVID-19. Therefore not all the lectionary readings will be used on Sunday. Those omitted are marked with an *asterisk.

3 May – Easter 4
Acts 2.42–47; Psalm 23 (sung as hymn); 1 Peter 2.19–25*; John 10.1–10

6 May
Psalm 135; Exodus 33; Luke 3.15-22

10 May – Easter 5
Acts 7.55-60; Psalm 31.1-5*; 1 Peter 2.2-10*; John 14.1-14

13 May
Psalm 77; Numbers 12; Luke 5.12-26

17 May – Easter 6
Acts 17.22-31; Psalm 66.7-18*; 1 Peter 3.13-22*; John 14.15-21

20 May – Alcuin, Deacon, Abbot of Tours
Ecclesiasticus 39.1-9; Psalm 34; Matthew 13.47-52

21 May – Ascension
Acts 1.1-11; Psalm 93; Luke 24.44-53

24 May – Easter 7
Acts 1.6-14; Psalm 68.1-10*; 1 Peter 4.12-14,5.6-11*; John 17.1-11

27 May
Psalms 2 & 29; 1 Kings 19.1-16; Matthew 3.13-17

31 May – Pentecost
Acts 2.1-21; Psalm 104.26-36,37b (sung as hymn); 1 Corinthians 12.3b-13*; John 20.19-23

Additional festivals and commemorations in May

  • 1 May 
    Philip and James, Apostles
  • 2 May
    Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, teacher of the faith, 373
  • 4 May  
    English saints and martyrs of the Reformation Era
  • 8 May 
    Julian of Norwich, spiritual writer, c 1417
  • 12 May  
    Gregory Dix, priest, monk, scholar, 1952
  • 14 May   
    Matthias the Apostle
  • 16 May  
    Caroline Chisholm, social reformer, 1877
  • 18-20 May  
    Rogation Days
  • 19 May  
    Dunstan, archbishop, monastic reformer, 988
  • 25 May
    Venerable Bede, monk, scholar, historian, 735
    Adhelm, bishop, 709
  • 26 May 
    Augustine, archbishop, 605
    John Calvin, reformer, 1564
    Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorians, spiritual guide, 1595
  • 28 May
    Lanfranc, monk, archbishop, scholar, 1089
  • 30 May
    Josephine Butler, social reformer, 1906
    Joan of Arc, visionary, 1431
    Apolo Kivebulaya, priest, evangelist, 1933
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