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Lutheran Church Year
Readings

This section of the Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) contains the readings for all the Sundays and feast days of the Lutheran Church Year for which Bach wrote cantatas. The German text is that of the 1545 edition of Luther's translation; the English is the King James (Authorised) Version (1611). Informative discussions of how the texts and music of the cantatas relate to the readings can usually be found in Alfred Dürr's book on the cantatas.
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Event

Epistle

Gospel

Bach Works

Lutheran Church Year

     

1st Sunday in Advent

Romans 13: 11-14

Matthew 21: 1-9

61, 62, 36

2nd Sunday in Advent

Romans 15: 4-13

Luke 21: 25-36

(70a)

3rd Sunday in Advent

1 Corinthians 4: 1-5

Matthew 11: 2-10

(186a), 141

4th Sunday in Advent

Philippians 4: 4-7

John 1: 19-28

132, (147a)

Christmas Day

Titus 2: 11-14
Isaiah 9: 2-7

Luke 2: 1-14

63, 91, 110, 191, 248/1, (197a), 142

2nd Day of Christmas [St. Stefanus Day]

Titus. 3: 4-7
Acts 6: 8-15 & 7: 55-60

Matthew 23: 35-39
Luke 2: 15-20

40, 121, 57, 248/2

3rd Day of Christmas [St John's Day]

Hebrews 1: 1-14
Ecclesiastical Letters 15: 1-8

John 1: 1-14

64, 133, 151, 248/3

1st Sunday after Christmas Day

Galatians 4: 1-7

Luke 2: 33-40

152, 122, 28

New Year's Day

Galatians 3: 23-29

Luke 2: 21

190, 41, 16, 171, 143, 248/4, 134a

Sunday after New Year

1 Peter 4: 12-19

Matthew 2: 13-23

153, 58, 248/5

Feast of Epiphany

Isaah 60: 1-6

Matthew 2: 1-12

65, 123, 248/6

1st Sunday after Epiphany

Romans 12: 1-6

Luke 2: 41-52

154, 124, 32, 217

2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Romans 12: 6-16

John 2: 1-11

155, 3, 13

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Romans 12: 17-21

Matthew 8: 1-13

73, 111, 72, 156

4th Sunday after Epiphany

Romans 13: 8-10

Matthew 8: 23-27

81, 14

5th Sunday after Epiphany

   

-

6th Sunday after Epiphany

   

-

Septuagesima Sunday

1 Corinthians 9: 24 - 10: 5

Matthew 20: 1-16

144, 92, 84

Sexagesima Sunday

2 Corinthians 11: 19 - 12: 9

Luke 8: 4-15

18, 181, 126

Quinquagesima Sunday [Estomihi]

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

Luke 18: 31-43

22, 23, 127, 159

Invocavit [1st Sunday in Lent]

   

-

Reminiscere [2nd Sunday in Lent]

   

-

Oculi [3rd Sunday in Lent]

Ephesians 5: 1-9

Luke 11: 14-28

54, (80a)

Laetare (4th Sunday in Lent)

   

-

Judica (5th Sunday in Lent)

   

-

Palm Sunday

Philippians. 2: 5-11
1 Corinthians 11: 23-32

Matthew 21: 1-9

182

Good Friday

   

-

Easter Sunday

1 Corinthians 5: 6-8

Mark 16: 1-8

4, 31, 249, 15, 160

Easter Monday [2nd day of Easter]

Acts 10: 34-43

Luke 24: 13-35

66, 6, Anh 190

Easter Tuesday [3rd day of Easter]

Acts 13: 26-33

Luke 24: 36-47

134, 145, 158

Quasimodogeniti [1st Sunday after Easter]

1 John 5: 4-10

John 20: 19-31

67, 42

Misericordias Domini [2nd Sunday after Easter]

1 Peter 2: 21-25

John 10: 12-16

104, 85, 112

Jubilate [3rd Sunday after Easter]

1 Peter 2: 11-20

John 16: 16-23

12, 103, 146 (224)

Cantate [4th Sunday after Easter]

James 1: 17-21

John 16: 5-15

166, 108

Rogate [5th Sunday after Easter]

James 1: 22-27

John 16: 23-30

86, 87

Ascension Day

Acts 1: 1-11

Mark 16: 14-20

37, 128, 43, 11

Exaudi [Sunday after Ascension]

1 Peter 4: 8-11

John 15: 26 - 16: 4

44, 183

Whit Sunday [1st Day of Pentecost]

Acts 2: 1-13

John 14: 23-31

172, 59, 74, 34, 218

Whit Monday [2nd Day of Pentecost]

Acts 10: 42-48

John 3: 16-21

173, 68, 174

Whit Tuesday [3rd Day of Pentecost]

Acts 8: 14-17

John 10: 1-10

184, 175

Trinity Sunday

Romans 11: 33-36

John 3: 1-15

165, 194, 176, 129

1st Sunday after Trinity

1 John 4: 16-21

Luke 16: 19-31

75, 20, 39

2nd Sunday after Trinity

1 John 3: 13-18

Luke 14: 16-24

76, 2

3rd Sunday after Trinity

1 Peter 5: 6-11

Luke 15: 1-10

21, 135

4th Sunday after Trinity

Romans 8: 18-23

Luke 6: 36-42

185, 24, 177

5th Sunday after Trinity

1 Peter 3: 8-15

Luke 5: 1-11

93, 88

6th Sunday after Trinity

Romans 6: 3-11

Matthew 5: 20-26

170, 9

7th Sunday after Trinity

Romans 6: 19-23

Mark 8: 1-9

186, 107, 187, Anh 1, Anh 209

8th Sunday after Trinity

Romans 8: 12-17

Matthew 7: 15-23

136, 178, 45

9th Sunday after Trinity

1 Corinthians 10: 6-13

Luke 16: 1-9

105, 94, 168

10th Sunday after Trinity

1 Corinthians 12: 1-11

Luke 19: 41-48

46, 101, 102

11th Sunday after Trinity

1 Corinthians 15: 1-10

Luke 18: 9-14

199, 179, 113

12th Sunday after Trinity

2 Corinthians 3: 4-11

Mark 7: 31-37

69a, 137, 35

13th Sunday after Trinity

Galatians 3: 15-22

Luke 10: 23-37

77, 33, 164

14th Sunday after Trinity

Galatians 5: 16-24

Luke 17: 11-19

25, 78, 17

15th Sunday after Trinity

Galatians 5: 25 - 6: 10

Matthew 6: 23-34

138, 99, 51, 100

16th Sunday after Trinity

Ephesians 3: 13-21

Luke 7: 11-17

161, 95, 8, 27

17th Sunday after Trinity

Ephesians 4: 1-6

Luke 14: 1-11

114, 148, 47

18th Sunday after Trinity

1 Corinthians 1: 4-8

Matthew 22: 34-46

96, 169

19th Sunday after Trinity

Ephesians 4: 22-28

Matthew 9: 1-8

48, 5, 56, BWV Anh 2

20th Sunday after Trinity

Ephesians 5: 15-21

Matthew 22: 1-14

162, 180, 49

21st Sunday after Trinity

Ephesians 6: 10-17

John 4: 46-54

109, 38, 98, 188

22nd Sunday after Trinity

Philippians 1: 3-11

Matthew 18: 23-35

89, 115, 55

23rd Sunday after Trinity

Philippians 3: 17-21

Matthew 22: 15-22

163, 139, 52

24th Sunday after Trinity

Colossians 1: 9-14

Matthew 9: 18-26

60, 26

25th Sunday after Trinity

1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

Matthew 24: 15-28

90, 116

26th Sunday after Trinity

2 Peter 3: 3-13

Matthew 25: 31-46

70

27th Sunday after Trinity

2 Corinthians 5: 1-10
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11

Matthew 25: 1-13

140

       

Events with fixed date

     

Feast of Purification of Mary

Malachi 3: 1-4

Luke 2: 22-32

83, 125, 82, 157, 158, 200, 161, Anh 157

Feast of Annunciation of Mary

Isaiah 7: 10-16

Luke 1: 26-38

1, 182, Anh 156, BWV Anh 199

Feast of Nativity of St John the Baptist

Isaiah 40: 1-5

Luke 1: 57-80

167, 7, 30, 220

Feast of Visitation of Mary

Isaiah 11: 1-5

Luke 1: 39-56

147, 10, 189

Feast of St Michael and All Angels

Revelations 12: 7-12

Matthew 18: 1-11

130, 19, 149, 50, 219, Anh 198

Feast of Reformation

2 Thessalonians 2: 3-8

Revelations 14: 6-8

80, 80b, 79, 129 (?), 192

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Prepared by Francis Browne & Aryeh Oron (December 2004 - November 2008)

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