Heidelberg Catechism Lectionary: First Year

Advent I

Genesis 1:1-23

In the beginning

Advent II

Genesis 1:24-2:3

In our image, after our likeness

Advent III

Genesis 2:4-25

The Garden of Eden

Advent IV

Genesis 3:1-24

Paradise lost

Christmas Eve

Matthew 1:18-25

You shall call his name Jesus

Christmas Day

Matthew 2:1-12

The adoration of the Wise Men


I Matthew 2:13-23

The flight into Egypt


II Matthew 3:1-17

The baptism

Epiphany I

Matthew 4:1-11

The temptation

Epiphany II

Matthew 4:12-25

The first disciples

Epiphany III

Matthew 8:1-17

Healing of the sick

Epiphany IV

Matthew 8:18-34

Even winds and seas obey him

Epiphany V

Matthew 9:18-34

Never anything seen like this

Epiphany VI

Matthew 11:16-30

Come to me

Epiphany VII

Matthew 13:1-23

The sower (Septuagesima)

Epiphany VIII

Matthew 13:24-43

The wheat and the tares (Sexagesima)

Epiphany IX

Matthew 14:13-33

You are the Son of God (Quinquagesima)

Lent I

Matthew 16:13-28

The great confession

Lent II

Matthew 17:1-23

The transfiguration

Lent III

Matthew 18:15-35


Lent IV

Matthew 19:13-30

The first last and the last first

Lent V

Matthew 20:17-28

Not to be served but to serve

Lent VI

Matthew 21:1-17

Hosanna to the Son of David

Selections from the last week's teachings may be used at services during Holy Week or at mid-week services during Lent.

Maundy Thursday

Matthew 26:17-56

Last Supper and Gethsemane

Good Friday

Matthew 27:32-54

The crucifixion

Easter Sunday

Matthew 28:1-20

The resurrection

Easter I

Exodus 1:8-2:10


Easter II

Exodus 2:23-3:15

The burning bush

Easter III

Exodus 5:1-6:1

Bricks without straw

Easter IV

Exodus 12:21-42

The exodus

Easter V

Exodus 14:15-31

The crossing of the Red Sea

Ascension Day

Exodus 15:1-18

The Lord shall reign forever and ever

Ascension I

Exodus 16:1-16

Bread from heaven


Exodus 24:1-18

The covenant at Sinai

Pentecost I

Exodus 32:1-19, 30, 35

The golden calf

Pentecost II

Romans 1:1-17
Heidelberg Catechism 1-2

Power of God for salvation
Our only comfort

Pentecost III

Romans 2:11-29
Heidelberg Catechism 3-5

God is impartial
Man's misery

Pentecost IV

Romans 3:1-20
Heidelberg Catechism 6-11

None is righteous
The wages of sin

Pentecost V

Romans 3:21-31
Heidelberg Catechism 12-19

Redemption in Christ
The gospel

Pentecost VI

Romans 4:1-25
Heidelberg Catechism 20-22

Abraham's faith
True faith

Pentecost VII

Romans 5:1-21
Heidelberg Catechism 59-64

Peace with God

Pentecost VIII

Romans 6:1-11
Heidelberg Catechism 65-68

Dead to sin, alive to Christ
Word and sacraments

Pentecost IX

Romans 8:1-17
Heidelberg Catechism 69-74

Children and heirs

Pentecost X

Romans 8:28-39
Heidelberg Catechism 75-85

Victorious love of God
Lord's Supper

Pentecost XI

Romans 12:1-21
Heidelberg Catechism 86-91

Be transformed

Pentecost XII

Leviticus 19:1-18

Be holy as I the Lord am holy

Pentecost XIII

Numbers 20:1-13

The sin of Moses and Aaron

Pentecost XIV

Deuteronomy 6:1-25

Hear, O Israel

Pentecost XV

Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Offering the first fruits

Pentecost XVI

Deuteronomy 30:1-20

Life and good, death and evil

Pentecost XVII

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

The death of Moses

Pentecost XVIII

Joshua 1:1-18

Go over this Jordan

Pentecost XIX

Joshua 6:1-21

Conquest of Jericho

Pentecost XX

Joshua 24:14-31

Choose this day whom you will serve

Pentecost XXI*

1 Peter 1:3-19

Redeemed with the blood of Christ

Pentecost XXII

1 Peter 2:1-10

A spiritual house

Pentecost XXIII

1 Peter 2:11-25

In his steps

Pentecost XXIV

1 Peter 3:1-18

Reverence Christ in your hearts

Pentecost XXV

1 Peter 4:7-19

The end is at hand

Pentecost XXVI

2 Peter 1:16-2:3

A lamp in a dark place

Pentecost XXVII

2 Peter 3:3-15a

The coming day of the Lord

Pentecost XXVIII

Revelation 3:14-22

I stand at the door and knock

* Since Easter is a variable date, some selections prior to the XXIst may have to be omitted in such a way that in any year the XXIst will be used on the first Sunday in October with the later lessons following in sequence.