Pentecost Resources 2021

Stained glass window from St Aloysius’ Church in Somers Town, London
(Photo by Lawrence OP – Flickr)

“He loves Himself and every creature by the Holy Ghost, inasmuch as the Holy Ghost proceeds as the love of the primal goodness whereby the Father loves Himself and every creature.”

-Thomas Aquinas

Pentecost Lectionary Readings (Year B)

Day of Pentecost (May 23): Acts 2:1-21; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:22-27; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15


O Comforting Fire of Spirit by Hildegard of Bingen

“A Sonnet for Pentecost” by Malcolm Guite

“A Prayer to the Holy Spirit” by Christina Rossetti

Resource Links

Historic Prayers for Pentecost

The Descent of the Dove by Charles Williams

Archived Posts for Pentecost from The Liturgy Letter


O’er the Waters” A Spotify Playlist for Pentecost 2021

Easter Resources 2021

“Easter Morning” by Caspar David Friedrich, 1835.

Eastertide Lectionary Readings (Year B)

Easter Day (April 4): Acts 10:34-43; Isaiah 25:6-9; Ps. 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18; Mark 16:1-8

Second Sunday of Easter (April 11): Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

Third Sunday of Easter (April 18): Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48

Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 25): Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 2): Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8

Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 9): Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17

Ascension of the Lord (May 13): Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53

Seventh Sunday of Easter (May 16): Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19


Seven Stanzas at Easter by John Updike

On Belief in the Physical Resurrection of Jesus by Denise Levertov

Easter Monday by Christina Rossetti

Resource Links

Collects for Eastertide from the Book of Common Worship

The Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

Christus Resurrexit! Resurrexit Vere! – Melito, Bishop of Sardis (180 A.D.) On the Resurrection

“Resurrection” painting by Sister Joanne Emmer, 1965.

“The Resurrection” painting by Sir Stanley Spencer, 1924-1927.

Archived Posts for Easter from The Liturgy Letter


Divine Presence” A Spotify Playlist for Eastertide 2021

Resurrection” by Olivier Messiaen, sung by Dawn Upshaw

“Jesus Having Risen from the Tomb” by John Tavener

“Ascension” by John Coltrane

L’ Ascension by Olivier Messiaen, performed by Frankfurt Radio Symphony

No. 19 : The Resurrection, Glass Slide image of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, George D., Rice, 1861-1936.

Did they move or was there not enough people to evangelize to anymore?“, 2011.

Easter Morning Sun 2020 (COVID-19 artwork no.3), Alfred Freddy Krupa, 2020.

Lent Resources 2021

Photograph of Three Generations of Balm of Gilead Poplar, 1951, from The National Archives Catalog

Lent Lectionary Readings (Year B)

Ash Wednesday (February 17): Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

First Sunday in Lent (February 21): Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

Second Sunday in Lent (February 28): Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38; Mark 9:2-9

Third Sunday in Lent (March 7): Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 14): Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 21): Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Annunciation of the Lord (March 25): Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 45; Psalm 40:5-10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38

Sixth Sunday of Lent (March 28):

Liturgy of the Palms – Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-16

Liturgy of the Passion – Isaiah 50:4-9a; Ps. 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47; Mark 15:1-39, 40-47


“Ash Wednesday” by T.S. Eliot. Read by the author here.

A Prayer for the Past”by George MacDonald

“Mid-Lent” by Christina Rossetti

Resource Links

Collects for Lent from the Book of Common Worship

Stations of the Cross Online curated by Global Christian Worship

The Stations of the Cross by David O’Connell

Archived Posts for Lent from The Liturgy Letter


Balm” – A Playlist for Lent 2021

The Reproaches” by John Sanders. Sung by Ely Cathedral Choir.

There is a Balm in Gileadsung by Abraham Boyd

Balm in Gilead by The Sunday Service Choir

Photograph of Three Generations of Balm of Gilead

Photograph of Trees Showing 1951 Growth on Laona Ranger District

Balm of Gilead trunk leaves and seeds in Buffalo paddock near Banff, Alberta

Epiphany Resources 2021

Star of Bethlehem Quilt, circa 1835, Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Epiphanytide Sunday Lectionary Readings (Year B)

Epiphany of the Lord (January 6): Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Eph. 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

First Sunday after the Epiphany – Baptism of the Lord: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Second Sunday after the Epiphany: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 11-20; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

Third Sunday after the Epiphany: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12;1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Presentation of the Lord in the Temple: Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 84; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

Transfiguration Sunday: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9


Poems for Epiphanytide by Christina Rossetti

“Jesus’ Baptism” by Malcolm Guite

A Poem for Epiphany” by Kate Compston

Resource Links

Epiphanytide Collects from the Book of Common Prayer

The Showing Forth of Christ by John Donne

Quote For Epiphanytide by J.R.R. Tolkein

Archived Posts for Epiphanytide from The Liturgy Letter


Three Black Kings (Les trois rois noirs) by Duke Ellington. Read more about this piece here.

Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock. Read the lyrics here.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti. Music by Gustav Holst.

Nunc dimittis by Caleb Burhans

Journey of the Magi, James Tissot, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Christmas Resources 2020/2021

Nativity. 1974. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, 
(Accessed December 28, 2020.)

Christmas Lectionary Readings (Year B)

First Sunday after Christmas Day: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40

Holy Name of Jesus: Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 2:15-21

New Year’s Day: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Rev. 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46

Second Sunday after Christmas Day: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55; Ps. 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38


“Nativity” by John Donne

“Kenosis” by Luci Shaw

Resource Links

Christmas Collects from the Book of Common Prayer

John Donne Christmas Sermon preached at St. Paul’s upon Christmas day, 1626

Pondering Christmas Preaching with Karl Barth by David Guretzki


Sing We Noel by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana

The Coventry Carol (arr. Michael McGlynn) song about The Massacre of the Innocents

“Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus” (“Twenty Gazes Upon the Child Jesus”) by Olivier Messiaen. Read about the piece here.

Songs about the Flight to Egypt blog post by Victoria Emily Jones

Advent Resources 2020

Solar Eclipse from Mount Santa Lucia, by Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 – 1916), Getty Center, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Advent Lectionary Readings (Year B)

First Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 64:1-9; Ps. 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 40:1-11; Ps. 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Ps. 126; Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 ; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55; Ps. 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38


“Sunday before Advent” by Christina Rossetti

“Advent” by Christina Rossetti

Resource Links

Advent Collects from the Book of Common Prayer

Artful Devotions for Advent from

Free Download of daily Advent prayers from Teach us to Pray: Scripture-Centered Family Worship through the Year

Liturgy for a Christian New Year’s Eve celebration


Subscribe to the Neumz Digital Advent Calendar

Eschatological Advent Spotify playlist

Traditional and Popular Hymns for Advent


Artist Barbara Lyon has created an original 2020/2021 (Year B) Christian liturgical calendar for use in church and home. The calendar is a visually stunning reminder of the joyful rhythm of the Christian year. She has given permission to print and distribute this calendar freely. Enjoy!

Download PDF with dates and descriptions
Download PNG with dates

Download artists’ statement

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (Year A)

The Cornerstone of Righteousness

God gave the law through Moses so that we would find life by living according to His word (Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20). We are called to contemplate the beauty of God’s creation and meditate on his words (Psalm 19). God has provided salvation for us in spite of our unfaithfulness (Psalm 80:7-15). In response, we are called to live in faith, knowing that our righteousness is only found in Christ (Philippians 3:4b-14). He is the only sure foundation for a fruitful life (Matthew 21:33-46).

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (Year A)

Transgression, Humility, and the Faithfulness of Jesus

Cry out to God and remember what he has done. Listen to his promises, trust him, and live according to his ways (Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16). God is gracious to provide for our needs, even when we complain and are undeserving (Exodus 17:1-17). In gratitude, we turn from our own concerns to consider others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:1-13). Through faith and trust, we bow in humility to take Jesus at his word, accepting his authority and divinity (Matthew 21:23-32). 

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