Mass readings


Does anybody know where one can look up what extra mass readings are used for when somewhere a memorial day is celebrated as a solemnity?

For example, I went to mass today whereSt. catherine For exaof Alexandria was especially celebrated, with two readings. The second one was the regular one for St.Catherine, the first one was an old testament one and I wanted to reread it online but I don’t know where to look it up. All calendars I have looked at so far only mention the one reading.

Also, the gospel reading according to a calendar is Lk 9, 23 to 26. The priest at the church I went to however used the gospel about not thinking ahead what to tell because the Holy Spirit will give us the words…

I wanted to reread the readings online because I didn’t get them very well, but it turns out to be difficult. :wink:


The optional readings for this memorial are from Common of Martyrs or Common of Virgins for this saint:

Common of Martyrs

First Reading

2 Chronicles 24:18–22 or 2 Maccabees 6:18, 21, 24–31 or 2 Maccabees 7:1–2, 9–14 or 2 Maccabees 7:1, 20–23, 27b–29 or Wisdom of Solomon 3:1–9 or Sirach 51:1–8 or Acts 7:55–60 (Easter Season) or Revelation 7:9–17 (Easter Season) or Revelation 12:10–12b (Easter Season) or Revelation 21:5–7 (Easter Season)

Response & Psalm, Option I
Response Psalm 31:6
Psalm Psalm 31:3c–4, 6, 8ab, 16b–17
Response & Psalm, Option II
Response Psalm 34:5
Psalm Psalm 34:2–9
Response & Psalm, Option III
Response Psalm 124:7
Psalm Psalm 124:2–5, 7b–8
Response & Psalm, Option IV
Response Psalm 126:5
Psalm Psalm 126:1b–6

Second Reading

Romans 5:1–5 or Romans 8:31b–39 or 2 Corinthians 4:7–15 or 2 Corinthians 6:4–10 or 2 Timothy 2:8–13, 3:10–12 or Hebrews 10:32–36 or James 1:2–4, 12 or 1 Peter 3:14–17 or 1 Peter 4:12–19 or 1 John 5:1–5

Gospel Acclamation

Matthew 5:10 or John 17:19 or 2 Corinthians 1:3b–4a or James 1:12 or 1 Peter 4:14 or Text


Matthew 10:17–22 or Matthew 10:28–33 or Matthew 10:34–39 or Luke 9:23–26 or John 12:24–26 or John 15:18–21 or John 17:11b–19


First Reading

Song of Solomon 8:6–7 or Hosea 2:16bc, 17cd, 21–22 or Revelation 19:1, 5–9a (Easter Season) or Revelation 21:1–5a (Easter Season)

Response & Psalm, Option I
Response Psalm 45:11
Psalm Psalm 45:11–12, 14–17
Response & Psalm, Option II
Response Psalm 148:12a, 13a
Psalm Psalm 148:1b–2, 11–14

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 7:25–35 or 2 Corinthians 10:17–11:2

Gospel Acclamation John 14:23 or Text


Matthew 19:3–12 or Matthew 25:1–13 or Luke 10:38–42



Than you for this info :).

So for all martyrs, the alternative reading is taken from this common of martyrs, right?

I looked up some of the old testament readings that might have been the one, but I am not sure anymore.
But in any case it made me read some good Bible passages. :slight_smile:


Yes, common of martyrs for martyrs, and in case of St. Catherine, she was also a virgin, so Common of virgins.

And, yes, its great that there is so much scripture with memorials.

Those lists of readings come from the USCCB Lectionary…I have it electronically, not sure where you can find a hard copy.


Thanks. :slight_smile:
I wasn’t looking for a hard copy, just where to look such things up on the internet. :slight_smile:

It may vary by country though, then… as I am not in the US?


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