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Percentage of the Bible in the Lectionary

Question:

How much of the Bible is read after going through the cycles of daily Mass and Sunday Mass?

Answer:

Sunday Masses use a three-year cycle of readings, whereas daily Masses use a two-year cycle.  

It has been reported by Fr. Felix Just, S.J., that the Sunday and weekday Lectionaries contain:

  • 13.5 percent of the Old Testament (not counting the Psalms)
  • 54.9 percent of the non-Gospel New Testament
  • 89.8 percent of the Gospels
  • 71.5 percent of the entire New Testament

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