Searching For Jonah

by Jimmy Akin

in Liturgy

A reader writes:


Can you tell me how offten the book of Jonah is use in the Liturgy, I only see it being used once in cycle "B" third Sunday of Ordinary Time. Thanks for your help in this matter.

You’re in luck! I probably am one of the few people who could tell you this (easily, at any rate), since there doesn’t seem to be a published correlation table for the the Scripture readings sorted by book.

Fortunately, I am in possession of such a list, because I made one last year. A friend of mine who is a Chaldean priest was in need of one so that he could correlate Latin Rite homily helps with the Chaldean liturgical calendar and, since no such table seemed available, I spent a few hours reverse-engineering one for him on the computer.

I’ve meant to convert it to HTML and put it on the web so that it can be of service to others. (Thanks for the reminder!) But in the meantime, here’s the info on where Jonah shows up. As you can see, it AIN’T the whole book–just selected passages:



















  1:1–2:1, 11
YEAR I Week 27 – Mon
Jonah 2:2, 3, 4, 5, 8 YEAR
  27 – Mon
Jonah 3:1-10 YEAR
  Week of Lent — Wed
Jonah 3:1-10 YEAR
  27 – Tues
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 YEAR
  Sunday of Year B
Jonah 4:1-11 YEAR
  27 – Wed

Note that Jonah shows up TWICE on the Monday of the 27th week of Ordinary Time in Year I. This is because the second reading (from Jonah 2) is used as a responsorial psalm, after the first reading from Jonah 1.

Hope this helps!

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Ed Peters January 18, 2006 at 7:00 am

Publish this list! Such things are sooo useful.

Barbara January 18, 2006 at 7:38 am

I started doing this myself. So far I only got through Cycle A of the Sunday readings.
Publish it when you get a chance. Thanks!

Brad Haas January 18, 2006 at 8:07 am

Publish it, I beseech you.

Chris-2-4 January 18, 2006 at 10:08 am

So the Responsorial Psalm is not always a Psalm? (from Psalms, that is?)
Interesting. I guess that explains why I always think of “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord” as a Psalm even though it’s from Jeremiah.

Fr. Philip N. Powell, OP January 18, 2006 at 11:59 am

I agree with Brad…publish it.

Jim McCullough January 18, 2006 at 4:33 pm

It seems this information is published in the back of the various lectionaries we use here in the parish.

John Lilburne January 18, 2006 at 7:00 pm

The list did not include Jonah 3:10-4:11. This is for Occasional Masses: For the Spread of the Gospel, option 4. It is in the Lectionary for Mass, volume 3, Study Edition, published by Collins Liturgical Australia in 1983, ISBN 0-00-599766-6, page 532. Each volume has a helpful index, enabling me to find this particular passage.

JohnH January 20, 2006 at 3:51 pm

Yes! Publish it! The best would be something where you could see what verses are in the readings and which ones aren’t.

Richard January 20, 2006 at 9:42 pm

My LTP Lectionary for Mass study edition for weekdays has this as an appendix. It goes from Geneis through Revelation. It list verses and shows which Sunday and daily masses it is used in.
I would scan it and post it but it is copyrighted.

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