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The Book of Revelation: Lectionary Readings during the Easter Season. Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. http://Catholic-Resources.org. Literary and Historical Issues:. Book of Revelation: Outline. Prologue / Introduction (1:1-8) Visionary Report (1:9 – 22:5)

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the book of revelation lectionary readings during the easter season

The Book of Revelation:Lectionary Readingsduring the Easter Season

Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

http://Catholic-Resources.org

book of revelation outline
Book of Revelation: Outline
  • Prologue / Introduction (1:1-8)
  • Visionary Report (1:9 – 22:5)
    • John’s Inaugural Vision & Commission (1:9 – 3:22)
      • An Audition and Vision of the Risen Christ (1:9-20)
      • Seven Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia (2:1 – 3:22)
    • John’s First Cycle of Visions in the Spirit (4:1 – 11:19)
      • Worship in the Heavenly Court (4:1-11)
      • The Scroll, the Lion of Judah, and the Lamb (5:1-14)
      • The Seven Seals (6:1 – 8:5)
      • The Seven Angels with Seven Trumpets (8:2 – 11:19)
    • John’s Second Cycle of Visions in the Spirit (12:1 – 22:5)
      • Seven Symbolic Visions of the Past, Present & Future (12:1 – 15:4)
      • Seven Angels with Seven Plagues (15:1 – 19:10)
      • Seven Visions of the Last Things (19:11 – 22:5)
  • Conclusion (22:6-21)
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2nd Sunday of Easter (C)

Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 – Vision of the Risen Lord

  • John on Patmos
  • Voice like a trumpet
  • “Write on scroll what you see”
  • Seven gold lampstands
  • Son of Man
  • Long robe; gold sash
  • “Don’t be afraid”
  • “I am the first & the last”
  • “Write what you have seen”

Albrecht Dürer, 1496

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3rd Sunday of Easter (C)

Rev 5:11-14 – Throne Vision

  • Angels, Living Creatures, Elders
  • “Worthy the Lamb that was slain”
  • All creatures cry out
  • “To the one on the throne (God)and to the Lamb (Jesus)be blessing and honor,glory and might, forever.”
  • Four living creatures: “Amen”
  • Elders: fall down & worship
  • Cf. Handel’s Messiah
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4th Sunday of Easter (C)

Rev 7:9, 14b-17 – Vision of Multitude of Elect in Triumph

  • After 144,000 from Israel; uncountable crowds from every nation, race…
  • Before throne/Lamb, white robes, palm branches (symbols of victory)
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5th Sunday of Easter (C)

Rev 21:1-5a – New Heaven & New Earth

  • Former heaven, earth, sea pass away;
  • New Jerusalem descends from heaven, “prepared as a bride adorned”
  • “Behold, God’s dwelling is with people… Behold, I make all things new”

John Martin, 1851-53

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6th Sunday of Easter (C)

Rev 21:10-14, 22-23 – Vision of New Jerusalem

  • Radiant like precious stones
  • Wall with 12 gates:Names of 12 tribes of Israel
  • Foundations with 12 stones:Names of Lamb’s 12 apostles
  • No temple, no sun, no moon
  • Glory of God gives light;Lamp is the Lamb

Gustave Doré, 1832-1883

7 th sunday of easter c not used in western usa since ascension moved to this sunday
[ 7th Sunday of Easter – C ] [ Not used in Western USA, since Ascension moved to this Sunday. ]

Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 - Epilogue: John’s Final Visions

  • “I am the Alpha & Omega, the first & last, the beginning & end”
  • “Behold, I am coming soon”; “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Summary
  • Questions
  • Discussion
  • Application