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The Book of Revelation: Lectionary Readings during the Easter Season

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The Book of Revelation: Lectionary Readings during the Easter Season

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  1. The Book of Revelation:Lectionary Readingsduring the Easter Season Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. http://Catholic-Resources.org

  2. Literary and Historical Issues:

  3. 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)

  4. Revelation in Lectionary: Sundays

  5. Revelation in Lectionary: Weekdays

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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)

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. [ 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!”

  12. Conclusion • Summary • Questions • Discussion • Application