Cycle A

During the current Church calendar, the Gospel of Matthew will be used in our Sunday liturgy.

Next year and the year following, the Church uses the Gospels of Mark and Luke for Cycles B and C, respectively.

This order of use, Matthew, Mark and Luke, are how the Gospel are so arranged as the first books of the New Testament.

According to the bishop Papias (c. 125 AD), the Church’s canonical text of Matthew draws upon the Aramaic traditions associated with his name. Composed c. 85 AD, the gospel is generally arranged in an alternating pattern of narrative and discourse.

Intended for largely Jewish-Christian audience, it seeks to portray Christianity as consistent with the Jewish tradition and a continuation of it. (9:12)