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Eastern Orthodox New Testament Reading Plan

This plan was prepared by Esteban Vázquez (http://voxstefani.blogspot.com) and is based on the
rule for reading the New Testament in the kellia at the Optina Monastery, which prescribed a
chapter of the Holy Gospel (89 in all) and two from the Acts, Epistles, and Revelation for every day,
with only one chapter from Revelation on the last seven days in order to make up 89 readings.

Column I gives the chapters from the Gospels in succession.

Column II gives the continuous order of Apostolic readings as prescribed by the Optina rule, and
according to the order of New Testament books found in the Slavonic Bible. However, this order
sometimes causes the reader to finish the last chapter of a book and then start on the first one of
the next, which may confuse some readers acquainting themselves with the subject matter of the
New Testament.

For their benefit, Column III gives a revised order in which the reading of each Apostolic book is
completely finished before starting on the next one; the sole exceptions to this are one-chapter
epistles (Jude, Philemon, etc.), which are combined with the last chapter of the previous book.

Column IV also gives this revised format, but according to the order of New Testament books
usually found in our English Bibles.

This plan is under continuous revision, and any suggestions for improvement would be greatly
appreciated by Esteban and myself.

Day
I
II
III
IV

Day 1

St Matthew 1

Acts 1-2

Acts 1-2

Acts 1-2

Day 2

St Matthew 2

Acts 3-4

Acts 3-4

Acts 3-4

Day 3

St Matthew 3

Acts 5-6

Acts 5-6

Acts 5-6

Day 4

St Matthew 4

Acts 7-8

Acts 7-8

Acts 7-8

Day 5

St Matthew 5

Acts 9-10

Acts 9-10

Acts 9-10

Day 6

St Matthew 6

Acts 11-12

Acts 11-12

Acts 11-12

Day 7

St Matthew 7

Acts 13-14

Acts 13-14

Acts 13-14

Day 8

St Matthew 8

Acts 15-16

Acts 15-16

Acts 15-16

Day 9

St Matthew 9

Acts 17-18

Acts 17-18

Acts 17-18

Day 10

St Matthew 10

Acts 19-20

Acts 19-20

Acts 19-20

Day 11

St Matthew 11

Acts 21-22

Acts 21-22

Acts 21-22

Day 12

St Matthew 12

Acts 23-24

Acts 23-24

Acts 23-24

Day 13

St Matthew 13

Acts 25-26

Acts 25-26

Acts 25-26

Day 14

St Matthew 14

Acts 27-28

Acts 27-28

Acts 27-28

Day 15

St Matthew 15

James 1-2

James 1-2

Romans 1-2

Day 16

St Matthew 16

James 3-4

James 3-4

Romans 3-4

Day 17

St Matthew 17

James 5; I Peter 1

James 5

Romans 5-6

Day 18

St Matthew 18

I Peter 2-3

I Peter 1-2

Romans 7-8

Day 19

St Matthew 19

I Peter 4-5

I Peter 3-4

Romans 9-10

Day 20

St Matthew 20

II Peter 1-2

I Peter 5

Romans 11-12

Day 21

St Matthew 21

II Peter 3; I John 1

II Peter 1-2

Romans 13-14

Day 22

St Matthew 22

I John 2-3

II Peter 3

Romans 15-16

Day 23

St Matthew 23

I John 4-5

I John 1-2

I Corinthians 1-2

Day 24

St Matthew 24

II John; III John

I John 3-4

I Corinthians 3-4

Day 25

St Matthew 25

Jude; Romans 1

I John 5; II John

I Corinthians 5-6

Day 26

St Matthew 26

Romans 2-3

III John; Jude

I Corinthians 7-8

Day 27

St Matthew 27

Romans 4-5

Romans 1-2

I Corinthians 9-10

Day 28

St Matthew 28

Romans 6-7

Romans 3-4

I Corinthians 11-12

Day 29

St Mark 1

Romans 8-9

Romans 5-6

I Corinthians 13-14

Day 30

St Mark 2

Romans 10-11

Romans 7-8

I Corinthians 15-16

Day 31

St Mark 3

Romans 12-13

Romans 9-10

II Corinthians 1-2

Day 32

St Mark 4

Romans 14-15

Romans 11-12

II Corinthians 3-4

Day 33

St Mark 5

Rom. 16; I Cor. 1

Romans 13-14

II Corinthians 5-6

Day 34

St Mark 6

I Corinthians 2-3

Romans 15-16

II Corinthians 7-8

Day 35

St Mark 7

I Corinthians 4-5

I Corinthians 1-2

II Corinthians 9-10

Day 36

St Mark 8

I Corinthians 6-7

I Corinthians 3-4

II Corinthians 11-12

Day 37

St Mark 9

I Corinthians 8-9

I Corinthians 5-6

II Corinthians 13

Day 38

St Mark 10

I Corinthians 10-11

I Corinthians 7-8

Galatians 1-2

Day 39

St Mark 11

I Corinthians 12-13

I Corinthians 9-10

Galatians 3-4

Day 40

St Mark 12

I Corinthians 14-15

I Corinthians 11-12

Galatians 5-6

Day 41

St Mark 13

I Cor. 16; II Cor. 1

I Corinthians 13-14

Ephesians 1-2

Day 42

St Mark 14

II Corinthians 2-3

I Corinthians 15-16

Ephesians 3-4

Day 43

St Mark 15

II Corinthians 4-5

II Corinthians 1-2

Ephesians 5-6

Day 44

St Mark 16

II Corinthians 6-7

II Corinthians 3-4

Philippians 1-2

Day 45

St Luke 1

II Corinthians 8-9

II Corinthians 5-6

Philippians 3-4

Day 46

St Luke 2

II Corinthians 10-11

II Corinthians 7-8

Colossians 1-2

Day 47

St Luke 3

II Corinthians 12-13

II Corinthians 9-10

Colossians 3-4

Day 48

St Luke 4

Galatians 1-2

II Corinthians 11-12

I Thessalonians 1-2

Day 49

St Luke 5

Galatians 3-4

II Corinthians 13

I Thessalonians 3-4

Day 50

St Luke 6

Galatians 5-6

Galatians 1-2

I Thessalonians 5

Day 51

St Luke 7

Ephesians 1-2

Galatians 3-4

II Thessalonians 1-2

Day 52

St Luke 8

Ephesians 3-4

Galatians 5-6

II Thessalonians 3

Day 53

St Luke 9

Ephesians 5-6

Ephesians 1-2

I Timothy 1-2

Day 54

St Luke 10

Philippians 1-2

Ephesians 3-4

I Timothy 3-4

Day 55

St Luke 11

Philippians 3-4

Ephesians 5-6

I Timothy 5-6

Day 56

St Luke 12

Colossians 1-2

Philippians 1-2

II Timothy 1-2

Day 57

St Luke 13

Colossians 3-4

Philippians 3-4

II Timothy 3-4

Day 58

St Luke 14

I Thessalonians 1-2

Colossians 1-2

Titus 1-2

Day 59

St Luke 15

I Thessalonians 3-4

Colossians 3-4

Titus 3; Philemon

Day 60

St Luke 16

I Thes. 5; II Thes. 1

I Thessalonians 1-2

Hebrews 1-2

Day 61

St Luke 17

II Thessalonians 2-3

I Thessalonians 3-4

Hebrews 3-4

Day 62

St Luke 18

I Timothy 1-2

I Thessalonians 5

Hebrews 5-6

Day 63

St Luke 19

I Timothy 3-4

II Thessalonians 1-2

Hebrews 7-8

Day 64

St Luke 20

I Timothy 5-6

II Thessalonians 3

Hebrews 9-10

Day 65

St Luke 21

II Timothy 1-2

I Timothy 1-2

Hebrews 11-12

Day 66

St Luke 22

II Timothy 3-4

I Timothy 3-4

Hebrews 13

Day 67

St Luke 23

Titus 1-2

I Timothy 5-6

James 1-2

Day 68

St Luke 24

Titus 3; Philemon

II Timothy 1-2

James 3-4

Day 69

St John 1

Hebrews 1-2

II Timothy 3-4

James 5

Day 70

St John 2

Hebrews 3-4

Titus 1-2

I Peter 1-2

Day 71

St John 3

Hebrews 5-6

Titus 3; Philemon

I Peter 3-4

Day 72

St John 4

Hebrews 7-8

Hebrews 1-2

I Peter 5

Day 73

St John 5

Hebrews 9-10

Hebrews 3-4

II Peter 1-2

Day 74

St John 6

Hebrews 11-12

Hebrews 5-6

II Peter 3

Day 75

St John 7

Heb. 13; Rev. 1

Hebrews 7-8

I John 1-2

Day 76

St John 8

Revelation 2-3

Hebrews 9-10

I John 3-4

Day 77

St John 9

Revelation 4-5

Hebrews 11-12

I John 5; II John

Day 78

St John 10

Revelation 6-7

Hebrews 13

III John; Jude

Day 79

St John 11

Revelation 8-9

Revelation 1-2

Revelation 1-2

Day 80

St John 12

Revelation 10-11

Revelation 3-4

Revelation 3-4

Day 81

St John 13

Revelation 12-13

Revelation 5-6

Revelation 5-6

Day 82

St John 14

Revelation 14-15

Revelation 7-8

Revelation 7-8

Day 83

St John 15

Revelation 16

Revelation 9-10

Revelation 9-10

Day 84

St John 16

Revelation 17

Revelation 11-12

Revelation 11-12

Day 85

St John 17

Revelation 18

Revelation 13-14

Revelation 13-14

Day 86

St John 18

Revelation 19

Revelation 15-16

Revelation 15-16

Day 87

St John 19

Revelation 20

Revelation 17-18

Revelation 17-18

Day 88

St John 20

Revelation 21

Revelation 19-20

Revelation 19-20

Day 89

St John 21

Revelation 22

Revelation 21-22

Revelation 21-22

Last updated 17 January 2009