Call me quirky. But it seemed the New Jerusalem version to be a good translation to kick of this round of readings. Let the games begin.
A revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him so that he could tell his servants what is now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John, and John has borne witness to the Word of God and to the witness of Jesus Christ, everything that he saw. Blessed is anyone who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed those who hear them, if they treasure the content, because the Time is near.
John, to the seven churches of Asia: grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead, the highest of earthly kings. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a Kingdom of Priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
Look, he is coming on the clouds;
everyone will see him,
even those who pierced him,
and all the races of the earth will mourn over him.
Indeed this shall be so. Amen.
‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.