2015 Jan 31 Saturday: Memorial of St. John Bosco, priest

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 11: 1-2. 8-19
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[1] Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
[2] For by it the men of old received divine approval.
[8] By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
[9] By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
[10] For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
[11] By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
[12] Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
[13] These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
[14] For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
[15] If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.
[16] But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
[17] By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son,
[18] of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your descendants be named."
[19] He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

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From Luke
Lk 1: 69-70. 71-72. 73-75
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Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

[69] and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
[70] as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

[71] that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
[72] to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant,

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

[73] the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
[74] to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
[75] in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 4: 35-41
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[35] On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go across to the other side."
[36] And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.
[37] And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
[38] But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care if we perish?"
[39] And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
[40] He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?"
[41] And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?"

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2015 Jan 30 Friday: Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 10: 32-39
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[32] But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,
[33] sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.
[34] For you had compassion on the prisoners, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.
[35] Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
[36] For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised.
[37] "For yet a little while,
and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry;
[38] but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him."
[39] But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and keep their souls.

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 37
Ps 37: 3-4. 5-6. 23-24. 39-40
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The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

[3] Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
[4] Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

[5] Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
[6] He will bring forth your vindication as the light,
and your right as the noonday.

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

[23] The steps of a man are from the LORD,
and he establishes him in whose way he delights;
[24] though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the LORD is the stay of his hand.

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

 [39] The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
[40] The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked, and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.


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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 4: 26-34
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[26] Jesus said to his disciples, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground,
[27] and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.
[28] The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
[29] But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
[30] And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?

[31] It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
[32] yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."
[33] With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;
[34] he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

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2015 Jan 29 Thursday: Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 10: 19-25
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[19] Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,
[20] by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
[21] and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
[22] let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
[23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful;
[24] and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
[25] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

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From Psalm 24
Ps 24: 1-2. 3-4ab. 5-6
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Lord, this is the people who long to see your face.

[1] The earth is the LORD's and the fulness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein;
[2] for he has founded it upon the seas,
and established it upon the rivers.

Lord, this is the people who long to see your face.

 [3] Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
[4] He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false,

Lord, this is the people who long to see your face.

 [5] He will receive blessing from the LORD,
and vindication from the God of his salvation.
[6] Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]

Lord, this is the people who long to see your face.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 4: 21-25
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[21] Jesus said to his disciples, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand?
[22] For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light.
[23] If any man has ears to hear, let him hear."
[24] And he said to them, "Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.
[25] For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away."

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2015 Jan 28 Wednesday: Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 10: 11-18
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[11] Every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

[12] But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
[13] then to wait until his enemies should be made a stool for his feet.
[14] For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
[15] And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
[16] "This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,"
[17] then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their misdeeds no more."
[18] Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

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From Psalm 110
Ps 110: 1. 2. 3. 4
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You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

[1] The LORD says to my lord:
"Sit at my right hand,
till I make your enemies your footstool."

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

[2] The LORD sends forth from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your foes!

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

[3] Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day you lead your host
upon the holy mountains.
From the womb of the morning
like dew your youth will come to you.

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

[4] The LORD has sworn
and will not change his mind,
"You are a priest for ever
after the order of Melchiz'edek."

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 4: 1-20
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[1] At another time, Jesus began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
[2] And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
[3] "Listen! A sower went out to sow.
[4] And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
[5] Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
[6] and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
[7] Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
[8] And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."
[9] And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
[10] And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.
[11] And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables;
[12] so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven."
[13] And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
[14] The sower sows the word.
[15] And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
[16] And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
[17] and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
[18] And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word,
[19] but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
[20] But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold."

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2015 Jan 27 Tuesday: Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews
Heb 10: 1-10
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[1] For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near.
[2] Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? If the worshipers had once been cleansed, they would no longer have any consciousness of sin.
[3] But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year.
[4] For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
[5] Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
"Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired,
but a body hast thou prepared for me;
[6] in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.
[7] Then I said, `Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,'
as it is written of me in the roll of the book."
[8] When he said above, "Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),
[9] then he added, "Lo, I have come to do thy will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
[10] And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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From Psalm 40
Ps 40: 2 and 4ab. 7-8a. 10. 11
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Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

[2] I waited patiently for the LORD;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
[4] He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.

Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

 [7] Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire;
but thou hast given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
thou hast not required.
[8] Then I said, "Lo, I come;

Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

 [10] I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
lo, I have not restrained my lips,
as thou knowest, O LORD.

Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

 [11] I have not hid thy saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation;
I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness
from the great congregation.

Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 3: 31-35
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[31] And Jesus’ mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him.
[32] And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you."
[33] And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"
[34] And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
[35] Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother."

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2015 Jan 26 Monday: Memorial of St.’s Timothy and Titus, bishops
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A reading from the second book of Timothy
2 Tm 1: 1-8
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[1] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus,
[2] To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
[3] I thank God whom I serve with a clear conscience, as did my fathers, when I remember you constantly in my prayers.
[4] As I remember your tears, I long night and day to see you, that I may be filled with joy.
[5] I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lo'is and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you.
[6] Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;
[7] for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
[8] Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God,

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From Psalm 96
Ps 96: 1-2a. 2b-3. 7-8a. 10
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Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

[1] O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
[2] Sing to the LORD, bless his name;

Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

tell of his salvation from day to day.
[3] Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!

Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

[7] Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
[8] Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

 [10] Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!
Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity."

Proclaim God’s marvelous works among all the nations

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 3: 22-30
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[22] And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said of Jesus, "He is possessed by Be-el'zebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons."
[23] And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
[24] If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
[25] And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
[26] And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
[27] But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house.
[28] "Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
[29] but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" --
[30] for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."

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2015 Jan 25: THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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A reading from the book of Jonah
Jon 3: 1-5. 10
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[1] Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,
[2] "Arise, go to Nin'eveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you."
[3] So Jonah arose and went to Nin'eveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nin'eveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth.
[4] Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he cried, "Yet forty days, and Nin'eveh shall be overthrown!"
[5] And the people of Nin'eveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
[10] When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it.

The Word of the Lord

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From Psalm 25
Ps 25: 4-5. 6-7. 8-9 (4a)
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Teach me your ways, O Lord

[4] Make me to know thy ways, O LORD;
teach me thy paths.
[5] Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
for thou art the God of my salvation;
for thee I wait all the day long.

Teach me your ways, O Lord

[6] Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
[7] Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
according to thy steadfast love remember me,
for thy goodness' sake, O LORD!

Teach me your ways, O Lord

[8] Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
[9] He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.

Teach me your ways, O Lord

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A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians
1 Cor 7: 29-31
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[29] I mean, brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,
[30] and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods,
[31] and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the form of this world is passing away.

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark
Mk 1: 14-20
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[14] Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
[15] and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel."
[16] And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.
[17] And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men."
[18] And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
[19] And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zeb'edee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.
[20] And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zeb'edee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him.

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Today is Thursday January 1, 2015 The Octave Day of Christmas

 

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

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Today is Satruday December 27, 2014
Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

A Reading from First John    1 jn 1:1-4

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands,
concerning the word of life --
[2] the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it,
and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us --
[3] that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us;
and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

[4] And we are writing this that our joy may be complete.

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm 97    ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12

R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice;
 let the many coastlands be glad!
[2] Clouds and thick darkness are round about him;
 righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
 before the Lord of all the earth.
[6] The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
 and all the peoples behold his glory.

R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

Light dawns for the righteous,
 and joy for the upright in heart.
[12] Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
 and give thanks to his holy name!
 
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John    jn 20:1a and 2-8

Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag'dalene came to the tomb early,
while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

[2] So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved,
and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."
[3] Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb.

[4] They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first;
[5] and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.
[6] Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying,

[7] and the cloth which had been on his head, not lying with the
linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself.
[8] Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

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Today is Friday December 26, 2014
Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr

A reading from Acts of the Apostles     acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

[9] Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen,
and of the Cyre'nians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cili'cia and Asia,
arose and disputed with Stephen.
[10] But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him.

[55] But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God,
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;
[56] and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God."
 
[57] But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him.
[58] Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses
laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
[59] And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

The Word of the Lord.
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From Psalm 31     ps 31:3cd-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17

R: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Be thou a rock of refuge for me,
 a strong fortress to save me!
[3] Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress;
 for thy name's sake lead me and guide me,

R: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Into thy hand I commit my spirit;
 thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love.

R: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!
[16] Let thy face shine on thy servant;
 save me in thy steadfast love!

R: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew  mt 10:17-22

Jesus said to his disciples, Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
[18] and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
[19] When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say;
for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;

[20] for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
[21] Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will
rise against parents and have them put to death;
[22] and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

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Today is Monday December 22, 2014
Monday of the fourth week of Advent

A Reading from the First Book of Samuel    1 sm 1:24-28

And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine; and she brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh;
and the child was young.

[25] Then they slew the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.
[26] And she said, "Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD.
 
[27] For this child I prayed; and the LORD has granted me my petition which I made to him.
[28] Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD."
And they worshiped the LORD there.

The Word of the Lord.
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Responsorial from the First Book of Samuel     1 sm 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd

R: My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

"My heart exults in the LORD;
 my strength is exalted in the LORD.
 My mouth derides my enemies,
 because I rejoice in thy salvation.

R: My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

The bows of the mighty are broken,
 but the feeble gird on strength.
[5] Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
 but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
 The barren has borne seven,
 but she who has many children is forlorn.

R: My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

The LORD kills and brings to life;
 he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
[7] The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
 he brings low, he also exalts.

R: My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

He raises up the poor from the dust;
 he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
 to make them sit with princes
 and inherit a seat of honor.


R: My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke   lk 1:46-56

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
[47] and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
[48] for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.

 For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
[49] for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
 and holy is his name.

[50] And his mercy is on those who fear him
 from generation to generation.
[51] He has shown strength with his arm,
 he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,

[52] he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
 and exalted those of low degree;
[53] he has filled the hungry with good things,
 and the rich he has sent empty away.

[54] He has helped his servant Israel,
 in remembrance of his mercy,
[55] as he spoke to our fathers,

 to Abraham and to his posterity for ever."
[56] And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

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Today is Sunday December 21, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Advent

A Reading from the Second Book of Samuel    2 sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16

Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies round about,
[2] the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar,
but the ark of God dwells in a tent."

[3] And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart;
for the LORD is with you." But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan,
[5] "Go and tell my servant David, `Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in?

Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, `Thus says the LORD of hosts,
I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel;
[9] and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you;
and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.
 
[10] And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them,
that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more;
and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly,
[11] from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel;

and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you
that the LORD will make you a house.
[12] When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers,
I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

I will be his father, and he shall be my son.
And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me;
your throne shall be established for ever.'"

The Word of the Lord.
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From Psalm 89     ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27-29


R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever;
 with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
[2] For thy steadfast love was established for ever,
 thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.

R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

"I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
 I have sworn to David my servant:
[4] `I will establish your descendants for ever,
 and build your throne for all generations.'"

R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father,
 my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
[27] And I will make him the first-born,
 the highest of the kings of the earth.
[28] My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever,
 and my covenant will stand firm for him.

R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

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A Reading from St.Paul's Letter to the Romans      rom 16:25-27

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages

[26] but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations,
according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith --
[27] to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

The Word of the Lord.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke     lk 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

[27] to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David;
and the virgin's name was Mary.
[28] And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"
[29] But she was greatly troubled at the saying,
and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.

[30] And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
[31] And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
[32] He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;
 and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,

[33] and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
 and of his kingdom there will be no end."
[34] And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"
 
[35] And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
 and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
 therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
 the Son of God.
[36]
And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son;
and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.

[37] For with God nothing will be impossible."
[38] And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."
And the angel departed from her.

The Gospel of the Lord.
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Today is Thursday December 25, 2014  

The Nativity of the Lord 

Mass During the Day -- Christmas Day

 

A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah   is 52:7-10

 

How beautiful upon the mountains

 are the feet of him who brings good tidings,

 who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good,

 who publishes salvation,

 who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."

 

[8] Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice,

 together they sing for joy;

 for eye to eye they see

 the return of the LORD to Zion.

[9] Break forth together into singing,

 you waste places of Jerusalem;

 

 for the LORD has comforted his people,

 he has redeemed Jerusalem.

[10] The LORD has bared his holy arm

 before the eyes of all the nations;

 

 and all the ends of the earth shall see

 the salvation of our God.

 

The Word of the Lord.

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From Psalm  98      ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6

 

R: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

 

O sing to the LORD a new song,

 for he has done marvelous things!

 His right hand and his holy arm

 have gotten him victory.

 

R: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

 

The LORD has made known his victory,

 he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

[3] He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness

 to the house of Israel.

 

R: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

 

All the ends of the earth have seen

 the victory of our God.

[4] Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;

 break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

 

R: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

 

Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,

 with the lyre and the sound of melody!

[6] With trumpets and the sound of the horn

 make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

 

R: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God

 

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A Reading from St. Paul's letter to the Hebrews  heb 1:1-6

 

In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; 

[2] but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, 

whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 

 

[3] He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, 

upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, 

he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 

[4] having become as much superior to angels as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs. 

 

[5] 

For to what angel did God ever say, 

"Thou art my Son,

 today I have begotten thee"?

 Or again, "I will be to him a father,

 and he shall be to me a son"?

[6] And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says, 

"Let all God's angels worship him."

 

The Word of the Lord. 

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John    jn 1:1-18

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

[2] He was in the beginning with God; 

[3] all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 

[4] In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 

[5] The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

[6] 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 

 

[7] He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. 

[8] He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. 

[9] 

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. 

 

[10] He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. 

[11] He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. 

[12] But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; 

[13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 

[14] 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; 

we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. 

 

[15] (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 

`He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") 

[16] And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. 

[17] For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

[18] No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known. 

 

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Today is Thursday December 25

The Nativity of the Lord

Mass at Dawn -- Christmas Day

 

A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah    is 62:11-12

 

Behold, the LORD has proclaimed

 to the end of the earth:

 Say to the daughter of Zion,

 "Behold, your salvation comes;

 behold, his reward is with him,

 and his recompense before him."

[12] And they shall be called The holy people,

 The redeemed of the LORD;

 and you shall be called Sought out,

 a city not forsaken.

 

The Word of the Lord. 

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From Psalm 97    ps 97:1, 6, 11-12

 

R: A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.

 

The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice;

 let the many coastlands be glad!

 

R: A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.

 

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;

 and all the peoples behold his glory.

 

R: A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.

 

Light dawns for the righteous,

 and joy for the upright in heart.

[12] Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,

 and give thanks to his holy name!

 

R: A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.

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A Reading from the book of Titus  ti 3:4-7

 

when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 

[5] he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, 

but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, 

[6] which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 

[7] so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life. 

 

The Word of the Lord.

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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke    lk 2:15-20

 

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 

"Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, 

which the Lord has made known to us." 

 

[16] And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 

[17] And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 

[18] and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

 

[19] But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 

[20] And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Today is Wednesday December 24
Vigil Mass -- The Nativity of the Lord
 
A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah   is 62:1-5
 
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, 
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
 until her vindication goes forth as brightness,
 and her salvation as a burning torch.
 
[2] The nations shall see your vindication,
 and all the kings your glory;
 and you shall be called by a new name
 which the mouth of the LORD will give.
 
[3] You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
 and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
[4] You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
 and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
 
 but you shall be called My delight is in her,
 and your land Married;
 for the LORD delights in you,
 and your land shall be married.
 
[5] For as a young man marries a virgin,
 so shall your sons marry you,
 and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
 so shall your God rejoice over you.
 
The Word of the Lord. 
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From Psalm 89      ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29
 
R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
 
"I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
 I have sworn to David my servant:
[4] `I will establish your descendants for ever,
 and build your throne for all generations.'" 
 
R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
 
Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout,
 who walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance,
[16] who exult in thy name all the day,
 and extol thy righteousness.
 
R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
 
He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father,
 my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever,
 and my covenant will stand firm for him.
 
R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
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A Reading from Acts of the Apostles    acts 13:16-17, 22-25
 
So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: 
"Men of Israel, and you that fear God, listen. 
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great 
during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. 
 
And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; 
of whom he testified and said, `I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, 
who will do all my will.' 
 
[23] Of this man's posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. 
[24] Before his coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 
[25] And as John was finishing his course, he said, 
`What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, 
the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.' 
 
The Word of the Lord. 
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A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew   mt 1:1-25
 
[1] The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 
[2] 
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 
 
[3] and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 
[4] and Ram the father of Ammin'adab, and Ammin'adab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 
[5] and Salmon the father of Bo'az by Rahab, and Bo'az the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 
[6] and Jesse the father of David the king.
 
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uri'ah, 
 
[7] and Solomon the father of Rehobo'am, and Rehobo'am the father of Abi'jah, and Abi'jah the father of Asa, 
[8] and Asa the father of Jehosh'aphat, and Jehosh'aphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzzi'ah, 
[9] and Uzzi'ah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezeki'ah, 
 
[10] and Hezeki'ah the father of Manas'seh, and Manas'seh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josi'ah, 
[11] and Josi'ah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. 
[12] 
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoni'ah was the father of She-al'ti-el, and She-al'ti-el the father of Zerub'babel, 
 
[13] and Zerub'babel the father of Abi'ud, and Abi'ud the father of Eli'akim, and Eli'akim the father of Azor, 
[14] and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eli'ud, 
[15] and Eli'ud the father of Elea'zar, and Elea'zar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,
 
[16] and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 
[17] 
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, 
and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, 
and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. 
 
[18] 
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. 
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, 
before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 
 
[19] and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 
[20] But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 
"Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 
[21] she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 
[22] All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 
[23] "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
 and his name shall be called Emmanuel"
 (which means, God with us). 
[24] When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, 
[25] but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus
 
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Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

Is 7:10-14
Ps 24:1-2,3-4ab,5-6
Lk 1:26-38

Response:  Let the Lord enter; He is the King of Glory

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Friday, December 19th, 2014
Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Jgs 13:2-7,24-25a
Ps 71:3-4a,5-6ab,16-17
Lk 1:5-25

Response:  My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

Jer 23:5-8
Ps 72:1-2,12-13,18-19
Mt 1:18-25

Response:  Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Gn 49:2,8-10
Ps 72:1-2,3-4ab,7-8,17
Mt 1:1-17

Response:  Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Zep 3:1-2,9-13
Ps 34:2-3,6-7,17-18,19&23
(RSV Ps 34:1-2,5-6,16-17,18&22)
Mt 21:28-32

Response:  The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014
Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Nm 24:2-7,15-17a
Ps 25:4-5ab,6&7bc,8-9
Mt 21:23-27

Response:  Teach me your ways, O Lord.

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