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Their readings

First Reading
Gen 3:9-15, 20

I will put enmity between your offspring and her offspring.

A reading from the book of Genesis

After the man and woman had eaten of the tree,
   the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”
The man answered, “I heard you in the garden;
   but I was afraid, because I was naked,
   so I hid myself.”
Then the LORD God asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
   from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
   she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
   “Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
   “Because you have done this, you shall be banned
      from all the animals
      and from all the wild creatures;
   on your belly shall you crawl,
      and dirt shall you eat
      all the days of your life.
   I will put enmity between you and the woman,
      and between your offspring and hers;
   her offspring will strike at your head,
      while you strike at their heel.”

The man called his wife Eve,
   because she became the mother of all the living.

Or:

Acts 1:12-14
With one heart the disciples continued in steadfast prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

After Jesus had been taken up into heaven,
   the apostles returned to Jerusalem
   from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
   a sabbath day’s journey away.

When the apostles entered the city
   they went to the upper room where they were staying,
   Peter and John and James and Andrew,
   Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
   James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
   and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
   together with some women,
   and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

R. :

R. (3) Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

His foundation upon the holy mountains
   the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
   more than any dwelling of Jacob.

R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

Glorious things are said of you,
   O city of God!
And of Zion they shall say:
   “One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
   is the Most High LORD.”

R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
   “This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
   “My home is within you.”

R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.


Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
O blessed mother of the Church,
you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 19:25-34

Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
   and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
   and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her,
   he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
   “Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished,
   in order that the scripture might be fulfilled,
   Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
   and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
   “It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Now since it was preparation day,
   in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
   for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
   the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
   and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
   and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
   they did not break his legs,
   but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
   and immediately Blood and water flowed out.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Weekday readings

First Reading
Acts 14:19-28

They called the Church together and reported what God had done with them.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
   arrived and won over the crowds.
They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
   supposing that he was dead.
But when the disciples gathered around him,
   he got up and entered the city.
On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city
   and made a considerable number of disciples,
   they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
   and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
   “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
   to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and,
   with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
   in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch,
   where they had been commended to the grace of God
   for the work they had now accomplished.
And when they arrived, they called the Church together
   and reported what God had done with them
   and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Then they spent no little time with the disciples.


Responsorial Psalm
145:10-11, 12-13ab, 2

R. :

R. (see 12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
  or:
R.
Alleluia.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
   and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
   and speak of your might.

R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
  or:
R.
Alleluia.

Making known to men your might
   and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
   and your dominion endures through all generations.

R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
  or:
R.
Alleluia.

May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
   and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
  or:
R.
Alleluia.


Gospel Acclamation
See Lk 24:46, 26

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
and so enter into his glory.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 14:27-31a

My peace I give to you.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
   ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
   you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
   for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
   so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
   for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
   but the world must know that I love the Father
   and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

For the Memorial of Saint Joseph the Workman the following Gospel may be used:

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
   “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
   and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them,
   “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
   and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
   because of their lack of faith.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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