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First Reading
Ez 1:1-6

Those who are any part of God’s people, let them go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem

A reading from the beginning of the Book of Ezra

In order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
   the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
   to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
   both by word of mouth and in writing:
   “Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
   ‘All the kingdoms of the earth
   the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
   and he has also charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem,
   which is in Judah.
Therefore, whoever among you belongs to any part of his people,
   let him go up, and may his God be with him!
Let everyone who has survived, in whatever place he may have dwelt,
   be assisted by the people of that place
   with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
   together with free-will offerings
   for the house of God in Jerusalem.’”

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin
   and the priests and Levites—
   everyone, that is, whom God had inspired to do so—
   prepared to go up to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.
All their neighbors gave them help in every way,
   with silver, gold, goods, and cattle,
   and with many precious gifts
   besides all their free-will offerings.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6

R. :

R. (3) The Lord has done marvels for us.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
   we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
   and our tongue with rejoicing.

R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

Then they said among the nations,
   “The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
  we are glad indeed.

R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
   like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
   shall reap rejoicing.

R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

Although they go forth weeping,
   carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
   carrying their sheaves.

R. The Lord has done marvels for us.


Gospel Acclamation
Mt 5:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Luke 8:16-18

A lamp is placed on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
   or sets it under a bed;
   rather, he places it on a lampstand
   so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
   and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
   and from the one who has not,
   even what he seems to have will be taken away.”

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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