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Saturday Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Office of Readings

Please note that unless the Saturday Memorial of the Virgin Mary is an obligatory memorial by local rule, it has the rank of an optional memorial and thus may not be celebrated when an Obligatory Memorial, Feast, or Solemnity occurs.

INVITATORY

The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

Go to the Hymn

Go to the Psalmody

Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The antiphon is repeated. In individual recitation, the antiphon may be said only at the beginning of the psalm; it need not be repeated after each strophe.

Go to Psalm 24

Go to Psalm 67

Go to Psalm 100

Psalm 95
A call to praise God


Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
  and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
  and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
  the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
  and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
  the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
  bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
  the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
  in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
  they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
  and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
  “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 67
People of all nations will worship the Lord


You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world (Acts 28:28).

O God, be gracious and bless us *
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth *
and all nations learn your saving help.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Let the nations be glad and exult *
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples, *
you guide the nations on earth.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The earth has yielded its fruit *
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing *
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple


The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

The God whom earth and sea and sky
Adore and praise and magnify,
Whose might they own, whose praise they tell,
In Mary’s body deigned to dwell.

O Mother blest! the chosen shrine
Wherein the Architect divine,
Whose hand contains the earth and sky,
Vouchsafed in hidden guide to lie:

Blest in the message Gabriel brought;
Blest in the work the Spirit wrought;
More blest, to bring to human birth
The long-desired of all the earth.

O Lord, the Virgin-born, to thee
Eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Spirit evermore.

Tune: Eisenach
Music: Johann H. Schein, 1586-1630
Text: Venantius Fortunatus, 530-609
Translation: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866


PSALMODY

Psalms Week 1

Psalms Week 2

Psalms Week 3

Psalms Week 4


In the Psalter Week 1, the following psalms are used:

Ant. 1 Whoever humbles himself, like a little child, will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.

Psalm 131
Childlike trust in God


Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart (Matthew 11:29).

O Lord, my heart is not proud *
nor haughty my eyes.
I have not gone after things too great *
nor marvels beyond me.

Truly I have set my soul *
in silence and peace.
As a child has rest in its mother’s arms, *
even so my soul.

O Israel, hope in the Lord *
both now and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Lord Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, you declared that whoever receives a little child in your name receives you, and you promised your kingdom to those who are like children. Never let pride reign in our hearts, but may the Father’s compassion reward and embrace all who willingly bear your gentle yoke.

Ant. Whoever humbles himself, like a little child, will be greater in the kingdom of heaven.

Ant.2 With simplicity of heart, I have joyfully offered everything to you, my God.

Psalm 132
God’s promises to the house of David


The Lord God will give to him the throne of David his father (Luke 1:32).

I

O Lord, remember David *
and all the many hardships he endured,
the oath he swore to the Lord, *
his vow to the Strong One of Jacob.

“I will not enter the house where I live *
nor go to the bed where I rest.
I will give no sleep to my eyes, *
to my eyelids I will give no slumber
till I find a place for the Lord, *
a dwelling for the Strong One of Jacob.”

At Ephrathah we heard of the ark; *
we found it in the plains of Yearim.
“Let us go to the place of his dwelling; *
let us go to kneel at his footstool.”

Go up, Lord, to the place of your rest, *
you and the ark of your strength.
Your priests shall be clothed with holiness: *
your faithful shall ring out their joy.
For the sake of David your servant *
do not reject your anointed.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. With simplicity of heart, I have joyfully offered everything to you, my God.

Ant. 3 The Lord has sworn an oath to David; his kingdom will stand for ever.

II

The Lord swore an oath to David; *
he will not go back on his word:
“A son, the fruit of your body, *
will I set upon your throne.

If they keep my covenant in truth *
and my laws that I have taught them,
their sons also shall rule *
on your throne from age to age.”

For the Lord has chosen Zion; *
he has desired it for his dwelling:
“This is my resting place for ever, *
here have I chosen to live.

I will greatly bless her produce, *
I will fill her poor with bread.
I will clothe her priests with salvation *
and her faithful shall ring out their joy.

There David’s stock will flower: *
I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.
I will cover his enemies with shame *
but on him my crown shall shine.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you chose to suffer and be overwhelmed by death in order to open the gates of death in triumph. Stay with us to help us on our pilgrimage; free us from all evil by the power of your resurrection. In the company of your saints, and constantly remembering your love for us, may we sing of your wonders in our Father’s house.

Ant. The Lord has sworn an oath to David; his kingdom will stand for ever.

Come, consider the works of the Lord.
The marvels he has created on this earth.

The Office continues with the First Reading.


FIRST READING

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First Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Sirach
44:1-2, 16a-45:5

Praise of the fathers: from Enoch to Moses


Now will I praise those godly men,
   our ancestors, each in his own time:
The abounding glory of the Most High’s portion,
   his own part, since the days of old.

[ENOCH walked with the Lord and was taken up,
that succeeding generations might learn by his example.]

NOAH, found just and perfect,
   renewed the race in the time of devastation.
Because of his worth there were survivors,
   and with a sign to him the deluge ended;
A lasting agreement was made with him,
   that never should all flesh be destroyed.

ABRAHAM, father of many peoples,
   kept his glory without stain:
He observed the precepts of the Most High,
   and entered into an agreement with him;
In his own flesh he incised the ordinance,
   and when tested he was found loyal.
For this reason, God promised him with an oath
   that in his descendants the nations would be blessed,
That he would make him numerous as the grains of dust,
   and exalt his posterity like the stars;
That he would give them an inheritance from sea to sea,
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.

And for ISAAC he renewed the same promise
   because of Abraham, his father.
The covenant with all his forebears was confirmed,
   and the blessing rested upon the head of JACOB.
God acknowledged him as the first-born,
   and gave him his inheritance.
He fixed the boundaries for his tribes,
   and their division into twelve.

From him was to spring the man
   who won the favor of all:
Dear to God and men,
   MOSES, whose memory is held in benediction.
God’s honor devolved upon him,
   and the Lord strengthened him with fearful powers;
God wrought swift miracles at his words
   and sustained him in the king’s presence.
He gave him the commandments for his people,
   and revealed to him his glory.
For his trustworthiness and meekness
   God selected him from all mankind;
He permitted him to hear his voice,
   and led him into the cloud,
Where, face to face, he gave him the commandments,
   the law of life and understanding,
That he might teach his precepts to Jacob,
   his judgments and decrees to Israel.

RESPONSORY
Deuteronomy 6:4; 7:9; 6:5


Hear, O Israel, and carefully keep what the Lord has commanded you,
and you will know that the Lord your God is a faithful God,
true to his promises and merciful to all who love him.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength.
And you will know that the Lord your God is a faithful God,
true to his promises and merciful to all who love him.

Go to the Second Reading


Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Galatians
5:25-6:18

Admonitions concerning charity and perseverance


If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another.

Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted. Bear one anotherrsquo;s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself. Each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast with regard to himself alone, and not with regard to someone else; for each will bear his own load.

One who is being instructed in the word should share all good things with his instructor.

Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit.

Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.

See with what large letters I am writing to you in my own hand!

It is those who want to make a good appearance in the flesh who are trying to compel you to have yourselves circumcised, only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those having themselves circumcised observe the law themselves; they only want you to be circumcised so that they may boast of your flesh.

But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God.

From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

RESPONSORY
Galatians 6:8; John 6:63


A man can only reap what he has sown.
If you sow in the field of selfishness,
it will bring you a harvest of death and decay;
if you sow in the field of the Spirit,
you will reap a harvest of life everlasting.

It is the Spirit that gives life;
the flesh is of no avail.
If you sow in the field of the Spirit,
you will reap a harvest of life everlasting.

Go to the Second Reading


Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Job
42:7-16

Job is justified by God and his enemies are refuted


And it came to pass after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and with your two friends; for you have not spoken rightly concerning me, as has my servant Job. Now, therefore, take seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up a holocaust for yourselves; and let my servant Job pray for you; for his prayer I will accept, not to punish you severely. For you have not spoken rightly concerning me, as has my servant Job.”

Then Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, went and did as the Lord had commanded them. And the Lord accepted the intercession of Job.

Also, the Lord restored the prosperity of Job, after he had prayed for his friends; the Lord even gave to Job twice as much as he had before. Then all his brethren and his sisters came to him, and all his former acquaintances, and they dined with him in his house. They condoled with him and comforted him for all the evil which the Lord had brought upon him; and each one gave him a piece of money and a gold ring.

Thus the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his earlier ones. For he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.

And he had seven sons and three daughters, of whom he called the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no other women were as beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brethren. After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; and he saw his children, his grandchildren, and even his great-grandchildren.

Then Job died, old and full of years.

RESPONSORY
See Job 42:7, 8


The Lord said to Eliphaz:
you and your friends have not spoken truthfully of me
as has my servant Job;
he will pray for you.

I shall hear his prayer
and forgive you your foolishness in speaking against me.
He will pray for you.

Go to the Second Reading


Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

From the second book of Samuel
11:1-17, 26-27

The sin of David


At the turn of the year, when kings go out on campaign, David sent out Joab along with his officers and the army of Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. David, however, remained in Jerusalem.

One evening David rose from his siesta and strolled about on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing, who was very beautiful. David had inquiries made about the woman and was told, “She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam, and wife of (Joab’s armor-bearer) Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers and took her. When she came to him, he had relations with her, at a time when she was just purified after her monthly period. She then returned to her house. But the woman had conceived, and sent the information to David, “I am with child.”

David therefore sent a message to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David. When he came, David questioned him about Joab, the soldiers, and how the war was going, and Uriah answered that all was well. David then said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and bathe your feet.” Uriah left the palace, and a portion was sent out after him from the king’s table. But Uriah slept at the entrance of the royal palace with the other officers of his lord, and did not go down to his own house.

David was told that Uriah had not gone home. So he said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why, then, did you not go down to your house?” Uriah answered David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are lodged in tents, and my lord Joab and your majesty’s servants are encamped in the open field. Can I go home to eat and to drink and to sleep with my wife? As the Lord lives and as you live, I will do no such thing.” Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, I shall dismiss you tomorrow.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the day following, David summoned him, and he ate and drank with David, who made him drunk. But in the evening he went out to sleep on his bed among his lord’s servants, and did not go down to his home.

The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab which he sent by Uriah. In it he directed: “Place Uriah up front, where the fighting is fierce. Then pull back and leave him to be struck down dead.” So while Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew the defenders were strong. When the men of the city made a sortie against Joab, some officers of David’s army fell, and among them Uriah the Hittite died.
 
When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband had died, she mourned her lord. But once the mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her into his house. She became his wife and bore him a son. But the Lord was displeased with what David had done.

RESPONSORY
See 2 Samuel 12:9; Exodus 20:2, 13, 14


You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword
and took his wife as your own.
Why then have you shown contempt for the Lord
by doing what it evil in his sight?

I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery.
Why then have you shown contempt for the Lord
by doing what it evil in his sight?

Go to the Second Reading


Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

From the second letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians
12:14-13:13

Paul will soon visit the Corinthians for their correction


This is the third time that I am about to visit you, and I am not going to burden you; for I do not want what you have, I only want you. Children should not save up for their parents, but parents for children. I will gladly spend myself and be spent for your sakes. If I love you too much, will I be loved the less for that?

Granted that I did not burden you—but being crafty, you say, I caught you by guile. Did I ever take advantage of you through any of the men I sent to you? I urged Titus to go to you, and I sent the other brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you in any way? Did we not act in the one spirit, walk in the same footsteps?

Do you think throughout this recital that I am defending myself to you? Before God I tell you, in Christ, I have done everything to build you up, my dear ones. I fear that when I come I may not find you to my liking, nor may you find me to yours. I fear I may find discord, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, slander and gossip, self-importance, disorder. I fear that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may have to mourn over the many who sinned earlier and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and sensuality they practiced.

This is the third time I shall be coming to you. “A judicial fact shall be established only on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” I said before when I was there the second time—and I repeat it now in my absence—to those who sinned before and to all the rest, that if I come again I shall not spare you. You are, after all, looking for a proof of the Christ who speaks in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in you. It is true he was crucified out of weakness, but he lives by the power of God. We too are weak in him, but we live with him by God’s power in us.

Test yourselves to see whether you are living in faith; examine yourselves. Perhaps you yourselves do not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you have failed the challenge. I hope you will understand that we have not failed. We pray God that you may do no evil—not in order that we may appear approved but simply that you may do what is good, even though we may seem to have failed. We cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the sake of the truth. We even rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. Our prayer is that you may be built up to completion.

I am writing in this way while away from you, so that when I am with you I may not have to exercise with severity the authority the Lord has given me—authority to build up rather than to destroy.

And now, brothers, I must say good-bye. Mend your ways. Encourage one another. Live in harmony and peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the holy ones send greetings to you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!

RESPONSORY
2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:7


Rejoice, strive for perfection and live in peace,
and the God of peace and love will be with you.

May the peace of Christ, which surpasses all understanding,
keep your hearts in Christ Jesus.
And the God of peace and love will be with you.

Go to the Second Reading


Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Jeremiah
7:1-20

A prophecy about the empty trust that is placed in the temple


The following message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: Stand at the gate of the house of the Lord, and there proclaim this message: Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord!

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Reform your ways and your deeds, so that I may remain with you in this place. Put not your trust in the deceitful words: “This is the temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord!” Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds; if each of you deals justly with his neighbor; if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the orphan, and the widow; if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place, or follow strange gods to your own harm, will I remain with you in this place, in the land which I gave your fathers long ago and forever.

But here you are, putting your trust in deceitful words to your own loss! Are you to steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal, go after strange gods that you know not, and yet come to stand before me in this house which bears my name, and say: “We are safe; we can commit all these abominations again”? Has this house which bears my name become in your eyes a den of thieves? I too see what is being done, says the Lord.

You may go to Shiloh, which I made the dwelling place of my name in the beginning. See what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. And now, because you have committed all these misdeeds, says the Lord, because you did not listen, though I spoke to you untiringly; because you did not answer, though I called you, I will do to this house named after me, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, just as I did to Shiloh. I will cast you away from me, as I cast away all your brethren, all the offspring of Ephraim.

You, now, do not intercede for this people; raise not in their behalf a pleading prayer! Do not urge me, for I will not listen to you. Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, their fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven, while libations are poured out to strange gods in order to hurt me. Is it I whom they hurt, says the Lord; is it not rather themselves, to their own confusion? See now, says the Lord God, my anger and my wrath will pour out upon this place, upon man and beast, upon the trees of the field and the fruits of the earth; it will burn without being quenched.

RESPONSORY
Jeremiah 7:11; Isaiah 56:7; John 2:16


Have you made this house which bears my name a den of thieves?
My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations.

Do not turn my Father’s house into a marketplace.
My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations.

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Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Ezekiel
47:1-12

The vision of water flowing from the temple


The angel brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the facade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple, south of the altar. He led me outside by the north gate, and around to the outer gate facing the east, where I saw water trickling from the southern side.

Then when he had walked off to the east with a measuring cord in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and had me wade through the water, which was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand and once more had me wade through the water, which was now knee-deep. Again he measured off a thousand and had me wade; the water was up to my waist. Once more he measured off a thousand, but there was now a river through which I could not wade; for the water had risen so high it had become a river that could not be crossed except by swimming. He asked me, “Have you seen this, son of man?” Then he brought me to the bank of the river, where he had me sit.

Along the bank of the river I saw very many trees on both sides. He said to me, “This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah, and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. Fishermen shall be standing along it from En-gedi to En-eglaim, spreading their nets there. Its kinds of fish shall be like those of the Great Sea, very numerous. Only its marshes and swamps shall not be made fresh; they shall be left for salt.

“Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

RESPONSORY
See Ezekiel 47:1, 9; see John 4:14


I saw water flowing eastward from beneath the threshold of the temple.
Wherever this water flows, everything shall live.

The water I shall give you will become in you a spring welling up to eternal life.
Wherever this water flows, everything shall live.

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Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Baruch
3:9-14, 24-4:4

The salvation of Israel is founded on wisdom


Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life:
   listen, and know prudence!
How is it, Israel,
   that you are in the land of your foes,
   grown old in a foreign land,
Defiled with the dead,
   accounted with those destined for the nether world?
You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom!
   Had you walked in the way of God,
   you would have dwelt in enduring peace.

Learn where prudence is,
   where strength, where understanding;
That you may know also
   where are length of days, and life,
   where light of the eyes, and peace.
Who has found the place of wisdom,
   who has entered into her treasuries?

O Israel, how vast is the house of God,
   how broad the scope of his dominion:
Vast and endless,
   high and immeasurable!
In it were born the giants,
   renowned at the first,
   stalwarts, skilled in war.
Not these did God choose,
   nor did he give them the way of understanding;
They perished for lack of prudence,
   perished through their folly.

Who has gone up to the heavens and taken her,
   or brought her down from the clouds?
Who has crossed the sea and found her,
   bearing her away rather than choice gold?
None knows the way to her,
   nor has any understood her paths.

Yet he who knows all things knows her;
   he has probed her by his knowledge—
He who established the earth for all time,
   and filled it with four-footed beasts;
He who dismisses the light, and it departs,
   calls it, and it obeys him trembling;
Before whom the stars at their posts
   shine and rejoice;
When he calls them, they answer, “Here we are!”
   shining with joy for their Maker.

Such is our God;
   no other is to be compared to him:
He has traced out all the way of understanding,
   and has given her to Jacob, his servant,
   to Israel, his beloved son.
Since then she has appeared on earth,
   and moved among men.

She is the book of the precepts of God,
   the law that endures forever;
All who cling to her will live,
   but those will die who forsake her.
Turn, O Jacob, and receive her:
   walk by her light toward splendor.
Give not your glory to another,
   your privileges to an alien race.
Blessed are we, O Israel;
   for what pleases God is known to us!

RESPONSORY
Romans 11:33; Baruch 3:32, 37


How deep are the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

The one who knows all things knows wisdom
and has given her to Jacob, his servant.
How unsearchable his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Go to the Second Reading


Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Zechariah
14:1-21

The suffering and glory of Jerusalem on the last day


Thus says the Lord: Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst. And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city.

Then the Lord shall go forth and fight against those nations, fighting as on a day of battle. That day his feet shall rest upon the Mount of Olives, which is opposite Jerusalem to the east. The Mount of Olives shall be cleft in two from east to west by a very deep valley, and half of the mountain shall move to the north and half of it to the south. And the valley of the Lord’s mountain shall be filled up when the valley of those two mountains reaches its edge; it shall be filled up as it was filled up by the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, shall come, and all his holy ones with him.

On that day there shall no longer be cold or frost. There shall be one continuous day, known to the Lord, not day and night, for in the evening time there shall be light.

On that day, living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea, and half to the western sea, and it shall be so in summer and in winter. The Lord shall become king over the whole earth; on that day the Lord shall be the only one, and his name the only one.

And from Geba to Rimmon in the Negeb, all the land shall turn into a plain; but Jerusalem shall remain exalted in its place. From the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate; and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses, they shall occupy her. Never again shall she be doomed; Jerusalem shall abide in security.

And this shall be the plague with which the Lord shall strike all the nations that have fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall rot while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths.

On that day there shall be among them a great tumult from the Lord: every man shall seize the hand of his neighbor, and the hand of each shall be raised against that of his neighbor. Judah also shall fight against Jerusalem. The riches of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together, gold, silver, and garments, in great abundance.

Similar to this plague shall be the plague upon the horses, mules, camels, asses, and upon all the beasts that are in those camps.

All who are left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall come up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the feast of Booths.

If any of the families of the earth does not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, no rain shall fall upon them. And if the family of Egypt does not come up, or enter, upon them shall fall the plague which the Lord will inflict upon all the nations that do not come up to celebrate the feast of Booths. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to celebrate the feast of Booths.

On that day there shall be upon the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.” The pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the libation bowls before the altar. And every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holy to the Lord of hosts; and all who come to sacrifice shall take them and cook in them. On that day there shall no longer be any merchant in the house of the Lord of hosts.

RESPONSORY
Zechariah 13:1; 14:8; John 19:34


On that day living waters shall flow from Jerusalem,
and a fountain shall be opened for the house of David
to wash away our sins.

One of the soldiers pierced the side of Jesus with a lance,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.
To wash away our sins.

Go to the Second Reading


In the Psalter Week 2, the following psalms are used:

Ant. 1 None but the Lord has done such marvels; his love endures for ever.

Psalm 136
Easter Hymn


We praise God by recalling his marvelous deeds (Cassiodorus).

I

O give thanks to the Lord for he is good, *
for his love endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of gods *
for his love endures for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for his love endures for ever;

who alone has wrought marvelous works, *
for his love endures for ever;
whose wisdom it was made the skies, *
for his love endures for ever;
who fixed the earth firmly on the seas, *
for his love endures for ever.

It was he who made the great lights, *
for his love endures for ever,
the sun to rule in the day, *
for his love endures for ever,
the moon and the stars in the night, *
for his love endures for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. None but the Lord has done such marvels; his love endures for ever.

Ant. 2 He brought Israel out of Egypt with powerful hand and arm outstretched.

II

The first-born of the Egyptians he smote, *
for his love endures for ever.
He brought Israel out from their midst, *
for his love endures for ever;
arm outstretched, with power in his hand, *
for his love endures for ever.

He divided the Red Sea in two, *
for his love endures for ever;
he made Israel pass through the midst, *
for his love endures for ever;
he flung Pharaoh and his force in the sea, *
for his love endures for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. He brought Israel out of Egypt with powerful hand and arm outstretched.

Ant. 3 Give praise to the God of heaven; he has ransomed us from our enemies.

III

Through the desert his people he led, *
for his love endures for ever.
Nations in their greatness he struck, *
for his love endures for ever.
Kings in their splendor he slew, *
for his love endures for ever.

Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for his love endures for ever,
and Og, the king of Bashan, *
for his love endures for ever.

He let Israel inherit their land, *
for his love endures for ever.
On his servant their land he bestowed, *
for his love endures for ever.
He remembered us in our distress, *
for his love endures for ever.

And he snatched us away from our foes, *
for his love endures for ever.
He gives food to all living things, *
for his love endures for ever.
To the God of heaven give thanks, *
for his love endures for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Almighty God, remember our lowliness and have mercy. Once you gave our fathers a foreign land to inherit. Free us today from sin and give us a share in your inheritance.

Ant. Give praise to the God of heaven; he has ransomed us from our enemies.

Lord, show me your ways
Teach me to walk in your footsteps.

The Office continues with the First Reading.


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Second Week in Ordinary Time

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy
16:1-17

The observance of the feasts


Moses spoke to the people, saying:

“Observe the month of Abib by keeping the Passover of the Lord, your God, since it was in the month of Abib that he brought you by night out of Egypt. You shall offer the Passover sacrifice from your flock or your herd to the Lord, your God, in the place which he chooses as the dwelling place of his name.

“You shall not eat leavened bread with it. For seven days you shall eat with it only unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, that you may remember as long as you live the day of your departure from the land of Egypt; for in frightened haste you left the land of Egypt. Nothing leavened may be found in all your territory for seven days, and none of the meat which you sacrificed on the evening of the first day shall be kept overnight for the next day.

“You may not sacrifice the Passover in any of the communities which the Lord, your God, gives you; only at the place which he chooses as the dwelling place of his name, and in the evening at sunset, on the anniversary of your departure from Egypt, shall you sacrifice the Passover. You shall cook and eat it at the place the Lord, your God, chooses; then in the morning you may return to your tents. For six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh there shall be a solemn meeting in honor of the Lord, your God; on that day you shall not do any sort of work.

“You shall count off seven weeks, computing them from the day when the sickle is first put to the standing grain. You shall then keep the feast of Weeks in honor of the Lord, your God, and the measure of your own freewill offering shall be in proportion to the blessing the Lord, your God, has bestowed on you. In the place which the Lord, your God, chooses as the dwelling place of his name, you shall make merry in his presence together with your son and daughter, your male and female slave, and the Levite who belongs to your community, as well as the alien, the orphan and the widow among you. Remember that you too were once slaves in Egypt, and carry out these statutes carefully.

“You shall celebrate the feast of Booths for seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and wine press. You shall make merry at your feast, together with your son and daughter, your male and female slave, and also the Levite, the alien, the orphan and the widow who belong to your community. For seven days you shall celebrate this pilgrim feast in honor of the Lord, your God, in the place which he chooses; since the Lord, your God, has blessed you in all your crops and in all your undertakings, you shall do nought but make merry.

“Three times a year, then, every male among you shall appear before the Lord, your God, in the place which he chooses: at the feast of Unleavened Bread, at the feast of Weeks, and at the feast of Booths. No one shall appear before the Lord empty-handed, but each of you with as much as he can give, in proportion to the blessings which the Lord, your God, has bestowed on you.”

RESPONSORY
Deuteronomy 16:14, 15; Nahum 1:15


Your feast must be a time of rejoicing for you and your son and your daughter,
for the Levite too, and the stranger, for the orphan and the widow;
and then the Lord will bless you and fill you with joy.

See, even now over the mountain the messenger of good tidings comes!
Peace, he cries out.
Rejoice, Judah, and celebrate your feasts.
And then the Lord will bless you and fill you with joy.

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Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Proverbs
31:10-31

In praise of the perfect wife


When one finds a worthy wife,
   her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
   has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
   all the days of her life.

She obtains wool and flax
   and makes cloth with skillful hands.
Like merchant ships,
   she secures her provisions from afar.
She rises while it is still night,
   and distributes food to her household.

She picks out a field to purchase;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She is girt about with strength,
   and sturdy are her arms.
She enjoys the success of her dealings;
   at night her lamp is undimmed.

She puts her hands to the distaff,
   and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
   and extends her arms to the needy.
She fears not the snow for her household;
   all her charges are doubly clothed.

She makes her own coverlets;
   fine linen and purple are her clothing.
Her husband is prominent at the city gates
   as he sits with the elders of the land.
She makes garments and sells them,
   and stocks the merchants with belts.

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
   and she laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom,
   and on her tongue is kindly counsel.
She watches the conduct of her household,
   and eats not her food in idleness.

Her children rise up and praise her;
   her husband, too, extols her:
“Many are the women of proven worth,
   but you have excelled them all.”

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
   the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her a reward of her labors,
   and let her works praise her at the city gates.

RESPONSORY
See Proverbs 31:17; Psalm 46:6


She set herself to work with courage;
she put forth all her strength;
therefore her lamp will never go out.

The Lord will help her at daybreak;
his loving presence will be with her.
He dwells in her; she will not falter.
Therefore her lamp will never go out.

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Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Joshua
24:1-7, 13-28

The renewal of the covenant in the Promised Land


Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem, summoning their elders, their leaders, their judges and their officers. When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people: “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: In times past your fathers, down to Terah, father of Abraham and Nahor, dwelt beyond the River and served other gods. But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the River and led him through the entire land of Canaan. I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac. To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I assigned the mountain region of Seir in which to settle, while Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and smote Egypt with the prodigies which I wrought in her midst. Afterward I led you out of Egypt, and when you reached the sea, the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Red Sea with chariots and horsemen. Because they cried out to the Lord, he put darkness between your people and the Egyptians, upon whom he brought the sea so that it engulfed them. You witnessed what I did to Egypt, and dwelt a long time in the desert.

“I gave you a land which you had not tilled and cities which you had not built, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.

“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him completely and sincerely. Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

But the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord for the service of other gods. For it was the Lord, our God, who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, out of a state of slavery. He performed those great miracles before our very eyes and protected us along our entire journey and among all the peoples through whom we passed. At our approach the Lord drove out [all the peoples, including] the Amorites who dwelt in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

Joshua in turn said to the people, “You may not be able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God who will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If, after the good he has done for you, you forsake the Lord and serve strange gods, he will do evil to you and destroy you.”

But the people answered Joshua, “We will still serve the Lord.” Joshua therefore said to the people, “You are your own witnesses that you have chosen to serve the Lord.” They replied, “We are, indeed!” “Now, therefore, put away the strange gods that are among you and turn your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” Then the people promised Joshua, “We will serve the Lord, our God, and obey his voice.”

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem, which he recorded in the book of the law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was in the sanctuary of the Lord. And Joshua said to all the people, “This stone shall be our witness, for it has heard all the words which the Lord spoke to us. It shall be a witness against you, should you wish to deny your God.” Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his own heritage.

RESPONSORY
Joshua 24:16, 24; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6


Far be it from us to turn from the Lord
to serve other gods.
We shall serve the Lord our God
and shall obey his voice.

Even though there are so-called gods,
whether in heaven or on earth,
for us there is one God.
We shall serve the Lord our God
and shall obey his voice.

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Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Sirach
47:12-25

The history of the fathers from Solomon to Jeroboam


Because of his merits David had as his successor
   a wise son, who lived in security:
Solomon reigned during an era of peace,
   for God made tranquil all his borders.
He built a house to the name of God,
   and established a lasting sanctuary.

How wise you were when you were young,
   overflowing with instruction, like the Nile in flood!
Your understanding covered the whole earth,
   and, like a sea, filled it with knowledge.
Your fame reached distant coasts,
   and their peoples came to hear you;
With song and story and riddle,
   and with your answers, you astounded the nations.
You were called by that glorious name
   which was conferred upon Israel.
Gold you gathered like so much iron,
   you heaped up silver as though it were lead;

But you abandoned yourself to women
   and gave them dominion over your body.
You brought dishonor upon your reputation,
   shame upon your marriage,
Wrath upon your descendants,
   and groaning upon your domain;
Thus two governments came into being,
   when in Ephraim kingship was usurped.

But God does not withdraw his mercy,
   nor permit even one of his promises to fail.
He does not uproot the posterity of his chosen one,
   nor destroy the offspring of his friend.
So he gave to Jacob a remnant,
   to David a root from his own family.

Solomon finally slept with his fathers,
   and left behind him one of his sons,
Expansive in folly, limited in sense,
   Rehoboam, who by his policy made the people rebel;
Until one arose who should not be remembered,
   the sinner who led Israel into sin,
Who brought ruin to Ephraim
   and caused them to be exiled from their land.

Their sinfulness grew more and more,
   and they lent themselves to every evil.

RESPONSORY
Ezekiel 37:21, 22, 23, 24; John 10:16


I shall gather the Israelites together.
No longer shall they be two nations;
no longer shall they defile themselves with their idols.
They shall be my people,
and they shall have one shepherd.

I have other sheep that are not of this fold.
I must lead them also,
and there shall be one flock.
They shall be my people,
and they shall have one shepherd.

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Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Hosea
6:1-7:2

The emptiness of an insincere conversion


      Thus says the Lord:
In their affliction, they shall look for me:
   “Come, let us return to the Lord,
For it is he who has rent, but he will heal us;
   he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds.
He will revive us after two days;
   on the third day he will raise us up,
   to live in his presence.
Let us know, let us strive to know the Lord;
   as certain as the dawn is his coming,
   and his judgment shines forth like the light of day!
He will come to us like the rain,
   like spring rain that waters the earth.”

What can I do with you, Ephraim?
   What can I do with you, Judah?
Your piety is like a morning cloud,
   like the dew that early passes away.
For this reason I smote them through the prophets,
   I slew them by the words of my mouth;
For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice,
   and knowledge of God rather than holocausts.
But they, in their land,
   violated the covenant; there they were untrue to me.

Gilead is a city of evildoers,
   tracked with blood.
As brigands ambush a man,
   a band of priests slay on the way to Shechem,
   committing monstrous crime.
In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing:
   there harlotry is found in Ephraim,
   Israel is defiled.
For you also, O Judah,
   a harvest has been appointed.

When I would bring about the restoration of my people,
   when I would heal Israel,
The guilt of Ephraim stands out,
   the wickedness of Samaria;
They practice falsehood,
   thieves break in, bandits plunder abroad.
Yet they do not remind themselves
   that I remember all their wickedness.
Even now their crimes surround them,
   present to my sight.

RESPONSORY
Matthew 9:13; Hosea 6:6,4


Go and learn the meaning of these words:
I want a loving heart more than sacrifice,
knowledge of my ways more than holocausts.

Your love is like the morning cloud,
the dew that swiftly fades away.
I want a loving heart more than sacrifice,
knowledge of my ways more than holocausts.

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Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Jeremiah
31:15-22, 27-34

A foretelling of salvation and the new covenant


      Thus says the Lord:
In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning,
   of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns her children,
   she refuses to be consoled
   because her children are no more.

      Thus says the Lord:
Cease your cries of mourning,
   wipe the tears from your eyes.
The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward,
   says the Lord,
   they shall return from the enemy’s land.
There is hope for your future, says the Lord;
   your sons shall return to their own borders.

I hear, I hear Ephraim pleading:
   You chastised me, and I am chastened;
   I was an untamed calf.
If you allow me, I will return,
   for you are the Lord, my God.
I turn in repentance;
   I have come to myself, I strike my breast;
I blush with shame,
   I bear the disgrace of my youth.

Is Ephraim not my favored son,
   the child in whom I delight?
Often as I threaten him,
   I still remember him with favor;
My heart stirs for him,
   I must show him mercy, says the Lord.

Set up road markers,
   put up guideposts;
Turn your attention to the highway,
   the road by which you went.
Turn back, O virgin Israel,
   turn back to these your cities.
How long will you continue to stray,
   rebellious daughter?
The Lord has created a new thing upon the earth:
   the woman must encompass the man with devotion.

The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will seed the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. As I once watched over them to uproot and pull down, to destroy, to ruin, and to harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord.

   In those days they shall no longer say,

   “The fathers ate unripe grapes,
      and the children’s teeth are set on edge,”

but through his own fault only shall anyone die: the teeth of him who eats the unripe grapes shall be set on edge.

The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant and I had to show myself their master, says the Lord.

But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer will they have need to teach their friends and kinsmen how to know the Lord. All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the Lord, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.

RESPONSORY
Psalm 51:12, 11


Create a clean heart in me, O God,
and put a new and steadfast spirit within me.

Turn away your face from my sins, O God,
and blot out all my guilt.
And put a new and steadfast spirit within me.

Go to the Second Reading


Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Philippians
4:10-23

The generosity of the Philippians toward Paul


It gave me great joy in the Lord that your concern for me bore fruit once more. You had been concerned all along, of course, but lacked the opportunity to show it. I do not say this because I am in want, for whatever the situation I find myself in I have learned to be self-sufficient. I am experienced in being brought low, yet I know what it is to have an abundance. I have learned how to cope with every circumstance—how to eat well or go hungry, to be well provided for or do without. In him who is the source of my strength I have strength for everything.

Nonetheless, it was kind of you to want to share in my hardships. You yourselves know, my dear Philippians, that at the start of my evangelizing, when I left Macedonia, not a single congregation except yourselves shared with me by giving me something for what it had received. Even when I was at Thessalonica you sent something for my needs, not once but twice. It is not that I am eager for the gift; rather, my concern is for the ever-growing balance in your account.

Herewith is my receipt, which says that I have been fully paid and more. I am well supplied because of what I received from you through Epaphroditus, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

My God in turn will supply your needs fully, in a way worthy of his magnificent riches in Christ Jesus. All glory to our God and Father for unending ages! Amen.

Give my greetings in Christ Jesus to every member of the church. My brothers here send you theirs, as do all those who believe, particularly those in Caesar’s service. May the favor of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

RESPONSORY
Philippians 4:12-13; 2 Corinthians 12:10


I know what it is like to be rich
and what it is like to be poor.
I have eaten well and gone hungry,
have experienced poverty and plenty.
With Christ’s help I can do all things.

For the sake of Christ
I am content with my weaknesses and frustrations.
With Christ’s help I can do all things.


Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Wisdom
11:20b-12:2, 11b-19

Concerning the mercy and patience of God


You have disposed all things by measure and number and weight, O Lord.
For with you great strength abides always;
   who can resist the might of your arm?
Indeed, before you the whole universe is as a grain from a balance,
   or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
   and you overlook the sins of men that they may repent.

For you love all things that are
   and loathe nothing that you have made;
   for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.
And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
   or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But you spare all things, because they
   are yours, O Lord and lover of souls,
   for your imperishable spirit is in all things!

Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
   warn them, and remind them of the sins they are committing,
   that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O Lord!
Neither out of fear for anyone
   did you grant amnesty for their sins.
For who can say to you, “What have you done?”
   or who can oppose your decree?
Or when peoples perish, who can challenge you, their maker;
   or who can come into your presence as vindicator of unjust men?

For neither is there any god besides you who have the care of all,
   that you need show you have not unjustly condemned;
Nor can any king or prince confront you on behalf of those you have punished.

But as you are just, you govern all things justly;
   you regard it as unworthy of your power
   to punish one who has incurred no blame.
For your might is the source of justice;
   your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all.
For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved;
   and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity.

But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,
   and with much lenience you govern us;
   for power, whenever you will, attends you.
And you taught your people, by these deeds,
   that those who are just must be kind;
And you gave your sons good ground for hope
   that you would permit repentance for their sins.

RESPONSORY
See Wisdom 11:24, 27; Sirach 36: 1


Lord, you show mercy to all
and you despise nothing you have created.
You overlook the sins of men,
that they may be repentant
and that you might spare them,
because you are the Lord our God.

Look down on us with pity,
and may the light of your mercy shine on us.
Because you are the Lord our God.

Go to the Second Reading


Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

From the letter of the apostle Jude
1-8, 12-13, 17-25

The punishment of the evil and an exhortation to the faithful


Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who have been called by God; who have found love in God the Father and have been guarded safely in Jesus Christ. May mercy, peace, and love be yours in ever greater measure.

I was already fully intent on writing you, beloved, about the salvation we share. But now I feel obliged to write and encourage you to fight hard for the faith delivered once for all to the saints. Certain individuals have recently wormed their way into your midst, godless types, long ago destined for the condemnation I shall describe. They pervert the gracious gift of our God to sexual excess and deny Jesus Christ, our only master and Lord.

I wish to remind you of certain things, even though you may already be very well aware of them. The Lord first rescued his people from the land of Egypt but later destroyed those who refused to believe. There were angels, too, who did not keep to their own domain, who deserted their dwelling place. These the Lord has kept in perpetual bondage, shrouded in murky darkness against the judgment of the great day. Sodom, Gomorrah, and the towns there about indulged in lust, just as those angels did; they practiced unnatural vice. They are set before us to dissuade us, as they undergo a punishment of eternal fire.

Similarly, these visionaries pollute the flesh; they spurn God’s dominion and revile the angelic beings. These men are blotches on your Christian banquets. They join your solemn feasts without shame and only look after themselves. They are blown on the wind like clouds that bring no rain. Like trees at the year’s end they bear no fruit, being dead and uprooted. They are wild ocean waves, splashing their shameless deeds abroad like foam, or shooting stars for whom the thick gloom of darkness has been reserved forever.

Remember, beloved, all of you, the prophetic words of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how they kept telling you, “In the last days there will be impostors living by their godless passions.” These sensualists, devoid of the Spirit, are causing divisions among you.

But you, beloved, grow strong in your holy faith through prayer in the Holy Spirit. Persevere in God’s love, and welcome the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ which leads to life eternal. Correct those who are confused; the others you must rescue, snatching them from the fire. Even with those you pity, be on your guard; abhor so much as their flesh-stained clothing.

There is One who can protect you from a fall and make you stand unblemished and exultant in the presence of his glory. Glory be to this only God our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Majesty, too, be his, might and power from ages past, now and for ages to come. Amen.

RESPONSORY
Titus 2:12-13; Hebrews 10:24


Sober, just and godly we live in this world,
as we wait in blessed hope for the glorious coming of our mighty God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Let us be concerned with inspiring each other
to love and to do good works.
As we wait in blessed hope for the glorious coming of our mighty God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Go to the Second Reading


In the Psalter Week 3, the following psalms are used:

Ant. 1 Let us praise the Lord for his mercy and for the wonderful things he has done for men.

Psalm 107
Thanksgiving for deliverance


This is God’s message to the sons of Israel; the good news of peace proclaimed through Jesus Christ (Acts 10:36).

I

“O give thanks to the Lord for he is good; *
for his love endures for ever.”

Let them say this, the Lord’s redeemed, *
whom he redeemed from the hand of the foe
and gathered from far-off lands, *
from east and west, north and south.

Some wandered in the desert, in the wilderness, *
finding no way to a city they could dwell in.
Hungry they were and thirsty; *
their soul was fainting within them.

Then they cried to the Lord in their need *
and he rescued them from their distress
and he led them along the right way *
to reach a city they could dwell in.

Let them thank the Lord for his love, *
for the wonders he does for men.
For he satisfies the thirsty soul; *
he fills the hungry with good things.

Some lay in darkness and in gloom, *
prisoners in misery and chains,
Having defied the words of God *
and spurned the counsels of the Most High.
He crushed their spirit with toil; *
they stumbled; there was no one to help.

Then they cried to the Lord in their need *
and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them forth from darkness and gloom *
and broke their chains to pieces.

Let them thank the Lord for his goodness, *
for the wonders he does for men:
for he bursts the gates of bronze *
and shatters the iron bars.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Let us praise the Lord for his mercy and for the wonderful things he has done for men.

Ant. 2 Men have seen the works of God, the marvels he has done.

II

Some were sick on account of their sins *
and afflicted on account of their guilt.
They had a loathing for every food; *
they came close to the gates of death.

Then they cried to the Lord in their need *
and he rescued them from their distress.
He sent forth his word to heal them *
and saved their life from the grave.

Let them thank the Lord for his love, *
for the wonders he does for men.
Let them offer a sacrifice of thanks *
and tell of his deeds with rejoicing.

Some sailed to the sea in ships *
to trade on the mighty waters.
These men have seen the Lord’s deeds, *
the wonders he does in the deep.

For he spoke; he summoned the gale, *
raising up the waves of the sea.
Tossed up to heaven, then into the deep; *
their soul melted away in their distress.

They staggered, reeled like drunken men, *
for all their skill was gone.
Then they cried to the Lord in their need *
and he rescued them from their distress.

He stilled the storm to a whisper: *
all the waves of the sea were hushed.
They rejoiced because of the calm *
and he led them to the haven they desired.

Let them thank the Lord for his love, *
the wonders he does for men.
Let them exalt him in the gathering of the people *
and praise him in the meeting of all the elders.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Men have seen the works of God, the marvels he has done.

Ant. 3 Those who love the Lord will see and rejoice; they will understand his loving kindness.

III

He changes streams into a desert, *
springs of water into thirsty ground,
fruitful land into a salty waste, *
for the wickedness of those who live there.

But he changes desert into streams, *
thirsty ground into springs of water.
There he settles the hungry *
and they build a city to dwell in.

They sow fields and plant their vines; *
these yield crops for the harvest.
He blesses them; they grow in numbers. *
He does not let their herds decrease.

He pours contempt upon princes, *
makes them wander in trackless wastes.
They diminish, are reduced to nothing *
by oppression, evil and sorrow.

But he raises the needy from distress; *
makes families numerous as a flock.
The upright see it and rejoice *
but all who do wrong are silenced.

Whoever is wise, let him heed these things *
and consider the love of the Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

You fill the hungry with good things, Lord God, and break the sinner’s chains. Hear your people who call to you in their need and lead your Church from the shadows of death. Gather us from sunrise to sunset, that we may grow together in faith and love and give lasting thanks for your kindness.

Ant. Those who love the Lord will see and rejoice; they will understand his loving kindness.

Your truth, O God, is high as the clouds.
Lord, your goodness is deep as the ocean.

The Office continues with the First Reading.


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Third Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Deuteronomy
32:48-52; 34:1-12

The death of Moses


On that very day the Lord said to Moses, “Go up on Mount Nebo, here in the Abarim Mountains (it is in the land of Moab facing Jericho), and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites as their possession. Then you shall die on the mountain you have climbed, and shall be taken to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and there was taken to his people; because both of you broke faith with me among the Israelites at the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the desert of Zin by failing to manifest my sanctity among the Israelites. You may indeed view the land at a distance, but you shall not enter that land which I am giving to the Israelites.”

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho, and the Lord showed him all the land—Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordan with the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms, and as far as Zoar. The Lord then said to him, “This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that I would give to their descendants. I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over.”

So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the Lord, died as the Lord had said; and he was buried in the ravine opposite Beth-peor in the land of Moab, but to this day no one knows the place of his burial. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated. For thirty days the Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab, till they had completed the period of grief and mourning for Moses.

Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom, since Moses had laid his hands upon him; and so the Israelites gave him their obedience, thus carrying out the Lord’s command to Moses.

Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He had no equal in all the signs and wonders the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh and all his servants and against all his land, and for the might and the terrifying power that Moses exhibited in the sight of all Israel.

RESPONSORY
John 1:14, 16, 17; Sirach 24:23


Full of grace, full of truth, the Word lived among us,
and from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
The law was given through Moses,
but grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.

Moses commanded the observance of the law
as the heritage of the assemblies of Jacob.
But grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.

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Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Ecclesiastes
11:7-12-14

Thoughts on old age


Light is sweet! and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. However many years a man may live, let him, as he enjoys them all, remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that is to come is vanity.

Rejoice, O young man, while you are young
   and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart,
   the vision of your eyes;
Yet understand that as regards all this
   God will bring you to judgment.
Ward off grief from your heart
   and put away trouble from your presence,
   though the dawn of youth is fleeting.

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,
   before the evil days come
And the years approach of which you will say,
   I have no pleasure in them;
Before the sun is darkened,
   and the light, and the moon, and the stars,
   while the clouds return after the rain;
When the guardians of the house tremble,
   and the strong men are bent,
And the grinders are idle because they are few,
   and they who look through the windows grow blind;
When the doors to the street are shut,
   and the sound of the mill is low;
When one waits for the chirp of a bird,
   but all the daughters of song are suppressed;
And one fears heights,
   and perils in the street;

When the almond tree blooms,
   and the locust grows sluggish
   and the caper berry is without effect,
Because man goes to his lasting home,
   and mourners go about the streets;
Before the silver cord is snapped
   and the golden bowl is broken,
And the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
   and the broken pulley falls into the well,
And the dust returns to the earth as it once was,
   and the life breath returns to God who gave it.

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
   all things are vanity!

Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized and arranged many proverbs. Qoheleth sought to find pleasing sayings, and to write down true sayings with precision.

The sayings of the wise are like goads; like fixed spikes are the topics given by one collector.

As to more than these, my son, beware. Of the making of many books there is no end, and in much study there is weariness for the flesh.

The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is man’s all; because God will bring to judgment every work, with all its hidden qualities, whether good or bad.

RESPONSORY
Psalm 71:17, 9; see Psalm 16:11


O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and to this very day I proclaim your marvelous works.
Do not abandon me in my old age.

Your presence fills me with joy,
and everlasting pleasures are at your right hand.
Do not abandon me in my old age.

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Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

From the Book of Judges
16:4-6, 16-31

The treachery of Delilah and the death of Samson


Samson fell in love with a woman in the Wadi Sorek whose name was Delilah. The lords of the Philistines came to her and said, “Beguile him and find out the secret of his great strength, and how we may overcome and bind him so as to keep him helpless. We will each give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.”

So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you may be bound so as to be kept helpless.” She importuned him continually and vexed him with her complaints till he was deathly weary of them. So he took her completely into his confidence and told her, “No razor has touched my head, for I have been consecrated to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, my strength will leave me, and I shall be as weak as any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had taken her completely into his confidence, she summoned the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up this time, for he has opened his heart to me.”

So the lords of the Philistines came and brought up the money with them. She had him sleep on her lap, and called for a man who shaved off his seven locks of hair. Then she began to mistreat him, for his strength had left him. When she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!”, and he woke from his sleep, he thought he could make good his escape as he had done time and again, for he did not realize that the Lord had left him. But the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. Then they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze fetters, and he was put to grinding in the prison. But the hair of his head began to grow as soon as it was shaved off.

The lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to their god Dagon and to make merry. They said,

    “Our god has delivered into our power
      Samson our enemy.

“When their spirits were high, they said, “Call Samson that he may amuse us.” So they called Samson from the prison, and he played the buffoon before them. When the people saw him, they praised their god. For they said,

   “Our god has delivered into our power
      our enemy, the ravager of our land,
      the one who has multiplied our slain.”

Then they stationed him between the columns. Samson said to the attendant who was holding his hand, “Put me where I may touch the columns that support the temple and may rest against them.” The temple was full of men and women: all the lords of the Philistines were there, and from the roof about three thousand men and women looked on as Samson provided amusement.

Samson cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, remember me! Strengthen me, O God, this last time that for my two eyes I may avenge myself once and for all on the Philistines.” Samson grasped the two middle columns on which the temple rested and braced himself against them, one at his right hand, the other at his left. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” He pushed hard, and the temple fell upon the lords and all the people who were in it. Those he killed at his death were more than those he had killed during his lifetime.

All his family and kinsmen went down and bore him up for burial in the grave of his father Manoah between Zorah and Eshtaol. He had judged Israel for twenty years.

RESPONSORY
Psalm 43:1; 31:4; Judges 16:28


Defend me, God;
take up my cause against a faithless people.
For you are my rock and my fortress.

Remember me and give me strength just once again.
For you are my rock and my fortress.

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Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

From the second book of Kings
2:1-15

The assumption of Elijah


When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, he and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. “Stay here, please,” Elijah said to Elisha. “The Lord has sent me on to Bethel.” “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live,” Elisha replied, “I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel, where the guild prophets went out to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord will take your master from over you today?” “Yes, I know it,” he replied. “Keep still.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, Elisha, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.” “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live,” Elisha replied, “I will not leave you.” They went on to Jericho, where the guild prophets approached Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord will take your master from over you today?” “Yes, I know it,” he replied. “Keep still.”

Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here; the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.” “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live,” Elisha replied, “I will not leave you.” And so the two went on together. Fifty of the guild prophets followed, and when the two stopped at the Jordan, stood facing them at a distance. Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water, which divided, and both crossed over on dry ground.

When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask for whatever I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of your spirit.”"You have asked something that is not easy,” he replied. “Still, if you see me taken up from you, your wish will be granted; otherwise not.” As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. When Elisha saw it happen he cried out, “My father! my father! Israel’s chariots and drivers!” But when he could no longer see him, Elisha gripped his own garment and tore it in two.

Then he picked up Elijah’s mantle which had fallen from him, and went back and stood at the bank of the Jordan. Wielding the mantle which had fallen from Elijah, he struck the water in his turn and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” When Elisha struck the water it divided and he crossed over.

The guild prophets in Jericho, who were on the other side, saw him and said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” They went to meet him, bowing to the ground before him.

RESPONSORY
Malachi 4:5; Luke 1:15, 17


Behold, I am sending to you Elijah the prophet
before the day of the Lord’s coming,
that great and terrible day.
He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children
and the hearts of children to their fathers.

John will be great in the sight of the Lord,
and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah.
He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children
and the hearts of children to their fathers.

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Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Micah
7:7-20

The city of God awaits salvation through the forgiveness of sins


As for me, I will look to the Lord,
   I will put my trust in God my savior;
   my God will hear me!

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy!
   though I have fallen, I will arise;
   though I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light.
The wrath of the Lord I will endure
   because I have sinned against him,
Until he takes up my cause,
   and establishes my right.
He will bring me forth to the light;
   I will see his justice.
When my enemy sees this,
   shame shall cover her:
She who said to me,
   “Where is the Lord, your God?”
My eyes shall see her downfall;
   now shall she be trampled underfoot,
   like the mire in the streets.

It is the day for building your walls;
   on that day the boundary shall be taken away.
It is the day; and they shall come to you
   from Assyria and from Egypt,
From Tyre even to the River,
   from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain;
And the land shall be a waste
   because of its citizens,
   as a result of their deeds.

Shepherd your people with your staff,
   the flock of your inheritance,
That dwells apart in a woodland,
   in the midst of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
   as in the days of old;
As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,
   show us wonderful signs.

The nations shall behold and be put to shame,
   in spite of all their strength;
They shall put their hands over their mouths;
   their ears shall become deaf.
They shall lick the dust like the serpent,
   like reptiles on the ground;
They shall come quaking from their fastnesses,
   trembling in fear of you (the Lord, our God).

Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt
   and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;
Who does not persist in anger forever,
   but delights rather in clemency,
And will again have compassion on us,
   treading underfoot our guilt?
You will cast into the depths of the sea
   all our sins;
You will show faithfulness to Jacob,
   and grace to Abraham,
As you have sworn to our fathers
   from days of old.

RESPONSORY
Hebrews 10:37; Micah 7:19


He who is to come will come;
he will not delay.
There will be no more fear in our land,
for he is our savior.

He will wash away our guilt
and cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
For he is our savior.

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Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Lamentations
5:1-22

A plea for the redemption of the people


Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us,
   look, and see our disgrace:
Our inherited lands have been turned over to strangers,
   our homes to foreigners.
We have become orphans, fatherless;
   widowed are our mothers.

The water we drink we must buy,
   for our own wood we must pay.
On our necks is the yoke of those who drive us;
   we are worn out, but allowed no rest.
To Egypt we submitted,
   and to Assyria, to fill our need of bread.

Our fathers, who sinned, are no more;
   but we bear their guilt.
Slaves rule over us;
   there is no one to rescue us from their hands.
At the peril of our lives we bring in our sustenance,
   in the face of the desert heat;
Our skin is shriveled up, as though by a furnace,
   with the searing blasts of famine.

The wives in Zion were ravished by the enemy,
   the maidens in the cities of Judah;
Princes were gibbeted by them,
   elders shown no respect.
The youths carry the millstones,
   boys stagger under their loads of wood;
The old men have abandoned the gate,
   the young men their music.

The joy of our hearts has ceased,
   our dance has turned into mourning;
The garlands have fallen from our heads:
   woe to us, for we have sinned!
Over this our hearts are sick,
   at this our eyes grow dim:
That Mount Zion should be desolate,
   with jackals roaming there!

You, O Lord, are enthroned forever;
   your throne stands from age to age.
Why, then, should you forget us,
   abandon us so long a time?
Lead us back to you, O Lord, that we may be restored:
   give us anew such days as we had of old.
For now you have indeed rejected us,
   and in full measure turned your wrath against us.

RESPONSORY
Lamentations 5:19, 20-21; Matthew 8:25


You are enthroned for ever, O Lord;
why, then, should you forget us for ever?
Lead us back to you, and we shall be renewed.

Save us, Lord, or we shall perish.
Lead us back to you, and we shall be renewed.

Go to the Second Reading


Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

From the first letter of the apostle Paul to Timothy
6:11-21

The final exhortation


But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.

I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession, to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ that the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal power. Amen.

Tell the rich in the present age not to be proud and not to rely on so uncertain a thing as wealth but rather on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, ready to share, thus accumulating as treasure a good foundation for the future, so as to win the life that is true life.

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge. By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith. Grace be with all of you.

RESPONSORY
Colossians 2:6,7; Matthew 6:19-20


Since you have received Jesus as Christ and Lord,
live in him.
Be rooted and built up in him
so that you may grow ever stronger
in the faith you were taught,
and be filled with thanksgiving.

Do not store up for yourselves any earthly treasure,
but store up heavenly treasure.
And be filled with thanksgiving.

Go to the Second Reading


Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

From the first book of Maccabees
9:1-22

The death of Judas in battle


When Demetrius heard that Nicanor and his army had fallen in battle, he again sent Bacchides and Alcimus into the land of Judah, along with the right wing of his army. They took the road to Galilee, and camping opposite the ascent at Arbela, they captured it and killed many people.

In the first month of the year one hundred and fifty-two, they encamped against Jerusalem. Then they set out for Berea with twenty thousand men and two thousand cavalry. Judas, with three thousand picked men, had camped at Elasa. When his men saw the great number of the troops, they were very much afraid, and many slipped away from the camp, until only eight hundred men remained.

As Judas saw that his army was melting away just when the battle was imminent, he was panic-stricken, because he had no time to gather them together. But in spite of his discouragement, he said to those who remained: “Let us go forward to meet our enemies; perhaps we can put up a good fight against them.” They tried to dissuade him, saying: “We certainly cannot. Let us save our lives now, and come back with our kinsmen, and then fight against them. Now we are too few.” But Judas said: “Far be it from me to do such a thing as to flee from them! If our time has come, let us die bravely for our kinsmen and not leave a stain upon our glory!”

Then the army of Bacchides moved out of camp and took its position for combat. The cavalry were divided into two squadrons, and the slingers and the archers came on ahead of the army, and all the valiant men were in the front line. Bacchides was on the right wing. Flanked by the two squadrons, the phalanx attacked as they blew their trumpets. Those who were on Judas’ side also blew their trumpets. The earth shook with the noise of the armies, and the battle raged from morning until evening.

Seeing that Bacchides was on the right, with the main force of his army, Judas, with all the most stouthearted rallying to him, drove back the right wing and pursued them as far as the mountain slopes. But when the men on the left wing saw that the right wing was driven back, they turned and followed Judas and his men, taking them in the rear. The battle was fought desperately, and many on both sides fell wounded. Then Judas fell, and the rest fled.

Jonathan and Simon took their brother Judas and buried him in the tomb of their fathers at Modein. All Israel bewailed him in great grief. They mourned for him many days, and they said, “How the mighty one has fallen, the savior of Israel!”

The other acts of Judas, his battles, the brave deeds he performed, and his greatness have not been recorded; but they were very many.

RESPONSORY
See 1 Maccabees 4:8, 9, 10, 9


Do not be afraid of the enemy’s attack.
Recall how our fathers were saved.
So now let us cry to heaven,
and our God will favor us.

Remember his wonderful deeds:
how he dealt with Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea.
So now let us cry to heaven,
and our God will favor us.

Go to the Second Reading


In the Psalter Week 4, the following psalms are said:

Ant. 1 The Lord summons heaven and earth to witness his judgment on his people.

Psalm 50
Genuine love of God


I have come not to abolish the law but to bring it to perfection (Matthew 5:17).

I

The God of gods, the Lord, *
has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting. *
Out of Zion’s perfect beauty he shines.

Our God comes, he keeps silence no longer.

Before him fire devours, *
around him tempest rages.
He calls on the heavens and the earth *
to witness his judgment of his people.

“Summon before me my people *
who made covenant with me by sacrifice.”
The heavens proclaim his justice, *
for God himself is the judge.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The Lord summons heaven and earth to witness his judgment on his people.

Ant. 2 Come to me in your distress, and I will save you.

II

“Listen, my people, I will speak; *
Israel, I will testify against you,
for I am God your God. *
I accuse you, lay the charge before you.

I find no fault with your sacrifices, *
your offerings are always before me.
I do not ask more bullocks from your farms, *
nor goats from among your herds.

For I own all the beasts of the forest, *
beasts in their thousands on my hills.
I know all the birds in the sky, *
all that moves in the field belongs to me.

Were I hungry, I would not tell you, *
for I own the world and all it holds.
Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *
or drink the blood of goats?

Pay your sacrifice of thanksgiving to God *
and render him your votive offerings.
Call on me in the day of distress. *
I will free you and you shall honor me.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come to me in your distress, and I will save you.

Ant. 3 A sacrifice of praise will give me glory.

III

But God says to the wicked:

“But how can you recite my commandments *
and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law *
and throw my words to the winds,

you who see a thief and go with him; *
who throw in your lot with adulterers,
who unbridle your mouth for evil *
and whose tongue is plotting crime,

you who sit and malign your brother *
and slander your own mother’s son.
You do this, and should I keep silence? *
Do you think that I am like you?

Mark this, you who never think of God, *
lest I seize you and you cannot escape;
a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me *
and I will show God’s salvation to the upright.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Father, because Jesus, your servant, became obedient even unto death, his sacrifice was greater than all holocausts of old. Accept the sacrifice of praise we offer you through him, and may we show the effects of it in our lives by striving to do your will until our whole life becomes adoration in spirit and truth.

Ant. A sacrifice of praise will give me glory.

We are always praying earnestly for you.
That you may have a deep knowledge of God’s will.

The Office continues with the First Reading.


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Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING

From the second letter of the apostle Paul to the Thessalonians
3:1-18

Exhortation and counsels


Finally, brothers, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you, you both are doing and will continue to do. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.

We instruct you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to shun any brother who conducts himself in a disorderly way and not according to the tradition they received from us.

For you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.

In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.

We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food.

But you, brothers, do not be remiss in doing good.

If anyone does not obey our word as expressed in this letter, take note of this person not to associate with him, that he may be put to shame. Do not regard him as an enemy but admonish him as a brother.

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
This greeting is in my own hand, Paul’s. This is the sign in every letter; this is how I write.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.

RESPONSORY
See 1 Thessalonians 2:13; see Ephesians 1:13


When you opened your hearts to the message of God,
you received it, not as the word of men,
but as what it truly is, the word of God.

You have heard the word of truth,
the good news of your salvation.
You received it, not as the word of men,
but as what it truly is, the word of God.

Go to the Second Reading


Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of Job
13:13-14:6

Job appeals to God’s judgment


   Job replied to his friends and said:
Be silent, let me alone!
   that I may speak and give vent to my feelings.
I will carry my flesh between my teeth,
   and take my life in my hand.
Slay me though he might, I will wait for him;
   I will defend my conduct before him.
And this shall be my salvation,
   that no impious man can come into his presence.

Pay careful heed to my speech,
   and give my statement a hearing.
Behold, I have prepared my case,
   I know that I am in the right.
If anyone can make a case against me,
   then I shall be silent and die.

These things only do not use against me,
   then from your presence I need not hide:
Withdraw your hand far from me,
   and let not the terror of you frighten me.
Then call me, and I will respond;
   or let me speak first, and answer me.

What are my faults and my sins?
   My misdeeds and my sins make known to me!
Why do you hide your face
   and consider me your enemy?
Will you harass a wind-driven leaf,
   or pursue a withered straw?
For you draw up bitter indictments against me,
   and punish in me the faults of my youth.
You put my feet in the stocks;
   you watch all my paths
   and trace out all my footsteps.

Man born of woman
   is short-lived and full of trouble,
Like a flower that springs up and fades,
   swift as a shadow that does not abide.
Upon such a one will you cast your eyes
   so as to bring him into judgment before you,
Though he wears out like a leather bottle
   like a garment that the moth has consumed?
Can a man be found who is clean of defilement?
   There is none, however short his days.
You know the number of his months;
   you have fixed the limit which he cannot pass.
Look away from him and let him be,
  while, like a hireling, he completes his day.

RESPONSORY
See Job 13:20, 21: see Jeremiah 10:24


O Lord, do not hide your face from me;
lift away from me the weight of your hand,
and let not the fear of you terrify me.

O God, rebuke me with gentleness and not in anger,
for your anger will reduce me to nothing.
And let not the fear of you terrify me.

Go to the Second Reading


Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

From the first book of Samuel
26:5-25

David shows his generosity in forgiving Saul


David himself went to the place where Saul was encamped and examined the spot where Saul and Abner, son of Ner, the general, had their sleeping quarters. Saul’s were within the barricade, and all his soldiers were camped around him. David asked Ahimelech the Hittite, and Abishai, son of Zeruiah and brother of Joab, “Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?” Abishai replied, “I will.” So David and Abishai went among Saul’s soldiers by night and found Saul lying asleep within the barricade, with his spear thrust into the ground at his head and Abner and his men sleeping around him.

Abishai whispered to David: “God has delivered your enemy into your grasp this day. Let me nail him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I will not need a second thrust!” But David said to Abishai, “Do not harm him, for who can lay hands on the Lord’s anointed and remain unpunished?

“As the Lord lives,” David continued, “it must be the Lord himself who will strike him, whether the time comes for him to die, or he goes out and perishes in battle. But the Lord forbid that I touch his anointed! Now take the spear which is at his head and the water jug, and let us be on our way.” So David took the spear and the water jug from their place at Saul’s head, and they got away without anyone’s seeing or knowing or awakening. All remained asleep, because the Lord had put them into a deep slumber.

Going across to an opposite slope, David stood on a remote hilltop at a great distance from Abner, son of Ner, and the troops. He then shouted, “Will you not answer, Abner?” And Abner answered, “Who is it that calls me?” David said to Abner: “Are you not a man whose like does not exist in Israel? Why, then, have you not guarded your Lord the king when one of his subjects went to kill the king, your lord? This is no creditable service you have performed. As the Lord lives, you people deserve death because you have not guarded your lord, the Lord’s anointed. Go, look: where are the king’s spear and the water jug that was at his head?”

Saul recognized David’s voice and asked, “Is that your voice, my son David?” David answered, “Yes, my Lord the king.” He continued: “Why does my Lord pursue his servant? What have I done? What evil do I plan? Please, now, let my Lord the king listen to the words of his servant. If the Lord has incited you against me, let an offering appease him; but if men, may they be cursed before the Lord, because they have exiled me so that this day I have no share in the Lord’s inheritance, but am told: “Go serve other gods! Do not let my blood flow to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. For the king of Israel has come out to seek a single flea as if he were hunting partridge in the mountains.” Then Saul said: “I have done wrong. Come back, my son David, I will not harm you again, because you have held my life precious today. Indeed, I have been a fool and have made a serious mistake.” But David answered: “Here is the king’s spear. Let an attendant come over to get it. The Lord will reward each man for his justice and faithfulness. Today, though the Lord delivered you into my grasp, I would not harm the Lord’s anointed. As I valued your life highly today, so may the Lord value my life highly and deliver me from all difficulties.”

Then Saul said to David: “Blessed are you, my son David! You shall certainly succeed in whatever you undertake.” David went his way, and Saul returned to his home.

RESPONSORY
Psalm 54:5, 3, 8, 4


Arrogant men have risen up against me, and brutal men seek my life.
Save me, O God, by your name,
and with your strength defend my cause.

Willingly I shall offer sacrifice to you; O God, hear my prayer.
And with your strength defend my cause.

Go to the Second Reading


Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

From the second letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians
6:1-7:1

Paul’s sufferings and his exhortation to holiness


Working together we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: “In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

We cause no one to stumble in anything, in order that no fault may be found with our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left; through glory and dishonor, insult and praise. We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful; as unrecognized and yet acknowledged; as dying and behold we live; as chastised and yet not put to death; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things.

We have spoken frankly to you, Corinthians; our heart is open wide. You are not constrained by us; you are constrained by your own affections. As recompense in kind I speak as to my children, be open yourselves.

Do not be yoked with those who are different, with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What accord has Christ with Beliar? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said:

   “I will live with them and move among them,
   and I will be their God and they shall be my people.
   Therefore, come forth from them
   and be separate,” says the Lord,
   “and touch nothing unclean;
   then I will receive you
   and I will be a father to you,
   and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
   says the Lord Almighty.”

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.

RESPONSORY
2 Corinthians 6:14, 16


What do righteousness and iniquity have in common?
Is there a common ground between the temple of God and idols?
You are the temple of the living God.

Are you not aware that you are God’s temple,
and that his Spirit lives within you?
You are the temple of the living God.

Go to the Second Reading


Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Isaiah
37:21-35

Isaiah prophesies about the Assyrian king


Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah: Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: In answer to your prayer for help against Sennacherib, king of Assyria, this is the word the Lord has spoken concerning him:

She despises you, laughs you to scorn,
   the virgin daughter Zion;
Behind you she wags her head,
  daughter Jerusalem.
Whom have you insulted and blasphemed,
   against whom have you raised your voice
And lifted up your eyes on high?
   Against the Holy One of Israel!
Through your servants you have insulted the Lord:
   You said, “With my many chariots
I climbed the mountain heights,
   the recesses of Lebanon;
I cut down its lofty cedars,
   its choice cypresses;
I reached the remotest heights,
   its forest park.
I dug wells and drank water in foreign lands;
   I dried up with the soles of my feet all the rivers of Egypt.”

Have you not heard?
   Long ago I prepared it,
From days of old I planned it,
   now I have brought it to pass:
That you should reduce fortified cities
   into heaps of ruins,
While their inhabitants, shorn of power,
   are dismayed and ashamed,
Becoming like the plants of the field,
   like the green growth,
   like the scorched grass on the housetops.
I am aware whether you stand or sit;
   I know whether you come or go,
   and also your rage against me.
Because of your rage against me
   and your fury which has reached my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose
   and my bit in your mouth,
   and make you return the way you came.

This shall be a sign for you:
   this year you shall eat the aftergrowth,
   next year, what grows of itself;
But in the third year, sow and reap,
   plant vineyards and eat their fruit!
The remaining survivors of the house of Judah
   shall again strike root below
   and bear fruit above.
For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant,
   and from Mount Zion, survivors.
   The zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.

Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it, nor come before it with a shield, nor cast up siege-works against it. He shall return by the same way he came, without entering the city, says the Lord. I will shield and save this city for my own sake, and for the sake of my servant David.

RESPONSORY
Isaiah 52:9-10


The Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem,
and all the ends of the earth shall see the saving power of God.

The Lord has bared his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations.
And all the ends of the earth shall see the saving power of God.

Go to the Second Reading


Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Ezekiel
18:1-13, 20-32

Everyone will receive the reward his deeds deserve


The word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, what is the meaning of this proverb that you recite in the land of Israel:

    “Fathers have eaten green grapes,
       thus their children’s teeth are on edge”?

As I live, says the Lord God: I swear that there shall no longer be anyone among you who will repeat this proverb in Israel. For all lives are mine; the life of the father is like the life of the son, both are mine; only the one who sins shall die.

If a man is virtuous—if he does what is right and just, if he does not eat on the mountains, nor raise his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel; if he does not defile his neighbor’s wife, nor have relations with a woman in her menstrual period; if he oppresses no one, gives back the pledge received for a debt, commits no robbery; if he gives food to the hungry and clothes the naked; if he does not lend at interest nor exact usury; if he holds off from evildoing, judges fairly between a man and his opponent; if he lives by my statutes and is careful to observe my ordinances, that man is virtuous—he shall surely live, says the Lord God.

But if he begets a son who is a thief, a murderer, or who does any of these things (though the father does none of them), a son who eats on the mountains, defiles the wife of his neighbor, oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not give back a pledge, raises his eyes to idols, does abominable things, lends at interest and exacts usury—this son certainly shall not live. Because he practiced all these abominations, he shall surely die; his death shall be his own fault.

Only the one who sins shall die. The son shall not be charged with the guilt of his father, nor shall the father be charged with the guilt of his son. The virtuous man’s virtue shall be his own, as the wicked man’s wickedness shall be his own.

But if the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him; he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked? says the Lord God. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live?

And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do evil, the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does, can he do this and still live? None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered, because he has broken faith and committed sin; because of this, he shall die. You say, “The Lord’s way is not fair!” Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair? When a virtuous man turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die. But if a wicked man, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; since he has turned away from all the sins which he committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. And yet the house of Israel says, “The Lord’s way is not fair!” Is it my way that is not fair, house of Israel, or rather, is it not that your ways are not fair?

Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, each one according to his ways, says the Lord God. Turn and be converted from all your crimes, that they may be no cause of guilt for you. Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, says the Lord God. Return and live!

RESPONSORY
Jeremiah 31:29; Ezekiel 18:20, 30


Never again shall they say:
The fathers ate unripe grapes;
the children’s teeth are set on edge.
Only the soul that sins shall die.

I will judge each person according to his own deeds.
The son shall not suffer for the sins of the father,
nor the father for the sins of his son.
Only the soul that sins shall die.

Go to the Second Reading


Thirteeth Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Malachi
3:1-24

The day of the Lord

         Thus says the Lord God:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
   to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
   the Lord whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
   Yes, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
   And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
   or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying [silver],
   and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
   that they may offer due sacrifice to the Lord.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
   will please the Lord,
   as in days of old, as in years gone by.

I will draw near to you for judgment,
   and I will be swift to bear witness
Against the sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers,
   those who defraud the hired man of his wages,
Against those who defraud widows and orphans;
   those who turn aside the stranger,
   and those who do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

Surely I, the Lord, do not change,
   nor do you cease to be sons of Jacob.
Since the days of your fathers you have turned aside
   from my statutes, and have not kept them.
Return to me, and I will return to you,
   says the Lord of hosts.
Yet you say, “How must we return?”
   Dare a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me!
And you say, “How do we rob you?”
   In tithes and in offerings!
You are indeed accursed,
   for you, the whole nation, rob me.

Bring the whole tithe
   into the storehouse,
That there may be food in my house,
   and try me in this, says the Lord of hosts:
Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven,
   to pour down blessing upon you without measure?
For your sake I will forbid the locust
   to destroy your crops;
And the vine in the field will not be barren,
   says the Lord of hosts.
Then all nations will call you blessed,
   for you will be a delightful land,
   says the Lord of hosts.

You have defied me in word, says the Lord,
   yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”
You have said, “It is vain to serve God,
   and what do we profit by keeping his command,
And going about in penitential dress
   in awe of the Lord of hosts?
Rather must we call the proud blessed;
   for indeed evildoers prosper,
  and even tempt God with impunity.”

Then they who fear the Lord spoke with one another,
   and the Lord listened attentively;
And a record book was written before him
   of those who fear the Lord and trust in his name.
And they shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts,
   my own special possession, on the day I take action.
And I will have compassion on them,
   as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.
Then you will again see the distinction
   between the just and the wicked;
Between him who serves God,
   and him who does not serve him.

For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven,
   when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble,
And the day that is coming will set them on fire,
   leaving them neither root nor branch,
   says the Lord of hosts.

But for you who fear my name, there will arise
   the sun of justice with its healing rays;
And you will gambol like calves out of the stall
   and tread down the wicked;
They will become ashes under the soles of your feet,
   on the day I take action, says the Lord of hosts.

Remember the law of Moses my servant,
   which I enjoined him on Horeb,
The statutes and ordinances
   for all Israel.

Lo, I will send you
   Elijah, the prophet,
Before the day of the Lord comes,
   the great and terrible day,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
   and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike
   the land with doom.

RESPONSORY
Malachi 3:1; Luke 1:76


See I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me.
The Lord whom you seek shall enter his temple;
the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, shall come.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.
The Lord whom you seek shall enter his temple;
the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, shall come.

Go to the Second Reading


Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

From the book of the prophet Daniel
12:1-13

A prophecy concerning the last day and the resurrection


      The angel said to me:
“At that time there shall arise
   Michael, the great prince,
   guardian of your people;
It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress
   since nations began until that time.
At that time your people shall escape,
   everyone who is found written in the book.
Many of those who sleep
   in the dust of the earth shall awake;
Some shall live forever,
   others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.
But the wise shall shine brightly
   like the splendor of the firmament,
And those who lead the many to justice
   shall be like the stars forever.

“As for you, Daniel, keep secret the message and seal the book until the end time; many shall fall away and evil shall increase.”

I, Daniel, looked and saw two others, one standing on either bank of the river. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was upstream, “How long shall it be to the end of these appalling things?” The man clothed in linen, who was upstream, lifted his right and left hands to heaven; and I heard him swear by him who lives forever that it should be for a year, two years, a half-year; and that, when the power of the destroyer of the holy people was brought to an end, all these things should end.

I heard, but I did not understand; so I asked, “My lord, what follows this?” “Go, Daniel,” he said, “because the words are to be kept secret and sealed until the end time. Many shall be refined, purified, and tested, but the wicked shall prove wicked; none of them shall have understanding, but the wise shall have it. From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the horrible abomination is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is the man who has patience and perseveres until the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. Go, take your rest, you shall rise for your reward at the end of days.”

RESPONSORY
See Luke 20: 35, 36, 38


Those considered worthy of the resurrection from the dead
can no longer die;
they are like angels; they are sons of God,
because they are the sons of resurrection.

He is not a God of the dead, but of the living:
for to him all things are alive.
They are like angels; they are sons of God,
because they are the sons of resurrection.


SECOND READING

One of the following readings is chosen:

From a sermon by Saint Sophronius, bishop
(Oratio 2, in sanctissimae Deiparae Annuntiatione, 21-22, 26: PG 87, 3, 3242-3250)

Through Mary the Father’s blessing has shone forth on mankind


Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. What joy could surpass this, O Virgin Mother? What grace can excel that which God has granted to you alone? What could be imagined more dazzling or more delightful? Before the miracle we witness in you, all else pales; all else is inferior when compared with the grace you have been given. All else, even what is most desirable, must take second place and enjoy a lesser importance.

The Lord is with you. Who would dare challenge you? You are God’s mother; who would not immediately defer to you and be glad to accord you a greater primacy and honor? For this reason, when I look upon the privilege you have above all creatures, I extol you with the highest praise: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. On your account joy has not only graced men, but is also granted to the powers of heaven.

Truly, you are blessed among women. For you have changed Eve’s curse into a blessing; and Adam, who hitherto lay under a curse, has been blessed because of you.

Truly, you are blessed among women. Through you the Father’s blessing has shone forth on mankind, setting them free of their ancient curse.

Truly, you are blessed among women, because through you your forbears have found salvation. For you were to give birth to the Savior who was to win them salvation.

Truly, you are blessed among women, for without seed you have borne, as your fruit, him who bestows blessings on the whole world and redeems it from that curse that made it sprout thorns.

Truly, you are blessed among women, because, though a woman by nature, you will become, in reality, God’s mother. If he whom you are to bear is truly God made flesh, then rightly do we call you God’s mother. For you have truly given birth to God.

Enclosed within your womb is God himself. He makes his abode in you and comes forth from you like a bridegroom, winning joy for all and bestowing God’s light on all.

You, O Virgin, are like a clear and shining sky, in which God has set his tent. From you he comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber. Like a giant running his course, he will run the course of his life which will bring salvation for all who will ever live, and extending from the highest heavens to the end of them, it will fill all things with divine warmth and with life-giving brightness.

RESPONSORY

Truly you are the most favored of women;
where Eve brought a curse, you have brought a blessing.
Through you the Father’s Gift has been bestowed on us.

Through you, your ancestors have found salvation.
Through you the Father’s Gift has been bestowed on us.

Go to Concluding Prayer

Or:

From a Sermon by Saint Aelred, abbot
(Sermo 20, in Nativitate beatae Mariae: PL 195, 322-324)

Mary our mother


Let us come to his bride, his mother, his perfect handmaid, for the blessed Mary is all of this.

But what are we to do for her? What kind of gifts shall we offer her? Would that we could at least return what we are in duty bound to do, for we owe her honor and service, we owe her love and praise. We owe her honor, for she is the mother of our Lord. He who fails to honor the mother clearly dishonors the son. Also, Scripture says: Honor you father and your mother.

What then, my brothers, shall we say? Is she not our mother? Yes, my brothers, she is indeed our mother, for through her we have been born, not for the world but for God.

Once we all lay in death, as you know and believe, in sin, in darkness, in misery. In death, because we had lost the Lord; in sin, because of our corruption; in darkness, for we were without the light of wisdom, and thus had perished utterly.

But then we were born, far better than through Eve, through Mary the blessed, because Christ was born of her. We have recovered new life in place of sin, immortality instead of mortality, light in place of darkness.

She is our mother—the mother of our life, the mother of our incarnation, the mother of our light. As the Apostle says of our Lord, he became for us by God’s power our wisdom and justice, and holiness and redemption.

She then, as mother of Christ, is the mother of our wisdom and justice, of our holiness and redemption. She is more our mother than the mother of our flesh. Our birth from her is better, for from her is born our holiness, our wisdom, our justice, our sanctification, our redemption.

Praise the Lord in his holy ones, say the Scriptures. If our Lord is to be praised in those holy ones through whom he brings to being deeds of power and miracles, how much more is he to be praised in her in whom he fashioned himself, who is wonderful beyond all wonders.

RESPONSORY

Happy are you, holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise;
from your womb Christ the Sun of Justice has risen.
Through him we have salvation and deliverance.

Let us celebrate with joy this feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
From your womb Christ the Sun of Justice has risen.
Through him we have salvation and deliverance.

Go to Concluding Prayer

Or:

From the dogmatic constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council
(Lumen Gentium, nn. 61-62)

Mary’s motherhood in the order of grace


The Blessed Virgin Mary was predestined from eternity by that decree of divine providence which determined the incarnation of the Word to be the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin was on this earth the virgin Mother of the Redeemer, and above all others and in a singular way the generous associate and humble handmaid of the Lord. She conceived, brought forth and nourished Christ. She presented Him to the Father in the temple, and was united with Him by compassion as He died on the Cross. In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace.

This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation.

By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and hardships, until they are led into the happiness of their true home.

Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix. This, however, is to be so understood that it neither takes away from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficaciousness of Christ the one Mediator.

For no creature could ever be counted as equal with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer. Just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by the ministers and by the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is really communicated in different ways to His creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.

The Church does not hesitate to profess this subordinate role of Mary. It knows it through unfailing experience of it and commends it to the hearts of the faithful, so that encouraged by this maternal help they may the more intimately adhere to the Mediator and Redeemer.

RESPONSORY

O pure and holy Virgin, how can I find words to praise your beauty?
The highest heavens cannot contain God whom you carried in your womb.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
The highest heavens cannot contain God whom you carried in your womb.

Go to Concluding Prayer

Or:

From a sermon by Saint Proclus of Constantinople, bishop
(De nativitate Domini, 1-2: PG 65, 843-846)

He loved man and became man born of a virgin


Let the heavens rejoice from above, and let the skies rain down justice, for the Lord has had mercy on his people. Let the heavens rejoice from above, for when they were created from the beginning, Adam too was made by his Creator from the virgin earth and stood forth as kin and friend of God. Let the heavens rejoice from above, for now by the presence of our Lord in the flesh the earth has been made holy, and the human race has been freed from its idolatrous sacrifices. Then let the skies rain down justice, for on this day Eve's mistake was corrected and forgiven by the purity of the Virgin Mary and by the God-man born of her. On this day Adam, after his condemnation of old, was released from that terrifying sentence of darkness.

And so Christ was born of a virgin and took his flesh from her, as was his will, in accord with the economy of salvation: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Thus the virgin became the mother of God. She is both virgin and mother, for she gave birth to the Word incarnate without knowledge of man; and yet she retained her virginity because of the miraculous way he chose to be born. She is the mother of the divine Word insofar as in his human nature he took flesh in her, and thus united to this flesh he came forth, in accordance with the will and the wisdom of God, the author of miracles. Of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, as Saint Paul says.

He was as he now is, and he shall ever remain so. Yet he became man for our sake. Loving man he became a man, not being one before; but remaining God he became man without any change. And so he became like me for my sake, becoming what he was not, yet retaining all he was. He became man, finally, to make our suffering his own and thus prepare us for adoption as sons, to win for us that kingdom, into which, I pray, we may all be made worthy to enter by the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit has glory, honor and power, now and forever. Amen.

RESPONSORY
Psalm 72:6, 19; Revelation 21:3


He shall descend like rain on the meadow;
and God’s majesty will fill the earth.

Behold the dwelling place of God with his people;
He will live among them;
God himself with be among them as their own God.
and God’s majesty will fill the earth.

Go to Concluding Prayer

Or::

From a sermon by blessed Guerric of Igny, abbot
(Sermo I, in Assumptione beatae Mariae: PL. 185, 187-189)

Mary, mother of Christ and mother of Christians


Mary bore only one Son. In heaven, he is the only-be-gotten of the Father; on earth, likewise, he is the only-begotten of his mother. She is the only virgin mother and glories in having borne the only-begotten of the Father, embracing that same only-begotten of hers in all his members. Therefore, she is not confused when she is called the mother of all in whom she recognizes her Christ brought to full stature, or in whom she knows he is continually growing.

The first Eve is not so much a mother as a stepmother, since she handed on to her children an inheritance of certain death rather than the beginning of light. She is indeed called the mother of all the living, but she is more truly the destroyer of the living or the mother of the dead, since the only fruit of her child-bearing was death. And as Eve was incapable of fulfilling the vocation of her title, Mary consummated the mystery. She herself, like the Church of which she is the type, is a mother of all who are reborn to life. She is in fact the mother of the life by which everyone lives, and when she brought it forth from herself she in some way brought to rebirth all those who were to live by that life.

Thus the Blessed Mother of Christ, knowing that she is the mother of all Christians by reason of this mystery, shows herself a mother also by her care and loving attention. For her heart is not hardened against these children as if they were not her own; her womb carried a child only once, yet it remains ever fruitful, never ceasing to bring forth the fruits of her motherly compassion.

If the servant of Christ by his care and heartfelt tenderness gives birth to his little children again and again until Christ be formed in them, how much more is this true of the very mother of Christ? Paul begot his children by preaching the word of truth through which they were born again; but Mary, in a manner far more holy and godlike, begot them by giving birth to the Word himself. I do indeed praise the ministry of preaching in Paul, but far more do I admire and venerate the mystery of generation in Mary.

Then again, is it not true that her children seem to recognize her as their mother? They manifest a kind of instinctive devotion which faith gives them as second nature, so that first and foremost in all their needs and dangers they run to call upon her name just as children run to their mother’s breast. So I think it is quite reasonable to understand of these children the promise of the prophet to her: Your children shall live in you, provided that the prophecy is always understood to refer principally to the Church.

Actually we already dwell in the help of the mother of the Most High; we do live in her protection, as if under the shadow of her wings. And afterward by participating in her glory we shall be cherished as if we were in her bosom.

Then a single cry of rejoicing and thanksgiving will be heard addressed to this mother: The dwelling place of all of us who rejoice and are glad is in you, holy Mother of God.

RESPONSORY
Matthew 1:20, 21; Micah 5:4-5


Mary has conceived a child by the Holy Spirit;
she will give birth to a son.
He will save his people from their sins.

His glory will reach to the ends of the earth;
he will be peace.
He will save his people from their sins.

Go to Concluding Prayer

Or:

From a homily by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop
(De coemeterio et de cruce, 2: PG 49, 396)

Adam and Eve; Christ and Mary


You have observed his outstanding triumph, the splendid achievement of the cross. Now let me tell you something even more remarkable, the manner in which he gained his victory, and you will marvel all the more. Christ conquered the devil using the same means and the same weapons that the devil used to win. Let me tell you how this occurred. The symbols of our fall were a virgin, a tree and death. The virgin was Eve (for she had not yet known man); then there was the tree; and death was Adam’s penalty. And again these three tokens of our destruction, the virgin, the tree and death, became the tokens of our victory. Instead of Eve there was Mary; instead of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the wood of the cross; instead of Adam’s death, the death of Christ.

Do you see then that the devil was defeated by the very means he used to conquer? By a tree the devil laid Adam low, and by a tree Christ defeated him. The tree sent men to the world below, but the second called back those who had already gone down. The first tree buried man, already naked and a captive; the second revealed the victor naked to all the world.

The first death condemned those who were born afterward, but the second death raised up even those who were born before. Who will speak of the powers of the Lord? Though dead we became immortal. Such is the great achievement of the cross. Do you now understand the victory and the way it was won? Learn now how this victory was achieved without any labor or effort of our own. We bloodied no weapons, nor stood on the battle line, nor bore any wounds, nor saw any fighting, and yet we won the victory. It was the Lord’s combat, but ours was the crown. And since it is our victory, let us be like soldiers and raise joyous voices in song in praise of our achievement. Praising the Lord let us say: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?

All this was the glorious result of the cross. The cross is our trophy raised against the demons, our sword against sin and the sword Christ used to pierce the serpent. The cross is the Father’s will, the glory of the only-begotten, the joy of the Spirit, the pride of the angels, the guarantee of the Church, Paul’s boast, the bulwark of the saints, and the light of the entire world.

RESPONSORY

At the Lord’s good pleasure, we have been enriched by this honor:
like a rose coming forth from a thorn,
Mary has descended from Eve.

Thus goodness has overcome guilt,
and grace has triumphed over sin!
Like a rose coming forth from a thorn,
Mary has descended from Eve.

Go to Concluding Prayer

Or:

From the dogmatic constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council
(Lumen Gentium, nn. 63-65)

Mary as type of the Church


Her privileged office as Mother of God unites the Blessed Virgin with the redeemer Son, and together with her singular graces and gifts unites her also in an intimate way with the Church. The Mother of God is a type of the Church, as Saint Ambrose taught, in the order, that is, of faith, love and perfect union with Christ.

In the mystery of the Church, which is itself rightly called mother and virgin, the Blessed Virgin Mary played a leading role, providing an example as virgin and mother in an eminent and unique way. In faith and obedience she brought forth on earth the very Son of the Father: she who knew not man was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. As a new Eve she believed, not the serpent of old but the messenger of God, with a faith wholly free from doubt. She gave birth to the Son, appointed by God to be the firstborn among many brothers, that is, among those who believe; with a mother's love she cooperates in their birth and development.

The Church contemplates the depth of her holiness, imitates her charity and in fidelity brings to completion the Father's will; she herself becomes a mother through the word of God received in faith. Through preaching and by baptism she 'brings forth to new and everlasting life children conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of God. She is herself a virgin, preserving with integrity and purity the faith she has reposed in her Spouse. She imitates the mother of her Lord, and by the power of the Holy Spirit treasures with virginal purity faith in all its fullness, hope in all its certainty, love in all ifs sincerity.

In the person of the Blessed Virgin the Church already possesses the perfection by which it stands without spot or wrinkle; but the faithful still strive to grow in holiness as they conquer sin. So they lift up their eyes to Mary, shining above the whole community of God's elect as the pattern of virtue. As the Church lovingly reflects on her and contemplates her in the light of the Word made man, it reverently enters more deeply into the surpassing mystery of the incarnation and takes on more and more the likeness of its Spouse.

Mary, because she has entered intimately into the history of salvation, in a certain sense gathers up in her own person the great truths of the faith and awakens their resonance when she is the object of preaching and veneration; she summons the faithful to her Son, to his sacrifice and to the Father's love. In seeking to further the glory of Christ, the Church becomes more and more like Mary, its exalted' type, as' it continues its progress in faith, hope and charity, seeking and fulfilling the divine will in all things.

So also in its apostolic task the Church rightly looks to the one who bore Christ, Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin in order that he might also be born and grow in the hearts of the faithful. In her whole life this virgin mother showed herself as an example of that motherly love that must animate all who share in the apostolic mission of the Church for the regeneration of mankind.

RESPONSORY

The salvation of the world has appeared to all who believe,
through the Virgin Mary.
The splendor of her life illumines all the churches.

Let us celebrate with great devotion
this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The splendor of her life illumines all the churches.


CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us pray.

Lord God,
give to your people the joy
of continual health in mind and body.
With the prayers of the Virgin Mary to help us,
guide us through the sorrows of this life
to eternal happiness in the life to come.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Lord God,
give to your people the joy
of continual health in mind and body.
With the prayers of the Virgin Mary to help us,
guide us through the sorrows of this life
to eternal happiness in the life to come.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Lord,
take away the sins of your people.
May the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us,
for alone and unaided we cannot hope to please you.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

God of mercy,
give us strength
May we who honor the memory of the Mother of God
rise above our sins and failings with the help of her prayers.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Lord,
may the prayers of the Virgin Mary
bring us protection from danger
and freedom from sin
that we may come to the joy of your peace.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Lord,
as we honor the glorious memory of the Virgin Mary,
we ask that by the help of her prayers
we too may come to share the fullness of your grace.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

All-powerful God,
we rejoice in the protection of the holy Virgin Mary.
May her prayers help to free us from all evils here on earth
and lead us eternal joy in heaven.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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