First Reading
Jas 5:13-20

The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.

A reading from the Letter of Saint James

Is anyone among you suffering?
He should pray.
Is anyone in good spirits?
He should sing praise.
Is anyone among you sick?
He should summon the presbyters of the Church,
   and they should pray over him
   and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
The prayer of faith will save the sick person,
   and the Lord will raise him up.
If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another
   and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.
Elijah was a human being like us;
   yet he prayed earnestly that it might not rain,
   and for three years and six months it did not rain upon the land.

Then Elijah prayed again, and the sky gave rain
   and the earth produced its fruit.

My brothers and sisters,
   if anyone among you should stray from the truth
   and someone bring him back,
   he should know that whoever brings back a sinner
   from the error of his way will save his soul from death
   and will cover a multitude of sins.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 141:1-2, 3 and 8

R. :

R. (2a) Let my prayer come like incense before you.

O LORD, to you I call; hasten to me;
   hearken to my voice when I call upon you.
Let my prayer come like incense before you;
   the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.

R. Let my prayer come like incense before you.

O LORD, set a watch before my mouth,
   a guard at the door of my lips.
For toward you, O God, my LORD, my eyes are turned;
   in you I take refuge; strip me not of life.

R. Let my prayer come like incense before you.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them,
   but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
   “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
   for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
   whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
   will not enter it.”
Then he embraced the children and blessed them,
   placing his hands on them.

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

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

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

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