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First Reading

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From the Old Testament

Go to Option 2 [2 Maccabees 7]
Go to Option 3 [Isaiah 49]

First Option

Gn 1:1-2:2
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,
   the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,
   while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

Then God said,
   “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
Thus evening came, and morning followed—the first day.

Then God said,
   “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,
   to separate one body of water from the other.”
And so it happened:
   God made the dome,
   and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it.
God called the dome “the sky.”
Evening came, and morning followed—the second day.

Then God said,
   “Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin,
   so that the dry land may appear.”
And so it happened:
   the water under the sky was gathered into its basin,
   and the dry land appeared.
God called the dry land “the earth,”
   and the basin of the water he called “the sea.”
God saw how good it was.

Then God said,
   “Let the earth bring forth vegetation:
   every kind of plant that bears seed
   and every kind of fruit tree on earth
   that bears fruit with its seed in it.”
And so it happened:
   the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed
   and every kind of fruit tree on earth
   that bears fruit with its seed in it
 God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed—the third day.

Then God said:
   “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky,
   to separate day from night.
Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years,
   and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky,
   to shed light upon the earth.”
And so it happened:
   God made the two great lights,
   the greater one to govern the day,
   and the lesser one to govern the night;
   and he made the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky,
   to shed light upon the earth,
   to govern the day and the night
   and to separate the light from the darkness.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed—the fourth day.

Then God said,
   “Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures,
   and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.”
And so it happened:
   God created the great sea monsters
   and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems,
   and all kinds of winged birds.
God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying,
   “Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas;
   and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
Evening came, and morning followed—the fifth day.

Then God said,
   “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures:
   cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.”
And so it happened:
   God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle,
   and all kinds of creeping things of the earth.
God saw how good it was.
Then God said:
   “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
   the birds of the air, and the cattle,
   and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”
God created man in his image;
   in the image of God he created him;
   male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying:
   “Be fertile and multiply;
   fill the earth and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
   and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God also said:
   “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth
   and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;
   and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air,
   and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground,
   I give all the green plants for food.”
And so it happened.
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed.
Since on the seventh day God was finished
   with the work he had been doing,
   he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken.

Go to the Responsorial Psalm

Second Option

2 Mc 7:1, 20-31
The Creator of the universe will give you back both breath and life.

A reading from the second Book of Maccabees

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
   and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
   to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
   who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
   yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
   she exhorted each of them
   in the language of their ancestors with these words:
   “I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
   it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
   nor was it I who set in order
   the elements of which each of you is composed.
Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
   who shapes each man’s beginning,
   as he brings about the origin of everything,
   he, in his mercy,
   will give you back both breath and life,
   because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.”

Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words,
   thought he was being ridiculed.
As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him,
   not with mere words, but with promises on oath,
   to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs:
   he would make him his Friend
   and entrust him with high office.
When the youth paid no attention to him at all,
   the king appealed to the mother,
   urging her to advise her boy to save his life.
After he had urged her for a long time,
   she went through the motions of persuading her son.
In derision of the cruel tyrant,
   she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language:
   “Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months,
   nursed you for three years, brought you up,
   educated and supported you to your present age.
I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth
   and see all that is in them;
   then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things;
   and in the same way the human race came into existence.
Do not be afraid of this executioner,
   but be worthy of your brothers and accept death,
   so that in the time of mercy I may receive you again with them.”

She had scarcely finished speaking when the youth said:
   “What are you waiting for?
I will not obey the king’s command.
I obey the command of the law given to our fathers through Moses.
But you, who have contrived every kind of affliction for the Hebrews,
   will not escape the hands of God.”

Go to the Responsorial Psalm

Third Option

Is 49:1-6
I will make you a light to the nations.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Hear me, O islands,
   listen, O distant peoples.
The Lord called me from birth,
   from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
   and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
   in his quiver he hid me.
You are my servant, he said to me,
   Israel, through whom I show my glory.

Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
   and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the Lord,
   my recompense is with my God.
For now the Lord has spoken
   who formed me as his servant from the womb,
That Jacob may be brought back to him
   and Israel gathered to him;
And I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord,
   and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
   to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
   and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
   that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Go to the Responsorial Psalm

From the New Testament

Go to Option 2 [Ephesians 1]
Go to Option 3 [Ephesians 3]
Go to Option 4 [Colossians 1]
Go to Option 5 [1 John 3]

First Option

Rom 11:33-36
From God and through him and for him are all things.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!
   For who has known the mind of the Lord
      or who has been his counselor?
   Or who has given the Lord anything
      that he may be repaid?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.

Go to the Responsorial Psalm

Second Option

Eph 1:3-14
God chose us in Christ, before the foundation of the world.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   who has blessed us in Christ
   with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
   as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
   to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
   in accord with the favor of his will,
   for the praise of the glory of his grace
   that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we have redemption by his blood,
   the forgiveness of transgressions,
   in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
   the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
   that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
   to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

In him we were also chosen,
   destined in accord with the purpose of the One
   who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
   so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
   we who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
   the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,
   were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
   which is the first installment of our inheritance
   toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

Go to the Responsorial Psalm

Third Option

Eph 3:14-21
God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

Brothers and sisters:
I kneel before the Father,
   from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
   that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
   to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
   and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
   that you, rooted and grounded in love,
   may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
   what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
   and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
   so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine,
   by the power at work within us,
   to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus
   to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Go to the Responsorial Psalm

Fourth Option

Col 1:12-20
He transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
Let us give thanks to the Father,
   who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.
He delivered us from the power of darkness
   and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
   in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

      He is the image of the invisible God,
         the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
      the visible and the invisible,
         whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
         all things were created through him and for him.
      He is before all things,
         and in him all things hold together.
      He is the head of the body, the church.
      He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
         that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
      For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
         and through him to reconcile all things for him,
         making peace by the blood of his cross
         through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Go to the Responsorial Psalm

Fifth Option

1 Jn 3:11-21
We have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

Beloved:
This is the message you have heard from the beginning:
   we should love one another,
   unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil One
   and slaughtered his brother.
Why did he slaughter him?
Because his own works were evil,
   and those of his brother righteous.
Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed from death to life
   because we love our brothers.
Whoever does not love remains in death.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer,
   and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.
The way we came to know love
   was that he laid down his life for us;
   so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
If someone who has worldly means
   sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion,
   how can the love of God remain in him?
Children, let us love not in word or speech
   but in deed and truth.

Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth
   and reassure our hearts before him
   in whatever our hearts condemn,
   for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
   we have confidence in God.


Responsorial Psalm

R. :

1. Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and stars which you set in place—
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
   or the son of man that you should care for him?

R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

You have made him little less than the angels,
   and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
   putting all things under his feet.

R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

All sheep and oxen,
   yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
   and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

2. Psalm 139:lb-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15

R. (14) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
   you know when I sit and when I stand;
   you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize;
   with all my ways you are familiar.

R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

Truly you have formed my inmost being;
   you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
   wonderful are your works.

R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

My soul also you knew full well;
   nor was my frame unknown to you,
When I was made in secret,
   when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.

R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.


Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

1. Psalm 119:88

In your mercy, give me life, O Lord,
and I will do your commands.

2. See John 6:63c, 68c

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.

3. See John 17:17b, 17a

Your word, O Lord, is truth
consecrate us in the truth.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel

Go to Option 2 [Mark 9]
Go to Option 3 [Luke 1]
Go to Option 4 [Luke 17]
Go to Option 5 [Luke 23]
Go to Option 6 [John 1]
Go to Option 7 [John 6]

First Option

Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
See that you do not despise one of these little ones.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
   “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
   “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
   you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
   is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
   for I say to you that their angels in heaven
   always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
   will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
   and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
   than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
   that one of these little ones be lost.”

Second Option

Mk 9:30-37
The Son of Man is to be handed over ... Whoever wishes to be first will be the servant of all.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
   but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
   “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
   and they will kill him,
   and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
   and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
   he began to ask them,
   “What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
They had been discussing among themselves on the way
   who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
   “If anyone wishes to be first,
   he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in the their midst,
   and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
   “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
   and whoever receives me,
   receives not me but the One who sent me.”

Third Option

Lk 1:39-56
The Almighty has done great things for me: he has raised up the lowly.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Mary set out
   and traveled to the hill country in haste
   to a town of Judah,
   where she entered the house of Zechariah
   and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
   the infant leaped in her womb,
   and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
   cried out in a loud voice and said,
   “Blessed are you among women,
   and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
   that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
   the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
   that what was spoken to you by the Lord
   would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
   my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
   for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
   the Almighty has done great things for me,
   and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
   in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
   and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
   and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
   and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
   for he remembered his promise of mercy,
   the promise he made to our fathers,
   to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
   and then returned to her home.

Fourth Option

Lk 17:11-19
None but this foreigner has returned to give thanks to God.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
   he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
   “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
   “Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
   returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
   and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
   “Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
   your faith has saved you.”

Fifth Option

Lk 23:35–43
Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The rulers sneered at Jesus and said,
   “He saved others, let him save himself
   if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.”
Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out,
   “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
Above him there was an inscription that read,
   “This is the King of the Jews.”

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
   “Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
   “Have you no fear of God,
   for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
   for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
   but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said,
   “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
   “Amen, I say to you,
   today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Sixth Option

Jn 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18
He gave power to become children of God to those who believe in his name.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

   In the beginning was the Word,
      and the Word was with God,
      and the Word was God.
   He was in the beginning with God.
   All things came to be through him,
      and without him nothing came to be.
   What came to be through him was life,
      and this life was the light of the human race;
   the light shines in the darkness,
      and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

      He was in the world,
         and the world came to be through him,
         but the world did not know him.
      He came to what was his own,
         but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
   he gave power to become children of God,
   to those who believe in his name,
   who were born not by natural generation
   nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
   but of God.

      And the Word became flesh
         and made his dwelling among us,
         and we saw his glory,
         the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
         full of grace and truth.

From his fullness we have all received,
   grace in place of grace,
   because while the law was given through Moses,
   grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
   has revealed him.

Seventh Option

Jn 6:24-35
Whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
   they themselves got into boats
   and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
   “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
   “Amen, amen, I say to you,
   you are looking for me not because you saw signs
   but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
   but for the food that endures for eternal life,
   which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
   “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
   “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him,
   “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
   He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
   “Amen, amen, I say to you,
   it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
   my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
   and gives life to the world.”
So they said to him,
   “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
   “I am the bread of life;
   whoever comes to me will never hunger,
   and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

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

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

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

Weekday readings

First Reading
1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

David overcame the Philistine with sling and stone.

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

David spoke to Saul:
“Let your majesty not lose courage.
I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.”
But Saul answered David,
   “You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,
   for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth.”

David continued:
   “The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
   will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.”
Saul answered David, “Go! the LORD will be with you.”

Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
   and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag.
With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

With his shield bearer marching before him,
   the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
When he had sized David up,
   and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,
   the Philistine held David in contempt.
The Philistine said to David,
   “Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?”
Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods
   and said to him, “Come here to me,
   and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air
   and the beasts of the field.”
David answered him:
   “You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,
   but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
   the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;
   I will strike you down and cut off your head.
This very day I will leave your corpse
   and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air
   and the beasts of the field;
   thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God.
All this multitude, too,
   shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves.
For the battle is the LORD’s and he shall deliver you into our hands.”

The Philistine then moved to meet David at close quarters,
   while David ran quickly toward the battle line
   in the direction of the Philistine.
David put his hand into the bag and took out a stone,
   hurled it with the sling,
   and struck the Philistine on the forehead.
The stone embedded itself in his brow,
   and he fell prostrate on the ground.
Thus David overcame the Philistine with sling and stone;
   he struck the Philistine mortally, and did it without a sword.
Then David ran and stood over him;
   with the Philistine’s own sword which he drew from its sheath
   he dispatched him and cut off his head.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10

R. :

R. (1) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
   who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

My refuge and my fortress,
   my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust,
   who subdues my people under me.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

O God, I will sing a new song to you;
   with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise,
You who give victory to kings,
   and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!


Gospel Acclamation
See Mt 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mk 3:1-6

Is it lawful on the sabbath to save life rather than to destroy it?

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus entered the synagogue.
There was a man there who had a withered hand.
They watched Jesus closely
   to see if he would cure him on the sabbath
   so that they might accuse him.
He said to the man with the withered hand,
   “Come up here before us.”
Then he said to the Pharisees,
   “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,
   to save life rather than to destroy it?”
But they remained silent.
Looking around at them with anger
   and grieved at their hardness of heart,
   Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
He stretched it out and his hand was restored.
The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel
   with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

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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