USCCB Daily Readings USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope
on August 21, 2019 at 9:30 am
Reading 1 Jgs 9:6-15 All the citizens of Shechem and all Beth-millo came togetherand proceeded to make Abimelech kingby the terebinth at the memorial pillar in Shechem.When this was reported to him,Jotham went to the top of Mount Gerizim and, standing there,cried out to them in a loud voice:"Hear me, citizens of Shechem, that God may then hear you!Once the trees went to anoint a king over themselves.So they said to the olive tree, 'Reign over us.'But the olive tree answered them, 'Must I give up my rich oil,whereby men and gods are honored,and go to wave over the trees?'Then the trees said to the fig tree, 'Come; you reign over us!'But the fig tree answered them,'Must I give up my sweetness and my good fruit,and go to wave over the trees?'Then the trees said to the vine, 'Come you, and reign over us.'But the vine answered them,'Must I give up my wine that cheers gods and men,and go to wave over the trees?'Then all the trees said to the buckthorn, 'Come; you reign over us!'But the buckthorn replied to the trees,'If you wish to anoint me king over you in good faith,come and take refuge in my shadow.Otherwise, let fire come from the buckthornand devour the cedars of Lebanon.'" Responsorial Psalm Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 R.(2a) Lord, in your strength the king is glad.O LORD, in your strength the king is glad;in your victory how greatly he rejoices!You have granted him his heart's desire;you refused not the wish of his lips.R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.For you welcomed him with goodly blessings,you placed on his head a crown of pure gold.He asked life of you: you gave him length of days forever and ever. R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad.Great is his glory in your victory;majesty and splendor you conferred upon him.You made him a blessing forever,you gladdened him with the joy of your face.R. Lord, in your strength the king is glad. Alleluia Heb 4:12 R. Alleluia, alleluia.The word of God is living and effective,able to discern the reflections and thoughts of the heart.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 20:1-16 Jesus told his disciples this parable:"The Kingdom of heaven is like a landownerwho went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage,he sent them into his vineyard.Going out about nine o'clock,he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard,and I will give you what is just.'So they went off. And he went out again around noon,and around three o'clock, and did likewise.Going out about five o'clock,he found others standing around, and said to them,'Why do you stand here idle all day?'They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.'He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.'When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman,'Summon the laborers and give them their pay,beginning with the last and ending with the first.'When those who had started about five o'clock came,each received the usual daily wage.So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more,but each of them also got the usual wage.And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying,'These last ones worked only one hour,and you have made them equal to us,who bore the day's burden and the heat.'He said to one of them in reply,'My friend, I am not cheating you.Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?Take what is yours and go.What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?Are you envious because I am generous?'Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."For the readings of the Memorial of Saint Pius X, please go here. - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
on August 20, 2019 at 9:30 am
Reading 1 Jgs 6:11-24a The angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth in Ophrahthat belonged to Joash the Abiezrite.While his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine pressto save it from the Midianites,the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said,"The LORD is with you, O champion!"Gideon said to him, "My Lord, if the LORD is with us,why has all this happened to us?Where are his wondrous deeds of which our fatherstold us when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?'For now the LORD has abandoned usand has delivered us into the power of Midian."The LORD turned to him and said, "Go with the strength you haveand save Israel from the power of Midian.It is I who send you."But Gideon answered him, "Please, my lord, how can I save Israel?My family is the lowliest in Manasseh,and I am the most insignificant in my father's house.""I shall be with you," the LORD said to him,"and you will cut down Midian to the last man."Gideon answered him, "If I find favor with you,give me a sign that you are speaking with me.Do not depart from here, I pray you, until I come back to youand bring out my offering and set it before you."He answered, "I will await your return."So Gideon went off and prepared a kid and a measure of flourin the form of unleavened cakes.Putting the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot,he brought them out to him under the terebinthand presented them.The angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and unleavened cakesand lay them on this rock; then pour out the broth."When he had done so,the angel of the LORD stretched out the tip of the staff he held,and touched the meat and unleavened cakes.Thereupon a fire came up from the rockthat consumed the meat and unleavened cakes,and the angel of the LORD disappeared from sight.Gideon, now aware that it had been the angel of the LORD,said, "Alas, Lord GOD,that I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!"The LORD answered him,"Be calm, do not fear. You shall not die."So Gideon built there an altar to the LORDand called it Yahweh-shalom. Responsorial Psalm Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 R. (see 9b) The Lord speaks of peace to his people.I will hear what God proclaims;the LORD–for he proclaims peaceTo his people, and to his faithful ones,and to those who put in him their hope.R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.Kindness and truth shall meet;justice and peace shall kiss.Truth shall spring out of the earth,and justice shall look down from heaven.R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.The LORD himself will give his benefits;our land shall yield its increase.Justice shall walk before him,and salvation, along the way of his steps.R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people. Alleluia 2 Cor 8:9 R. Alleluia, alleluia.Jesus Christ became poor although he was richso that by his poverty you might become rich.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 19:23-30 Jesus said to his disciples:"Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is richto enter the Kingdom of heaven.Again I say to you,it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needlethan for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God."When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,"Who then can be saved?"Jesus looked at them and said,"For men this is impossible,but for God all things are possible."Then Peter said to him in reply,"We have given up everything and followed you.What will there be for us?"Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to youthat you who have followed me, in the new age,when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,judging the twelve tribes of Israel.And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sistersor father or mother or children or landsfor the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,and will inherit eternal life.But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."For the readings of the Memorial of Saint Bernard, please go here. - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
on August 19, 2019 at 9:30 am
Reading 1 Jgs 2:11-19 The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals.Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers,who led them out of the land of Egypt,they followed the other gods of the various nations around them,and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD.Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Ashtaroth,the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel,and he delivered them over to plunderers who despoiled them.He allowed them to fall into the power of their enemies round aboutwhom they were no longer able to withstand.Whatever they undertook, the LORD turned into disaster for them,as in his warning he had sworn he would do,till they were in great distress.Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver themfrom the power of their despoilers,they did not listen to their judges,but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods.They were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken,and did not follow their example of obedienceto the commandments of the LORD. Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, he would be with the judgeand save them from the power of their enemiesas long as the judge lived;it was thus the LORD took pity on their distressful criesof affliction under their oppressors.But when the judge died,they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors,following other gods in service and worship,relinquishing none of their evil practices or stubborn conduct. Responsorial Psalm Ps 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43ab and 44 R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.They did not exterminate the peoples,as the LORD had commanded them,But mingled with the nationsand learned their works.R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.They served their idols,which became a snare for them.They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.They became defiled by their works,and wanton in their crimes.And the LORD grew angry with his people,and abhorred his inheritance.R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.Many times did he rescue them,but they embittered him with their counsels.Yet he had regard for their afflictionwhen he heard their cry.R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people. Alleluia Mt 5:3 R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are the poor in spirit;for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 19:16-22 A young man approached Jesus and said,"Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?"He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good?There is only One who is good.If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."He asked him, "Which ones?"And Jesus replied, "You shall not kill;you shall not commit adultery;you shall not steal;you shall not bear false witness;honor your father and your mother;and you shall love your neighbor as yourself."The young man said to him,"All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?"Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go,sell what you have and give to the poor,and you will have treasure in heaven.Then come, follow me."When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,for he had many possessions.For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint John Eudes, please go here. - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
on August 18, 2019 at 9:30 am
Reading 1 Jer 38:4-6, 8-10 In those days, the princes said to the king:"Jeremiah ought to be put to death;he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city,and all the people, by speaking such things to them;he is not interested in the welfare of our people,but in their ruin." King Zedekiah answered: "He is in your power";for the king could do nothing with them. And so they took Jeremiahand threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah,which was in the quarters of the guard,letting him down with ropes. There was no water in the cistern, only mud,and Jeremiah sank into the mud.Ebed-melech, a court official,went there from the palace and said to him:"My lord king,these men have been at faultin all they have done to the prophet Jeremiah,casting him into the cistern. He will die of famine on the spot,for there is no more food in the city." Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Cushiteto take three men along with him,and draw the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern beforehe should die. Responsorial Psalm Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18 R. (14b) Lord, come to my aid!I have waited, waited for the LORD,and he stooped toward me.R. Lord, come to my aid!The LORD heard my cry.He drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud of the swamp;he set my feet upon a crag; he made firm my steps.R. Lord, come to my aid!And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn to our God.Many shall look on in awe and trust in the LORD.R. Lord, come to my aid!Though I am afflicted and poor, yet the LORD thinks of me.You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, hold not back!R. Lord, come to my aid! Reading 2 Heb 12:1-4 Brothers and sisters:Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to usand persevere in running the race that lies before uswhile keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before himhe endured the cross, despising its shame,and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners,in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sinyou have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.Alleluia Jn 10:27R. Alleluia, alleluia.My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;I know them, and they follow me.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 12:49-53 Jesus said to his disciples:"I have come to set the earth on fire,and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided,three against two and two against three;a father will be divided against his sonand a son against his father,a mother against her daughterand a daughter against her mother,a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-lawand a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
on August 17, 2019 at 9:30 am
Reading 1 Jos 24:14-29 Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem, and addressed them, saying: "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!" Joshua continued: "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. After these events, Joshua, son of Nun, servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. Responsorial Psalm Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11 R.(see 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,you it is who hold fast my lot.R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.I bless the LORD who counsels me;even in the night my heart exhorts me.I set the LORD ever before me;with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.You will show me the path to life,fullness of joys in your presence,the delights at your right hand forever.R. You are my inheritance, O Lord. Alleluia See Mt 11:25 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. Gospel Mt 19:13-15 Children were brought to Jesusthat he might lay his hands on them and pray.The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."After he placed his hands on them, he went away. - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
on August 16, 2019 at 9:30 am
Reading 1 Jos 24:1-13 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 Riverand 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 prodigieswhich 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 Seawith 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.After you witnessed what I did to Egypt,and dwelt a long time in the desert,I brought you into the land of the Amoriteswho lived east of the Jordan.They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power.You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them, the two kings of the Amorites, before you.Then Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab,prepared to war against Israel.He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you;but I would not listen to Balaam.On the contrary, he had to bless you, and I saved you from him.Once you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho,the men of Jericho fought against you,but I delivered them also into your power.And I sent the hornets ahead of you that drove them(the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites)out of your way; it was not your sword or your bow."I gave you a land that you had not tilledand cities that you had not built, to dwell in;you have eaten of vineyards and olive groveswhich you did not plant." Responsorial Psalm Ps 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 and 24 R. His mercy endures forever.Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,for his mercy endures forever;Give thanks to the God of gods,for his mercy endures forever;Give thanks to the LORD of lords,for his mercy endures forever.R. His mercy endures forever.Who led his people through the wilderness,for his mercy endures forever;Who smote great kings,for his mercy endures forever;And slew powerful kings,for his mercy endures forever.R. His mercy endures forever.And made their land a heritage,for his mercy endures forever;The heritage of Israel his servant,for his mercy endures forever;And freed us from our foes,for his mercy endures forever.R. His mercy endures forever. Alleluia See 1 Thes 2:13 R. Alleluia, alleluia.Receive the word of god, not as the word of men,but, as it truly is, the word of God.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 19:3-12 Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?"He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginningthe Creator made them male and female and said,For this reason a man shall leave his father and motherand be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?So they are no longer two, but one flesh.Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate." They said to him, "Then why did Moses commandthat the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?"He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your heartsMoses allowed you to divorce your wives,but from the beginning it was not so.I say to you, whoever divorces his wife(unless the marriage is unlawful)and marries another commits adultery."His disciples said to him,"If that is the case of a man with his wife,it is better not to marry."He answered, "Not all can accept this word,but only those to whom that is granted.Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;some, because they were made so by others;some, because they have renounced marriagefor the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Stephen of Hungary, please go here. - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mass During the Day
on August 15, 2019 at 9:30 am
Reading 1 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's temple in heaven was opened,and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet,and on her head a crown of twelve stars.She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.Then another sign appeared in the sky;it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,and on its heads were seven diadems.Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the skyand hurled them down to the earth.Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,to devour her child when she gave birth.She gave birth to a son, a male child,destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.Her child was caught up to God and his throne.The woman herself fled into the desertwhere she had a place prepared by God.Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:"Now have salvation and power come,and the Kingdom of our Godand the authority of his Anointed One." Responsorial Psalm Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16 R.(10bc) The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,forget your people and your father's house.R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.So shall the king desire your beauty;for he is your lord.R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.They are borne in with gladness and joy;they enter the palace of the king.R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold. Reading 2 1 Cor 15:20-27 Brothers and sisters:Christ has been raised from the dead,the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.For since death came through man,the resurrection of the dead came also through man.For just as in Adam all die,so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,but each one in proper order:Christ the firstfruits;then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;then comes the end,when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father,when he has destroyed every sovereigntyand every authority and power.For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.The last enemy to be destroyed is death,for "he subjected everything under his feet."AlleluiaR. Alleluia, alleluia.Mary is taken up to heaven;a chorus of angels exults.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 1:39-56 Mary set outand traveled to the hill country in hasteto a town of Judah,where she entered the house of Zechariahand 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 believedthat what was spoken to you by the Lordwould be fulfilled."And Mary said:"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;my spirit rejoices in God my Saviorfor he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.From this day all generations will call me blessed:the Almighty has done great things for meand holy is his Name.He has mercy on those who fear himin 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 Israelfor he has remembered his promise of mercy,the promise he made to our fathers,to Abraham and his children forever."Mary remained with her about three monthsand then returned to her home. - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.