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  • First Sunday of Advent
    by USCCB on November 28, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Reading I Jer 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the LORD,      when I will fulfill the promise      I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time,      I will raise up for David a just shoot ;      he shall do what is right and just in the land. In those days Judah shall be safe      and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;      this is what they shall call her:      “The LORD our justice.” Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 R. (1b)  To you, O Lord, I lift my soul. Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;    teach me your paths, Guide me in your truth and teach me,    for you are God my savior,    and for you I wait all the day.  R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul. Good and upright is the LORD;    thus he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble to justice,    and teaches the humble his way.  R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul. All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy    toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees. The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,    and his covenant, for their instruction.  R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul. Reading II 1 Thes 3:12—4:2 Brothers and sisters: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you,  so as to strengthen your hearts,  to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father  at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones.  Amen. Finally, brothers and sisters,  we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that, as you received from us  how you should conduct yourselves to please God and as you are conducting yourselves you do so even more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. Alleluia Ps 85:8 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Show us, Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 21:25-28, 34-36 Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,  and on earth nations will be in dismay,  perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright  in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,  for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man  coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen,  stand erect and raise your heads  because your redemption is at hand. “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy  from carousing and drunkenness  and the anxieties of daily life,  and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times  and pray that you have the strength  to escape the tribulations that are imminent  and to stand before the Son of Man.” - - - 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 Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
    by USCCB on November 27, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Reading I Dn 7:15-27 I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its covering of flesh, and I was terrified by the visions of my mind. I approached one of those present and asked him what all this meant in truth; in answer, he made known to me the meaning of the things: “These four great beasts stand for four kingdoms which shall arise on the earth. But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingship, to possess it forever and ever.” But I wished to make certain about the fourth beast, so very terrible and different from the others, devouring and crushing with its iron teeth and bronze claws, and trampling with its feet what was left; about the ten horns on its head, and the other one that sprang up, before which three horns fell; about the horn with the eyes and the mouth that spoke arrogantly, which appeared greater than its fellows. For, as I watched, that horn made war against the holy ones and was victorious until the Ancient One arrived; judgment was pronounced in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, and the time came when the holy ones possessed the kingdom. He answered me thus: “The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth different from all the others; It shall devour the whole earth, beat it down, and crush it. The ten horns shall be ten kings rising out of that kingdom; another shall rise up after them, Different from those before him, who shall lay low three kings. He shall speak against the Most High and oppress the holy ones of the Most High, thinking to change the feast days and the law. They shall be handed over to him for a year, two years, and a half-year. But when the court is convened, and his power is taken away by final and absolute destruction, Then the kingship and dominion and majesty of all the kingdoms under the heavens shall be given to the holy people of the Most High, Whose Kingdom shall be everlasting: all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Responsorial Psalm Daniel 3:82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87 R. Give glory and eternal praise to him. “You sons of men, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.” R. Give glory and eternal praise to him. “O Israel, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.” R. Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.” R. Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.” R. Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.” R. Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.” R. Give glory and eternal praise to him. Alleluia Lk 21:36 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Be vigilant at all times and pray That you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 21:34-36 Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” - - - 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 Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
    by USCCB on November 26, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Reading I Dn 7:2-14 In a vision I, Daniel, saw during the night, the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea, from which emerged four immense beasts, each different from the others. The first was like a lion, but with eagle’s wings. While I watched, the wings were plucked; it was raised from the ground to stand on two feet like a man, and given a human mind.  The second was like a bear; it was raised up on one side, and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks. It was given the order, “Up, devour much flesh.”  After this I looked and saw another beast, like a leopard; on its back were four wings like those of a bird, and it had four heads. To this beast dominion was given. After this, in the visions of the night I saw the fourth beast, different from all the others, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and what was left it trampled with its feet. I was considering the ten horns it had, when suddenly another, a little horn, sprang out of their midst, and three of the previous horns were torn away to make room for it. This horn had eyes like a man, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly. As I watched,     Thrones were set up          and the Ancient One took his throne.     His clothing was snow bright,         and the hair on his head as white as wool;     His throne was flames of fire,         with wheels of burning fire.     A surging stream of fire         flowed out from where he sat;     Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,         and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened. I watched, then, from the first of the arrogant words which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain and its body thrown into the fire to be burnt up. The other beasts, which also lost their dominion, were granted a prolongation of life for a time and a season. As the visions during the night continued, I saw     One like a son of man coming,         on the clouds of heaven;     When he reached the Ancient One         and was presented before him,     He received dominion, glory, and kingship;         nations and peoples of every language serve him.     His dominion is an everlasting dominion         that shall not be taken away,     his kingship shall not be destroyed. Responsorial Psalm Daniel 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81 R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him! “Mountains and hills, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him! “Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever. R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him!” “You springs, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him! “Seas and rivers, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him! “You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him! “All you birds of the air, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him! “All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him! Alleluia Lk 21:28 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 21:29-33 Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away,  but my words will not pass 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.

  • Thanksgiving Day
    by USCCB on November 25, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Readings for the Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Readings for the Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time The following are a selection of the readings that may be chosen for this day. Reading I Sir 50:22-24 And now, bless the God of all,     who has done wondrous things on earth; Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,     and fashions them according to his will! May he grant you joy of heart     and may peace abide among you; May his goodness toward us endure in Israel     to deliver us in our days. Responsorial Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 R.    (see 1)  I will praise your name for ever, Lord. Every day will I bless you,     and I will praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;     his greatness is unsearchable.  R.    I will praise your name for ever, Lord. Generation after generation praises your works     and proclaims your might. They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty     and tell of your wondrous works.  R.    I will praise your name for ever, Lord. They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds     and declare your greatness. They publish the fame of your abundant goodness     and joyfully sing of your justice. R.    I will praise your name for ever, Lord. The LORD is gracious and merciful,     slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is good to all     and compassionate toward all his works. R.    I will praise your name for ever, Lord. Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,     and let your faithful ones bless you. Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom     and speak of your might. R.       I will praise your name for ever, Lord  Reading II 1 Cor 1:3-9 Brothers and sisters: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia 1 Thes 5:18 R. Alleluia, alleluia. In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 17:11-19 As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy 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.” Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr - - - 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.

  • Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
    by USCCB on November 25, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Readings for the Thanksgiving Day Readings for the Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading I Dn 6:12-28 Some men rushed into the upper chamber of Daniel’s home and found him praying and pleading before his God. Then they went to remind the king about the prohibition: “Did you not decree, O king, that no one is to address a petition to god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king; otherwise he shall be cast into a den of lions?” The king answered them, “The decree is absolute, irrevocable under the Mede and Persian law.” To this they replied, “Daniel, the Jewish exile, has paid no attention to you, O king, or to the decree you issued; three times a day he offers his prayer.” The king was deeply grieved at this news and he made up his mind to save Daniel; he worked till sunset to rescue him. But these men insisted. They said, “Keep in mind, O king, that under the Mede and Persian law every royal prohibition or decree is irrevocable.” So the king ordered Daniel to be brought and cast into the lions’ den. To Daniel he said, “May your God, whom you serve so constantly, save you.” To forestall any tampering, the king sealed with his own ring and the rings of the lords the stone that had been brought to block the opening of the den. Then the king returned to his palace for the night; he refused to eat and he dismissed the entertainers. Since sleep was impossible for him, the king rose very early the next morning and hastened to the lions’ den. As he drew near, he cried out to Daniel sorrowfully, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has the God whom you serve so constantly been able to save you from the lions?” Daniel answered the king: “O king, live forever!  My God has sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths so that they have not hurt me. For I have been found innocent before him; neither to you have I done any harm, O king!” This gave the king great joy. At his order Daniel was removed from the den, unhurt because he trusted in his God. The king then ordered the men who had accused Daniel, along with their children and their wives, to be cast into the lions’ den. Before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. Then King Darius wrote to the nations and peoples of every language, wherever they dwell on the earth:  “All peace to you! I decree that throughout my royal domain the God of Daniel is to be reverenced and feared:     “For he is the living God, enduring forever;         his Kingdom shall not be destroyed,          and his dominion shall be without end.     He is a deliverer and savior,         working signs and wonders in heaven and on earth,         and he delivered Daniel from the lions’ power.” Responsorial Psalm Daniel 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 R.    (59b) Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Dew and rain, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Frost and chill, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Ice and snow, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Nights and days, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Light and darkness, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Let the earth bless the Lord,     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. Alleluia Lk 21:28 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 21:20-28 Jesus said to his disciples: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, for these days are the time of punishment when all the Scriptures are fulfilled. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr - - - 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.

  • Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
    by USCCB on November 25, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Readings for the Thanksgiving Day Readings for the Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Thanksgiving Day Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr - - - 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 Andrew Dŭng-Ląc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
    by USCCB on November 24, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Readings for the Memorial of Saint Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Reading I Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords, with whom he drank. Under the influence of the wine, he ordered the gold and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar, his father, had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, to be brought in so that the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainers might drink from them. When the gold and silver vessels taken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in, and while the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainers were drinking wine from them, they praised their gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. Suddenly, opposite the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the plaster of the wall in the king’s palace. When the king saw the wrist and hand that wrote, his face blanched; his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook, and his knees knocked. Then Daniel was brought into the presence of the king. The king asked him, “Are you the Daniel, the Jewish exile, whom my father, the king, brought from Judah? I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you, that you possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom. I have heard that you can interpret dreams and solve difficulties; if you are able to read the writing and tell me what it means, you shall be clothed in purple, wear a gold collar about your neck, and be third in the government of the kingdom.” Daniel answered the king: “You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else; but the writing I will read for you, O king, and tell you what it means. You have rebelled against the Lord of heaven. You had the vessels of his temple brought before you, so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers, might drink wine from them; and you praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence. But the God in whose hand is your life breath and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify. By him were the wrist and hand sent, and the writing set down. “This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, TEKEL, and PERES. These words mean: MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it; TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” Responsorial Psalm Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 R.    (59b) Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Sun and moon, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “All you winds, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Fire and heat, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him. “Cold and chill, bless the Lord;     praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.    Give glory and eternal praise to him.  Alleluia Rv 2:10c R. Alleluia, alleluia. Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 21:12-19 Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” - - - 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.