OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION PARISH

Port Coquitlam, B.C.

LECTORS

The proclamation of the Word for the People of God that gather to worship is the ministry known as Lectors. Lectors carry out this vital function during the celebration of the Eucharist, sacraments and other rites. Training is provided by our Pastors.


Mass Readings & Schedule


LECTOR'S SCHEDULE

Mass  Date 2016 Saturday 5PM Sunday 9AM Sunday 11AM Sunday 4PM
Ascension Sunday May 7/8 Laura Cichos Ray Tarnai Olivia Sierakowski(Only Prayers of the Faithful) Audrey Nacionales
Pentecost Sunday May 14/15 Frederena Ho Suzanne Kidd Marguerite Watkins(Only Prayers of the Faithful) Maureen Currie
The Most Holy Trinity May 21/22 Remy Oco Peter Vogel Angelita Guevara(Only Prayers of the Faithful) Desi Nery
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ May 28/29 Isabel Lopez Catherine Bowen Olivia Sierakowski(Only Prayers of the Faithful) Joey Soriano
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 4/5 Molly Ronan Terry Kidwell Anne Walton Audrey Nacionales
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 11/12 Alison Silgardo Geraldine Lund Marguerite Watkins Maureen Currie
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 18/19 Ken D'Sena Stephanie Tarnai Angelita Guevara Desi Nery
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 25/26 Laura Cichos Ray Tarnai Olivia Sierakowski Joey Soriano
 
Saturday 5PM Sunday 9AM Sunday 11AM Sunday 4PM
Saturday 5PM Sunday 9AM Sunday 11AM Sunday 4PM
Saturday 5PM Sunday 9AM Sunday 11AM Sunday 4PM
Saturday 5PM Sunday 9AM Sunday 11AM Sunday 4PM
 
1st Friday Friday 7PM
Saturday 5PM Sunday 9AM Sunday 11AM Sunday 4PM
Saturday 5PM Sunday 9AM Sunday 11AM Sunday 4PM
Saturday 5PM Sunday 9AM Sunday 11AM Sunday 4PM
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1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT

FIRST READING tea. 63.16IH 7; 64.1,3-8 [Our Redeemer]

God Is our Father. We are sinful, and you, O God, are hidden from our eyes. We are the work of your hands.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

YOU, O Lord, are our father, "Our Redeemer from of old" is your name. Why, O Lord, do you make us stray from your ways and harden our heart, so that we do not fear you? Turn back for the sake of your servants, for the sake of the tribes that are your heritage. O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence. When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, tile mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him;> You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you bid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O Lord, youare pur Father, we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 84(85) fGod's Salvation]

R. Re - store us, O God; let your face shine that we may be saved.

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who are enthroned upon the cheru-bim, shine forth. Stir up your might, and come to save us.— R.

Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand has planted.—R.

But let your hand be upon the maitat your right, the son of man you have made strong for yourself. Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.R.

SECOND READING 1 Cor. 1.3-9 [fellowship with Christ]

Jesus gives us faith and the strength to persevere. God calls us Into the fellowship of Christ

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

BROTHERS and sisters: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you be-cause of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—just as, this testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—so that you are not lacking in arty spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.—

—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Lk. 3.4,6 [Prepare the Way]

Alleluia, Alleluia. Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Mk. 13.33-37 [On Guard]

Be on guard always. We do not know at what time or hour God will come.

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. * A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord.

JESUS said to his disciples: "Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with a particular task, and commands the door-keeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to "you I say to all: Keep awake."—The Gospel Of the Lord.

—The Gospel of the Lord, Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ,

Second Sunday of Advent

FIRST READING Isia. 40.1 -5,9-11 [God Is Near]

Make ready the way forthe Messiah. Make known the good news, for God Is near.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

COMFORT, O comfort my people,. says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, ' ' and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, thai she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!" See, the Lord God comes with might, and His arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. , He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 84(85) fGod's Salvation]

R. Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant as your salva-tion.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, > that his glory may dwell in our land.- R.

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet-, righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from and justice look down from heaven, the sky.—R.

The Lord will give what is good, endow land will yield its increase: Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.—R.

SECOND READING 2 Pet. 3.8-14 [A New Earth]

There is no counting of time with God, who does not want anyone to perish. We await a new heaven and earth, relying On the justice of God.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Peter.

DO not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about "his promise, as some think of slow-ness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 'But the day of the Lord will come like a tiiief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in lead-ing lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dis-solved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and anew earth, where righteousness is at home. 'Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace.

—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Lk. 3.4,6 [Prepare the Way]

Alleluia, Alleluia. Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all people Shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Mk. 1.1-8 [Need for Repentance

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. * A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord.

THE beginning Of the good news of Jesus Christ the Son of God. As it is written In the Prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the way of the Lord make his path straight'" . John the Baptist appeared in the; wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the for-giveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusa-lem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate lo-custs and wild honey. -He proclaimed, "The one who is more power-ful thaff I is coming after me; I am not worthy to-stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will bap-tize you with the Holy Spirit."

—The Gospel of the Lord, Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ,

Third Sunday of Advent

FIRST READING Isa. 61.1-2a, 10-11 [God's Good News]

Isaiah has been sent to proclaim good news to those in need. He rejoices In the Lord who will be shown to be the God of Justice and peace.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

THE spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the op-pressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salva-tion* he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring-up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. —The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Lk. 1 [God's Great Deeds]

R.My soul shall exult in my God.

My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now OR all generations will call me Messed.—

For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.-

The Lord has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, , in remembrance of his mercy.—

SECOND READING 1 thess. 5.16-24 [Christian Joy]

Paul admonishes that Christians should rejoice. He prays that the Christ-bearer will be free from any semblance of evil, but rather will grow In holiness.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians.

BROTHERS and sisters, rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circum-stances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of Prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from, every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.— The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Lk. 4.18 (tea. 61.1)[Good News]

Alleluia. Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has sent me to bring good news to the poor. Alleluia.*

GOSPEL Jn. 1.6-8,19-28 [Witness to Christ]

John the Baptist is the forerunner of Jesus. He gives wit-ness to Jesus by his preaching.

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit *

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

THERE was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the tight, but he came to tes-tify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" He confessed and did not deny it, but con-fessed, "I am hot the Messiah." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No." Then they said to him, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,

Fourth Sunday of Advent

FIRST READING 2 Sam 7.1-5,8b-12,14a, 16 [King Forever]

David wishes to build a temple to house the "ark of God" '-.' but God speaks to him promising to exalt and secure the House of David forever. The Lord will bring peace.

A reading from the second book of Samuel.

NOW When David, the king, was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the Prophet Nathan, "See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent." Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that you have in mind, for the Lord is withyou." But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: "Go and tell my servant David: 'Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel: and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. . s And I will appoint a place for my people Is-rael and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more; as for-merly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you, David, that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you he down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne, David, shall be established forever.'"—

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 88(89) [Eternal Covenant] R.For-ev-er I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord.

  1. I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is es-tablished forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heav-ens.——R.
  2. You said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David: I will establish your descendants for-ever, and build your throne for all genera-tions."—R.
  3. He shall cry to me, "You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!'' Forever will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm.—R.

SECOND READING Rom. 16.25-27 [Faith and Obedience]

God has revealed the divine plan of salvation through the coming of God's Son, Jesus Christ It Is made known to all human beings that they may believe and obey.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.

BROTHERS and sisters: To the One who is able to strengthen you according to my Gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, ac-cording to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophet's writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the, command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for-ever! Amen.—

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Jn. 6.51-52 [Living Bread] Alleluia. Alleluia. Here am I, the servant of the Lord: let it be done to me according to your word. Alleluia. *

GOSPEL Lk. 1 26-38 [Mary's Consent]

Gabriel speaks to Mary, announcing that she who Is a vir-gin shall conceive through the Holy Spirit and give birth to a Son. Mary agrees to God's request

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

THE Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin en-gaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you/ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The Angel said to her,, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and ypu will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his king-dom there will be no end." Mary said to the Angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?' The Angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; there-fore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word." Then the Angel departed from her.—The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ which means, "God is with us." When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the Angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.— The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Nativity Mass (Night)

FIRST READING Isa 9.2-4, 6-7- [The Messiah's Kingdom]

The Messiah is a promise of peace for the world. His reign shaft be vast and filled with Justice. The power of God Is revealed through the weakness of humans.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

THE people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shone. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest ?' as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and die bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon Ins shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish arid uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 95(96) [Bless the Lord]

R. Today is born our Sav-iour, Christ the Lord.

R. Today a Saviour has been born to us: he is Christ the Lord

  1. O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. —
  2. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous works among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be he is to be revered above all gods.—
  3. Let the. heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.—
  4. Rejoice before the Lord; for he is com-ing, for he Is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteous-ness, and the peoples with his truth.—

SECOND READING Tit. 2.11-14 [Salvation for All]

God offers salvation to all people. His way asks us to reject worldly desires—to live temperately and justly. He even asked the only Son to sacrifice himself to redeem us.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Titus.

BELOVED: The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training Us to re-nounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-con-trolled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for him-self a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Lk. 2.10-11 [Great Joy]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Good news and great joy to all the world: today is born our Saviour, Christ the Lord. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Lk. 2.1-16 [Birth of Christ]

Caesar Augustus desired a world census. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem where Jesus, the Lord of the universe, Is born in a stable. Glory to God and peace on earthly. The Lord be with you. And with your spirit * A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke. Glory to you, O Lord. IN those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, ,to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was rio place for them in the inn. ;. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an Angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the Angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger* And suddenly there was With the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and say-ing, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, arid on earth peace among those whom he favours!" When the Angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing mat has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us" So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child tying in the manger.—The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to your Lord Jesus Christ

Nativity Mass (Dawn)

FIRST READING isa 62.11-12 [The Saviour's Birth]

Isaiah foretells the birth of the Saviour who will come to Zion. These people will be called holy, and they shall be redeemed.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

THE Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. They shall be called The Holy People,' The Redeemed of the Lord'; and you shall be called'Sought Out,' A City Not Forsaken-. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 96(97)- [Be Glad]

A light will shine on us this day: The Lord is born for us.

  1. The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad I Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; ^ righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
  2. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteous-ness; and all the peoples behold his glory.
  3. Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name-

SECOND READING Tit. 3.4-7 [Saved by God's Mercy]

Christians are saved not because of their own merits but because of the mercy of God. We are saved through bap-tism and renewal In the Holy Spirit

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Titus.

WHEN the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved tis, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might be-come heirs according to the hope of eternal life.—The word, of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Lk, 2.14 [Glory to God]

Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to God in the highest heaven; peace on earth to people of good will. Alleluia. *

GOSPEL Lk. 2.15-20 [Jesus, the God-Man]

The shepherds, the poor of the people of God, come to pay homage to Jesus. Mary ponders and prays over the great event of God becoming one of us.

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke, Glory to you, O Lord.

WHEN the Angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one an-other, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child, lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; arid all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds re-turned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.— The Gospel Of the Lord; Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Nativity Mass (Day)

FIRST READING Isa 52710 [Your God Is King]

God shows salvation to all people. God brings peace and good hews. God comforts and redeems the faithful.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

HOW beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who anounces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you rains of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salva-tion of our God. —The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 97(98) (Sing a New Song] R. All the ends of. the earth have seen the victory or our God.

  1. O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things. His right hand and his holy arm have brought him victory.—R.
  2. The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Is-rael.—R.
  3. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises—R.
  4. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.—R.

SECOND READING Heb. 1.1-6 [God Speaks through Jesus] God now speaks through Jesus, the Son, who reflects God's glory. The Son cleanses us from sin. Heaven and earth should worship him.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.

LONG ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the Prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by the Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the ages. He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sus-tains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to Angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the Angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let. all God's Angels worship him."— The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION n. 1.1-18* 1,1-5,9-14 Alleluia. Alleluia. A holy day has dawned upon us. Come you nations, and adore the Lord. Today a great light has come down upon the earth. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Jn. 1.1-18* 1,1-5,9-14 [TheTrue Light] John's opening words parallel the Book of Genesis, Jesus is the Word made flesh, the light of the world, who al-ways was and will ever be.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

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 into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of the human race. The light shines in the darkness, and the dark-ness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him; But to all who received him who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only-begotten son, full of grace and truth. , John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'" From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace arid truth came r through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only-begotten Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known. —The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Holy Family

FIRST READING Gen. 15.1-6; 17.3b-5,15-16; 21.1-7 [Faith]

Abraham believed God, and his faith was rewarded. Through a son bom to him and Sarah in their old age, he became the father of many peoples.

A reading from the book of Genesis.

THE word of the Lord came to Abram in a vi-sidh, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." But Abram said, "O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir." But the word of the Lord came to him, This man shall not be your heir, no one but your very own issue shall be your heir." The Lord brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And Abram believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righ-teousness. God said to him, "As for me, this is my. cove-nant with you: You shall be the fattier of a multi-tude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of na-tions." God said to Abraham, "As for Sarah your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her." The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his Old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him- Abraham was a hundred years old when hjs son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, "God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me." And she said, "Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 104(105) [God's Covenant]

The Lord is our God, mindful of his covenant forever.

  1. O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works
  2. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.
  3. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
  4. He is mindful of his covenant forever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abra-ham, his sworn promise to Isaac

SECOND READING Heb. 11.8,11-12,17-19 [Trust God]

We are called to emulate the faith of Abraham. For God Is "able even to raise someone from the dead."

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.

BY faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith Sarah herself, though barren, re-ceived power to conceive, even when she was too old, because she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, "as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore." By faith Abraham, when put to the test, of-fered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only-begotten son, of whom he had been told, "It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you." Abraham considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead—and figu-ratively speaking, he did receive him back.—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Heb. 1.1-2 [God Speaks]

Alleluia, Alleluia. Long ago God spoke to our ancestors by the Prophets; in these last days he has spoken to us by the Son. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Lk. 2.22-40 or 2.22,25-27,34-35,39-40 [The Anointed One]

Joseph and Mary take Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord. Simeon recognizes him as the Anointed of the Lord and blesses him: The child returns to Nazareth and grows to maturity.

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke. Glory to you, O Lord.

WHEN the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph brought the child Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"), and they offered a sacri-fice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."] Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Is-rael, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the, child Jesus, to do for him what was, customary under the law, [Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Master now you are dismiss-ing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gen-tiles and for glory to your people Israel." And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.] [Then] Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too." [There was also a Prophet, Anna the daugh-ter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.] When Mary and Joseph had finished every-thing required by the law of the Lord, they re-turned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.— The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Mary, the Holy Mother of God

FIRST READING Num. 6.22 27 [The Aaronic Blessing] Aaron and the Israelites are to pray that God will answer their prayers with blessings. A reading from the book of Numbers. THE Lord spoke to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Children of Israel: You shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. So they shall put my name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 66(67) [God Bless Us]

May God be gracious to us and bless us.

  1. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all na-tions
  2. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.—
  3. The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.—.

SECOND READING Gal. 4.4-7 [Helhrby God's Design]

God sent Jesus, his Son, bom of Mary, to deliver all peo-ple from the bondage of sin and slavery of the law. By God's choice we are heirs of heaven.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians.

BROTHERS and sisters: When the fullness Of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption to sonship. And because you are sons and daughters, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, cry-ing, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer slave but son, and if son then also heir, through God.—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Heb. 1.1 -2 [God Speaks] Alleluia. Alleluia. Long ago God spoke to our ancestors by the Prophets; in these last days he has spoken to us by the Son. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Lk. 2.16-21 [The Name of Jesus]

When the shepherds came to Bethlehem, they began to understand the message of the angels. Mary prayed about this great event Jesus received his name according to the Jewish ritual of circumcision.

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke. Glory to you, O Lord.

THE shepherds went with haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary trea-sured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and prais-ing God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the Angel before he was con-ceived in the womb.—The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Epiphany of the Lord

FIRST READING Isa. 60.1-6 [Glory of God's Church]

Jerusalem is favoured by the Lord. Kings and peoples will come there, and the riches of the earth will be placed at its gates.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah. ARISE, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! For darkness shall cover the earth,, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise Upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall cometo your light, and" kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses'arms. -Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought toyou, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring:gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 71 (72) [Messiah-King]

Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

  1. Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king's son. May he judge your people with righ-teousness, and your poor with justice.—
  2. In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.—I
  3. May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts. May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service.
  4. For he delivers the needy one who calls, the poor and the one who has no helper. He has phy on the weak and the and saves the lives of the needy.

SECOND READING Eph. 3.2-3a, 5-6 [Good News for All]

God has revealed the divine plan of salvation. The whole world will share in the good news. A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians.

BROTHERS and sisters: Surely you have al-ready heard of the commission of God's grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind as it has now been revealed to his holy Apostles and Prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fel-low heirs, members of the same body, and shar-ers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION See Mt. 2.2 [Leading Star]

Alleluia. Alleluia.

We observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay homage to the Lord. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Mt. 2.1-12 [Wise Men]

The wise men from the East followed the star to Bethle-hem, from which a ruler was to come. y. The Lord be with you, And with your spirit

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.

IN the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was fright-ened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of ihe people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the Prophet: And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'" Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethle-henv saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set Out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed withjoy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to re-turn to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.—The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Baptism of the Lord

FIRST READING Isa. 55,1-11 [Called through Baptism] This passage from Isaiah reminds us that God is a lov-ing Father calling us to him through water and the Word. And it is in Baptism that this takes place.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

THUS says the Lord: "Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked person forsake their way, and the unrighteous person their thoughts; let that person return to the Lord that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth,, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent 'it." The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Isa. 12 [Sing for Joy]

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

  1. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
  2. Give thanks to the Lord, ' call on his name; make known his deeds among the na-tions; proclaim that his name is exalted.
  3. sing praises to theLord, y. for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.—

SECOND READING Jn. 5.1-9 Born of God] John calls us to have faith in Jesus as the Son of God. , For it is the Father who bore witness to his Son.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John.

BELOVED: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been bom of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus isthe Son of God? This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only i but with the water and the blood; And,the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spiritis the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater, for thisisthe testimony of God that he has testified to his Son.—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION See Jir 1-29 [Lamb of God]

Alleluia; Alleluia. John saw Jesus approaching him, and said: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Mk. 1.7-11 [BelovedSon]

'The Spirit of God is seen coming upon Christ And God the Father bears witness to his Son on whom his favour rests. The Lord be with you. 1$. And wilh your spirit 4«

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord. JOHN the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. In his preaching he proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit de-scending like a dove on him. And a voice Came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."—The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING Sam. 3.3b-10,19 [Answering God's Call]

The Lord called Samuel, but he did not recognize God's voice. Samuel receives advice from Eli, who is already a prophet for the Lord. Following instructions from Eli, Samuel listens to the Lord.

A reading from the first book of Samuel.

SAMUEL was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, "Samuel! Samuel!" and he said, "Here I am!" Samuel ran to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But Eli said, "I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, "Samuel!" Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time; And he got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listen-ing.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calhng as before, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.—The word of the Lord, Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 39(40) [Doing God's Will]

Here I am Lord, I come to do Your will.

  1. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God
  2. Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
  3. Then I said, "Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.
  4. have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.

SECOND READING Cor. 6136-153, 17-20 [The Spirit]

The body is made for the Lord. With the price of the cross Jesus redeemed all humanity. The Holy Spirit dwells within each person.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

BROTHERS and sisters: The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Jn. 1.41,17 [The Messiah]

Alleluia. Alleluia. We have found the Messiah: Jesus Christ, who brings us grace and truth. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Jn. 1.35-42 [Encountering Christ]

It was John the Baptist's purpose to point out Jesus, the Messiah. Andrew and his companion go with Jesus. An-drew summons Peter. Jesus identifies Peter and gives him a new name.

The Lord be with you. And With your spirit, A reading from the holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

JOHN was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he ex-claimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they fol-lowed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard; John speak and fol-lowed him was Andrew, Simon Peters brother; He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which is translated the Christ). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon sort Of John. You are to be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter).—-The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING Jon. 3.1-5,10 [God's Mercy for All]

The mercy of God is shown to the people of Nineveh. The Lord sends Jonah to them to preach penance for sin. The king proclaims a universal fast to appease the Lord. A reading from the book of the Prophet Jonah.

THE word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying, "Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you." So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, "Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be over-thrown!" And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil Ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not doit.-f The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 24(25) [God s Ways]

Lord make me know your ways

  1. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation
  2. Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old According to your steadfast love re-member me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
  3. Good and upright is the Lord; : therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way

SECOND READING Cor. 7.29-31 [Shortness of Time]

Paul warns the Corinthians of the shortness of time in this world. All must conduct themselves worthily in the eyes of God and be detached from this world's pleasures; A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

BROTHERS and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of the world is passing away.—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Mk. 1.15 [Repent and Believe]

Alleluia, Alleluia. The kingdom of God has come near: repent and believe the good news! Alleluia.

GOSPEL Mk. 1.14-20 [Come Follow Me]

Jesus began to preach the good news of salvation. He >called Simon and Andrew, James and John, to follow ,,tn him. Immediately, they accepted the call to become "fish: ers of people."

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit * A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord.

AFTER John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the king-dom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to-them, "Come follow me and!will make you fishers of people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As Jesus went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.—The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

FIRST READING Deut. 18.15-20 [The Prophet]

The Lord promises to select a prophet from among the people who will speak for him. A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.

MOSES spoke to the people; he said: "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own kin; you shall heed such a Prophet. This is what you re-quested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: 'Let me not hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, lest I die.' Then the Lord replied to me: 'They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their own kin; I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them everything that I command him. 'Anyone who does not heed the words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will hold him ac-countable. But any Prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded him to speak—that Prophet shall die.'"—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 94(95) [Open Hearts]

O that today you would listen to the voice of the Lord. Do not harden your hearts!

  1. 0 come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
  2. 0 come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the peo-ple of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand
  3. 0 that today you would listen to his voice! Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as onthe day at Massah in the wilder-ness, when your ancestors tested me, arid put me to the proof, though they had seen my work

SECOND READING 1 Cor. 7.32-35 [For the Lord]

Paul speaks about the value of a celibate life. He is anxious to promote what helps us live entirely for the Lord. A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

BROTHERS and sisters, I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anx-ious" about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. The Unmarried woman and the virgin are concerned about the affairs of the Lord, so that they may be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is concerned about the affairs of the world, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to put any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and unhindered devotion to the Lord.—The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Mt. 4.16 [A Great Light]

Alleluia, Alleluia. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light has dawned. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Mk. 1.21-28 [A New Teaching]

Jesus teaches in the synagogue with outstanding author-ity. The people are amazed.

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord.

THE disciples went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, Jesus entered the syna-gogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having au-thority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, con-vulsing the man and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once Jesus' fame began to spread through-out the surrounding region of Galilee.—The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

FRIENDLY REMINDERS

  1. Before reading, always check the Lectionary to ensure that that it is on the correct page matching the readings I sent you. Also, ensure that the sheet for the Prayers of the Faithful is near the Lectionary.
  2. We are not to say, “First Reading”, or “The First Reading is….” or “Responsorial Psalm”, or “The response to the Psalm is”….
  3. Please check with the musicians if they will sing the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation and the verse before the Gospel. If not, read the Responsorial Psalm and the verse before the Gospel. Check with the Priest to make sure that he will sing the Gospel Acclamation “Alleluia” before you read the verse.
  4. Please pause after the First Reading (3 to 5 seconds) before going on to the Responsorial Psalm (it not sung). You should conclude each reading (First and Second Readings) with a slight pause followed by the phrase “The Word of the Lord”.
  5. Bow to the Altar before and after you read.
  6. If you cannot make the Mass assigned to you, please try to switch with another reader and let Remi know.
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