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Reading 1 1 CHR 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2
David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the ark of the LORDto the place which he had prepared for it.David also called together the sons of Aaron and the Levites.The Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with poles,as Moses had ordained according to the word of the LORD.David commanded the chiefs of the Levitesto appoint their kinsmen as chanters,to play on musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals,to make a loud sound of rejoicing.They brought in the ark of God and set it within the tentwhich David had pitched for it.Then they offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings to God.When David had finished offering up the burnt offerings and peace offerings,he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14
R. (8) Lord, go up to the place of your rest, you and the ark of your holiness.Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;we found it in the fields of Jaar.Let us enter his dwelling,let us worship at his footstool.R. Lord, go up to the place of your rest, you and the ark of your holiness.May your priests be clothed with justice;let your faithful ones shout merrily for joy.For the sake of David your servant,reject not the plea of your anointed.R. Lord, go up to the place of your rest, you and the ark of your holiness.For the LORD has chosen Zion;he prefers her for his dwelling."Zion is my resting place forever;in her will I dwell, for I prefer her."R. Lord, go up to the place of your rest, you and the ark of your holiness.
Reading 2 1 Cor 15:54b-57
Brothers and sisters:When that which is mortal clothes itself with immortality,then the word that is written shall come about:Death is swallowed up in victory.Where, O death, is your victory?Where, O death, is your sting?The sting of death is sin,and the power of sin is the law.But thanks be to God who gives us the victorythrough our Lord Jesus Christ.
Alleluia Lk 11:28R. Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are they who hear the word of Godand observe it.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 11:27-28
While Jesus was speaking,a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,"Blessed is the womb that carried youand the breasts at which you nursed."He replied,"Rather, blessed are thosewho hear the word of God and observe it."
Posted: August 15, 2018, 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.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Ez 2:8—3:4
The Lord GOD said to me:As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you:be not rebellious like this house of rebellion,but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you.It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me,in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me.It was covered with writing front and back,and written on it was: Lamentation and wailing and woe!He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you;eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel.So I opened my mouth and he gave me the scroll to eat.Son of man, he then said to me,feed your belly and fill your stomachwith this scroll I am giving you.I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.He said: Son of man, go now to the house of Israel,and speak my words to them.
Responsorial Psalm PS 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
R. (103a) How sweet to my taste is your promise!In the way of your decrees I rejoice,as much as in all riches.R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!Yes, your decrees are my delight;they are my counselors.R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!The law of your mouth is to me more preciousthan thousands of gold and silver pieces.R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!How sweet to my palate are your promises,sweeter than honey to my mouth!R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!Your decrees are my inheritance forever;the joy of my heart they are.R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!I gasp with open mouth,in my yearning for your commands.R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
Alleluia Mt 11:29ab
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,for I am meek and humble of heart.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
The disciples approached Jesus and said,“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.Whoever becomes humble like this childis the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,for I say to you that their angels in heavenalways look upon the face of my heavenly Father.What is your opinion?If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hillsand go in search of the stray?And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over itthan over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Fatherthat one of these little ones be lost.”
Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:30 am
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