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SUNDAY READINGS: FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY YEAR A 29/12/2013

OPENING PRAYER Father, help us to live as the holy family, united in respect and love.  Bring us to the joy and peace of your eternal home.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus 3:2-6. 12-14 Theme: He who fears the Lord respects his parents.   The Lord honours the father in his children, and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons.  Whoever respects his father is atoning for his sins; he who honours his mother is like someone amassing a fortune.   Whoever respects his father will be happy with children of his own;…

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SUNDAY READINGS: FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A 22/12/2013

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.   OPENING PRAYER Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   FIRST READING A reading…

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SUNDAY READINGS: THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT A 15/12/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.   FIRST READING A reading from the Prophet Isaiah 35, 1-6a. 10 Theme: Look, your God is coming, he is coming to save you. Let the wilderness and the dry-lands exult, let the wasteland rejoice and bloom, let it bring forth flowers like the jonquil, let it rejoice and sing for joy. The glory of Lebanon is bestowed on it the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the glory…

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SUNDAY READINGS: SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A 8/12/2013

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OPENING PRAYER God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome.  Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns….   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Isaiah   11:1-10 Theme: He judges the wretched with integrity A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, a scion thrust from his roots: on him the spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge…

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SUNDAY READINGS: FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A 1/12/2013 ENTRANCE ANTIPHON PSALM 24: 1-3

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To you, my God, I lift up my soul, I trust in you; let me never come to shame. Do not let my enemies laugh at me. No one who waits for you is ever put to shame.   OPENING PRAYER All Powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Isaiah    2, 1-5 Theme: The Lord will gather all nations together into the eternal…

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SUNDAY READINGS: THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C 17/11/2013

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON The Lord says: my plans for you are peace and not disaster when you call to me, I will listen to you, and I will bring you back to the place which I exiled you.   OPENING PRAYER Father of all that is good, keep us faithful in serving you, for to serve you is lasting joy.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Malachi 3:19-20 Theme: For you the sun of righteousness will shine out. The day is coming now, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and the evil-doers will be like stubble. The…

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SUNDAY READINGS: THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C 3/11/2013

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Let my prayer come before you, Lord, listen and answer me.   OPENING PRAYER God of power and mercy, protect us from all harm, give us freedom of spirit and health in mind and body to do your work on earth.   FIRST READING A reading from the Second Book of Maccabees  7:1-2. 9-14 Theme: The King of the world will raise us up to live again for ever. There were seven brothers who were arrested with their mother.  The king tried to force them to taste pig’s flesh, which the Law forbids, by torturing them with whips…

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SUNDAY READINGS – November 3, 2013

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Entrance Antiphon Ps 37:22-23 Do not abandon me, My God, do not go away from me! Hurry to help me, my Saviour.   Opening Prayer God of power and mercy, only with your help can we offer you fitting service and praise. May we live the faith we profess and trust your promise of eternal life.   FIRST READING                            A reading from the book of  wisdom  11:22-12:2 Theme You are merciful to all because you love all that exists. In your sight, Lord, the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales, like a drop of…

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SUNDAY READINGS – 30th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 27/10/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Almighty and ever-living God, strengthen our faith, hope and love.  May we do with loving hearts what you ask of us and come to share the life you promise. FIRST READING A reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus 35: 12 – 14. 16 – 19 Theme: The humble Man’s prayer pierces the clouds. The Lord is a judge who is no respecter of personages.  He shows no respect of personages to the detriment of a poor man, He listens to the plea of the injured party.  He does not ignore the orphan’s supplication, nor the widow’s as she…

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SUNDAY READINGS: 29th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 20/10/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Almighty and ever-living God, our source of power and inspiration, give us strength and joy in serving you as followers of Christ.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Exodus 17:8-13 Theme: As long as Moses kept his arms raised, Israel had the advantage. The Amalekites came and attacked Israel at Rephidim.  Moses said to Joshua, “pick out men for yourself, and tomorrow morning march out to engage Amalek.  I, meanwhile, will stand on the hilltop, the staff of God in my hand.” Joshua did as Moses told him and marched out to engage Amalek, while…

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SUNDAY READINGS: 28th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 13/10/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Lord, our help and guide, make your love the foundation of lives. May our love for you express itself in our eagerness to do good for others.   First Reading A reading from the second book of the Kings 5:14 – 17 Theme: Naama returned to Elisha and acknowledged the Lord. Naaman the leper went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, as Elisha had told him to do.  And his flesh became clean once more like the flesh of a little child. Returning to Elisha with his whole escort, he went in and stood before…

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SUNDAY READING: October 06, 2013 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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FIRST READING: Habakkuk 1: 2-3; 2:24. O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not hear? Or cry to thee “Violence!” and thou wilt not save? Why dost thou make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not…

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SUNDAY READINGS: 26th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 29/9/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Father, you show your almighty power in your mercy and forgiveness. Continue to fill us with your gifts of love. Help us to hurry toward the eternal life you promise and come to share in the joys of your kingdom.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Amos  6:1.4-7 Theme: Those who sprawl and those who bawl will be exiled The Almighty Lord says this: Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria. Lying on ivory beds and sprawling on their divans, they dine on…

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SUNDAY READINGS: 24th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 15/9/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, Our Creator and Guide may we serve you with all our heart and know  your forgiveness in our lives.   FIRST  READING A reading from the book of Exodus;32:7-11.13-14 Theme: The Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he has threatened. The Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down now, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have apostasised. They have been quick to  leave the way I marked out for them; They have made themselves a calf of molten metal and have worshipped it and offered it sacrifice.’ Here is…

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Sunday Readings: 23rd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 8/9/2013

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OPENING PRAYER God our Father, you redeem us and make us your children in Christ. Look upon us, give us true freedom and bring us to the inheritance you promised.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Wisdom 9:13-18 Who can divine the will o1 the Lord? “What man indeed can know the intentions of God? Who can divine the will of the Lord? The reasonings of mortals are unsure and our intentions unstable; for a perishable body presses down the soul, and this tent of clay weighs down the teeming mind. It is hard enough for us…

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SUNDAY READINGS – TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 1/9/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, every good thing comes from you. Fill our hearts with love for you, increase our faith, and by your constant care protect the good you have given us.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus 3: 17-20. 28-29 Theme: Behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord. My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver. The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power…

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Sunday Readings: TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C) 18/8/2013

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Opening Prayer God our Father, may we love you in all things and above all things and reach the joy you have prepared for us beyond all our imaging.   First Reading A reading from the prophet Jeremiah 38:4-6. 8-10 Theme: You have borne me to be a man of dissension for all the land The king’s leading men spoke to the king. “Let Jeremiah be put to death: he is unquestionably disheartening the remaining soldiers in the city, all the people too, by talking like this. The fellow does not have the welfare of this people at heart so…

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Sunday Readings: NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C) 11/8/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Almighty and ever-living God, your Spirit made us your children, confident to call you Father. Increase your Spirit within us and bring us to our promised inheritance.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Wisdom 18:6-9 Theme: By the same act with which you took vengeance on our foes you made us glorious by calling us to you. That night had been foretold to our ancestors, so that, once they saw what kind of oaths they had put their trust in, they would joyfully take courage. This was the expectation of your people, the saving of…

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Sunday Readings: EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C) 4/8/2013

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EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C) 4/8/2013 OPENING PRAYER Father of everlasting goodness, our origin and guide, be close to us and hear the prayers of all who praise you. Forgive our sins and restore us to life. Keep us safe in your love. FIRST READING A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes 1:2; `2:21-23 Theme: What does a man gain for all his toil? Vanity of vanities, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity! For so it is that a man who has labored wisely, skillfully and successfully must leave what is his own to someone who…

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Sunday Readings: SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 28/7/2013

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OPENING PRAYER God our father and protector, without you nothing is holy, nothing have value. Guide us to everlasting life by helping us to use wisely the blessings you have given to the world.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Genesis 18:20-23 Theme: I trust my Lord will not be angry, but give me leave to speak. The Lord said, “How great an outcry there is against Sodom and Gomorrah! How grievous is their sin! I propose to go down and see whether or not they have done all that is alleged in the outcry against them…

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