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

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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; he shall be heard on the day when he prays.  Long life comes to him who honours his father; he who sets his mother at ease is showing obedience to the Lord.

 

My son, support your father in his old age, do not grieve him during his life.  Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy, do not despise him in your health and strength; for kindness to a father shall not be forgotten but will serve as reparation for your sins.

 This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM   PS 127:1-5. R.V.1

R. O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!

 

1.         O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways! By the labour of your hands you shall eat.  You will be happy and prosper. (R)

 

2.         Your wife like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house; your children like shoots of the olive, around your table (R.)

 

3.         Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.  May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life! ( R)

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians 3:12-21

Theme: Family life in the Lord

 

You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins.  The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.  Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love.  And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as part of one body.  Always be thankful.

 

Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.  Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom.  With gratitude in your hearts sing Psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Wives, give way to your husbands, as you should in the Lord.  Husbands love your wives and treat them with gentleness.  Children, be obedient to your parents always, because that is what will please the Lord. Parents never drive your children to resentment or you will make them feel frustrated.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

ACCLAMATION   COL 3:15. 16

Alleluia, alleluia!

May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts; let the message of Christ find a home with you. Alleluia!

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew 2:13-15. 19-23

Theme: The holy family in Egypt.

 

After the wise men had left, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.”  So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod was dead.  This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: I called my son out of Egypt.

 

After Herod’s death, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “get up, take the child and his mother with you and go back to the land of Israel, for those who wanted to kill the child are dead.” So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, went back to the land of Israel.  But when he learnt that Archelaus has succeeded his father Herod as ruler of Judaea he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he left for the region of Galilee.

 

There he settled in a town called Nazareth.  In this way the words spoken through the prophets were to be fulfilled: He will be called a Nazarene.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.


PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Lord, accept this sacrifice and through the prayers of Mary, the virgin Mother of God, and of her husband, Joseph, unite our families in peace and love.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Eternal Father, we want to live as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,  in peace with you and one another.  May this communion strengthen us to face the troubles of life.

 

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SUNDAY READINGS

THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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OPENING PRAYER
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING
A reading from the Book of Sirach 27:30-28:7
Theme: “Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be forgiven when you pray.”
He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord, and he will firmly establish his sins.
Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. Does a man harbour anger against another, and yet seek for healing from the Lord? Does he have no mercy towards a man like himself, and yet pray for his own sins?
If he himself, being flesh, maintains wrath, will he then seek forgiveness from God? Who will make expiation for his sins? Remember the end of your life, and cease from enmity, remember destruction and death, and be true to the commandments. Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbour; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook ignorance.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 103:1 -2.3-4.9-10.11-12 (R. 8)

R\. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

1. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all within me, his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits. R\.

2. It is the Lord who forgives all your sins, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with mercy and compassion. R\.

3. He will not always find fault; nor persist in his anger forever. He does not treat us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our faults. R\.

4. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so strong his mercy for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far from us does he remove our transgressions. R\.

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 14:7-9
Theme: “Whether we live or die, we are the Lords.”
Brethren: None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
The word of the Lord.
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GOSPEL ACCLAMATION John 13:34
Alleluia, alleluia!
A new commandment I give to you, says the Lord, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:21-35
Theme: “I do not say to you that you forgive seven times but seventy times seven.”
At that time: Peter came up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
“But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Look with favour on our supplications, O Lord, and in your kindness accept these, your servants’ offerings, that what each has offered to the honour of your name may serve the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
May the working of this heavenly gift, O Lord, we pray, take possession of our minds and bodies so that its effects, and not our own desires, may always prevail in us. Through Christ our Lord.

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TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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OPENING PRAYER
God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah 20:7-9
Theme: “The word of the Lord has become a reproach for me.”
O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; every one mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
This is the word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 63:2.3-4.5-6.8-9 (R. cf. 2ab)

R\. For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord, my God.

1. O God, you are my God; at dawn I seek you; for you my soul is thirsting. For you my flesh is pining, like a dry, weary land without water. (R.)

2. I have come before you in the sanctuary, to behold your strength and your glory. Your loving mercy is better than life; my lips will speak your praise. (R.)

3. I will bless you all my life; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul shall be filled as with a banquet; with joyful lips, my mouth shall praise you. (R.)

4. For you have been my strength; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me. (R.)

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 12:1-2
Theme: Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.
I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
This is the Word of the Lord.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Eph1: 17,18
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we might know what is the hope to which he has called us Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 16:21-27
Theme: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself”
At that time: Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
May this sacred offering, O Lord, confer on us always the blessing of salvation, that what it celebrates in mystery it may accomplish in power. Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Renewed by this bread from the heavenly table, we beseech you, Lord, that, being the food of charity, it may confirm our hearts, and stir us to serve you in our neighbour. Through Christ our Lord.

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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR (A)

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 84:10-11
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

COLLECT
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. Through our Lord…

FIRST READING
A reading from the Book of Isaiah 56:l.6-7
“And the foreigners I will bring to my holy mountain.”
Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the Sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 67:2-3.5.6 and 8 (R. 4)
R. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your salvation. R

Let the nations be glad and shout for joy, with uprightness you rule the peoples; you guide the nations on earth. R.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. May God still give us his blessing that all the ends of the earth may revere him. R.

SECOND READING
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 11:13-15.29-32
“The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”
Brethren: I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify,’ my ministry in order to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all.
The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA Cf. Matthew 4:23
V. Alleluia. R. Alleluia.
V. Jesus was preaching the Gospel of the kingdom and healing every infirmity among the people.
R. Alleluia.

GOSPEL
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew l5:2l-28
“O woman, great is your faith!”
At that time: Jesus went away and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on mc, 0 Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word.
And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “0 woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
The Gospel of the Lord.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Receive our oblation, O Lord, by which is brought about a glorious exchange, that by offering what you have given, we may merit to receive your very self.
Through Christ our Lord.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Made partakers of Christ through these Sacraments, we humbly implore your mercy, Lord, that, conformed to his image on earth, we may merit also to be his co-heirs in heaven. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

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