Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, priest
December 3, 2011

Psalter: Proper

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
    19 Yea, O people in Zion who dwell at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you.
    20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.
    21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
    23 And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and grain, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your cattle will graze in large pastures;
    24 and the oxen and the asses that till the ground will eat salted provender, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork.
    25 And upon every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
    26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the LORD binds up the hurt of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 147:1-6
    1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is seemly.
    2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
    3 He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
    4 He determines the number of the stars, he gives to all of them their names.
    5 Great is our LORD, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
    6 The LORD lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 9:35--10:1, 5-8
    5 For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise and walk'?
    6 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he then said to the paralytic -- "Rise, take up your bed and go home."
    7 And he rose and went home.
    8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
    35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.
    36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
    37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
    38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
    1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
    16 For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
    17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission.
    18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in my preaching I may make the gospel free of charge, not making full use of my right in the gospel.
    19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.
    22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
    23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 117:1-2
    1 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!
    2 For great is his steadfast love toward us; and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Praise the LORD!

  • Gospel

    Mark 16:15-20
    15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
    16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
    17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
    18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
    19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
    20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.


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