Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
January 21, 2012

Psalter: Week II

Color: Red


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27
    1 After the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amal'ekites, David remained two days in Ziklag;
    2 and on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul's camp, with his clothes rent and earth upon his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and did obeisance.
    3 David said to him, "Where do you come from?" And he said to him, "I have escaped from the camp of Israel."
    4 And David said to him, "How did it go? Tell me." And he answered, "The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and are dead; and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead."
    11 Then David took hold of his clothes, and rent them; and so did all the men who were with him;
    12 and they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
    19 "Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places! How are the mighty fallen!
    23 "Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
    24 "Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you daintily in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
    25 "How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! "Jonathan lies slain upon thy high places.
    26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
    27 "How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!"

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 80:2-3, 5-7
    1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou who leadest Joseph like a flock! Thou who art enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
    2 before E'phraim and Benjamin and Manas'seh! Stir up thy might, and come to save us!
    4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry with thy people's prayers?
    5 Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.
    6 Thou dost make us the scorn of our neighbors; and our enemies laugh among themselves.

  • Gospel

    Mark 3:20-21
    20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.
    21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, "He is beside himself."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 1:26-31
    26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;
    27 but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,
    28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
    29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
    30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
    31 therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 23:1-6
    1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
    2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
    3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 13:44-46
    44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
    45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
    46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.


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