Thursday of the First Week of Advent
December 6, 2012

Psalter: Week I

Color: Purple


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 26:1-6
    1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.
    2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.
    3 Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
    4 Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
    5 For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
    6 The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
    1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
    8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
    9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
    19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
    20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
    21 I thank thee that thou hast answered me and hast become my salvation.
    25 Save us, we beseech thee, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech thee, give us success!
    26 Blessed be he who enters in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
    27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 7:21, 24-27
    21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    24 "Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
    25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
    26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
    27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 6:1-8
    1 In the year that King Uzzi'ah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple.
    2 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
    3 And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory."
    4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
    5 And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"
    6 Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
    7 And he touched my mouth, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven."
    8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-11
    1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
    6 Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
    7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
    8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart."
    9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.
    10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation.

  • Gospel

    Luke 10:1-9
    1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.
    2 And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
    3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
    4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road.
    5 Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!'
    6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you.
    7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house.
    8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you;
    9 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.'


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