Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
August 20, 2012

Psalter: Proper

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 24:15-23
    15 Also the word of the LORD came to me:
    16 "Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep nor shall your tears run down.
    17 Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your shoes on your feet; do not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of mourners."
    18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.
    19 And the people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting thus?"
    20 Then I said to them, "The word of the LORD came to me:
    21 `Say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the desire of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword.
    22 And you shall do as I have done; you shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of mourners.
    23 Your turbans shall be on your heads and your shoes on your feet; you shall not mourn or weep, but you shall pine away in your iniquities and groan to one another.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Deuteronomy 32:18-21
    18 You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth.
    19 "The LORD saw it, and spurned them, because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
    20 And he said, `I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end will be, for they are a perverse generation, children in whom is no faithfulness.
    21 They have stirred me to jealousy with what is no god; they have provoked me with their idols. So I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people; I will provoke them with a foolish nation.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 19:16-22
    16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?"
    17 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments."
    18 He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,
    19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
    20 The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?"
    21 Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
    22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Sirach 15:1-6
    1 The man who fears the Lord will do this, and he who holds to the law will obtain wisdom.
    2 She will come to meet him like a mother, and like the wife of his youth she will welcome him.
    3 She will feed him with the bread of understanding, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
    4 He will lean on her and will not fall, and he will rely on her and will not be put to shame.
    5 She will exalt him above his neighbors, and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly.
    6 He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing, and will acquire an everlasting name.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 119:9-14
    9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.
    10 With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
    11 I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    12 Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes!
    13 With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
    14 In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

  • Gospel

    John 17:20-26
    20 "I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word,
    21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
    23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.
    24 Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world.
    25 O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me.
    26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."


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