Memorial of Saint Monica
August 27, 2012

Psalter: Week I

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12
    1 Paul, Silva'nus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalo'nians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
    2 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    3 We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
    4 Therefore we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you are enduring.
    5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering --
    11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power,
    12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 96:1-5
    1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
    2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
    3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
    5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols; but the LORD made the heavens.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 23:13-22
    13 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in.
    15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
    16 "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'
    17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?
    18 And you say, `If any one swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.'
    19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
    20 So he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it;
    21 and he who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him who dwells in it;
    22 and he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16
    1 Happy is the husband of a good wife; the number of his days will be doubled.
    2 A loyal wife rejoices her husband, and he will complete his years in peace.
    3 A good wife is a great blessing; she will be granted among the blessings of the man who fears the Lord.
    4 Whether rich or poor, his heart is glad, and at all times his face is cheerful.
    13 A wife's charm delights her husband, and her skill puts fat on his bones.
    14 A silent wife is a gift of the Lord, and there is nothing so precious as a disciplined soul.
    15 A modest wife adds charm to charm, and no balance can weigh the value of a chaste soul.
    16 Like the sun rising in the heights of the Lord, so is the beauty of a good wife in her well-ordered home.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 131:1-3
    1 O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
    2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother's breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul.
    3 O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

  • Gospel

    Luke 7:11-17
    11 Soon afterward he went to a city called Na'in, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him.
    12 As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her.
    13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."
    14 And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."
    15 And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
    16 Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"
    17 And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.


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