Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
January 24, 2013

Psalter: Proper

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Hebrews 7:25--8:6
    25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
    26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
    27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
    28 Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.
    1 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
    2 a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord.
    3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer.
    4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law.
    5 They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary; for when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, "See that you make everything according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain."
    6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry which is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 40:7-10, 17
    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.
    16 But may all who seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee; may those who love thy salvation say continually, "Great is the LORD!"

  • Gospel

    Mark 3:7-12
    7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed; also from Judea
    8 and Jerusalem and Idume'a and from beyond the Jordan and from about Tyre and Sidon a great multitude, hearing all that he did, came to him.
    9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him;
    10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him.
    11 And whenever the unclean spirits beheld him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God."
    12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 3:8-12
    8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
    9 and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;
    10 that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.
    11 This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
    12 in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in him.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 37:3-6, 30-31
    3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
    4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
    5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
    6 He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday.
    30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
    31 The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.

  • Gospel

    John 15:9-17
    9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.
    10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
    11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
    12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
    13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
    14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
    15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
    16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
    17 This I command you, to love one another.


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