Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
November 22, 2013

Psalter: Proper

Color: Red


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59
    36 Then said Judas and his brothers, "Behold, our enemies are crushed; let us go up to cleanse the sanctuary and dedicate it."
    37 So all the army assembled and they went up to Mount Zion.
    52 Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, which is the month of Chislev, in the one hundred and forty-eighth year,
    53 they rose and offered sacrifice, as the law directs, on the new altar of burnt offering which they had built.
    54 At the very season and on the very day that the Gentiles had profaned it, it was dedicated with songs and harps and lutes and cymbals.
    55 All the people fell on their faces and worshiped and blessed Heaven, who had prospered them.
    56 So they celebrated the dedication of the altar for eight days, and offered burnt offerings with gladness; they offered a sacrifice of deliverance and praise.
    57 They decorated the front of the temple with golden crowns and small shields; they restored the gates and the chambers for the priests, and furnished them with doors.
    58 There was very great gladness among the people, and the reproach of the Gentiles was removed.
    59 Then Judas and his brothers and all the assembly of Israel determined that every year at that season the days of dedication of the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days, beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month of Chislev.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    1 Chronicles 29:10-12
    10 Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly; and David said: "Blessed art thou, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.
    11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
    12 Both riches and honor come from thee, and thou rulest over all. In thy hand are power and might; and in thy hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

  • Gospel

    Luke 19:45-48
    45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold,
    46 saying to them, "It is written, `My house shall be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers."
    47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him;
    48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people hung upon his words.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Hosea 2:16-17, 21-22
    16 "And in that day, says the LORD, you will call me, `My husband,' and no longer will you call me, `My Ba'al.'
    17 For I will remove the names of the Ba'als from her mouth, and they shall be mentioned by name no more.
    21 "And in that day, says the LORD, I will answer the heavens and they shall answer the earth;
    22 and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel;

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 45:11-12, 14-17
    10 Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear; forget your people and your father's house;
    11 and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;
    13 with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
    14 in many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions, her escort, in her train.
    15 With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
    16 Instead of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 25:1-13
    1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
    2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
    3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
    4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
    5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
    6 But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'
    7 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps.
    8 And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
    9 But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'
    10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.
    11 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.'
    12 But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
    13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


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