Friday of the First Week of Advent
December 6, 2013

Psalter: Proper

Color: Purple


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 29:17-24
    17 Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?
    18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
    19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
    20 For the ruthless shall come to nought and the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,
    21 who by a word make a man out to be an offender, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right.
    22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: "Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale.
    23 For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
    24 And those who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14
    1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
    4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
    13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
    14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 9:27-31
    27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David."
    28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord."
    29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you."
    30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it."
    31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

  • 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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