Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
December 7, 2013

Psalter: Proper

Color: White


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
    19 Yea, O people in Zion who dwell at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you.
    20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.
    21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
    23 And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and grain, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your cattle will graze in large pastures;
    24 and the oxen and the asses that till the ground will eat salted provender, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork.
    25 And upon every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
    26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the LORD binds up the hurt of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 147:1-6
    1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is seemly.
    2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
    3 He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
    4 He determines the number of the stars, he gives to all of them their names.
    5 Great is our LORD, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
    6 The LORD lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 9:35--10:1, 5-8
    5 For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise and walk'?
    6 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he then said to the paralytic -- "Rise, take up your bed and go home."
    7 And he rose and went home.
    8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
    35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.
    36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
    37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
    38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
    1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.

  • 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 89:2-5, 21-22, 25, 27
    1 I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
    2 For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
    3 Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant:
    4 `I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'" [Selah]
    20 I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'

  • Gospel

    John 10:11-16
    11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
    12 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
    13 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
    14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
    15 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
    16 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.


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