Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
February 5, 2013

Psalter: Week IV

Color: Red


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Hebrews 12:1-4
    1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
    2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
    3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
    4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 22:26-28, 30-32
    25 From thee comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
    26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live for ever!
    27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
    29 Yea, to him shall all the proud of the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and he who cannot keep himself alive.
    30 Posterity shall serve him; men shall tell of the Lord to the coming generation,
    31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, that he has wrought it.

  • Gospel

    Mark 5:21-43
    21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea.
    22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Ja'irus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet,
    23 and besought him, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live."
    24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
    25 And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,
    26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
    27 She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
    28 For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well."
    29 And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
    30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, "Who touched my garments?"
    31 And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?'"
    32 And he looked around to see who had done it.
    33 But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
    34 And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
    35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"
    36 But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."
    37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
    38 When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly.
    39 And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping."
    40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.
    41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Tal'itha cu'mi"; which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."
    42 And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
    43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 1:26-31
    26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;
    27 but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,
    28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
    29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
    30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
    31 therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 8, 16, 17
    2 Incline thy ear to me, rescue me speedily! Be thou a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
    3 Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress; for thy name's sake lead me and guide me,
    5 Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
    7 I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love, because thou hast seen my affliction, thou hast taken heed of my adversities,
    15 My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!
    16 Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!

  • Gospel

    Luke 9:23-26
    23 And he said to all, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
    24 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.
    25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
    26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.


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