Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
September 12, 2013

Psalter: Week III

Color: Green


Daily Readings:

  • First Reading

    Sirach 24:17-21
    17 Like a vine I caused loveliness to bud, and my blossoms became glorious and abundant fruit.
    19 "Come to me, you who desire me, and eat your fill of my produce.
    20 For the remembrance of me is sweeter than honey, and my inheritance sweeter than the honeycomb.
    21 Those who eat me will hunger for more, and those who drink me will thirst for more.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
    46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
    47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
    49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
    50 And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.
    53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.
    54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

  • Gospel

    Luke 1:26-38
    26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
    27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
    28 And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!"
    29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.
    30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
    31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
    32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
    33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."
    34 And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"
    35 And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
    36 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
    37 For with God nothing will be impossible."
    38 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.


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