St. Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
November 22, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31
    1 It happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king, under torture with whips and cords, to partake of unlawful swine's flesh.
    20 The mother was especially admirable and worthy of honorable memory. Though she saw her seven sons perish within a single day, she bore it with good courage because of her hope in the Lord.
    21 She encouraged each of them in the language of their fathers. Filled with a noble spirit, she fired her woman's reasoning with a man's courage, and said to them,
    22 "I do not know how you came into being in my womb. It was not I who gave you life and breath, nor I who set in order the elements within each of you.
    23 Therefore the Creator of the world, who shaped the beginning of man and devised the origin of all things, will in his mercy give life and breath back to you again, since you now forget yourselves for the sake of his laws."
    24 Antiochus felt that he was being treated with contempt, and he was suspicious of her reproachful tone. The youngest brother being still alive, Antiochus not only appealed to him in words, but promised with oaths that he would make him rich and enviable if he would turn from the ways of his fathers, and that he would take him for his friend and entrust him with public affairs.
    25 Since the young man would not listen to him at all, the king called the mother to him and urged her to advise the youth to save himself.
    26 After much urging on his part, she undertook to persuade her son.
    27 But, leaning close to him, she spoke in their native tongue as follows, deriding the cruel tyrant: "My son, have pity on me. I carried you nine months in my womb, and nursed you for three years, and have reared you and brought you up to this point in your life, and have taken care of you.
    28 I beseech you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. Thus also mankind comes into being.
    29 Do not fear this butcher, but prove worthy of your brothers. Accept death, so that in God's mercy I may get you back again with your brothers."
    30 While she was still speaking, the young man said, "What are you waiting for? I will not obey the king's command, but I obey the command of the law that was given to our fathers through Moses.
    31 But you, who have contrived all sorts of evil against the Hebrews, will certainly not escape the hands of God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
    1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
    5 My steps have held fast to thy paths, my feet have not slipped.
    6 I call upon thee, for thou wilt answer me, O God; incline thy ear to me, hear my words.
    8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of thy wings,
    15 As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding thy form.

  • Gospel

    Luke 19:11-28
    11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.
    12 He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return.
    13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, `Trade with these till I come.'
    14 But his citizens hated him and sent an embassy after him, saying, `We do not want this man to reign over us.'
    15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading.
    16 The first came before him, saying, `Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more.'
    17 And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'
    18 And the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five pounds.'
    19 And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.'
    20 Then another came, saying, `Lord, here is your pound, which I kept laid away in a napkin;
    21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.'
    22 He said to him, `I will condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?
    23 Why then did you not put my money into the bank, and at my coming I should have collected it with interest?'
    24 And he said to those who stood by, `Take the pound from him, and give it to him who has the ten pounds.'
    25 (And they said to him, `Lord, he has ten pounds!')
    26 `I tell you, that to every one who has will more be given; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
    27 But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.'"
    28 And when he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

  • 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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