Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome (Optional Memorial)
August 5, 2017


Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Leviticus 25:1, 8-17
    1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,
    8 "And you shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall be to you forty-nine years.
    9 Then you shall send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land.
    10 And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his family.
    11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; in it you shall neither sow, nor reap what grows of itself, nor gather the grapes from the undressed vines.
    12 For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat what it yields out of the field.
    13 "In this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his property.
    14 And if you sell to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another.
    15 According to the number of years after the jubilee, you shall buy from your neighbor, and according to the number of years for crops he shall sell to you.
    16 If the years are many you shall increase the price, and if the years are few you shall diminish the price, for it is the number of the crops that he is selling to you.
    17 You shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
    1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, [Selah]
    2 that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving power among all nations.
    4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou dost judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. [Selah]
    6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
    7 God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 14:1-12
    1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;
    2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
    3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife;
    4 because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
    5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
    6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
    7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
    8 Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
    9 And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
    10 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
    11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
    12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Revelation 21:1-5
    1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
    2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband;
    3 and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them;
    4 he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."
    5 And he who sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Judith 13:18-19
    18 And Uzziah said to her, "O daughter, you are blessed by the Most High God above all women on earth; and blessed be the Lord God, who created the heavens and the earth, who has guided you to strike the head of the leader of our enemies.
    19 Your hope will never depart from the hearts of men, as they remember the power of God.

  • Gospel

    Luke 11:27-28
    27 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!"
    28 But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"


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