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St. Francis Xavier, Priest (Memorial)
December 3, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 26:1-6
    1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.
    2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.
    3 Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
    4 Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
    5 For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
    6 The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
    1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
    8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
    9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
    19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
    20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
    21 I thank thee that thou hast answered me and hast become my salvation.
    25 Save us, we beseech thee, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech thee, give us success!
    26 Blessed be he who enters in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
    27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 7:21, 24-27
    21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    24 "Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
    25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
    26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
    27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
    16 For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
    17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission.
    18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in my preaching I may make the gospel free of charge, not making full use of my right in the gospel.
    19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.
    22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
    23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 117:1-2
    1 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!
    2 For great is his steadfast love toward us; and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Praise the LORD!

  • Gospel

    Mark 16:15-20
    15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
    16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
    17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
    18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
    19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
    20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.