Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

January 20, 2024


Daily Readings:

  • First Reading

    2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27

    1After the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amal'ekites, David remained two days in Ziklag; 2and on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul's camp, with his clothes rent and earth upon his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and did obeisance. 3David said to him, "Where do you come from?" And he said to him, "I have escaped from the camp of Israel." 4And David said to him, "How did it go? Tell me." And he answered, "The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and are dead; and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead." 11Then David took hold of his clothes, and rent them; and so did all the men who were with him; 12and they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 19"Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places! How are the mighty fallen! 23"Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24"Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you daintily in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 25"How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! "Jonathan lies slain upon thy high places. 26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 27"How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!"

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 80:2-3, 5-7

    1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou who leadest Joseph like a flock! Thou who art enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth 2before E'phraim and Benjamin and Manas'seh! Stir up thy might, and come to save us! 4O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry with thy people's prayers? 5Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure. 6Thou dost make us the scorn of our neighbors; and our enemies laugh among themselves.

  • Gospel

    Mark 3:20-21

    20and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, "He is beside himself."