St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
January 21, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14
    2 For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place.
    3 Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies,
    11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
    12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
    13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh,
    14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 47:2-3, 6-9
    1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
    2 For the LORD, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth.
    5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
    6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
    7 For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
    8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

  • Gospel

    Mark 3:20-21
    20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.
    21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, "He is beside himself."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 1:26-31
    26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;
    27 but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,
    28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
    29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
    30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
    31 therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 23:1-6
    1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
    2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
    3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 13:44-46
    44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
    45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
    46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

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