St. Nicholas, Bishop (Optional Memorial)
December 6, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 25:6-10
    6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined.
    7 And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.
    8 He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.
    9 It will be said on that day, "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation."
    10 For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trodden down in his place, as straw is trodden down in a dung-pit.

  • 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 15:29-37
    29 And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
    30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,
    31 so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
    32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."
    33 And the disciples said to him, "Where are we to get bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?"
    34 And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."
    35 And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground,
    36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
    37 And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 6:1-8
    1 In the year that King Uzzi'ah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple.
    2 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
    3 And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory."
    4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
    5 And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!"
    6 Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
    7 And he touched my mouth, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven."
    8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-11
    1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
    6 Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
    7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
    8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart."
    9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.
    10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation.

  • Gospel

    Luke 10:1-9
    1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.
    2 And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
    3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
    4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road.
    5 Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!'
    6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you.
    7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house.
    8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you;
    9 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.'

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