The First Martyrs of Holy Roman Church (Optional Memorial)
June 30, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22
    1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.
    9 And God said to Abraham, "As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.
    10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised.
    15 And God said to Abraham, "As for Sar'ai your wife, you shall not call her name Sar'ai, but Sarah shall be her name.
    16 I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her; I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall come from her."
    17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, "Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?"
    18 And Abraham said to God, "O that Ish'mael might live in thy sight!"
    19 God said, "No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.
    20 As for Ish'mael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him and make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
    21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year."
    22 When he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 128:1-5
    1 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!
    2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
    3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
    4 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.
    5 The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 8:1-4
    1 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him;
    2 and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."
    3 And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
    4 And Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Romans 8:31-39
    31 What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?
    32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?
    33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies;
    34 who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?
    35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
    36 As it is written, "For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
    38 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
    39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 124:2-5, 7-8
    2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us,
    3 then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
    4 then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;
    5 then over us would have gone the raging waters.
    7 We have escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
    8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 24:4-13
    4 And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray.
    5 For many will come in my name, saying, `I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.
    6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
    7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places:
    8 all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.
    9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.
    10 And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another.
    11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
    12 And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold.
    13 But he who endures to the end will be saved.

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