St. Gregory Grassi, Bishop and Companions, Martyrs (Optional Memorial)
July 8, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29
    1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his older son, and said to him, "My son"; and he answered, "Here I am."
    2 He said, "Behold, I am old; I do not know the day of my death.
    3 Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me,
    4 and prepare for me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat; that I may bless you before I die."
    5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it,
    15 Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her older son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son;
    16 and the skins of the kids she put upon his hands and upon the smooth part of his neck;
    17 and she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
    18 So he went in to his father, and said, "My father"; and he said, "Here I am; who are you, my son?"
    19 Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your first-born. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that you may bless me."
    20 But Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?" He answered, "Because the LORD your God granted me success."
    21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not."
    22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau."
    23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him.
    24 He said, "Are you really my son Esau?" He answered, "I am."
    25 Then he said, "Bring it to me, that I may eat of my son's game and bless you." So he brought it to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.
    26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come near and kiss me, my son."
    27 So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said, "See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed!
    28 May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine.
    29 Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be every one who curses you, and blessed be every one who blesses you!"

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 135:1-6
    1 Praise the LORD. Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD,
    2 you that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God!
    3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for he is gracious!
    4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.
    5 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
    6 Whatever the LORD pleases he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 9:14-17
    14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
    15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
    16 And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.
    17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Revelation 7:9-17
    9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
    10 and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!"
    11 And all the angels stood round the throne and round the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
    12 saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God for ever and ever! Amen."
    13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and whence have they come?"
    14 I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night within his temple; and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence.
    16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
    17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 34:2-9
    1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad.
    3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
    4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
    5 Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
    6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
    7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
    8 O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!

  • Gospel

    John 15:18-21
    18 "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
    19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
    20 Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.
    21 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.

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