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Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto (Optional Memorial)
December 10, 2019

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 40:1-11
    1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
    2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.
    3 A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
    4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
    5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
    6 A voice says, "Cry!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
    7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people is grass.
    8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.
    9 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"
    10 Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
    11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 96:1-3, 10-13
    1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
    2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
    3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity."
    11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    12 let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy
    13 before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 18:12-14
    12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
    13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
    14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
    10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
    11 "Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven."
    12 But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test."
    13 And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?
    14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman'u-el.
    10 Take counsel together, but it will come to nought; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Luke 1:46-55
    46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
    47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
    49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
    50 And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.
    51 He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
    52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree;
    53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.
    54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
    55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever."

  • Gospel

    Luke 1:26-38
    26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
    27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
    28 And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!"
    29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.
    30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
    31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
    32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
    33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."
    34 And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"
    35 And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
    36 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
    37 For with God nothing will be impossible."
    38 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.