St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial) :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
February 23, 2019

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Hebrews 11:1-7
    1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
    2 For by it the men of old received divine approval.
    3 By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.
    4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he received approval as righteous, God bearing witness by accepting his gifts; he died, but through his faith he is still speaking.
    5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was attested as having pleased God.
    6 And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
    7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 145:2-5, 10-11
    2 Every day I will bless thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever.
    3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
    4 One generation shall laud thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
    5 On the glorious splendor of thy majesty, and on thy wondrous works, I will meditate.
    10 All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD, and all thy saints shall bless thee!
    11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and tell of thy power,

  • Gospel

    Mark 9:2-13
    2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them,
    3 and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
    4 And there appeared to them Eli'jah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus.
    5 And Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah."
    6 For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid.
    7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him."
    8 And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only.
    9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead.
    10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.
    11 And they asked him, "Why do the scribes say that first Eli'jah must come?"
    12 And he said to them, "Eli'jah does come first to restore all things; and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
    13 But I tell you that Eli'jah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Revelation 2:8-11
    8 "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: `The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
    9 "`I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
    10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
    11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who conquers shall not be hurt by the second death.'

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 8, 16-17
    2 Incline thy ear to me, rescue me speedily! Be thou a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
    3 Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress; for thy name's sake lead me and guide me,
    5 Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
    7 I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love, because thou hast seen my affliction, thou hast taken heed of my adversities,
    15 My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!
    16 Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!

  • 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.