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St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
April 29, 2019

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Acts 4:23-31
    23 When they were released they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
    24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, "Sovereign Lord, who didst make the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
    25 who by the mouth of our father David, thy servant, didst say by the Holy Spirit, `Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things?
    26 The kings of the earth set themselves in array, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed' --
    27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against thy holy servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
    28 to do whatever thy hand and thy plan had predestined to take place.
    29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness,
    30 while thou stretchest out thy hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of thy holy servant Jesus."
    31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 2:1-9
    1 Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?
    2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
    3 "Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us."
    4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision.
    5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
    6 "I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill."
    7 I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my son, today I have begotten you.
    8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
    9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

  • Gospel

    John 3:1-8
    1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicode'mus, a ruler of the Jews.
    2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him."
    3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
    4 Nicode'mus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
    5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
    6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
    7 Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.'
    8 The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 John 1:5--2:2
    5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
    6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth;
    7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
    8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
    1 My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
    2 and he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 103:1-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18
    1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
    2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
    3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
    4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
    9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever.
    13 As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him.
    14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
    17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,
    18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 11:25-30
    25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
    26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
    27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
    28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."