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Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
June 3, 2019

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Acts 19:1-8
    1 While Apol'los was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.
    2 And he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said, "No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
    3 And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into John's baptism."
    4 And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus."
    5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
    6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
    7 There were about twelve of them in all.
    8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God;

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 68:2-7
    1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him!
    2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before fire, let the wicked perish before God!
    3 But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy!
    4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds; his name is the LORD, exult before him!
    5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
    6 God gives the desolate a home to dwell in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

  • Gospel

    John 16:29-33
    29 His disciples said, "Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure!
    30 Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God."
    31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?
    32 The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
    33 I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
    1 It happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king, under torture with whips and cords, to partake of unlawful swine's flesh.
    2 One of them, acting as their spokesman, said, "What do you intend to ask and learn from us? For we are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our fathers."
    9 And when he was at his last breath, he said, "You accursed wretch, you dismiss us from this present life, but the King of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws."
    10 After him, the third was the victim of their sport. When it was demanded, he quickly put out his tongue and courageously stretched forth his hands,
    11 and said nobly, "I got these from Heaven, and because of his laws I disdain them, and from him I hope to get them back again."
    12 As a result the king himself and those with him were astonished at the young man's spirit, for he regarded his sufferings as nothing.
    13 When he too had died, they maltreated and tortured the fourth in the same way.
    14 And when he was near death, he said, "One cannot but choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again by him. But for you there will be no resurrection to life!"

  • 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 5:1-12
    1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
    2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
    3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
    5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
    6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
    7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
    8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
    9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
    10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    11 "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
    12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.