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Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome (Optional Memorial)
August 5, 2019

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Numbers 11:4-15
    4 Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving; and the people of Israel also wept again, and said, "O that we had meat to eat!
    5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic;
    6 but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at."
    7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium.
    8 The people went about and gathered it, and ground it in mills or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it; and the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil.
    9 When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.
    10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, every man at the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased.
    11 Moses said to the LORD, "Why hast thou dealt ill with thy servant? And why have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou dost lay the burden of all this people upon me?
    12 Did I conceive all this people? Did I bring them forth, that thou shouldst say to me, `Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries the sucking child, to the land which thou didst swear to give their fathers?'
    13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, `Give us meat, that we may eat.'
    14 I am not able to carry all this people alone, the burden is too heavy for me.
    15 If thou wilt deal thus with me, kill me at once, if I find favor in thy sight, that I may not see my wretchedness."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 81:12-17
    11 "But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would have none of me.
    12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.
    13 O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
    14 I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes.
    15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe toward him, and their fate would last for ever.
    16 I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."

  • Gospel

    Matthew 14:13-21
    13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.
    14 As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.
    15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves."
    16 Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat."
    17 They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish."
    18 And he said, "Bring them here to me."
    19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
    20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
    21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

    OR

    Matthew 14:22-36
    22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
    23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
    24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.
    25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
    26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear.
    27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."
    28 And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water."
    29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
    30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me."
    31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?"
    32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
    33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
    34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
    35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region and brought to him all that were sick,
    36 and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Revelation 21:1-5
    1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
    2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband;
    3 and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them;
    4 he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."
    5 And he who sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Judith 13:18-19
    18 And Uzziah said to her, "O daughter, you are blessed by the Most High God above all women on earth; and blessed be the Lord God, who created the heavens and the earth, who has guided you to strike the head of the leader of our enemies.
    19 Your hope will never depart from the hearts of men, as they remember the power of God.

  • Gospel

    Luke 11:27-28
    27 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!"
    28 But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"