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Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto (Optional Memorial)
December 10, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 41:13-20
    13 For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."
    14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I will help you, says the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
    15 Behold, I will make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff;
    16 You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the LORD; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
    17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
    18 I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
    19 I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together;
    20 that men may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 145:1, 9-13
    1 I will extol thee, my God and King, and bless thy name for ever and ever.
    9 The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
    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,
    12 to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
    13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 11:11-15
    11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
    12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.
    13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John;
    14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Eli'jah who is to come.
    15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

  • 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.

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