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St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest (Optional Memorial)
April 28, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Acts 7:51--8:1
    51 "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
    52 Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered,
    53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it."
    54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him.
    55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;
    56 and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God."
    57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him.
    58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
    59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
    60 And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
    1 And Saul was consenting to his death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Sama'ria, except the apostles.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 31:3-4, 6-8, 17, 21
    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.
    6 Thou hatest those who pay regard to vain idols; but I trust in the LORD.
    7 I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love, because thou hast seen my affliction, thou hast taken heed of my adversities,
    16 Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!
    20 In the covert of thy presence thou hidest them from the plots of men; thou holdest them safe under thy shelter from the strife of tongues.

  • Gospel

    John 6:30-35
    30 So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform?
    31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"
    32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
    33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world."
    34 They said to him, "Lord, give us this bread always."
    35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Corinthians 1:18-25
    18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
    19 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart."
    20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
    21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
    22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
    23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
    24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
    25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-10
    1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
    6 Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
    7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;
    8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart."
    9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 28:16-20
    16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
    17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted.
    18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
    19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."