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St. Bernard, Abbot, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
August 20, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 36:23-28
    23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them; and the nations will know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
    24 For I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land.
    25 I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
    26 A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
    27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.
    28 You shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 51:12-15, 18-19
    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
    11 Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
    12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
    13 Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee.
    16 For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
    17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 22:1-14
    1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
    2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son,
    3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
    4 Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.'
    5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
    6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
    7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
    8 Then he said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
    9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.'
    10 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
    11 "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;
    12 and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
    13 Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'
    14 For many are called, but few are chosen."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Sirach 15:1-6
    1 The man who fears the Lord will do this, and he who holds to the law will obtain wisdom.
    2 She will come to meet him like a mother, and like the wife of his youth she will welcome him.
    3 She will feed him with the bread of understanding, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.
    4 He will lean on her and will not fall, and he will rely on her and will not be put to shame.
    5 She will exalt him above his neighbors, and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly.
    6 He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing, and will acquire an everlasting name.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 119:9-14
    9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.
    10 With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
    11 I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    12 Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes!
    13 With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
    14 In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

  • Gospel

    John 17:20-26
    20 "I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word,
    21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
    22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
    23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.
    24 Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world.
    25 O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me.
    26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."