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St. Pius X, Pope (Memorial)
August 21, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ezekiel 37:1-14
    1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; it was full of bones.
    2 And he led me round among them; and behold, there were very many upon the valley; and lo, they were very dry.
    3 And he said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, thou knowest."
    4 Again he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
    5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
    6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD."
    7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
    8 And as I looked, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
    9 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live."
    10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.
    11 Then he said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, `Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.'
    12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel.
    13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.
    14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done it, says the LORD."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 107:2-9
    2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
    3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
    4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
    5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
    6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;
    7 he led them by a straight way, till they reached a city to dwell in.
    8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men!
    9 For he satisfies him who is thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 22:34-40
    34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees, they came together.
    35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him.
    36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
    37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
    38 This is the great and first commandment.
    39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 Thessalonians 2:2-8
    2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philip'pi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition.
    3 For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile;
    4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.
    5 For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness;
    6 nor did we seek glory from men, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.
    7 But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.
    8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:2-5, 21-22, 25, 27
    1 I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
    2 For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
    3 Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant:
    4 `I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'" [Selah]
    20 I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'

  • Gospel

    John 21:15-17
    15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs."
    16 A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
    17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.

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