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Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome (Optional Memorial)
August 5, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Jeremiah 31:1-7
    1 "At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people."
    2 Thus says the LORD: "The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest,
    3 the LORD appeared to him from afar. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
    4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall adorn yourself with timbrels, and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
    5 Again you shall plant vineyards upon the mountains of Sama'ria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit.
    6 For there shall be a day when watchmen will call in the hill country of E'phraim: `Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.'"
    7 For thus says the LORD: "Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, `The LORD has saved his people, the remnant of Israel.'

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Jeremiah 31:10-13
    10 "Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands afar off; say, `He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.'
    11 For the LORD has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
    12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more.
    13 Then shall the maidens rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 15:21-28
    21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
    22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon."
    23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us."
    24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
    25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me."
    26 And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
    27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
    28 Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.

  • 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!"

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