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St. Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
November 22, 2021

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20
    1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came and laid siege to Jerusalem.
    2 The Lord handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and some of the vessels of the temple of God, which he carried off to the land of Shinar, * and placed in the temple treasury of his god.
    3 The king told Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain, to bring in some of the Israelites of royal blood and of the nobility,
    4 young men without any defect, handsome, intelligent and wise, quick to learn, and prudent in judgment, such as could take their place in the king's palace; they were to be taught the language and literature of the Chaldeans;
    5 after three years' training they were to enter the king's service. The king allotted them a daily portion of food and wine from the royal table.
    6 Among these were men of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
    8 But Daniel was resolved not to defile himself with the king's food or wine; so he begged the chief chamberlain to spare him this defilement.
    9 Though God had given Daniel the favor and sympathy of the chief chamberlain,
    10 he nevertheless said to Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord the king; it is he who allotted your food and drink. If he sees that you look wretched by comparison with the other young men of your age, you will endanger my life with the king."
    11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief chamberlain had put in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
    12 "Please test your servants for ten days. Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.
    13 Then see how we look in comparison with the other young men who eat from the royal table, and treat your servants according to what you see."
    14 He acceded to this request, and tested them for ten days;
    15 after ten days they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from the royal table.
    16 So the steward continued to take away the food and wine they were to receive, and gave them vegetables.
    17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in all literature and science, and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams.
    18 At the end of the time the king had specified for their preparation, the chief chamberlain brought them before Nebuchadnezzar.
    19 When the king had spoken with all of them, none was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; and so they entered the king's service.
    20 In any question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Daniel 3:52-56
    52 "Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.
    53 Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.
    54 Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
    55 Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
    56 Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever.

  • Gospel

    Luke 21:1-4
    1 He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury;
    2 and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins.
    3 And he said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them;
    4 for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Hosea 2:16-17, 21-22
    16 "And in that day, says the LORD, you will call me, `My husband,' and no longer will you call me, `My Ba'al.'
    17 For I will remove the names of the Ba'als from her mouth, and they shall be mentioned by name no more.
    21 "And in that day, says the LORD, I will answer the heavens and they shall answer the earth;
    22 and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel;

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 45:11-12, 14-17
    10 Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear; forget your people and your father's house;
    11 and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;
    13 with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
    14 in many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions, her escort, in her train.
    15 With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
    16 Instead of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 25:1-13
    1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
    2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
    3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
    4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
    5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
    6 But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'
    7 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps.
    8 And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
    9 But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'
    10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.
    11 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.'
    12 But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
    13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

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