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St. Bernard, Abbot, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
August 20, 2021

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22
    1 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.
    3 But Elim'elech, the husband of Na'omi, died, and she was left with her two sons.
    4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years;
    5 and both Mahlon and Chil'ion died, so that the woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband.
    6 Then she started with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food.
    14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
    15 And she said, "See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
    16 But Ruth said, "Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God;
    22 So Na'omi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 146:5-10
    4 When his breath departs he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish.
    5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
    6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith for ever;
    7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
    8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
    9 The LORD watches over the sojourners, he upholds the widow and the fatherless; but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

  • 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

    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."

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