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St. Louis IX of France, King, Patron of the Third Order (Memorial)
August 25, 2021

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
    9 For you remember our labor and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God.
    10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our behavior to you believers;
    11 for you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you
    12 to lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
    13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 139:7-12
    7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
    8 If I ascend to heaven, thou art there! If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there!
    9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
    10 even there thy hand shall lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
    11 If I say, "Let only darkness cover me, and the light about me be night,"
    12 even the darkness is not dark to thee, the night is bright as the day; for darkness is as light with thee.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 23:27-32
    27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
    28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
    29 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
    30 saying, `If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
    31 Thus you witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
    32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 58:6-11
    6 "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
    7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
    8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
    9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
    10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
    11 And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 112:1-9
    1 Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
    2 His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
    3 Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness endures for ever.
    4 Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the LORD is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
    5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
    6 For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.
    7 He is not afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
    8 His heart is steady, he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire on his adversaries.
    9 He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn is exalted in honor.

  • 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."

  • Third Option

  • First Reading

    Wisdom 10:10-14
    10 When a righteous man fled from his brother's wrath, she guided him on straight paths; she showed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of angels; she prospered him in his labors, and increased the fruit of his toil.
    11 When his oppressors were covetous, she stood by him and made him rich.
    12 She protected him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those who lay in wait for him; in his arduous contest she gave him the victory, so that he might learn that godliness is more powerful than anything.
    13 When a righteous man was sold, wisdom did not desert him, but delivered him from sin. She descended with him into the dungeon,
    14 and when he was in prison she did not leave him, until she brought him the scepter of a kingdom and authority over his masters. Those who accused him she showed to be false, and she gave him everlasting honor.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:8, 12, 20, 22, 27-28
    7 a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and terrible above all that are round about him?
    11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; the world and all that is in it, thou hast founded them.
    19 Of old thou didst speak in a vision to thy faithful one, and say: "I have set the crown upon one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
    27 And I will make him the first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth.

  • Gospel

    Luke 19:12-19
    12 He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return.
    13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, `Trade with these till I come.'
    14 But his citizens hated him and sent an embassy after him, saying, `We do not want this man to reign over us.'
    15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading.
    16 The first came before him, saying, `Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more.'
    17 And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'
    18 And the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five pounds.'
    19 And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.'

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