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St. Monica (Memorial)
August 27, 2021

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
    1 Finally, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, you do so more and more.
    2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
    3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from unchastity;
    4 that each one of you know how to take a wife for himself in holiness and honor,
    5 not in the passion of lust like heathen who do not know God;
    6 that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we solemnly forewarned you.
    7 For God has not called us for uncleanness, but in holiness.
    8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 10-12
    1 The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
    2 Clouds and thick darkness are round about him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
    5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.
    6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.
    10 The LORD loves those who hate evil; he preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
    11 Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
    12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

  • 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.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16
    1 Happy is the husband of a good wife; the number of his days will be doubled.
    2 A loyal wife rejoices her husband, and he will complete his years in peace.
    3 A good wife is a great blessing; she will be granted among the blessings of the man who fears the Lord.
    4 Whether rich or poor, his heart is glad, and at all times his face is cheerful.
    13 A wife's charm delights her husband, and her skill puts fat on his bones.
    14 A silent wife is a gift of the Lord, and there is nothing so precious as a disciplined soul.
    15 A modest wife adds charm to charm, and no balance can weigh the value of a chaste soul.
    16 Like the sun rising in the heights of the Lord, so is the beauty of a good wife in her well-ordered home.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 131:1-3
    1 O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
    2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother's breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul.
    3 O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

  • Gospel

    Luke 7:11-17
    11 Soon afterward he went to a city called Na'in, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him.
    12 As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her.
    13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."
    14 And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."
    15 And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
    16 Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"
    17 And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

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