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Sunday, December 01, 2013
First Sunday of Advent (Blessing of Advent wreath after homily)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122:1-9
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my words to the King.

-- Psalm xliv. 2

Monday, December 02, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 2:1-5 or Isaiah 4:2-6*
Psalm 122:1-9
Matthew 8:5-11

God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of trumpet.

-- Ps. xlvi. 6

Tuesday, December 03, 2013
St. Francis Xavier, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Luke 10:21-24

Diligence in prayer is the perfection of the Gospel.

-- St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-6
Matthew 15:29-37

The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church's history.

-- Pope John Paul II

Thursday, December 05, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 26:1-6
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Matthew 7:21, 24-27

If one yields ground on any single point of Catholic doctrine, one will later have to yield later in another, and again in another, and so on until such surrenders come to be something normal and acceptable. And when one gets used to rejecting dogma bit by bit, the final result will be the repudiation of it altogether.

-- St Vincent of Lerins

Friday, December 06, 2013
St. Nicholas, Bishop (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Matthew 9:27-31

If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a Saint.

-- St Ignatius Loyola

Saturday, December 07, 2013
St. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm 147:1-6
Matthew 9:35 --
10:1, 5-8

Anxiety proceeds from an ill-regulated desire to be delivered from the evil we experience, or to acquire the good to which we aspire; nevertheless, nothing aggravates evil and hinders good so much as anxiety and worry.

-- St Francis de Sales

Sunday, December 08, 2013
Second Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12

Nothing is anything more to me; everything is nothing to me, but Jesus: neither things nor persons, neither ideas nor emotions, neither honor nor sufferings. Jesus is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.

-- St Bernadette

Monday, December 09, 2013
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1-4
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

For the spirit of the wisdom hath filled the whole world

-- Wis. i. 7

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13
Matthew 18:12-14

And he fed them with the fat of wheat, and filled them with honey out of the rock.

-- Ps. lxxx. 17

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 40:25-31
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10
Matthew 11:28-30

O God, when thou didst go forth in the sight of thy people, when thou didst pass through the desert: The earth was moved, and the heavens dropped at the presence of the God of Sina, at the presence of the God of Israel.

-- Ps. lxvii. 8,9

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
Judith 13:18-19
Luke 1:26-38 or
1:39-47

Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.

-- Ps. lxvii. 2

Friday, December 13, 2013
St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 48:17-19
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Matthew 11:16-19

Let my mouth be filled with praise, that I may sing thy glory; thy greatness all the day long. My lips shall greatly rejoice, when I shall sing to thee; and my soul which thou hast redeemed.

-- Ps. lxx. 8,23

Saturday, December 14, 2013
St. John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Matthew 17:10-13

And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.

-- Romans v. 5

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Third Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10
Psalm 146:6-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

Bless ye the God of heaven, give glory to Him in the sight of all that live, because He hath shewn His mercy to you.

-- Tobias xii. 6

Monday, December 16, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17
Psalm 25:4-9
Matthew 21:23-27

I ought to imagine to myself that there are no others in the world but God and myself.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17
Matthew 1:1-17

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for "God is Charity" (1 Jn 4:8)

-- St. Albert the Great

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 23:5-8
Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19
Matthew 1:18-25

Those who are led by the Holy Spirit have true ideas. That's why so many ignorant people are wiser than the learned.

-- St. John Vianney

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25
Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17
Luke 1:5-25

Who is so strong as never to be overcome by temptation, except he who has the grace of the Lord for his helper?

-- St. Augustine

Friday, December 20, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 1:26-38

Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin. Thus, fasting is the proper antidote to lust; prayer to pride, to envy, anger and sloth; alms to covetousness.

-- St. Richard of Chichester

Saturday, December 21, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Song of Solomon 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18
Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21
Luke 1:39-45

He who wishes to love God does not truly love Him if he has not an ardent and constant desire to suffer for His sake.

-- St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24

Instead of which things, thou didst feed thy people with the food of angels, and gavest them bread from heaven, prepared without labour; having in it all that is delicious, and the sweetness of every taste. For thy sustenance shewed thy sweetness to thy children, and serving every man's will, it was turned to what every man liked.

-- Wis. xvi. 20,21

Monday, December 23, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14
Luke 1:57-66

The highest perfection consists not in interior favors or in great raptures, but in the bringing of our wills so closely into conformity with the Will of God that, as soon as we realize that he wills anything, we desire it ourselves with all our might.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Luke 1:67-79

Give ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword: in the shadow of his hand he hath protected me, and hath made me as a chosen arrow: in his quiver he hath hidden me.

-- Isa. xlix. 1,2

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The Nativity of the Lord - Christmas (Solemnity)
Midnight
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

Dawn
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

During the Day

First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14


Isaiah 62:11-12
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:15-20


Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14

 

A light shall shine upon us this day: for the Lord is born to us: and He shall be called Wonderful, God, the Prince of Peace, the Father of the world to come: of whose reign there shall be no end.

-- Is. ix. 2, 6

Thursday, December 26, 2013
St. Stephen, First Martyr (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59
Psalm 31:3-4, 6, 8, 17
Matthew 10:17-22

God is more anxious to bestow His blessings on us than we are to receive them. For it is not God's way that great blessings should descend without the sacrifice first of great sufferings.

-- St. Augustine

Friday, December 27, 2013
St. John, Apostle, Evangelist (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 1:1-4
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
John 20:1-8

The reason why sometimes you have asked and not received, is because you have asked amiss, either inconsistently, or lightly, or because you have asked for what was not good for you, or because you have ceased asking.

-- St Basil

Saturday, December 28, 2013
The Holy Innocents, Martyrs (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 1:5 -- 2:2
Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8
Matthew 2:13-18

But the counsel of the Lord standeth for ever: the thoughts of his heart to all generations. To deliver their souls from death; and feed them in famine.

-- Ps. xxxii. 11,19

Sunday, December 29, 2013
The Holy Family (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

All the glory of the king's daughter is within in golden borders, Clothed round about with varieties. After her shall virgins be brought to the king: her neighbours shall be brought to thee.

-- Ps. Xliv. 14, 15

Monday, December 30, 2013
The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 2:12-17
Psalm 96:7-10
Luke 2:36-40

Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not. And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.

-- John 21:18,19

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 2:18-21
Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13
John 1:1-18

It should be our principal business to conquer ourselves and, from day to day, to go on increasing in strength and perfection. Above all, however, it is necessary for us to strive to conquer our little temptations, such as fits of anger, suspicions, jealousies, envy, deceitfulness, vanity, attachments, and evil thoughts. For in this way we shall acquire strength to subdue greater ones.

-- St. Francis De Sales

 

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