Thursday of the First Week of Lent February 25, 2021 - Reading I Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the LORD. She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,  from morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.  Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand. As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathers that you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you. Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O LORD, my God. “And now, come to help me, an orphan. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy, so that he and those who are in league with him may perish. Save… ...
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent February 24, 2021 - Reading I Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’s bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: “Neither man… ...
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent February 23, 2021 - Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr Reading I Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens     the rain and snow come down And do not return there     till they have watered the earth,     making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to the one who sows     and bread to the one who eats, So shall my word be     that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void,     but shall do my will,     achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R.    (18b)  From all their distress God rescues the just. Glorify the LORD with me,     let us together extol his name. I sought the LORD, and he answered me     and delivered me from all my fears.  R.    From all their distress God rescues the… ...
Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle February 22, 2021 - Reading I 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved: I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6 R.    (1)  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.     In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me;     he refreshes my soul. R.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Even… ...
First Sunday of Lent February 21, 2021 - Reading I Gn 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him:  “See, I am now establishing my covenant with you  and your descendants after you  and with every living creature that was with you:  all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals  that were with you and came out of the ark. I will establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood;  there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.” God added: “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,  of the covenant between me and you  and every living creature with you:  I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth,  and the bow appears in the… ...
Saturday after Ash Wednesday February 20, 2021 - Reading I Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD: If you remove from your midst oppression,     false accusation and malicious speech; If you bestow your bread on the hungry     and satisfy the afflicted; Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,     and the gloom shall become for you like midday; Then the LORD will guide you always     and give you plenty even on the parched land. He will renew your strength,     and you shall be like a watered garden,     like a spring whose water never fails. The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,     and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you,     “Restorer of ruined homesteads.” If you hold back your foot on the sabbath     from following your own pursuits on my holy day; If you call the sabbath a… ...
Friday after Ash Wednesday February 19, 2021 - Reading I Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,     lift up your voice like a trumpet blast;  Tell my people their wickedness,     and the house of Jacob their sins.  They seek me day after day,     and desire to know my ways, Like a nation that has done what is just     and not abandoned the law of their God; They ask me to declare what is due them,     pleased to gain access to God. “Why do we fast, and you do not see it?     afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?” Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits,     and drive all your laborers. Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting,     striking with wicked claw. Would that today you might fast     so as to make your voice heard on high! Is… ...
Thursday after Ash Wednesday February 18, 2021 - Reading I Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people: “Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy. If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods, I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy. I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that… ...
Ash Wednesday February 17, 2021 - Reading I Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,     return to me with your whole heart,     with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments,     and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he,     slow to anger, rich in kindness,     and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent     and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations     for the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!     proclaim a fast,     call an assembly; Gather the people,     notify the congregation; Assemble the elders,     gather the children     and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room     and the bride her chamber. Between the porch and the altar     let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep, And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people,     and make not… ...
Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time February 16, 2021 - Reading I Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 When the LORD saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved. So the LORD said: “I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created, and not only the men, but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I made them.” But Noah found favor with the LORD. Then the LORD said to Noah: “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for you alone in this age have I found to be truly just. Of every clean animal, take with you seven pairs, a male and its mate; and of the unclean animals, one pair, a male and its mate;… ...

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