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USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition
  1. Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

    Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20

    After Adam had eaten of the tree,
    the LORD God called to him and asked him, "Where are you?"
    He answered, "I heard you in the garden;
    but I was afraid, because I was naked,
    so I hid myself."
    Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?
    You have eaten, then,
    from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"
    The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me—
    she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."
    The LORD God then asked the woman,
    "Why did you do such a thing?"
    The woman answered, "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it."

    Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
    "Because you have done this, you shall be banned
    from all the animals
    and from all the wild creatures;
    On your belly shall you crawl,
    and dirt shall you eat
    all the days of your life.
    I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
    He will strike at your head,
    while you strike at his heel."
    The man called his wife Eve,
    because she became the mother of all the living.

    Or Acts 1:12-14

    After Jesus had been taken up to heaven,
    the Apostles returned to Jerusalem
    from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
    a sabbath day's journey away.

    When they entered the city
    they went to the upper room where they were staying,
    Peter and John and James and Andrew,
    Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
    James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
    and Judas son of James.
    All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
    together with some women,
    and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

    R. (3) Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    His foundation upon the holy mountains
    the LORD loves:
    The gates of Zion,
    more than any dwelling of Jacob.
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    Glorious things are said of you,
    O city of God!
    And of Zion they shall say:
    "One and all were born in her;
    And he who has established her
    is the Most High LORD."
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
    "This man was born there."
    And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
    "My home is within you."
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

    Alleluia 

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
    O blessed mother of the Church,
    you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 19:25-34

    Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
    and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
    and Mary of Magdala.
    When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,
    he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."
    Then he said to the disciple,
    "Behold, your mother."
    And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
    After this, aware that everything was now finished,
    in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
    Jesus said, "I thirst."
    There was a vessel filled with common wine.
    So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
    and put it up to his mouth.
    When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
    "It is finished."
    And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

    Now since it was preparation day,
    in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
    for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
    the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
    and they be taken down.
    So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
    and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
    But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
    they did not break his legs,
    but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
    and immediately Blood and water flowed out.
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  2. Pentecost Sunday - Extended Vigil

    Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9

    The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.
    While the people were migrating in the east,
    they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.
    They said to one another,
    "Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire."
    They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.
    Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city
    and a tower with its top in the sky,
    and so make a name for ourselves;
    otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth."

    The LORD came down to see the city and the tower
    that the people had built.
    Then the LORD said: "If now, while they are one people,
    all speaking the same language,
    they have started to do this,
    nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do.
    Let us then go down there and confuse their language,
    so that one will not understand what another says."
    Thus the LORD scattered them from there all over the earth,
    and they stopped building the city.
    That is why it was called Babel,
    because there the LORD confused the speech of all the world.
    It was from that place that he scattered them all over the earth.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15

    R. (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations;
    he foils the designs of peoples.
    But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
    the design of his heart, through all generations.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
    the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
    From heaven the LORD looks down;
    he sees all mankind.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
    From his fixed throne he beholds
    all who dwell on the earth,
    He who fashioned the heart of each,
    he who knows all their works.
    R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

    Reading 2 Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b

    Moses went up the mountain to God.
    Then the LORD called to him and said,
    "Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob;
    tell the Israelites:
    You have seen for yourselves how I treated the Egyptians
    and how I bore you up on eagle wings
    and brought you here to myself.
    Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant,
    you shall be my special possession,
    dearer to me than all other people,
    though all the earth is mine.
    You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.
    That is what you must tell the Israelites."
    So Moses went and summoned the elders of the people.
    When he set before them
    all that the LORD had ordered him to tell them,
    the people all answered together,
    "Everything the LORD has said, we will do."

    On the morning of the third day
    there were peals of thunder and lightning,
    and a heavy cloud over the mountain,
    and a very loud trumpet blast,
    so that all the people in the camp trembled.
    But Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God,
    and they stationed themselves at the foot of the mountain.
    Mount Sinai was all wrapped in smoke,
    for the LORD came down upon it in fire.
    The smoke rose from it as though from a furnace,
    and the whole mountain trembled violently.
    The trumpet blast grew louder and louder, while Moses was speaking,
    and God answering him with thunder.

    When the LORD came down to the top of Mount Sinai,
    he summoned Moses to the top of the mountain.

    Responsorial Psalm  Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56


    R. (52b) Glory and praise forever!
    "Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
    praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
    and blessed is your holy and glorious name,
    praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages."
    R. Glory and praise forever!
    "Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
    praiseworthy and glorious above all forever."
    R. Glory and praise forever!
    "Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
    praiseworthy and exalted above all forever."
    R. Glory and praise forever!
    "Blessed are you who look into the depths
    from your throne upon the cherubim,
    praiseworthy and exalted above all forever."
    R. Glory and praise forever!
    "Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
    praiseworthy and glorious forever."
    R. Glory and praise forever!


    OR:

     Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11


    R. (John 6:68c) Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul;
    The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
    R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
    The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
    R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
    The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
    The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
    R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
    They are more precious than gold,
    than a heap of purest gold;
    Sweeter also than syrup
    or honey from the comb.
    R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

    Reading 3 Ez 37:1-14


    The hand of the LORD came upon me,
    and he led me out in the spirit of the LORD
    and set me in the center of the plain,
    which was now filled with bones.
    He made me walk among the bones in every direction
    so that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.
    How dry they were!
    He asked me:
    Son of man, can these bones come to life?
    I answered, "Lord GOD, you alone know that."
    Then he said to me:
    Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:
    Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
    Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones:
    See! I will bring spirit into you, that you may come to life.
    I will put sinews upon you, make flesh grow over you,
    cover you with skin, and put spirit in you
    so that you may come to life and know that I am the LORD.
    I, Ezekiel, prophesied as I had been told,
    and even as I was prophesying I heard a noise;
    it was a rattling as the bones came together, bone joining bone.
    I saw the sinews and the flesh come upon them,
    and the skin cover them, but there was no spirit in them.
    Then the LORD said to me:
    Prophesy to the spirit, prophesy, son of man,
    and say to the spirit: Thus says the Lord GOD:
    From the four winds come, O spirit,
    and breathe into these slain that they may come to life.
    I prophesied as he told me, and the spirit came into them;
    they came alive and stood upright, a vast army.
    Then he said to me:
    Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.
    They have been saying,
    "Our bones are dried up,
    our hope is lost, and we are cut off."
    Therefore, prophesy and say to them: Thus says the Lord GOD:
    O my people, I will open your graves
    and have you rise from them,
    and bring you back to the land of Israel.
    Then you shall know that I am the LORD,
    when I open your graves and have you rise from them,
    O my people!
    I will put my spirit in you that you may live,
    and I will settle you upon your land;
    thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
    I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

    Responsorial Psalm Psalm 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9


    R. (1) Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the redeemed of the LORD say,
    those whom he has redeemed from the hand of the foe
    And gathered from the lands,
    from the east and the west, from the north and the south.
    R. Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    They went astray in the desert wilderness;
    the way to an inhabited city they did not find.
    Hungry and thirsty,
    their life was wasting away within them.
    R. Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    They cried to the LORD in their distress;
    from their straits he rescued them.
    And he led them by a direct way
    to reach an inhabited city.
    R. Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy
    and his wondrous deeds to the children of men,
    Because he satisfied the longing soul
    and filled the hungry soul with good things.
    R. Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 4 Jl 3:1-5


    Thus says the LORD:
    I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.
    Your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    your young men shall see visions;
    even upon the servants and the handmaids,
    in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
    And I will work wonders in the heavens and on the earth,
    blood, fire, and columns of smoke;
    the sun will be turned to darkness,
    and the moon to blood,
    at the coming of the day of the LORD,
    the great and terrible day.
    Then everyone shall be rescued
    who calls on the name of the LORD;
    for on Mount Zion there shall be a remnant,
    as the LORD has said,
    and in Jerusalem survivors
    whom the LORD shall call.

    Responsorial Psalm Psalm 104:1-2, 24 and 35, 27-28, 29-30


    R. (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul!
    O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
    You are clothed with majesty and glory,
    robed in light as with a cloak.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    How manifold are your works, O LORD!
    In wisdom you have wrought them all—
    the earth is full of your creatures;
    bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Creatures all look to you
    to give them food in due time.
    When you give it to them, they gather it;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    If you take away their breath, they perish
    and return to their dust.
    When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the earth. R.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Epistle Rom 8:22-27


    Brothers and sisters:
    We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
    and not only that, but we ourselves,
    who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
    we also groan within ourselves
    as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
    For in hope we were saved.
    Now hope that sees is not hope.
    For who hopes for what one sees?
    But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

    In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness;
    for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
    but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
    And the one who searches hearts
    knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
    because he intercedes for the holy ones
    according to God's will.

    Alleluia


    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
    and kindle in them the fire of your love.

    Gospel Jn 7:37-39

    On the last and greatest day of the feast,
    Jesus stood up and exclaimed,
    "Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.
    As Scripture says:
    Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me."

    He said this in reference to the Spirit
    that those who came to believe in him were to receive.
    There was, of course, no Spirit yet,
    because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
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    Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.