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Daily Readings Saturday August 11th 2018

11th August 2018

Saturday of week 18 in Ordinary Time (Saint Clare, Virgin ) Liturgical Colour: White.

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 148:12-14

Let the virgins praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendour is above heaven and earth.

or: Cf. Ps 44: 16

The virgins to the King are escorted amid gladness and joy; they are led within the temple to the Lord and King.


O God, who in your mercy led Saint Clare to a love of poverty, grant, through her intercession, that, following Christ in poverty of spirit, we may merit to contemplate you one day in the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First Reading Habakkuk 1:12-2:4

If the vision comes slowly, wait: it will come without fail

Are not you, from ancient times the Lord, my God, my Holy One, who never dies? O Lord, you have made this people an instrument of justice, set it firm as a rock in order to punish. Your eyes are too pure to rest on wickedness, you cannot look on at tyranny. Why do you look on while men are treacherous, and stay silent while the evil man swallows a better man than he? You treat mankind like fishes in the sea, like creeping, masterless things. A people, these, who catch all on their hook, who draw them with their net, in their dragnet gather them, and so, triumphantly, rejoice. At this, they offer a sacrifice to their net, and burn incense to their dragnet, for providing them with luxury and lavish food. Are they then to empty their net unceasingly, slaughtering nations without pity? I will stand on my watchtower, and take up my post on my battlements, watching to see what he will say to me, what answer he will make to my complaints. Then the Lord answered and said, ‘Write the vision down, inscribe it on tablets to be easily read, since this vision is for its own time only: eager for its own fulfilment, it does not deceive; if it comes slowly, wait, for come it will, without fail. ‘See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights, but the upright man will live by his faithfulness.’

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 9A(9):8-13

You will never forsake those who seek you, O Lord.

The Lord sits enthroned for ever.
He has set up his throne for judgement;
he will judge the world with justice,
he will judge the peoples with his truth.

You will never forsake those who seek you, O Lord.

For the oppressed let the Lord be a stronghold,
a stronghold in times of distress.
Those who know your name will trust you;
you will never forsake those who seek you.

You will never forsake those who seek you, O Lord.

Sing psalms to the Lord who dwells in Zion.
Proclaim his mighty works among the peoples,
for the Avenger of blood has remembered them,
has not forgotten the cry of the poor.

You will never forsake those who seek you, O Lord.

Gospel Acclamation Mt5:3

Alleluia, alleluia!
How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Gospel Matthew 17:14-20

If your faith were the size of a mustard seed, the mountain would move

A man came up to Jesus and went down on his knees before him. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘take pity on my son: he is a lunatic and in a wretched state; he is always falling into the fire or into the water. I took him to your disciples and they were unable to cure him.’ ‘Faithless and perverse generation!’ Jesus said in reply ‘How much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.’ And when Jesus rebuked it the devil came out of the boy who was cured from that moment.

Then the disciples came privately to Jesus. ‘Why were we unable to cast it out?’ they asked. He answered, ‘Because you have little faith. I tell you solemnly, if your faith were the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it would move; nothing would be impossible for you.’

Prayer over the Offerings

As we proclaim your wonders, O Lord, in the commemoration of the holy Virgins N. and N., we bring you these offerings and prayers; grant, we ask, that, as their merits are pleasing to you, so, too, our dutiful service may find favour in your sight. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon Cf. Mt 25: 10

The bridegroom has come, and the virgins who were ready have gone with him into the wedding feast.

or: John 14: 21, 23

Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will come to him and reveal myself to him.

Prayer after Communion

May the mysteries we have received, O Lord, on this feast day of the Virgins blessed N. and N. constantly bestir and enlighten us, we pray, so that we may stand ready for the coming of your Son and be admitted to his wedding feast on high. Through Christ our Lord.

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