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Daily Readings Thursday 26th November 2020

26th November 2020

DJ photo and Fr Marcin Mass

Thursday 26 November 2020 Thursday of week 34 in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green.


Entrance Antiphon:
Cf. Ps 84: 9

The Lord speaks of peace to his people and his holy ones and to those who turn to him.


Collect:

Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows. 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:
Apocalypse 18:1-2,21-23,19:1-3,9

Babylon the Great has fallen

I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven, with great authority given to him; the earth was lit up with his glory. At the top of his voice he shouted, ‘Babylon has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen, and has become the haunt of devils and a lodging for every foul spirit and dirty, loathsome bird. Then a powerful angel picked up a boulder like a great millstone, and as he hurled it into the sea, he said, ‘That is how the great city of Babylon is going to be hurled down, never to be seen again.

Never again in you, Babylon, will be heard the song of harpists and minstrels, the music of flute and trumpet; never again will craftsmen of every skill be found or the sound of the mill be heard; never again will shine the light of the lamp, never again will be heard the voices of bridegroom and bride. Your traders were the princes of the earth, all the nations were under your spell. After this I seemed to hear the great sound of a huge crowd in heaven, singing, ‘Alleluia! Victory and glory and power to our God! He judges fairly, he punishes justly, and he has condemned the famous prostitute who corrupted the earth with her fornication; he has avenged his servants that she killed.’ They sang again, ‘Alleluia! The smoke of her will go up for ever and ever.’ The angel said, ‘Write this: Happy are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb’, and he added, ‘All the things you have written are true messages from God.’


Responsorial Psalm:
Psalm 99(100):2-5

Happy are those who are invited to the wedding-feast of the Lamb.

Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy.

Happy are those who are invited to the wedding-feast of the Lamb.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.

He made us, we belong to him.

We are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Happy are those who are invited to the wedding-feast of the Lamb.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Happy are those who are invited to the wedding-feast of the Lamb.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.

Happy are those who are invited to the wedding-feast of the Lamb.


Gospel Acclamation:
Matthew 24:42,44

Alleluia, alleluia!
Stay awake and stand ready, because you do not know the hour when the Son of Man is coming.
Alleluia!

Or:
Luke 21:28

Alleluia, alleluia!
Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.
Alleluia!


Gospel:
Luke 21:20-28

There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you must realise that she will soon be laid desolate. Then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains, those inside the city must leave it, and those in country districts must not take refuge in it. For this is the time of vengeance when all that scripture says must be fulfilled. Alas for those with child, or with babies at the breast, when those days come! ‘For great misery will descend on the land and wrath on this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive to every pagan country; and Jerusalem will be trampled down by the pagans until the age of the pagans is completely over.

‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.


Prayer over the Offerings:

Accept, O Lord, the sacred offerings which at your bidding we dedicate to your name and, in order that through these gifts we may become worthy of your love, grant us unfailing obedience to your commands. Through Christ our Lord.


Communion Antiphon:
Ps 116: 1, 2

O praise the Lord, all you nations, for his merciful love towards us is great.

Or:
Matthew 28: 20

Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, says the Lord.


Prayer after Communion:

We pray, almighty God, that those to whom you give the joy of participating in divine mysteries may never be parted from you. Through Christ our Lord.




Copyright © 1996-2019 Universalis Publishing Limited: see www.universalis.com. Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. Text of the Psalms: Copyright © 1963, The Grail (England). Used with permission of A.P. Watt Ltd. All rights reserved.

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