01Jan 01 January. Mary the Holy Mother of God

1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27

A new-year prayer for God to bless and protect his people

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

The …

31Dec 31 December. 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas

1st Reading: 1 John 2:18-21

A community in crisis, yet still trusting in the Holy Spirit

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know …

29Dec 29 December. 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

1st Reading: 1 John 2:3-11

Whoever loves is walking in the light of God

Beloved, the way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his …

28Dec 28 December. Friday. The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

1st Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2

We must not walk in darkness, but in the light of the Gospel

Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him …

27Dec 27 December. St John, apostle and Evangelist

1st Reading: 1 John 1:1-4

What we have seen with our eyes, what we have touched with our hands

Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard,what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and …

26Dec 26 December. St Stephen, First Martyr

1st Reading: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

Stephen is stoned outside the city, for preaching about Jesus

Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and …

24Dec 24 December. Monday of Advent, Week 4

For the Vigil (evening) Mass of Christmas Eve, click here

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, etc

David is promised a “house” or dynasty

When the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all …

22Dec 22 December. Saturday of Advent, Week 3

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:24-28

Samuel’s mother, Hannah, dedicates her young son to a life of service to God

When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and …

21Dec 21 December. Friday of Advent, Week 3

1st Reading: Song of Songs 2:8-14

King Solomon’s love-song about the expected beloved one

The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.

My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.

20Dec 20 December. Thursday of Advent, Week 3

1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14

King Ahaz refuses to ask a sign of the Lord; then Isaiah promises a child to be called Immanuel

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it …

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