19Dec 19 December. Wednesday of Advent, Week 3

1st Reading: Judges 13:2-7, 24-25

Manoah’s wife yearns for a son. Samson will be dedicated to God

There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren, having borne …

18Dec 18 December. Tuesday Week 3 of Advent

1st Reading: Jeremiah 23:5-8

A righteous Branch who will rule with wisdom and justice

“The days are surely coming,” says the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal …

17Dec 17 December. Monday of Advent, Week 3

1st Reading: Genesis 49:2, 8-10

The dying Jacob predicts future glory for the tribe of Judah

Jacob called his sons and said to them:
“Assemble and hear, O sons of Jacob;
listen to Israel your father.
Judah, your brothers shall …

15Dec 15 December. Saturday of Advent, Week 2

1st Reading: Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 48:1-4, 9-11

Praise of the great Elijah, a prophet whose word burned like a torch

Then Elijah arose, a prophet like fire,
and his word burned like a torch. He brought a famine upon them,
and …

14Dec 14 December. Friday of Advent, Week 2

1st Reading: Isaiah 48:17-19

If you heeded my commandments, your name would last forever.

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads …

13Dec 13 December. Thursday of Advent, Week 2

1st Reading: Isaiah 41:13-20

The Lord will help and revive his dispirited people

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, for I will help you.” Do not …

12Dec 12 December. Wednesday of Advent, Week 2

1st Reading: Isaiah 40:25-31

The mysterious ways of God, who strengthens the powerless

To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? …

11Dec 11 December. Tuesday of Advent, Week 2

1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11

God’s people will return with joy from their exile in Babylon

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty …

10Dec 10 December. Monday of Advent, Week 2

1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10

The exiles shall return in joy to their own land

The desert and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy …

08Dec 08 December. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

1st Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20

The enmity between the serpent and the woman, between its offspring and hers

The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you …

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