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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Saturday, 2015-08-15:

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2015:


    Rv 11:19a;12:1-6a, 10ab

    God's temple in heaven was opened,
    and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

    A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
    with the moon under her feet,
    and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
    She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
    Then another sign appeared in the sky;
    it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
    and on its heads were seven diadems.
    Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
    and hurled them down to the earth.
    Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
    to devour her child when she gave birth.
    She gave birth to a son, a male child,
    destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
    Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
    The woman herself fled into the desert
    where she had a place prepared by God.

    Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
    "Now have salvation and power come,
    and the Kingdom of our God
    and the authority of his Anointed One."


    Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16

    R. (10bc) The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
    The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
    R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
    Hear, O daughter, and see;turn your ear,
    forget your people and your father's house.
    R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
    So shall the king desire your beauty;
    for he is your lord.
    R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
    They are borne in with gladness and joy;
    they enter the palace of the king.
    R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.


    1 Cor 15:20-27

    Brothers and sisters:
    Christ has been raised from the dead,
    the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
    For since death came through man,
    the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
    For just as in Adam all die,
    so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
    but each one in proper order:
    Christ the firstfruits;
    then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
    then comes the end,
    when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father,
    when he has destroyed every sovereignty
    and every authority and power.
    For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
    The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
    for "he subjected everything under his feet."


    Lk 1:39-56

    Mary set out
    and traveled to the hill country in haste
    to a town of Judah,
    where she entered the house of Zechariah
    and greeted Elizabeth.
    When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
    the infant leaped in her womb,
    and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
    cried out in a loud voice and said,
    "Blessed are you among women,
    and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
    And how does this happen to me,
    that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
    For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
    the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
    Blessed are you who believed
    that what was spoken to you by the Lord
    would be fulfilled."

    And Mary said:

    "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
    my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
    for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
    From this day all generations will call me blessed:
    the Almighty has done great things for me
    and holy is his Name.
    He has mercy on those who fear him
    in every generation.
    He has shown the strength of his arm,
    and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
    He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
    and has lifted up the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
    He has come to the help of his servant Israel
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
    the promise he made to our fathers,
    to Abraham and his children forever."

    Mary remained with her about three months
    and then returned to her home.


    Ordinary Time.


    Jos 24:14-29

    Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
    and addressed them, saying:
    “Fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely.
    Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt,
    and serve the LORD.
    If it does not please you to serve the LORD,
    decide today whom you will serve,
    the gods your fathers served beyond the River
    or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.
    As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

    But the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD
    for the service of other gods.
    For it was the LORD, our God,
    who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt,
    out of a state of slavery.
    He performed those great miracles before our very eyes
    and protected us along our entire journey and among all the peoples
    through whom we passed.
    At our approach the LORD drove out all the peoples,
    including the Amorites who dwelt in the land.
    Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”

    Joshua in turn said to the people,
    “You may not be able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God;
    he is a jealous God who will not forgive
    your transgressions or your sins.
    If, after the good he has done for you,
    you forsake the LORD and serve strange gods,
    he will do evil to you and destroy you.”

    But the people answered Joshua, “We will still serve the LORD.”
    Joshua therefore said to the people,
    “You are your own witnesses that you have chosen to serve the LORD.”
    They replied, “We are, indeed!”
    Joshua continued:
    “Now, therefore, put away the strange gods that are among you
    and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.”
    Then the people promised Joshua,
    “We will serve the LORD, our God, and obey his voice.”

    So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day
    and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem,
    which he recorded in the book of the law of God.
    Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak
    that was in the sanctuary of the LORD.
    And Joshua said to all the people, “This stone shall be our witness,
    for it has heard all the words which the LORD spoke to us.
    It shall be a witness against you, should you wish to deny your God.”
    Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his own heritage.

    After these events, Joshua, son of Nun, servant of the LORD,
    died at the age of a hundred and ten.


    PS 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11

    R. (see 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
    O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    I bless the LORD who counsels me;
    even in the night my heart exhorts me.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.


    Mt 19:13-15

    Children were brought to Jesus
    that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
    The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
    "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
    for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
    After he placed his hands on them, he went away.

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