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HOLY MASS TUESDAY THIRTY-THIRD WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME 2015

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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Tuesday, 2015-11-17:

  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Patroness of the Third Order (Feast) 2015:

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    1 Timothy 5:3-10

    3Honor widows who are real widows. 4If a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn their religious duty to their own family and make some return to their parents;for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 5She who is a real widow, and is left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day;6whereas she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7Command this, so that they may be without reproach. 8If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband;10and she must be well attested for her good deeds, as one who has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, relieved the afflicted, and devoted herself to doing good in every way.

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM

    1 Timothy 5:3-10

    3Honor widows who are real widows. 4If a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn their religious duty to their own family and make some return to their parents;for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 5She who is a real widow, and is left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day;6whereas she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7Command this, so that they may be without reproach. 8If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband;10and she must be well attested for her good deeds, as one who has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, relieved the afflicted, and devoted herself to doing good in every way.

    SECOND LECTURE OF THE MASS

    Psalms 31:4-5, 8-9, 20, 24-25

    3Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress;for thy name's sake lead me and guide me, 4take me out of the net which is hidden for me, for thou art my refuge. 7I will rejoice and be glad for thy steadfast love, because thou hast seen my affliction, thou hast taken heed of my adversities, 8and hast not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;thou hast set my feet in a broad place. 19O how abundant is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for those who fear thee, and wrought for those who take refuge in thee, in the sight of the sons of men! 23Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but abundantly requites him who acts haughtily. 24Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    Matthew 25:31-40

    31"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. 34Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? 38And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? 39And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' 40And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'

  • TUESDAY THIRTY-THIRD WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME 2015:

    Ordinary Time.

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    2 Mc 6:18-31

    Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,
    a man of advanced age and noble appearance,
    was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork.
    But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,
    he spat out the meat,
    and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,
    as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the food
    which it is unlawful to taste even for love of life.
    Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,
    because of their long acquaintance with him,
    and urged him to bring meat of his own providing,
    such as he could legitimately eat,
    and to pretend to be eating some of the meat of the sacrifice
    prescribed by the king;
    in this way he would escape the death penalty,
    and be treated kindly because of their old friendship with him.
    But Eleazar made up his mind in a noble manner,
    worthy of his years, the dignity of his advanced age,
    the merited distinction of his gray hair,
    and of the admirable life he had lived from childhood;
    and so he declared that above all
    he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God.

    He told them to send him at once
    to the abode of the dead, explaining:
    “At our age it would be unbecoming to make such a pretense;
    many young people would think the ninety-year-old Eleazar
    had gone over to an alien religion.
    Should I thus pretend for the sake of a brief moment of life,
    they would be led astray by me,
    while I would bring shame and dishonor on my old age.
    Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men,
    I shall never, whether alive or dead,
    escape the hands of the Almighty.
    Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now,
    I will prove myself worthy of my old age,
    and I will leave to the young a noble example
    of how to die willingly and generously
    for the revered and holy laws.”

    Eleazar spoke thus,
    and went immediately to the instrument of torture.
    Those who shortly before had been kindly disposed,
    now became hostile toward him because what he had said
    seemed to them utter madness.
    When he was about to die under the blows,
    he groaned and said:
    “The Lord in his holy knowledge knows full well that,
    although I could have escaped death,
    I am not only enduring terrible pain in my body from this scourging,
    but also suffering it with joy in my soul
    because of my devotion to him.”
    This is how he died,
    leaving in his death a model of courage
    and an unforgettable example of virtue
    not only for the young but for the whole nation.

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM

    PS 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

    R. (6b) The Lord upholds me.
    O LORD, how many are my adversaries!
    Many rise up against me!
    Many are saying of me,
    “There is no salvation for him in God.”
    R. The Lord upholds me.
    But you, O LORD, are my shield;
    my glory, you lift up my head!
    When I call out to the LORD,
    he answers me from his holy mountain.
    R. The Lord upholds me.
    When I lie down in sleep,
    I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.
    I fear not the myriads of people
    arrayed against me on every side.
    R. The Lord upholds me.

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    Lk 19:1-10

    At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
    Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
    who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
    was seeking to see who Jesus was;
    but he could not see him because of the crowd,
    for he was short in stature.
    So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
    who was about to pass that way.
    When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
    "Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
    for today I must stay at your house."
    And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
    When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
    "He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
    But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
    "Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
    and if I have extorted anything from anyone
    I shall repay it four times over."
    And Jesus said to him,
    "Today salvation has come to this house
    because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
    For the Son of Man has come to seek
    and to save what was lost."

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