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HOLY MASS THURSDAY FOURTH WEEK OF LENT 2015

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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2015-03-19:

  • Saint Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2015:

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16

    4But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 5"Go and tell my servant David, `Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 12When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men;16And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me;your throne shall be established for ever.'"

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM

    Psalms 89:2-5, 27, 29

    1I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever;with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations. 2For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens. 3Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant: 4`I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'" [Selah] 26He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.' 28My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.

    SECOND LECTURE OF THE MASS

    Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

    13The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 16That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants -- not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all, 17as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations" -- in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations;as he had been told, "So shall your descendants be." 22That is why his faith was "reckoned to him as righteousness."

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    Luke 2:41-51

    41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom;43and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances;45and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions;47and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48And when they saw him they were astonished;and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." 49And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" 50And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. 51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them;and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

  • THURSDAY FOURTH WEEK OF LENT 2015:

    Time of Lent.

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    Ex 32:7-14

    The LORD said to Moses,
    “Go down at once to your people
    whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
    for they have become depraved.
    They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
    making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
    sacrificing to it and crying out,
    ‘This is your God, O Israel,
    who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’
    The LORD said to Moses,
    “I see how stiff-necked this people is.
    Let me alone, then,
    that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
    Then I will make of you a great nation.”

    But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
    “Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
    whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
    with such great power and with so strong a hand?
    Why should the Egyptians say,
    ‘With evil intent he brought them out,
    that he might kill them in the mountains
    and exterminate them from the face of the earth’?
    Let your blazing wrath die down;
    relent in punishing your people.
    Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
    and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
    ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
    and all this land that I promised,
    I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’“
    So the LORD relented in the punishment
    he had threatened to inflict on his people.

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM

    PS 106:19-20, 21-22, 23

    R. (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
    and adored a molten image;
    They exchanged their glory
    for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    They forgot the God who had saved them,
    who had done great deeds in Egypt,
    Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
    terrible things at the Red Sea.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    Then he spoke of exterminating them,
    but Moses, his chosen one,
    Withstood him in the breach
    to turn back his destructive wrath.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    Jn 5:31-47

    Jesus said to the Jews:
    “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
    But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
    and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
    You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
    I do not accept human testimony,
    but I say this so that you may be saved.
    He was a burning and shining lamp,
    and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
    But I have testimony greater than John’s.
    The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
    these works that I perform testify on my behalf
    that the Father has sent me.
    Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
    But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
    and you do not have his word remaining in you,
    because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
    You search the Scriptures,
    because you think you have eternal life through them;
    even they testify on my behalf.
    But you do not want to come to me to have life.

    “I do not accept human praise;
    moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
    I came in the name of my Father,
    but you do not accept me;
    yet if another comes in his own name,
    you will accept him.
    How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
    and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
    Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
    the one who will accuse you is Moses,
    in whom you have placed your hope.
    For if you had believed Moses,
    you would have believed me,
    because he wrote about me.
    But if you do not believe his writings,
    how will you believe my words?”

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