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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Sunday, 2014-02-02:

  • The Presentation of the Lord 2014:


    Mal 3:1-4

    Thus says the Lord God:
    Lo, I am sending my messenger
    to prepare the way before me;
    And suddenly there will come to the temple
    the LORD whom you seek,
    And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
    Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
    But who will endure the day of his coming?
    And who can stand when he appears?
    For he is like the refiner's fire,
    or like the fuller's lye.
    He will sit refining and purifying silver,
    and he will purify the sons of Levi,
    Refining them like gold or like silver
    that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
    Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
    will please the LORD,
    as in the days of old, as in years gone by.


    Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10

    R. (8) Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
    Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
    reach up, you ancient portals,
    that the king of glory may come in!
    R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
    Who is this king of glory?
    The LORD, strong and mighty,
    the LORD, mighty in battle.
    R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
    Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
    reach up, you ancient portals,
    that the king of glory may come in!
    R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
    Who is this king of glory?
    The LORD of hosts;he is the king of glory.
    R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!


    Heb 2:14-18

    Since the children share in blood and flesh,
    Jesus likewise shared in them,
    that through death he might destroy the one
    who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
    and free those who through fear of death
    had been subject to slavery all their life.
    Surely he did not help angels
    but rather the descendants of Abraham;
    therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters
    in every way,
    that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
    to expiate the sins of the people.
    Because he himself was tested through what he suffered
    he is able to help those who are being tested.


    Lk 2:22-40

    When the days were completed for their purification
    according to the law of Moses,
    Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
    to present him to the Lord,
    just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
    Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
    and to offer the sacrifice of
    a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
    in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

    Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
    This man was righteous and devout,
    awaiting the consolation of Israel,
    and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
    It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
    that he should not see death
    before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
    He came in the Spirit into the temple;
    and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
    to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
    he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

    "Now, Master, you may let your servant go
    in peace, according to your word,
    for my eyes have seen your salvation,
    which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
    a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and glory for your people Israel."

    The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
    and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
    "Behold, this child is destined
    for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
    and to be a sign that will be contradicted
    and you yourself a sword will pierce
    so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
    There was also a prophetess, Anna,
    the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
    She was advanced in years,
    having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
    and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
    She never left the temple,
    but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
    And coming forward at that very time,
    she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
    to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

    When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
    of the law of the Lord,
    they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
    The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
    and the favor of God was upon him.


    Ordinary Time.


    Sophonias 2, 3;3, 12-13


    Psalm 145, 7. 8-9a. 9bc-10


    1 Corinthians 1, 26-31


    Matthew 5, 1-12a

Liturgical Year 2013-2014

The following is an animated image of the liturgical year 2013-2014 according to the Roman Catholic rite. It's called "liturgical year" or "Christian Year" at the time ranging from the first Sunday of Advent and the last week in Ordinary Time during which the Church celebrates the whole mystery of Christ from his birth to his second coming. One can say that the liturgical year consists of two times: strong times and ordinary time. The strong times are, Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, during which a particular mystery of salvation is celebrated. Ordinary Time, in turn, does not hold any particular mistery, but rather the same mystery of Christ in its fullness, especially on Sundays. Ordinary Time is divided into two parts throughout the liturgicaL year and in total lasts 33 or 34 weeks. Note that in the image below the corresponding date of 2014-02-02 has been highlighted.