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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2017-09-14:

  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2017:


    Nm 21:4b-9

    With their patience worn out by the journey,
    the people complained against God and Moses,
    "Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
    where there is no food or water?
    We are disgusted with this wretched food!"

    In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
    which bit the people so that many of them died.
    Then the people came to Moses and said,
    "We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
    Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us."
    So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
    "Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
    and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live."
    Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
    and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
    looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.


    Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38

    R. (see 7b) Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    Hearken, my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
    I will open my mouth in a parable,
    I will utter mysteries from of old.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    While he slew them they sought him
    and inquired after God again,
    Remembering that God was their rock
    and the Most High God, their redeemer.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    But they flattered him with their mouths
    and lied to him with their tongues,
    Though their hearts were not steadfast toward him,
    nor were they faithful to his covenant.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
    But he, being merciful, forgave their sin
    and destroyed them not;
    Often he turned back his anger
    and let none of his wrath be roused.
    R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!


    Phil 2:6-11

    Brothers and sisters:
    Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
    Rather, he emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    coming in human likeness;
    and found human in appearance,
    he humbled himself,
    becoming obedient to death,
    even death on a cross.
    Because of this, God greatly exalted him
    and bestowed on him the name
    that is above every name,
    that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    and every tongue confess that
    Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.


    Jn 3:13-17

    Jesus said to Nicodemus:
    "No one has gone up to heaven
    except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
    And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
    so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
    but might have eternal life.
    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but that the world might be saved through him.


    Ordinary Time.


    Col 3:12-17

    Brothers and sisters:
    Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
    heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
    bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
    if one has a grievance against another;
    as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
    And over all these put on love,
    that is, the bond of perfection.
    And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
    the peace into which you were also called in one Body.
    And be thankful.
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
    as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
    singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
    with gratitude in your hearts to God.
    And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
    do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
    giving thanks to God the Father through him.


    Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6

    R. (6) Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
    Praise the LORD in his sanctuary,
    praise him in the firmament of his strength.
    Praise him for his mighty deeds,
    praise him for his sovereign majesty.
    R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
    Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
    praise him with lyre and harp,
    Praise him with timbrel and dance,
    praise him with strings and pipe.
    R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
    Praise him with sounding cymbals,
    praise him with clanging cymbals.
    Let everything that has breath
    praise the LORD! Alleluia.
    R. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!


    Lk 6:27-38

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "To you who hear I say, love your enemies,
    do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
    pray for those who mistreat you.
    To the person who strikes you on one cheek,
    offer the other one as well,
    and from the person who takes your cloak,
    do not withhold even your tunic.
    Give to everyone who asks of you,
    and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
    Do to others as you would have them do to you.
    For if you love those who love you,
    what credit is that to you?
    Even sinners love those who love them.
    And if you do good to those who do good to you,
    what credit is that to you?
    Even sinners do the same.
    If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
    what credit is that to you?
    Even sinners lend to sinners,
    and get back the same amount.
    But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
    and lend expecting nothing back;
    then your reward will be great
    and you will be children of the Most High,
    for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
    Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.

    "Stop judging and you will not be judged.
    Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
    Forgive and you will be forgiven.
    Give and gifts will be given to you;
    a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
    will be poured into your lap.
    For the measure with which you measure
    will in return be measured out to you."

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