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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2019-08-15:

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2019:


    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 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17

    The LORD said to Joshua,
    “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel,
    that they may know I am with you, as I was with Moses.
    Now command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant
    to come to a halt in the Jordan
    when you reach the edge of the waters.”

    So Joshua said to the children of Israel,
    “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD, your God.
    This is how you will know that there is a living God in your midst,
    who at your approach will dispossess the Canaanites.
    The ark of the covenant of the LORD of the whole earth
    will precede you into the Jordan.
    When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the LORD,
    the Lord of the whole earth,
    touch the water of the Jordan, it will cease to flow;
    for the water flowing down from upstream will halt in a solid bank.”

    The people struck their tents to cross the Jordan,
    with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant ahead of them.
    No sooner had these priestly bearers of the ark
    waded into the waters at the edge of the Jordan,
    which overflows all its banks
    during the entire season of the harvest,
    than the waters flowing from upstream halted,
    backing up in a solid mass for a very great distance indeed,
    from Adam, a city in the direction of Zarethan;
    while those flowing downstream toward the Salt Sea of the Arabah
    disappeared entirely.
    Thus the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
    While all Israel crossed over on dry ground,
    the priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD
    remained motionless on dry ground in the bed of the Jordan
    until the whole nation had completed the passage.


    PS 114:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

    R. Alleluia!
    When Israel came forth from Egypt,
    the house of Jacob from a people of alien tongue,
    Judah became his sanctuary,
    Israel his domain.
    R. Alleluia!
    The sea beheld and fled;
    Jordan turned back.
    The mountains skipped like rams,
    the hills like the lambs of the flock.
    R. Alleluia!
    Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
    O Jordan, that you turn back?
    You mountains, that you skip like rams?
    You hills, like the lambs of the flock?
    R. Alleluia!

    Alleluia PS 119:135

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Let your countenance shine upon your servant
    and teach me your statutes.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.


    mt 18:21-19:1

    Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
    “Lord, if my brother sins against me,
    how often must I forgive him?
    As many as seven times?”
    Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
    That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
    who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
    When he began the accounting,
    a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
    Since he had no way of paying it back,
    his master ordered him to be sold,
    along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
    in payment of the debt.
    At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
    ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
    Moved with compassion the master of that servant
    let him go and forgave him the loan.
    When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
    who owed him a much smaller amount.
    He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
    ‘Pay back what you owe.’
    Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
    ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
    But he refused.
    Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
    until he paid back the debt.
    Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
    they were deeply disturbed,
    and went to their master and reported the whole affair.
    His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
    I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
    Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
    as I had pity on you?’
    Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
    until he should pay back the whole debt.
    So will my heavenly Father do to you,
    unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”

    When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee
    and went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.

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