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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2018-11-21:

  • The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial) 2018:


    Zechariah 2:14-17


    Luke 1:46-55

    46And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;49for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, 52he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree;53he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever."


    Matthew 12:46-50

    46While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 48But he replied to the man who told him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" 49And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."


    Ordinary Time.


    Rv 4:1-11

    I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,
    and I heard the trumpetlike voice
    that had spoken to me before, saying,
    "Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards."
    At once I was caught up in spirit.
    A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one
    whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.
    Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.
    Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other thrones
    on which twenty-four elders sat,
    dressed in white garments and with gold crowns on their heads.
    From the throne came flashes of lightning,
    rumblings, and peals of thunder.
    Seven flaming torches burned in front of the throne,
    which are the seven spirits of God.
    In front of the throne was something that resembled
    a sea of glass like crystal.

    In the center and around the throne,
    there were four living creatures
    covered with eyes in front and in back.
    The first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf,
    the third had a face like that of a man,
    and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight.
    The four living creatures, each of them with six wings,
    were covered with eyes inside and out.
    Day and night they do not stop exclaiming:
    "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty,
    who was, and who is, and who is to come."
    Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks
    to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
    the twenty-four elders fall down
    before the one who sits on the throne
    and worship him, who lives forever and ever.
    They throw down their crowns before the throne, exclaiming:

    "Worthy are you, Lord our God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
    for you created all things;
    because of your will they came to be and were created."


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

    R. (1b) Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!
    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. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!
    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. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!
    Praise him with sounding cymbals,
    praise him with clanging cymbals.
    Let everything that has breath
    praise the LORD! Alleluia.
    R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!


    Lk 19:11-28

    While people were listening to Jesus speak,
    he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
    and they thought that the Kingdom of God
    would appear there immediately.
    So he said,
    "A nobleman went off to a distant country
    to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
    He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins
    and told them, 'Engage in trade with these until I return.'
    His fellow citizens, however, despised him
    and sent a delegation after him to announce,
    'We do not want this man to be our king.'
    But when he returned after obtaining the kingship,
    he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money,
    to learn what they had gained by trading.
    The first came forward and said,
    'Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.'
    He replied, 'Well done, good servant!
    You have been faithful in this very small matter;
    take charge of ten cities.'
    Then the second came and reported,
    'Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.'
    And to this servant too he said,
    'You, take charge of five cities.'
    Then the other servant came and said,
    'Sir, here is your gold coin;
    I kept it stored away in a handkerchief,
    for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man;
    you take up what you did not lay down
    and you harvest what you did not plant.'
    He said to him,
    'With your own words I shall condemn you,
    you wicked servant.
    You knew I was a demanding man,
    taking up what I did not lay down
    and harvesting what I did not plant;
    why did you not put my money in a bank?
    Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.'
    And to those standing by he said,
    'Take the gold coin from him
    and give it to the servant who has ten.'
    But they said to him,
    'Sir, he has ten gold coins.'
    He replied, 'I tell you,
    to everyone who has, more will be given,
    but from the one who has not,
    even what he has will be taken away.
    Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king,
    bring them here and slay them before me.'"

    After he had said this,
    he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.

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