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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2019-11-21:

  • The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial) 2019:


    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.


    1 Mc 2:15-29

    The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasy
    came to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.
    Many of Israel joined them,
    but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.
    Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias:
    “You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city,
    supported by sons and kin.
    Come now, be the first to obey the king’s command,
    as all the Gentiles and the men of Judah
    and those who are left in Jerusalem have done.
    Then you and your sons shall be numbered among the King’s Friends,
    and shall be enriched with silver and gold and many gifts.”
    But Mattathias answered in a loud voice:
    “Although all the Gentiles in the king’s realm obey him,
    so that each forsakes the religion of his fathers
    and consents to the king’s orders,
    yet I and my sons and my kin
    will keep to the covenant of our fathers.
    God forbid that we should forsake the law and the commandments.
    We will not obey the words of the king
    nor depart from our religion in the slightest degree.”

    As he finished saying these words,
    a certain Jew came forward in the sight of all
    to offer sacrifice on the altar in Modein
    according to the king’s order.
    When Mattathias saw him, he was filled with zeal;
    his heart was moved and his just fury was aroused;
    he sprang forward and killed him upon the altar.
    At the same time, he also killed the messenger of the king
    who was forcing them to sacrifice,
    and he tore down the altar.
    Thus he showed his zeal for the law,
    just as Phinehas did with Zimri, son of Salu.

    Then Mattathias went through the city shouting,
    “Let everyone who is zealous for the law
    and who stands by the covenant follow after me!”
    Thereupon he fled to the mountains with his sons,
    leaving behind in the city all their possessions.
    Many who sought to live according to righteousness and religious custom
    went out into the desert to settle there.


    PS 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15

    R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth,
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.
    From Zion, perfect in beauty,
    God shines forth.
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    “Gather my faithful ones before me,
    those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
    And the heavens proclaim his justice;
    for God himself is the judge.
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    “Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
    and fulfill your vows to the Most High;
    Then call upon me in time of distress;
    I will rescue you, and you shall glorify me.”
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.


    Lk 19:41-44

    As Jesus drew near Jerusalem,
    he saw the city and wept over it, saying,
    "If this day you only knew what makes for peace--
    but now it is hidden from your eyes.
    For the days are coming upon you
    when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
    they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
    They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
    and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
    because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."

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