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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2017-11-22:

  • Saint Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial) 2017:


    Hosea 2:16-17, 21-22

    16"And in that day, says the LORD, you will call me, `My husband,' and no longer will you call me, `My Ba'al.' 17For I will remove the names of the Ba'als from her mouth, and they shall be mentioned by name no more. 21"And in that day, says the LORD, I will answer the heavens and they shall answer the earth;22and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel;


    Psalms 45:11-12, 14-17

    10Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear;forget your people and your father's house;11and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;13with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;14in many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions, her escort, in her train. 15With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king. 16Instead of your fathers shall be your sons;you will make them princes in all the earth.


    Matthew 25:1-13

    1"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you;go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.' 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast;and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.' 12But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' 13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.


    Ordinary Time.


    2 Mc 7:1, 20-31

    It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
    and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
    to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.

    Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
    who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
    yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
    Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
    she exhorted each of them
    in the language of their ancestors with these words:
    “I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
    it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
    nor was it I who set in order
    the elements of which each of you is composed.
    Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
    who shapes each man’s beginning,
    as he brings about the origin of everything,
    he, in his mercy,
    will give you back both breath and life,
    because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.”

    Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words,
    thought he was being ridiculed.
    As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him,
    not with mere words, but with promises on oath,
    to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs:
    he would make him his Friend
    and entrust him with high office.
    When the youth paid no attention to him at all,
    the king appealed to the mother,
    urging her to advise her boy to save his life.
    After he had urged her for a long time,
    she went through the motions of persuading her son.
    In derision of the cruel tyrant,
    she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language:
    “Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months,
    nursed you for three years, brought you up,
    educated and supported you to your present age.
    I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth
    and see all that is in them;
    then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things;
    and in the same way the human race came into existence.
    Do not be afraid of this executioner,
    but be worthy of your brothers and accept death,
    so that in the time of mercy I may receive you again with them.”

    She had scarcely finished speaking when the youth said:
    “What are you waiting for?
    I will not obey the king’s command.
    I obey the command of the law given to our fathers through Moses.
    But you, who have contrived every kind of affliction for the Hebrews,
    will not escape the hands of God.”


    PS 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15

    R. (15b) Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
    Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
    attend to my outcry;
    hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.
    R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
    My steps have been steadfast in your paths,
    my feet have not faltered.
    I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me;hear my word.
    R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.
    Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings.
    But I in justice shall behold your face;
    on waking, I shall be content in your presence.
    R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.


    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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