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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Tuesday, 2014-06-24:

  • Birth of Saint John the Baptist 2014:


    Isaiah 49:1-6

    1Listen to me, O coastlands, and hearken, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. 2He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me;he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. 3And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." 4But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God." 5And now the LORD says, who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength -- 6he says: "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved of Israel;I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."


    Psalms 139:1-3, 13-15

    1O LORD, thou hast searched me and known me! 2Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up;thou discernest my thoughts from afar. 3Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 13For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb. 14I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well;15my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.


    Acts 13:22-26

    22And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king;of whom he testified and said, `I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.' 23Of this man's posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. 24Before his coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25And as John was finishing his course, he said, `What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.' 26"Brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.


    Luke 1:57-66, 80

    57Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. 58And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child;and they would have named him Zechari'ah after his father, 60but his mother said, "Not so;he shall be called John." 61And they said to her, "None of your kindred is called by this name." 62And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. 63And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." And they all marveled. 64And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea;66and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was with him. 80And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel.


    • These are the lectures for the Birth of Saint John the Baptist Mass during the day (not the vigil).

    Ordinary Time.


    2 Kgs 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36

    Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent envoys to Hezekiah
    with this message:
    "Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah:
    'Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you
    by saying that Jerusalem will not be handed over
    to the king of Assyria.
    You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done
    to all other countries: they doomed them!
    Will you, then, be saved?'"

    Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it;
    then he went up to the temple of the LORD,
    and spreading it out before him,
    he prayed in the LORD's presence:
    "O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim!
    You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.
    You have made the heavens and the earth.
    Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen!
    Open your eyes, O LORD, and see!
    Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God.
    Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations
    and their lands, and cast their gods into the fire;
    they destroyed them because they were not gods,
    but the work of human hands, wood and stone.
    Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from the power of this man,
    that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
    that you alone, O LORD, are God."

    Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah:
    "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
    in answer to your prayer for help against Sennacherib, king of Assyria:
    I have listened!
    This is the word the LORD has spoken concerning him:

    "'She despises you, laughs you to scorn,
    the virgin daughter Zion!
    Behind you she wags her head,
    daughter Jerusalem.

    "'For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant,
    and from Mount Zion, survivors.
    The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.'

    "Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria:
    'He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it,
    nor come before it with a shield,
    nor cast up siege-works against it.
    He shall return by the same way he came,
    without entering the city, says the LORD.
    I will shield and save this city for my own sake,
    and for the sake of my servant David.'"

    That night the angel of the LORD went forth and struck down
    one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.
    So Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, broke camp,
    and went back home to Nineveh.


    Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 10-11

    R. (see 9d) God upholds his city for ever.
    Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
    in the city of our God.
    His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
    is the joy of all the earth.
    R. God upholds his city for ever.
    Mount Zion, "the recesses of the North,"
    is the city of the great King.
    God is with her castles;
    renowned is he as a stronghold.
    R. God upholds his city for ever.
    O God, we ponder your mercy
    within your temple.
    As your name, O God, so also your praise
    reaches to the ends of the earth.
    Of justice your right hand is full.
    R. God upholds his city for ever.


    Mt 7:6, 12-14

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
    lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

    "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
    This is the Law and the Prophets.

    "Enter through the narrow gate;
    for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
    and those who enter through it are many.
    How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
    And those who find it are few."

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