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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2015-06-24:

  • Birth of Saint John the Baptist 2015:


    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.


    Gn 15:1-12, 17-18

    The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:

    “Fear not, Abram!
    I am your shield;
    I will make your reward very great.”

    But Abram said,
    “O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be,
    if I keep on being childless
    and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?”
    Abram continued,
    “See, you have given me no offspring,
    and so one of my servants will be my heir.”
    Then the word of the LORD came to him:
    “No, that one shall not be your heir;
    your own issue shall be your heir.”
    He took him outside and said:
    “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
    Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
    Abram put his faith in the LORD,
    who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.

    He then said to him,
    “I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
    to give you this land as a possession.”
    “O Lord GOD,” he asked,
    “how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
    He answered him,
    “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
    a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
    Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
    and placed each half opposite the other;
    but the birds he did not cut up.
    Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
    but Abram stayed with them.
    As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
    and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.

    When the sun had set and it was dark,
    there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
    which passed between those pieces.
    It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
    saying: “To your descendants I give this land,
    from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River the Euphrates.”


    PS 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    R. Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
    make known among the nations his deeds.
    Sing to him, sing his praise,
    proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    R. Alleluia.
    Glory in his holy name;
    rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
    Look to the LORD in his strength;
    seek to serve him constantly.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    R. Alleluia.
    You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
    sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    He, the LORD, is our God;
    throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    R. Alleluia.
    He remembers forever his covenant
    which he made binding for a thousand generations—
    Which he entered into with Abraham
    and by his oath to Isaac.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    R. Alleluia.


    Mt 7:15-20

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
    but underneath are ravenous wolves.
    By their fruits you will know them.
    Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
    Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
    and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
    A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
    nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
    Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
    and thrown into the fire.
    So by their fruits you will know them."

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