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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2020-06-24:

  • Birth of Saint John the Baptist 2020:


    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 22:8-13;23:1-3

    The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan,
    "I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD."
    Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.
    Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported,
    "Your servants have smelted down the metals available in the temple
    and have consigned them to the master workmen
    in the temple of the LORD."
    The scribe Shaphan also informed the king
    that the priest Hilkiah had given him a book,
    and then read it aloud to the king.
    When the king heard the contents of the book of the law,
    he tore his garments and issued this command to Hilkiah the priest,
    Ahikam, son of Shaphan,
    Achbor, son of Micaiah, the scribe Shaphan,
    and the king's servant Asaiah:
    "Go, consult the LORD for me, for the people, for all Judah,
    about the stipulations of this book that has been found,
    for the anger of the LORD has been set furiously ablaze against us,
    because our fathers did not obey the stipulations of this book,
    nor fulfill our written obligations."

    The king then had all the elders of Judah
    and of Jerusalem summoned together before him.
    The king went up to the temple of the LORD with all the men of Judah
    and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem:
    priests, prophets, and all the people, small and great.
    He had the entire contents of the book of the covenant
    that had been found in the temple of the LORD, read out to them.
    Standing by the column, the king made a covenant before the LORD
    that they would follow him
    and observe his ordinances, statutes and decrees
    with their whole hearts and souls,
    thus reviving the terms of the covenant
    which were written in this book.
    And all the people stood as participants in the covenant.


    Ps 119:33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40

    R. (33a) Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
    Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes,
    that I may exactly observe them.
    R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
    Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
    and keep it with all my heart.
    R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
    Lead me in the path of your commands,
    for in it I delight.
    R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
    Incline my heart to your decrees
    and not to gain.
    R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
    Turn away my eyes from seeing what is vain:
    by your way give me life.
    R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
    Behold, I long for your precepts;
    in your justice give me life.
    R. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.


    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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