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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Saturday, 2020-01-25:

  • The Conversion of Saint Paul 2020:


    Acts 9:1-22

    Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,
    went to the high priest and asked him
    for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,
    if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,
    he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
    On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,
    a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
    He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
    "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"
    He said, "Who are you, sir?"
    The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
    Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do."
    The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,
    for they heard the voice but could see no one.
    Saul got up from the ground,
    but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
    so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
    For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

    There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias,
    and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias."
    He answered, "Here I am, Lord."
    The Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight
    and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
    He is there praying,
    and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
    come in and lay his hands on him,
    that he may regain his sight."
    But Ananias replied,
    "Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man,
    what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.
    And here he has authority from the chief priests
    to imprison all who call upon your name."
    But the Lord said to him,
    "Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine
    to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel,
    and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name."
    So Ananias went and entered the house;
    laying his hands on him, he said,
    "Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me,
    Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came,
    that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
    Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes
    and he regained his sight.
    He got up and was baptized,
    and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

    He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
    and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
    that he is the Son of God.
    All who heard him were astounded and said,
    "Is not this the man who in Jerusalem
    ravaged those who call upon this name,
    and came here expressly to take them back in chains
    to the chief priests?"
    But Saul grew all the stronger
    and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus,
    proving that this is the Christ.


    Ps 117:1bc, 2

    R. (Mark 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Praise the LORD, all you nations;
    glorify him, all you peoples!
    R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
    and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
    R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.


    Mk 16:15-18

    Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
    "Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
    Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
    whoever does not believe will be condemned.
    These signs will accompany those who believe:
    in my name they will drive out demons,
    they will speak new languages.
    They will pick up serpents with their hands,
    and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
    They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."


    Ordinary Time.


    2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27

    David returned from his defeat of the Amalekites
    and spent two days in Ziklag.
    On the third day a man came from Saul's camp,
    with his clothes torn and dirt on his head.
    Going to David, he fell to the ground in homage.
    David asked him, "Where do you come from?"
    He replied, "I have escaped from the camp of the children of Israel."
    "Tell me what happened," David bade him.
    He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle
    and that many of them had fallen and were dead,
    among them Saul and his son Jonathan.

    David seized his garments and rent them,
    and all the men who were with him did likewise.
    They mourned and wept and fasted until evening
    for Saul and his son Jonathan,
    and for the soldiers of the LORD of the clans of Israel,
    because they had fallen by the sword.

    "Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul,
    slain upon your heights;
    how can the warriors have fallen!

    "Saul and Jonathan, beloved and cherished,
    separated neither in life nor in death,
    swifter than eagles, stronger than lions!
    Women of Israel, weep over Saul,
    who clothed you in scarlet and in finery,
    who decked your attire with ornaments of gold.

    "How can the warriors have fallen?
    in the thick of the battle,
    slain upon your heights!

    "I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother!
    most dear have you been to me;
    more precious have I held love for you than love for women.

    "How can the warriors have fallen,
    the weapons of war have perished!"


    Ps 80:2-3, 5-7

    R. (4b) Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
    O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
    O guide of the flock of Joseph!
    From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth
    before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
    Rouse your power,
    and come to save us.
    R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
    O LORD of hosts, how long will you burn with anger
    while your people pray?
    You have fed them with the bread of tears
    and given them tears to drink in ample measure.
    You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors,
    and our enemies mock us.
    R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.


    Mk 3:20-21

    Jesus came with his disciples into the house.
    Again the crowd gathered,
    making it impossible for them even to eat.
    When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him,
    for they said, "He is out of his mind."

Content last updated on 2012-01-10T00:00:00Z