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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Sunday, 2021-12-26:

  • St. Stephen, First Martyr 2021:


    Acts 6:8-10;7:54-59

    Stephen, filled with grace and power,
    was working great wonders and signs among the people.
    Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
    Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,
    and people from Cilicia and Asia,
    came forward and debated with Stephen,
    but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke.

    When they heard this, they were infuriated,
    and they ground their teeth at him.
    But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,
    looked up intently to heaven
    and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
    and he said,
    “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man
    standing at the right hand of God.”
    But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears,
    and rushed upon him together.
    They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
    The witnesses laid down their cloaks
    at the feet of a young man named Saul.
    As they were stoning Stephen, he called out
    “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”


    PS 31:3cd-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17

    R. (6) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety.
    You are my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Into your hands I commend my spirit;
    you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
    I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    Rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.
    Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your kindness.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.


    Mt 10:17-22

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts
    and scourge you in their synagogues,
    and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
    as a witness before them and the pagans.
    When they hand you over,
    do not worry about how you are to speak
    or what you are to say.
    You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
    For it will not be you who speak
    but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
    Brother will hand over brother to death,
    and the father his child;
    children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
    You will be hated by all because of my name,
    but whoever endures to the end will be saved.”

  • HOLY FAMILY 2021:

    Christmas Time.


    Sir 3:2-6, 12-14

    God sets a father in honor over his children;
    a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
    Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
    and preserves himself from them.
    When he prays, he is heard;
    he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
    Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
    and, when he prays, is heard.
    Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
    he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.
    My son, take care of your father when he is old;
    grieve him not as long as he lives.
    Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
    revile him not all the days of his life;
    kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
    firmly planted against the debt of your sins
    —a house raised in justice to you.


    Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

    R. (cf. 1)
    Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
    Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
    who walks in his ways!
    For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
    blessed shall you be, and favored.
    R.Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
    Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
    in the recesses of your home;
    your children like olive plants
    around your table.
    R.Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
    Behold, thus is the man blessed
    who fears the LORD.
    The LORD bless you from Zion:
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
    R.Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.


    Col 3:12-21

    Brothers and sisters:
    Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
    heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
    bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
    if one has a grievance against another;
    as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
    And over all these put on love,
    that is, the bond of perfection.
    And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
    the peace into which you were also called in one body.
    And be thankful.
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
    as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
    singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
    with gratitude in your hearts to God.
    And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
    do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
    giving thanks to God the Father through him.
    Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
    as is proper in the Lord.
    Husbands, love your wives,
    and avoid any bitterness toward them.
    Children, obey your parents in everything,
    for this is pleasing to the Lord.
    Fathers, do not provoke your children,
    so they may not become discouraged.


    Mt 2:13-15, 19-23

    When the magi had departed, behold,
    the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
    "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
    and stay there until I tell you.
    Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him."
    Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
    and departed for Egypt.
    He stayed there until the death of Herod,
    that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
    Out of Egypt I called my son
    When Herod had died, behold,
    the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
    to Joseph in Egypt and said,
    "Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
    for those who sought the child’s life are dead."
    He rose, took the child and his mother,
    and went to the land of Israel.
    But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
    in place of his father Herod,
    he was afraid to go back there.
    And because he had been warned in a dream,
    he departed for the region of Galilee.
    He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
    so that what had been spoken through the prophets
    might be fulfilled,
    He shall be called a Nazorean

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