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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Sunday, 2014-12-28:

  • Holy Innocents, martyrs 2014:


    1 Jn 1:5—2:2

    This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ
    and proclaim to you:
    God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
    If we say, “We have fellowship with him,”
    while we continue to walk in darkness,
    we lie and do not act in truth.
    But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
    then we have fellowship with one another,
    and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
    If we say, “We are without sin,”
    we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just
    and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.
    If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar,
    and his word is not in us.

    My children, I am writing this to you
    so that you may not commit sin.
    But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
    Jesus Christ the righteous one.
    He is expiation for our sins,
    and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.


    PS 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8

    R. (7) Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
    Had not the LORD been with us—
    When men rose up against us,
    then would they have swallowed us alive,
    When their fury was inflamed against us.
    R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
    Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
    The torrent would have swept over us;
    over us then would have swept the raging waters.
    R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
    Broken was the snare,
    and we were freed.
    Our help is in the name of the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
    R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.


    Mt 2:13-18

    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 realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
    he became furious.
    He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity
    two years old and under,
    in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
    Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

    A voice was heard in Ramah,
    sobbing and loud lamentation;
    Rachel weeping for her children,
    and she would not be consoled,
    since they were no more.


    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.


    lk 2:22-40

    When the days were completed for their purification
    according to the law of Moses,
    They took him up to Jerusalem
    to present him to the Lord,
    just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
    Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord
    and to offer the sacrifice of
    a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons
    in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
    Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
    This man was righteous and devout,
    awaiting the consolation of Israel,
    and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
    It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
    that he should not see death
    before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
    He came in the Spirit into the temple;
    and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
    to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
    He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
    "Now, Master, you may let your servant go
    in peace, according to your word,
    for my eyes have seen your salvation,
    which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
    a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and glory for your people Israel."
    The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
    and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
    "Behold, this child is destined
    for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
    and to be a sign that will be contradicted
    —and you yourself a sword will pierce—
    so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
    There was also a prophetess, Anna,
    the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
    She was advanced in years,
    having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
    and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
    She never left the temple,
    but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
    And coming forward at that very time,
    she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
    to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
    When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
    of the law of the Lord,
    they returned to Galilee,
    to their own town of Nazareth.
    The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
    and the favor of God was upon him.

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