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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Monday, 2014-12-08:

  • The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2014:


    Gn 3:9-15, 20

    After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
    the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"
    He answered, "I heard you in the garden;
    but I was afraid, because I was naked,
    so I hid myself."
    Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?
    You have eaten, then,
    from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"
    The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me--
    she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."
    The LORD God then asked the woman,
    "Why did you do such a thing?"
    The woman answered, "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it."

    Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
    "Because you have done this, you shall be banned
    from all the animals
    and from all the wild creatures;
    on your belly shall you crawl,
    and dirt shall you eat
    all the days of your life.
    I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
    he will strike at your head,
    while you strike at his heel."

    The man called his wife Eve,
    because she became the mother of all the living.


    Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

    R. (1) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song;sing praise.
    R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.


    Eph 1:3-6, 11-12

    Brothers and sisters:
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    who has blessed us in Christ
    with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
    as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
    to be holy and without blemish before him.
    In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
    in accord with the favor of his will,
    for the praise of the glory of his grace
    that he granted us in the beloved.

    In him we were also chosen,
    destined in accord with the purpose of the One
    who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
    so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
    we who first hoped in Christ.


    Lk 1:26-38

    The angel Gabriel was sent from God
    to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
    to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
    of the house of David,
    and the virgin's name was Mary.
    And coming to her, he said,
    "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
    But she was greatly troubled at what was said
    and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
    Then the angel said to her,
    "Do not be afraid, Mary,
    for you have found favor with God.
    Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
    and you shall name him Jesus.
    He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
    and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
    and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
    and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
    But Mary said to the angel,
    "How can this be,
    since I have no relations with a man?"
    And the angel said to her in reply,
    "The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
    and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
    Therefore the child to be born
    will be called holy, the Son of God.
    And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
    has also conceived a son in her old age,
    and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
    for nothing will be impossible for God."
    Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
    May it be done to me according to your word."
    Then the angel departed from her.


    Advent Time.


    Is 35:1-10

    The desert and the parched land will exult;
    the steppe will rejoice and bloom.
    They will bloom with abundant flowers,
    and rejoice with joyful song.
    The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,
    the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
    They will see the glory of the LORD,
    the splendor of our God.
    Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
    make firm the knees that are weak,
    Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
    Be strong, fear not!
    Here is your God,
    he comes with vindication;
    With divine recompense
    he comes to save you.
    Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
    the ears of the deaf be cleared;
    Then will the lame leap like a stag,
    then the tongue of the mute will sing.

    Streams will burst forth in the desert,
    and rivers in the steppe.
    The burning sands will become pools,
    and the thirsty ground, springs of water;
    The abode where jackals lurk
    will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus.
    A highway will be there,
    called the holy way;
    No one unclean may pass over it,
    nor fools go astray on it.
    No lion will be there,
    nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it.
    It is for those with a journey to make,
    and on it the redeemed will walk.
    Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return
    and enter Zion singing,
    crowned with everlasting joy;
    They will meet with joy and gladness,
    sorrow and mourning will flee.


    Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14

    R. (Isaiah 35:4f) Our God will come to save us!
    I will hear what God proclaims;
    the LORD --for he proclaims peace to his people.
    Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
    glory dwelling in our land.
    R. Our God will come to save us!
    Kindness and truth shall meet;
    justice and peace shall kiss.
    Truth shall spring out of the earth,
    and justice shall look down from heaven.
    R. Our God will come to save us!
    The LORD himself will give his benefits;
    our land shall yield its increase.
    Justice shall walk before him,
    and salvation, along the way of his steps.
    R. Our God will come to save us!


    Lk 5:17-26

    One day as Jesus was teaching,
    Pharisees and teachers of the law,
    who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem,
    were sitting there,
    and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
    And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
    they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.
    But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
    they went up on the roof
    and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
    into the middle in front of Jesus.
    When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
    "As for you, your sins are forgiven."

    Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
    "Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
    Who but God alone can forgive sins?"
    Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
    "What are you thinking in your hearts?
    Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,'
    or to say, 'Rise and walk?'
    But that you may know
    that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins?"
    he said to the one who was paralyzed,
    "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home."

    He stood up immediately before them,
    picked up what he had been lying on,
    and went home, glorifying God.
    Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
    and, struck with awe, they said,
    "We have seen incredible things today."

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