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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Sunday, 2019-12-08:

  • The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2019:


    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 11:1-10

    On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
    and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
    The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
    a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    a spirit of counsel and of strength,
    a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
    and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
    Not by appearance shall he judge,
    nor by hearsay shall he decide,
    but he shall judge the poor with justice,
    and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
    He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
    Justice shall be the band around his waist,
    and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
    Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
    and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
    the calf and the young lion shall browse together,
    with a little child to guide them.
    The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
    together their young shall rest;
    the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
    The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
    and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
    There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
    for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
    as water covers the sea.
    On that day, the root of Jesse,
    set up as a signal for the nations,
    the Gentiles shall seek out,
    for his dwelling shall be glorious.


    Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

    R. (cf. 7)
    Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    he shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R.Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    Justice shall flower in his days,
    and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
    May he rule from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    R.Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
    and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
    He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
    the lives of the poor he shall save.
    R.Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
    May his name be blessed forever;
    as long as the sun his name shall remain.
    In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
    all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
    R.Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.


    Rom 15:4-9

    Brothers and sisters:
    Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction,
    that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures
    we might have hope.
    May the God of endurance and encouragement
    grant you to think in harmony with one another,
    in keeping with Christ Jesus,
    that with one accord you may with one voice
    glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you,
    for the glory of God.
    For I say that Christ became a minister of the circumcised
    to show God’s truthfulness,
    to confirm the promises to the patriarchs,
    but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
    As it is written:
    Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles and sing praises to your name.


    Mt 3:1-12

    John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
    and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
    It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
    A voice of one crying out in the desert,
    Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make straight his paths.

    John wore clothing made of camel’s hair
    and had a leather belt around his waist.
    His food was locusts and wild honey.
    At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
    and the whole region around the Jordan
    were going out to him
    and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
    as they acknowledged their sins.

    When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
    coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!
    Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
    Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
    And do not presume to say to yourselves,
    ‘We have Abraham as our father.’
    For I tell you,
    God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
    Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
    Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
    will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
    I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
    but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
    I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
    He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
    His winnowing fan is in his hand.
    He will clear his threshing floor
    and gather his wheat into his barn,
    but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

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