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Mass lectures for today August 15 2020

The following is the order of the Holy Mass readings for Saturday, August 15, 2020 (liturgical year A) according to the Lectionary of the Roman Missal, revised by mandate of the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI. For today, the lectures are as follows:

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2020:

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab

    God's temple in heaven was opened,
    and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

    A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
    with the moon under her feet,
    and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
    She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
    Then another sign appeared in the sky;
    it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
    and on its heads were seven diadems.
    Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
    and hurled them down to the earth.
    Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
    to devour her child when she gave birth.
    She gave birth to a son, a male child,
    destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
    Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
    The woman herself fled into the desert
    where she had a place prepared by God.

    Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
    "Now have salvation and power come,
    and the Kingdom of our God
    and the authority of his Anointed One."

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM

    Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16

    R. (10bc) The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
    The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
    R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
    Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
    forget your people and your father's house.
    R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
    So shall the king desire your beauty;
    for he is your lord.
    R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
    They are borne in with gladness and joy;
    they enter the palace of the king.
    R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

    SECOND LECTURE OF THE MASS

    1 Cor 15:20-27

    Brothers and sisters:
    Christ has been raised from the dead,
    the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
    For since death came through man,
    the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
    For just as in Adam all die,
    so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
    but each one in proper order:
    Christ the firstfruits;
    then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
    then comes the end,
    when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father,
    when he has destroyed every sovereignty
    and every authority and power.
    For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
    The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
    for "he subjected everything under his feet."

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    Lk 1:39-56

    Mary set out
    and traveled to the hill country in haste
    to a town of Judah,
    where she entered the house of Zechariah
    and greeted Elizabeth.
    When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
    the infant leaped in her womb,
    and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
    cried out in a loud voice and said,
    "Blessed are you among women,
    and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
    And how does this happen to me,
    that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
    For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
    the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
    Blessed are you who believed
    that what was spoken to you by the Lord
    would be fulfilled."

    And Mary said:

    "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
    my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
    for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
    From this day all generations will call me blessed:
    the Almighty has done great things for me
    and holy is his Name.
    He has mercy on those who fear him
    in every generation.
    He has shown the strength of his arm,
    and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
    He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
    and has lifted up the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
    He has come to the help of his servant Israel
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
    the promise he made to our fathers,
    to Abraham and his children forever."

    Mary remained with her about three months
    and then returned to her home.

  • SATURDAY NINETEENTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME 2020:

    Ordinary Time.

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32

    The word of the LORD came to me:
    Son of man, what is the meaning of this proverb
    that you recited in the land of Israel:

    "Fathers have eaten green grapes,
    thus their children's teeth are on edge?"

    As I live, says the Lord GOD:
    I swear that there shall no longer be anyone among you
    who will repeat this proverb in Israel.
    For all lives are mine;
    the life of the father is like the life of the son, both are mine;
    only the one who sins shall die.

    If a man is virtuous—if he does what is right and just,
    if he does not eat on the mountains,
    nor raise his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel;
    if he does not defile his neighbor's wife,
    nor have relations with a woman in her menstrual period;
    if he oppresses no one,
    gives back the pledge received for a debt,
    commits no robbery;
    if he gives food to the hungry and clothes to the naked;
    if he does not lend at interest nor exact usury;
    if he holds off from evildoing,
    judges fairly between a man and his opponent;
    if he lives by my statutes and is careful to observe my ordinances,
    that man is virtuous—he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD.

    But if he begets a son who is a thief, a murderer,
    or lends at interest and exacts usury—
    this son certainly shall not live.
    Because he practiced all these abominations, he shall surely die;
    his death shall be his own fault.

    Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel,
    each one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD.
    Turn and be converted from all your crimes,
    that they may be converted from all your crimes,
    that they may be no cause of guilt for you.
    Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed,
    and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.
    Why should you die, O house of Israel?
    For I have no pleasure in death of anyone who dies,
    says the Lord GOD. Return and live!

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM

    Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

    R. (12a) Create a clean heart in me, O God.
    A clean heart create for me, O God;
    and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
    Cast me not out from your presence,
    and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
    R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
    Give me back the joy of your salvation,
    and a willing spirit sustain in me.
    I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners shall return to you.
    R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
    For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
    should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
    My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
    a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
    R. Create a clean heart in me, O God.

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    Mt 19:13-15

    Children were brought to Jesus
    that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
    The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
    "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
    for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
    After he placed his hands on them, he went away.

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