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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

David spoke to Saul:“Let your majesty not lose courage.I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.”But Saul answered David,“You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth.” David continued:“The LORD, who delivered me from the claws […]

Memorial of Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr

The LORD said to Samuel:“How long will you grieve for Saul,whom I have rejected as king of Israel?Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”But Samuel replied:“How can I go?Saul will hear of it and kill me.”To […]

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.People came to Jesus and objected,“Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”Jesus answered them,“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?As long as they have the bridegroom with them they […]

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

R/ (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.I have waited, waited for the LORD,and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.And he put a new song into my mouth,a hymn to our God.R/ Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.Sacrifice or offering you wished not,but […]

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;he stood head and shoulders above the people. Now the asses […]

Memorial of Saint Anthony, abbot

All the elders of Israel came in a body to Samuel at Ramahand said to him, “Now that you are old,and your sons do not follow your example,appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us.” Samuel was displeased when they asked for a king to judge them.He prayed to the LORD, […]

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

The Philistines gathered for an attack on Israel.Israel went out to engage them in battle and camped at Ebenezer,while the Philistines camped at Aphek.The Philistines then drew up in battle formation against Israel.After a fierce struggle Israel was defeated by the Philistines,who slew about four thousand men on the battlefield.When the troops retired to the […]

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

During the time young Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli,a revelation of the LORD was uncommon and vision infrequent.One day Eli was asleep in his usual place.His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see.The lamp of God was not yet extinguished,and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the […]

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Hannah rose after a meal at Shiloh,and presented herself before the LORD;at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chairnear the doorpost of the LORD’s temple.In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping copiously,and she made a vow, promising: “O LORD of hosts,if you look with pity on the misery of your […]

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

There was a certain man from Ramathaim, Elkanah by name,a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim.He was the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu,son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.He had two wives, one named Hannah, the other Peninnah;Peninnah had children, but Hannah was childless.This man regularly went on pilgrimage from his cityto […]