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Tuesday 23rd November

ST COLUMBAN (Feast in Ireland)

Proper of Season:

First Reading: Daniel 2: 31-45

Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, ‘You have had a vision, O king; this is what you saw: a statue, a great statue of extreme brightness, stood before you, terrible to see.  The head of this statue was of fine gold, its chest and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet part iron, part earthenware.  While you were gazing, a stone broke away, untouched by any hand, and struck the statue, struck its feet of iron and earthenware and shattered them.  And then, iron and earthenware, bronze, silver, gold all broke into small pieces as fine as chaff on the threshing floor in summer.  The wind blew them away, leaving not a trace behind.  And the stone that had struck the statue grew into a great mountain, filling the whole earth.  This was the dream; now we will explain to the king what it means.  You, O king, king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given sovereignty, power, strength and glory – the sons of men, the beasts of the field, the birds of heaven, wherever they live, he has entrusted to your rule, making you king of them all – you are the golden head.  And after you another kingdom will rise, not so great as you, and then a third, of bronze, which will rule the whole world.  There will be a fourth kingdom, hard as iron, as iron that shatters and crushes all.  Like iron that breaks everything to pieces, it will crush and break all the earlier kingdoms.  The feet you saw, part earthenware, part iron, are a kingdom which will be split in two, but which will retain something of the strength of iron, just as you saw the iron and the clay of the earthenware mixed together.  The feet were part iron, part earthenware: the kingdom will be partly strong and partly weak.  And just as you saw the iron and the clay of the earthenware mixed together, so the two will be mixed together in the seed of man; but they will not hold together any more than iron will blend with earthenware.  In the time of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not pass into the hands of another race: it will shatter and absorb all the previous kingdoms, and itself last for ever – just as you saw the stone untouched by hand break from the mountain and shatter iron, bronze, earthenware, silver and gold.  The great God has shown the king what is to take place.  The dream is true, the interpretation exact.’

Responsorial Psalm: Daniel 3: 57-61

Response: Give glory and eternal praise to him!

  1. All things the Lord has made, bless the Lord.
  2. Angels of the Lord! all bless the Lord.
  3. Heavens! Bless the Lord.
  4. Waters above the heavens! bless the Lord.
  5. Powers of the Lord! all bless the Lord

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand. Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 21: 5-11

When some were tasking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.’  And they put to him this question: ‘Master,’ they said ‘when will this happen, then, and what signs will there be that this is about to take place?’

‘Take care not to be deceived,’ he said ‘because many will come using my name and saying, “I am he” and, “The time is near at hand.”  Refuse to join them.  And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.’  Then he said to them, ‘Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be great earthquakes, and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.’

Proper of Saints:

First Reading: Isaiah 52: 7-10

How beautiful on the mountains, are the feet of one who brings good news, who heralds peace, brings happiness, proclaims salvation, and tells Zion, ‘Your God is king!’

Listen!  Your watchmen raise their voices, they shout for joy together, for they see the Lord face to face, as he returns to Zion.  Break into shouts of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord is consoling his people, redeeming Jerusalem.

The Lord bares his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95: 1-3, 7-8, 10
Response: Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples

  1. O sing a new song to the Lord,
    sing to the Lord all the earth.
    O sing to the Lord, bless his name.
  2. Proclaim his help day by day,
    tell among the nations his glory
    and his wonders among all the peoples.
  3. Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
    give the Lord glory and power,
    give the Lord the glory of his name.
  4. Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’
    The world he made firm in its place;
    he will judge the peoples in fairness.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the light of the world, says the Lord; anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 9: 57-62

As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’  Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’

Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’  But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’

Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

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