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26/12/2022 Day 360

Acts 6:8-10; 7

The Feast of Saint Stephen – First Martyr.
Readings and Antiphons on p. 1840 of the Daily Missal.

Entrance Antiphon.

The gates of heaven were opened for blessed Stephen, who was found to be first among the number of Martyrs and therefore is crowned triumphant in heaven.

First Reading: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

In those days:
Stephen, full of grace and power,
did great wonders and signs among the people.
Then some of those who belonged
to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called),
and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians,
and of those from Cilicia and Asia,
arose and disputed with Stephen.
But they could not withstand
the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

Now when they heard these things they were enraged,
and they ground their teeth against him.
But he, full of the Holy Spirit,
gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God,
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;
and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened,
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears
and rushed together upon him.
Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him,
and the witnesses laid down their garments
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 31:3bc-4.6 & 8ab.16bc & 17 (R. 6a)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Into your hands, O Lord,
I commend my spirit.

Be a rock of refuge for me,
a mighty stronghold to save me.
For you are my rock, my stronghold!
Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name.

Into your hands I commend my spirit.
You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.
Let me be glad and rejoice in your mercy,
for you who have seen my affliction.

Deliver me from the hands of my enemies
and those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant.
Save me in your merciful love.

R/. Into your hands, O Lord,
I commend my spirit.

Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, Alleluia
Blest is he who enters in the name of the Lord; the Lord is God, and he has given us light.

Gospel: Matthew 10:17-22

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

At that time:
Jesus said to his apostles, “Beware of men;
for they will deliver you up to councils,
and flog you in their synagogues,
and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake,
to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
When they deliver you up,
do not be anxious how you are to speak
or what you are to say;
for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
for it is not you who speak,
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will deliver up brother to death,
and the father his child,
and children will rise against parents and have them put to death,
and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.

As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

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