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01/09/2021 Day 244

Romans 8:18-30; Mark 4:35-41

The Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1
World Day of Prayer for the care of Creation
Special readings.

Entrance Antiphon
The earth has yielded its fruit; may God, our God, bless us


First Reading: Romans 8:18-30

A reading from the the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory
that is to be revealed to us.
For the creation waits with eager longing
for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God;
for the creation was subjected to futility,
not of its own will but
by the will of him who subjected it in hope;
because the creation itself will be set free
from its bondage to decay
and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation
has been groaning in travail together until now;
and not only the creation, but we ourselves,
who have the first fruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons and daughters,
the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved.
Now hope that is seen is not hope.
For who hopes for what he sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see,
we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
with sighs too deep for words.
And he who searches the hearts of people
knows what is the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.

We know that in everything God works for good
with those who love him,
who are called according to his purpose.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
in order that he might be the first-born
among many brothers and sisters.
And those whom he predestined he also called;
and those whom he called he also justified;
and those whom he justified he also glorified.

The Word of the Lord




Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 104:1-2a.5-6.10 & 12.13-14.24 & 35c (R. cf. 30)

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Lord, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and honour,
wrapped in light, as with a robe!

You set the earth on its foundation,
immovable from age to age.
You wrapped it with the depths like a cloak;
the waters stood higher than the mountains.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow in between the hills.
There the birds of heaven build their nests;
from the branches they sing their song.

From your dwelling you water the hills;
by your works the earth has its fill.
You make the grass grow for the cattle
and plants to serve mankind’s need.
That he may bring forth bread from the earth.

How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

R/. Lord, send forth your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia.
A great prophet has arisen among us, and God has visited his people.



Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

On that day, when evening had come,
he said to them,
“Let us go across to the other side.”
And leaving the crowd,
they took him with them, just as he was, in the boat.
And other boats were with him.
And a great storm of wind arose,
and the waves beat into the boat,
so that the boat was already filling.
But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion;
and they woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care if we perish?”
And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
“Peace! Be still!”
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
He said to them,
“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”
And they were filled with awe, and said to one another,
“Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”

The Gospel of the Lord

Communion Antiphon
The earth is replete with the fruit of your work, O Lord; you bring forth bread from the earth, and wine to cheer the heart.

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