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24/11/2021 Day 328

Daniel 5:1-6.13-14.16-17.23-28; Luke 21:12-19


Memorial of Saints Andrew Dũng-Lạc and Companions,  Martyrs
Readings on p. 1498 and Antiphons on p. 1821 of the Daily Missal.

Entrance Antiphon.

Far be it from us to boast, except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the word of the Cross is the power of God to us who have been saved.

 

First Reading: Daniel 5:1-6.13-14.16-17.23-28

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel.

In those days:
King Belshazzar made a great feast
for a thousand of his lords,
and drank wine in front of the thousand.

Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine,
commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver
which Nebuchadnezzar his father
had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought,
that the king and his lords,
his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.
Then they brought in the golden and silver vessels
which had been taken out of the temple,
the house of God in Jerusalem;
and the king and his lords,
his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
They drank wine
and praised the gods of gold and silver,
bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

Immediately the fingers of a man’s hand appeared
and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace,
opposite the lampstand;
and the king saw the hand as it wrote.
Then the king’s colour changed,
and his thoughts alarmed him;
his limbs gave way,
and his knees knocked together.

Then Daniel was brought in before the king.
The king said to Daniel,
“You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah,
whom the king my father brought from Judah.
I have heard of you that the spirit of the holy gods is in you,
and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom
are found in you.

I have heard that you can give interpretations
and solve problems.
Now if you can read the writing
and make known to me its interpretation,
you shall be clothed with purple,
and have a chain of gold about your neck,
and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

Then Daniel answered before the king,
“Let your gifts be for yourself,
and give your rewards to another;
nevertheless I will read the writing to the king
and make known to him the interpretation.

You have lifted up yourself against the Lord of Heaven,
and the vessels of his house have been brought in before you,
and you and your lords,
your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them;
and you have praised the gods of silver and gold,
of bronze, iron, wood, and stone,
which do not see or hear or know,
but the God in whose hand is your breath,
and whose are all your ways,
you have not honoured.

“Then from his presence, the hand was sent,
and this writing was inscribed.
And this is the writing that was inscribed:
mene, mene, tekel, and parsin.
This is the interpretation of the matter:
mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom
and brought it to an end;
tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; peres, your kingdom is divided
and given to the Medes and Persians.”

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Daniel 3:40.41.42.43.44.45 (R. 40b)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

Bless the Lord, sun and moon,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

Bless the Lord, stars of heaven,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

Bless the Lord, all rain and dew,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

Bless the Lord, all winds,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

Bless the Lord, fire and heat,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

Bless the Lord, winter cold and summer heat,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

R/. Sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, Alleluia
Be faithful unto death, says the Lord,
and I will give you the crown of life.
Alleluia.

Gospel: Luke 21:12-19

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

At that time:
Jesus said to his disciples,
“They will lay their hands on you and persecute you,
delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons,
and you will be brought before kings and governors
for my name’s sake.
This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
Settle it therefore in your minds,
not to meditate beforehand how to answer;
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom,
which none of your adversaries
will be able to withstand or contradict.
You will be delivered up
even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends,
and some of you they will put to death;
you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
But not a hair of your head will perish.
By your endurance, you will gain your lives.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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