Readings Memorial of the Guardian Angels

First Reading
Ex 23:20-23

My angel will go before you.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

Thus says the LORD:
“See, I am sending an angel before you,
   to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.
Be attentive to him and heed his voice.
Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin.
My authority resides in him.
If you heed his voice and carry out all I tell you,
   I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.

“My angel will go before you and bring you to the
   Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites,
   Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites;
   and I will wipe them out.”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 91:1-2, 3-4ab, 4c-6, 10-11

R. :

R. (11) The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
   who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
   my God in whom I trust.”

R. The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.

For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler,
   from the destroying pestilence.
With his pinions he will cover you,
   and under his wings you shall take refuge.

R. The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.

His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.
You shall not fear the terror of the night
   nor the arrow that flies by day;
Nor the pestilence that roams in the darkness,
   nor the devastating plague at noon.

R. The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.

No evil shall befall you,
   nor shall affliction come near your tent,
For to his angels he has given command about you,
   that they guard you in all your ways.

R. The Lord has put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.


Gospel Acclamation
Ps 103:21

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Bless the LORD, all you angels,
you ministers, who do his will.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mt 18:1-5, 10

Their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
   “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
   “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
   you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
   is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
   for I say to you that their angels in heaven
   always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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