Readings For the Feast of the Archangels Michael Gabriel & RAphael, September 29

First Reading
Dn 7:9-10, 13-14

Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel

As I watched:
   Thrones were set up
      and the Ancient One took his throne.
   His clothing was bright as snow,
      and the hair on his head as white as wool;
   His throne was flames of fire,
      with wheels of burning fire.
   A surging stream of fire
      flowed out from where he sat;
   Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
      and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw

   One like a son of man coming,
      on the clouds of heaven;
   When he reached the Ancient One
      and was presented before him,
   He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
      nations and peoples of every language serve him.
   His dominion is an everlasting dominion
      that shall not be taken away,
      his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Or:

Rev 12:7-12ab

Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

War broke out in heaven;
   Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
   but they did not prevail
   and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
   who is called the Devil and Satan,
   who deceived the whole world,
   was thrown down to earth,
   and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
   “Now have salvation and power come,
      and the Kingdom of our God
      and the authority of his Anointed.
   For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
      who accuses them before our God day and night.
   They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
      and by the word of their testimony;
      love for life did not deter them from death.
   Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
      and you who dwell in them.”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 4-5

R. :

R. (1) In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart,
   for you have heard the words of my mouth;
   in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name.

R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

Because of your kindness and your truth;
   for you have made great above all things
   your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
   you built up strength within me.

R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
   when they hear the words of your mouth;
And they shall sing of the ways of the Lord:
   “Great is the glory of the Lord.”

R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.


Gospel Acclamation
Ps 103:21

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

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

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Jn 1:47–51

You will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
   “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
   “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
   “Do you believe
   because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
   you will see heaven opened
   and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

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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