Readings on the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

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First Reading
1 Pt 5:5b-14

Mark, my son, sends you greetings.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter

Clothe yourselves with humility
   in your dealings with one another, for:

   God opposes the proud
      but bestows favor on the humble.

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
   that he may exalt you in due time.
Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.
Be sober and vigilant.
Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion
   looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, steadfast in faith,
   knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world
   undergo the same sufferings.
The God of all grace
   who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus
   will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
   after you have suffered a little.
To him be dominion forever. Amen.

I write you this briefly through Silvanus,
   whom I consider a faithful brother,
   exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
Remain firm in it.
The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.
Greet one another with a loving kiss.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17

R. :

℟. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
℟. Alleluia.

The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
   through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness
For you have said, “My kingdom is established forever”;
   in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

℟. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
℟. Alleluia.

The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,
   and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?
   Who is like the LORD, among the sons of God?

℟. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
℟. Alleluia.

Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
   in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
   and through your justice they are exalted.

℟. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
℟. Alleluia.

Acclamation before the Gospel
1 Cor 1:23a-24b

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

We proclaim Christ crucified;
he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 16:15-20

Proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world
   and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
   whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
   in my name they will drive out demons,
   they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
   and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
   was taken up into heaven
   and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
   while the Lord worked with them
   and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

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.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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