Readings on the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne – July 26

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First Reading
Sir 44:1, 10-15

Their name lives on and on.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

Now will I praise those godly men,
   our ancestors, each in his own time:
These were godly men
   whose virtues have not been forgotten;
Their wealth remains in their families,
   their heritage with their descendants;
Through God’s covenant with them their family endures,
   their posterity for their sake.

And for all time their progeny will endure,
   their glory will never be blotted out;
Their bodies are peacefully laid away,
   but their name lives on and on.
At gatherings their wisdom is retold,
   and the assembly proclaims their praise.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 132:11, 13-14, 17-18

R. :

℟. (Luke 1:32) God will give him the throne of David, his father.

The LORD swore to David
   a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
“Your own offspring
   I will set upon your throne.”

℟. God will give him the throne of David, his father.

For the LORD has chosen Zion;
   he prefers her for his dwelling.
“Zion is my resting place forever;
   in her will I dwell, for I prefer her.”

℟. God will give him the throne of David, his father.

“In her will I make a horn to sprout forth for David;
   I will place a lamp for my anointed.
His enemies I will clothe with shame,
   but upon him my crown shall shine.”

℟. God will give him the throne of David, his father.

Acclamation before the Gospel
See Luke 2:25c

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

They yearned for the comforting of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit rested upon them.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 13:16-17

Many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Blessed are your eyes, because they see,
   and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
   longed to see what you see but did not see it,
   and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

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.

Gospel Reflection / Homilies

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