St. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
December 7, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 26:1-6
    1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.
    2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.
    3 Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
    4 Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
    5 For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
    6 The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy."

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
    1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
    8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
    9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
    19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
    20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
    21 I thank thee that thou hast answered me and hast become my salvation.
    25 Save us, we beseech thee, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech thee, give us success!
    26 Blessed be he who enters in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
    27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 7:21, 24-27
    21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    24 "Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
    25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
    26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
    27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Ephesians 3:8-12
    8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
    9 and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;
    10 that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.
    11 This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
    12 in whom we have boldness and confidence of access through our faith in him.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 89:2-5, 21-22, 25, 27
    1 I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
    2 For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
    3 Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant:
    4 `I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'" [Selah]
    20 I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
    21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.
    24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
    26 He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'

  • Gospel

    John 10:11-16
    11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
    12 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
    13 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
    14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
    15 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
    16 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.

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