St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial)
February 3, 2018

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    1 Kings 3:4-13
    4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings upon that altar.
    5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I shall give you."
    6 And Solomon said, "Thou hast shown great and steadfast love to thy servant David my father, because he walked before thee in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward thee; and thou hast kept for him this great and steadfast love, and hast given him a son to sit on his throne this day.
    7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
    8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.
    9 Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?"
    10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
    11 And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,
    12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
    13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 119:9-14
    9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.
    10 With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
    11 I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    12 Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes!
    13 With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
    14 In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

  • Gospel

    Mark 6:30-34
    30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
    31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
    32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.
    33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them.
    34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Romans 5:1-5
    1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.
    3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
    4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
    5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 117:1-2
    1 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!
    2 For great is his steadfast love toward us; and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Praise the LORD!

  • Gospel

    Mark 16:15-20
    15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
    16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
    17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
    18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
    19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
    20 And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

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