MASS READINGS OF WEEKDAYS BEFORE THE EPIPHANY (JANUARY 2-5)

MASS READINGS OF
WEEKDAYS BEFORE THE EPIPHANY (JANUARY 2-5)

JANUARY 2

JANUARY 3

JANUARY 4

JANUARY 5

 

JANUARY 2

READING I 1 Jn 2:22–28

Beloved: Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life. I write you these things about those who would deceive you. As for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, so that you do not need anyone to teach you. But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false; just as it taught you, remain in him.

And now, children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be put to shame by him at his coming.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

The Lord has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

ALLELUIA

Multifárie olim Deus loquens pátribus in prophétis, novíssime diébus istis locútus est nobis in Fílio.

In the past God spoke to our fathers through the prophets; now he speaks to us through his Son.

GOSPEL

Jn 1:19–28

This is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?” He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?” He said: “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

JANUARY 3

READING I 1 Jn 2:29–3:6

If you consider that God is righteous, you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten by him.

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who remains in him sins; no one who sins has seen him or known him.

And now, children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be put to shame by him at his coming.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

Sing praise to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the Lord.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

ALLELUIA

Verbum caro factum est, et habitávit in nobis. Quotquot recepérunt eum, dedit eis potestátem fílios Dei fíeri.

The Word of God became a man and lived among us.  He enabled those who accepted him to become the children of God.

GOSPEL

Jn 1:29–34

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.” John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

JANUARY 4

READING I 1 Jn 3:7–10

Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous, just as he is righteous. Whoever sins belongs to the Devil, because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. No one who is begotten by God commits sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. In this way, the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain; no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God, nor anyone who does not love his brother.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy before the Lord.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

The Lord comes;
he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Vidérunt omnes términi terræ salutáre Dei nostri.

ALLELUIA

Multifárie olim Deus loquens pátribus in prophétis, novíssime diébus istis locútus est nobis in Fílio.

In the past God spoke to our fathers through the prophets; now he speaks to us through his Son.

GOSPEL

Jn 1:35–42

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.

JANUARY 5

READING I 1 Jn 3:11–21

Beloved: This is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another, unlike Cain who belonged to the Evil One and slaughtered his brother. Why did he slaughter him? Because his own works were evil, and those of his brother righteous. Do not be amazed, then, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.

Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts before him in whatever our hearts condemn, for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra.

Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra.

Know that the Lord is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra.

The Lord is good:
the Lord, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Iubiláte Dómino, omnis terra.

ALLELUIA

Dies sanctificátus illuxit nobis: veníte, gentes, adoráte Dóminum: quia hódie descéndit lux magna super terram.

A holy day has dawned upon us.  Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.  Today a great light has come upon us.

GOSPEL

Jn 1:43–51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 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 the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

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