Readings for the Memorial of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary
Reading 1 Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5
and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand
who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
I heard a sound from heaven
like the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.
The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,
before the four living creatures and the elders.
No one could learn this hymn except the hundred and forty-four thousand
who had been ransomed from the earth.
These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
They have been ransomed as the first fruits
of the human race for God and the Lamb.
On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
Alleluia Mt 24:42a, 44
For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
Gospel LK 21:1-4
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”
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