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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Readings at Mass

First reading

Lamentations 2:2,10-14,18-19 ©


The Lord has pitilessly destroyed

  all the homes of Jacob;

in his displeasure he has shattered

  the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;

he has thrown to the ground,

  he has left accursed the kingdom and its rulers.


Mutely they sit on the ground,

  the elders of the daughter of Zion;

they have put dust on their heads,

  and wrapped themselves in sackcloth.

The virgins of Jerusalem hang their heads

  down to the ground.


My eyes wasted away with weeping,

  my entrails shuddered,

my liver spilled on the ground

  at the ruin of the daughters of my people,

as children, mere infants, fainted

  in the squares of the Citadel.


They kept saying to their mothers,

  ‘Where is the bread?’

as they fainted like wounded men

  in the squares of the City,

as they poured out their souls

  on their mothers’ breasts.


How can I describe you, to what compare you,

  daughter of Jerusalem?

Who can rescue and comfort you,

  virgin daughter of Zion?

For huge as the sea is your affliction;

  who can possibly cure you?


The visions your prophets had on your behalf

  were delusive, tinsel things,

they never pointed out your sin,

  to ward off your exile.

The visions they proffered you were false,

  fallacious, misleading.


Cry aloud, then, to the Lord,

  groan, daughter of Zion;

let your tears flow like a torrent,

  day and night;

give yourself no relief,

  grant your eyes no rest.


Up, cry out in the night-time,

  in the early hours of darkness;

pour your heart out like water

  before the Lord.

Stretch out your hands to him

  for the lives of your children

who faint with hunger at the entrance to every street.


Psalm 73:1-7,20-21 ©

Do not forget your poor servants for ever.

Why, O God, have you cast us off for ever?

  Why blaze with anger at the sheep of your pasture?

Remember your people whom you chose long ago,

  the tribe you redeemed to be your own possession,

  the mountain of Zion where you made your dwelling.

Do not forget your poor servants for ever.

Turn your steps to these places that are utterly ruined!

  The enemy has laid waste the whole of the sanctuary.

Your foes have made uproar in your house of prayer:

  they have set up their emblems, their foreign emblems,

  high above the entrance to the sanctuary.

Do not forget your poor servants for ever.

Their axes have battered the wood of its doors.

  They have struck together with hatchet and pickaxe.

O God, they have set your sanctuary on fire:

  they have razed and profaned the place where you dwell.

Do not forget your poor servants for ever.

Remember your covenant; every cave in the land

  is a place where violence makes its home.

Do not let the oppressed return disappointed;

  let the poor and the needy bless your name.

Do not forget your poor servants for ever.

Gospel Acclamation


Alleluia, alleluia!

Our Saviour Jesus Christ abolished death

and he has proclaimed life through the Good News.




Alleluia, alleluia!

He took our sicknesses away,

and carried our diseases for us.



Luke 2:41-51 ©

Every year the parents of Jesus used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day’s journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere.

  Three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, ‘My child, why have, you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.’

  ‘Why were you looking for me?’ he replied ‘Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?’ But they did not understand what he meant.

  He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart.

6 posted on 06/27/2014 8:34:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)
7 posted on 06/27/2014 8:37:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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