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Thursday 23 February 2017    (other days)
Saint Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr 
 (Thursday of week 7 in Ordinary Time)

Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: Red.


First reading
Apocalypse 2:8-11 ©
I, John, heard the Lord say to me: ‘Write to the angel of the church in Smyrna and say, “Here is the message of the First and the Last, who was dead and has come to life again: I know the trials you have had, and how poor you are – though you are rich – and the slanderous accusations that have been made by the people who profess to be Jews but are really members of the synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of the sufferings that are coming to you: I tell you, the devil is going to send some of you to prison to test you, and you must face an ordeal for ten days. Even if you have to die, keep faithful, and I will give you the crown of life for your prize. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches: for those who prove victorious there is nothing to be afraid of in the second death.”’

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 30(31):3-4,6,8,16-17 ©
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
  a mighty stronghold to save me,
for you are my rock, my stronghold.
  For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.
  It is you who will redeem me, Lord.
As for me, I trust in the Lord:
  let me be glad and rejoice in your love.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
My life is in your hands, deliver me
  from the hands of those who hate me.
Let your face shine on your servant.
  Save me in your love.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Gospel Acclamationcf.Te Deum
Alleluia, alleluia!
We praise you, O God,
we acknowledge you to be the Lord;
the noble army of martyrs praise you, O Lord.
Alleluia!

GospelJohn 15:18-21
Εἰ ὁ κόσμος ὑμᾶς μισεῖ,
γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐμὲ πρῶτον ὑμῶν μεμίσηκεν.
εἰ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου ἦτε,
ὁ κόσμος ἂν τὸ ἴδιον ἐφίλει·
ὅτι δὲ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου οὐκ ἐστέ,
ἀλλ’ ἐγὼ ἐξελεξάμην ὑμᾶς ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου,
διὰ τοῦτο μισεῖ ὑμᾶς ὁ κόσμος.
μνημονεύετε τοῦ λόγου οὗ ἐγὼ εἶπον ὑμῖν· οὐκ ἔστιν δοῦλος μείζων τοῦ κυρίου αὐτοῦ.
εἰ ἐμὲ ἐδίωξαν, καὶ ὑμᾶς διώξουσιν·
εἰ τὸν λόγον μου ἐτήρησαν καὶ τὸν ὑμέτερον τηρήσουσιν.
ἀλλὰ ταῦτα πάντα ποιήσουσιν εἰς ὑμᾶς διὰ τὸ ὄνομα μου,
ὅτι οὐκ οἴδασιν τὸν πέμψαντα με.
GospelJohn 15:18-21 ©
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If the world hates you,
remember that it hated me before you.
If you belonged to the world,
the world would love you as its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
because my choice withdrew you from the world,
therefore the world hates you.
Remember the words I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master.
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too;
if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well.
But it will be on my account that they will do all this,
because they do not know the one who sent me.’

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