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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

 • 07:36 AM Tue Sep 15, 2015

Reading 1 and// 1 TM 3and1-13 Beloved, this saying is trustworthyandwhoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,married only once, temperate, self-controlled,decent, hospitable, able to teach,not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,not contentious, not a lover of money.He must manage his own household well,keeping his children under control with perfect dignityfor if a man does not know how to manage his own household,how can he take care of the Church of God?He should not be a recent convert,so that he may not become conceitedand thus incur the Devil’s punishment.He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil’s trap.Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.Moreover, they should be tested firstthen, if there is nothing against them,let them serve as deacons.Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,but temperate and faithful in everything.Deacons may be married only onceand must manage their children and their households well.Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standingand much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus. Responsorial Psalm and// PS 101:1B-2AB, 2CD-3AB, 5, 6 R. I will walk with blameless heart. Of mercy and judgment I will singto you, O LORD, I will sing praise.I will persevere in the way of integritywhen will you come to me? R.I will walk with blameless heart. I will walk with blameless heart,within my houseI will not set before my eyesany base thing. R.I will walk with blameless heart .Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,him will I destroy.The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heartI will not endure. R.I will walk with blameless heart. My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,that they may dwell with me.He who walks in the way of integrityshall be in my service. R.I will walk with blameless heart. Alleluia R.Alleluia, alleluia.Blessed are you, O Virgin Marywithout dying you won the martyr's crownbeneath the Cross of the Lord.R.Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel and// JN 19:25-27 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his motherand his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,and Mary Magdalene.When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he lovedhe said to his mother, Woman, behold, your son.”Then he said to the disciple, Behold, your mother.”And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. Or and// LK 2:33-35 Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about himand Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this child is destinedfor the fall and rise of many in Israel,and to be a sign that will be contradictedand you yourself a sword will pierceso that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

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