December 5

Featured Saints

St. Gerald of Braga – Museum of Aveiro – Portugal

St. Gerald, bishop (†579). Cluniac monk at Moissac, France, appointed Archbishop of Braga, Portugal. He renewed divine worship, restored churches and stimulated ecclesiastical discipline.

St. John Almond, priest and martyr (†1612). English priest ordained in Rome who returned to his homeland as a missionary in 1602. After being twice arrested and imprisoned, he was executed in Tyburn, for exercising his priestly ministry, during the reign of James I.

St. Sabas, abbot. Nasceu perto de Cesareia de Capadócia, em 439. É um dos monges mais famosos da antiguidade.

St. Chrispina of Thagara, martyr († 304). Woman of high nobility and mother of a family, tortured and beheaded in Thebesta, present-day Algeria, for refusing to worship the pagan gods. She is praised by St. Augustine.

Blessed Nicolas Steno, bishop († 1683). Born in Denmark to a Lutheran family, he converted to Catholicism after watching a Corpus Christi procession, after which he studied theology and became a priest. Blessed Innocent XI appointed him Apostolic Vicar for the Nordic Missions.

Blessed Bartolomeo Fanti, priest († 1495). Carmelite religious in Mantua. Zealous propagator of devotion to the Eucharistic Jesus and to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Blessed Philip Rinaldi, Salesian priest († 1931). At the age of 21, he met St. John Bosco. He contributed greatly to the expansion of the Salesian Congregation, of which he became Vicar General and, later, Rector Major.

Blessed Narcissus Putz,priest and martyr († 1942). Polish priest imprisoned in the concentration camp of Dachau, Germany, where he died after enduring severe privations and suffering.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Bar 5:1-9

Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;
put on the splendor of glory from God forever:
wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,
bear on your head the mitre
that displays the glory of the eternal name.
For God will show all the earth your splendor:
you will be named by God forever
the peace of justice, the glory of God’s worship.

Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;
look to the east and see your children
gathered from the east and the west
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that they are remembered by God.
Led away on foot by their enemies they left you:
but God will bring them back to you
borne aloft in glory as on royal thrones.
For God has commanded
that every lofty mountain be made low,
and that the age-old depths and gorges
be filled to level ground,
that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God.
The forests and every fragrant kind of tree
have overshadowed Israel at God’s command;
for God is leading Israel in joy
by the light of his glory,
with his mercy and justice for company.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6. (R.3)

R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing. R.

Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed. R.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those who sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing. R.

Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves. R.

Second Reading – Phil 1:4-6, 8-11

Brothers and sisters:
I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you,
because of your partnership for the gospel
from the first day until now.
I am confident of this,
that the one who began a good work in you
will continue to complete it
until the day of Christ Jesus.
God is my witness,
how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer:
that your love may increase ever more and more
in knowledge and every kind of perception,
to discern what is of value,
so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ
for the glory and praise of God.

Gospel – Lk 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”


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