January 23

Saturday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

St. Ildephonsus – Cathedral of Seville, (Spain)

St. Ildephonsus, Bishop (†667). Successor of St. Eugenius as head of the Archdiocese of Toledo, Spain; he authored several liturgical books and texts and venerated the ever-Virgin Mary with admirable zeal and devotion.

St. Emerentiana, martyr (†circa fourth century). A reputed companion of St. Agnes, she was martyred in Rome stoned to death by pagan fanatics.

Sts. Clement, bishop, and Agathangelus, martyrs (†fourth century). Killed in Ankara, Turkey, during the Diocletian persecution.

St. Severianus, martyr (†third century). Burned to death in Cesarea in Mauritania (Algeria) with his wife, St. Aquila, for upholding the Faith.

St. Andrew Chong Hwa-gyŏng, martyr (†1840). Catechist tortured and strangled in prison, during the persecution in Korea.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Heb 9:2-3, 11-14

A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one, in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place. Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies.

But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, He entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own Blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.6)

R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

All you peoples, clap your hands,
shout to God with cries of gladness,
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth. R.

God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
Sing praise to God, sing praise;
sing praise to our King, sing praise. R.

For King of all the earth is God:
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.R.

Gospel – Mk 3:20-21

Jesus came with his disciples into the house.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize Him,
for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

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