November 25

Thursday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

St. Catherine of Sienna. Fine Arts Museum, Valencia, Spain

Featured Saints

St. Catherine of Alexandria, martyr. Optional Memorial. The Emperor Maximinus convoked several philosophers to attempt to convince her against the divinity of Christ. Catherine converted them and they were also martyred. She was decapitated in 305.

Blessed Beatrice of Ornacieux, virgin (†1303-1309). Religious from the Carthusian Order, Prioress of the Monastery of Eymieux, France, where she lived and died in extreme poverty.

Blessed Beatrice of Ornacieux – Charterhouse of Valldemossa, Mallorca (Spain)

St. Marculus, Bishop (†347). According to tradition, he was martyred during the reign of Emperor Constantius, in Numidia, Algeria by being thrown from a cliff.

St. Moses of Rome, priest and martyr (†251). Together with the presbyteral college, he guided the Church after the martyrdom of Pope St. Fabian. After a lengthy imprisonment, he shed his blood for the Faith.

St. Maurinus, martyr (†sixth century). Brutally murdered by pagans while preaching the Gospel to the rural population of Agen, France.

St. Peter Yi Ho-yŏng, martyr (†1838). Catechist imprisoned during the persecution in Korea. He died in prison after being tortured.

Blessed Elizabeth Achler, virgin (†1480). Religious from the Franciscan Third Order Regular who lived in Reute, Germany, prasticing humility, poverty and corporal mortification.


Mass Readings

First Reading – Dn 6:12-28

Some men rushed into the upper chamber of Daniel’s home
and found him praying and pleading before his God.
Then they went to remind the king about the prohibition:
“Did you not decree, O king,
that no one is to address a petition to god or man
for thirty days, except to you, O king;
otherwise he shall be cast into a den of lions?”
The king answered them, “The decree is absolute,
irrevocable under the Mede and Persian law.”
To this they replied, “Daniel, the Jewish exile,
has paid no attention to you, O king,
or to the decree you issued;
three times a day he offers his prayer.”
The king was deeply grieved at this news
and he made up his mind to save Daniel;
he worked till sunset to rescue him.
But these men insisted.
They said, “Keep in mind, O king,
that under the Mede and Persian law
every royal prohibition or decree is irrevocable.”
So the king ordered Daniel to be brought and cast into the lions’ den.
To Daniel he said,
“May your God, whom you serve so constantly, save you.”
To forestall any tampering,
the king sealed with his own ring and the rings of the lords
the stone that had been brought to block the opening of the den.

Then the king returned to his palace for the night;
he refused to eat and he dismissed the entertainers.
Since sleep was impossible for him,
the king rose very early the next morning
and hastened to the lions’ den.
As he drew near, he cried out to Daniel sorrowfully,
“O Daniel, servant of the living God,
has the God whom you serve so constantly
been able to save you from the lions?”
Daniel answered the king: “O king, live forever!
My God has sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths
so that they have not hurt me.
For I have been found innocent before him;
neither to you have I done any harm, O king!”
This gave the king great joy.
At his order Daniel was removed from the den,
unhurt because he trusted in his God.
The king then ordered the men who had accused Daniel,
along with their children and their wives,
to be cast into the lions’ den.

Before they reached the bottom of the den,
the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Then King Darius wrote to the nations and peoples of every language,
wherever they dwell on the earth: “All peace to you!
I decree that throughout my royal domain
the God of Daniel is to be reverenced and feared:

“For he is the living God, enduring forever;
his Kingdom shall not be destroyed,
and his dominion shall be without end.
He is a deliverer and savior,
working signs and wonders in heaven and on earth,
and he delivered Daniel from the lions’ power.”

Responsorial Psalm – Daniel 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 (R. 59b)

R. Give glory and eternal praise to Him.
“Dew and rain, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Frost and chill, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Ice and snow, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Nights and days, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Light and darkness, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Let the earth bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

Gospel – Lk 21:20-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,
know that its desolation is at hand.
Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Let those within the city escape from it,
and let those in the countryside not enter the city,
for these days are the time of punishment
when all the Scriptures are fulfilled.
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days,
for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth
and a wrathful judgment upon this people.
They will fall by the edge of the sword
and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles;
and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles
until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.”


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