St. James of the Marches, priest (†1476). Franciscan, disciple of St. Bernardine of Siena, he was a great preacher and orator, practising his ministry in in Italy, Poland, Bohemia, Bosnia and Hungary.
St. Papinianus of Vita and Mansuetus of Uruci, bishops and martyrs (†fifth century). These two African prelates were burned in every part of their bodies with red hot iron plates for their defence of the Catholic Faith against the Arian king, Genseric.
St. Andrew Tran Van Trong, martyr (†1835). He was imprisoned and cruelly tortured for refusing to trample a cross; he was beheaded in Kham Duong, Vietnam.
St. Stephen, the Younger, monk and martyr (†764). Abbot of the monastery of Monte Sant’Aussenzio, in present-day
Turkey. He was exiled and later imprisoned, tortured and finally decapitated during the iconoclast persecution of Constantine V Copronymus, Emperor of Constantinople.
Blessed Theodora, abbess (†980). A spiritual disciple of St. Nilus the Younger, she instructed many in the ways of monastic life in Calabria (Italy).
Blessed Luis Campos Górriz, martyr (†1936). Doctor of law and member of the Lay Apostolate; he was killed by firing squad for his Catholic faith in Paterna, near Valencia, Spain.
First Reading – Jer 33:14-16
The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;
this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (R. 1b)
R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
and for you I wait all the day. R.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and teaches the humble his way. R.
All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction. R.
Second Reading – 1 Thes 3:12—4:2
Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.
Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
Gospel – Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”