September 4

Friday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Blessed Marie Ste-Cécile de Rome (Dina Bélanger), virgin (†1929). Member of the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Quebec, Canada; for years she patiently endured the illness from which she died at age 32. Optional Memorial in Canada

St. Boniface I, Pope (†422). He worked to resolve many controversies involving ecclesiastical discipline.

St. Rosalia, virgin (†twelfth century). She left everything to live as a hermitess near Palermo, Italy, of which she is the patroness.

St. Moses, prophet prophet. Chosen by God to liberate the people of Israel from captivity in Egypt and received the tables of the Law, containing the 10 Commandments. He led them to the Promised Land, but died before entering it, leaving his disciple Joshua as the leader of Israel. See:

St. Irmingard, virgin (†1085). Countess of Süchteln, Germany, she adopted a hermetical life and used her inheritance in the construction of many churches.

St. Ida of Saxony, widow (†825). Married to Count Ekbert of Herzfeld, she dedicated herself to caring for the poor and building churches and monasteries.

St. Cuthbert, bishop (†687). After the Synod of Whitby, he became prior of Lindisfarne, and won over the community to Roman customs. His incorrupt remains were enshrined at Durham, which with Lindisfarne has remained a centre of his cult to this day.

Mass Readings

First reading     Col 1:21-23

Brothers and sisters:You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him, provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable, and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven,
of which I, Paul, am a minister.

Responsorial Psalm     Ps 54:3-4, 6 and 8 (R.6)

 R. God himself is my help.
O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth. R.

Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness. R.

Gospel     Lk 6:1-5

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
his disciples were picking the heads of grain,
rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said,
“Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did
when he and those who were with him were hungry?
How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering,
which only the priests could lawfully eat,
ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”


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