Readings for the Memorial of
Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Virgin and Martyr
November 25




MASS


From the Common of Martyrs: For a Virgin Martyr; or from the Common of Virgins: For One Virgin
COLLECT
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui populo tuo beatam Catharinam virginem et invictam martyrem praestitisti, concede, ut, eius intercessione, fide et constantia roboremur, et pro Ecclesiae unitate operam tribuamus impense.
Almighty ever-living God,
who gave Saint Catherine of Alexandria to your people
as a Virgin and an invincible Martyr,
grant that through her intercession
we may be strengthened in faith and constancy
and spend ourselves without reserve
for the unity of the Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


FIRST READING          Revelation 21:5-7
The One who was seated on the throne said,
"Behold, I make all things new."
Then he said, "Write these words down
for they are trustworthy and true."
He said to me, "They are accomplished.
I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the beginning and the end.
To the thirsty I will give a gift
from the spring of life-giving water.
The victor wioll inherit these gifts,
and I shall be his God and he will be my son.


RESPONSORIAL PSALM           124:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8
Anima nostra sicut passer erepta est de laqueo venantium.

R./ (7) Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
Had not the Lord been with us–
When men rose up against us,
    then would they have swallowed us alive,
When their fury was inflamed against us.
R./ Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
    over us then would have swept
    the raging waters.
R./ Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
Broken was the snare,
    and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
R./ Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.


ALLELUIA          Cf. Te Deum
Te deum laudamus, te dominum confitemur; te martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord:
the white-robed army of martyrs praise you..


GOSPEL           Matthew 10:28-33
Jesus said to the Twelve:
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both body and soul in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before by heavenly Father."



The Liturgy of the Hours
Catherine of Alexandria


From the Common of One Martyr or of Virgins.

COLLECT
Almighty ever-living God,
who gave Saint Catherine of Alexandria to your people
as a Virgin and an invincible Martyr,
grant that through her intercession
we may be strengthened in faith and constancy
and spend ourselves without reserve
for the unity of the Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 
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