Readings
for the Feast of

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Virgin and Martyr
August 9


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From the Common of Martyrs: For a Virgin Martyr.


COLLECT
Deus patrum nostrorum, qui beatam Teresiam Benedictam martyrem ad cognitionem Filii tui crucifixi eiusque imitationem usque ad mortem perduxisti, ipsa intercedente, concede, ut omnes homines Christum Salvatorem agnoscant et per eum ad perpetuam tui visionem adveniant.
God of our Fathers,
who brought the Martyr Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
to know your crucified Son
and to imitate him even until death,
grant, through her intercession,
that the whole human race may acknowledge Christ as its Savior
and through him come to behold you for eternity.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


FIRST READING            Esther C:12, 14-16, 23, 25
Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, fled to the Lord for refuge.
Then she prayed to the Lord, the God of Israel, saying:
"My Lord, you alone are our King.
Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,
for I am taking my life in my hand.
From birth, I have heard among my people that you, Lord,
chose Israel from among all nations,
and our ancestors from among all their forebears,
as a lasting inheritance,
and that you fulfilled all your promises to them.

Be mindful of us, Lord.
Make yourself known in the time of our distress and give me courage,
King of gods and Ruler of every power.
Save us by your power, and help me,
who am alone and have no one but you, Lord."


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

R. (7) Our soul has been rescued like a bird from a fowler's snare.
Had not the LORD been with us,
when people rose against us,
They would have swallowed us alive,
for their fury blazed against us.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from a fowler's snare.
The waters would have engulfed us,
the torrent overwhelmed us;
seething waters would have drowned us.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from a fowler's snare.
The snare was broken
and we escaped.
Our help is the name of the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from a fowler's snare.


ALLELUIA          Matthew 5:10
Beati qui persecutionem patiuntur propter iustitiam, quoniam ipsorum regnum caelorum.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.


GOSPEL           John 4:19-24
The Samaritan woman said to Jesus,
“Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman,
the hour is coming when you will worship the Father
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.”


The First Reading and Gospel have been taken from the "Carmelite Proper of the Liturgy of the Hours," Institutum Carmelitanum, Rome: 1993. (source).
The Psalm and Alleluia have been chosen from the Common
.

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Teresa Benedicta of the Cross


From the Common of a Virgin Martyr, except the following

COLLECT
God of our Fathers,
who brought the Martyr Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
to know your crucified Son
and to imitate him even until death,
grant, through her intercession,
that the whole human race may acknowledge Christ as its Savior
and through him come to behold you for eternity.
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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