Catholic Daily Readings for May 20, 2024

Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

May 20, 2024
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Reading I Gn 3:9-15, 20

After Adam had eaten of the tree,
            the LORD God called to him and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
            but I was afraid, because I was naked,
            so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
            from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
            she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
            “Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
            “Because you have done this, you shall be banned
                        from all the animals
                        and from all the wild creatures;
            On your belly shall you crawl,
                        and dirt shall you eat
                        all the days of your life.
            I will put enmity between you and the woman,
                        and between your offspring and hers;
            He will strike at your head,
                        while you strike at his heel.”
The man called his wife Eve,
            because she became the mother of all the living.

OR:

Acts 1:12-14

After Jesus had been taken up to heaven,
            the Apostles
returned to Jerusalem
            from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
            a sabbath day’s journey away.

When they entered the city
            they went to the upper room where they were staying,
            Peter and John and James and Andrew,
            Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
            James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
            and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
            together with some women,
            and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

 

Responsorial Psalm 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

R. (3) Glorious things are said of you, O city of God!
His foundation upon the holy mountains
            the
LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
            more than any dwelling of Jacob.
R. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God!
Glorious things are said of you,
            O city of God!
And of Zion they shall say:
            “One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
            is the Most High
LORD.”
R. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God!
They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
            “This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
            “My home is within you.”

R. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God!

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O joyful Virgin, who gave birth to the Lord;
O blessed Mother of the Church,
who nurture in us the 
Spirit
of your Son Jesus Christ!

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 19:25-34

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
            and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
            and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,
            he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
            “Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished,
            in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
            Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
            and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
            “It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Now since it was preparation day,
            in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
            for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
            the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
            and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
            and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
            they did not break his legs,
            but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
            and immediately Blood and water flowed out.

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  Thursday, 11th week in Ordinary Time
21st Friday
  Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious
22nd Saturday
  The Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
  Saints John Fisher, bishop and martyr and Thomas More, martyr
  Saint Paulinus of Nola, bishop
  Saturday, 11th week in Ordinary Time
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  12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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25th Tuesday
  Tuesday, 12th week in Ordinary Time
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