Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 22nd August, 2019
A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah 9:1-6
A son is given to us.
he people that walked in darkness
has seen a great light;
on those who live in a land of deep shadow
a light has shone.
You have made their gladness greater,
you have made their joy increase;
they rejoice in your presence
as men rejoice at harvest time,
as men are happy when they are dividing the spoils.
For the yoke that was weighing on him,
the bar across his shoulders,
the rod of his oppressor,
these you break as on the day of Midian.
For all the footgear of battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
and consumed by fire.
For there is a child born for us,
a son given to us
and dominion is laid on his shoulders;
and this is the name they give him:
Wide is his dominion
in a peace that has no end,
for the throne of David
and for his royal power,
which he establishes and makes secure
in justice and integrity.
From this time onwards and for ever,
the jealous love of the Lord of hosts will do this.
The Word of the Lord.
May the name of the Lord be blessed for evermore!
1. Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed
both now and for evermore! Response
2. From the rising of the sun to its setting
praised be the name of the Lord!
High above all nations is the Lord,
above the heavens his glory. Response
3. Who is like the Lord, our God,
who has risen on high to his throne
yet stooped from the heights to look down,
to look down upon heaven and earth? Response
4. From the dust he lifts up the lowly,
from the dungheap he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes,
yes, with the princes of his people. Response
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!
Blessed art thou amongst women.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38
You are to conceive and bear a son.
n the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.' Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?' 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you' the angel answered 'and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God,' 'I am the handmaid of the Lord,' said Mary.' 'let what you have said be done to me.' And the angel left her.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Aug 22 Queenship of Mary Luke 1:26-28
his memorial of Mary is relatively recent in the history of the Church. Pope Pius XII prescribed this feast for the universal Church at the close of the Marian Year in 1954. It is placed on this date, 22 August, exactly a week after the feast of the Assumption, to stress the connection of Mary’s queenship with the Assumption. Even though the official declaration of the Queenship of Mary as a memorial is relatively recent, the appreciation of Mary as queen of heaven has a very long tradition in the Church. I am reminded of some of the wonderful and very ancient mosaics in the apse of some churches in Rome depicting Jesus as king and Mary as queen seated beside each other. The beautiful mosaic in the apse of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome comes to mind. Depicting Mary as queen, alongside her son as king, was a way of showing honour to Mary for the person she had been in her earthly life. The gospel reading today depicts her as saying ‘yes’ to God’s desire for her to be the mother of his Son. Out of all women, she was chosen to give birth to a son who would also be the Son of God, who, in the words of today’s first reading would be a ‘great light’ in the darkness, a Wonder Counsellor, a Mighty God, a Prince of Peace. The Church came to appreciate from its earliest days just how significant Mary’s ‘yes’ to God’s purpose for her life was for all of humanity. It was because Mary surrendered to God’s purpose for her life that God’s purpose for all our lives could come to pass. It was Mary’s faithful response to God’s word spoken by Gabriel that made it possible for us all to become people of faith. Her ‘yes’ created the opening for God’s Son to be given to us all and for us to respond in faith to this wonderful gift. Mary was pivotal in God’s saving purpose, so the Church believed from earliest times that she must have a special place in heaven, alongside her Son. Today, we honour Mary as Queen of heaven. We are also reminded that our own ‘yes’ to the Lord’s call, just like Mary’s, can have important consequences for good in the lives of others. Even if in a lesser way than was the case with Mary, the faith of each one of us is instrumental in helping others come to faith and in nurturing the faith of others.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible
, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ
by Martin Hogan,
published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop
Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 22nd August, 2019
Sliocht as Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh 9:1-6
Óir rugadh leanbh dúinn, tugadh mac dúinn.
n pobal a bhí ag siúl sa dorchadas,
chonaic siad solas mór;
agus ar mhuintir na tíre gruama
tá solas ag lonrú.
Chuir tú go mór lena n-áthas,
mheadaigh tú ar a lúcháir;
tá siad ag déanamh gairdis os do chomhair,
mar a dhéanann in aimsir an fhómhair,
amhail an gairdeas lena roinntear an chreach.
Óir an chuing a bhí anuas orthu,
an choirb ar a nguaillí,
agus slat an aintiarna,
déanann tú smionagar díobh mar a rinne tú lá briste Mhidián.
Óir gach coisbheart catha,
agus gach fallaing a tumadh san fhuil,
tá siad loiscthe,
tá siad dóite le tine.
Óir rugadh leanbh dúinn,
tugadh mac dúinn;
tá an tiarnas ar a ghualainn,
agus is é ainm atá air:
“Comhairleoir iontach”, “Dia láidir”,
“Athair síoraí”, “Prionsa na síochána”.
Níl teorainn lena thiarnas
ná críoch lena shíocháin
ar chathaoir ríoga Dháiví
agus ar a ríogacht,
ag cur bun agus taca leo,
sa cheart agus san fhíréantacht feasta go brách.
Díograis dhílis an Tiarna a chuirfidh sin i gcrích.
Psalm le Freagra
Moladh le hainm an Tiarna choíche!
1. Tugaigí moladh, a lucht freastail an Tiarna;
molaigí ainm an Tiarna!
Moladh le hainm an Tiarna
i láthair na huaire agus choíche! Freagra
2. Ó éirí go luí na gréine,
go raibh ainm an Tiarna á mholadh!
Tá an Tiarna os cionn na gciníocha uile,
agus a ghradam os cionn na bhflaitheas. Freagra
3. Cé is cosúil leis an Tiarna, ár nDia;
atá ina shuí ar a ríchathaoir in airde?
Cromann sé ó na harda anuas
chun féachaint ar neamh agus ar talamh. Freagra
4. Tógann sé an t-íseal aníos as an deannach;
ardaíonn sé den charn aoiligh an duine dealbh,
á chur ina shuí i bhfochair a phrionsaí,
ar aon chéim le prionsaí a phobail Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lucáis 1:26-38
Gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac.
a séú mí, cuireadh an t-aingeal Gaibriéil ó Dhia go dtí cathair sa Ghailíl darbh ainm Nazarat chun maighdine a bhí luaite le fear de theaghlach Dháiví darbh ainm Iósaef, agus b’é ab ainm don mhaighdean, Muire. Agus ar a theacht isteach chuici dúirt: “Sé do bheatha, atá lán de ghrásta, tá an Tiarna leat; is beannaithe tú idir mná.” Ach bhí buaireamh uirthi de chionn na cainte, agus bhí sí ag machnamh cén sort beannachadh é seo. Ach dúirt an t-aingeal léi: “Ná bíodh eagla ort, a Mhuire, óir fuair tú gean ó Dhia. Agus féach, gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac agus tabharfaidh tú Íosa mar ainm air. Beidh sé mór, agus glaofar Mac an Té is airde air, agus tabharfaidh an Tiarna Dia dó ríchathaoir Dháiví a athair, agus beidh sé ina Rí ar theaghlach Iacóib go brách, agus ní bheidh deireadh lena ríocht.” Dúirt Muire leis an aingeal: “Conas a bheidh seo amhlaidh, agus gan cuid agam d’fhear chéile?” Agus dúirt an t-aingeal á freagairt: “Tuirlingeoidh an Spiorad Naomh ort, agus beidh cumhacht an té is airde ina scáil anuas ort, agus sin é an fáth a mbeidh an leanbh naofa; glaofar Mac Dé air. Agus féach, Eiliosaibeit do bhean ghaoil, ghabh sise mac freisin ina seanaois, agus is é seo an séú mí aici siúd a dúradh a bheith aimrid. Óir níl ní ar bith dodhéanta ag Dia.” Dúirt Muire: “Féach, mise banóglach an Tiarna; déantar liom de réir d’fhocail.” Agus d’imigh an t-aingeal uaithi.
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