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Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, Martyrs

St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and 116 Companions, Martyrs. They suffered martyrdom in Vietnam on different dates, ranging from 1625 to 1886 and were canonized in 1998. Eight were bishops, 50 priests, and 59 lay people of varying age and social condition. Among therm 96 were of Vietnamese nationality, 11 were Spanish and 10 were French.

Mass Readings

 

Other featured Saints

St. Albert of Louvain – Basilica of St. Joan of Arc, Domrémy-La-Pucelle (France)

St. Albert of Louvain, bishop and martyr (†1192). Bishop of Liège, present-day Belgium, he was exiled for defending the Church and killed in Rheims, France.

St. Chrysogonus, martyr (fourth century). He was beheaded for his Faith in  the ancient Roman city of Aquileia during the Diocletian persecution.

St. Colman, bishop (†604-608). Poet from the court of Cashel, Ireland, he was baptized by St. Brennan, and eventually became the first Bishop of Cloyne.

St. Pourçain, abbot (†532). A former slave who, guided by Providence, found freedom in a monastery of the Clermont-Ferrand region of France, of which he later became abbot.

St. Firmina, virgin and martyr (†303). She died for her faith at Amelia, in Umbria, Italy, during the Diocletian persecution, after being subjected to various tortures.

Blessed Balsamo, abbot (†1232). Amid the confusion and contradictions of his time, he guided the Abbey of the Holy Trinity of Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy with wisdom and prudence.

 Blessed Maria Anna Sala, virgin (†1891). Religious from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Marcellina in Milan, Italy. She dedicated herself entirely to the education of youth.

 

 

Mass Readings

First Reading – Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,
with whom he drank.
Under the influence of the wine,
he ordered the gold and silver vessels
which Nebuchadnezzar, his father,
had taken from the temple in Jerusalem,
to be brought in so that the king, his lords,
his wives and his entertainers might drink from them.
When the gold and silver vessels
taken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in,
and while the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainers
were drinking wine from them,
they praised their gods of gold and silver,
bronze and iron, wood and stone.

Suddenly, opposite the lampstand,
the fingers of a human hand appeared,
writing on the plaster of the wall in the king’s palace.
When the king saw the wrist and hand that wrote, his face blanched;
his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook,
and his knees knocked.

Then Daniel was brought into the presence of the king.
The king asked him, “Are you the Daniel, the Jewish exile,
whom my father, the king, brought from Judah?
I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you,
that you possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom.
I have heard that you can interpret dreams and solve difficulties;
if you are able to read the writing and tell me what it means,
you shall be clothed in purple,
wear a gold collar about your neck,
and be third in the government of the kingdom.”

Daniel answered the king:
“You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else;
but the writing I will read for you, O king,
and tell you what it means.
You have rebelled against the Lord of heaven.
You had the vessels of his temple brought before you,
so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers,
might drink wine from them;
and you praised the gods of silver and gold,
bronze and iron, wood and stone,
that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence.
But the God in whose hand is your life breath
and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify.

By him were the wrist and hand sent, and the writing set down.

“This is the writing that was inscribed:
MENE, TEKEL, and PERES.
These words mean:
MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it;
TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;
PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Responsorial Psalm – Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
(R. 59b)

R. Give glory and eternal praise to Him.
“Sun and moon, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“All you winds, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Fire and heat, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Cold and chill, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

Gospel – Lk 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

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