Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Dedication of The Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul

(Website Editor's note: The Dedication of The Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul is recognized today in place of the 25th Sunday After Pentecost).

From the Introit:
Terrible is this place: it is the House of God, and the gate of Heaven; and it shall be called the Court of God. How lovely are Thy Tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the Courts of the Lord.

Epistle from the Book of the Apocalypse of Blessed John the Apostle (21: 2-5)

In those days I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and He will dwell with them. And they shall be His people, and God Himself with them shall be their God: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away. And He that sat on the throne said: Behold, I make all things new.

Gospel according to St. Luke (19: 1-10)

At that time Jesus, entering in, walked through Jericho. And behold there was a man named Zacheus, who was the chief of the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who He was: and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature. And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see Him: for He was to pass that way. And when Jesus was come to the place, looking up He saw him, and said to him: Zacheus, make haste and come down: for this day I must abide in thy house. And he made haste and came down, and received Him with joy. And when all saw it, they murmured saying, that He was gone to be a guest with a man that was a sinner. But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man for any thing, I restore him fourfold. Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to his house: because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

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