Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Official Translation (different readings)

Reading 1 – Philippians 3.17-4.1

Brothers and sisters , be imitators together of me,
and note those who walk this way,
even as you have us for an example.
For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping,
as enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction,
whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame,
who think about earthly things.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we await a Savior: the Lord Jesus Christ,
who will change our lowly body to be conformed to his glorified Body,
according to the power by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown,
stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

Responsorial – Psalm 34.2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Resp. 5

R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

I will bless the Lord at all times.
His praise will always be in my mouth.
My soul shall boast in the Lord.
The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.

R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

Oh magnify the Lord with me.
Let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

They looked to him, and were radiant.
Their faces shall never be covered with shame.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.

R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

Gospel – John 12.24-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat
falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone.
But if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Whoever loves their life will lose it.
Whoever hates their life in this world will keep it to eternal life.
If anyone serves me, let them follow me.
Where I am, there will my servant also be.
If anyone serves me, the Father will honor them.”

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