November 1 - Solemnity of All Saints

Today's Readings

Reading 1 - Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun,
having the seal of the living God;
and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels,
to whom it had been given to harm the land and the sea,

“Do not harm the land, nor the sea, nor the trees,
until we seal the servants of our God upon their foreheads.”

And I heard the number of those who were sealed,
one hundred forty-four thousand were sealed,
from every tribe of the sons of Israel.

After this I looked, and behold: a great crowd,
who no one could count,
from all nations and tribes and peoples and languages,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes and with palms in their hands.
And they cried with a loud voice, saying:

“Salvation is with our God, who sits upon the throne,
and with the Lamb.”

And all the angels stood around the throne,
with the elders and the four living creatures;
and they fell down on their faces before the throne,
and worshipped God, saying:

“Amen. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving,
and honor and power and might
to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

And someone answered from the elders, saying to me,
“These who are clothed in white robes, who are they and where did they come from?”

And I told him, “You know, my lord.”
And he told me:
They have come from the great tribulation,
and have washed their robes,
and have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.

Responsorial - Psalm 24.1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

R. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and its inhabitants.
For he founded it upon the seas;
and upon the rivers made it firm.

R. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
He who, with innocent hands and a clean of heart,
has not lifted up his soul to useless things.

R. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

He shall receive a blessing from the Lord,
and righteousness from God his Savior.
This is the nature of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

R. Lord, this is the people that seeks your face.

Reading 2 - 1 John 3.1-3

Do you see what kind of love the Father has given to us,
that we should be called the children of God?
And so we are.

For this reason the world does not know us:
because it did not know him.
Beloved, we are now the children of God;
and what we shall be has not yet appeared.
We know that, when it does appear,
we shall be like to him:
because we shall see him just as he is.

And everyone who has this hope in him,
purifies themself, just as he is pure.

Gospel - Matthew 5.1-12a

Jesus, seeing the crowds, went up on the mountain,
and when he sat down, his disciples came to him,
and opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the land.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for the sake of justice,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you
and speak all that is evil against you, falsely, because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward in heaven is great.

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