Ordinary Time 18th week Friday Cycle II All pre-Gospel readings


First reading: Nahum 2:1,3,3:1-3,6-7

See, over the mountains the messenger hurries!
‘Peace!’ he proclaims.
Judah, celebrate your feasts,
carry out your vows,
for Belial will never pass through you again;
he is utterly annihilated.
Yes, the Lord is restoring the vineyard of Jacob
and the vineyard of Israel.
For the plunderers had plundered them,
they had broken off their branches.

Woe to the city soaked in blood,
full of lies,
stuffed with booty,
whose plunderings know no end!
The crack of the whip!
The rumble of wheels!
Galloping horse,
jolting chariot,
charging cavalry,
flash of swords,
gleam of spears...
a mass of wounded,
hosts of dead,
countless corpses;
they stumble over the dead.
I am going to pelt you with filth,
shame you, make you a public show.
And all who look on you will turn their backs on you and say,
‘Nineveh is a ruin.’
Could anyone pity her?
Where can I find anyone to comfort her?

Responsorial Psalm: Deuteronomy 32:35-36,39,41

It is the Lord who deals death and life.

It is close, the day of their ruin;
  their doom comes at speed.
For the Lord will see his people righted,
  he will take pity on his servants.

It is the Lord who deals death and life.

See now that I, I am He,
  and beside me there is no other god.
It is I who deal death and life;
  when I have struck it is I who heal.

It is the Lord who deals death and life.

When I have whetted my flashing sword
  I will take up the cause of Right,
I will give my foes as good again,
  I will repay those who hate me.

It is the Lord who deals death and life.

Gospel Acclamation

 

Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!

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First reading: Nahum 2:1,3,3:1-3,6-7

See, over the mountains the messenger hurries!
‘Peace!’ he proclaims.
Judah, celebrate your feasts,
carry out your vows,
for Belial will never pass through you again;
he is utterly annihilated.
Yes, the Lord is restoring the vineyard of Jacob
and the vineyard of Israel.
For the plunderers had plundered them,
they had broken off their branches.

Woe to the city soaked in blood,
full of lies,
stuffed with booty,
whose plunderings know no end!
The crack of the whip!
The rumble of wheels!
Galloping horse,
jolting chariot,
charging cavalry,
flash of swords,
gleam of spears...
a mass of wounded,
hosts of dead,
countless corpses;
they stumble over the dead.
I am going to pelt you with filth,
shame you, make you a public show.
And all who look on you will turn their backs on you and say,
‘Nineveh is a ruin.’
Could anyone pity her?
Where can I find anyone to comfort her?

Responsorial Psalm: Deuteronomy 32:35-36,39,41

It is the Lord who deals death and life.

It is close, the day of their ruin;
  their doom comes at speed.
For the Lord will see his people righted,
  he will take pity on his servants.

It is the Lord who deals death and life.

See now that I, I am He,
  and beside me there is no other god.
It is I who deal death and life;
  when I have struck it is I who heal.

It is the Lord who deals death and life.

When I have whetted my flashing sword
  I will take up the cause of Right,
I will give my foes as good again,
  I will repay those who hate me.

It is the Lord who deals death and life.

Gospel Acclamation

 

Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!