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Readings of the day: Thursday of the First Week of Advent

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!

Readings of the day: Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Reading for the day
Isaiah 26:1-6

  • 1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.
  • 2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.
  • 3 Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
  • 4 Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
  • 5 For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
  • 6 The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy."


Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27

Response: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.


  • 1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
  • 8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
  • 9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. R
  • 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
  • 20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
  • 21 I thank thee that thou hast answered me and hast become my salvation. R
  • 25 Save us, we beseech thee, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech thee, give us success!
  • 26 Blessed be he who enters in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
  • 27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar! R


Gospel for thed ay
Matthew 7:21, 24-27

  • 21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
  • 24 "Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
  • 25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
  • 26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
  • 27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."
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