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Readings of the Day: Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

"Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.

Readings of the Day: Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading for the Day
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95

  • 14 King Nebuchadnezzar questioned them: "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you will not serve my god, or worship the golden statue that I set up?
  • 15 Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made, whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet, flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe, and all the other musical instruments; otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace; and who is the God that can deliver you out of my hands?"
  • 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, "There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you in this matter.
  • 17 If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may he save us!
  • 18 But even if he will not, know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue which you set up."
  • 19 Nebuchadnezzar's face became livid with utter rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times more than usual
  • 20 and had some of the strongest men in his army bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and cast them into thewhite-hot furnace.
  • 91 King Nebuchadnezzar rose in haste and asked his nobles, "Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?" "Assuredly, O king," they answered.
  • 92 "But," he replied, "I see four men unfettered and unhurt, walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a son of God."
  • 95 Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver the servants that trusted in him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.


Responsorial Psalm
Daniel 3:52-56

Response: Glory and praise for ever!

  • 52 "Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.
  • 53 Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever. R
  • 54 Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
  • 55 Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
  • 56 Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever. R


Gospel for the Day
John 8:31-42

  • 31 Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,
  • 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
  • 33 They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, `You will be made free'?"
  • 34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin.
  • 35 The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever.
  • 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
  • 37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.
  • 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father."
  • 39 They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham did,
  • 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did.
  • 41 You do what your father did." They said to him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God."
  • 42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.
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