BETWEEN 6 NOVEMBER AND 12 NOVEMBER
RUTH 3:1-5, 4:13-17
who caused all holy scriptures
to be written for our learning,
grant us so to hear them,
read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them,
that we may embrace and ever hold fast
the blessed hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF RUTH
Naomi her mother-in-law
said to her, "My daughter, I need to seek some security for
you, so that it may be well with you. Now here is our kinsman
Boaz, with whose young women you have been working. See, he is
winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Now wash and
anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the
threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until
he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, observe
the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie
down; and he will tell you what to do." She said to her,
"All that you tell me I will do." So Boaz took Ruth and
she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her
conceive, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi,
"Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without
next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be
to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for
your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven
sons, has borne him." Then Naomi took the child and laid him
in her bosom, and became his nurse. The women of the neighbourhood
gave him a name, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi."
They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of
RUTH 3:1-5, 4:13-17
REFRAIN Happy are they
who fear the Lord.
the Lord builds the house, their labour is in vain who build it.
the Lord watches over the city, in vain the watchman keeps his
is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; vain,
too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his beloved sleep.
are a heritage from the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.
is the man who has his quiver full of them! he shall not be put to
shame when he contends with his enemies in the gate. R
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
For Christ did not
enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true
one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the
presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself again
and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after
year with blood that is not his own; for then he would have had to
suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as
it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to
remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is
appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement,
so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will
appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who
are eagerly waiting for him.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
As Jesus taught, he
said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long
robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to
have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at
banquets! They devour widows' houses and for the sake of
appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater
condemnation." He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched
the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in
large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins,
which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to
them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than
all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them
have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her
poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live
OVER THE GIFTS
your word to us is food indeed.
Receive all we offer you this day,
and let your loving-kindness be our comfort,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, your living Word.
in the eucharist you fill us with new hope.
May the power of your love,
which we have known in word and sacrament,
continue your saving work among us,
and bring us to the joy you promise.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.