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Reading 1 and//usccb.org/bible/daniel/6:12 DN 6:12-28 Some men rushed into the upper chamber of Daniel’s homeand found him praying and pleading before his God.Then they went to remind the king about the prohibitionand Did you not decree, O king,that no one is to address a petition to god or manfor thirty days, except to you, O kingotherwise he shall be cast into a den of lions?”The king answered them, The decree is absolute,irrevocable under the Mede and Persian law.”To this they replied, Daniel, the Jewish exile,has paid no attention to you, O king,or to the decree you issuedthree times a day he offers his prayer.”The king was deeply grieved at this newsand he made up his mind to save Danielhe worked till sunset to rescue him.But these men insisted.They said, Keep in mind, O king,that under the Mede and Persian lawevery royal prohibition or decree is irrevocable.”So the king ordered Daniel to be brought and cast into the lions’ den.To Daniel he said, May your God, whom you serve so constantly, save you.”To forestall any tampering,the king sealed with his own ring and the rings of the lordsthe stone that had been brought to block the opening of the den.Then the king returned to his palace for the nighthe refused to eat and he dismissed the entertainers.Since sleep was impossible for him,the king rose very early the next morningand hastened to the lions’ den.As he drew near, he cried out to Daniel sorrowfully, O Daniel, servant of the living God,has the God whom you serve so constantlybeen able to save you from the lions?”Daniel answered the kingand O king, live forever!My God has sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouthsso that they have not hurt me.For I have been found innocent before himneither to you have I done any harm, O king!”This gave the king great joy.At his order Daniel was removed from the den,unhurt because he trusted in his God.The king then ordered the men who had accused Daniel,along with their children and their wives,to be cast into the lions’ den.Before they reached the bottom of the den,the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.Then King Darius wrote to the nations and peoples of every language,wherever they dwell on the earthand All peace to you!I decree that throughout my royal domainthe God of Daniel is to be reverenced and fearedand For he is the living God, enduring foreverhis Kingdom shall not be destroyed,and his dominion shall be without end.He is a deliverer and savior,working signs and wonders in heaven and on earth,and he delivered Daniel from the lions’ power.” Responsorial Psalm and//usccb.org/bible/daniel/3and68 DANIEL 3and68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 R. Give glory and eternal praise to him. Dew and rain, bless the Lordpraise and exalt him above all forever.” R.Give glory and eternal praise to him. Frost and chill, bless the Lordpraise and exalt him above all forever.” R.Give glory and eternal praise to him . Ice and snow, bless the Lordpraise and exalt him above all forever.” R.Give glory and eternal praise to him. Nights and days, bless the Lordpraise and exalt him above all forever.” R.Give glory and eternal praise to him. Light and darkness, bless the Lordpraise and exalt him above all forever.” R.Give glory and eternal praise to him. Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lordpraise and exalt him above all forever.” R.Give glory and eternal praise to him. Let the earth bless the Lord,praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.Give glory and eternal praise to him. Alleluia and//usccb.org/bible/luke/21:28 LK 21:28 R.Alleluia, alleluia.Stand erect and raise your headsbecause your redemption is at hand.R.Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel and//usccb.org/bible/luke/21:20 LK 21:20-28 Jesus said to his disciplesand When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,know that its desolation is at hand.Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.Let those within the city escape from it,and let those in the countryside not enter the city,for these days are the time of punishmentwhen all the Scriptures are fulfilled.Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days,for a terrible calamity will come upon the earthand a wrathful judgment upon this people.They will fall by the edge of the swordand be taken as captives to all the Gentilesand Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentilesuntil the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,and on earth nations will be in dismay,perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.People will die of frightin anticipation of what is coming upon the world,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.And then they will see the Son of Mancoming in a cloud with power and great glory.But when these signs begin to happen,stand erect and raise your headsbecause your redemption is at hand.”

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