Wednesday 13 december

by | Dec 12, 2023 | Evangelium

SAINT  Lucy,

 Virgin, Martyr

She was martyred in Syracuse, probably during the persecution of Diocletian (which started in 303). Devotion to her spread rapidly across practically the whole Church and her name is included in the Roman Canon of the Mass.

Entrance Antiphon          

Behold, now she follows the Lamb who was crucified for us, powerful in virginity, modesty her offering, a sacrifice on the altar of chastity.


May the glorious intercession of the Virgin and Martyr Saint Lucy give us new heart, we pray, O Lord, so that we may celebrate her heavenly birthday in this present age and so behold things eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading: Isaiah 40: 25-31      

“To whom could you liken me and who could be my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look. Who made these stars if not he who drills them like an army, calling each one by name? So mighty is his power, so great his strength, that not one fails to answer. How can you say, Jacob, how can you insist, Israel, ‘My destiny is hidden from the Lord, my rights are ignored by my God’? Did you not know? Had you not heard? The Lord is an everlasting God, he created the boundaries of the earth. He does not grow tired or weary, his understanding is beyond fathoming. He gives strength to the wearied, he strengthens the powerless. Young men may grow tired and weary, youths may stumble, but those who hope in the Lord renew their strength, they put out wings like eagles. They run and do not grow weary, walk and never tire.

Psalm 102(103):1-4,8,10

R/ My soul, give thanks to the Lord.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord all my being, bless his holy name. My soul, give thanks to the Lord and never forget all his blessings.

It is he who forgives all your guilt, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with love and compassion.

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy. He does not treat us according to our sins nor repay us according to our faults.

Gospel Acclamation      

Alleluia, alleluia! Behold, our Lord will come with power and will enlighten the eyes of his servants. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

Prayer over the Offerings               

May the offerings we bring in celebration of blessed N. win your gracious acceptance, O Lord, we pray, just as the struggle of her suffering and passion was pleasing to you. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Rv 7: 17  

The Lamb who is at the centre of the throne will lead them to the springs of the waters of life.

Prayer after Communion               

O God, who bestowed on blessed N. a crown among the Saints for her twofold triumph of virginity and martyrdom, grant, we pray, through the power of this Sacrament, that, bravely overcoming every evil, we may attain the glory of heaven. Through Christ our Lord.


“Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest”. This is the call the Lord addresses to each and every one of us today. But do we know what we are going to tell him? What are my burdens? What am I labouring from? What is destroying and taking away my joy of living as a true child of God? These questions seem simple but their responses are not always clear-cut. The Lord’s call today invites us to do an introspection of our lives in order to recognize and precise our burdens. And after that, bring them to the feet of Jesus and exchange them for the salvation and liberation he brings to us. This is the simple meaning of “shoulder my yoke, and become my disciples…” the yoke of the Lord is faith in his promise of salvation.