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Show favour, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. Through our Lord…

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah 23:1-6
Theme: “I will gather the remnant of my flock, and I will set shepherds over them.”
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” says the Lord.
Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people:
“You have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them.
Behold, I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD. Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, says the LORD. “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely, And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.”
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 23: 1-3a. 3bc-4.5.6 (R. 1)

R. The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.

  1. The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me; he revives my soul. R.
  2. He guides me along the right path, for the sake of his name. Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death, no evil would I fear, for you are with me. Your crook and your staff will give me comfort. R.
  3. You have prepared a table before me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing. R.
  4. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. In the LORD’s own house shall I dwell for length of days unending. R.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 2: 13-18
Theme: “He is our peace, who has made us both one.”
Brethren: Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
The Word of the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia!
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; and I know them, and they follow me.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 6:30-34
Theme: “They were like sheep without a shepherd.”
At that time: The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. As he landed he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
The Gospel of the Lord.

O God, who in the one perfect sacrifice brought to completion varied offerings of the law; accept, we pray, this sacrifice from your faithful servants and make it holy, as you blessed the gifts of Abel, so that what each has offered to the honour of your majesty may benefit the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord.

Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord, and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries to pass from former ways to newness of life. Through Christ our Lord.

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