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St. Francis Xavier


December 3

Epistle  •  Romans 10:10-18

Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.

[“How beautiful are they that preach the Gospel of peace,” the faith in Christ.]

Brethren, with the heart we believe unto justice, but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith: “Whosoever believeth in Him shall not be confounded.” For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek, for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon Him. “For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”

How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how shall they preach, unless they be sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things!”

But all have not obeyed the Gospel. For Isaias saith: “Lord, who hath believed our report?” Faith, then, cometh by hearing: and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say: Have they not heard? Yea, verily, “their sound hath gone into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world.”

Gospel  •  Mark 16:15-18

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Mark  

[“Preach the Gospel of peace throughout the whole world.”]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be condemned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.

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