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Thursday 19th July

First Reading: Isaiah 26: 7-9, 12, 16-19

The path of the upright man is straight, you smooth the way of the upright. Following the path of your judgements, we hoped in you, Lord, your name, your memory are all my soul desires. At night my soul longs for you and my spirit in me seeks for you; when your judgements appear on earth the inhabitants of the world learn the meaning of integrity. Lord, you are giving us peace, since you treat us as our deeds deserve. Distressed, we search for you, Lord; the misery of oppression was your punishment for us. As a woman with child near her time writhes and cries out in her pangs, so are we, O Lord, in your presence: we have conceived, we writhe as if we were giving birth; we have not given the spirit of salvation to the earth, no more inhabitants of the world are born. Your dead will come to life, their corpses will rise; awake, exult, all you who lie in the dust, for your dew is a radiant dew and the land of ghosts will give birth.

Psalm 101(102): 13-21
Response: The Lord looked down from heaven to the earth

  1. You, O Lord, will endure for ever
    and your name from age to age.
    You will arise and have mercy on Zion:
    for this is the time to have mercy,
    for your servants love her very stones,
    are moved with pity even for her dust.
  2. The nations shall fear the name of the Lord
    and all the earth’s kings your glory,
    when the Lord shall build up Zion again
    and appear in all his glory.
    Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless;
    he will not despise their prayers.
  3. Let this be written for ages to come
    that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord;
    for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high.
    He looked down from heaven to the earth
    that he might hear the groans of the prisoners
    and free those condemned to die.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word. 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.’