Mass Readings For ​Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children: 23rd January

Mass Readings For ​Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children: 23rd January


Reading 1 Heb 9:15, 24-28
Christ is mediator of a new covenant:

since a death has taken place 

for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant, 

those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, 

a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, 

that he might now appear before God on our behalf.

Not that he might offer himself repeatedly, 

as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary 

with blood that is not his own; 

if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly 

from the foundation of the world.

But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages 

to take away sin by his sacrifice.

Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, 

and after this the judgment, so also Christ,

offered once to take away the sins of many, 

will appear a second time, not to take away sin 

but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6

R. (1a) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

Sing to the LORD a new song,

for he has done wondrous deeds;

His right hand has won victory for him,

his holy arm.

R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

The LORD has made his salvation known:

in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.

He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness

toward the house of Israel.

R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation by our God.

Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;

break into song; sing praise.

R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,

with the harp and melodious song.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.

R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

Alleluia 2 Tm 1:10


R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death

and brought life to light through the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 3:22-30



The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, 

“He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and

“By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, 

“How can Satan drive out Satan?

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

And if a house is divided against itself, 

that house will not be able to stand.

And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, 

he cannot stand; 

that is the end of him.

But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property 

unless he first ties up the strong man.

Then he can plunder his house. 

Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies 

that people utter will be forgiven them.

But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit 

will never have forgiveness, 

but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”

For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

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