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callender for readings which determines which Scripture passages are read at Mass; divided into Sunday readings and weekday readings

Year A

Gospel according to Matthew

Year B

Gospel according to Mark

Year C

Gospel according to Luke

Lectio divina

ancient form of praying with Scripture; (1) read a specific Scripture passage, especially from a Gospel, (2) meditate in a quiet place, (3) pray simply by talking to God, (4) act


the book from where a designated person reads a Scripture passage during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass


the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, while remaining God, assumed a human nature and became man; Jesus becoming true man while remaining true God


the announcement of the angel Gabriel that through the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary, though a virgin, was to be the mother of the Son of God; March 25


the Church teaching that, at the end of her life, Mary, body and soul, was "taken up" into heaven; August 15


Jesus' eight teachings about the meaning and path to true happiness which depict the attitudes and actions that followers of Christ should have and the way to live in God's kingdom today; the way to attain the eternal holiness and blessedness to which God calls all people


"Anointed One"


a revealing or showing after Jesus' birth that God revealed to people other than the Jews, represented by the magi, that Jesus was the long-promised Messiah


the good news; the message of Christ, the kingodom of God, and salvation


a state of becoming more God-like, living in his presence, or with his love

Immaculate Conception

God favored Mary by preserving her from all stain of original sin from the first moment of her conception


"God Saves"; the Savior that God sent to redeem people from sin and eternal death

Kingdom of God

God's reign of justice, love, and peace; taught through parables


the mother of Jesus/God


to restore to friendship; done by all by Jesus' life, death, and resurrection so that we could be with God


the event in which Jesus reveals his divine glory to his Apostles; points to the Resurrection of Jesus


a sign or wonder, such as a healing or the control of nature, which can only be attributed to divine power; a "sign" of God's power, love, and presence; four types -- (1) healing, (2) exorcisms, (3) raising the dead, (4) nature miracles


author of many of the letters (epistles) in the New Testament; does not include facts about the historical Jesus (how tall, what he looked like, etc.), instead he wrote about Jesus from the point of view of faith


one of the synoptic gospels; him and Luke seem to rely on Mark for their teachings; Jesus is called "the Messiah, the Son of the living God"


one of the synoptic gospels; a source for the teachings in Matthew and Luke; Jesus is called "the Messiah"


one of the synoptic gospels; him and Matthew seem to rely on Mark for their teachings; Jesus is called "The Messiah of God"


not a synoptic gospel; seems to have been writen independently, focuses on the divinity of Jesus rather than on a synopsis of his life

Liturgy of the Word

begins when a designated person reads from the lectionary ("The Word of the Lord," "Thanks be to God"); responsorial psalm/second reading; Alleluia and gospel acclamation; Gospel reading ("The gospel of the Lord," "Praise to you Lord, Jesus Christ"); concludes with the Nicene Creed and general intercessions

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