Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14
"Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who
love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her;
that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of
her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted with the abundance of
For thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will extend peace to her
like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. then you
shall feed; on her sides shall you be carried, and be dandled on her knees.
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem."
When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones
shall flourish like grass; the hand of the LORD shall be known to His
servants, and His indignation to His enemies.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 49:33-50:26
And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew
his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his
Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him,
and kissed him.
And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm
his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.
Forty days were required for him, for such are the days
required for those who are embalmed; and the Egyptians mourned for him
And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to
the household of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found favor in your eyes,
please speak in the hearing of Pharaoh, saying,
'My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am dying; in
my grave which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury
me." Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come
And Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made
So Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up
all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of
the land of Egypt,
as well as all the house of Joseph, his brothers, and his
father's house. Only their little ones, their flocks, and their herds they
left in the land of Goshen.
And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and
it was a very great gathering.
Then they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is
beyond the Jordan, and they mourned there with a great and very solemn
lamentation. He observed seven days of mourning for his father.
And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw
the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "This is a deep
mourning of the Egyptians." Therefore its name was called Abel Mizraim,
which is beyond the Jordan.
So his sons did for him just as he had commanded them.
For his sons carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried
him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre, which Abraham
bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite as property for a burial
And after he had buried his father, Joseph returned to
Egypt, he and his brothers and all who went up with him to bury his father.
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they
said, "Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the
evil which we did to him."
So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, "Before your
father died he commanded, saying,
'Thus you shall say to Joseph: "I beg you, please forgive
the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you." '
Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father."
And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face,
and they said, "Behold, we are your servants."
Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the
place of God?
"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant
it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many
"Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you
and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's household.
And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years.
Joseph saw Ephraim's children to the third generation. The
children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph's
And Joseph said to his brethren, "I am dying; but God will
surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He
swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel,
saying, "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from
So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and
they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 31:8-32
Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who
are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of
the poor and needy.
Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above
The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will
have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her
She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from
She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food
for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she
plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp
does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand
holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her
hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her
household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the
elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies
sashes for the merchants.
Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in
time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the
law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not
eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband
also, and he praises her:
"Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all."
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who
fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works
praise her in the gates.
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Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome