Wednesday of Holy Week

1st Reading – Isaiah 50:4-9A

The Lord has given me a learned tongue, that I should know how to uphold by word him that is weary. He wakens in the morning: in the morning he wakens my ear, that I may hear him as a master.

The Lord God has opened my ear, and I do not resist: I have not gone back.

I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me and spit upon me.

The Lord God is my helper: therefore am I not confounded. Therefore have I set my face as a hardest rock: and I know that I shall not be confounded.

He is near that justifies me. Who will contend with me? Let us stand together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me.

Behold the Lord God is my helper: who is he that shall condemn me?


Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34

R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Because for your sake I have borne reproach;
shame has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my brethren,
and an alien to the sons of my mother.
For the zeal of your house has eaten me up:
and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen upon me.

R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

In your sight are all they that afflict me;
my heart hath expected reproach and misery.
And I looked for one that would grieve together with me,
but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none.
And they gave me gall for my food,
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

I will praise the name of God with a canticle:
and I will magnify him with praise.
Let the poor see and rejoice:
seek ye God, and your soul shall live.
For the Lord hath heard the poor:
and has not despised his prisoners.

R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.


Verse Before The Gospel

Hail to you, our King;
you alone are compassionate with our errors.


Hail to you, our King, obedient to the Father;
you were led to your crucifixion like a gentle lamb to the slaughter.


Gospel – Matthew 26:14-25

Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests,

And said to them: What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they gave him thirty pieces of silver.

And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him.

And on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?

But Jesus said: Go ye into the city to a certain man, and say to him: the master says, My time is near at hand, with you I make the Passover with my disciples.

And the disciples did as Jesus appointed to them, and they prepared the Passover.

But when it was evening, he sat down with his twelve disciples.

And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me.

And they being very much troubled, began every one to say: Is it I, Lord?

But he answering, said: He that dips his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me.

The Son of man indeed goes, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born.

And Judas that betrayed him, answering, said: Is it I, Rabbi? Jesus said to him: You have said it.