Reading 1, Sirach 47:2-11
2 As the fat is set apart from the communion
sacrifice, so was David chosen out of the Israelites.
3 He played with lions as though with kids,
and with bears as though with lambs.
4 While still a boy, did he not slay the
giant and take away the people's shame, by hurling a stone from his sling and
cutting short the boasting of Goliath?
5 For he called on the Lord Most High, who gave strength to his right arm to put a mighty warrior to death and
assert the strength of his own people.
6 Hence they gave him credit for ten
thousand, and praised him while they blessed the Lord, by offering him a crown
7 For he destroyed the enemies on every
front, he annihilated his foes, the Philistines, and crushed their strength for ever.
8 In all his activities he gave thanks to
the Holy One Most High in words of glory; he put all his heart into his songs
out of love for his Creator.
9 He placed singers before the altar,
melodiously to sing;
10 he gave the feasts their splendour, the
festivals their solemn pomp, causing the Lord's holy name to be praised and the
to resound from dawn.
11 The Lord took away his sins, making his strength ever greater; he gave him a royal
covenant, and a glorious throne in Israel.
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