Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key of the Abyss in his hand and an enormous chain.
He overpowered the dragon, that primeval serpent which is the devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years.
He hurled him into the Abyss and shut the entrance and sealed it over him, to make sure he would not lead the nations astray again until the thousand years had passed. At the end of that time he must be released, but only for a short while.
Then I saw thrones, where they took their seats, and on them was conferred the power to give judgement. I saw the souls of all who had been beheaded for having witnessed for Jesus and for having preached God’s word, and those who refused to worship the beast or his statue and would not accept the brandmark on their foreheads or hands; they came to life, and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Then I saw a great white throne and the One who was sitting on it. In his presence, earth and sky vanished, leaving no trace.
I saw the dead, great and small alike, standing in front of his throne while the books lay open. And another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged from what was written in the books, as their deeds deserved.
The sea gave up all the dead who were in it; Death and Hades were emptied of the dead that were in them; and every one was judged as his deeds deserved.
Then Death and Hades were hurled into the burning lake. This burning lake is the second death; and anybody whose name could not be found written in the book of lifewas hurled into the burning lake.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea.
I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride dressed for her husband.
Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 84:3, 4-6, 8)
Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a nest to place its young: your altars, Yahweh Sabaoth, my King and my God.
How blessed are those who live in your house; they shall praise you continually.
Blessed those who find their strenght in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of the Balsam, they make there a water-hole, and — a further blessing — early rain fills it.
They make their way from height to height, God shows himself to them in Zion.
Yahweh, God Sabaoth, hear my prayer, listen, God of Jacob.
Gospel: (Luke 21:29-33)
And he told them a parable, ‘Look at the fig tree and indeed every tree.
As soon as you see them bud, you can see for yourselves that summer is now near.
So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of Godis near.In truth I tell you, before this generationhas passed away all will have taken place.
Sky and earth will pass away, but my words willnever pass away.
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