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First Reading for the 1st Sunday of Lent Year C

Deuteronomy 26:4-10

Summary: Moses instructs the people to offer their firstfruits to God, remembering their ancestors' journey, oppression in Egypt, and God's deliverance and gift of the promised land.

Offering the Firstfruits

Moses spoke to the people, saying: “The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the LORD, your God.

Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, ‘My father was a wandering Aramean who went down to Egypt with a small household and lived there as an alien. But there he became a nation great, strong, and numerous.

When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, imposing hard labor upon us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and he heard our cry and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.

He brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand and outstretched arm, with terrifying power, with signs and wonders; and bringing us into this country, he gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.

Therefore, I have now brought you the firstfruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given me.’

And having set them before the Lord, your God, you shall bow down in his presence.”

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