Daily Mass readings and feast days

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  1. December 30
    The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

    Reading 1 1 Jn 2:12-17
    I am writing to you, children,
    because your sins have been forgiven for his name's sake.

    I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.

    I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have conquered the Evil One.

    I write to you, children,
    because you know the Father.

    I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.

    I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong and the word of God remains in you,
    and you have conquered the Evil One.

    Do not love the world or the things of the world.
    If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    For all that is in the world,
    sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life,
    is not from the Father but is from the world.
    Yet the world and its enticement are passing away.
    But whoever does the will of God remains forever.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10
    R.(11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
    give to the LORD glory and praise;
    give to the LORD the glory due his name!
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    Bring gifts, and enter his courts;
    worship the LORD in holy attire.
    Tremble before him, all the earth.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
    He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
    he governs the peoples with equity.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A holy day has dawned upon us.
    Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.
    Today a great light has come upon the earth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 2:36-40
    There was a prophetess, Anna,
    the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
    She was advanced in years,
    having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
    and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
    She never left the temple,
    but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
    And coming forward at that very time,
    she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
    to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

    When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
    of the law of the Lord,
    they returned to Galilee,
    to their own town of Nazareth.
    The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
    and the favor of God was upon him.

    Feast day of St. Anysius
    Anysius was the student and co-worker of his predecessor, Ascholius. He was a friend of St. Ambrose who congratulated him and people of Thessalonica on his succession to the see of Thessalonica in 383/4. He was highly regarded by his peers. Anysius was well known in that time having been mentioned by St. Basil the Great as a "beacon of light for the church", a "charismatic person".

    Bp. Anysius was also among the forty bishops who stood by St. John Chrysostom against Theophilus of Alexandria during the efforts by Theophilus to depose Chrysostom. Bishop Anysius died at an advanced age about the year 403.
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  2. December 31
    The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

    Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21
    Children, it is the last hour;
    and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
    so now many antichrists have appeared.
    Thus we know this is the last hour.
    They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
    if they had been, they would have remained with us.
    Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
    But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
    and you all have knowledge.
    I write to you not because you do not know the truth
    but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:1-2, 11-12, 13
    R. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    Sing to the LORD a new song;
    sing to the LORD, all you lands.
    Sing to the LORD; bless his name;
    announce his salvation, day after day.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
    let the sea and what fills it resound;
    let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
    Then shall all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
    The LORD comes,
    he comes to rule the earth.
    He shall rule the world with justice
    and the peoples with his constancy.
    R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

    Alleluia Jn 1:14a, 12a
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
    To those who accepted him
    he gave power to become the children of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 1:1-18
    In the beginning was the Word,
    and the Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
    He was in the beginning with God.
    All things came to be through him,
    and without him nothing came to be.
    What came to be through him was life,
    and this life was the light of the human race;
    the light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness has not overcome it.

    A man named John was sent from God.
    He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
    so that all might believe through him.
    He was not the light,
    but came to testify to the light.
    The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

    He was in the world,
    and the world came to be through him,
    but the world did not know him.
    He came to what was his own,
    but his own people did not accept him.

    But to those who did accept him
    he gave power to become children of God,
    to those who believe in his name,
    who were born not by natural generation
    nor by human choice nor by a man's decision
    but of God.

    And the Word became flesh
    and made his dwelling among us,
    and we saw his glory,
    the glory as of the Father's only-begotten Son,
    full of grace and truth.

    John testified to him and cried out, saying,
    "This was he of whom I said,
    'The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
    because he existed before me.'"
    From his fullness we have all received,
    grace in place of grace,
    because while the law was given through Moses,
    grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
    No one has ever seen God.
    The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father's side,
    has revealed him.

    Feast day of Saint Sylvester I, Pope died 335
    Saint Sylvester, born in Rome, was ordained by Pope St. Marcellinus during the peace that preceded the persecutions of Diocletian. He passed through those days of terror, witnessed the abdication of Diocletian and Maximian, and saw the triumph of Constantine in 312. Two years later he succeeded St. Marcellinus as Bishop of Rome. In the same year he sent four legates to represent him at the great Council of the Western Church, held at Arles. He confirmed its decision and imparted them to the Church. The Council of Nice was assembled during his reign, in 325, but not being able to assist at it in person, on account of his great age, he sent his legates, who headed the list of subscribers to its degrees, preceding the Patriarchs of Alexandria and Antioch. St. Sylvester occupied the chair of Saint Peter for twenty-four years and eleven months. He died in 335.
  3. January 1
    The Octave Day of Christmas
    Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

    Reading 1 NM 6:22-27
    The LORD said to Moses:
    “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
    This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
    Say to them:
    The LORD bless you and keep you!
    The LORD let his face shine upon
    you, and be gracious to you!
    The LORD look upon you kindly and
    give you peace!
    So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,
    and I will bless them."
    Responsorial Psalm PS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
    R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.
    May God have pity on us and bless us;
    may he let his face shine upon us.
    So may your way be known upon earth;
    among all nations, your salvation.
    R. May God bless us in his mercy.
    May the nations be glad and exult
    because you rule the peoples in equity;
    the nations on the earth you guide.
    R. May God bless us in his mercy.
    May the peoples praise you, O God;
    may all the peoples praise you!
    May God bless us,
    and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
    R. May God bless us in his mercy.
    Reading 2 GAL 4:4-7
    Brothers and sisters:
    When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
    born of a woman, born under the law,
    to ransom those under the law,
    so that we might receive adoption as sons.
    As proof that you are sons,
    God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
    crying out, “Abba, Father!”
    So you are no longer a slave but a son,
    and if a son then also an heir, through God.

    Alleluia HEB 1:1-2
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
    in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Gospel LK 2:16-21
    The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
    and the infant lying in the manger.
    When they saw this,
    they made known the message
    that had been told them about this child.
    All who heard it were amazed
    by what had been told them by the shepherds.
    And Mary kept all these things,
    reflecting on them in her heart.
    Then the shepherds returned,
    glorifying and praising God
    for all they had heard and seen,
    just as it had been told to them.

    When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
    he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
    before he was conceived in the womb.

    Traditional feast day of the Circumcision of Our Lord

    Please have a blessed and happy new year 2020! May Our Lord shower us with every blessing that He has for us and our loved ones.
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  4. On January 1, it is granted a plenary indulgence to those who, in a church or oratory, singing or praying devoutly the hymn Veni, Creator Spiritus, to invoke the Holy Spirit on the year to come.

    Do not miss this opportunity and think of the souls of our deceased loved ones or unknown souls who will enjoy the benefit of these prayers!
    To gain the indulgence, you must receive Holy Communion, say three prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory ) for the Holy Father's intentions, confession within eight days and do an act of repentance renounce sins, even venial.
    Recall that a plenary indulgence can be applied for yourself, for the dead or for another living person.

    January 1: Veni Creator Spiritus

    Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
    from thy bright heav'nly throne;
    come, take possession of our souls,
    and make them all thine own.
    Thou who art called the Paraclete,
    best gift of God above,
    the living spring, the living fire,
    sweet unction and true love.
    Thou who art sevenfold in thy grace,
    finger of God's right hand;
    his promise, teaching little ones
    to speak and understand.
    O guide our minds with thy blest light,
    with love our hearts inflame;
    and with thy strength, which ne'er decays,
    confirm our mortal frame.
    Far from us drive our deadly foe;
    true peace unto us bring;
    and through all perils lead us safe
    beneath thy sacred wing.
    Through thee may we the Father know,
    through thee th'eternal Son,
    and thee the Spirit of them both,
    thrice-blessed three in One.

    All glory to the Father be,
    with his coequal Son;
    the same to thee, great Paraclete,
    while endless ages run.

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    padraig New Member

    How beautiful. What a lovely way to start the New Year.
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  6. January 2
    Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

    Reading 1 1 JN 2:22-28
    Who is the liar?
    Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ.
    Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist.
    Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father,
    but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

    Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you.
    If what you heard from the beginning remains in you,
    then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.
    And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.
    I write you these things about those who would deceive you.
    As for you,
    the anointing that you received from him remains in you,
    so that you do not need anyone to teach you.
    But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false;
    just as it taught you, remain in him.

    And now, children, remain in him,
    so that when he appears we may have confidence
    and not be put to shame by him at his coming.

    Responsorial Psalm 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
    R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
    toward the house of Israel.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

    Alleluia HEB 1:1-2
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    In times, past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets:
    in these last days, he has spoken to us through his Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel JN 1:19-28
    This is the testimony of John.
    When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him
    to ask him, “Who are you?”
    He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted,
    “I am not the Christ.”
    So they asked him,
    “What are you then? Are you Elijah?”
    And he said, “I am not.”
    “Are you the Prophet?”
    He answered, “No.”
    So they said to him,
    “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
    What do you have to say for yourself?”
    He said:
    “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
    ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’

    as Isaiah the prophet said.”
    Some Pharisees were also sent.
    They asked him,
    “Why then do you baptize
    if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”
    John answered them,
    “I baptize with water;
    but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
    the one who is coming after me,
    whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.”
    This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
    where John was baptizing.

    Feast day of St. Basil the Great died 379, Patron of Hospital Administrators, Bishop, Doctor of the Church and St. Gregory Nazianzen died 389
    Basil of Caesarea, also called Saint Basil the Great, was the bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor. He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church, fighting against both Arianism and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea. Basil and Gregory Nazianzus spent years combating the Arian heresy, which threatened to divide Cappadocia's Christians. Gregory of Nazianzen was as mild and gentle as his good friend, Basil of Caesarea was volatile and arrogant. They went to school together in Caesarea, Alexandria and Athens and remained lifelong friends, struggling against the heresies of their day. In close fraternal cooperation, they agreed to a great rhetorical contest with accomplished Arian theologians and rhetors. In the subsequent public debates, presided over by agents of Valens, Gregory and Basil emerged triumphant. This success confirmed for both Gregory and Basil that their futures lay in administration of the Church.
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  7. January 3
    Christmas Weekday and Feast Day of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

    Reading 1 1 JN 2:29–3:6
    If you consider that God is righteous,
    you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness
    is begotten by him.
    See what love the Father has bestowed on us
    that we may be called the children of God.
    Yet so we are.
    The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
    Beloved, we are God’s children now;
    what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
    We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
    for we shall see him as he is.
    Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
    as he is pure.
    Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness,
    for sin is lawlessness.
    You know that he was revealed to take away sins,
    and in him there is no sin.
    No one who remains in him sins;
    no one who sins has seen him or known him.

    Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 3CD-4, 5-6
    R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    His right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    break into song; sing praise.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

    Alleluia JN 1:14A, 12A
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
    To those who accepted him
    he gave power to become the children of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel JN 1:29-34
    John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
    “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
    He is the one of whom I said,
    ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
    because he existed before me.’
    I did not know him,
    but the reason why I came baptizing with water
    was that he might be made known to Israel.”
    John testified further, saying,
    “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky
    and remain upon him.
    I did not know him,
    but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
    ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
    he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
    Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.

    Feast day of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
    Text offered from the website Catholic.org
    Many of the Saints had a great love for the Holy Name of Jesus. Among a few, there was the Apostle Paul, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, St. Dominic, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis de Sales and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
    The Holy Name of Jesus represents the incarnation of God among men on earth. It is the Name above all names. It is the Most Holy Name that deserves the greatest honor and glories. Because of our living hope in the Name of "Jesus", we have the assurance of our resurrection and eternal salvation.
    Before the change of Church regulations regarding Indulgences, each time the name of Jesus was invoked, the prayerful soul gained 300 days indulgence that could be applied towards the souls in Purgatory.
    Also it is a great sign of devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, to do a slight head bow every time the Name is spoken either in prayer or during the Mass. I remember when I was in my early 20's praying the rosary in the congregation before Mass began. I noticed one white haired woman, devoutly making a slight head bow at the Name of Jesus for every Hail Mary. I decided to do the same. Making the sign of the cross devoutly and calling to mind each word: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. These are small ways to increase devotion to Our LORD and they may other people take up the same pious practices. It is by the Holy Name that we are healed, delivered, and saved.

    Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

    The Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus is one of the three main litanies in honor
    of our Lord, the other two being, the Litany of the Sacred Heart and the
    Litany of the Precious Blood.

    This Litany carries a partial indulgence.

    Lord, have mercy.Christ, have mercy.Lord, have mercy. Jesus, hear us.Jesus, graciously hear us.
    God, the Father of Heaven,have mercy on us.God the Son, Redeemer of the world,have mercy on us.God, the Holy Spirit,have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, one God,have mercy on us.

    Jesus, Son of the living God,have mercy on us.Jesus, Splendor of the Father,have mercy on us.Jesus, Brightness of eternal Light,have mercy on us.Jesus, King of Glory,have mercy on us.Jesus, Sun of Justice,have mercy on us.
    Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary,have mercy on us.Jesus, most amiable,have mercy on us.Jesus, most admirable,have mercy on us.Jesus, the mighty God,have mercy on us.Jesus, Father of the world to come,have mercy on us.Jesus, Angel of great counsel,
    have mercy on us.Jesus, most powerful,
    have mercy on us.Jesus, most patient,have mercy on us.Jesus, most obedient,have mercy on us.Jesus, meek and humble of heart,have mercy on us.Jesus, Lover of Chastity,have mercy on us.Jesus, our Lover,have mercy on us.Jesus, God of Peace,have mercy on us.Jesus, Author of Life,have mercy on us.Jesus, Model of Virtues,have mercy on us.Jesus, zealous for souls,have mercy on us.Jesus, our God,have mercy on us.Jesus, our Refuge,have mercy on us.Jesus, Father of the Poor,have mercy on us.Jesus, Treasure of the Faithful,have mercy on us.Jesus, good Shepherd,have mercy on us.Jesus, true Light,have mercy on us.Jesus, eternal Wisdom,have mercy on us.Jesus, infinite Goodness,have mercy on us.Jesus, our Way and our Life,have mercy on us.Jesus, joy of the Angels,have mercy on us.Jesus, King of the Patriarchs,have mercy on us.Jesus, Master of the Apostles,have mercy on us.Jesus, Teacher of the Evangelists,have mercy on us.Jesus, Strength of Martyrs,have mercy on us.Jesus, Light of Confessors,have mercy on us.Jesus, Purity of Virgins,have mercy on us.Jesus, Crown of all Saints,have mercy on us.
    Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus!Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus!
    From all evil,deliver us, O Jesus.From all sin, etc.
    From Thy wrath,
    From the snares of the devil,
    From the spirit of fornication,
    From everlasting death,
    From the neglect of Thine inspirations,

    Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,
    deliver us, O Jesus.
    Through Thine Nativity, etc.
    Through Thy Infancy,Through Thy most Divine Life,Through your Labors,Through Thine Agony and Passion,Through Thine Cross and Dereliction,Through Thine Sufferings,Through Thy Death and Burial,Through Thine Resurrection,Through Thine Ascension,Through Thine Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist,Through Thy Joys,Through Thy Glory,
    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,spare us, O Jesus!Lamb of God, Who takeest away the sins of the world,graciously hear us, O Jesus!Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,have mercy on us, O Jesus!
    Jesus, hear us.Jesus, graciously hear us.
    Let Us Pray.
    O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou has said, "Ask and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the grace of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart, and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee.
    Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy Holy Name, for Thou doth never fails to govern those whom Thou solidly establishest in Thy love. Thou, Who livest and reignest forever and ever. R. Amen.
  8. January 9
    Thursday after Epiphany

    Reading 1 1 JN 4:19–5:4
    Beloved, we love God because
    he first loved us.
    If anyone says, “I love God,”
    but hates his brother, he is a liar;
    for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen
    cannot love God whom he has not seen.
    This is the commandment we have from him:
    Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

    Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
    and everyone who loves the Father
    loves also the one begotten by him.
    In this way we know that we love the children of God
    when we love God and obey his commandments.
    For the love of God is this,
    that we keep his commandments.
    And his commandments are not burdensome,
    for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
    And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.

    Responsorial Psalm PS 72:1-2, 14 AND 15BC, 17
    R. (see 11) Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    O God, with your judgment endow the king,
    and with your justice, the king’s son;
    He shall govern your people with justice
    and your afflicted ones with judgment.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    From fraud and violence he shall redeem them,
    and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
    May they be prayed for continually;
    day by day shall they bless him.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
    May his name be blessed forever;
    as long as the sun his name shall remain.
    In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
    all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
    R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

    Alleluia LK 4:18

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
    and to proclaim liberty to captives.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel LK 4:14-22
    Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,
    and news of him spread throughout the whole region.
    He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

    He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
    and went according to his custom
    into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
    He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
    He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to bring glad tidings to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
    to let the oppressed go free,
    and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

    Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
    and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
    He said to them,
    “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
    And all spoke highly of him
    and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.

    Feast day of Saint Adrian of Canterbury, Abbot
    Adrian, also spelled Hadrian, was an African scholar in Anglo-Saxon England and the abbot of Saint Peter's and Saint Paul's in Canterbury. He was a noted teacher and commentator of the Bible. Adrian was born between 630 and 637. According to Bede, he was a Berber native of North Africa, and abbot of a monastery near Naples, called Monasterium Niridanum.
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  9. January 10
    Friday after Epiphany

    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13
    Who indeed is the victor over the world
    but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

    This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,
    not by water alone, but by water and Blood.
    The Spirit is the one who testifies,
    and the Spirit is truth.
    So there are three who testify,
    the Spirit, the water, and the Blood,
    and the three are of one accord.
    If we accept human testimony,
    the testimony of God is surely greater.
    Now the testimony of God is this,
    that he has testified on behalf of his Son.
    Whoever believes in the Son of God
    has this testimony within himself.
    Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar
    by not believing the testimony God has given about his Son.
    And this is the testimony:
    God gave us eternal life,
    and this life is in his Son.
    Whoever possesses the Son has life;
    whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life.

    I write these things to you so that you may know
    that you have eternal life,
    you who believe in the name of the Son of God.

    Responsorial Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
    R. (12a) Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    R. Alleluia.
    Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
    praise your God, O Zion.
    For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
    he has blessed your children within you.
    R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    R. Alleluia.
    He has granted peace in your borders;
    with the best of wheat he fills you.
    He sends forth his command to the earth;
    swiftly runs his word!
    R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    R. Alleluia.
    He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
    his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
    He has not done thus for any other nation;
    his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia.
    R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Mt 4:23
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 5:12-16
    It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was;
    and when he saw Jesus,
    he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said,
    “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
    Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
    “I do will it. Be made clean.”
    And the leprosy left him immediately.
    Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but
    “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing
    what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
    The report about him spread all the more,
    and great crowds assembled to listen to him
    and to be cured of their ailments,
    but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

    Feast of Saint William of Bourges, Bishop
    William was a descendant of the family of the ancient Counts of Nevers (France). We was educated under the care of his uncle, an Archdeacon of Soissons. At an early age he learned to despise the vanities of the world and to give himself with ardor to exercises of piety and to the acquisition of knowledge. On entering the ecclesiastical state he became Canon of Soissons and of Paris. Later he resolved to abandon the world and enter the Order of Grammont. He lived in this Order for some time and practiced great austerities. Dissensions arose between the fathers and lay brothers, which caused him to pass over to the austere Order of Citeaux that had recently been founded.
    He took the habit at Pontigny, and after some time became Abbot. He has a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and loved to spend much of his time at the foot of the altar. In the year 1200 the clergy of the Church of Bourges elected him to succeed Henry de Sully, their Archbishop; but the news overwhelmed him with grief, and only a double command from his general, the Abbot of Citeaux, and from the Pope could move him to accept the title. In his new office he redoubled his austerities; he constantly wore a hair shirt and never ate flesh meat. He was preparing for a mission among the Albigenses when he died kneeling at prayer in 1209. As he had requested, he was buried in ashes wearing a hear shirt. (from Lives of the Saints)
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  10. January 11
    Saturday after Epiphany

    Reading 1 1 Jn 5:14-21
    We have this confidence in him
    that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
    And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,
    we know that what we have asked him for is ours.
    If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,
    he should pray to God and he will give him life.
    This is only for those whose sin is not deadly.
    There is such a thing as deadly sin,
    about which I do not say that you should pray.
    All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.

    We know that anyone begotten by God does not sin;
    but the one begotten by God he protects,
    and the Evil One cannot touch him.
    We know that we belong to God,
    and the whole world is under the power of the Evil One.
    We also know that the Son of God has come
    and has given us discernment to know the one who is true.
    And we are in the one who is true,
    in his Son Jesus Christ.
    He is the true God and eternal life.
    Children, be on your guard against idols.
    Responsorial Psalm 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b

    R. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to the LORD a new song
    of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
    Let Israel be glad in their maker,
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    R. Alleluia.
    Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
    let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
    For the LORD loves his people,
    and he adorns the lowly with victory.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the faithful exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy upon their couches;
    Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
    This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Mt 4:16
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
    on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
    light has arisen.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 3:22-30
    Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea,
    where he spent some time with them baptizing.
    John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim,
    because there was an abundance of water there,
    and people came to be baptized,
    for John had not yet been imprisoned.
    Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew
    about ceremonial washings.
    So they came to John and said to him,
    “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan,
    to whom you testified,
    here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.”
    John answered and said,
    “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven.
    You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ,
    but that I was sent before him.
    The one who has the bride is the bridegroom;
    the best man, who stands and listens for him,
    rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.
    So this joy of mine has been made complete.
    He must increase; I must decrease.”

    Feast day of Saint Paulinus, Patriarch of Aquileia
    Paulinus was born about 726 on a country farm near Friuli, Italy. He spent his youth tilling the soil for his struggling family, but also found time to engage in scholarly pursuits. So well did he become at reading and writing, that he gained the reputationa s a grammarian and professor, and was invited by Charlemagne to come to his court, around 776. In 787, the Emperor appointed him Patriarch of Aquileia near his birthplace in nothern Italy, and he gave great luster to that church by his outstanding zeal, solid piety, and extraordinary talents. He attended all the great councils which were convoked in his day, and he himself called a synod at Friuli in 791 to combat the errors then circulating against the mystery of the Incarnation. He wrote two theses against the error that Jesus was only the adoptive Son of God. Paulinus also wrote hymns, poems, and other works.
    When Pepin conquered the Avars, Paulinus immediately dispatched missionaries to convert the pagans who were now accessible to the Faith. However, he vigorously condemned the practice then in vogue of baptizing uninstructed converts or imposing the Faith by force on unwilling ones. Paulinus died on January 11, 804. (From the Lives of the Saints)
  11. January 12
    The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

    Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7
    Thus says the LORD:
    Here is my servant whom I uphold,
    my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
    upon whom I have put my spirit;
    he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
    not crying out, not shouting,
    not making his voice heard in the street.
    a bruised reed he shall not break,
    and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
    until he establishes justice on the earth;
    the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

    I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
    I have grasped you by the hand;
    I formed you, and set you
    as a covenant of the people,
    a light for the nations,
    to open the eyes of the blind,
    to bring out prisoners from confinement,
    and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
    R/ (11b) The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
    give to the LORD glory and praise,
    Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
    adore the LORD in holy attire.
    R/ The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
    the LORD, over vast waters.
    The voice of the LORD is mighty;
    the voice of the LORD is majestic.
    R/ The Lord will bless his people with peace.
    The God of glory thunders,
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
    The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
    the LORD is enthroned as king forever.
    R/ The Lord will bless his people with peace.

    Reading 2 Acts 10:34-38
    Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
    in the house of Cornelius, saying:
    “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
    Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
    is acceptable to him.
    You know the word that he sent to the Israelites
    as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all,
    what has happened all over Judea,
    beginning in Galilee after the baptism
    that John preached,
    how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
    with the Holy Spirit and power.
    He went about doing good
    and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
    for God was with him.”

    Alleluia Mk 9:7
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:
    This is my beloved Son, listen to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 3:13-17
    Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
    to be baptized by him.
    John tried to prevent him, saying,
    “I need to be baptized by you,
    and yet you are coming to me?”
    Jesus said to him in reply,
    “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
    to fulfill all righteousness.”
    Then he allowed him.
    After Jesus was baptized,
    he came up from the water and behold,
    the heavens were opened for him,
    and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
    and coming upon him.
    And a voice came from the heavens, saying,
    “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

    Feast of the Baptism of the LORD
    If you care to read of the account of the vision of the Baptism of the LORD that Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich had here is a link
    https://archive.org/details/TheLifeOfJesusChristAndBiblicalRevelationsComplete/page/n473 (the whole section on His baptism starts here https://archive.org/details/TheLifeOfJesusChristAndBiblicalRevelationsComplete/page/n469
    Have a blessed Sunday!
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    Mario Powers

    Thanks, WBTW!

    I used this post to prepare my homily for tomorrow!:D:cool::ROFLMAO:
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  14. January 13
    Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Sm 1:1-8
    There was a certain man from Ramathaim, Elkanah by name,
    a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim.
    He was the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu,
    son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
    He had two wives, one named Hannah, the other Peninnah;
    Peninnah had children, but Hannah was childless.
    This man regularly went on pilgrimage from his city
    to worship the LORD of hosts and to sacrifice to him at Shiloh,
    where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas,
    were ministering as priests of the LORD.
    When the day came for Elkanah to offer sacrifice,
    he used to give a portion each to his wife Peninnah
    and to all her sons and daughters,
    but a double portion to Hannah because he loved her,
    though the LORD had made her barren.
    Her rival, to upset her, turned it into a constant reproach to her
    that the LORD had left her barren.
    This went on year after year;
    each time they made their pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the LORD,
    Peninnah would approach her,
    and Hannah would weep and refuse to eat.
    Her husband Elkanah used to ask her:
    “Hannah, why do you weep, and why do you refuse to eat?
    Why do you grieve?
    Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

    Responsorial Psalm 116:12-13, 14-17, 18-19
    R. (17a) To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
    R. Alleluia.
    How shall I make a return to the LORD
    for all the good he has done for me?
    The cup of salvation I will take up,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
    R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
    R. Alleluia.
    My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people.
    Precious in the eyes of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful ones.
    O LORD, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
    you have loosed my bonds.
    R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
    R. Alleluia.
    My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people,
    In the courts of the house of the LORD,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
    R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Mk 1:15
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Kingdom of God is at hand;
    repent and believe in the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 1:14-20
    After John had been arrested,
    Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God:
    “This is the time of fulfillment.
    The Kingdom of God is at hand.
    Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

    As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
    he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
    they were fishermen.
    Jesus said to them,
    “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
    Then they left their nets and followed him.
    He walked along a little farther
    and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
    They too were in a boat mending their nets.
    Then he called them.
    So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
    along with the hired men and followed him.

    Feast of Saint Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
    Hilary was born in Poitiers, France in a noble family. He was a pagan but with study of the Bible and inquiry, he decided to join the true Faith and have reception of the Sacrament of Baptism. He then regulated his life according to the tenets of the Faith and as a layman, he zealously endeavored to confirm others in true Christianity. His wife, to whom he had been married before his conversion and by whom he had a daughter named Apra, was living when Hilary was chosen Bishop of Poitiers in the hear 353. According to the practice which then existed, married men were sometimes promoted to the episcopacy, but as Saint Jerome clearly testifies, they ever after lived in continence.
    At that time Arianism threatened to overrun the Western Church; Hilary undertook to repel the disruption. Bishop Hilary became one of the most strenuous defenders of the Divinity of Jesus Christ. Hilary spent nearly four years in exile, although the reasons for this banishment remain obscure. The traditional explanation is that Hilary was exiled for refusing to condemn Athanasius and because he defended the decrees of Nicaea.
    Hilary died in Poitiers in the year 398 He was a mild man full of affability to all, but against Emperor Constantius, Hilary used the severest language. St. Hilary is invoked against snake bites.
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  15. January 14
    Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Sm 1:9-20
    Hannah rose after a meal at Shiloh,
    and presented herself before the LORD;
    at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair
    near the doorpost of the LORD’s temple.
    In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping copiously,
    and she made a vow, promising: “O LORD of hosts,
    if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid,
    if you remember me and do not forget me,
    if you give your handmaid a male child,
    I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives;
    neither wine nor liquor shall he drink,
    and no razor shall ever touch his head.”
    As she remained long at prayer before the LORD,
    Eli watched her mouth, for Hannah was praying silently;
    though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard.
    Eli, thinking her drunk, said to her,
    “How long will you make a drunken show of yourself?
    Sober up from your wine!”
    “It isn’t that, my lord,” Hannah answered.
    “I am an unhappy woman.
    I have had neither wine nor liquor;
    I was only pouring out my troubles to the LORD.
    Do not think your handmaid a ne’er-do-well;
    my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and misery.”
    Eli said, “Go in peace,
    and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
    She replied, “Think kindly of your maidservant,” and left.
    She went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband,
    and no longer appeared downcast.
    Early the next morning they worshiped before the LORD,
    and then returned to their home in Ramah.

    When Elkanah had relations with his wife Hannah,
    the LORD remembered her.
    She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son
    whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.

    Responsorial Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd
    R. (see 1) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
    “My heart exults in the LORD,
    my horn is exalted in my God.
    I have swallowed up my enemies;
    I rejoice in my victory.”
    R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
    “The bows of the mighty are broken,
    while the tottering gird on strength.
    The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
    while the hungry batten on spoil.
    The barren wife bears seven sons,
    while the mother of many languishes.”
    R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
    “The LORD puts to death and gives life;
    he casts down to the nether world;
    he raises up again.
    The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
    he humbles, he also exalts.”
    R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
    “He raises the needy from the dust;
    from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
    To seat them with nobles
    and make a glorious throne their heritage.”
    R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

    Alleluia 1 Thes 2:13
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
    but as it truly is, the word of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 1:21-28
    Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
    and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
    The people were astonished at his teaching,
    for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
    In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
    he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
    Have you come to destroy us?
    I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
    Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
    The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.

    All were amazed and asked one another,
    “What is this?
    A new teaching with authority.
    He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
    His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

    Saint Felix, Priest died 312
    Felix was born near Naples, Italy. He sold off his possessions in order to give to the poor, and was later ordained a priest by St. Maximus and became his assistant. When bishop Maximus fled to the mountains to escape the persecution of the Roman emperor Decius, Felix was arrested and beaten for his faith instead. He escaped prison, according to legend being freed by an angel, so that he could help bishop Maximus. Felix found Maximus alone, ill, and helpless, and hid him from soldiers in a vacant building. When the two were safely inside, a spider quickly spun a web over the door, fooling the imperial forces into thinking it was long abandoned, and they left without finding the men. The two managed to hide from authorities until the persecution ended with the death of Emperor Decius in 251. After Maximus's death, the people wanted Felix to be the next bishop of Nola, but he declined, favoring Quintus, a "senior" priest who had seven days more experience than Felix. Felix himself continued as a priest. He also continued to farm his remaining land, and gave most of the proceeds to people even poorer than himself. When he died, his tomb became known for the miracles experienced there.
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  16. January 15
    Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20
    During the time young Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli,
    a revelation of the LORD was uncommon and vision infrequent.
    One day Eli was asleep in his usual place.
    His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see.
    The lamp of God was not yet extinguished,
    and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
    where the ark of God was.
    The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”

    Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.”
    “I did not call you,” Eli said. “Go back to sleep.”
    So he went back to sleep.
    Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
    “Here I am,” he said. “You called me.”
    But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.”
    At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
    because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
    The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
    Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am.
    You called me.”
    Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
    So Eli said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
    ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’”
    When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
    the LORD came and revealed his presence,
    calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
    Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

    Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
    not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
    Thus all Israel from Dan to Beersheba
    came to know that Samuel was an accredited prophet of the LORD.

    Responsorial Psalm 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10
    R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
    I have waited, waited for the LORD,
    and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
    Blessed the man who makes the LORD his trust;
    who turns not to idolatry
    or to those who stray after falsehood.
    R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
    Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
    but ears open to obedience you gave me.
    Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
    then said I, “Behold I come.”
    R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
    “In the written scroll it is prescribed for me.
    To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
    and your law is within my heart!”
    R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
    I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
    I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
    R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

    Alleluia Jn 10:27
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 1:29-39
    On leaving the synagogue
    Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
    Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
    They immediately told him about her.
    He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
    Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

    When it was evening, after sunset,
    they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
    The whole town was gathered at the door.
    He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
    and he drove out many demons,
    not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

    Rising very early before dawn,
    he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
    Simon and those who were with him pursued him
    and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
    He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
    that I may preach there also.

    For this purpose have I come.”
    So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons
    throughout the whole of Galilee.

    Feast day of Saint Ita (Ida), Virgin
    Ita was born in County Waterford toward the end of the 6th century. Though she came from a noble family, she decided early in life to dedicate herself to God. She organied a convent in Killeedy, County Limerick, where she remained all her life, and which became famous as a training school for little boys. Her counsel was sought by bishops and she was instrumental in training two boys who went on to become saints (Brendan and Mochoemoc). One day Brendan asked her what three things God loved in a special way. Ita's reply was, " True faith in God with a pure heart, a simple life with a religious spirit, and an open hand inspired by charity." Asked which three things God didn't like, Ita responded, "A scowling face, obstinacy in wrongdoing, and arrogant trust in the power of money."
    Saint Ita died January 15, 570 and is known as a powerful Celtic saint.
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  17. January 16
    Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Sm 4:1-11
    The Philistines gathered for an attack on Israel.
    Israel went out to engage them in battle and camped at Ebenezer,
    while the Philistines camped at Aphek.
    The Philistines then drew up in battle formation against Israel.
    After a fierce struggle Israel was defeated by the Philistines,
    who slew about four thousand men on the battlefield.
    When the troops retired to the camp, the elders of Israel said,
    “Why has the LORD permitted us to be defeated today
    by the Philistines?
    Let us fetch the ark of the LORD from Shiloh
    that it may go into battle among us
    and save us from the grasp of our enemies.”

    So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there
    the ark of the LORD of hosts, who is enthroned upon the cherubim.
    The two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were with the ark of God.
    When the ark of the LORD arrived in the camp,
    all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth resounded.
    The Philistines, hearing the noise of shouting, asked,
    “What can this loud shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?”
    On learning that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp,
    the Philistines were frightened.
    They said, “Gods have come to their camp.”
    They said also, “Woe to us! This has never happened before. Woe to us!
    Who can deliver us from the power of these mighty gods?
    These are the gods that struck the Egyptians
    with various plagues and with pestilence.
    Take courage and be manly, Philistines;
    otherwise you will become slaves to the Hebrews,
    as they were your slaves.
    So fight manfully!”
    The Philistines fought and Israel was defeated;
    every man fled to his own tent.
    It was a disastrous defeat,
    in which Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers.
    The ark of God was captured,
    and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were among the dead.

    Responsorial Psalm 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25
    R. (27b) Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
    Yet now you have cast us off and put us in disgrace,
    and you go not forth with our armies.
    You have let us be driven back by our foes;
    those who hated us plundered us at will.
    R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
    You made us the reproach of our neighbors,
    the mockery and the scorn of those around us.
    You made us a byword among the nations,
    a laughingstock among the peoples.
    R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.
    Why do you hide your face,
    forgetting our woe and our oppression?
    For our souls are bowed down to the dust,
    our bodies are pressed to the earth.
    R. Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy.

    Alleluia Mt 4:23
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 1:40-45
    A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
    “If you wish, you can make me clean.”
    Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
    touched the leper, and said to him,
    “I do will it. Be made clean.”
    The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
    Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
    Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
    but go, show yourself to the priest
    and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
    that will be proof for them.”
    The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
    He spread the report abroad
    so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
    He remained outside in deserted places,
    and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

    Feast day of St. Marcellus, Pope
    Marcellus became Pope in 307, the last year of the persecution of the Church by Diocletian. He undertook the ecclesiastical reorganization of the Church and was most merciful to those who repented after having denied their Faith. When certain perople known as the Lapsi refused to do penance for their apostasy, they were then not pardoned by Pope Marcellus. The tyrant Emperor Maxentius heard of this and sent Pope Marcellus into exile, where he died in 309 as a result of privations.
    Feast day of St. Berard and other Franciscans
    During the time when Southern Spain was ruled by the Muslims, Francis of Assisi sent five Franciscan Friars, (Berard, Peter, Accursius, Adjutus, and Otto to preach to the Moors (Muslims). They went to Seville and then to Morocco, where the Sultan, annoyed by their preaching, cut off their heads with his scimitar, about the year 1226. When a young priest (Anthony of Padua) heard of their brave martyrdom and decided to join the Franciscan order. Francis of Assisi, having heard of the five martyred friars exclaimed, "Now I can truly say that I have five brothers."
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    What a great idea! Thank you for going to all of the trouble to post this, WBTW. :)
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  19. January 17
    Memorial of Saint Anthony, abbot

    Reading 1 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a
    All the elders of Israel came in a body to Samuel at Ramah
    and said to him, “Now that you are old,
    and your sons do not follow your example,
    appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us.”

    Samuel was displeased when they asked for a king to judge them.
    He prayed to the LORD, however, who said in answer:
    “Grant the people’s every request.
    It is not you they reject, they are rejecting me as their king.”

    Samuel delivered the message of the LORD in full
    to those who were asking him for a king.
    He told them:
    “The rights of the king who will rule you will be as follows:
    He will take your sons and assign them to his chariots and horses,
    and they will run before his chariot.
    He will also appoint from among them his commanders of groups
    of a thousand and of a hundred soldiers.
    He will set them to do his plowing and his harvesting,
    and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots.
    He will use your daughters as ointment makers, as cooks, and as bakers.
    He will take the best of your fields, vineyards, and olive groves,
    and give them to his officials.
    He will tithe your crops and your vineyards,
    and give the revenue to his eunuchs and his slaves.
    He will take your male and female servants,
    as well as your best oxen and your asses,
    and use them to do his work.
    He will tithe your flocks and you yourselves will become his slaves.
    When this takes place,
    you will complain against the king whom you have chosen,
    but on that day the LORD will not answer you.”

    The people, however, refused to listen to Samuel’s warning and said,
    “Not so! There must be a king over us.
    We too must be like other nations,
    with a king to rule us and to lead us in warfare
    and fight our battles.”
    When Samuel had listened to all the people had to say,
    he repeated it to the LORD, who then said to him,
    “Grant their request and appoint a king to rule them.”

    Responsorial Psalm 89:16-17, 18-19
    R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
    in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
    At your name they rejoice all the day,
    and through your justice they are exalted.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    For you are the splendor of their strength,
    and by your favor our horn is exalted.
    For to the LORD belongs our shield,
    and to the Holy One of Israel, our King.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

    Alleluia Lk 7:16
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A great prophet has arisen in our midst
    and God has visited his people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 2:1-12
    When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
    it became known that he was at home.
    Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them,
    not even around the door,
    and he preached the word to them.
    They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
    Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd,
    they opened up the roof above him.
    After they had broken through,
    they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
    When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him,
    “Child, your sins are forgiven.”
    Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
    “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming.
    Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
    Jesus immediately knew in his mind what
    they were thinking to themselves,
    so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
    Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
    ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
    or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
    But that you may know
    that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
    –he said to the paralytic,
    “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
    He rose, picked up his mat at once,
    and went away in the sight of everyone.
    They were all astounded
    and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

    Feast of Saint Anthony, Abbot, Founder of Monasticism
    Anthony was born in Coma in Lower Egypt to wealthy landowner parents. When he was about 20 years old, his parents died and left him with the care of his unmarried sister. Shortly thereafter, he decided to follow the gospel exhortation to: "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven." Anthony gave away some of his family's lands to his neighbors, sold the remaining property, and donated the funds to the poor. He then left to live an ascetic life, placing his sister with a group of Christian virgins.
    Anthony maintained a very strict ascetic diet. He ate only bread, salt and water and never meat or wine. He ate at most only once a day and sometimes fasted through two or four days.

    The devil fought Anthony by afflicting him with boredom, laziness, and the phantoms of women, which he overcame by the power of prayer. After that, he moved to one of the tombs near his native village. It was here that was recorded strange conflicts with demons in the shape of wild beasts, who inflicted blows upon him, and sometimes left him nearly dead.

    After fifteen years of this life, at the age of thirty-five, Anthony determined to withdraw from the habitations of men and retire in absolute solitude. He went into the desert to a mountain. There he lived strictly enclosed in an old abandoned fort for some 20 years. Food was thrown to him over the wall. He was at times visited by pilgrims, whom he refused to see; but gradually a number of would-be disciples established themselves in caves and in huts around the mountain. Thus a colony of ascetics was formed, who begged Anthony to come forth and be their guide in the spiritual life. Eventually, about the year 305, Anthony emerged from his retreat. To the surprise of all, he appeared to be not emaciated, but healthy in mind and body.

    For five or six years he devoted himself to the instruction and organization of the great body of monks that had grown up around him; but then he once again withdrew into the inner desert that lay between the Nile and the Red Sea, near the shore of which he fixed his abode on a mountain where still stands the monastery that bears his name, Der Mar Antonios. Here he spent the last forty-five years of his life, in a seclusion, not so strict as before, for he freely saw those who came to visit him, and he used to cross the desert to Pispir with considerable frequency. During the Diocletian Persecutions, around 311 Anthony went to Alexandria and was conspicuous visiting those who were imprisoned. Anthony died 17 January 356 (aged 105)
    in Mount Colzim, Egypt.
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