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  1. March 25
    Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
    Lectionary: 545

    Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10
    The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
    Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
    let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
    But Ahaz answered,
    “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
    Then Isaiah said:
    Listen, O house of David!
    Is it not enough for you to weary people,
    must you also weary my God?
    Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
    the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
    and shall name him Emmanuel,
    which means “God is with us!”

    Responsorial Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11
    R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
    Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
    but ears open to obedience you gave me.
    Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
    then said I, “Behold I come.”
    R. Here I am, 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 I am, 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 I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
    Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
    your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
    I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
    in the vast assembly.
    R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

    Reading 2 Heb 10:4-10
    Brothers and sisters:
    It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
    take away sins.
    For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said:

    “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
    in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
    Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
    behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

    First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,
    holocausts and sin offerings,
    you neither desired nor delighted in.”
    These are offered according to the law.
    Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.”
    He takes away the first to establish the second.
    By this “will,” we have been consecrated
    through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

    Verse Before the GospelJn 1:14ab
    The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us;
    and we saw his glory.

    Gospel Lk 1:26-38
    The angel Gabriel was sent from God
    to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
    to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
    of the house of David,
    and the virgin’s name was Mary.
    And coming to her, he said,
    “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
    But she was greatly troubled at what was said
    and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
    Then the angel said to her,
    “Do not be afraid, Mary,
    for you have found favor with God.
    Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
    and you shall name him Jesus.
    He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
    and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
    and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
    and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
    But Mary said to the angel,
    “How can this be,
    since I have no relations with a man?”
    And the angel said to her in reply,
    “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
    and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
    Therefore the child to be born
    will be called holy, the Son of God.
    And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
    has also conceived a son in her old age,
    and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
    for nothing will be impossible for God.”
    Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
    May it be done to me according to your word.”
    Then the angel departed from her.

    The account of the Annunciation as shown to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich may be read at this link https://archive.org/stream/TheLifeO...ristAndBiblicalRevelations#page/n225/mode/2up click on the magnifying glass with the + sign in it to enlarge the text. May God bless us. Amen
     
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  3. March 26
    Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 247

    Reading 1 Ex 32:7-14
    The LORD said to Moses,
    “Go down at once to your people
    whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
    for they have become depraved.
    They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
    making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
    sacrificing to it and crying out,
    ‘This is your God, O Israel,
    who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’
    The LORD said to Moses,
    “I see how stiff-necked this people is.
    Let me alone, then,
    that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
    Then I will make of you a great nation.”

    But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
    “Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
    whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
    with such great power and with so strong a hand?
    Why should the Egyptians say,
    ‘With evil intent he brought them out,
    that he might kill them in the mountains
    and exterminate them from the face of the earth’?
    Let your blazing wrath die down;
    relent in punishing your people.
    Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
    and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
    ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
    and all this land that I promised,
    I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’“
    So the LORD relented in the punishment
    he had threatened to inflict on his people.

    Responsorial Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
    (4a) Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    Our fathers made a calf in Horeb
    and adored a molten image;
    They exchanged their glory
    for the image of a grass-eating bullock.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    They forgot the God who had saved them,
    who had done great deeds in Egypt,
    Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham,
    terrible things at the Red Sea.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.
    Then he spoke of exterminating them,
    but Moses, his chosen one,
    Withstood him in the breach
    to turn back his destructive wrath.
    R. Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

    Verse Before the GospelJn 3:16
    God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.

    Gospel Jn 5:31-47
    Jesus said to the Jews:
    “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
    But there is another who testifies on my behalf,
    and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
    You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
    I do not accept human testimony,
    but I say this so that you may be saved.
    He was a burning and shining lamp,
    and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
    But I have testimony greater than John’s.
    The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
    these works that I perform testify on my behalf
    that the Father has sent me.
    Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf.
    But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
    and you do not have his word remaining in you,
    because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
    You search the Scriptures,
    because you think you have eternal life through them;
    even they testify on my behalf.
    But you do not want to come to me to have life.

    “I do not accept human praise;
    moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
    I came in the name of my Father,
    but you do not accept me;
    yet if another comes in his own name,
    you will accept him.
    How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
    and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
    Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
    the one who will accuse you is Moses,
    in whom you have placed your hope.
    For if you had believed Moses,
    you would have believed me,
    because he wrote about me.
    But if you do not believe his writings,
    how will you believe my words?”

    Feast day of Saint Margaret Clitherow
    The heroic Saint Margaret has been discussed on the forum
    http://motheofgod.com/threads/st-margaret-clitherow-c-1553-1586.96/
    http://motheofgod.com/threads/st-margaret-clitherow.14116/
    St. Margaret Clitherow was born in Middleton, England, in 1555, of protestant parents. Full of wit and merriment, she was a charming personality. In 1571, she married John Clitherow, a well-to-do grazier and butcher (to whom she bore two children), and a few years later entered the Catholic Church. Her zeal led her to harbor fugitive priests, for which she was arrested and imprisoned by hostile authorities. Recourse was had to every means in an attempt to make her deny her Faith, but Margaret stood firm. Finally, she was condemned to be pressed to death on March 25, 1586. She was stretched out on the ground with a sharp rock on her back and crushed under a door over laden with unbearable weights. Her bones were broken and she died within fifteen minutes. The humanity and holiness of this servant of God can be readily glimpsed in her words to a friend when she learned of her condemnation: "The sheriffs have said that I am going to die this coming Friday; and I feel the weakness of my flesh which is troubled at this news, but my spirit rejoices greatly. For the love of God, pray for me and ask all good people to do likewise."
    Please Saint Margaret, pray for us!
     
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  4. March 27
    Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 248

    Reading 1 Wis 2:1a, 12-22
    The wicked said among themselves,
    thinking not aright:
    “Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
    he sets himself against our doings,
    Reproaches us for transgressions of the law
    and charges us with violations of our training.
    He professes to have knowledge of God
    and styles himself a child of the LORD.
    To us he is the censure of our thoughts;
    merely to see him is a hardship for us,
    Because his life is not like that of others,
    and different are his ways.
    He judges us debased;
    he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.
    He calls blest the destiny of the just
    and boasts that God is his Father.
    Let us see whether his words be true;
    let us find out what will happen to him.
    For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him
    and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
    With revilement and torture let us put him to the test
    that we may have proof of his gentleness
    and try his patience.
    Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
    for according to his own words, God will take care of him.”
    These were their thoughts, but they erred;
    for their wickedness blinded them,
    and they knew not the hidden counsels of God;
    neither did they count on a recompense of holiness
    nor discern the innocent souls’ reward.

    Responsorial Psalm 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23
    R. (19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
    The LORD confronts the evildoers,
    to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
    When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
    and from all their distress he rescues them.
    R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
    and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
    Many are the troubles of the just man,
    but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
    R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
    He watches over all his bones;
    not one of them shall be broken.
    The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
    no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
    R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

    Verse Before the Gospel Mt 4:4b
    One does not live on bread alone,
    but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

    Gospel Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
    Jesus moved about within Galilee;
    he did not wish to travel in Judea,
    because the Jews were trying to kill him.
    But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.

    But when his brothers had gone up to the feast,
    he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.

    Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,
    “Is he not the one they are trying to kill?
    And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.
    Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
    But we know where he is from.
    When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
    So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said,
    “You know me and also know where I am from.
    Yet I did not come on my own,
    but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.
    I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
    So they tried to arrest him,
    but no one laid a hand upon him,
    because his hour had not yet come.

    Feast day of Saint Philetus, Martyr
    Martyr with companions. Philetus was supposedly a senator who resided in the province of Illyria and was put to death during the persecution under Emperor Hadrian. He died with his family. A captain, Amphilochius, and a notary, Cronidas, also suffered martyrdom with Philetus. Holy martyr, Philetus, please pray for us to resist evil. Amen.
     
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  5. March 28
    Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 249

    Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20
    I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;
    at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings.

    Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,
    had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:
    “Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;
    let us cut him off from the land of the living,
    so that his name will be spoken no more.”

    But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,
    searcher of mind and heart,
    Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
    for to you I have entrusted my cause!

    Responsorial Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12
    R. (2a) O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
    O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;
    save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,
    Lest I become like the lion’s prey,
    to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue me.
    R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
    Do me justice, O LORD, because I am just,
    and because of the innocence that is mine.
    Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
    but sustain the just,
    O searcher of heart and soul, O just God.
    R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
    A shield before me is God,
    who saves the upright of heart;
    A just judge is God,
    a God who punishes day by day.
    R. O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

    Verse Before the GospelLk 8:15
    Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
    and yield a harvest through perseverance.

    Gospel Jn 7:40-53
    Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said,
    “This is truly the Prophet.”
    Others said, “This is the Christ.”
    But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?
    Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family
    and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”
    So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
    Some of them even wanted to arrest him,
    but no one laid hands on him.

    So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees,
    who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?”
    The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”
    So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?
    Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
    But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
    Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
    “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him
    and finds out what he is doing?”
    They answered and said to him,
    “You are not from Galilee also, are you?
    Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

    Then each went to his own house.

    Feast day of Saint Guntramnus, King, patron of divorced people and repentant murderers
    Guntramnus was the fourth son of King Clovis and St. Clothildis. He was king of Orleans and Burgundy in 561. King Guntramnus had divorced one wife and when another wife became ill, her doctor couldn’t help her so Guntramnus then had the doctor murdered. However, when he converted to Christianity he felt so guilty over his actions that he devoted his life to building up the church. He performed many penances in reparation for his actions. When his kingdom was ravaged by a contagious disease known as Saint Anthony's fire, he saw to it that the most unfortunate of his subjects were cared for, imposed rigorous fasts on himself, and offered himself as victim to Divine Justice for the good of his people. King Guntramnus was a just ruler and an an enthusiastic promoter of religious works. He encouraged the holding of three synods to improve the discipline of the clergy, and endowed churches and monasteries. St. Guntramnus died in 592.
    Saint Guntramnus, please pray for us and for the end of the covid 19 and for us to repent like you did and become holy. Amen.
     
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  6. March 29
    Fifth Sunday of Lent
    Lectionary: 34

    Reading 1 Ez 37:12-14
    Thus says the Lord GOD:
    O my people, I will open your graves
    and have you rise from them,
    and bring you back to the land of Israel.
    Then you shall know that I am the LORD,
    when I open your graves and have you rise from them,
    O my people!
    I will put my spirit in you that you may live,
    and I will settle you upon your land;
    thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
    I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8.
    R. (7) With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
    LORD, hear my voice!
    Let your ears be attentive
    to my voice in supplication.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
    If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
    LORD, who can stand?
    But with you is forgiveness,
    that you may be revered.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
    I trust in the LORD;
    my soul trusts in his word.
    More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
    let Israel wait for the LORD.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
    For with the LORD is kindness
    and with him is plenteous redemption;
    And he will redeem Israel
    from all their iniquities.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

    Reading 2 Rom 8:8-11
    Brothers and sisters:
    Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
    But you are not in the flesh;
    on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
    if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
    Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
    But if Christ is in you,
    although the body is dead because of sin,
    the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
    If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
    the one who raised Christ from the dead
    will give life to your mortal bodies also,
    through his Spirit dwelling in you.

    Verse Before the GospelJn 11:25a, 26
    I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
    whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die.

    Gospel Jn 11:1-45
    Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany,
    the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
    Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil
    and dried his feet with her hair;
    it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.

    So the sisters sent word to him saying,
    “Master, the one you love is ill.”
    When Jesus heard this he said,
    “This illness is not to end in death,
    but is for the glory of God,
    that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
    Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
    So when he heard that he was ill,
    he remained for two days in the place where he was.
    Then after this he said to his disciples,
    “Let us go back to Judea.”
    The disciples said to him,
    “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you,
    and you want to go back there?”
    Jesus answered,
    “Are there not twelve hours in a day?
    If one walks during the day, he does not stumble,
    because he sees the light of this world.
    But if one walks at night, he stumbles,
    because the light is not in him.”
    He said this, and then told them,
    “Our friend Lazarus is asleep,
    but I am going to awaken him.”
    So the disciples said to him,
    “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.”
    But Jesus was talking about his death,
    while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
    So then Jesus said to them clearly,
    “Lazarus has died.
    And I am glad for you that I was not there,
    that you may believe.
    Let us go to him.”
    So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples,
    “Let us also go to die with him.”

    When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
    had already been in the tomb for four days.
    Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.
    And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
    to comfort them about their brother.
    When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
    she went to meet him;
    but Mary sat at home.
    Martha said to Jesus,
    “Lord, if you had been here,
    my brother would not have died.
    But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
    God will give you.”
    Jesus said to her,

    “Your brother will rise.”
    Martha said to him,
    “I know he will rise,
    in the resurrection on the last day.”
    Jesus told her,
    “I am the resurrection and the life;
    whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
    and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
    Do you believe this?”
    She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
    I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
    the one who is coming into the world.”

    When she had said this,
    she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying,
    “The teacher is here and is asking for you.”
    As soon as she heard this,
    she rose quickly and went to him.
    For Jesus had not yet come into the village,
    but was still where Martha had met him.
    So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her
    saw Mary get up quickly and go out,
    they followed her,
    presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
    When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him,
    she fell at his feet and said to him,
    “Lord, if you had been here,
    my brother would not have died.”
    When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping,
    he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
    “Where have you laid him?”
    They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
    And Jesus wept.
    So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
    But some of them said,
    “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
    have done something so that this man would not have died?”

    So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
    It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
    Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
    Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
    “Lord, by now there will be a stench;
    he has been dead for four days.”
    Jesus said to her,
    “Did I not tell you that if you believe
    you will see the glory of God?”
    So they took away the stone.
    And Jesus raised his eyes and said,

    “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
    I know that you always hear me;
    but because of the crowd here I have said this,
    that they may believe that you sent me.”
    And when he had said this,
    He cried out in a loud voice,
    “Lazarus, come out!”
    The dead man came out,
    tied hand and foot with burial bands,
    and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
    So Jesus said to them,
    “Untie him and let him go.”

    Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
    and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

    Or
    Jn 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

    The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying,
    “Master, the one you love is ill.”
    When Jesus heard this he said,
    “This illness is not to end in death,
    but is for the glory of God,
    that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
    Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
    So when he heard that he was ill,
    he remained for two days in the place where he was.
    Then after this he said to his disciples,
    +Let us go back to Judea.”

    When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
    had already been in the tomb for four days.
    When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
    she went to meet him;
    but Mary sat at home.
    Martha said to Jesus,
    “Lord, if you had been here,
    my brother would not have died.
    But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
    God will give you.”
    Jesus said to her,
    Your brother will rise.”
    Martha said,
    “I know he will rise,
    in the resurrection on the last day.”
    Jesus told her,
    “I am the resurrection and the life;
    whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
    and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
    Do you believe this?”
    She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
    I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
    the one who is coming into the world.”

    He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
    “Where have you laid him?”
    They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
    And Jesus wept.
    So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
    But some of them said,
    “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
    have done something so that this man would not have died?”

    Continued in the next post
     
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    So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
    It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
    Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
    Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
    “Lord, by now there will be a stench;
    he has been dead for four days.”
    Jesus said to her,
    “Did I not tell you that if you believe
    you will see the glory of God?”
    So they took away the stone.
    And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
    “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
    I know that you always hear me;
    but because of the crowd here I have said this,
    that they may believe that you sent me.”
    And when he had said this,
    He cried out in a loud voice,
    “Lazarus, come out!”
    The dead man came out,
    tied hand and foot with burial bands,
    and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
    So Jesus said to them,
    “Untie him and let him go.”

    Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
    and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

    Feast day of Saint Berthold, Carmelite died 1195
    Berthold went to the Holy Land as part of the Crusades and was in Antioch when it was besieged by the Saracens. During this time he had a vision of Christ denouncing the soldiers' evil ways. At the time, hermits from the West were scattered throughout Palestine. Some accounts hold that in 1185 he came to Mount Carmel, built a small chapel there and gathered a community of hermits who would live at his side in imitation of the prophet Elijah. This community may have given rise to the Order of the Carmelites, but this is not supported by evidence and is discounted by historians of the Order. Berthold lived out his days on Mount Carmel, ruling the community he had founded for forty-five years until his death in 1195. Please pray for us, Saint Berthold.
     
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  8. March 30
    Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 251

    Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62
    In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim,
    who married a very beautiful and God-fearing woman, Susanna,
    the daughter of Hilkiah;
    her pious parents had trained their daughter
    according to the law of Moses.
    Joakim was very rich;
    he had a garden near his house,
    and the Jews had recourse to him often
    because he was the most respected of them all.

    That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges,
    of whom the Lord said, “Wickedness has come out of Babylon:
    from the elders who were to govern the people as judges.”
    These men, to whom all brought their cases,
    frequented the house of Joakim.
    When the people left at noon,
    Susanna used to enter her husband’s garden for a walk.
    When the old men saw her enter every day for her walk,
    they began to lust for her.
    They suppressed their consciences;
    they would not allow their eyes to look to heaven,
    and did not keep in mind just judgments.

    One day, while they were waiting for the right moment,
    she entered the garden as usual, with two maids only.
    She decided to bathe, for the weather was warm.
    Nobody else was there except the two elders,
    who had hidden themselves and were watching her.
    “Bring me oil and soap,” she said to the maids,
    “and shut the garden doors while I bathe.”

    As soon as the maids had left,
    the two old men got up and hurried to her.
    “Look,” they said, “the garden doors are shut, and no one can see us;
    give in to our desire, and lie with us.
    If you refuse, we will testify against you
    that you dismissed your maids because a young man was here with you.”

    “I am completely trapped,” Susanna groaned.
    “If I yield, it will be my death;
    if I refuse, I cannot escape your power.
    Yet it is better for me to fall into your power without guilt
    than to sin before the Lord.”
    Then Susanna shrieked, and the old men also shouted at her,
    as one of them ran to open the garden doors.
    When the people in the house heard the cries from the garden,
    they rushed in by the side gate to see what had happened to her.
    At the accusations by the old men,
    the servants felt very much ashamed,
    for never had any such thing been said about Susanna.

    When the people came to her husband Joakim the next day,
    the two wicked elders also came,
    fully determined to put Susanna to death.
    Before all the people they ordered:
    “Send for Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah,
    the wife of Joakim.”
    When she was sent for,
    she came with her parents, children and all her relatives.
    All her relatives and the onlookers were weeping.

    In the midst of the people the two elders rose up
    and laid their hands on her head.
    Through tears she looked up to heaven,
    for she trusted in the Lord wholeheartedly.
    The elders made this accusation:
    “As we were walking in the garden alone,
    this woman entered with two girls
    and shut the doors of the garden, dismissing the girls.
    A young man, who was hidden there, came and lay with her.
    When we, in a corner of the garden, saw this crime,
    we ran toward them.
    We saw them lying together,
    but the man we could not hold, because he was stronger than we;
    he opened the doors and ran off.
    Then we seized her and asked who the young man was,
    but she refused to tell us.
    We testify to this.”
    The assembly believed them,
    since they were elders and judges of the people,
    and they condemned her to death.

    But Susanna cried aloud:
    “O eternal God, you know what is hidden
    and are aware of all things before they come to be:
    you know that they have testified falsely against me.
    Here I am about to die,
    though I have done none of the things
    with which these wicked men have charged me.”

    The Lord heard her prayer.
    As she was being led to execution,
    God stirred up the holy spirit of a young boy named Daniel,
    and he cried aloud:
    “I will have no part in the death of this woman.”
    All the people turned and asked him, “What is this you are saying?”
    He stood in their midst and continued,
    “Are you such fools, O children of Israel!
    To condemn a woman of Israel without examination
    and without clear evidence?
    Return to court, for they have testified falsely against her.”

    Then all the people returned in haste.
    To Daniel the elders said,
    “Come, sit with us and inform us,
    since God has given you the prestige of old age.”
    But he replied,
    “Separate these two far from each other that I may examine them.”

    After they were separated one from the other,
    he called one of them and said:
    “How you have grown evil with age!
    Now have your past sins come to term:
    passing unjust sentences, condemning the innocent,
    and freeing the guilty, although the Lord says,
    ‘The innocent and the just you shall not put to death.’
    Now, then, if you were a witness,
    tell me under what tree you saw them together.”
    “Under a mastic tree,” he answered.
    Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you your head,
    for the angel of God shall receive the sentence from him
    and split you in two.”
    Putting him to one side, he ordered the other one to be brought.
    Daniel said to him,
    “Offspring of Canaan, not of Judah, beauty has seduced you,
    lust has subverted your conscience.
    This is how you acted with the daughters of Israel,
    and in their fear they yielded to you;
    but a daughter of Judah did not tolerate your wickedness.
    Now, then, tell me under what tree you surprised them together.”
    “Under an oak,” he said.
    Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you also your head,
    for the angel of God waits with a sword to cut you in two
    so as to make an end of you both.”

    The whole assembly cried aloud,
    blessing God who saves those who hope in him.
    They rose up against the two elders,
    for by their own words Daniel had convicted them of perjury.
    According to the law of Moses,
    they inflicted on them
    the penalty they had plotted to impose on their neighbor:
    they put them to death.
    Thus was innocent blood spared that day.

    or

    The assembly condemned Susanna to death.

    But Susanna cried aloud:
    “O eternal God, you know what is hidden
    and are aware of all things before they come to be:
    you know that they have testified falsely against me.
    Here I am about to die,
    though I have done none of the things
    with which these wicked men have charged me.”

    The Lord heard her prayer.
    As she was being led to execution,
    God stirred up the holy spirit of a young boy named Daniel,
    and he cried aloud:
    “I will have no part in the death of this woman.”
    All the people turned and asked him,
    “What is this you are saying?”
    He stood in their midst and continued,
    “Are you such fools, O children of Israel!
    To condemn a woman of Israel without examination
    and without clear evidence?
    Return to court, for they have testified falsely against her.”

    Then all the people returned in haste.
    To Daniel the elders said,
    “Come, sit with us and inform us,
    since God has given you the prestige of old age.”
    But he replied,
    “Separate these two far from each other that I may examine them.”

    After they were separated one from the other,
    he called one of them and said:
    “How you have grown evil with age!
    Now have your past sins come to term:
    passing unjust sentences, condemning the innocent,
    and freeing the guilty, although the Lord says,
    ‘The innocent and the just you shall not put to death.’
    Now, then, if you were a witness,
    tell me under what tree you saw them together.”
    “Under a mastic tree,” he answered.
    Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you your head,
    for the angel of God shall receive the sentence from him
    and split you in two.”
    Putting him to one side, he ordered the other one to be brought.
    Daniel said to him, “Offspring of Canaan, not of Judah,
    beauty has seduced you, lust has subverted your conscience.
    This is how you acted with the daughters of Israel,
    and in their fear they yielded to you;
    but a daughter of Judah did not tolerate your wickedness.
    Now, then, tell me under what tree you surprised them together.”
    “Under an oak,” he said.
    Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you also your head,”
    for the angel of God waits with a sword to cut you in two
    so as to make an end of you both.”

    The whole assembly cried aloud,
    blessing God who saves those who hope in him.
    They rose up against the two elders,
    for by their own words Daniel had convicted them of perjury.
    According to the law of Moses,
    they inflicted on them
    the penalty they had plotted to impose on their neighbor:
    they put them to death.
    Thus was innocent blood spared that day.

    Responsorial Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
    R. (4ab) Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
    Beside restful waters he leads me;
    he refreshes my soul.
    R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
    He guides me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    Even though I walk in the dark valley
    I fear no evil; for you are at my side
    With your rod and your staff
    that give me courage.
    R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
    You spread the table before me
    in the sight of my foes;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
    Only goodness and kindness follow me
    all the days of my life;
    And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
    for years to come.
    R. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

    Readings continued in the next post
     
  9. Continued readings for March 30
    Verse Before the GospelEz 33:11

    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord,
    but rather in his conversion, that he may live.


    Gospel Jn 8:1-11

    Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
    But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area,
    and all the people started coming to him,
    and he sat down and taught them.
    Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
    who had been caught in adultery
    and made her stand in the middle.
    They said to him,
    “Teacher, this woman was caught
    in the very act of committing adultery.
    Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
    So what do you say?”
    They said this to test him,
    so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
    Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
    But when they continued asking him,
    he straightened up and said to them,
    “Let the one among you who is without sin
    be the first to throw a stone at her.”
    Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
    And in response, they went away one by one,
    beginning with the elders.
    So he was left alone with the woman before him.
    Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
    “Woman, where are they?
    Has no one condemned you?”
    She replied, “No one, sir.”
    Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
    Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

    Feast day of Saint John Climacus, Abbot, died 605
    Saint John, called Climacus was born about the year 525. At the age of sixteen, he renounced all worldly goods to dedicate himself to God in the religious state. For forty years he lived as a solitary in his hermitage at the foot of Mount Sinai. In the year 600 he was chosen Abbot of Mount Sinai and superior-general of all the monks and hermits in the area. So wide was his reputation that Saint Gregory the Great, who was Pope, wrote to him recommending himself to his prayers and sent him gifts for his hospital near Mount Sinai.
    John never sought glory or fame; on the contrary, he endeavored to hide the natural and supernatural gifts with which he was endowed, to order to better practice humility. From the time he entered the monastic state, he had earnestly applied himself to root out of his heart self-complacency in his actions; he practiced silence as a means of acquiring humility, and he made it a rule never to contradict and never to dispute with anyone. He appeared to have no will of his own, so great was his submission.
    His famous work, the Ladder (Climax) of Paradise, was written as a spiritual treatise consisting of concise sentences, and affording several examples that illustrate the monastic life of that period. He governed the monastery of Mount Sinai for four years, sighing under the weight of the burden. He resigned shortly before his death. Heavenly contemplation and the continual exercise of divine love and praise were his delight and comfort on his earthly pilgrimage.
    On March 30, 605, Saint John died in the hermitage where he had continually communed with God.
    Saint John Climacus, please pray for us.
     
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  10. March 31
    Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 252

    Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9
    From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,
    to bypass the land of Edom.
    But with their patience worn out by the journey,
    the people complained against God and Moses,
    “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
    where there is no food or water?
    We are disgusted with this wretched food!”

    In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
    which bit the people so that many of them died.
    Then the people came to Moses and said,
    “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
    Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us.”
    So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
    “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
    and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.”
    Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
    and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
    looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

    Responsorial Psalm 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21
    R. (2) O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.
    O LORD, hear my prayer,
    and let my cry come to you.
    Hide not your face from me
    in the day of my distress.
    Incline your ear to me;
    in the day when I call, answer me speedily.
    R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.
    The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
    and all the kings of the earth your glory,
    When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
    and appeared in his glory;
    When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
    and not despised their prayer.
    R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.
    Let this be written for the generation to come,
    and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
    “The LORD looked down from his holy height,
    from heaven he beheld the earth,
    To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
    to release those doomed to die.”
    R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

    Verse Before the Gospel
    The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;
    all who come to him will live forever.



    Gospel Jn 8:21-30
    Jesus said to the Pharisees:
    “I am going away and you will look for me,
    but you will die in your sin.
    Where I am going you cannot come.”
    So the Jews said,
    “He is not going to kill himself, is he,
    because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?”
    He said to them, “You belong to what is below,
    I belong to what is above.
    You belong to this world,
    but I do not belong to this world.
    That is why I told you that you will die in your sins.
    For if you do not believe that I AM,
    you will die in your sins.”
    So they said to him, “Who are you?”
    Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning.
    I have much to say about you in condemnation.
    But the one who sent me is true,
    and what I heard from him I tell the world.”
    They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father.
    So Jesus said to them,
    “When you lift up the Son of Man,
    then you will realize that I AM,
    and that I do nothing on my own,
    but I say only what the Father taught me.
    The one who sent me is with me.
    He has not left me alone,
    because I always do what is pleasing to him.”
    Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.

    Feast day of Saint Guy
    from America needs Fatima
    Guy was born near Ravenna in northern Italy to parents who took great pride in him. Primarily to give them pleasure, he was meticulous in his dress and personal appearance.

    Still, one day during a festival, realizing the vanity of this way of being, and taken with deep compunction, he stripped himself of his fine garments and gave them all away to the poor.

    To his parents’ further mortification, their son donned shabby garments and departed for Rome, where he received the tonsure.

    On his return, he placed himself under the direction of a hermit named Martin, who lived alone on a small island in the River Po. After three years of directing Guy, the hermit sent him to the Abbey of Pomposa to learn the ways of monastic life.

    There Guy so advanced in virtue that he quickly rose to high office, and was elected abbot. Such was his reputation and so many flocked to the abbey that he was obliged to build another. Even his father and his brother joined the monastery.

    At certain times of the year Abbot Guy would retire into solitude a few miles from his monastery and there would submit his body to severe austerities. Particularly during the forty days of Lent the austerities were such as to resemble tortures, and yet, he was extraordinarily tender toward his monks who were devoted to him.

    Guy did not escape the persecution which often comes to those seeking holiness. For unknown reasons, the Archbishop of Ravenna had developed a hatred for the holy abbot and determined to destroy his monasteries. When Guy learned of the imminent attack, he fasted for three days, joined in this mortification by the entire community of monks. When the archbishop arrived with his soldiers, he was met by Guy with such humility and respect, that he was overwhelmed and asked the abbot's pardon.

    Towards the close of his life Guy again withdrew to his solitary hermitage. The Emperor Henry III, who had come to Italy to consult with the holy abbot, summoned him to Piacenza. Though he was unwilling to do so, the aged abbot obeyed, taking a tender farewell from his brothers whom he said he would see no more. Attacked by a sudden illness in Borgo San Donnino near Parma, he died three days later.

    Both Parma and Pomposa claimed his relics, but the emperor settled the dispute by having his body translated to the Church of St. John the Evangelist at Speyer in Germany. Saint Guy, please pray for us.
     
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  11. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    Thank you for taking the time to post this thread and update it each day! What a wonderful thing, it is like it was made for these times.
     
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  12. Thanks, it's been a half year now.
     
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  13. April 1
    Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 253

    Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
    King Nebuchadnezzar said:
    “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
    that you will not serve my god,
    or worship the golden statue that I set up?
    Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made,
    whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet,
    flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe,
    and all the other musical instruments;
    otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace;
    and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?”
    Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar,
    “There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you
    in this matter.
    If our God, whom we serve,
    can save us from the white-hot furnace
    and from your hands, O king, may he save us!
    But even if he will not, know, O king,
    that we will not serve your god
    or worship the golden statue that you set up.”

    King Nebuchadnezzar’s face became livid with utter rage
    against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
    He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times more than usual
    and had some of the strongest men in his army
    bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
    and cast them into the white-hot furnace.

    Nebuchadnezzar rose in haste and asked his nobles,
    “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?”
    “Assuredly, O king,” they answered.
    “But,” he replied, “I see four men unfettered and unhurt,
    walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a son of God.”
    Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed,
    “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
    who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him;
    they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies
    rather than serve or worship any god
    except their own God.”

    Responsorial Psalm Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
    R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!
    “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
    praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
    And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
    praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.”
    R. Glory and praise for ever!
    “Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
    praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
    R. Glory and praise for ever!
    “Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
    praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
    R. Glory and praise for ever!
    “Blessed are you who look into the depths
    from your throne upon the cherubim;
    praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.”
    R. Glory and praise for ever!
    “Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
    praiseworthy and glorious forever.”
    R. Glory and praise for ever!

    Verse Before the GospelLk 8:15
    Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
    and yield a harvest through perseverance.

    Gospel Jn 8:31-42
    Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him,
    “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
    and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
    They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham
    and have never been enslaved to anyone.
    How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”
    Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
    A slave does not remain in a household forever,
    but a son always remains.
    So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free.
    I know that you are descendants of Abraham.
    But you are trying to kill me,
    because my word has no room among you.
    I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence;
    then do what you have heard from the Father.”

    They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.”
    Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children,
    you would be doing the works of Abraham.
    But now you are trying to kill me,
    a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God;
    Abraham did not do this.
    You are doing the works of your father!”
    So they said to him, “We were not born of fornication.
    We have one Father, God.”
    Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,
    for I came from God and am here;
    I did not come on my own, but he sent me.”

    Feast day of Saint Hugh
    Born in France, Hugh showed piety and theological facility from a young age. While still a layman, Hugh was made a canon of Valence. His piety was such that it was said of him that he only knew one woman by sight.

    At the Council of Avignon in 1080, he was elected bishop of Grenoble, though he was not yet ordained. The See of Grenoble had fallen into a very poor state and Hugh was selected to be its renovator in the vein of what Pope Gregory encouraged. Hugh headed to Rome with a papal legate and was ordained by Pope Gregory VII. Upon his return, he immediately set to the task of reforming the abuses in his new diocese. When he had succeeded in countering abuse and fostering devotion after two years, he tried to resign his bishopric and enter a Benedictine monastery. However, the Pope ordered him to continue his episcopal work.

    For the rest of the 11th century, his episcopate was marked by strife with Count Guiges over the possession of ecclesiastic lands in a valley in the French Alps. Hugh alleged that the Count had usurped the lands from the bishopric of Grenoble with the help of Bishop Mallen of Grenoble. An accord was finally reached between Hugh and Count Guigues only in 1099. The Count agreed to cede the disputed territories while Hugh admitted to the Count's temporal authority within the vicinity of Grenoble.

    Hugh was also instrumental in the foundation of the Carthusian Order. He received (Saint) Bruno of Cologne, perhaps his own teacher, and six of his companions in 1084, after seeing them under a banner of seven stars in a dream. Hugh installed the seven in a snowy and rocky Alpine location called Chartreuse. They founded a monastery and devoted their lives to prayer and study, being often visited by Hugh, who was reported to have adopted much of their way of life. Hugh also founded the another nearby monastery, which grew into an independent order.

    Hugh was canonized on 22 April 1134, only two years after his death. During the French Wars of Religion (between Catholics and Protestants inspired by John Calvin, the Huguenots burned the remains of his body. Saint Hugh, please pray for us.
     
  14. April 2
    Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 254

    Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9
    When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:
    “My covenant with you is this:
    you are to become the father of a host of nations.
    No longer shall you be called Abram;
    your name shall be Abraham,
    for I am making you the father of a host of nations.
    I will render you exceedingly fertile;
    I will make nations of you;
    kings shall stem from you.
    I will maintain my covenant with you
    and your descendants after you
    throughout the ages as an everlasting pact,
    to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
    I will give to you
    and to your descendants after you
    the land in which you are now staying,
    the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent possession;
    and I will be their God.”

    God also said to Abraham:
    “On your part, you and your descendants after you
    must keep my covenant throughout the ages.”

    Responsorial Psalm 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
    R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    Look to the LORD in his strength;
    seek to serve him constantly.
    Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
    his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
    sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    He, the LORD, is our God;
    throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
    He remembers forever his covenant
    which he made binding for a thousand generations –
    Which he entered into with Abraham
    and by his oath to Isaac.
    R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

    Verse Before the GospelPs 95:8
    If today you hear his voice,
    harden not your hearts.

    Gospel Jn 8:51-59
    Jesus said to the Jews:
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whoever keeps my word will never see death.”
    So the Jews said to him,
    “Now we are sure that you are possessed.
    Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say,
    ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’
    Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?
    Or the prophets, who died?
    Who do you make yourself out to be?”
    Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing;
    but it is my Father who glorifies me,
    of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’
    You do not know him, but I know him.
    And if I should say that I do not know him,
    I would be like you a liar.
    But I do know him and I keep his word.
    Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day;
    he saw it and was glad.”
    So the Jews said to him,
    “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?”
    Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    before Abraham came to be, I AM.”
    So they picked up stones to throw at him;
    but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

    Fifteen year anniversary of the death of Pope Saint John Paul II

    Feast day of Saint Francis of Paola, Hermit, patron of Seafarers
    Saint Francis of Paola, O.M. was an Italian mendicant friar and the founder of the Roman Catholic Order of Minims. At the age of fifteen, Francis decided to become a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is considered the foundation of the Minim Friars. Unlike the majority of founders of men's religious orders, and like his patron saint, Francis was never ordained a priest. In 1482, Francis went to France by the command of Pope Sixtus IV. Francis was instrumental in the conversion of King Louis XI before his death. When is long life of penance was drawing to a close, Francis spent the last three months in his cell to prepare for death and eternity. He fell sick of Palm Sunday, 1507 and died shortly thereafter at ninety-one years of age.
    Born:27 March 1416, Paola, Calabria, Kingdom of Naples
    Died:Apr 2, 1507, Plessis-lez-Tours, Touraine, Kingdom of France
    Canonized:1 May 1519 by Pope Leo X
     
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  15. Carol55

    Carol55 Ave Maria

    Wbtw, Thank you.

    I just received a text from a friend of mine stating that there was a special prayer request for Pope Saint John Paul II at 9:37pm Rome time today which was the time of his death 15 years ago today. Unfortunately, I got this text an hour late but we can still pray for JPII. The request was made by Cardinal Stansilaw Dziwisz, the Papal Secretary to JPII, and he asked for all Christians to light a candle, if possible, today and unite our prayers to the prayers of all the angels and saints and souls in purgatory and all those on earth participating in this prayer event, through the intercession of Pope St. John Paul II, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the hour Pope John Paul died that God may have mercy on the whole world and stop the virus, open the Churches and get our families and communities back to work, as well as your personal intentions. Prayer can move the Heart of God and change the course of history. Especially when we all pray together in union with our powerful intercessor that we all knew and loved, Pope St. John Paul II, who is the patron of this apostolate!

    Thank you and I apologize for the late notice.

    In addition, I came across this article which I thought was very nice,
    Photos: Remembering Pope John Paul II, who died on this date 15 years ago
    The Associated Press | 9 hrs ago | https://www.dothaneagle.com/news/tr...n_42ceabc8-558b-52d3-8402-a0e2d3d65e28.html#1
     
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  16. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Just wonderful photos. Thank you for posting them and the info about the prayers.
     
  17. Thank you for letting us know about this. I said the chaplet while I was hoeing my garden. God bless you.
     
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  18. April 3
    Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 255

    Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13
    I hear the whisperings of many:
    “Terror on every side!
    Denounce! let us denounce him!”
    All those who were my friends
    are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
    “Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
    and take our vengeance on him.”
    But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
    my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
    In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
    to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
    O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
    who probe mind and heart,
    Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
    for to you I have entrusted my cause.
    Sing to the LORD,
    praise the LORD,
    For he has rescued the life of the poor
    from the power of the wicked!

    Responsorial Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7
    R. (see 7) In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
    I love you, O LORD, my strength,
    O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
    R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
    My God, my rock of refuge,
    my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
    Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
    and I am safe from my enemies.
    R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
    The breakers of death surged round about me,
    the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
    The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
    the snares of death overtook me.
    R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
    In my distress I called upon the LORD
    and cried out to my God;
    From his temple he heard my voice,
    and my cry to him reached his ears.
    R. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

    Verse Before the Gospel Jn 6:63c, 68c
    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
    you have the words of everlasting life.

    Gospel Jn 10:31-42
    The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
    Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
    For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
    The Jews answered him,
    “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
    You, a man, are making yourself God.”
    Jesus answered them,
    “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘?
    If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
    and Scripture cannot be set aside,
    can you say that the one
    whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
    blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
    If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
    but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
    believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
    that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
    Then they tried again to arrest him;
    but he escaped from their power.

    He went back across the Jordan
    to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
    Many came to him and said,
    “John performed no sign,
    but everything John said about this man was true.”
    And many there began to believe in him.

    Feast day of Richard, Bishop of Chichester, died 1253
    Richard was born in Burford, England. On the death of their parents, Richard's elder brother was heir to the estates but he was not old enough to inherit, so the lands were subject to a feudal wardship. On coming of age his brother took possession of his lands, but was required to pay a death duty that left the family impoverished. According to Richard's biographers, friends tried to arrange a match with a noble lady. However Richard rejected the proposed match, suggesting that his brother might marry her instead; he prefered a life of study and the church.

    Educated at the University of Oxford, Richard soon began to teach in the university. From there he proceeded to Paris and then Bologna, where he distinguished himself by his proficiency in canon law. On returning to England in 1235, Richard was elected Oxford's chancellor.

    His former tutor, Edmund had become archbishop of Canterbury. Richard shared Edmund's ideals of clerical reform and supported papal rights even against the king. In 1237, Archbishop Edmund appointed Richard chancellor of the diocese of Canterbury. Richard joined the archbishop during his exile, and was with him when the archbishop died circa 1240. Richard then decided to become a priest and studied theology for two years with the Dominicans in France. Upon returning to England, Richard became a parish priest, but soon was reappointed chancellor of Canterbury.

    In 1244 Richard was elected Bishop of Chichester. King Henry III refused to accept him, the king favoring a different candidate. Archbishop Boniface refused to confirm the person King Henry III wanted as bishop, so both sides appealed to the pope. The king confiscated the see's properties and revenues, but Pope Innocent IV confirmed Richard's election and consecrated him bishop in March 1245. Richard then returned to Chichester, but the king refused to restore the see's properties for two years, and then did so only after being threatened with excommunication. Henry III forbade anyone to house or feed Richard. At first, Richard lived at Tarring in the house of his friend Simon, the parish priest of Tarring. Bishop Richard visited his entire diocese on foot, and cultivated figs in his spare time.

    Richard displayed rigid frugality and temperance. He was an ascetic who wore a hair-shirt and refused to eat off silver. He kept his diet simple and rigorously excluded animal flesh since his days at Oxford.

    Richard was tough on usurers, corrupt clergy and priests who mumbled the Mass.

    Richard favored the Dominicans during his episcopacy because a house of this order at Orléans having sheltered him during his stay in France. After dedicating Saint Edmund's Chapel at Dover, he died aged 56 at midnight on 3 April 1253, where the Pope had ordered him to preach a crusade against Islam. His internal organs were removed and placed in that chapel's altar. Richard's body was then carried to Chichester and buried, according to his wishes, in the chapel on the north side of the nave, dedicated to his patron St. Edmund. His remains were translated to a new shrine in 1276. A shrine dedicated to Richard had become a richly decorated center of pilgrimage in Chichester. In 1538, during the reign of Henry VIII, the shrine was plundered and destroyed by order of Thomas Cromwell. Saint Richard, please pray for us.

    Padraig said in a different thread that he thought it was okay to go back to posting photographs and videos, so I will resume trying to post an image of the saint of the day.
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  19. Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 256

    Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28
    Thus says the Lord GOD:
    I will take the children of Israel from among the nations
    to which they have come,
    and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.
    I will make them one nation upon the land,
    in the mountains of Israel,
    and there shall be one prince for them all.
    Never again shall they be two nations,
    and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms.

    No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,
    their abominations, and all their transgressions.
    I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy,
    and cleanse them so that they may be my people
    and I may be their God.
    My servant David shall be prince over them,
    and there shall be one shepherd for them all;
    they shall live by my statutes and carefully observe my decrees.
    They shall live on the land that I gave to my servant Jacob,
    the land where their fathers lived;
    they shall live on it forever,
    they, and their children, and their children’s children,
    with my servant David their prince forever.
    I will make with them a covenant of peace;
    it shall be an everlasting covenant with them,
    and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever.
    My dwelling shall be with them;
    I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
    Thus the nations shall know that it is I, the LORD,
    who make Israel holy,
    when my sanctuary shall be set up among them forever.

    Responsorial Psalm Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13
    R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.
    Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
    proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
    He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
    he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
    R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.
    The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
    he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
    Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
    they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings:
    The grain, the wine, and the oil,
    the sheep and the oxen.
    R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.
    Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
    and young men and old as well.
    I will turn their mourning into joy,
    I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
    R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

    Verse Before the GospelEz 18:31
    Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
    and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

    Gospel Jn 11:45-56
    Many of the Jews who had come to Mary
    and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him.
    But some of them went to the Pharisees
    and told them what Jesus had done.
    So the chief priests and the Pharisees
    convened the Sanhedrin and said,
    “What are we going to do?
    This man is performing many signs.
    If we leave him alone, all will believe in him,
    and the Romans will come
    and take away both our land and our nation.”
    But one of them, Caiaphas,
    who was high priest that year, said to them,
    “You know nothing,
    nor do you consider that it is better for you
    that one man should die instead of the people,
    so that the whole nation may not perish.”
    He did not say this on his own,
    but since he was high priest for that year,
    he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
    and not only for the nation,
    but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.
    So from that day on they planned to kill him.

    So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews,
    but he left for the region near the desert,
    to a town called Ephraim,
    and there he remained with his disciples.

    Now the Passover of the Jews was near,
    and many went up from the country to Jerusalem
    before Passover to purify themselves.
    They looked for Jesus and said to one another
    as they were in the temple area, “What do you think?
    That he will not come to the feast?”

    Feast day of Saint Isidore, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (this Saint Isidore is different from the Saint Isidore, patron of farmers)

    Isidore of Seville, was a scholar and, for over three decades, Archbishop of Seville. He is widely regarded, in the oft-quoted words of the 19th-century historian Montalembert, as "the last scholar of the ancient world." At a time of disintegration of classical culture, and aristocratic violence and illiteracy, he was involved in the conversion of the Arian Visigothic kings to Catholicism, both assisting his brother (Saint) Leander of Seville, and continuing after his brother's death.
    Born:c. 560, Cartagena, Spania, Byzantine Empire
    Died:4 April 636 (aged 79–80), Seville, Visigothic Kingdom
    [​IMG] Saint Isidore, patron of the internet, pray for us!
     
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  20. April 5 is Palm Sunday and there will be more than one post because the readings require a few posts.
    Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

    At the procession with palms - Gospel 35 yEAR A Mt 21:1-11
    When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem
    and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
    Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
    “Go into the village opposite you,
    and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
    and a colt with her.
    Untie them and bring them here to me.
    And if anyone should say anything to you, reply,
    ‘The master has need of them.’
    Then he will send them at once.”
    This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet
    might be fulfilled:
    Say to daughter Zion,
    “Behold, your king comes to you,
    meek and riding on an ass,
    and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

    The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.
    They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them,
    and he sat upon them.
    The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
    while others cut branches from the trees
    and strewed them on the road.
    The crowds preceding him and those following
    kept crying out and saying:
    “Hosanna to the Son of David;
    blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord;
    hosanna in the highest.”
    And when he entered Jerusalem
    the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?”
    And the crowds replied,
    “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

    At the Mass Is 50:4-7
    The Lord GOD has given me
    a well-trained tongue,
    that I might know how to speak to the weary
    a word that will rouse them.
    Morning after morning
    he opens my ear that I may hear;
    and I have not rebelled,
    have not turned back.
    I gave my back to those who beat me,
    my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
    my face I did not shield
    from buffets and spitting.

    The Lord GOD is my help,
    therefore I am not disgraced;
    I have set my face like flint,
    knowing that I shall not be put to shame.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.
    R. (2a) My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
    All who see me scoff at me;
    they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
    "He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
    let him rescue him, if he loves him."
    R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
    Indeed, many dogs surround me,
    a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
    They have pierced my hands and my feet;
    I can count all my bones.
    R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
    They divide my garments among them,
    and for my vesture they cast lots.
    But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
    O my help, hasten to aid me.
    R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
    I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
    in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
    "You who fear the LORD, praise him;
    all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
    revere him, all you descendants of Israel!"
    R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
    Reading 2 Phil 2:6-11
    Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    something to be grasped.
    Rather, he emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    coming in human likeness;
    and found human in appearance,
    he humbled himself,
    becoming obedient to the point of death,
    even death on a cross.
    Because of this, God greatly exalted him
    and bestowed on him the name
    which is above every name,
    that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    and every tongue confess that
    Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
    Verse Before the Gospel Phil 2:8-9
    Christ became obedient to the point of death,
    even death on a cross.
    because of this, God greatly exalted him
    and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.
    Gospel Mt 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54
    One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
    went to the chief priests and said,
    “What are you willing to give me
    if I hand him over to you?”
    They paid him thirty pieces of silver,
    and from that time on he looked for an opportunity
    to hand him over.

    On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
    the disciples approached Jesus and said,
    “Where do you want us to prepare
    for you to eat the Passover?”
    He said,
    “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him,
    ‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near;
    in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”’”
    The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered,
    and prepared the Passover.

    When it was evening,
    he reclined at table with the Twelve.
    And while they were eating, he said,
    “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
    Deeply distressed at this,
    they began to say to him one after another,
    “Surely it is not I, Lord?”
    He said in reply,
    “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
    is the one who will 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 is betrayed.
    It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
    Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
    “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
    He answered, “You have said so.”

    While they were eating,
    Jesus took bread, said the blessing,
    broke it, and giving it to his disciples said,
    “Take and eat; this is my body.”
    Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
    “Drink from it, all of you,
    for this is my blood of the covenant,
    which will be shed on behalf of many
    for the forgiveness of sins.
    I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine
    until the day when I drink it with you new
    in the kingdom of my Father.”
    Then, after singing a hymn,
    they went out to the Mount of Olives.

    Then Jesus said to them,
    “This night all of you will have your faith in me shaken,
    for it is written:
    I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be dispersed;

    but after I have been raised up,
    I shall go before you to Galilee.”
    Peter said to him in reply,
    “Though all may have their faith in you shaken,
    mine will never be.”
    Jesus said to him,
    “Amen, I say to you,
    this very night before the cock crows,
    you will deny me three times.”
    Peter said to him,
    “Even though I should have to die with you,
    I will not deny you.”
    And all the disciples spoke likewise.

    Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane,
    and he said to his disciples,
    “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
    He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee,
    and began to feel sorrow and distress.
    Then he said to them,
    “My soul is sorrowful even to death.
    Remain here and keep watch with me.”
    He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying,
    “My Father, if it is possible,
    let this cup pass from me;
    yet, not as I will, but as you will.”
    When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep.
    He said to Peter,
    “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?
    Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.
    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
    Withdrawing a second time, he prayed again,
    “My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass
    without my drinking it, your will be done!”
    Then he returned once more and found them asleep,
    for they could not keep their eyes open.
    He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time,
    saying the same thing again.
    Then he returned to his disciples and said to them,
    “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
    Behold, the hour is at hand
    when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners.
    Get up, let us go.
    Look, my betrayer is at hand.”

    While he was still speaking,
    Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived,
    accompanied by a large crowd, with swords and clubs,
    who had come from the chief priests and the elders
    of the people.
    His betrayer had arranged a sign with them, saying,
    “The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him.”
    Immediately he went over to Jesus and said,
    “Hail, Rabbi!” and he kissed him.
    Jesus answered him,
    “Friend, do what you have come for.”
    Then stepping forward they laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.
    And behold, one of those who accompanied Jesus
    put his hand to his sword, drew it,
    and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear.
    Then Jesus said to him,
    “Put your sword back into its sheath,
    for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
    Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father
    and he will not provide me at this moment
    with more than twelve legions of angels?
    But then how would the Scriptures be fulfilled
    which say that it must come to pass in this way?”
    At that hour Jesus said to the crowds,
    “Have you come out as against a robber,
    with swords and clubs to seize me?
    Day after day I sat teaching in the temple area,
    yet you did not arrest me.
    But all this has come to pass
    that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled.”
    Then all the disciples left him and fled.

    continued in the next post
     

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