Daily Mass readings and feast days

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  1. April 18
    Saturday in the Octave of Easter
    Lectionary: 266

    Reading 1 Acts 4:13-21
    Observing the boldness of Peter and John
    and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
    the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
    and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
    Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,
    they could say nothing in reply.
    So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,
    and conferred with one another, saying,
    “What are we to do with these men?
    Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign
    was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
    But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,
    let us give them a stern warning
    never again to speak to anyone in this name.”

    So they called them back
    and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
    Peter and John, however, said to them in reply,
    “Whether it is right in the sight of God
    for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.
    It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
    After threatening them further,
    they released them,
    finding no way to punish them,
    on account of the people who were all praising God
    for what had happened.

    Responsorial Psalm 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21
    R. (21a) I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his mercy endures forever.
    My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
    The joyful shout of victory
    in the tents of the just.
    R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    “The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
    the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.”
    I shall not die, but live,
    and declare the works of the LORD.
    Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
    yet he has not delivered me to death.
    R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Open to me the gates of justice;
    I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
    This is the gate of the LORD;
    the just shall enter it.
    I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
    and have been my savior.
    R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Ps 118:24
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 16:9-15
    When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
    he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
    out of whom he had driven seven demons.
    She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
    When they heard that he was alive
    and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

    After this he appeared in another form
    to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
    They returned and told the others;
    but they did not believe them either.

    But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
    and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
    because they had not believed those
    who saw him after he had been raised.
    He said to them, “Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

    Feast day of Saint Apollonius
    Saint Apollonius the Apologist or Saint Apollonius of Rome was a 2nd-century Christian martyr and apologist who was martyred in 185 under the Emperor Commodus. Apollonius' defense of the Faith is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian Prefect arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. The prefect demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate. There a debate took place between the prefect and Apollonius that clearly outlines the beauty and the value of Christianity. Apollonius said, "We have hastened to honor Him because we have learned lofty commandments from Him...Yet if it were a delusion (as you assert) which tells us that the soul is immortal, and that there is a judgment after death and a reward of virtue at the resurrection, and that god is the Judge, we would gladly be carried away by such a lie as that, which has taught us to lead good lives awaiting the hope of the future even while suffering adversities." Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius was condemned and beheaded.
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    Saint Apollonius, please pray for us.
     
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  2. Aoril 19
    Happy Divine Mercy Sunday! Please God, permit us to return to sacramental worship of You
    Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
    Lectionary: 43

    Reading 1 Acts 2:42-47
    They devoted themselves
    to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life,
    to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
    Awe came upon everyone,
    and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
    All who believed were together and had all things in common;
    they would sell their property and possessions
    and divide them among all according to each one’s need.
    Every day they devoted themselves
    to meeting together in the temple area
    and to breaking bread in their homes.
    They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,
    praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.
    And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
    R. (1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the house of Israel say,
    “His mercy endures forever.”
    Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His mercy endures forever.”
    Let those who fear the LORD say,
    “His mercy endures forever.”
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I was hard pressed and was falling,
    but the LORD helped me.
    My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
    The joyful shout of victory
    in the tents of the just:
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The stone which the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
    By the LORD has this been done;
    it is wonderful in our eyes.
    This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us be glad and rejoice in it.
    R. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love is everlasting.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2 1 Pt 1:3-9
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
    through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
    to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
    kept in heaven for you
    who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
    to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
    In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
    you may have to suffer through various trials,
    so that the genuineness of your faith,
    more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
    may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
    at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    Although you have not seen him you love him;
    even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
    you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
    as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

    Alleluia Jn 20:29
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
    blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 20:19-31
    On the evening of that first day of the week,
    when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
    for fear of the Jews,
    Jesus came and stood in their midst
    and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
    When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
    The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
    Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
    As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
    And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
    “Receive the Holy Spirit.
    Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
    and whose sins you retain are retained.”

    Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
    was not with them when Jesus came.
    So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
    But he said to them,
    “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
    and put my finger into the nailmarks
    and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

    Now a week later his disciples were again inside
    and Thomas was with them.
    Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
    and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
    Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
    and bring your hand and put it into my side,
    and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
    Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
    Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
    Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

    Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
    that are not written in this book.
    But these are written that you may come to believe
    that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
    and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

    Feast of Saint Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, martyr, died 1012
    from the website http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/Alphege.htm
    Alphege (Elphege, Ælfheah) was born about 953, during the second major period of Viking raids against England. He became first a monk and then a hermit, and then was appointed Abbot of Bath. In 984 he became Bishop of Westminster. In 994 King Ethelred the Unready sent him to parley with the Danish invaders Anlaf and Swein. The Anglo-Saxons paid tribute, but Anlaf became a Christian and swore never to invade England again. He never did. In that same year Alphege brought the newly baptized King Olaf Tryggvason of Norway to a peaceful meeting with King Ethelred, and to his confirmation at Andover. (Remark: "Unready" does not mean that the king was often unprepared; it means that he was headstrong and stubborn, and would not accept "rede," meaning counsel or advice.)

    In 1005 Alphege became Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1011 the Danes overran much of southern England. The payment of the tribute agreed on (the Danegeld) did not stop them, and in September they captured Canterbury and held Alphege and other prominent persons for ransom. The others were duly paid for and released, but the price demanded for Alphege was a fantastically high 3,000 pounds (worth of course, far more than modern pounds). Alphege, knowing the poverty of his people, refused to pay or let anyone else pay for him. The infuriated Danes, at the end of a drunken feast, brought him out and repeated their demands. When he again refused, they threw various objects at him (large bones from the feast, for example) and finally an axeman delivered the death-blow. Their chief, Thorkell the Tall, tried to save him, offering all his possessions except his ship for the Archbishop's life. By his death Alphege became a national hero.

    When the Dane Cnut (Canute) became King of England in 1016, he adopted a policy of conciliation, and in 1023 he brought the body of Alphege from London to Canterbury, where he was long remembered as a martyr, one who died, not precisely for professing the Christian faith, but for exercising the Christian virtue of justice. In art, he is shown with an axe, the instrument of his death, or as a shepherd defending his flock from wolves.
    [​IMG] Saint Alphege, please pray for us.
     
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  3. April 20
    Monday of the Second Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 267

    Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31
    After their release Peter and John went back to their own people
    and reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.
    And when they heard it,
    they raised their voices to God with one accord
    and said, “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth
    and the sea and all that is in them,
    you said by the Holy Spirit
    through the mouth of our father David, your servant:

    Why did the Gentiles rage
    and the peoples entertain folly?
    The kings of the earth took their stand
    and the princes gathered together
    against the Lord and against his anointed.


    Indeed they gathered in this city
    against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed,
    Herod and Pontius Pilate,
    together with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
    to do what your hand and your will
    had long ago planned to take place.
    And now, Lord, take note of their threats,
    and enable your servants to speak your word
    with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal,
    and signs and wonders are done
    through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
    As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook,
    and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
    and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

    Responsorial Psalm 2:1-3, 4-7a, 7b-9
    R. (see 11d) Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples utter folly?
    The kings of the earth rise up,
    and the princes conspire together
    against the LORD and against his anointed:
    “Let us break their fetters
    and cast their bonds from us!”
    R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He who is throned in heaven laughs;
    the LORD derides them.
    Then in anger he speaks to them;
    he terrifies them in his wrath:
    “I myself have set up my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”
    I will proclaim the decree of the LORD.
    R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
    this day I have begotten you.
    Ask of me and I will give you
    the nations for an inheritance
    and the ends of the earth for your possession.
    You shall rule them with an iron rod;
    you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.”
    R. Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Col 3:1
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If then you were raised with Christ,
    seek what is above,
    where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 3:1-8
    There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
    He came to Jesus at night and said to him,
    “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God,
    for no one can do these signs that you are doing
    unless God is with him.”
    Jesus answered and said to him,
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
    Nicodemus said to him,
    “How can a man once grown old be born again?
    Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”
    Jesus answered,
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    unless one is born of water and Spirit
    he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
    What is born of flesh is flesh
    and what is born of spirit is spirit.
    Do not be amazed that I told you,
    ‘You must be born from above.’
    The wind blows where it wills,
    and you can hear the sound it makes,
    but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
    so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

    Feast day of Saint Marcellinus, Bishop, died 374
    Marcellinus of Gaul also known as Marcellin was the first bishop of Embrun from 354 AD. He was a native of Africa Proconsularis.. Marcellin, went to Rome with two other bishops of North Africa, Vincent and Domnin, to attend a synod in 313 to judge the Donatists movement. They met the then Pope, Miltiades and from him received a mission. They went to Nice, where they landed, they say, after taking advice of the bishops assembled in Arles in 314. They went and preached the Gospel to the inhabitants of Italian side of the Alps, from the shores of the sea to Vercelli, where Eusebius was chosen as bishop and where they separated. Marcellin and his two disciples arrived in Embrun. As the main missionaries evangelizing in the regions they became the first bishops. Marcellin became the first bishop of Embrun.
    [​IMG] Saint Marcellinus, please pray for us.

    Another thing about April 20th is that in the book of private revelations to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, she was told by Our Lord that April 20th was the real anniversary of His death. pg 115, 2nd volume of the Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich. https://archive.org/stream/TheLifeA...ndRevelationsOfAnneCatherineEmmerich_djvu.txt
     
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  4. April 21
    Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 268

    Reading 1 Acts 4:32-37
    The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
    and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
    but they had everything in common.
    With great power the Apostles bore witness
    to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
    and great favor was accorded them all.
    There was no needy person among them,
    for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
    bring the proceeds of the sale,
    and put them at the feet of the Apostles,
    and they were distributed to each according to need.

    Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas
    (which is translated "son of encouragement”),
    a Levite, a Cypriot by birth,
    sold a piece of property that he owned,
    then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

    Responsorial Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5
    R. (1a) The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
    robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.
    R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    And he has made the world firm,
    not to be moved.
    Your throne stands firm from of old;
    from everlasting you are, O LORD.
    R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
    holiness befits your house,
    O LORD, for length of days.
    R. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 3:14-15
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Son of Man must be lifted up,
    so that everyone who believes in him
    may have eternal life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 3:7b-15
    Jesus said to Nicodemus:
    “‘You must be born from above.’
    The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
    but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
    so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
    Nicodemus answered and said to him,
    ‘How can this happen?”
    Jesus answered and said to him,
    “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
    Amen, amen, I say to you,
    we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
    but you people do not accept our testimony.
    If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
    how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
    No one has gone up to heaven
    except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
    And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
    so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

    Feast day of Saint Anselm, Archbishop and Doctor of the Church, lived 1033 to 1109
    Born in Italy, Anselm was at first a zealous Catholic, wishing to enter a monastery at 15, but he lost that desire and started to lead a worldly life. He went to France to study and there he became friends with some religious men. He became a monk at age 27. He was named abbot of Bec in 1078 and in 1092 was made Archbishop of Canterbury. The King of England, William II became enraged with Archbishop Anselm because Anselm wanted spiritual independence for his archdiocese. William confiscated land and threatened to exile Anselm, but Pope Urban intervened and ordered the King to return the property. Anselm also struggled with William's successor and was exiled again, but in the end they reconciled. Anselm was a theologian and a great metaphysical thinker.
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    Saint Anselm, please pray for us.
     
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  5. April 22, 2020
    Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 269

    Reading 1 Acts 5:17-26
    The high priest rose up and all his companions,
    that is, the party of the Sadducees,
    and, filled with jealousy,
    laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.
    But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,
    led them out, and said,
    “Go and take your place in the temple area,
    and tell the people everything about this life.”
    When they heard this,
    they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.
    When the high priest and his companions arrived,
    they convened the Sanhedrin,
    the full senate of the children of Israel,
    and sent to the jail to have them brought in.
    But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison,
    so they came back and reported,
    “We found the jail securely locked
    and the guards stationed outside the doors,
    but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”
    When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report,
    they were at a loss about them,
    as to what this would come to.
    Then someone came in and reported to them,
    “The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area
    and are teaching the people.”
    Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them,
    but without force,
    because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

    Responsorial Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
    R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Let my soul glory in the LORD;
    the lowly will hear me and be glad.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Glorify the LORD with me,
    let us together extol his name.
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
    and your faces may not blush with shame.
    When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
    and from all his distress he saved him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The angel of the LORD encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
    Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 3:16
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God so love the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 3:16-21
    God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
    but might have eternal life.
    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but that the world might be saved through him.
    Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
    but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
    because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
    And this is the verdict,
    that the light came into the world,
    but people preferred darkness to light,
    because their works were evil.
    For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
    and does not come toward the light,
    so that his works might not be exposed.
    But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
    so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.


    Awesome Gospel verses for the 22nd!

    Feast day of Saint Epipodius, patron of victims of betrayal and torture, died 178
    Epipodius was a native of Lyon; As a young man, Epipodius devoted his time to working for God as a confirmed celibate bachelor, although he never joined an order. One of his servants betrayed him to the authorities, and he was beheaded because of his faith in 178. Miracles were reported at his tomb. St. Epipodius is patron saint of bachelors and victims of betrayal.
    [​IMG] Saint Epipodius, please pray for us.
     
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  6. April 23, 2020
    Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 270

    Reading 1 Acts 5:27-33
    When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
    and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
    the high priest questioned them,
    “We gave you strict orders did we not,
    to stop teaching in that name.
    Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
    and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
    But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
    “We must obey God rather than men.
    The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
    though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
    God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
    to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
    We are witnesses of these things,
    as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

    When they heard this,
    they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.

    Responsorial Psalm 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20
    R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    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 hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    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 hears the cry of the poor.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 20:29
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
    blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 3:31-36
    The one who comes from above is above all.
    The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
    But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
    He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
    but no one accepts his testimony.
    Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
    For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
    He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
    The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
    but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
    but the wrath of God remains upon him.

    Feast day of Saint Adalbertus AKA Saint Vojtěch
    Born:c. 956, Libice nad Cidlinou, Duchy of Bohemia, (now the Czech Republic)
    Died:April 23, 997, Święty Gaj or Primorsk, Prussia, (now Poland or Russia)
    Canonized:999, Rome by Pope Sylvester II
    Adalbert of Prague, known in Czech by his birth name Vojtěch, was a Bohemian missionary and Christian saint. He was the Bishop of Prague but had to
    relinquish his diocese due to persecution. After that he set out as a missionary to preach to the inhabitants near Prussia and convert them to Christianity. Duke Boleslav I (and, later, King) of Poland, sent soldiers with Adalbert on his mission to the Prussians. The Bishop and his companions, including his half-brother Radim (Gaudentius), entered Prussian territory and traveled along the coast of the Baltic Sea to Gdansk.
    Success attended his efforts at first, but his imperious manner in commanding the people to abandon paganism irritated them, and at the instigation of one of the pagan priests he was murdered on 23 April 997 on the Baltic Sea coast near Tenkitten. It is recorded that his body was bought back for its weight in gold by King Boleslav I.
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    Saint Vojtěch, please pray for us and please pray for healing of my family tree and for the release of souls from purgatory. Amen.
     
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  7. April 24, 2020
    Friday of the Second Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 271

    Reading 1 Acts 5:34-42
    A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,
    a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,
    stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,
    and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,
    be careful what you are about to do to these men.
    Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
    and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
    and all those who were loyal to him
    were disbanded and came to nothing.
    After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
    He also drew people after him,
    but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
    So now I tell you,
    have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
    For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
    it will destroy itself.
    But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
    you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
    They were persuaded by him.
    After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
    ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
    and dismissed them.
    So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
    rejoicing that they had been found worthy
    to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
    And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
    they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.

    Responsorial Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
    R. (see 4abc) One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is my light and my salvation;
    whom should I fear?
    The LORD is my life’s refuge;
    of whom should I be afraid?
    R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    One thing I ask of the LORD
    this I seek:
    To dwell in the house of the LORD
    all the days of my life,
    That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
    and contemplate his temple.
    R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
    in the land of the living.
    Wait for the LORD with courage;
    be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
    R. One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

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

    Gospel Jn 6:1-15
    Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
    A large crowd followed him,
    because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
    Jesus went up on the mountain,
    and there he sat down with his disciples.
    The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
    When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
    he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
    He said this to test him,
    because he himself knew what he was going to do.
    Philip answered him,
    “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
    for each of them to have a little.”
    One of his disciples,
    Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
    “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
    but what good are these for so many?”
    Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
    Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
    So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
    Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
    and distributed them to those who were reclining,
    and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
    When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
    “Gather the fragments left over,
    so that nothing will be wasted.”
    So they collected them,
    and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
    from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
    When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
    “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
    Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
    to make him king,
    he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

    Feast day of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen died 1622, priest, martyr
    Fidelis of Sigmaringen, O.F.M. Cap. was born Mark Rey in Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. Rey soon grew disgusted with the corruption and injustice he saw among his colleagues. He left his law career to become a priest, joining his brother George as a member of the Capuchin Order in 1612. Mark took on the religious name Fidelis. He divided his wealth between needy seminarians and the poor. During a severe epidemic in a city where he was guardian of a friary, Fidelis cared for and interceded for the cure of many sick soldiers.

    He was appointed head of a group of Capuchins sent to preach against the Calvinists and Zwinglians in Switzerland. The mission was dangerous and violence was expected. People credited any success of the conversion of the revolutionaries to Fidelis' prayer during the night more than his sermons and instructions.

    Fidelis was accused of opposing the peasants’ national aspirations for independence from Austria. While he was preaching at Seewis, to which he had gone against the advice of his friends, a gun was fired at him, but he escaped unharmed. A Protestant offered to shelter Fidelis, but he declined, saying his life was in God’s hands. On the road back, he was set upon by a group of armed men and killed.
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    Saint Fidelis, please pray for us.

    Also the Feast days for Saint Mary Cleopas and Saint Mary Salome
    Mary Cleopas was the mother of St. James the Less and she was the wife of Cleophas. She was one of the "Three Marys" who served Jesus and was present at the Crucifixion , and accompanied Mary Magdalen to the tomb of Christ to anoint the body of Jesus with spices.

    Saint Mary Salome was the wife of Zebedee and the mother of James and John. She was named in the Gospel of Mark as present at the crucifixion and as one of the women who found Jesus's tomb empty.
    [​IMG] Saints Mary Cleopas and Mary Salome, please pray for us.
     
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    padraig New Member

    It makes me feel so sad reading these. No Mass.

    No Mass.

    No Mass.

    'One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord.'

    When will we see Mass again? Our sins must be very,very grave indeed for such a Hugh Chastisement. No Sign of it ending.

    I believe Rabbi Gameliel is considered a Saint by the Orthodox. It would be wonderful if he had converted. They say he might have been St Paul's teacher.

    So many Capuchin saints! It reminds me of the Carmlites. Amazing.
     
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  9. I feel the same way. :( My parish has given almost no consolation (It makes me want to move). On weekends we drive fifty miles away to go to a church that is open during the day for Eucharistic adoration. Have to keep a hopeful outlook, though, all things are possible with God. He will restore everything as it ought to be. That is why bread and water are on the menu today and Wednesdays. Thanks, Padraig.
     
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    padraig New Member

    Well the World will change after all this is over. Let's hope the Church will change too. But this locking every Church in the World thing is a bad, bad, bad sign of where our Bishops are off too.

    Very grim indeed. Our Faith has just been deemed non essential by own Pope and Bishops. They are telling us we can do without. Our Faith has just become secondary to supermarkets, pet stores and liquor stores.

    Maybe we should start to see the Holy Father and Bishops as non essential when they come looking for dough.
     
  11. April 25, 2020
    Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist
    Lectionary: 555

    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14
    Beloved:
    Clothe yourselves with humility
    in your dealings with one another, for:

    God opposes the proud
    but bestows favor on the humble.


    So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
    that he may exalt you in due time.
    Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

    Be sober and vigilant.
    Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion
    looking for someone to devour.
    Resist him, steadfast in faith,
    knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world
    undergo the same sufferings.
    The God of all grace
    who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus
    will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
    after you have suffered a little.
    To him be dominion forever. Amen.

    I write you this briefly through Silvanus,
    whom I consider a faithful brother,
    exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
    Remain firm in it.
    The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son.
    Greet one another with a loving kiss.
    Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

    Responsorial Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
    R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
    through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
    For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
    in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD,
    and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.
    For who in the skies can rank with the LORD?
    Who is like the LORD among the sons of God?
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    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.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia 1 Cor 1:23a-24b
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We proclaim Christ crucified;
    he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 16:15-20
    Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
    “Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
    Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
    whoever does not believe will be condemned.
    These signs will accompany those who believe:
    in my name they will drive out demons,
    they will speak new languages.
    They will pick up serpents with their hands,
    and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
    They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

    Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
    was taken up into heaven
    and took his seat at the right hand of God.
    But they went forth and preached everywhere,
    while the Lord worked with them
    and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

    Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist, Patron of Notaries died 68 AD
    Mark the Evangelist is the traditionally ascribed author of the Gospel of Mark. Mark the Evangelist may have been 'John Mark' referred to in the Acts of the Apostles. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians. Saint Mark was associated with Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey through the land of Cyprus. Mark is said to have founded the Church of Alexandria, one of the most important episcopal sees of early Christianity. Saint Mark was in Rome with Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of Saint Peter. It is thought that Mark wrote the Gospel about the year 60. He wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. When Mark returned to Alexandria, the pagans of the city resented his efforts to turn them away from the worship of their false gods. In AD 68, they placed a rope around his neck and dragged him through the streets until he was dead. His feast day is celebrated on April 25, and his symbol is the winged lion.
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    Saint Mark, please pray for us.
     
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  12. April 26, 2020
    Third Sunday of Easter
    Lectionary: 46

    Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33
    Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
    raised his voice, and proclaimed:
    “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
    Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
    You who are Israelites, hear these words.
    Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God
    with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
    which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
    This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
    you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
    But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
    because it was impossible for him to be held by it.
    For David says of him:
    I saw the Lord ever before me,
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted;
    my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
    because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
    nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.
    You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.


    “My brothers, one can confidently say to you
    about the patriarch David that he died and was buried,
    and his tomb is in our midst to this day.
    But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him
    that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
    he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
    that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld
    nor did his flesh see corruption.
    God raised this Jesus;
    of this we are all witnesses.
    Exalted at the right hand of God,
    he received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father
    and poured him forth, as you see and hear.”

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
    R. (11a) Lord, you will show us the path of life.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
    O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I bless the LORD who counsels me;
    even in the night my heart exhorts me.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
    my body, too, abides in confidence;
    because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
    nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
    R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    You will show me the path to life,
    abounding joy in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
    R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2 1 Pt 1:17-21
    Beloved:
    If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially
    according to each one’s works,
    conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning,
    realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,
    handed on by your ancestors,
    not with perishable things like silver or gold
    but with the precious blood of Christ
    as of a spotless unblemished lamb.

    He was known before the foundation of the world
    but revealed in the final time for you,
    who through him believe in God
    who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
    so that your faith and hope are in God.

    Alleluia Lk 24:32
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
    make our hearts burn while you speak to us.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 24:13-35
    That very day, the first day of the week,
    two of Jesus’ disciples were going
    to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
    and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
    And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
    Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
    but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
    He asked them,
    “What are you discussing as you walk along?”
    They stopped, looking downcast.
    One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
    “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
    who does not know of the things
    that have taken place there in these days?”
    And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
    They said to him,
    “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
    who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
    before God and all the people,
    how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
    to a sentence of death and crucified him.
    But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
    and besides all this,
    it is now the third day since this took place.
    Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
    they were at the tomb early in the morning
    and did not find his body;
    they came back and reported
    that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
    who announced that he was alive.
    Then some of those with us went to the tomb
    and found things just as the women had described,
    but him they did not see.”
    And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
    How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
    Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
    and enter into his glory?”
    Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
    he interpreted to them what referred to him
    in all the Scriptures.
    As they approached the village to which they were going,
    he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
    But they urged him, “Stay with us,
    for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
    So he went in to stay with them.
    And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
    he took bread, said the blessing,
    broke it, and gave it to them.
    With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
    but he vanished from their sight.
    Then they said to each other,
    “Were not our hearts burning within us
    while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
    So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
    where they found gathered together
    the eleven and those with them who were saying,
    “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
    Then the two recounted
    what had taken place on the way
    and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

    Feast day of Saint Anacletus (Cletus), Pope, martyr, died 92
    Pope Anacletus, also known as Cletus, was the third Bishop of Rome, following Peter and Linus. Anacletus served as pope between c. 79 and his death, c. 92. Cletus was a Roman, who during his tenure as pope, is known to have ordained a number of priests and is traditionally credited with setting up about twenty-five parishes in Rome. Although the precise dates of his pontificate are uncertain, he "...died a martyr, perhaps about 91". Cletus is mentioned in the Roman Canon of the mass; his feast day is April 26.
    [​IMG] Saint Cletus, please pray for us.
     
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  13. April 27, 2020
    Monday of the Third Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 273

    Reading 1 Acts 6:8-15
    Stephen, filled with grace and power,
    was working great wonders and signs among the people.
    Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,
    Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,
    and people from Cilicia and Asia,
    came forward and debated with Stephen,
    but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
    Then they instigated some men to say,
    “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words
    against Moses and God.”
    They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,
    accosted him, seized him,
    and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
    They presented false witnesses who testified,
    “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
    For we have heard him claim
    that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place
    and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.”
    All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him
    and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

    Responsorial Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
    R. (1ab) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Though princes meet and talk against me,
    your servant meditates on your statutes.
    Yes, your decrees are my delight;
    they are my counselors.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I declared my ways, and you answered me;
    teach me your statutes.
    Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Remove from me the way of falsehood,
    and favor me with your law.
    The way of truth I have chosen;
    I have set your ordinances before me.
    R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

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

    Gospel Jn 6:22-29
    [After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
    The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
    saw that there had been only one boat there,
    and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
    but only his disciples had left.
    Other boats came from Tiberias
    near the place where they had eaten the bread
    when the Lord gave thanks.
    When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
    they themselves got into boats
    and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
    And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
    “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
    Jesus answered them and said,
    “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
    not because you saw signs
    but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
    Do not work for food that perishes
    but for the food that endures for eternal life,
    which the Son of Man will give you.
    For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
    So they said to him,
    “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
    Jesus answered and said to them,
    “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

    Feast day of Saint Zita
    Zita is an Italian saint, the patron saint of maids and domestic servants. She is often appealed to in order to help find lost keys.
    St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always tried to do God's will obediently whenever it was pointed out to her by her mother. At the age of twelve Zita became a housekeeper in the house of a rich weaver in Lucca, Italy, eight miles from her home at Monte Sagrati. As things turned out, she stayed with that family for the last forty-eight years of her life. She found time every day to attend Mass and to recite many prayers, as well as to carry out her household duties so perfectly that the other servants were jealous of her. Indeed, her work was part of her religion! She use to say: "a servant is not holy if she is not busy; lazy people of our position is fake holiness." At first, her employers were upset by her generous gifts of food to the poor, but in time, they were completely won over by her patience and goodness and she became a very close friend. Zita was given a free reign over her working schedule and busied herself with visits to the sick and those in prison. Word spread rapidly in Lucca of her good deeds and the heavenly visions that she received. Zita was a member of the Third Order of St Francis. Lucca is in Tuscany; and since the Third Order was widely propagated there after its founding, this holy servant girl of the thirteenth century would quite naturally join its ranks.
    Born:circa 1212, Monsagrati or Monte Sagrati, near Lucca, Italy
    Died:April 27, 1272 (aged 59–60), Lucca, Italy
    Canonized:1696
    Major shrine:Basilica di San Frediano, Lucca
    Feast:27 April
    Attributes:depicted with a bag, keys
    Patronage: domestic servants, homemakers, lost keys, people ridiculed for their piety, single laywomen, waiters, waitresses, Italian City of Lucca
    The body of Saint Zita lies in Lucca.
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    Please, Saint Zita, pray for us.
     
  14. April 28, 2020
    Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 274

    Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a
    Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
    “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
    you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
    you are just like your ancestors.
    Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
    They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
    whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
    You received the law as transmitted by angels,
    but you did not observe it.”

    When they heard this, they were infuriated,
    and they ground their teeth at him.
    But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
    looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
    and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
    and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened
    and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    But they cried out in a loud voice,
    covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
    They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
    The witnesses laid down their cloaks
    at the feet of a young man named Saul.
    As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
    “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
    Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
    “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;
    and when he said this, he fell asleep.

    Now Saul was consenting to his execution.

    Responsorial Psalm 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab
    R. (6a) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety.
    You are my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Into your hands I commend my spirit;
    you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
    My trust is in the LORD;
    I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your kindness.
    You hide them in the shelter of your presence
    from the plottings of men.
    R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 6:35ab
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the bread of life, says the Lord;
    whoever comes to me will never hunger.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 6:30-35
    The crowd said to Jesus:
    “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
    What can you do?
    Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

    "He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

    So Jesus said to them,
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
    my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
    For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
    and gives life to the world.”

    So they said to Jesus,
    “Sir, give us this bread always.”
    Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
    whoever comes to me will never hunger,
    and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

    Feast day of Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest, Founder of the Daughters of Wisdom, Author
    Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort was born in 1673. He was educated in part at Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, a school that provided a strong foundation for theology of the Incarnation, and offered many studies on the role of the Virgin Mary in God's Plan of Salvation. With a strong Marian foundation, Louis was ordained a priest at the age of 27 and soon began preaching. He became a Dominican Tertiary. He had a deep appreciation for the prayer of the rosary. The rosary helped him contemplate the most sublime mysteries of mystical theology.
    Even as a young boy, Louis had compassion for the poor. As a priest, even more so. One of his first priestly assignments was to be a chaplain of the hospital to the very sick and poor. In 1703 Father Louis assembled some of the poor, crippled, blind, and deaf girls and gave them a rule of life to live by. These young women were responsive to what Father Louis taught them. These girls then taught other more influential women so that soon a community of women called the Daughters of Wisdom formed who served the sick and were teachers.
    The poor people Father Louis ministered to responded well to his preaching, but Father Louis also stirred jealousy and suspicion in some. He was misunderstood more often than not by fellow clergy. After some years of preaching and rejection by the local Bishop, Father Louis de Montfort went to Rome to ask Pope Clement XI to help him discern his vocation as a missionary. The Pope reassured Louis of his gift of preaching and authorized him to return to France with the title of Apostolic Missionary. From then on Father Louis preached with great zeal and love in the western French dioceses of Nantes and La Rochelle. “The good Father from Montfort” preached over 200 missions in schools, hospitals and churches.
    In addition to preaching, Father Louis penned several books and pamphlets that are still in print today. His earliest book is called The Love of Eternal Wisdom which was a guide for the Daughters of Wisdom. His writings have influenced multitudes of the faithful and Popes. The Montfort book called True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary was read and reread by Pope John Paul II when he was studying to become a priest and working in Poland during Nazi occupation. John Paul II dedicated his pontificate to the Virgin Mary with the motto “Totus Tuus” meaning “Totally yours,” a phrase taken from True Devotion to Mary. In fact, material from the Montfort books True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Secret of Mary were compiled by the present day religious order, Monfort Fathers, for this publication: Preparation for Total Consecration according to Saint Louis de Montfort. The ‘total consecration’ booklet has been used by millions of Catholics to fulfill Our Lady of Fatima’s request of establishing devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. It is telling that the first edition of Preparation for Total Consecration according to Saint Louis de Montfort was on June 20, 1984 just a few months after Pope John Paul II made the world-wide consecration prayer in union with Bishops throughout the world on March 25, 1984.
    Louis encouraged the prayer of the rosary everywhere he preached. In his spare time, Louis wrote the book, The Admirable Secret of the Rosary or The Secret of the Rosary as it is known today. Over 5.1 million copies of this book have been printed and sold since 1965. It is a veritable bouquet of roses because he structured the book into fifty “Roses” or chapters that are motivations and miraculous accounts of the benefits of praying the rosary. He wrote about the people who have been advocates and promoters of the rosary (Alain de la Roche and others) and the great benefits that have been wrought through the prayer of the rosary. These following words are from Saint Louis exhorting us to pray the rosary.

    Good and devout souls, who walk in the light of the Holy Spirit: I do not think that you will mind my giving you this little mystical rose tree which comes straight from heaven and which is to be planted in the garden of your soul…this mystical rose tree is Jesus and Mary in life, death, and eternity; its green leaves are the Joyous mysteries, the thorns the sorrowful ones and the flowers, the glorious mysteries of Jesus and Mary. The buds are the childhood of Jesus and Mary, the open blooms show us both of them in their sufferings, and the full-blown roses symbolize Jesus and Mary in their triumph and glory. Please…plant this beautiful and heavenly tree in the garden of your soul, making the resolution to say your Rosary every day. By saying it daily and by doing good works, you will be tending your tree, watering it, hoeing the earth around it. Eventually you will see that this little seed which I have given you, and which seems so small now, will grow into a tree so great that the birds of heaven, (contemplative souls,) will dwell in it and make their nests there. Its shade will shelter them from the scorching heat of the sun and its great height will keep them safe from the wild beasts on the ground. And best of all, they will feed upon the tree’s fruit-which is none other than our adorable Jesus, to Whom be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. So be it. GOD ALONE

    Louis became ill and died at the age of 43 while preaching a parish mission on Apr 28, 1716.
    [​IMG] Saint Louis de Montfort, please pray for us.
     
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  15. April 29, 2020
    Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church
    Lectionary: 275

    Reading 1 Acts 8:1b-8
    There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
    and all were scattered
    throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
    except the Apostles.
    Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
    Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
    entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
    he handed them over for imprisonment.

    Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
    Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria
    and proclaimed the Christ to them.
    With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip
    when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.
    For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,
    came out of many possessed people,
    and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured.
    There was great joy in that city.

    Responsorial Psalm 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a
    R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
    sing praise to the glory of his name;
    proclaim his glorious praise.
    Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    “Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
    sing praise to your name!”
    Come and see the works of God,
    his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He has changed the sea into dry land;
    through the river they passed on foot;
    therefore let us rejoice in him.
    He rules by his might forever.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 6:40
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
    and I shall raise him up on the last day, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 6:35-40
    Jesus said to the crowds,
    “I am the bread of life;
    whoever comes to me will never hunger,
    and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
    But I told you that although you have seen me,
    you do not believe.
    Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
    and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
    because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
    but the will of the one who sent me.
    And this is the will of the one who sent me,
    that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
    but that I should raise it on the last day.
    For this is the will of my Father,
    that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
    may have eternal life,
    and I shall raise him on the last day.”

    Feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena, (1347-1380)
    The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only six, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary and the saints. Catherine had one of the most brilliant theological minds of her time, although she had no formal education. She persuaded the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon in 1377 and she prayed and performed many penances to aid the end to the Great Western Schism. In 1375, she received the stigmata which was visible only after her death. Her spiritual director was Blessed Raymond of Capua. Saint Catherine's letters and a writing called Dialogue are considered a brilliant writing in the Catholic Church. She died at the age of thirty-three and her body was found to be incorrupt in 1430.
    [​IMG] Saint Catherine of Siena, please pray for us.
     
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  16. April 30, 2020
    Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 276

    Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40
    The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,
    “Get up and head south on the road
    that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.”
    So he got up and set out.
    Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,
    a court official of the Candace,
    that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,
    in charge of her entire treasury,
    who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.
    Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
    The Spirit said to Philip,
    “Go and join up with that chariot.”
    Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said,
    “Do you understand what you are reading?”
    He replied,
    “How can I, unless someone instructs me?”
    So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
    This was the Scripture passage he was reading:

    Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
    In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who will tell of his posterity?
    For his life is taken from the earth.


    Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
    “I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
    About himself, or about someone else?”
    Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
    he proclaimed Jesus to him.
    As they traveled along the road
    they came to some water,
    and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water.
    What is to prevent my being baptized?”
    Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
    and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water,
    and he baptized him.
    When they came out of the water,
    the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away,
    and the eunuch saw him no more,
    but continued on his way rejoicing.
    Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming the good news
    to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

    Responsorial Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
    R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Bless our God, you peoples,
    loudly sound his praise;
    He has given life to our souls,
    and has not let our feet slip.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
    what he has done for me.
    When I appealed to him in words,
    praise was on the tip of my tongue.
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed be God who refused me not
    my prayer or his kindness!
    R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 6:51
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
    whoever eats this bread will live forever.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 6:44-51
    Jesus said to the crowds:
    “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
    and I will raise him on the last day.
    It is written in the prophets:

    They shall all be taught by God.

    Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
    Not that anyone has seen the Father
    except the one who is from God;
    he has seen the Father.
    Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whoever believes has eternal life.
    I am the bread of life.
    Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
    this is the bread that comes down from heaven
    so that one may eat it and not die.
    I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
    whoever eats this bread will live forever;
    and the bread that I will give
    is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

    Feast day of Saint Pius V, Pope, died 1572
    Pope Pius V was born Michael Ghilslieri in Italy in 1504. He became a Dominican priest in 1528 and it was noted that he was a model for exhibiting Christian piety. Father then taught philosophy and theology for sixteen years. He also carried out many other tasks for the Dominican order. He became a bishop in 1556 and then became a Cardinal in 1557. During the conclave to elect a Pope in 1566, Michael Ghilslieri was chosen and took the name Pope Pius V. His life as Sovereign Pontiff was as exemplary as it had been while he was a simple Dominican Friar. It was during his pontificate that the celebrated naval victory of Lepanto took place against the Muslims. As a result of this victory, Pope Pius V ordered the feast of the Holy Rosary to be observed in October. He died the year after the Lepanto victory on May 1, 1572.
    [​IMG] Saint Pope Pius V, please pray for us.

    If you could, please pray some extra Saint Michael prayers during the evening from April 30 to May 1 to counter satanic activity. Father Amorth has written that the night between April 30 to May 1 is significant to satanists.
     
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  17. May 1, 2020
    Friday of the Third Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 277

    Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20
    Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,
    went to the high priest and asked him
    for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,
    if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,
    he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
    On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,
    a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
    He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
    “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
    He said, “Who are you, sir?”
    The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
    Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”
    The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,
    for they heard the voice but could see no one.
    Saul got up from the ground,
    but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
    so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
    For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

    There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias,
    and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”
    He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
    The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight
    and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
    He is there praying,
    and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
    come in and lay his hands on him,
    that he may regain his sight.”
    But Ananias replied,
    “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man,
    what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.
    And here he has authority from the chief priests
    to imprison all who call upon your name.”
    But the Lord said to him,
    “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine
    to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel,
    and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.”
    So Ananias went and entered the house;
    laying his hands on him, he said,
    “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me,
    Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came,
    that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
    Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes
    and he regained his sight.
    He got up and was baptized,
    and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

    He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
    and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
    that he is the Son of God.

    Responsorial Psalm 117:1bc, 2
    R. (Mark 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the LORD, all you nations;
    glorify him, all you peoples!
    R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
    and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
    R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 6:56
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood,
    remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 6:52-59
    The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
    “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?”
    Jesus said to them,
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood,
    you do not have life within you.
    Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
    has eternal life,
    and I will raise him on the last day.
    For my Flesh is true food,
    and my Blood is true drink.
    Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
    remains in me and I in him.
    Just as the living Father sent me
    and I have life because of the Father,
    so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
    This is the bread that came down from heaven.
    Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
    whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
    These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

    Feast of Saint Joseph the worker, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron of carpenters
    In an address to the Catholic Association of Italian Workers, May 1, 1955, Pope Pius XII proclaimed May 1 the feast day of Saint Joseph the worker. The pope thus imparted special religious significance to a day that previously had secular significance as International Workers' Day promoted by labor parties since the 1890s and more recently by Communists. Making May 1 about Saint Joseph reflects the Church's move to show Joseph's status as patron saint of workers by teachings and stories about or relating to Joseph that stress his patience, persistence, courage, and hard work.
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    Saint Joseph, please pray for us.
     
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  18. May 2, 2020
    Memorial of Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church
    Lectionary: 278

    Reading 1 Acts 9:31-42
    The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria
    was at peace.
    She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord,
    and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers.

    As Peter was passing through every region,
    he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda.
    There he found a man named Aeneas,
    who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed.
    Peter said to him,
    “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.”
    He got up at once.
    And all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon saw him,
    and they turned to the Lord.

    Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha
    (which translated is Dorcas).
    She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving.
    Now during those days she fell sick and died,
    so after washing her, they laid her out in a room upstairs.
    Since Lydda was near Joppa,
    the disciples, hearing that Peter was there,
    sent two men to him with the request,
    “Please come to us without delay.”
    So Peter got up and went with them.
    When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs
    where all the widows came to him weeping
    and showing him the tunics and cloaks
    that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
    Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed.
    Then he turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, rise up.”
    She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.
    He gave her his hand and raised her up,
    and when he had called the holy ones and the widows,
    he presented her alive.
    This became known all over Joppa,
    and many came to believe in the Lord.

    Responsorial Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
    R. (12) How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    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. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    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.
    R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    O LORD, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
    you have loosed my bonds.
    To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
    R. How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 6:63c, 68c
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
    you have the words of everlasting life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 6:60-69
    Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said,
    “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
    Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
    he said to them, “Does this shock you?
    What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
    It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.
    The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
    But there are some of you who do not believe.”
    Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe
    and the one who would betray him.
    And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
    unless it is granted him by my Father.”

    As a result of this,
    many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
    and no longer walked with him.
    Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
    Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
    You have the words of eternal life.
    We have come to believe
    and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

    the saint for May 2 is in the next post
     
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  19. Feast day of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, died 373
    Athanasius, the great champion of the Faith, was born in Alexandria about the year 297 to Christian parents. Athanasius received a wonderful education in Christian doctrine, Greek literature, philosophy, rhetoric and jurisprudence.
    He studied Hebrew Scriptures and the Gospel accounts and the Christian texts which would later be recognized by the Church as the canon of the New Testament. He credited the confessors during the Christian persecution under the Roman Emperor Maximian as his teachers of theology.

    Bishop Alexander of Alexandria became a strong influence in Athanasius' life as a boy. The Bishop witnessed Athanasius and others playing at administering Baptism. Alexander called the boys over and after questioning them, he determined the baptisms were valid and decided to train them for priesthood.
    In the year 315, Athanasius went to the desert to spend some time in retreat with Saint Antony and some of the other desert hermits.
    In the year 319, Athanasius became a deacon and as such he was called upon to take an active part against the rising heresy of Arius, an ambitious priest, who denied the Divinity of Christ and said that Jesus was a being created in time by the Eternal Father. This was to be the life struggle of Athanasius.
    Bishop Alexander demanded Arius produce a written statement on the false doctrine. It was condemned as heresy after two dissenting Bishops came forward. Arius and 11 other priests and deacons were deposed, or removed from their office, for teaching false doctrine.
    Arius left for Caesarea, but continued to teach his false doctrine and enlisted support from the Bishop of Nicomedia, Eusebius and other Syrian prelates.
    Athanasius, as Alexander's secretary, was present during the great Church debate. He may have even composed the letter that announced Arius' condemnation. Athanasius stood alongside Alexander during the famous Council of Nicaea to determine the matters of dogma. It was during this meeting, summoned by Emperor Constantine, that Arius' sentencing was officially confirmed and the Nicene Creed was adopted as the Creed of the Church and a worthy symbol of the orthodox Christian faith.
    The early Christian Church, still undivided, rejoiced at the defense of the true nature of Jesus Christ. To this day, Athanasius is considered the great defender of the Faith in both the Orthodox and Catholic Churches.
    Just five months later, Alexander died and Athanasius succeeded him after being unanimously elected. He was consecrated as the new Bishop of Alexandria in 328 and continued the fight against Arianism.
    Eusebius, however, wouldn't quit. In 330, Eusebius approached Emperor Constantine and convinced him to command Athanasius to allow Arians back into communion. Athanasius refused, noting the Catholic Church could not hold communion with heretics who attacked the divinity of Christ. Then Eusebius wrote to Athanasius trying to justify Arius and he also wrote to the Egyptian Meletians (a group in schism) in efforts to have Athanasius impeached. For their part, the Meletians charged Athanasius with some breaches of protocol, but he was found innocent. Then the Arians came forward with another charge, claiming he murdered a Meletian bishop. Athanasius was ordered to attend a council at Caesarea, but knowing the bishop was alive and in hiding, Athanasius ignored the summons.
    In 335, Emperor Constantine commanded Athanasius to go to the Council of Tyre, Lebanon. The council was full of Athanasius' opponents and was led by an Arian. Athanasius realized his condemnation was already pre-decided.
    Athanasius was exiled for the first time to Trier, Germany. While there, he kept in touch with his flock by letter. Athanasius' exile lasted for two and a half years. He returned to Alexandria in 338 to find both Emperor Constantine and Arius had died. Constantine's empire was divided between his three sons, Constantine II, Constantius and Constans.
    After he returned to Alexandria, his enemies continued to try to bring him to exile. They accused him of raising sedition, of promoting bloodshed, and detaining his own use of corn. Eusebius was able to obtain a second sentence of deposition against Athanasius and get the election of an Arian bishop for Alexandria approved.
    After this, a letter was written to Pope St. Julius asking for his intervention and a condemnation of Athanasius. The case for Athanasius was set forth, and the pope accepted the suggestion offered by Eusebius for a synod to discuss the situation. Meanwhile, a Cappadocian named Gregory was installed in Alexandria, and Athanasius went to Rome to await his hearing. Athanasius was completely vindicated by the synod, but was unable to return home to Alexandria until the death of the Cappadocian Gregory in 345.
    Athanasius returned to Alexandria to scenes of people rejoicing after he had been absent for eight years. However, in 353 Athanasius would face more condemnations by the Arians in the councils at Arles, France and again in 355 in Milan, Italy. Persecution continued against Athanasius and escalated to physical attacks against him. While he was celebrating a vigil Liturgy in a church in Egypt, soldiers forced their way in and killed some of the congregation. Athanasius managed to escape and hid in the desert, where a group of monks kept him safe for six years.
    During his years as a hermit, he wrote his Apology to Constantius, the Apology for His Flight, the Letter to the Monks, and the History of the Arians.
    Athanasius returned to Alexandria after the death of Constantius in 361 and the new emperor, Julian, revoked all sentences of exile enacted by his predecessor. This lasted only a few months though. Emperor Julian's plan for paganizing the Christian world couldn't get very far so long as Athanasius, the champion for Catholic faith, was around. Therefore, Julian exiled Athanasius and he once again sought refuge in the desert. He stayed there until 363 when Julian died and the next emperor, Emperor Jovian reinstalled him. Jovian's reign was a short one, and Athanasius was again banished just eight months later. Jovian's successor, Valens issued an order banning all Orthodox bishops who were exiled by Constantius. Four months later, Valens revoked his own order and Athanasius was restored permanently.
    Over the course of his life, Athanasius was banished five times and spent 17 years of his life in exile for the defense of the doctrine of Christ's divinity.
    However, the last years of his life were peaceful and he died on May 2, 373 in Alexandria.
    His body was transferred, first to Constantinople, then to Venice.
    St. Athanasius is often shown as a bishop arguing with a pagan, a bishop holding an open book or a bishop standing over a defeated heretic. He is a patron saint of theologians, and faithful Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians and hailed to this day as a great Defender of the Faith.
    [​IMG] Saint Athanasius, please pray for us, you are a wonderful saint in the Communion of Saints and a great example of a person who didn't get discouraged from adversity.
     
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  20. May 3, 2020
    Fourth Sunday of Easter
    Lectionary: 49

    Reading 1 Acts 2:14a, 36-41
    Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
    raised his voice, and proclaimed:
    “Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
    that God has made both Lord and Christ,
    this Jesus whom you crucified.”

    Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
    and they asked Peter and the other apostles,
    “What are we to do, my brothers?”
    Peter said to them,
    “Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
    in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;
    and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    For the promise is made to you and to your children
    and to all those far off,
    whomever the Lord our God will call.”
    He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
    “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
    Those who accepted his message were baptized,
    and about three thousand persons were added that day.

    Responsorial Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b4, 5, 6
    R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    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. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    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. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    You spread the table before me
    in the sight of my foes;
    you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    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. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2 1 Pt 2:20b-25
    Beloved:
    If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good,
    this is a grace before God.
    For to this you have been called,
    because Christ also suffered for you,
    leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
    He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.

    When he was insulted, he returned no insult;
    when he suffered, he did not threaten;
    instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly.
    He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross,
    so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness.
    By his wounds you have been healed.
    For you had gone astray like sheep,
    but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

    Alleluia Jn 10:14
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
    I know my sheep, and mine know me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 10:1-10
    Jesus said:
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
    but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
    But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
    The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
    as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
    When he has driven out all his own,
    he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
    because they recognize his voice.
    But they will not follow a stranger;
    they will run away from him,
    because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
    Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
    the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

    So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    I am the gate for the sheep.
    All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
    but the sheep did not listen to them.
    I am the gate.
    Whoever enters through me will be saved,
    and will come in and go out and find pasture.
    A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
    I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

    Feast day of Saint Philip and Saint James the Less died 62, Saint James is the patron of hatmakers
    Philip, a native of Bethsaida in Galilee, was called by our Lord the day after Peter and Andrew were called. From tradition we know that he was a married man with several daughters, three of which reached notable sanctity. Like the other Apostles, Philip left all things to follow Christ. After the Ascension of the LORD, Philip preached the Gospel in the part of Asia Minor called Phrygia, a province of the Roman Empire. After preaching with Bartholomew in Greece, he was scourged, imprisoned, and ultimately crucified upside down in 62 A.D.
    (From https://www.thedivinemercy.org/articles/feast-sts-philip-and-james- may-3 ) The saint named James whom we celebrate today was often referred to as "St. James the Less" to distinguish him from the other apostle named James, who was the brother of John. This nickname likely refers to his younger age, not that he was any less important. In fact, this James was referred to as "the brother of the Lord," because his mother was related to the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to some stories, James the Less looked so much like Jesus that even Mary sometimes confused the two. This story also states that James' resemblance to Christ is the reason why Judas needed to identify Jesus with a kiss when he betrayed Him. We can reason that Christ was quite close with his cousin James because upon His Resurrection, He appeared to James personally before any other apostle (1 Cor 15:7).
    Tradition says that James authored the eponymous epistle, which is perhaps best known for the line, "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). Martin Luther famously hated this canonical book because it challenged his belief that justification came through faith alone. The Catholic Church also derives the Sacrament of the Sick from the book of James since it says, "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up" (Jas 5:14-15).
    Saint James became the bishop of the Church in Jerusalem and played a central role in the Church's first council (Acts 15). He confirmed the decision that the Gentiles need not undergo circumcision to follow Christ.
    Because of his piety, James earned the nickname "the Just One." He remained a virgin all his life, he never shaved, never cut his hair, nor did he ever consume alcohol or meat. He never wore anything ostentatious, but always a simple linen garment. Since he prostrated himself so much in prayer, he developed callouses on his knees and forehead.
    In 62 A.D., the Jewish leaders accused James of breaking the Law and delivered him to the mob. He was taken to the top of the Temple and pressured to deny his claim, before all, that Jesus was the Messiah. Of course, James refused, and instead, he affirmed his belief that Jesus would return to judge the world on the Last Day. The Jewish leaders had him pushed off the battlements of the Temple. Though bruised by his fall, James garnered enough strength to kneel in prayer. As he begged God to forgive his executioners, they violently rained stones down upon him. He finally succumbed to death after someone struck him on the head with a club.
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    Saint Philip and Saint James, please pray for us.
     
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