Daily Mass readings and feast days

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  1. May 17, 2020
    Sixth Sunday of Easter
    Lectionary: 55

    Reading 1 Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
    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 or crippled people were cured.
    There was great joy in that city.

    Now when the apostles in Jerusalem
    heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,
    they sent them Peter and John,
    who went down and prayed for them,
    that they might receive the Holy Spirit,
    for it had not yet fallen upon any of them;
    they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
    Then they laid hands on them
    and they received the Holy Spirit.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
    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.
    Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
    what he has done for me.
    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.

    Reading 2 1 Pt 3:15-18
    Beloved:
    Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.
    Always be ready to give an explanation
    to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,
    but do it with gentleness and reverence,
    keeping your conscience clear,
    so that, when you are maligned,
    those who defame your good conduct in Christ
    may themselves be put to shame.
    For it is better to suffer for doing good,
    if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.

    For Christ also suffered for sins once,
    the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,
    that he might lead you to God.
    Put to death in the flesh,
    he was brought to life in the Spirit.

    Alleluia Jn 14:23
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord,
    and my Father will love him and we will come to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 14:15-21
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
    And I will ask the Father,
    and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
    the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
    because it neither sees nor knows him.
    But you know him, because he remains with you,
    and will be in you.
    I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
    In a little while the world will no longer see me,
    but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
    On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
    and you are in me and I in you.
    Whoever has my commandments and observes them
    is the one who loves me.
    And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
    and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

    Feast day of Saint Paschal Baylon, Religious
    Saint Paschal Baylón was a Spanish Roman Catholic lay professed religious from the Order of Lay Brothers Minor. He served as a shepherd alongside his father in his childhood and adolescence, but his desire to enter the religious life was great. So at the age of twenty-four he petitioned the Franciscans to admit him into their Order. In 1564, Paschal entered the Reformed Franciscans and insisted on becoming simply a lay brother. He lived in perfect poverty and constant prayer for twenty-eight years. Paschal had an intense devotion to our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist. He spent a great part of the night in prayer before the altar. He died on May 17, 1592
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    Born:16th of May 1540, Torrehermosa, Aragon Spain
    Died:May 17, 1592, Villarreal, Aragon Kingdom Spain
    Saint Paschal, please pray for us.
     
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  2. May 18, 2020
    Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 291

    Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15
    We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,
    and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,
    a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.
    We spent some time in that city.
    On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river
    where we thought there would be a place of prayer.
    We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.
    One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,
    from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,
    and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention
    to what Paul was saying.
    After she and her household had been baptized,
    she offered us an invitation,
    “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,
    come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.

    Responsorial Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
    R. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Sing to the LORD a new song
    of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
    Let Israel be glad in their maker,
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
    let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
    For the LORD loves his people,
    and he adorns the lowly with victory.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the faithful exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy upon their couches.
    Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
    This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
    R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 15:26b, 27a
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord,
    and you also will testify.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 15:26—16:4a
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
    the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
    he will testify to me.
    And you also testify,
    because you have been with me from the beginning.

    “I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
    They will expel you from the synagogues;
    in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
    will think he is offering worship to God.
    They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
    I have told you this so that when their hour comes
    you may remember that I told you.”

    Feast day of Saint Eric, Martyr, King of Sweden died 1160
    Eric did much to aid Christianity in his realm and was responsible for codifying the laws of his kingdom, which became known as King Eric's Law (also the code of Uppland). He led a victorious expedition against the marauding Finns and persuaded English bishop Henry of Uppsala to remain in Finland to evangelize the Finns. Saint Eric is portrayed in art as a young king being murdered during Mass with the bishop Henry of Uppsala by some pagan Danes. He was beheaded.
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    Saint Eric, please pray for us.
     
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  3. May 19, 2020
    Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 292

    Reading 1 Acts 16:22-34
    The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,
    and the magistrates had them stripped
    and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
    After inflicting many blows on them,
    they threw them into prison
    and instructed the jailer to guard them securely.
    When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell
    and secured their feet to a stake.

    About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying
    and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,
    there was suddenly such a severe earthquake
    that the foundations of the jail shook;
    all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.
    When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open,
    he drew his sword and was about to kill himself,
    thinking that the prisoners had escaped.
    But Paul shouted out in a loud voice,
    “Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.”
    He asked for a light and rushed in and,
    trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.
    Then he brought them out and said,
    “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
    And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus
    and you and your household will be saved.”
    So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.
    He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
    then he and all his family were baptized at once.
    He brought them up into his house and provided a meal
    and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

    Responsorial Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8
    R. (7c) Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
    for you have heard the words of my mouth;
    in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
    I will worship at your holy temple,
    and give thanks to your name.
    R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Because of your kindness and your truth,
    you have made great above all things
    your name and your promise.
    When I called, you answered me;
    you built up strength within me.
    R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Your right hand saves me.
    The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
    your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
    forsake not the work of your hands.
    R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 16:7, 13
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
    he will guide you to all truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 16:5-11
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Now I am going to the one who sent me,
    and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
    But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
    But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
    For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
    But if I go, I will send him to you.
    And when he comes he will convict the world
    in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
    sin, because they do not believe in me;
    righteousness, because I am going to the Father
    and you will no longer see me;
    condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

    Feast day of Saint Pudentiana
    Prudentiana was a Roman virgin and daughter of St. Pudens a Roman Senator who was a friend of the Apostles. Pudentiana and her sister Praxedes and a priest built a baptistry in their father's house where pagans could be baptized. She gave away money to the poor and aided the burials of Christians. She is thought to have been martyred at the age of 16. She is buried next to her father, Pudens in the Priscilla catacombs on the via Salaria. There is a Basilica in Rome named for her.
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    Saint Pudentiana in the mosaic of the apse of the Santa Pudenziana
    Saint Pudentiana, please pray for us.
     
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  4. May 20, 2020
    Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 293

    Reading 1 Acts 17:15, 22—18:1
    After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,
    they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothy
    to join him as soon as possible.

    Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:
    “You Athenians, I see that in every respect
    you are very religious.
    For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,
    I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’
    What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.
    The God who made the world and all that is in it,
    the Lord of heaven and earth,
    does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands,
    nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything.
    Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.
    He made from one the whole human race
    to dwell on the entire surface of the earth,
    and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions,
    so that people might seek God,
    even perhaps grope for him and find him,
    though indeed he is not far from any one of us.
    For ‘In him we live and move and have our being,’
    as even some of your poets have said,
    ‘For we too are his offspring.’
    Since therefore we are the offspring of God,
    we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image
    fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination.
    God has overlooked the times of ignorance,
    but now he demands that all people everywhere repent
    because he has established a day on which he will ‘judge the world
    with justice’ through a man he has appointed,
    and he has provided confirmation for all
    by raising him from the dead.”

    When they heard about resurrection of the dead,
    some began to scoff, but others said,
    “We should like to hear you on this some other time.”
    And so Paul left them.
    But some did join him, and became believers.
    Among them were Dionysius,
    a member of the Court of the Areopagus,
    a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

    After this he left Athens and went to Corinth.

    Responsorial Psalm 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the LORD from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights.
    Praise him, all you his angels;
    praise him, all you his hosts.
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let the kings of the earth and all peoples,
    the princes and all the judges of the earth,
    Young men too, and maidens,
    old men and boys.
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Praise the name of the LORD,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    His majesty is above earth and heaven.
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He has lifted up the horn of his people;
    Be this his praise from all his faithful ones,
    from the children of Israel, the people close to him.
    Alleluia.
    R. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 14:16
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I will ask the Father
    and he will give you another Advocate
    to be with you always.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 16:12-15
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
    But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
    he will guide you to all truth.
    He will not speak on his own,
    but he will speak what he hears,
    and will declare to you the things that are coming.
    He will glorify me,
    because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
    Everything that the Father has is mine;
    for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
    and declare it to you.”

    Feast of Saint Bernadine of Siena, died 1444, Franciscan Friar, Patron of San Bernadino Diocese California
    from Catholic.org
    In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital alone. And many of the people who died were those who were needed to tend the ill. It was a desperate situation -- more and more people were falling ill and fewer and fewer people were there to help them.

    The twenty-year-old man who stood there had not come because he was ill but because he wanted to help. And he brought not new patients but young men like himself willing to tend the dying. For four months Bernardine and his companions worked day and night not only to comfort the patients but to organize and clean the hospital. Only at the end of the plague did Bernardine himself fall ill -- of exhaustion.

    But that was Bernardine's way -- whatever he did, he put his whole self into it. Immediately after he recovered he was back caring for the sick -- but this time, he was responsible not for a whole hospital but one person -- an invalid aunt. Yet for fourteen months she got his full attention. Throughout his life, he put as much energy into caring for one person as for hundreds, as much commitment into converting one citizen as to preaching to a whole city.

    After his aunt died, Bernardine started to think about where his life should be going. The son of a noble family, he had been orphaned at seven and raised by an aunt. We are told as a young person, Bernadine hated indecent talk so much that he would blush when he heard it. Even his schoolmates hesitated to make him so uncomfortable but apparently one adult citizen thought it would be a great joke to needle Bernardine. In a public marketplace he stopped Bernardine and started to talk to him in a shameful way. But if he had thought to get away with his cruel trick, he was surprised when Bernardine slapped him in the face. The man slunk away, shamed in front of the very crowd he'd been trying to impress.

    Bernardine, who had come to Siena to study, threw himself into prayer and fasting to discover what God wanted him to do. One might have expected him to continue his work with the sick but in 1403 he joined the Franciscans and in 1404 he was ordained a priest.

    The Franciscans were known as missionary preachers, but Bernardine did very little preaching with because of a voice that was weak and hoarse. For twelve years he remained in the background, his energies going to prayer or to his own spiritual conversion and preparation.

    At the end of that time, he went to Milan on a mission. When he got up to preach his voice was strong and commanding and his words so convincing that the crowd would not let him leave unless he promised to come back.

    Thus began the missionary life of the one whom Pope Pius II called a second Paul. As usual, Bernardine through his whole self, body and soul, into his new career. He crisscrossed Italy on foot, preaching for hours at a time, several times a day. We are told he preached on punishment for sin as well as reward for virtue but focusing in the end on the mercy of Jesus and the love of Mary. His special devotion was to the Holy Name of Jesus.

    Some who were jealous denounced him to the pope by saying he preached superstition. Silenced for a short while, Bernardine was soon cleared and back to preaching.

    Bernardine refused several cities that wanted him as bishop but he was unable to avoid being named vicar general of his order. All his energy during that period went to renewing the original spirit of the order.

    Soon, however, Bernardine heard the call to go back to preaching which consumed his last days. As a matter of fact, even when it was clear he was dying, he preached fifty consecutive days. He died in 1444 when he was almost 64 years old.

    Prayer:
    Saint Bernardine of Siena, words were very important to you. You spent most of your life speaking the golden words of Jesus' mercy and his Holy Name. And you abhorred words that were shameful. Pray for us that we may always choose to speak Jesus' name with reverence and choose words of love over words of shame. Please pray for the people that live in the diocese that you are patron of. Please help us to be able to receive the sacraments as soon as possible. Please pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to imbue us. Amen
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  5. May 21, 2020
    The Ascension of the Lord
    Lectionary: 58

    Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11
    In the first book, Theophilus,
    I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
    until the day he was taken up,
    after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
    to the apostles whom he had chosen.
    He presented himself alive to them
    by many proofs after he had suffered,
    appearing to them during forty days
    and speaking about the kingdom of God.
    While meeting with them,
    he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
    but to wait for “the promise of the Father
    about which you have heard me speak;
    for John baptized with water,
    but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

    When they had gathered together they asked him,
    “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
    He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
    that the Father has established by his own authority.
    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
    and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
    throughout Judea and Samaria,
    and to the ends of the earth.”
    When he had said this, as they were looking on,
    he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
    While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
    suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
    They said, “Men of Galilee,
    why are you standing there looking at the sky?
    This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
    will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
    R. (6) God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All you peoples, clap your hands,
    shout to God with cries of gladness,
    For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.
    R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
    the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
    Sing praise to God, sing praise;
    sing praise to our king, sing praise.
    R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    For king of all the earth is God;
    sing hymns of praise.
    God reigns over the nations,
    God sits upon his holy throne.
    R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2 Eph 1:17-23
    Brothers and sisters:
    May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
    give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
    resulting in knowledge of him.
    May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
    that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
    what are the riches of glory
    in his inheritance among the holy ones,
    and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
    for us who believe,
    in accord with the exercise of his great might,
    which he worked in Christ,
    raising him from the dead
    and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
    far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
    and every name that is named
    not only in this age but also in the one to come.
    And he put all things beneath his feet
    and gave him as head over all things to the church,
    which is his body,
    the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

    Alleluia Mt 28:19a, 20b
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Go and teach all nations, says the Lord;
    I am with you always, until the end of the world.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 28:16-20
    The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
    to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
    When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
    Then Jesus approached and said to them,
    “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
    Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father,
    and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
    teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
    And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

    A snippet from From Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich's visions of the Lord Jesus Christ ascending into Heaven. FROM THE BOOK: "THE LOWLY LIFE AND BITTER PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS BLESSED MOTHER TOGETHER WITH THE MYSTERIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT." http://www.jesus-passion.com/Ascension.htm

    The Lord went only to Gethsemani and from the Garden of Olives up to the summit of the mount. He did not set foot upon the path on which He had been arrested. The crowd followed as in a procession, ascending by the different paths that encircled the mount. Many even pressed through the fences and garden hedges. Jesus at each instant shone more brightly and His motions became more rapid. The disciples hastened after Him, but it was impossible to overtake Him. When He reached the top of the mountain, He was resplendent as a beam of white sunlight. A shining circle, glancing in all the colors of the rainbow fell from heaven around Him. The pressing crowd stood in a wide circle outside, as if blending with it. Jesus Himself shone still more brightly than the glory about Him. He laid the left hand on His breast and, raising the right turned slowly around, blessing the whole world. The crowd stood motionless. I saw all receive the benediction. Jesus did not impart it with the flat, open hand, like the rabbis, but like the Christian Bishops. With great joy I felt His blessing of the whole world.


    And now the rays of light from above united with the glory emanating from Jesus, and I saw Him disappearing, dissolving as it were in the light from heaven, vanishing as He rose. I lost sight of His head first. It appeared as if one sun was lost in another, as if one flame entered another, as if a spark floated into a flame. It was as if one were gazing into the full midday splendors of the sun, though this light was whiter and clearer. Full day compared with this would be dark. First, I lost sight of Jesus' head, then His whole person, and lastly His feet radiant with light disappeared in the celestial glory. I saw innumerable souls from all sides going into that light and vanishing on high with the Lord. I can not say that I saw Him becoming apparently smaller and smaller like something flying up in the air, for He disappeared as it were in a cloud of light.

    Out of that cloud, something like dew, like a shower of light fell upon all below, and when they could no longer endure the splendor, they were seized with amazement and terror. The Apostles and disciples, who were nearest to Jesus, were blinded by the dazzling glare. They were forced to lower their eyes, while many cast themselves prostrate on their face. The Blessed Virgin was standing close behind them and gazing calmly straight ahead.


    After some moments when the splendor began to diminish, the whole assembly in deep silence, their soul swayed by varying emotions, gazed fixedly up at the brightness which continued visible for a long time. I saw two figures appear in this light. They looked small at first, but seemed to grow larger and larger as they descended. They were clothed in long white garments, and each held a staff in one hand. They looked like Prophets. They addressed the multitude, their voice like trumpets resounding loud and clear. It seemed to me that they could surely be heard in Jerusalem. They made no motion, stood perfectly still, and said: " Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come as you have seen Him going into heaven."¹ After these words the figures vanished. The brightness remained for a while longer and then disappeared like day-light retiring before the darkness of night. The disciples were quite out of themselves, for they now comprehended what had happened to them. The Lord had left them and gone to His Heavenly Father! Many stunned by grief and amazement fell to the earth. When the glare had entirely died away, they arose again, and the others gathered around them. They formed groups, the Blessed Virgin stepped forward, and so they stood for some time longer recovering themselves, talking together, and gazing upward. At last, the Apostles and disciples went back to the house of the Last Supper, and the Blessed Virgin followed. Some were weeping like children that refuse to be comforted, others were lost in thought. The Blessed Virgin, Peter, and John were very calm, and full of consolation. I saw however some among the different groups who remained unmoved, unbelieving, and full of doubts. They withdrew from the rest.

    On the top of Mount Olivet, from which Jesus ascended, there was a level rock. On it He stood addressing the multitude before He blessed them and the cloud of light received Him. His footsteps remained impressed on the stone, and on another the mark of one hand of the Blessed Virgin. It was past noon before the crowd entirely dispersed.

    The Apostles and disciples now felt themselves alone. They were at first restless and like people forsaken. But by the soothing presence of the Blessed Virgin they were comforted, and putting entire confidence in Jesus' words, that she would be to them a mediatrix, a mother, and an advocate, they regained peace of soul.

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  6. May 21 is also the feast day of the Saints of the Cristero War
    On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized a group of 25 saints and martyrs who had died in the Mexican Cristero War. The vast majority are Catholic priests who were executed for carrying out their ministry despite the suppression under the anti-clerical laws of Plutarco Elías Calles after the revolution in the 1920s. Priests who took up arms, however, were excluded from the process. The group of saints share the feast day of May 21.
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  7. May 22, 2020
    Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 295

    Reading 1 Acts 18:9-18
    One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,
    “Do not be afraid.
    Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.
    No one will attack and harm you,
    for I have many people in this city.”
    He settled there for a year and a half
    and taught the word of God among them.

    But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,
    the Jews rose up together against Paul
    and brought him to the tribunal, saying,
    “This man is inducing people to worship God contrary to the law.”
    When Paul was about to reply, Gallio spoke to the Jews,
    “If it were a matter of some crime or malicious fraud,
    I should with reason hear the complaint of you Jews;
    but since it is a question of arguments over doctrine and titles
    and your own law, see to it yourselves.
    I do not wish to be a judge of such matters.”
    And he drove them away from the tribunal.
    They all seized Sosthenes, the synagogue official,
    and beat him in full view of the tribunal.
    But none of this was of concern to Gallio.

    Paul remained for quite some time,
    and after saying farewell to the brothers he sailed for Syria,
    together with Priscilla and Aquila.
    At Cenchreae he had shaved his head because he had taken a vow.

    Responsorial Psalm 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
    R. (8a) God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All you peoples, clap your hands,
    shout to God with cries of gladness,
    For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    He brings people under us;
    nations under our feet.
    He chooses for us our inheritance,
    the glory of Jacob, whom he loves.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
    the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
    Sing praise to God, sing praise;
    sing praise to our king, sing praise.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Lk 24:46, 26
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
    and so enter into his glory.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.



    Gospel Jn 16:20-23
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
    while the world rejoices;
    you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
    When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
    but when she has given birth to a child,
    she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
    that a child has been born into the world.
    So you also are now in anguish.
    But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
    and no one will take your joy away from you.
    On that day you will not question me about anything.
    Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

    Feast day of Saint Rita of Cascia died 1456, Patroness of Impossible Cases
    The story of Saint Rita from https://st-rita.org/the-story-of-st-rita-of-cascia/
    EARLY LIFE
    Rita was born in the year 1381 in the village of Roccaporena, near Cascia , Italy . Her parents, Antonio and Amata Lotti, considered her birth a very special gift from God, for Rita was born to them as they were already advancing in age. As a young girl Rita frequently visited the convent of the Augustinian Nuns in Cascia and dreamed of one day joining their community. Her parents, however, had promised her in marriage, according to the custom of the day, to Paolo Mancini, a good man of strong and impetuous character. Rita accepted her parents’ decision, resolved to see this as God’s will for her.

    MARRIED LIFE
    The young couple was joined in marriage and soon twin boys were born to them. Rita found herself occupied with the typical concerns of a wife, mother, and homemaker of Roccaporena, while Paolo was employed as a watchman for the town. In Cascia, as elsewhere, a great rivalry existed between two popular political factions, the Guelphs, and the Ghibellines. As a minor official of the town, Paolo often found himself drawn into the conflict, and the strain that this caused probably accounts for the tension, which he sometimes brought into the Mancini household. By her prayer, patience, and affection, however, Rita was able to ease the stress and worry her husband experienced, but she was not able to shield him altogether from the dangers to which society exposed him.

    DEATH OF HUSBAND AND SONS
    One day as Paolo was returning home from work he was ambushed and killed. The pain which this unexpected and violent death inflicted upon Rita was only compounded by the fear she felt that her two teenage sons, moved by the unwritten law of the “vendetta,” would seek to avenge their father’s death. Rita’s only recourse was to prayer and persuasion. As it happened, the death of both boys from natural causes a short time later removed them from physical and spiritual danger. Despite her great burden she could still thank God that they had died in peace, free of the poison of murder to which hatred and revenge might have otherwise drawn them.

    PEACEMAKER
    Now alone in the world and without family responsibilities, Rita once more turned her thoughts to the desired vocation of her youth, that of joining the Augustinian Nuns of Saint Mary Magdalene Monastery. Some of the religious of the community, however, were relatives of the members of the political faction considered responsible for Paolo’s death, and so as not to tempt the harmony of the convent, Rita’s request for admission was denied. Fortunately, she was not to be easily dissuaded from following what she knew to be God’s plan for her. She implored her three patron saints — John the Baptist, Augustine, and Nicholas of Tolentino to assist her, and she set about the task of establishing peace between the hostile parties of Cascia with such success that her entry into the monastery was assured.

    THE GIFT OF THE THORN
    At the age of thirty-six Rita pledged to follow the ancient Rule of Saint Augustine. For the next forty years she gave herself wholeheartedly to prayer and works of charity, striving especially to preserve peace and harmony among the citizens of Cascia. With a pure love she wanted more and more to be intimately joined to the redemptive suffering of Jesus, and this desire of hers was satisfied in an extraordinary way. One day when she was about sixty years of age, she was meditating before an image of Christ crucified, as she was long accustomed to doing. Suddenly a small wound appeared on her forehead, as though a thorn from the crown that encircled Christ’s head had loosed itself and penetrated her own flesh. For the next fifteen years she bore this external sign of stigmatization and union with the Lord. In spite of the pain she constantly experienced, she offered herself courageously for the physical and spiritual well being of others. During the last four years of her life Rita was confined to bed and was able to eat so little that she was practically sustained on the Eucharist alone. She was, nevertheless, an inspiration to her sisters in religion and to all who came to visit her, by her patience and joyful disposition despite her great suffering.

    THE ROSE
    One of those who visited her some few months before her death — a relative from her hometown of Roccaporena — was privileged to witness firsthand the extraordinary things wrought by Rita’s requests. When asked whether she had any special desires, Rita asked only that a rose from the garden of her parents’ home be brought to her. It was a small favor to ask, but quite an impossible one to grant in the month of January! Nevertheless, on returning home the woman discovered, to her amazement, a single brightly-colored blossom on the bush where the nun said it would be. Picking it, she returned immediately to the monastery and presented it to Rita who gave thanks to God for this sign of love. Thus, the saint of the thorn became the saint of the rose, and she whose impossible requests were granted her became the advocate of all those whose own requests seem impossible as well. As she breathed her last, Rita’s final words to the sisters who gathered around her were, “Remain in the holy love of Jesus. Remain in obedience to the holy Roman Church. Remain in peace and fraternal charity.”

    DEATH
    Having faithfully and lovingly responded to God’s many invitations to her in the course of her seventy-six years, Rita returned to God in peace on May 22, 1457. Her body, which has remained incorrupt over the centuries, is venerated today in the shrine of Cascia, which bears her name. Her feast is observed on the anniversary of her death, 22 May.
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    If you would like, please participate in this novena posted by Okafor Martin Nicholas and on a different thread by Sam for Pentecost
    https://maryourhelp.org/gift-of-the-holyspirit.html
     
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  8. May 23, 2020
    Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 296

    Reading 1 Acts 18:23-28
    After staying in Antioch some time,
    Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
    through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
    bringing strength to all the disciples.

    A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
    an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
    He was an authority on the Scriptures.
    He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
    with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
    although he knew only the baptism of John.
    He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
    but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
    they took him aside
    and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
    And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
    the brothers encouraged him
    and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
    After his arrival he gave great assistance
    to those who had come to believe through grace.
    He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
    establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

    Responsorial Psalm 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
    R. (8a) God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    All you peoples, clap your hands;
    shout to God with cries of gladness.
    For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    For king of all the earth is God;
    sing hymns of praise.
    God reigns over the nations,
    God sits upon his holy throne.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The princes of the peoples are gathered together
    with the people of the God of Abraham.
    For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
    he is supreme.
    R. God is king of all the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 16:28
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I came from the Father and have come into the world;
    now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 16:23b-28
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Amen, amen, I say to you,
    whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
    Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
    ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

    “I have told you this in figures of speech.
    The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
    but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
    On that day you will ask in my name,
    and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
    For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
    and have come to believe that I came from God.
    I came from the Father and have come into the world.
    Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

    Feast day of Saint Giovanni Battista de Rossi (John Baptist de Rossi) died 1764, Priest, Apostle of the abandoned
    Giovanni Battista de' Rossi (22 February 1698 – 23 May 1764) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest. He served as the canon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin after his priest cousin died, and he was a popular confessor despite his initial fears that his epileptic seizures could manifest in the Confessional. Rossi opened a hospice for homeless women not long after his ordination, and he became known for his work with prisoners and ill people, to whom he dedicated his entire ecclesial mission.
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    Saint John the Baptist de Rossi, please pray for us.
    Continue to pray the Novena for Pentecost please.
     
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  9. May 24, 2020
    Seventh Sunday of Easter
    Lectionary: 59

    Reading 1 Acts 1:12-14
    After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostles
    returned to Jerusalem
    from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
    a sabbath day’s journey away.

    When they entered the city
    they went to the upper room where they were staying,
    Peter and John and James and Andrew,
    Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
    James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
    and Judas son of James.
    All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
    together with some women,
    and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:1, 4, 7-8
    R. (13) I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
    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. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
    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. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Hear, O Lord, the sound of my call;
    have pity on me, and answer me.
    Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
    R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2 1 Pt 4:13-16
    Beloved:
    Rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ,
    so that when his glory is revealed
    you may also rejoice exultantly.
    If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you,
    for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
    But let no one among you be made to suffer
    as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as an intriguer.
    But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed
    but glorify God because of the name.

    Alleluia Jn 14:18
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord.
    I will come back to you, and your hearts will rejoice.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 17:1-11a
    Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
    “Father, the hour has come.
    Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
    just as you gave him authority over all people,
    so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
    Now this is eternal life,
    that they should know you, the only true God,
    and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
    I glorified you on earth
    by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
    Now glorify me, Father, with you,
    with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

    “I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
    They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
    and they have kept your word.
    Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
    because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
    and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
    and they have believed that you sent me.
    I pray for them.
    I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
    because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
    and everything of yours is mine,
    and I have been glorified in them.
    And now I will no longer be in the world,
    but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

    Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians
    from the Catholic Encyclopedia
    The feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, was instituted by Pius VII. By order of Napoleon, Pius VII was arrested, 5 July, 1808, and detained a prisoner for three years at Savona, and then at Fontainebleau. In January, 1814, after the battle of Leipzig, he was brought back to Savona and set free, 17 March, on the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, the Patroness of Savona. The journey to Rome was a veritable triumphal march. The pontiff, attributing the victory of the Church after so much agony and distress to the Blessed Virgin, visited many of her sanctuaries on the way and crowned her images (e.g. the "Madonna del Monte" at Cesena, "della Misericordia" at Treja, "della Colonne" and "della Tempestà" at Tolentino). The people crowded the streets to catch a glimpse of the venerable pontiff who had so bravely withstood the threats of Napoleon. He entered Rome, 24 May, 1814, and was enthusiastically welcomed (McCaffrey, "History of the Catholic Church in the Nineteenth Cent.", 1909, I, 52). To commemorate his own sufferings and those of the Church during his exile he extended the feast of the Seven Dolours of Mary (third Sunday in September) to the universal Church, 18 Sept., 1814. When Napoleon left Elba and returned to Paris, Murat was about to march through the Papal States from Naples; Pius VII fled to Savona (22 March, 1815), where he crowned the image of Our Lady of Mercy, 10 May, 1815.

    After the Congress of Vienna and the battle of Waterloo he returned to Rome, 7 July, 1815. To give thanks to God and Our Lady he (15 Sept., 1815) instituted for the Papal States the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, to be celebrated, 24 May, the anniversary of his first return. The Dioceses of Tuscany adopted it, 12 Feb., 1816; it has spread nearly over the entire Latin Church, but is not contained in the universal calendar. The hymns of the Office were composed by Brandimarte (Chevalier, "Repert. Hymnolog.", II, 495). This feast is the patronal feast of Australasia, a double of the first class with an octave (Ordo Australasiae, 1888), and in accordance with a vow (1891) is celebrated with great splendour in the churches of the Fathers of the Foreign Missions of Paris. It has attained special celebrity since St. Don Bosco, founder of the Salesian Congregation, 9 June, 1868, dedicated to Our Lady, Help of Christians, the mother church of his congregation at Turin. The Salesian Fathers have carried the devotion to their numerous establishments.

    There is a prayer group called Auxilium Christianorum (Help of Christians) that pray specific daily prayers. It is very powerful and I invite you to look into whether or not you would like to participate. http://auxiliumchristianorum.org/
    PRINCIPAL AIMS OF THE ASSOCIATION
    To provide prayer for priests associated with Auxilium Christianorum so that their apostolate in driving out demons is efficacious.

    To provide prayers for the members – priests, laity, family and friends – so that they are not adversely affected by the demonic.

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    Our Lady, Help of Christians, please pray for us.
    continue with day three of the Pentecost novena, please.
     
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  10. May 25, 2020
    Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 297

    Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8
    While Apollos was in Corinth,
    Paul traveled through the interior of the country
    and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
    He said to them,
    “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
    They answered him,
    “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
    He said, “How were you baptized?”
    They replied, “With the baptism of John.”
    Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
    telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
    that is, in Jesus.”
    When they heard this,
    they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
    And when Paul laid his hands on them,
    the Holy Spirit came upon them,
    and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
    Altogether there were about twelve men.

    He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
    with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

    Responsorial Psalm 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab
    R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    God arises; his enemies are scattered,
    and those who hate him flee before him.
    As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
    as wax melts before the fire.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    But the just rejoice and exult before God;
    they are glad and rejoice.
    Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
    whose name is the LORD.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The father of orphans and the defender of widows
    is God in his holy dwelling.
    God gives a home to the forsaken;
    he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    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 16:29-33
    The disciples said to Jesus,
    “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
    Now we realize that you know everything
    and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
    Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
    Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
    Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
    when each of you will be scattered to his own home
    and you will leave me alone.
    But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
    I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
    In the world you will have trouble,
    but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

    Feast day for Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest, Doctor of the Church died 735
    Saint Bede the Venerable, Anglo-Saxon theologian, historian, and chronologist. He is best known for his historical writings that document the conversion to Christianity of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. The method of dating events from the time of Christ's birth came into general use through his works.
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    Feast day for Saint Gregory VII, Pope, died 1085
    One of the great reforming popes, he is perhaps best known for the part he played in the Investiture Controversy, his dispute with Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor that affirmed the primacy of papal authority and the new canon law governing the election of the pope by the College of Cardinals.
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    Feast day for Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, Virgin, died 1607 was an Italian Carmelite nun and mystic.
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    Holy men and woman, please pray for us.
    Day 4 of Pentecost novena
     
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  11. May 26, 2020
    Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, priest
    Lectionary: 298

    Reading 1 Acts 20:17-27
    From Miletus Paul had the presbyters
    of the Church at Ephesus summoned.
    When they came to him, he addressed them,
    “You know how I lived among you
    the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.
    I served the Lord with all humility
    and with the tears and trials that came to me
    because of the plots of the Jews,
    and I did not at all shrink from telling you
    what was for your benefit,
    or from teaching you in public or in your homes.
    I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks
    to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus.
    But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem.
    What will happen to me there I do not know,
    except that in one city after another
    the Holy Spirit has been warning me
    that imprisonment and hardships await me.
    Yet I consider life of no importance to me,
    if only I may finish my course
    and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus,
    to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.

    “But now I know that none of you
    to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels
    will ever see my face again.
    And so I solemnly declare to you this day
    that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you,
    for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”

    Responsorial Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21
    R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
    you restored the land when it languished;
    Your flock settled in it;
    in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed day by day be the Lord,
    who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
    God is a saving God for us;
    the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 14:16
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I will ask the father
    and he will give you another Advocate
    to be with you always.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 17:1-11a
    Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
    “Father, the hour has come.
    Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
    just as you gave him authority over all people,
    so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
    Now this is eternal life,
    that they should know you, the only true God,
    and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
    I glorified you on earth
    by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
    Now glorify me, Father, with you,
    with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

    “I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
    They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
    and they have kept your word.
    Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
    because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
    and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
    and they have believed that you sent me.
    I pray for them.
    I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me,
    because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
    and everything of yours is mine,
    and I have been glorified in them.
    And now I will no longer be in the world,
    but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

    Feast of Saint Philip Neri Priest, Patron of Rome, died 1595
    Born in Florence, Italy, Philip was educated by the Dominicans. When he was eighteen, he was sent to San Germano to assist in the family business, but a mystical experience made him turn to the religious life. After preaching on the streets for many years, he founded the Congregation of the Oratory, and began spreading the Forty hours devotion ( continuous prayer is made for forty hours before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition. It often occurs in a succession of churches, with one finishing prayers at the same time as the next takes it up).
    Philip was such a clear and authoritative teacher of the Catholic Faith to the poor as well as the noble of his day, that he is called the “second apostle of Rome”. He spent 12 to 15 hours a day in the confessional, and was noted for his cheerfulness, grace and good humor, Saint Philip was also known for his visions, prophesies, and miracles, and he frequently went into ecstasy while saying Mass. The beating of his heart for the love of God was so strong that it broke two of his ribs. Saint Philip was eighty years old when he died.
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    Saint Philip Neri, please pray for us.
    Continue with day 5 of the Pentecost novena
     
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  12. May 27, 2020
    Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 299

    Reading 1 Acts 20:28-38
    At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:
    “Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock
    of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,
    in which you tend the Church of God
    that he acquired with his own Blood.
    I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,
    and they will not spare the flock.
    And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth
    to draw the disciples away after them.
    So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day,
    I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears.
    And now I commend you to God
    and to that gracious word of his that can build you up
    and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated.
    I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.
    You know well that these very hands
    have served my needs and my companions.
    In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort
    we must help the weak,
    and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said,
    ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

    When he had finished speaking
    he knelt down and prayed with them all.
    They were all weeping loudly
    as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him,
    for they were deeply distressed that he had said
    that they would never see his face again.
    Then they escorted him to the ship.

    Responsorial Psalm 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab
    R. (33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Show forth, O God, your power,
    the power, O God, with which you took our part;
    For your temple in Jerusalem
    let the kings bring you gifts.
    R. Sing to God, O Kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,
    chant praise to the Lord
    who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens.
    Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of power:
    “Confess the power of God!”
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Over Israel is his majesty;
    his power is in the skies.
    Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israel;
    he gives power and strength to his people.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 17:17b, 17a
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your word, O Lord, is truth;
    consecrate us in the truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 17:11b-19
    Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
    “Holy Father, keep them in your name
    that you have given me,
    so that they may be one just as we are one.
    When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
    and I guarded them, and none of them was lost
    except the son of destruction,
    in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
    But now I am coming to you.
    I speak this in the world
    so that they may share my joy completely.
    I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
    because they do not belong to the world
    any more than I belong to the world.
    I do not ask that you take them out of the world
    but that you keep them from the Evil One.
    They do not belong to the world
    any more than I belong to the world.
    Consecrate them in the truth.
    Your word is truth.
    As you sent me into the world,
    so I sent them into the world.
    And I consecrate myself for them,
    so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

    Feast day of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop, apostle of England, died 604
    Pope Saint Gregory the Great sent Augustine, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Saint Andrew's in Rome. The Pope picked Augustine, the prior of the monastery along with thirty-nine of his brethren to go to England. Augustine was greeted by King Ethelbert of Kent, a pagan, who had married Bertha, a Christian woman. Shortly after their arrival, Augustine baptized King Ethelbert on Pentecost Sunday, along with a great number of his subjects. After being consecrated Bishop in Gaul by the Archbishop of Arles, Saint Augustine became the Bishop of Canterbury. By hard and tireless labor, the missionary Bishop Augustine in a few short years Christianized the English hierarchy, thus sowing the seed which was to yield harvests of souls for Christ over the centuries. Saint Augustine, Bishop of Canterbury died May 27, 604
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    Please continue with day 6 of the Pentecost novena.
     
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  13. May 28, 2020
    Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 300

    Reading 1 Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
    Wishing to determine the truth
    about why Paul was being accused by the Jews,
    the commander freed him
    and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.
    Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them.

    Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,
    so he called out before the Sanhedrin,
    “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;
    I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”
    When he said this,
    a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,
    and the group became divided.
    For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection
    or angels or spirits,
    while the Pharisees acknowledge all three.
    A great uproar occurred,
    and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party
    stood up and sharply argued,
    “We find nothing wrong with this man.
    Suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”
    The dispute was so serious that the commander,
    afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them,
    ordered his troops to go down and rescue Paul from their midst
    and take him into the compound.
    The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage.
    For just as you have borne witness to my cause in Jerusalem,
    so you must also bear witness in Rome.”

    Responsorial Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
    R. (1) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    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. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    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. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    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 nether world,
    nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    You will show me the path to life,
    fullness of joys in your presence,
    the delights at your right hand forever.
    R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 17:21
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
    that the world may believe that you sent me, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 17:20-26
    Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
    “I pray not only for these,
    but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
    so that they may all be one,
    as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
    that they also may be in us,
    that the world may believe that you sent me.
    And I have given them the glory you gave me,
    so that they may be one, as we are one,
    I in them and you in me,
    that they may be brought to perfection as one,
    that the world may know that you sent me,
    and that you loved them even as you loved me.
    Father, they are your gift to me.
    I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
    that they may see my glory that you gave me,
    because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
    Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
    but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
    I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
    that the love with which you loved me
    may be in them and I in them.”

    Feast day of Saint Bernard of Montjoux, patron of mountain climbers, died June 1081, Imperial Free City of Novara, Holy Roman Empire
    Saint Bernard of Montjoux, C.R.S.A., was an Italian monk and religious, the founder of the famed hospice and monastery which has served travelers for nearly a millennium as a refuge in the most dangerous part of the western Alps. It has been served by its own congregation of canons regular throughout its history. The famous breed of St. Bernard dogs were named after the hospice as they were bred to help on rescue missions during winter storms.
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    Saint Bernard, please pray for us.
    Please continue day 7 of the Pentecost novena.
     
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  14. May 29, 2020
    Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
    Lectionary: 301

    Reading 1 Acts 25:13b-21
    King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea
    on a visit to Festus.
    Since they spent several days there,
    Festus referred Paul’s case to the king, saying,
    “There is a man here left in custody by Felix.
    When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews
    brought charges against him and demanded his condemnation.
    I answered them that it was not Roman practice
    to hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusers
    and had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge.
    So when they came together here, I made no delay;
    the next day I took my seat on the tribunal
    and ordered the man to be brought in.
    His accusers stood around him,
    but did not charge him with any of the crimes I suspected.
    Instead they had some issues with him about their own religion
    and about a certain Jesus who had died
    but who Paul claimed was alive.
    Since I was at a loss how to investigate this controversy,
    I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem
    and there stand trial on these charges.
    And when Paul appealed that he be held in custody
    for the Emperor’s decision,
    I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar.”

    Responsorial Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab
    R. (19a) The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and all my being, bless his holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.
    R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
    As far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he put our transgressions from us.
    R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
    Bless the LORD, all you his angels,
    you mighty in strength, who do his bidding.
    R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 14:26
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
    and remind you of all I told you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 21:15-19
    After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them,
    he said to Simon Peter,
    “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
    Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
    Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
    He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
    “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
    Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
    He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
    He said to him the third time,
    “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
    Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
    “Do you love me?” and he said to him,
    “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
    Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
    Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
    you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
    but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
    and someone else will dress you
    and lead you where you do not want to go.”
    He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
    And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

    Feast of Saint Pope Paul VI, pope, died August 6, 1978
    Pope Paul VI was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestant churches, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. He upheld the sanctity of life-bearing relations between husband and wife in the encyclical Humanae Vitae.
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    Saint Paul VI, please pray for us.
    Please continue day 8 of the Pentecost Novena
    If you haven't done a May crowning of the Blessed Virgin yet in this month of May, please consider maybe doing it. This is a nice song to sing while doing the crowning.
     
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  15. May 30, 2020
    Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter (Mass in the Morning)
    Lectionary: 302

    Reading 1 Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
    When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
    with the soldier who was guarding him.

    Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.
    When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,
    although I had done nothing against our people
    or our ancestral customs,
    I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
    After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
    because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
    But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar,
    even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
    This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you
    and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel
    that I wear these chains.”

    He remained for two full years in his lodgings.
    He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance
    and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God
    and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Responsorial Psalm 11:4, 5 and 7
    R. (see 7b) The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is in his holy temple;
    the LORD’s throne is in heaven.
    His eyes behold,
    his searching glance is on mankind.
    R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD searches the just and the wicked;
    the lover of violence he hates.
    For the LORD is just, he loves just deeds;
    the upright shall see his face.
    R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia Jn 16:7, 13
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord;
    he will guide you to all truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 21:20-25
    Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,
    the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper
    and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?”
    When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
    Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come?
    What concern is it of yours?
    You follow me.”
    So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.
    But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,
    just “What if I want him to remain until I come?
    What concern is it of yours?”

    It is this disciple who testifies to these things
    and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
    There are also many other things that Jesus did,
    but if these were to be described individually,
    I do not think the whole world would contain the books
    that would be written.

    Feast day of Saint Joan of Arc, died May 30, 1431 at about 19 years of age, Virgin, Patroness of France, Soldiers
    "The Maid of Orléans", is a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War. She was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romée, a peasant family, at Domrémy in northeast France. At a very young age Joan heard the voices of Michael the Archangel, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria. At first the messages were personal and general but when she was 13-years-old, she was in her father's garden and had visions of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret, each of whom told her to drive the English from French territory. They also asked that she bring the Dauphin (Charles VII) to Reims for his coronation. After overcoming opposition from churchmen and court officials, the seventeen year old was given a small army. Charles VII sent Joan to the Siege of Orléans as part of a relief army. Though Joan claimed the army was always commanded by a nobleman and that she never killed anyone in battle since she preferred only to carry her banner, which she preferred "forty times" better than a sword, several noblemen claimed she greatly effected their decisions since they accepted she gave Divinely inspired advice. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later on May 8, 1429. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's consecration at Reims. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory. However, on 23 May 1430, she was captured at Compiègne by the Burgundian faction, a group of French nobles allied with the English. Joan was sold to the English and Charles VII and the French did nothing to save her. After months of imprisonment, she was tried at Rouen by a tribunal presided over by an unfair Bishop who was hoping for career advancement to Archbishop. Through her unfamiliarity with the technicalities of theology, Joan was trapped into making some damaging statements. When Joan refused to retract that it was the saints of God who had commanded her to help in the battles, she was condemned to death as a heretic, sorceress and adulteress. She was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. Thirty years later she was exonerated of all guilt and in 1920 she was made a Saint.
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    Saint Joan of Arc, please pray for us.
    Please continue to pray day 9 of the Pentecost novena
    Invitation to participate virtually in the Mary, Mother of All Nations day of prayer devotion in Amsterdam http://www.gebetstag.info/?utm_sour...+de+tous+les+peuples+english&utm_medium=email
     
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  16. May 31, 2020
    1st Reading – ACTS 2:1-11
    1 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.

    2 And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.

    3 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.

    4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

    5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.

    6 At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused
    because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

    7 They were astounded, and in amazement, they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?

    8 Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
    9 We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

    10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travellers from Rome,

    11 both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”

    Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
    R. (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    1 Bless the LORD, O my soul!
    O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
    24 How manifold are your works, O LORD!
    the earth is full of your creatures;
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
    may the LORD be glad in his works!
    34 Pleasing to him be my theme;
    I will be glad in the LORD.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    29 If you take away their breath, they perish
    and return to their dust.
    30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the earth.
    R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    2nd Reading – 1 Corinthians 12:3B-7, 12-13
    Brothers and sisters:
    3B No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

    4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;

    5 there are different forms of service but the same Lord;

    6 there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.

    7 To each individual, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.

    12 As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.

    13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
    Pentecost Sunday Sequence Veni, Sancte Spiritus
    Come, Holy Spirit, come!
    And from your celestial home
    Shed a ray of light divine!
    Come, Father of the poor!
    Come, source of all our store!
    Come, within our bosoms shine.
    You, of comforters the best;
    You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
    Sweet refreshment here below;
    In our labour, rest most sweet;
    Grateful coolness in the heat;
    Solace in the midst of woe.
    O most blessed Light divine,
    Shine within these hearts of yours,
    And our inmost being fill!
    Where you are not, we have naught,
    Nothing good in deed or thought,
    Nothing free from taint of ill.
    Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
    On our dryness pour your dew;
    Wash the stains of guilt away:
    Bend the stubborn heart and will;
    Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
    Guide the steps that go astray.
    On the faithful, who adore
    And confess you, evermore
    In your sevenfold gift descend;
    Give them virtue’s sure reward;
    Give them your salvation, Lord;
    Give them joys that never end. Amen.
    Alleluia.
    Alleluia
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
    and kindle in them the fire of your love.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Pentecost Sunday Gospel – John 20:19-23
    19 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.”

    20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

    21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

    22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

    23 Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
    and whose sins you retain are retained.”

    Happy Holy Feast of Pentecost! It is such a packed day of holy celebrations. It is also the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Elizabeth, and the Feast of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces. Have a very blessed day and let us not let our hearts be troubled, but bask in the light of the Holy Spirit.
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  17. June 1, 2020
    Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
    Lectionary: 572A

    Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20
    After Adam had eaten of the tree,
    the LORD God called to him and asked him, “Where are you?”
    He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
    but I was afraid, because I was naked,
    so I hid myself.”
    Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
    You have eaten, then,
    from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
    The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
    she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
    The LORD God then asked the woman,
    “Why did you do such a thing?”
    The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

    Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
    “Because you have done this, you shall be banned
    from all the animals
    and from all the wild creatures;
    On your belly shall you crawl,
    and dirt shall you eat
    all the days of your life.
    I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
    He will strike at your head,
    while you strike at his heel.”
    The man called his wife Eve,
    because she became the mother of all the living.


    Or

    Acts 1:12-14
    After Jesus had been taken up to heaven,
    the Apostles returned to Jerusalem
    from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
    a sabbath day’s journey away.

    When they entered the city
    they went to the upper room where they were staying,
    Peter and John and James and Andrew,
    Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
    James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
    and Judas son of James.
    All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
    together with some women,
    and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.



    Responsorial Psalm 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7
    R. (3) Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    His foundation upon the holy mountains
    the LORD loves:
    The gates of Zion,
    more than any dwelling of Jacob.
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    Glorious things are said of you,
    O city of God!
    And of Zion they shall say:
    “One and all were born in her;
    And he who has established her
    is the Most High LORD.”
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
    They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
    “This man was born there.”
    And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
    “My home is within you.”
    R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

    Alleluia
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
    O blessed mother of the Church,
    you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 19:25-34
    Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
    and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
    and Mary of Magdala.
    When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,
    he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
    Then he said to the disciple,
    “Behold, your mother.”
    And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
    After this, aware that everything was now finished,
    in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
    Jesus said, “I thirst.”
    There was a vessel filled with common wine.
    So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
    and put it up to his mouth.
    When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
    “It is finished.”
    And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

    Now since it was preparation day,
    in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
    for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
    the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
    and they be taken down.
    So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
    and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
    But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
    they did not break his legs,
    but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
    and immediately Blood and water flowed out.

    Feast day of Mary, Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church)
    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/...the-church-added-to-liturgical-calendar-43501
    By Hannah Brockhaus


    Vatican City, Mar 3, 2018 / 06:08 am MT ().- On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church.

    The decree establishing the memorial was published March 3 in a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.


    As Sarah explained, Pope Francis added the memorial to the Roman Calendar after carefully considering how the promotion of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under this particular title might encourage growth in “the maternal sense of the Church” and in “genuine Marian piety.”

    “This celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed,” Sarah wrote.

    The cardinal noted that the “joyous veneration given to the Mother of God by the contemporary Church, in light of reflection on the mystery of Christ and on his nature, cannot ignore the figure of a woman, the Virgin Mary, who is both the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church.”

    The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, has been added to the General Roman Calendar, the Roman Missal, and the Liturgy of the Hours. The Latin text has been published, and the translations will be prepared by the bishops’ conferences and approved by the congregation.


    A celebration of a memorial generally means that prayers and readings specific to the day’s memorial are used in the Mass.

    The Marian title of “Mother of the Church,” was given to the Blessed Mother by Bl. Pope Paul VI at the Second Vatican Council. It was also added to the Roman Missal after the Holy Year of Reconciliation in 1975.
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  18. June 2, 2020
    Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 354

    Reading 1 2 Pt 3:12-15a, 17-18
    Beloved:
    Wait for and hasten the coming of the day of God,
    because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames
    and the elements melted by fire.
    But according to his promise
    we await new heavens and a new earth
    in which righteousness dwells.

    Therefore, beloved, since you await these things,
    be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.
    And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation.

    Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned,
    be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled
    and to fall from your own stability.
    But grow in grace
    and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
    To him be glory now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

    Responsorial 90:2, 3-4, 10, 14 and 16
    R. (1) In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
    Before the mountains were begotten
    and the earth and the world were brought forth,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
    R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
    You turn man back to dust,
    saying, “Return, O children of men.”
    For a thousand years in your sight
    are as yesterday, now that it is past,
    or as a watch of the night.
    R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
    Seventy is the sum of our years,
    or eighty, if we are strong,
    And most of them are fruitless toil,
    for they pass quickly and we drift away.
    R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
    Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
    that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
    Let your work be seen by your servants
    and your glory by their children.
    R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

    Alleluia Ephesians 1:17-18
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
    enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
    that we may know what is the hope
    that belongs to his call.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 12:13-17
    Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent
    to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.
    They came and said to him,
    “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
    and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.
    You do not regard a person’s status
    but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
    Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?
    Should we pay or should we not pay?”
    Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them,
    “Why are you testing me?
    Bring me a denarius to look at.”
    They brought one to him and he said to them,
    “Whose image and inscription is this?”
    They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”
    So Jesus said to them,
    “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
    and to God what belongs to God.”
    They were utterly amazed at him.

    Feast day of Saint Marcellinus and Saint Peter died 304
    Very little is known about the actual lives of these two men. Later hagiography suggests that Marcellinus, a priest, and Peter, an exorcist, died in the year 304, during the Diocletianic Persecution. Pope Damasus I claimed that he heard the story of these two martyrs from their executioner who went on to become a Christian. Damasus states that they were killed at an out-of-the-way spot by the magistrate Severus or Serenus, so that other Christians would not have a chance to bury and venerate their bodies. The two saints happily cleared the spot chosen for their death: a thicket overgrown with thorns, brambles, and briers three miles from Rome. They were beheaded and buried in that spot. Two women, Lucilla and Firmina, assisted by divine revelation, found the bodies, however, and had them properly buried. They buried their bodies near the body of St. Tiburtius on the Via Labicana in what became known as the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter.
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    Saint Marcellinus and Saint Peter, please pray for us.
     
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  19. June 3, 2020
    Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
    Lectionary: 355

    Reading 1 2 Tm 1:1-3, 6-12
    Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God
    for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
    to Timothy, my dear child:
    grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father
    and Christ Jesus our Lord.

    I am grateful to God,
    whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,
    as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.

    For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame
    the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
    For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
    but rather of power and love and self-control.
    So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
    nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
    but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel
    with the strength that comes from God.

    He saved us and called us to a holy life,
    not according to our works
    but according to his own design
    and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
    but now made manifest
    through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
    who destroyed death and brought life and immortality
    to light through the Gospel,
    for which I was appointed preacher and Apostle and teacher.
    On this account I am suffering these things;
    but I am not ashamed,
    for I know him in whom I have believed
    and am confident that he is able to guard
    what has been entrusted to me until that day.

    Responsorial 123:1b-2ab, 2cdef
    R. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
    To you I lift up my eyes
    who are enthroned in heaven.
    Behold, as the eyes of servants
    are on the hands of their masters.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
    As the eyes of a maid
    are on the hands of her mistress,
    So are our eyes on the LORD, our God,
    till he have pity on us.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.

    Alleluia John 11:25a, 26
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
    whoever believes in me will never die.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 12:18-27
    Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection,
    came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying,
    “Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
    If someone’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child,
    his brother must take the wife
    and raise up descendants for his brother.

    Now there were seven brothers.
    The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants.
    So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants,
    and the third likewise.
    And the seven left no descendants.
    Last of all the woman also died.
    At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be?
    For all seven had been married to her.”
    Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled
    because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
    When they rise from the dead,
    they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
    but they are like the angels in heaven.
    As for the dead being raised,
    have you not read in the Book of Moses,
    in the passage about the bush, how God told him,
    I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
    and the God of Jacob?

    He is not God of the dead but of the living.
    You are greatly misled.”

    Feast day of Charles Lwanga and the other young men that were martyred in the area of Uganda in 1885-1886
    (from wikipedia)
    Born: 1 January 1860, martyred: 3 June 1886 Charles was a Ugandan convert to the Catholic Church, who was martyred for his faith and is revered as a saint by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. A member of the Baganda tribe, Lwanga was born in the Kingdom of Buganda, the central and southern part of modern Uganda, and served as chief of the royal pages in the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda. He was baptized by Father Giraud on 15 November 1885.
    The persecution started in 1885 after King Mwanga, a ritual pedophile, ordered a massacre of Anglican missionaries, including Bishop James Hannington who was the leader of the Anglican community. When the Catholic administrator of the court (and a lay catechist) reproached King Mwanga for the killings of the missionaries, Mwanga had the man beheaded and arrested all of his followers on 15 November 1885. The king then ordered that Lwanga, who was chief page at that time, take up the martyred man's duties. That same day, Lwanga and other pages under his protection sought baptism as Catholics by a missionary priest of the White Fathers (Father Giraud); some hundred catechumens were baptized. Lwanga often protected boys in his charge from the king's sexual advances.

    On 25 May 1886, Mwanga ordered a general assembly of the court where he condemned two of the pages to death. The following morning, Lwanga secretly baptized those of his charges who were still only catechumens. Later that day, the king called a court assembly in which he interrogated all present to see if any would renounce Christianity. Led by Lwanga, the royal pages declared their fidelity to their religion, upon which the king condemned them to death, directing that they be marched to the traditional place of execution. Three of the prisoners, Pontian Ngondwe, Athanasius Bazzekuketta, and Gonzaga Gonza, were murdered on the march there.

    When preparations were completed and the day had come for the execution on 3 June 1886, Lwanga was separated from the others by the Guardian of the Sacred Flame for private execution, in keeping with custom. As he was being burnt, Lwanga said to the Guardian, "It is as if you are pouring water on me. Please repent and become a Christian like me." Charles died at the age of 26.

    Twelve Catholic boys and men and nine Anglicans were then burnt alive. Another Catholic, Mbaga Tuzinde, was clubbed to death for refusing to renounce Christianity, and his body was thrown into the furnace to be burned along with those of Lwanga and the others. The ire of the king was particularly inflamed against the Christians because they refused to participate in sexual acts with him. Lwanga, in particular, had protected the pages.
    At the martyrs' canonization ceremony in 1964, Pope Paul VI said in part, "These African martyrs inaugurate a new age. Africa is rising free and redeemed, bathed in their blood. Christianity has found a ready hearing in Africa, and we see this as a mysterious plan of God, a vocation proper to Africa, and a promise of historical significance. Africa is the new country of Christ. A clear witness of this fact is the direct simplicity and unshakable fidelity of these young African Christians."
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    #13 in the photo is Charles Lwanga. Saint Charles Lwanga and companions, please pray for us.
     
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  20. June 4, 2020
    Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 356

    Reading 1 2 Tm 2:8-15
    Beloved:
    Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David:
    such is my Gospel, for which I am suffering,
    even to the point of chains, like a criminal.
    But the word of God is not chained.
    Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
    so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
    together with eternal glory.
    This saying is trustworthy:

    If we have died with him
    we shall also live with him;
    if we persevere
    we shall also reign with him.
    But if we deny him
    he will deny us.
    If we are unfaithful
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot deny himself.

    Remind people of these things
    and charge them before God to stop disputing about words.
    This serves no useful purpose since it harms those who listen.
    Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God,
    a workman who causes no disgrace,
    imparting the word of truth without deviation.

    Responsorial Psalm 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14
    R. (4) Teach me your ways, O Lord.
    Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
    teach me your paths,
    Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my savior.
    R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.
    Good and upright is the LORD;
    thus he shows sinners the way.
    He guides the humble to justice,
    he teaches the humble his way.
    R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.
    All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
    toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
    The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
    and his covenant, for their instruction.
    R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

    Alleluia 2 Timothy 1:10
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
    and brought life to light through the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 12:28-34
    One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
    “Which is the first of all the commandments?”
    Jesus replied, “The first is this:
    Hear, O Israel!
    The Lord our God is Lord alone!
    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
    with all your soul, with all your mind,
    and with all your strength.
    The second is this:
    You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

    There is no other commandment greater than these.”
    The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
    You are right in saying,
    He is One and there is no other than he.
    And to love him with all your heart,
    with all your understanding,
    with all your strength,
    and to love your neighbor as yourself

    is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
    And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
    he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
    And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

    Feast day of Saint Francis Caracciolo, died 1608, Religious
    The boy Ascanio was born in the Kingdom of Naples to pious parents. He was caring and charitable and lived the life of a nobleman, taking to hunting and sport. When he was twenty-two he developed a skin condition similar to leprosy that was so virulent that his case was thought to be beyond hope. In this adversity, Ascanio vowed that if he were healed, he would dedicate his life to the service of others and advancement of the Kingdom of God. His speedy recovery was considered miraculous. Ascanio left for Naples to study for the priesthood. After his ordination, Father Ascanio joined a confraternity that cared for the spiritual needs of prisoners and to prepare them for holiness upon their death.
    A few years later, in a providential manner, Ascancio joined with two other priests in founding an order of religious called, Order of the Regular Clerics Minor, whose mission it was to combine the active with the contemplative life. In discerning this, the priests entered into a forty day retreat with strict fasting and prayer to write the rule of their order. Pope Sixtus V approved the Rule and at that time, Father Ascanio took the name Francis, in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.
    Father Francis became head of the order and traveled three times to Spain, clad as a pilgrim and begging for bread along the road. He suffered hardships but was able to begin several houses in Spain with the help of the King of Spain. In time, Father Francis went to Rome and was a confessor at Saint Mary Major Church. He gave away food and clothing to anyone who needed it and it was said that with the sign of the cross, health was restored to some of the sick. A brother priest invited him to Agnone and on the way there, Father Francis was able to spend a night in the House of Loreto. While there he had an apparition from the Virgin Mary that he would be called home soon. He then wrote to the members of the order he founded, telling them to be faithful to the Rule. On June 1, a severe fever started and by June 4, 1608 Francis called out ‘Let us go. Let us go.’ Someone asked him where he wanted to go and he replied, ‘To Heaven! To Heaven!’ Father Francis died at the age of forty-four.

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