Daily Mass readings and feast days

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  1. June 19, 2020
    Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
    Lectionary: 170

    Reading 1 Dt 7:6-11
    Moses said to the people:
    "You are a people sacred to the LORD, your God;
    he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth
    to be a people peculiarly his own.
    It was not because you are the largest of all nations
    that the LORD set his heart on you and chose you,
    for you are really the smallest of all nations.
    It was because the LORD loved you
    and because of his fidelity to the oath he had sworn your fathers,
    that he brought you out with his strong hand
    from the place of slavery,
    and ransomed you from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
    Understand, then, that the LORD, your God, is God indeed,
    the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant
    down to the thousandth generation
    toward those who love him and keep his commandments,
    but who repays with destruction a person who hates him;
    he does not dally with such a one,
    but makes them personally pay for it.
    You shall therefore carefully observe the commandments,
    the statutes and the decrees that I enjoin on you today."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 10.
    R. (cf. 17) The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    all my being, bless his holy name.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and forget not all his benefits.
    R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    He pardons all your iniquities,
    heals all your ills.
    He redeems your life from destruction,
    crowns you with kindness and compassion.
    R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
    Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
    slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
    Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
    nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
    R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

    Reading 2 1 Jn 4:7-16
    Beloved, let us love one another,
    because love is of God;
    everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
    Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
    In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
    God sent his only Son into the world
    so that we might have life through him.
    In this is love:
    not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
    and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
    Beloved, if God so loved us,
    we also must love one another.
    No one has ever seen God.
    Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
    and his love is brought to perfection in us.

    This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
    that he has given us of his Spirit.
    Moreover, we have seen and testify
    that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.
    Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
    God remains in him and he in God.
    We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

    God is love, and whoever remains in love
    remains in God and God in him.

    Alleluia Mt 11:29ab
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord;
    and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:25-30
    At that time Jesus exclaimed:
    "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
    for although you have hidden these things
    from the wise and the learned
    you have revealed them to little ones.
    Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
    All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
    No one knows the Son except the Father,
    and no one knows the Father except the Son
    and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

    "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
    for I am meek and humble of heart;
    and you will find rest for yourselves.
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."






    History of the Feast of the Sacred Heart from https://www.learnreligions.com/feast-sacred-heart-of-jesus-542482

    The first feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated on August 31, 1670, in Rennes, France, through the efforts of Fr. Jean Eudes (1602-1680). From Rennes, the devotion spread, but it took the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) for the devotion to become universal.


    In all of these visions, in which Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary, the Sacred Heart of Jesus played a central role. The "great apparition," which took place on June 16, 1675, during the octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi, is the source of the modern Feast of the Sacred Heart. In that vision, Christ asked St. Margaret Mary to request that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be celebrated on the Friday after the octave (or eighth day) of the Feast of Corpus Christi, in reparation for the ingratitude of men for the sacrifice that Christ had made for them. The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not simply His physical heart but His love for all mankind.

    The devotion became quite popular after St. Margaret Mary's death in 1690, but, because the Church initially had doubts about the validity of St. Margaret Mary's visions, it wasn't until 1765 that the feast was celebrated officially in France. Almost 100 years later, in 1856, Pope Pius IX, at the request of the French bishops, extended the feast to the universal Church. It is celebrated on the day requested by our Lord-the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, or 19 days after Pentecost Sunday.
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    Have mercy on us, we pray O Lord.

    Feast day of Juliana Falconieri, Foundress of Women’s Servite Order, Religious, died 1340
    Juliana was the niece of the Founder of the Servite Order of Priests, Saint Alexis Falconieri. She was the only child of her parents, born to them after a long time of being childless. Juliana was a devout girl and sought life as a religious, rather than being married. After the death of her parents, Juliana lived in community with other women who spent their days in prayer and works of mercy. Juliana was made Superior at the urging of the other sisters. Sister Juliana undertook great mortifications which in time, weakened her health. Juliana had been receiving Holy Communion three times a week, but her inability to keep food down deprived her of the Holy Communion. As death approached, this account of a Eucharistic Miracle is attributed to Sister Juliana:

    “He hath made a memorial of His wonderful works” Let it be placed on record how eighteen days ago our Sister Juliana died and flew to Heaven with her spouse, Jesus; and it was in this manner.
    Being more than seventy years old her stomach had become so weakened from her voluntary sharp penances, from fasts, from chains, from an iron girdle, disciplines, nightly vigils and spare diet, that she was no longer able to take or retain food. When she knew that because of this she must be deprived of the viaticum of the most sacred Body of Christ, no one could believe how much she grieved and wept, so much so that they were afraid she would die from the vehemence of her sorrow.
    She, therefore, most humbly begged Father James de Campo Geggio that at least he would bring the most Holy Sacrament in a pyx and set it before her, and this was done. But when the priest appeared carrying the Body of Lord, she straightway prostrated herself upon the ground in the form of a cross and adored her Master.
    Then her face became like the face of an angel. She desired, since she was not allowed to unite herself to Jesus, at least to kiss Him, but this the priest refused. She then begged piteously that over the burning furnace of her breast they would spread a veil upon which they might put the Host. This was granted her. But- O wonderful prodigy! – scarcely had the Host touched this loving heart than it was lost to sight and never more was found. Then Juliana, when the Host had disappeared, with a tender and joyous face, as if she were rapt in ecstasy, died in the kiss of her Lord, to the amazement and admiration of those who were present-to wit, of Sister Joanna, Sister Mary, Sister Elizabeth, Father James and others in the house.


    Later the image of Jesus nailed to the cross in a circle like a Host was seen over the heart of Sister Juliana. She was made a saint in 1737.
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    Saint Juliana, please pray for us.

    Day 5 of the Queen of Peace novena in the Medjugorje thread.
     
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  2. June 20, 2020
    Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Lectionary: 370/573

    Reading 1 2 Chr 24:17-25
    After the death of Jehoiada,
    the princes of Judah came and paid homage to King Joash,
    and the king then listened to them.
    They forsook the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers,
    and began to serve the sacred poles and the idols;
    and because of this crime of theirs,
    wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem.
    Although prophets were sent to them to convert them to the LORD,
    the people would not listen to their warnings.
    Then the Spirit of God possessed Zechariah,
    son of Jehoiada the priest.
    He took his stand above the people and said to them:
    “God says, ‘Why are you transgressing the LORD’s commands,
    so that you cannot prosper?
    Because you have abandoned the LORD, he has abandoned you.’”
    But they conspired against him,
    and at the king’s order they stoned him to death
    in the court of the LORD’s temple.
    Thus King Joash was unmindful of the devotion shown him
    by Jehoiada, Zechariah’s father, and slew his son.
    And as Zechariah was dying, he said, “May the LORD see and avenge.”

    At the turn of the year a force of Arameans came up against Joash.
    They invaded Judah and Jerusalem,
    did away with all the princes of the people,
    and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.
    Though the Aramean force came with few men,
    the LORD surrendered a very large force into their power,
    because Judah had abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers.
    So punishment was meted out to Joash.
    After the Arameans had departed from him,
    leaving him in grievous suffering,
    his servants conspired against him
    because of the murder of the son of Jehoiada the priest.
    He was buried in the City of David,
    but not in the tombs of the kings.

    Responsorial Psalm 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34
    R. (29a) For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant:
    Forever will I confirm your posterity
    and establish your throne for all generations.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
    and my covenant with him stands firm.
    I will make his posterity endure forever
    and his throne as the days of heaven.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “If his sons forsake my law
    and walk not according to my ordinances,
    If they violate my statutes
    and keep not my commands.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “I will punish their crime with a rod
    and their guilt with stripes.
    Yet my mercy I will not take from him,
    nor will I belie my faithfulness.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

    Alleluia Lk 2:19
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed is the Virgin Mary who kept the word of God
    and pondered it in her heart.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 2:41-51
    Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
    and when he was twelve years old,
    they went up according to festival custom.
    After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
    the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
    but his parents did not know it.
    Thinking that he was in the caravan,
    they journeyed for a day
    and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
    but not finding him,
    they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
    After three days they found him in the temple,
    sitting in the midst of the teachers,
    listening to them and asking them questions,
    and all who heard him were astounded
    at his understanding and his answers.
    When his parents saw him,
    they were astonished,
    and his mother said to him,
    “Son, why have you done this to us?
    Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
    And he said to them,
    “Why were you looking for me?
    Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
    But they did not understand what he said to them.
    He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
    and was obedient to them;
    and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

    This consecration prayer was posted on an internet prayer group by M. Millman
    Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate
    ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.
    Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
    O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
    We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home. Amen.

    The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was extended to the universal Church on May 4, 1944 by Pope Pius XII.
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    Immaculate heart of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

    Feast day of Saint Silverius, Pope, died 537
    Pope Silverius ruled the Holy See from 8 June 536 to his deposition in 537, a few months before his death. His rapid rise to prominence from a deacon to the papacy happened at the time when a king wanted to install a pro-Gothic pope just before the Gothic War. Later deposed by Byzantine general Belisarius, Pope Silverius was tried and sent to exile on the desolated island of Palmarola, where he starved to death in 537.
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    Pope Saint Silverius, please pray for us.
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  3. June 21, 2020
    Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 94

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

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
    R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    For your sake I bear insult,
    and shame covers my face.
    I have become an outcast to my brothers,
    a stranger to my mother's children,
    Because zeal for your house consumes me,
    and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    I pray to you, O LORD,
    for the time of your favor, O God!
    In your great kindness answer me
    with your constant help.
    Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness;
    in your great mercy turn toward me.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    “See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
    you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
    For the LORD hears the poor,
    and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.
    Let the heavens and the earth praise him,
    the seas and whatever moves in them!’‘
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

    Reading 2 Rom 5:12-15
    Brothers and sisters:
    Through one man sin entered the world,
    and through sin, death,
    and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
    for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
    though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
    But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
    even over those who did not sin
    after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
    who is the type of the one who was to come.

    But the gift is not like the transgression.
    For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
    how much more did the grace of God
    and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
    overflow for the many.

    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 Mt 10:26-33
    Jesus said to the Twelve:
    “Fear no one.
    Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
    nor secret that will not be known.
    What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
    what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
    And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
    rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
    both soul and body in Gehenna.
    Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
    Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
    Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
    So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
    Everyone who acknowledges me before others
    I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
    But whoever denies me before others,
    I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

    Feast day of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, seminarian, died June 21, 1591
    information from wikipedia
    Aloysius Gonzaga was born the eldest of seven children. As the first-born son, he was in line to inherit his father's title and status of Marquis. His father assumed that Aloysius would become a soldier, as that was the norm for sons of the aristocracy and the family was often involved in the minor wars of the period. His military training started at an early age, but he also received an education in languages and the arts. As early as age four, Aloysius was given a set of miniature guns and accompanied his father on training expeditions so that the boy might learn "the art of arms". At age five, Aloysius was sent to a military camp to get started on his training.
    In 1576, at age 8, he was sent to Florence along with his younger brother, Rodolfo, to serve at the court of the Grand Duke Francesco I de' Medici and to receive further education. While there, he fell ill with a disease of the kidneys, which troubled him throughout his life. While he was ill, he took the opportunity to read about the saints and to spend much of his time in prayer. He is said to have taken a private vow of chastity at age 9. In November 1579, the brothers were sent to the Duke of Mantua. Aloysius was shocked by the violent and frivolous lifestyle he encountered there.

    Aloysius returned to Castiglione where he met Cardinal Charles Borromeo, and from him received First Communion on 22 July 1580. After reading a book about Jesuit missionaries in India, Aloysius felt strongly that he wanted to become a missionary. He started practicing by teaching catechism classes to young boys in Castiglione in the summers. He also repeatedly visited the houses of the Capuchin friars and the Barnabites located in Casale Monferrato, the capital of the Gonzaga-ruled Duchy of Montferrat where the family spent the winter. He also adopted an ascetic lifestyle.

    The family was called to Spain in 1581 to assist the Holy Roman Empress Maria of Austria. They arrived in Madrid in March 1582, where Aloysius and Rodolfo became pages for the young Infante Diego. Aloysius started thinking in earnest about joining a religious order. He had considered joining the Capuchins, but he had a Jesuit confessor in Madrid and decided instead to join that order. His mother agreed to his request, but his father was furious and prevented him from doing so.

    In July 1584, a year and a half after the Infante's death, the family returned to Italy. Aloysius still wanted to become a priest, but several members of his family worked hard to persuade him to change his mind. When they realized there was no way to make him give up his plan, they tried to persuade him to become a secular priest and offered to arrange for a bishopric for him. If he were to become a Jesuit he would renounce any right to his inheritance or status in society. His family's attempts to dissuade him failed; Aloysius was not interested in higher office and still wanted to become a missionary.


    In November 1585, Aloysius gave up all rights of inheritance, which was confirmed by the emperor. He went to Rome and, because of his noble birth, gained an audience with Pope Sixtus V. On 25 November 1585 he was accepted into the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Rome. During this period, he was asked to moderate his asceticism somewhat and to be more social with the other novices.

    Aloysius' health continued to cause problems. In addition to the kidney disease, he also suffered from a skin disease, chronic headaches and insomnia. He was sent to Milan for studies, but after some time he was sent back to Rome because of his health. On 25 November 1587, he took the three religious vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. In February and March 1588, he received minor orders and started studying theology to prepare for ordination. In 1590, it is said that, later that year, he had a vision in which the Archangel Gabriel told him that he would die within a year.

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  4. In 1591, a plague broke out in Rome. The Jesuits opened a hospital for the stricken, and Aloysius volunteered to work there. After begging alms for the victims, Aloysius began working with the sick, carrying the dying from the streets into a hospital founded by the Jesuits. There he washed and fed the plague victims, preparing them as best he could to receive the sacraments. But though he threw himself into his tasks, he privately confessed to his spiritual director, Fr. Robert Bellarmine, that his constitution was revolted by the sights and smells of the work; he had to work hard to overcome his physical revulsion.

    At the time, many of the younger Jesuits had become infected with the disease, and so Aloysius's superiors forbade him from returning to the hospital. But Aloysius—long accustomed to refusals from his father—persisted and requested permission to return, which was granted. Eventually he was allowed to care for the sick, but only at another hospital, called Our Lady of Consolation, where those with contagious diseases were not admitted. While there, Aloysius lifted a man out of his sickbed, tended to him, and brought him back to his bed. But the man was infected with the plague. Aloysius grew ill and was bedridden by 3 March 1591, a few days before his 23rd birthday.

    Aloysius rallied for a time, but as fever and a cough set in, he declined for many weeks. It seemed certain that he would die in a short time, and he was given Extreme Unction. While he was ill, he spoke several times with his confessor, the cardinal and later saint, Robert Bellarmine. Aloysius had another vision and told several people that he would die on the Octave of the feast of Corpus Christi. On that day, 21 June 1591, he seemed very well in the morning, but insisted that he would die before the day was over. As he began to grow weak, Bellarmine gave him the last rites and recited the prayers for the dying. He died just before midnight. As Fr. Tylenda tells the story, "When the two Jesuits came to his side, they noticed a change in his face and realized that their young Aloysius was dying. His eyes were fixed on the crucifix he held in his hands, and as he tried to pronounce the name of Jesus he died."
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    Saint Aloysius, please pray for us.
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  5. June 22, 2020
    Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 371

    Reading 1 2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18
    Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, occupied the whole land
    and attacked Samaria, which he besieged for three years.
    In the ninth year of Hoshea, king of Israel
    the king of Assyria took Samaria,
    and deported the children of Israel to Assyria,
    setting them in Halah, at the Habor, a river of Gozan,
    and the cities of the Medes.

    This came about because the children of Israel sinned against the LORD,
    their God, who had brought them up from the land of Egypt,
    from under the domination of Pharaoh, king of Egypt,
    and because they venerated other gods.
    They followed the rites of the nations
    whom the LORD had cleared out of the way of the children of Israel
    and the kings of Israel whom they set up.

    And though the LORD warned Israel and Judah
    by every prophet and seer,
    “Give up your evil ways and keep my commandments and statutes,
    in accordance with the entire law which I enjoined on your fathers
    and which I sent you by my servants the prophets,”
    they did not listen, but were as stiff-necked as their fathers,
    who had not believed in the LORD, their God.
    They rejected his statutes,
    the covenant which he had made with their fathers,
    and the warnings which he had given them, till,
    in his great anger against Israel,
    the LORD put them away out of his sight.
    Only the tribe of Judah was left.

    Responsorial Psalm 60:3, 4-5, 12-13
    R. (7b) Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.
    O God, you have rejected us and broken our defenses;
    you have been angry; rally us!
    R. Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.
    You have rocked the country and split it open;
    repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering.
    You have made your people feel hardships;
    you have given us stupefying wine.
    R. Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.
    Have not you, O God, rejected us,
    so that you go not forth, O God, with our armies?
    Give us aid against the foe,
    for worthless is the help of men.
    R. Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.

    Alleluia Heb 4:12
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The word of God is living and effective,
    able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 7:1-5
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
    For as you judge, so will you be judged,
    and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
    Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
    but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
    How can you say to your brother,
    ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
    while the wooden beam is in your eye?
    You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
    then you will see clearly
    to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

    Feast day of Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher
    material from Americaneedsfatima.org
    St. Thomas More & St. John Fisher (Feast: June 22)


    The lives of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher are very closely linked, and thus it is quite appropriate that the Church celebrate their feasts together.

    They are both renowned Englishmen martyred within two weeks of each other for the same cause of defending religious liberty, the sanctity of marriage and Papal authority against State usurpation. They were both associates of King Henry VIII before his apostasy, and it was at his hands that they both suffered martyrdom.



    [​IMG]Sir Thomas More was a distinguished statesman in the English Parliament. First and foremost, however, he was a faithful Catholic, a loving husband, and a devoted father. More was widely known for his “unfailing moral integrity, sharpness of mind, his open and humorous character, and his extraordinary learning." He was a close friend and confidant of Henry VIII, and the King himself eventually promoted Thomas to the prominent office of Lord Chancellor.

    However, the two were alienated when Thomas refused to compromise his conscience and faith when Henry openly defied Church teachings and divorced his wife to marry Anne Boleyn, choosing instead to renounce the King’s friendship, his own public career, wealth and worldly prestige. Thomas was consequently imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually condemned and beheaded on July 6, 1535. He was named patron saint of statesmen and politicians by Pope John Paul II.



    [​IMG]A friend of St. Thomas More’s, St. John Fisher also had a close connection to Henry VIII, having once been his tutor, and was a friend of the royal family. As the Bishop of Rochester, he was known as a man of great leaning and deep and unshakable faith. He was supported by the King and appointed to the lifetime position of Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

    However, he too fell into disfavor with Henry when he also opposed the King’s unlawful divorce of Queen Catherine of Aragon. Bishop Fisher courageously warned Parliament of Henry’s encroaching powers over the Church in England in direct disregard of the Papal audit, and publicly preached against the divorce from the pulpit at the same time as Sir Thomas More was resigning his high office. By thus calling down the King’s fury on himself, the holy Bishop of Rochester suffered multiple imprisonments in the Tower, during which time he was made a Cardinal by the authority of Pope Paul III – and appointment which Henry rejected.

    Fisher was condemned to be hung, drawn and quartered; and, although originally sentenced to be killed on June 24, the feast of St. John the Baptist, the King had a superstitious fear of executing him on that feast because of the strong resemblance of the deaths of these two saints, and instead had him beheaded – ironically just like John the Baptist after all – two days earlier, on June 22, 1535.



    Thomas More and John Fisher were beatified together by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, and canonized together by Pius XI in 1935. One a layman and statesman, the other a priest and bishop – they stand together as models and heroes of religious freedom against encroaching government powers.

    please pray for us and all politicians all over the world
    Day 8 of Queen of Peace novena in Medjugorje thread
     
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  6. June 23, 2020
    Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 372

    Reading 1 2 Kgs 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36
    Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent envoys to Hezekiah
    with this message:
    “Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah:
    ‘Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you
    by saying that Jerusalem will not be handed over
    to the king of Assyria.
    You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done
    to all other countries: they doomed them!
    Will you, then, be saved?’”

    Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it;
    then he went up to the temple of the LORD,
    and spreading it out before him,
    he prayed in the LORD’s presence:
    “O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim!
    You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.
    You have made the heavens and the earth.
    Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen!
    Open your eyes, O LORD, and see!
    Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God.
    Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations
    and their lands, and cast their gods into the fire;
    they destroyed them because they were not gods,
    but the work of human hands, wood and stone.
    Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from the power of this man,
    that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
    that you alone, O LORD, are God.”

    Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah:
    “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
    in answer to your prayer for help against Sennacherib, king of Assyria:
    I have listened!
    This is the word the LORD has spoken concerning him:

    “‘She despises you, laughs you to scorn,
    the virgin daughter Zion!
    Behind you she wags her head,
    daughter Jerusalem.

    “‘For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant,
    and from Mount Zion, survivors.
    The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.’

    “Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria:
    ‘He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it,
    nor come before it with a shield,
    nor cast up siege-works against it.
    He shall return by the same way he came,
    without entering the city, says the LORD.
    I will shield and save this city for my own sake,
    and for the sake of my servant David.’”

    That night the angel of the LORD went forth and struck down
    one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp.
    So Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, broke camp,
    and went back home to Nineveh.

    Responsorial Psalm 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 10-11
    R. (see 9d) God upholds his city for ever.
    Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
    in the city of our God.
    His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
    is the joy of all the earth.
    R. God upholds his city for ever.
    Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
    is the city of the great King.
    God is with her castles;
    renowned is he as a stronghold.
    R. God upholds his city for ever.
    O God, we ponder your mercy
    within your temple.
    As your name, O God, so also your praise
    reaches to the ends of the earth.
    Of justice your right hand is full.
    R. God upholds his city for ever.

    Alleluia Jn 8:12
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
    whoever follows me will have the light of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 7:6, 12-14
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
    lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

    “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
    This is the Law and the Prophets.

    “Enter through the narrow gate;
    for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
    and those who enter through it are many.
    How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
    And those who find it are few.”

    Feast day of Saint Agrippina, Martyr, died 262
    Her legend states that she was a blonde princess born of a noble Roman family, and that she was martyred during the reign of Roman Emperors Valerian. She was either beheaded or scourged to death.

    Her body was said to have been taken to Mineo, Sicily, by three devout Christian women and their travels were aided by angels.
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    Saint Aggripina, please pray for us.
    Day 9 novena to the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje thread.
     
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  7. June 24, 2020

    Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
    Mass during the Day
    Lectionary: 587

    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6
    Hear me, O coastlands,
    listen, O distant peoples.
    The LORD called me from birth,
    from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
    He made of me a sharp-edged sword
    and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
    He made me a polished arrow,
    in his quiver he hid me.
    You are my servant, he said to me,
    Israel, through whom I show my glory.

    Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
    and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
    yet my reward is with the LORD,
    my recompense is with my God.
    For now the LORD has spoken
    who formed me as his servant from the womb,
    that Jacob may be brought back to him
    and Israel gathered to him;
    and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
    and my God is now my strength!
    It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
    to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
    and restore the survivors of Israel;
    I will make you a light to the nations,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

    Responsorial Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
    R. (14) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
    you know when I sit and when I stand;
    you understand my thoughts from afar.
    My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
    with all my ways you are familiar.
    R. I praise you for I am wonderfully made.
    Truly you have formed my inmost being;
    you knit me in my mother’s womb.
    I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
    wonderful are your works.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
    My soul also you knew full well;
    nor was my frame unknown to you
    When I was made in secret,
    when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
    R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

    Reading 2 Acts 13:22-26
    In those days, Paul said:
    “God raised up David as king;
    of him God testified,
    I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
    he will carry out my every wish.

    From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
    has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
    John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
    to all the people of Israel;
    and as John was completing his course, he would say,
    ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
    Behold, one is coming after me;
    I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’

    “My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham,
    and those others among you who are God-fearing,
    to us this word of salvation has been sent.”

    Alleluia See Lk 1:76
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80
    When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
    she gave birth to a son.
    Her neighbors and relatives heard
    that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
    and they rejoiced with her.
    When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
    they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
    but his mother said in reply,
    “No. He will be called John.”
    But they answered her,
    “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
    So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
    He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
    and all were amazed.
    Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
    and he spoke blessing God.
    Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
    and all these matters were discussed
    throughout the hill country of Judea.
    All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
    “What, then, will this child be?”
    For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
    The child grew and became strong in spirit,
    and he was in the desert until the day
    of his manifestation to Israel.

    The Nativity of John the Baptist on June 24 comes three months after the celebration on March 25 of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel told the Blessed Mother that her cousin Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy, and June 24th is six months before Christmas. These feast days are celebrated by the Church in an interlinking way.

    The Nativity of John the Baptist is one of the oldest feast days of the Christian church, being listed by the Council of Agde in 506 as one of that region's principal festivals, where it was a day of rest and, like Christmas, was celebrated with three Masses: a vigil, at dawn, and at midday.
    The Nativity of John the Baptist is a high-ranking liturgical feast, kept in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches.
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    Saint John the Baptist, please pray for us. May we all have a blessed day and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
     
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  8. June 25, 2020
    Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 374

    Reading 1 2 Kgs 24:8-17
    Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign,
    and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
    His mother’s name was Nehushta,
    daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.
    He did evil in the sight of the LORD,
    just as his forebears had done.

    At that time the officials of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
    attacked Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.
    Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,
    himself arrived at the city
    while his servants were besieging it.
    Then Jehoiachin, king of Judah, together with his mother,
    his ministers, officers, and functionaries,
    surrendered to the king of Babylon, who,
    in the eighth year of his reign, took him captive.
    And he carried off all the treasures
    of the temple of the LORD and those of the palace,
    and broke up all the gold utensils that Solomon, king of Israel,
    had provided in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had foretold.
    He deported all Jerusalem:
    all the officers and men of the army, ten thousand in number,
    and all the craftsmen and smiths.
    None were left among the people of the land except the poor.
    He deported Jehoiachin to Babylon,
    and also led captive from Jerusalem to Babylon
    the king’s mother and wives,
    his functionaries, and the chief men of the land.
    The king of Babylon also led captive to Babylon
    all seven thousand men of the army,
    and a thousand craftsmen and smiths,
    all of them trained soldiers.
    In place of Jehoiachin,
    the king of Babylon appointed his uncle Mattaniah king,
    and changed his name to Zedekiah.

    Responsorial Psalm 79:1b-2, 3-5, 8, 9
    R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
    O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
    they have defiled your holy temple,
    they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
    They have given the corpses of your servants
    as food to the birds of heaven,
    the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the earth.

    R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
    They have poured out their blood like water
    round about Jerusalem,
    and there is no one to bury them.
    We have become the reproach of our neighbors,
    the scorn and derision of those around us.
    O LORD, how long? Will you be angry forever?
    Will your jealousy burn like fire?

    R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
    Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
    may your compassion quickly come to us,
    for we are brought very low.

    R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
    Help us, O God our savior,
    because of the glory of your name;
    Deliver us and pardon our sins
    for your name’s sake.
    R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

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

    Gospel Mt 7:21-29
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
    will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
    but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
    Many will say to me on that day,
    ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
    Did we not drive out demons in your name?
    Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
    Then I will declare to them solemnly,
    ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

    “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
    will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
    The rain fell, the floods came,
    and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
    But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
    And everyone who listens to these words of mine
    but does not act on them
    will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
    The rain fell, the floods came,
    and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
    And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

    When Jesus finished these words,
    the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
    for he taught them as one having authority,
    and not as their scribes.

    Our Lady has requested that June 25th be celebrated as the Feast day of Our Lady Queen of Peace so that is what I will feature. This comes from a message she gave:
    February 2, 1982

    Our Lady was asked when She would like the Feast of The Queen of Peace to be celebrated. She smiled and said: "I would prefer that it take place June 25th. The faithful have come for the first time on that day, on the hill."

    Queen of Peace is the last invocation of Our Lady in the Litany of Loreto. It happened during World War I that Pope Benedict XV added to the Litany of Loreto, the title and invocation “Queen of Peace.” This Pope of Peace desired that the Catholics of the world pray through Mary’s intercession as Queen of Peace for an end to the devastating world war.
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    A crown of twelve stars surrounds her head.
    She holds out her hand and this is a pose that is somewhat different from her past poses...what does it mean? She tells us in a message on March 18, 2012
    “Dear children! I am coming among you because I desire to be your mother - your intercessor. I desire to be the bond between you and the Heavenly Father - your mediatrix. I desire to take you by the hand and to walk with you in the battle against the impure spirit. My children, consecrate yourselves to me completely. I will take your lives into my motherly hands and I will teach them peace and love, and then I will give them over to my Son. I am asking of you to pray and fast because only in this way will you know how to witness my Son in the right way through my motherly heart. Pray for your shepherds that, united in my Son, they can always joyfully proclaim the Word of God. Thank you. ”

    Queen of Peace, please pray for us.
     
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  9. June 26, 2020
    Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 375

    Reading 12 Kgs 25:1-12
    In the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign,
    on the tenth day of the month,
    Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and his whole army
    advanced against Jerusalem, encamped around it,
    and built siege walls on every side.
    The siege of the city continued until the eleventh year of Zedekiah.
    On the ninth day of the fourth month,
    when famine had gripped the city,
    and the people had no more bread,
    the city walls were breached.
    Then the king and all the soldiers left the city by night
    through the gate between the two walls
    that was near the king’s garden.
    Since the Chaldeans had the city surrounded,
    they went in the direction of the Arabah.
    But the Chaldean army pursued the king
    and overtook him in the desert near Jericho,
    abandoned by his whole army.

    The king was therefore arrested and brought to Riblah
    to the king of Babylon, who pronounced sentence on him.
    He had Zedekiah’s sons slain before his eyes.
    Then he blinded Zedekiah, bound him with fetters,
    and had him brought to Babylon.

    On the seventh day of the fifth month
    (this was in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar,
    king of Babylon),
    Nebuzaradan, captain of the bodyguard,
    came to Jerusalem as the representative
    of the king of Babylon.
    He burned the house of the LORD,
    the palace of the king, and all the houses of Jerusalem;
    every large building was destroyed by fire.
    Then the Chaldean troops who were with the captain of the guard
    tore down the walls that surrounded Jerusalem.

    Then Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard,
    led into exile the last of the people remaining in the city,
    and those who had deserted to the king of Babylon,
    and the last of the artisans.
    But some of the country’s poor, Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard,
    left behind as vinedressers and farmers.

    Responsorial Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
    R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
    By the streams of Babylon
    we sat and wept
    when we remembered Zion.
    On the aspens of that land
    we hung up our harps.
    R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
    Though there our captors asked of us
    the lyrics of our songs,
    And our despoilers urged us to be joyous:
    “Sing for us the songs of Zion!”
    R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
    How could we sing a song of the LORD
    in a foreign land?
    If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    may my right hand be forgotten!
    R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
    May my tongue cleave to my palate
    if I remember you not,
    If I place not Jerusalem
    ahead of my joy.
    R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

    Alleluia MT 8:17
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ took away our infirmities
    and bore our diseases.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 8:1-4
    When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.
    And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said,
    “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
    He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
    “I will do it. Be made clean.”
    His leprosy was cleansed immediately.
    Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one,
    but go show yourself to the priest,
    and offer the gift that Moses prescribed;
    that will be proof for them.”

    Feast day of Saint Pelagius of Córdoba, martyr born 912, died 925 patron of abandoned children, torture victims
    material from wikipedia
    Pelagius was left by his uncle at the age of ten with the Caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III of al-Andalus. The uncle was intending to trade the boy, Pelagius for the Bishop Hermoygius, previously captured by the Moors. The exchange never occurred, and Pelagius remained a captive for three years. According to the testimony of other prisoners, his courage, faith and appearance was such that the Caliph was impressed with him. When Pelagius turned thirteen, the Caliph offered him his freedom if Pelagius converted to Islam. One account says that caliph had a homosexual attraction to Pelagius. The boy, having remained a pious Christian, refused the Caliph's advances, striking the monarch and insulting him. Enraged, Abd-ar-Rahman had the boy tortured for six hours and then dismembered Other accounts have him being shot from a catapult over the city walls, with the Caliph expecting his body to be dashed on the rocks of the river. When Pelagius emerged unharmed, he was then decapitated. The various accounts uphold his refusal of the Caliph's wishes.

    Pelagius was a Christian martyr and canonized as "Saint Pelagius." His memorial is celebrated on June 26.
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    Saint Pelagius, please pray for us.
     
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  10. June 27, 2020
    Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 376

    Reading 1 Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19
    The Lord has consumed without pity
    all the dwellings of Jacob;
    He has torn down in his anger
    the fortresses of daughter Judah;
    He has brought to the ground in dishonor
    her king and her princes.

    On the ground in silence sit
    the old men of daughter Zion;
    They strew dust on their heads
    and gird themselves with sackcloth;
    The maidens of Jerusalem
    bow their heads to the ground.

    Worn out from weeping are my eyes,
    within me all is in ferment;
    My gall is poured out on the ground
    because of the downfall of the daughter of my people,
    As child and infant faint away
    in the open spaces of the town.

    In vain they ask their mothers,
    “Where is the grain?”
    As they faint away like the wounded
    in the streets of the city,
    And breathe their last
    in their mothers’ arms.

    To what can I liken or compare you,
    O daughter Jerusalem?
    What example can I show you for your comfort,
    virgin daughter Zion?
    For great as the sea is your downfall;
    who can heal you?

    Your prophets had for you
    false and specious visions;
    They did not lay bare your guilt,
    to avert your fate;
    They beheld for you in vision
    false and misleading portents.

    Cry out to the Lord;
    moan, O daughter Zion!
    Let your tears flow like a torrent
    day and night;
    Let there be no respite for you,
    no repose for your eyes.

    Rise up, shrill in the night,
    at the beginning of every watch;
    Pour out your heart like water
    in the presence of the Lord;
    Lift up your hands to him
    for the lives of your little ones
    Who faint from hunger
    at the corner of every street.

    Responsorial Psalm 74:1b-2, 3-5, 6-7, 20-21
    R. (19b) Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.
    Why, O God, have you cast us off forever?
    Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
    Remember your flock which you built up of old,
    the tribe you redeemed as your inheritance,
    Mount Zion, where you took up your abode.
    R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.
    Turn your steps toward the utter ruins;
    toward all the damage the enemy has done in the sanctuary.
    Your foes roar triumphantly in your shrine;
    they have set up their tokens of victory.
    They are like men coming up with axes to a clump of trees.
    R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.
    With chisel and hammer they hack at all the paneling of the sanctuary.
    They set your sanctuary on fire;
    the place where your name abides they have razed and profaned.
    R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.
    Look to your covenant,
    for the hiding places in the land and the plains are full of violence.
    May the humble not retire in confusion;
    may the afflicted and the poor praise your name.
    R. Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.

    Alleluia Mt 8:17
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ took away our infirmities
    and bore our diseases.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 8:5-17
    When Jesus entered Capernaum,
    a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
    “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
    He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
    The centurion said in reply,
    “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
    only say the word and my servant will be healed.
    For I too am a man subject to authority,
    with soldiers subject to me.
    And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
    and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
    and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
    When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
    “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
    I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
    and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
    at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
    but the children of the Kingdom
    will be driven out into the outer darkness,
    where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
    And Jesus said to the centurion,
    “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
    And at that very hour his servant was healed.

    Jesus entered the house of Peter,
    and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
    He touched her hand, the fever left her,
    and she rose and waited on him.

    When it was evening, they brought him many
    who were possessed by demons,
    and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
    to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

    He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

    Feast day of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Doctor of the Church died 444
    Christian theologian and bishop active in the complex doctrinal struggles of the 5th century. He is chiefly known for his campaign against Nestorius, bishop of Constantinople, whose views on Christ's nature were declared heretical. Cyril was named a doctor of the Church in 1882.
    [​IMG]Saint Cyril, please pray for us.

    Also June 27th is the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
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    The icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is full of symbolism. If you are interested in knowing more, links are provided to explain the symbolism of the icon. http://www.ourladyofperpetualhelppa...hind-the-our-lady-of-perpetual-help-icon.html
    http://www.baclaranchurch.org/meaning.html
     
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  11. June 28, 2020
    Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 97

    Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a
    One day Elisha came to Shunem,
    where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her.
    Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.
    So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God.
    Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof
    and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp,
    so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”
    Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight.

    Later Elisha asked, “Can something be done for her?”
    His servant Gehazi answered, “Yes!
    She has no son, and her husband is getting on in years.”
    Elisha said, “Call her.”
    When the woman had been called and stood at the door,
    Elisha promised, “This time next year
    you will be fondling a baby son.”

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19
    R. (2a) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    The promises of the LORD I will sing forever,
    through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
    For you have said, “My kindness is established forever;”
    in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
    in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
    At your name they rejoice all the day,
    and through your justice they are exalted.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
    You are the splendor of their strength,
    and by your favor our horn is exalted.
    For to the LORD belongs our shield,
    and the Holy One of Israel, our king.
    R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

    Reading 2 Rom 6:3-4, 8-11
    Brothers and sisters:
    Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
    were baptized into his death?
    We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
    so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
    by the glory of the Father,
    we too might live in newness of life.

    If, then, we have died with Christ,
    we believe that we shall also live with him.
    We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
    death no longer has power over him.
    As to his death, he died to sin once and for all;
    as to his life, he lives for God.
    Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin
    and living for God in Christ Jesus.

    Alleluia 1 Pt 2:9
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation;
    announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 10:37-42
    Jesus said to his apostles:
    “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
    and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
    and whoever does not take up his cross
    and follow after me is not worthy of me.
    Whoever finds his life will lose it,
    and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

    "Whoever receives you receives me,
    and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
    Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
    will receive a prophet’s reward,
    and whoever receives a righteous man
    because he is a righteous man
    will receive a righteous man’s reward.
    And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
    to one of these little ones to drink
    because the little one is a disciple—
    amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

    Feast day of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, martyr, died 202
    material from wikipedia and Catholic exchange
    Irenaeus was a Greek bishop noted for his role in guiding and expanding Christian communities in what is now the south of France and, more widely, for the development of Christian theology by combating heresy and defining orthodoxy. Originating from Smyrna, now Izmir in Turkey, he had seen and heard the preaching of Polycarp, the last known living connection with the Apostles, who in turn was said to have heard John the Evangelist. Chosen as bishop of Lugdunum, now Lyon, his best-known work is Against Heresies, often cited as Adversus Haereses, an attack on gnosticism, in particular that of Valentinus. To counter the doctrines of the gnostic sects claiming secret wisdom, he offered three pillars of orthodoxy: the scriptures, the tradition handed down from the apostles, and the teaching of the apostles' successors.
    His theological writings made a major contribution to the theological tradition and are still used to this day. Not only did he make a contribution to theology at large, but his writings tell us a lot about Mary in the early days of the Church and still influence our thoughts about her today. Saint Irenaeus is considered the father of mariology (the study of Mary). He was one of the first writers to describe Mary as the new Eve. Considering that Irenaeus was a student of Saint Polycarp who knew Saint John the Evangelist personally, it is thought that the early Catholic Church proclaimed Mary as the New Eve, the first meditation about her and her mission in the Church which has been given to us. Additionally, Saint Irenaeus described Mary as a vanquisher of heresy in his writings because during his life gnostics rejected the Old Testament. In the Mary as the New Eve, Irenaeus demonstrates the continuity of the Old Testament with the New Testament, thereby refuting the Gnostic heresy.
    Saint Irenaeus writes in Adversus Haereses the following: “And thus also it was that the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith.” Mary’s obedience and faith undoes the knots of Eve’s disobedience and unbelief.
    Saint Irenaeus is considered a martyr, but the specifics of his death are not known with certainty.
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    Saint Irenaeus, please pray for us.
     
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  12. June 29, 2020
    Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
    Mass during the Day
    Lectionary: 591

    Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11
    In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.
    He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword,
    and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews
    he proceeded to arrest Peter also.
    –It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.–
    He had him taken into custody and put in prison
    under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.
    He intended to bring him before the people after Passover.
    Peter thus was being kept in prison,
    but prayer by the Church was fervently being made
    to God on his behalf.

    On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial,
    Peter, secured by double chains,
    was sleeping between two soldiers,
    while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison.
    Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him
    and a light shone in the cell.
    He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying,
    “Get up quickly.”
    The chains fell from his wrists.
    The angel said to him, “Put on your belt and your sandals.”
    He did so.
    Then he said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.”
    So he followed him out,
    not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real;
    he thought he was seeing a vision.
    They passed the first guard, then the second,
    and came to the iron gate leading out to the city,
    which opened for them by itself.
    They emerged and made their way down an alley,
    and suddenly the angel left him.
    Then Peter recovered his senses and said,
    “Now I know for certain
    that the Lord sent his angel
    and rescued me from the hand of Herod
    and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting.”

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

    Reading 2 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18
    I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation,
    and the time of my departure is at hand.
    I have competed well; I have finished the race;
    I have kept the faith.
    From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
    which the Lord, the just judge,
    will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
    but to all who have longed for his appearance.

    The Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
    so that through me the proclamation might be completed
    and all the Gentiles might hear it.
    And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
    The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
    and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom.
    To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

    Alleluia Mt 16:18
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church,
    and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 16:13-19
    When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
    he asked his disciples,
    “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
    They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
    still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
    He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
    Simon Peter said in reply,
    “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
    Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
    For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
    And so I say to you, you are Peter,
    and upon this rock I will build my Church,
    and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
    Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
    and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    COLLECT PRAYER
    Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that we may be sustained by the intercession of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, that, as through them you gave your Church the foundations of her heavenly office, so through them you may help her to eternal salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

    from CatholicCulture
    St. Peter suffered martyrdom under Nero, in A.D. 66 or 67. He was buried on the hill of the Vatican where recent excavations have revealed his tomb on the very site of the Basilica of St. Peter's. St. Paul was beheaded in the Via Ostia on the spot where now stands the basilica bearing his name. Down the centuries Christian people in their thousands have gone on pilgrimage to the tombs of these Apostles. In the second and third centuries the Roman Church already stood pre-eminent by reason of her apostolicity, the infallible truth of her teaching and her two great figures, Sts. Peter and Paul.
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    A partial indulgence may be gained today by anyone who makes devout use of a religious article blessed by any priest but "if the article of devotion has been blessed by the Sovereign Pontiff or by any Bishop, the faithful, using it, can also gain a plenary indulgence, provided they also make a profession of faith (e.g. the Apostles Creed), as long as the usual conditions are satisfied.

    Saint Peter and Saint Paul, please pray for us and for the Holy Church.
     
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  13. June 30, 2020
    Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 378

    Reading 1 Am 3:1-8; 4:11-12
    Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you,
    over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:

    You alone have I favored,
    more than all the families of the earth;
    Therefore I will punish you
    for all your crimes.

    Do two walk together
    unless they have agreed?
    Does a lion roar in the forest
    when it has no prey?
    Does a young lion cry out from its den
    unless it has seized something?
    Is a bird brought to earth by a snare
    when there is no lure for it?
    Does a snare spring up from the ground
    without catching anything?
    If the trumpet sounds in a city,
    will the people not be frightened?
    If evil befalls a city,
    has not the LORD caused it?
    Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing
    without revealing his plan
    to his servants, the prophets.

    The lion roars--
    who will not be afraid!
    The Lord GOD speaks--
    who will not prophesy!

    I brought upon you such upheaval
    as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah:
    you were like a brand plucked from the fire;
    Yet you returned not to me,
    says the LORD.

    So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel!
    and since I will deal thus with you,
    prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

    Responsorial Psalm 5:4b-6a, 6b-7, 8
    R. (9a) Lead me in your justice, Lord.
    At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
    For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
    no evil man remains with you;
    the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
    R. Lead me in your justice, Lord.
    You hate all evildoers;
    you destroy all who speak falsehood;
    The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
    the LORD abhors.
    R. Lead me in your justice, Lord.
    But I, because of your abundant mercy,
    will enter your house;
    I will worship at your holy temple
    in fear of you, O LORD.
    R. Lead me in your justice, Lord.

    Alleluia Ps 130:5
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I trust in the LORD;
    my soul trusts in his word.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    GospelMt 8:23-27
    As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
    Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
    so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
    but he was asleep.
    They came and woke him, saying,
    “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
    He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
    Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
    and there was great calm.
    The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
    whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

    Feast day of the First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church died 64

    This feast has been assigned on the Calendar on the day following that of Saints Peter and Paul in honor of the first martyrs of the Church of Rome who were put to death in the ‘circus’ at the time of the persecution under Nero.
    In July of 64 A.D. a conflagration erupted in Rome which ravaged the city for six days and seven nights. In the end, more than half of Rome was destroyed. Rumor blamed the tragedy on Nero, who wanted to enlarge his palace. He shifted the blame by accusing the Christians. The Christians at that time were mostly slaves, the disenfranchised and foreigners. The cruelty and injustice of the ensuing persecution was difficult to imagine. Victims were torn to pieces by wild beasts or burned like living torches. Threatened by an army revolt and condemned to death by the senate, Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D. at the age of 31.
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    Please pray for us, Holy Martyrs of Rome.
     
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  14. July 1, 2020
    Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 379

    Reading 1 Am 5:14-15, 21-24
    Seek good and not evil,
    that you may live;
    Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts,
    be with you as you claim!
    Hate evil and love good,
    and let justice prevail at the gate;
    Then it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
    will have pity on the remnant of Joseph.

    I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the LORD,
    I take no pleasure in your solemnities;
    Your cereal offerings I will not accept,
    nor consider your stall-fed peace offerings.
    Away with your noisy songs!
    I will not listen to the melodies of your harps.
    But if you would offer me burnt offerings,
    then let justice surge like water,
    and goodness like an unfailing stream.

    Responsorial Psalm 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16bc-17
    R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    “Hear, my people, and I will speak;
    Israel, I will testify against you;
    God, your God, am I.”
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    “Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
    for your burnt offerings are before me always.
    I take from your house no bullock,
    no goats out of your fold.”
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    “For mine are all the animals of the forests,
    beasts by the thousand on my mountains.
    I know all the birds of the air,
    and whatever stirs in the plains, belongs to me.”
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    “If I were hungry, I should not tell you,
    for mine are the world and its fullness.
    Do I eat the flesh of strong bulls,
    or is the blood of goats my drink?”
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
    “Why do you recite my statutes,
    and profess my covenant with your mouth,
    Though you hate discipline
    and cast my words behind you?”
    R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

    Alleluia Jas 1:18
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
    that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 8:28-34
    When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
    two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
    They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
    They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
    Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
    Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
    The demons pleaded with him,
    “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
    And he said to them, “Go then!”
    They came out and entered the swine,
    and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
    where they drowned.
    The swineherds ran away,
    and when they came to the town they reported everything,
    including what had happened to the demoniacs.
    Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
    and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.

    Saint Junipero Serra, Apostle of California, died August 28, 1784
    From EWTN
    Saint Junipero Serra is the first saint to be canonized on the soil of the United States. Junipero was born in Majorca, a part of Spain in 1713. Junipero joined the Franciscan order when he was sixteen years old. After his ordination to the priesthood, Junipero taught philosophy and theology. He was recognized as a brilliant scholar. However, he felt a strong call to become a missionary and left Spain to evangelize people in the New World. On his journey, Junipero was bit by an insect in the leg which then became infected. He never recovered fully from the wound and it created a lifelong problem for him. Nonetheless, Junipero chose to walk on his numerous missionary journeys instead of riding a horse, just as Saint Francis had encouraged the friars to do. Junipero spent eighteen years in Mexico. He became president of the missions in Baja California. Junipero journeyed north and founded nine missions in present day California, the first in San Diego California called Mission San Diego de Alcala. With the primary mission of saving souls, Junipero baptized and confirmed thousands of people. In addition, the indigenous people were taught European methods of farming and animal husbandry. After traveling up the California coast founding missions here and there, Junipero died at the age of 70 at the Mission San Carlos Borromeo, in modern day Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He is buried under the floor of the sanctuary.
    Even though Junipero could have lived a comfortable life as a scholar and university professor in Spain, he chose to follow his missionary call, full of physical problems and many other struggles. He said, “All my life I have wanted to be a missionary. I have wanted to carry the Gospel message to those who have never heard of God and the kingdom He has prepared for them.” Junipero Serra was canonized September 23, 2015 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. by Pope Francis.
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    On my holy medal of Saint Junipero that I wear around my neck, it has one of his quotes that was "Always go forward, never turn back." Please pray, Saint Junipero, for us and especially for the conversion, sanctification and salvation of all Californians. Amen.

    July is the month of the Precious Blood of Jesus. There is a Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus that is so meaningful to pray. I will post it on this thread often throughout the whole month of July. I invite everyone to pray it daily during July. July 1 was the feast day of the Precious Blood of Jesus before the Church calendar changed in the last 1960’s. It is an important thing to contemplate that our salvation comes from the Precious Blood of Christ shed for us to redeem us from our sins. Here is a link that is so well written about the covenant of the Precious Blood of Jesus https://catholicism.org/ad-rem-no-110.html
    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
    God, the Father of Heaven,
    have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    have mercy on us.
    God, the Holy Spirit,
    have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God,
    have mercy on us.
    Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Without Which there is no forgiveness,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,
    save us.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    spare us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    graciously hear us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    have mercy on us, O Lord!
    V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
    R. And made us, for our God, a Kingdom.
    Let us pray.
    Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
     
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  15. July 2, 2020
    Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 380

    Reading 1Am 7:10-17
    Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam,
    king of Israel:
    “Amos has conspired against you here within Israel;
    the country cannot endure all his words.
    For this is what Amos says:
    Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
    and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land.”

    To Amos, Amaziah said:
    “Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!
    There earn your bread by prophesying,
    but never again prophesy in Bethel;
    for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”
    Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,
    nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;
    I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.
    The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me,
    ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
    Now hear the word of the LORD!”

    You say: prophesy not against Israel,
    preach not against the house of Isaac.
    Now thus says the LORD:
    Your wife shall be made a harlot in the city,
    and your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword;
    Your land shall be divided by measuring line,
    and you yourself shall die in an unclean land;
    Israel shall be exiled far from its land.

    Responsorial Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
    R. (10cd) The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul;
    The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
    R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
    R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
    The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
    R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.
    They are more precious than gold,
    than a heap of purest gold;
    Sweeter also than syrup
    or honey from the comb.
    R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

    Alleluia 2 Cor 5:19
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ
    and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    GospelMt 9:1-8
    After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town.
    And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher.
    When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
    “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”
    At that, some of the scribes said to themselves,
    “This man is blaspheming.”
    Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said,
    “Why do you harbor evil thoughts?
    Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
    or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
    But that you may know that the Son of Man
    has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
    he then said to the paralytic,
    “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”
    He rose and went home.
    When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe
    and glorified God who had given such authority to men.

    Since the Feast of the Visitation fell on the Feast day of Pentecost this year (May 31, 2020)...remembering the Visitation on the traditional date of the feast....July 2 which was the feast day prior to 1969.
    Gospel reading on the Visitation
    Gospel – Luke 1:39-56
    39 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,

    40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

    41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,

    42 cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

    43 And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

    44 For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

    45 Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord
    would be fulfilled.”

    46 And Mary said:“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
    47 my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed:
    49 the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
    50 He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
    51 He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
    52 He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly.
    53 He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
    54 He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
    55 the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

    56 Mary remained with her about three months
    and then returned to her home.
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    Holy Mother of God and Saint Elizabeth, please pray for us

    Litany of the Precious blood of Jesus in the last post is an option to pray daily in July.
     
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    EWTN is praying the rosary and the Litany of the Precious Blood Of Jesus every day after the live Mass at 9am ET. for the month of July.
     
  17. July 3, 2020
    Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle
    Lectionary: 593

    Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22
    Brothers and sisters:
    You are no longer strangers and sojourners,
    but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
    and members of the household of God,
    built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
    with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
    Through him the whole structure is held together
    and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
    in him you also are being built together
    into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

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

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

    Gospel Jn 20:24-29
    Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
    was not with them when Jesus came.
    So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
    But Thomas said to them,
    “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
    and put my finger into the nailmarks
    and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
    Now a week later his disciples were again inside
    and Thomas was with them.
    Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
    and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
    Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
    and bring your hand and put it into my side,
    and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
    Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
    Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
    Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

    According to traditional accounts of the Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala in India, Thomas is believed to have traveled to the Malabar Coast to preach the Gospel. t According to their tradition, Thomas reached modern-day North Paravur and Kodungalloor in the state of Kerala, India in the year 52. In 1258, some of the relics were brought to Italy, where they have been held in the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle. He is often regarded as the patron saint of India and the name Thomas remains quite popular among Christians of India.
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    Saint Thomas, please pray for us.

    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
    God, the Father of Heaven,
    have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    have mercy on us.
    God, the Holy Spirit,
    have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God,
    have mercy on us.
    Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Without Which there is no forgiveness,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,
    save us.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    spare us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    graciously hear us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    have mercy on us, O Lord!
    V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
    R. And made us, for our God, a Kingdom.
    Let us pray.
    Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
     
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  18. July 4, 2020
    Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (First Saturday)
    Lectionary: 382

    Reading 1 Am 9:11-15
    Thus says the LORD:
    On that day I will raise up
    the fallen hut of David;
    I will wall up its breaches,
    raise up its ruins,
    and rebuild it as in the days of old,
    That they may conquer what is left of Edom
    and all the nations that shall bear my name,
    say I, the LORD, who will do this.
    Yes, days are coming,
    says the LORD,
    When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
    and the vintager, him who sows the seed;
    The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains,
    and all the hills shall run with it.
    I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel;
    they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities,
    Plant vineyards and drink the wine,
    set out gardens and eat the fruits.
    I will plant them upon their own ground;
    never again shall they be plucked
    From the land I have given them,
    say I, the LORD, your God.

    Responsorial Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
    R. (see 9b) The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
    I will hear what God proclaims;
    the LORD–for he proclaims peace to his people.
    Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
    glory dwelling in our land.
    R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
    Kindness and truth shall meet;
    justice and peace shall kiss.
    Truth shall spring out of the earth,
    and justice shall look down from heaven.
    R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
    The LORD himself will give his benefits;
    our land shall yield its increase.
    Justice shall walk before him,
    and salvation, along the way of his steps.
    R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

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

    Gospel Mt 9:14-17
    The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
    “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
    but your disciples do not fast?”
    Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
    as long as the bridegroom is with them?
    The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
    and then they will fast.
    No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth,
    for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
    People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
    Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
    Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

    Feast day of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal (1271 – July 4, 1336)

    from franciscanmedia.org
    Saint Elizabeth of Portugal’s Story
    Elizabeth is usually depicted in royal garb with a dove or an olive branch. At her birth in 1271, her father Pedro III, future king of Aragon, was reconciled with his father James, the reigning monarch. This proved to be a portent of things to come. Under the healthful influences surrounding her early years, she quickly learned self-discipline and acquired a taste for spirituality.

    Thus fortunately prepared, Elizabeth was able to meet the challenge when at the age of 12, she was given in marriage to Denis, king of Portugal. She was able to establish for herself a pattern of life conducive to growth in God’s love, not merely through her exercises of piety, including daily Mass, but also through her exercise of charity, by which she was able to befriend and help pilgrims, strangers, the sick, the poor—in a word, all those whose need came to her notice. At the same time she remained devoted to her husband, whose infidelity to her was a scandal to the kingdom.

    Denis, too, was the object of many of her peace endeavors. Elizabeth long sought peace for him with God, and was finally rewarded when he gave up his life of sin. She repeatedly sought and effected peace between the king and their rebellious son Alfonso, who thought that he was passed over to favor the king’s illegitimate children. She acted as peacemaker in the struggle between Ferdinand, king of Aragon, and his cousin James, who claimed the crown. And finally from Coimbra, where she had retired as a Franciscan tertiary to the monastery of the Poor Clares after the death of her husband, Elizabeth set out and was able to bring about a lasting peace between her son Alfonso, now king of Portugal, and his son-in-law, the king of Castile.

    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
    God, the Father of Heaven,
    have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    have mercy on us.
    God, the Holy Spirit,
    have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God,
    have mercy on us.
    Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Without Which there is no forgiveness,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,
    save us.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    spare us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    graciously hear us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    have mercy on us, O Lord!
    V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
    R. And made us, for our God, a Kingdom.
    Let us pray.
    Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
     
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  19. July 5, 2020
    Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 100

    Reading 1 Zec 9:9-10
    Thus says the LORD:
    Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,
    shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
    See, your king shall come to you;
    a just savior is he,
    meek, and riding on an ass,
    on a colt, the foal of an ass.
    He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,
    and the horse from Jerusalem;
    the warrior’s bow shall be banished,
    and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.
    His dominion shall be from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
    R. (cf. 1) I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    I will extol you, O my God and King,
    and I will bless your name forever and ever.
    Every day will I bless you,
    and I will praise your name forever and ever.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
    The LORD is good to all
    and compassionate toward all his works.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
    Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is faithful in all his words
    and holy in all his works.
    The LORD lifts up all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Reading 2 ROM 8:9, 11-13
    Brothers and sisters:
    You are not in the flesh;
    on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
    if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
    Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
    If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
    the one who raised Christ from the dead
    will give life to your mortal bodies also,
    through his Spirit that dwells in you.
    Consequently, brothers and sisters,
    we are not debtors to the flesh,
    to live according to the flesh.
    For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
    but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
    you will live.

    Alleluia Cf. Mt 11:25
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 11:25-30
    At that time Jesus exclaimed:
    “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
    for although you have hidden these things
    from the wise and the learned
    you have revealed them to little ones.
    Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
    All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
    No one knows the Son except the Father,
    and no one knows the Father except the Son
    and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

    “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
    for I am meek and humble of heart;
    and you will find rest for yourselves.
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
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    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
    God, the Father of Heaven,
    have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    have mercy on us.
    God, the Holy Spirit,
    have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God,
    have mercy on us.
    Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Without Which there is no forgiveness,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,
    save us.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    spare us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    graciously hear us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    have mercy on us, O Lord!
    V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
    R. And made us, for our God, a Kingdom.
    Let us pray.
    Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
     
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  20. July 6, 2020
    Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 383

    Reading 1 Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22
    Thus says the LORD:
    I will allure her;
    I will lead her into the desert
    and speak to her heart.
    She shall respond there as in the days of her youth,
    when she came up from the land of Egypt.

    On that day, says the LORD,
    She shall call me “My husband,”
    and never again “My baal.”

    I will espouse you to me forever:
    I will espouse you in right and in justice,
    in love and in mercy;
    I will espouse you in fidelity,
    and you shall know the LORD.

    Responsorial Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
    R. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    Every day will I bless you,
    and I will praise your name forever and ever.
    Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
    his greatness is unsearchable.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    Generation after generation praises your works
    and proclaims your might.
    They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
    and tell of your wondrous works.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
    and declare your greatness.
    They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your justice.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.
    The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
    The LORD is good to all
    and compassionate toward all his works.
    R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.

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

    Gospel Mt 9:18-26
    While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
    knelt down before him, and said,
    “My daughter has just died.
    But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
    Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
    A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
    and touched the tassel on his cloak.
    She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
    Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
    “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
    And from that hour the woman was cured.

    When Jesus arrived at the official’s house
    and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
    he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”
    And they ridiculed him.
    When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand,
    and the little girl arose.
    And news of this spread throughout all that land.


    Feast day of Saint Maria Teresa Goretti, Virgin, martyr, died 1902

    Maria Teresa Goretti is an Italian virgin-martyr of the Catholic Church, and one of the youngest saints to be canonized. She was born to a farming family. Her father died when she was nine, and they had to share a house with another family, the Serenellis. Maria took over household duties while her mother, brothers, and sister worked in the fields.

    One afternoon, Alessandro, the Serenellis' twenty-year-old son, made sexual advances to her. When she refused to submit to him, he stabbed her fourteen times. She was taken to the hospital but she died forgiving him. He was arrested, convicted, and jailed. During imprisonment, he repented. After 27 years he was released from prison and visited her mother to beg forgiveness, which she granted. He later became a lay brother in a monastery, dying in 1970. She was beatified in 1947, and canonized in 1950. She is especially venerated in the Congregation of the Passion (Passionists).
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    Saint Maria Goretti, please pray for us.
    Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
    God, the Father of Heaven,
    have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    have mercy on us.
    God, the Holy Spirit,
    have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God,
    have mercy on us.
    Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Without Which there is no forgiveness,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
    save us.
    Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,
    save us.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    spare us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    graciously hear us, O Lord!.
    Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
    have mercy on us, O Lord!
    V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
    R. And made us, for our God, a Kingdom.
    Let us pray.
    Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
     
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