Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Pope Francis "The holiness of God must be reflected in our actions, in our life." FULL Text + Video at Audience


GENERAL AUDIENCE



St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Catechesis on "Our Father": 8. May your name be sanctified

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

It seems that winter is leaving and so we are back in the Piazza. Welcome to the square! In our journey of rediscovering the prayer of the "Our Father", today we will deepen the first of his seven invocations, that is, "let your name be sanctified".

The questions of the "Our Father" are seven, easily divisible into two subgroups. The first three have the "You" of God the Father at the center; the other four have "us" and our human needs at the center. In the first part Jesus makes us enter into his desires, all addressed to the Father: "hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done"; in the second it is He who enters us and becomes the interpreter of our needs: the daily bread, the forgiveness of sins, the help in temptation and the liberation from evil.

Here is the matrix of every Christian prayer - I would say of every human prayer -, which is always made, on the one hand, of contemplation of God, of his mystery, of his beauty and goodness, and, on the other, of sincere and courageous request of what we need to live, and live well. Thus, in its simplicity and its essentiality, the "Our Father" educates those who pray to him not to multiply vain words, because - as Jesus himself says - "your Father knows what things you need even before you ask them" (Mt 6.8).

When we talk to God, we do not do it to reveal to Him what we have in our hearts: He knows him much better than we do! If God is a mystery to us, we are not an enigma in his eyes (cf. Ps 139: 1-4). God is like those mothers who need only a glance to understand everything about children: if they are happy or sad, if they are sincere or hide something ...

The first step in Christian prayer is therefore the surrender of ourselves to God, to his providence. It is like saying: "Lord, You know everything, you do not even need to tell my pain, I only ask you to stay here beside me: you are my hope". It is interesting to note that Jesus, in the speech of the mountain, immediately after transmitting the text of the "Our Father", exhorts us not to worry and not to worry about things. It seems like a contradiction: first he teaches us to ask for the daily bread and then he tells us: «Do not worry then saying: what will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? "(Mt 6,31). But the contradiction is only apparent: the Christian's questions express confidence in the Father; and it is precisely this trust that makes us ask for what we need without worry and agitation.

This is why we pray by saying: "Let your name be sanctified!". In this question - the first! "Let your name be sanctified!" - you can feel all the admiration of Jesus for the beauty and the greatness of the Father, and the desire that all recognize him and love him for what he really is. And at the same time there is the supplication that his name is sanctified in us, in our family, in our community, in the whole world. It is God who sanctifies us, who transforms us with his love, but at the same time we too are the ones who, through our witness, manifest the holiness of God in the world, making his name present. God is holy, but if we, if our life is not holy, there is a great incoherence! The holiness of God must be reflected in our actions, in our life. "I am a Christian, God is holy, but I do so many bad things", no, this is not necessary. This also hurts; this scandalizes and does not help.

The holiness of God is an expanding force, and we plead because it quickly breaks down the barriers of our world. When Jesus begins to preach, the first to pay the consequences is precisely the evil that afflicts the world. The evil spirits swear: «What do you want from us, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to ruin us? I know who you are: the saint of God! "(Mk 1:24). One had never seen such a holiness: not worried about herself, but outstretched. A holiness - that of Jesus - that spreads out in concentric circles, like when a stone is thrown into a pond. Evil has its days counted - evil is not eternal - evil can no longer harm us: the strong man who takes possession of his house has arrived (cf. Mk 3: 23-27). And this strong man is Jesus, who also gives us the strength to take possession of our inner home.

Prayer drives away all fear. The Father loves us, the Son raises his arms side by side with ours, the Spirit works in secret for the redemption of the world. And U.S? We do not waver in uncertainty. But we have a great certainty: God loves me; Jesus gave his life for me! The Spirit is inside of me. This is the great sure thing. And the bad? He's afraid. And this is beautiful.
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Greetings in Various Languages:
Je suis heureux de saluer les pèlerins venus du Canada, de Suisse et de France. Je salue les groupes de plusieurs diocèses et de paroisses françaises, en particulier ceux du diocèse de Belley-Ars et de Brazzaville avec Mgr Roland, du diocèse de Poitiers avec Mgr Wintzer, de la paroisse de Porto-Vecchio ; en outre, je salue tous les jeunes présents, en particulier ceux du diocèse de Créteil avec Mgr Santier. Demandons à l’Esprit Saint de nous aider à manifester par toute notre vie la sainteté de Dieu et à rendre son nom présent dans le monde. Que notre prière nous permette ainsi de grandir dans la confiance en Dieu, en sa providence. Que Dieu vous bénisse !

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Wales, Norway and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace. God bless you!

Sehr herzlich grüße ich die Pilger deutscher Sprache, insbesondere die Gruppe der Behindertenseelsorge im Bistum Mainz. Als Heilige wird man nicht geboren. Die Heiligkeit ist ein Geschenk Jesu. Im Vaterunser bitten wir den Herrn um eine größere Ausbreitung der Heiligkeit in uns und in der Welt. Der Heilige Geist begleite euch auf eurem Weg zur Heiligkeit.

Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica. Pidamos al Señor que con la fuerza de su santidad destruya el mal que aflige a nuestro mundo, y nos conceda vivir con la convicción de que su amor redentor, que ha vencido al maligno, no nos abandona nunca. Que Dios los bendiga. Muchas gracias.Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa: uma saudação cordial a todos, particularmente aos sacerdotes de Setúbal, aos fiéis de Santarém e Ericeira e aos grupos vindos do Brasil. Faço votos de que esta peregrinação a Roma fortaleça em vós os bons propósitos para dar testemunho do Evangelho de Jesus, impelidos pela coragem que a oração infunde nos vossos corações. Deus vos abençoe!

أرحّب بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصّة بالقادمين من مصر ومن العراق ومن الشرق الأوسط. إن الهدف الوحيد للدعاء باسم الله هو تقديسه وليس استغلاله. فطلب "لِيتقَدَّسِ اسمُكَ" يعني الالتزام بتحويل حياتي لأنشودة شكر لعظمة الله؛ يعني إعلان أيماني به بشكل ملموس؛ يعني الانخراط في درب القداسة كي يمجد الآخرون اسمه المقدس. ليبارككم الربّ جميعًا ويحرسكم دائمًا من الشرير!
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, bądźcie wytrwali w modlitwie, aby świętość Boga naszego Ojca przeniknęła wasze serca i uczyniła was świadkami Jego świętego imienia w waszych rodzinach, wspólnotach i w świecie. Bądźcie ufni: każde zło zostanie pokonane przez świętość Boga. Niech Jego błogosławieństwo stale towarzyszy wam i waszym najbliższym.

Srdačno pozdravljam hrvatske hodočasnike, osobito bogoslove, studente i profesore Katoličkoga bogoslovnog fakulteta u Đakovu. Dragi prijatelji, ohrabrujem vas da se posvetite s marljivošću i predanošću svojim studijima, kako biste bili „spremni na odgovor svakomu koji od vas zatraži obrazloženje nade koja je u vama“ (1 Pt 3, 15). Potičem vas prije svega da uskladite intelektualni rad s osobnim i crkvenim životom. Ova korizma neka vam bude milosno vrijeme u kojem ćete obnoviti predanje svoga srca i uma Gospodinu. Hvaljen Isus i Marija!
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I extend a cordial welcome to the Italian-speaking faithful.

I am pleased to welcome the pilgrims from the Diocese of Mantua, with the Bishop Monsignor Gianmarco Busca; the parish groups, in particular those of Alife, accompanied by the Bishop, Mons. Valentino Di Cerbo; of Gubbio and San Vito dei Normanni.

I greet the Delegation of the Benedictine Fiaccola, with the Archbishop of Spoleto-Norcia, Mons. Renato Boccardo.

A special thought I address to young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds.

I wish each one of you that your pilgrimage to the tombs of the Holy Apostles is an encouragement to spread enthusiastically the perennial news of the saving message brought by Christ to every man, starting with the most distant and dispossessed.
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Quote to SHARE by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI "Holiness does not consist in never having erred or sinned. Holiness increases the capacity for conversion, for repentance....especially, for reconciliation and forgiveness.”


“Holiness does not consist in never having erred or sinned. Holiness increases the capacity for conversion, for repentance, for willingness to start again and, especially, for reconciliation and forgiveness.” 
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Francis speaks against the Death Penalty "...a serious violation of the right to life that every person has."

VIDEO MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE VII WORLD CONGRESS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

[Brussels, February 27 - March 1, 2019]

I greet the organizers and participants in the VII World Congress against the death penalty, which is held in Brussels.

Human life is a gift that we have received, the most important and primary, source of all other gifts and all other rights. And as such it needs to be protected. In addition, for the believer the human being has been created in the image and likeness of God. But, both for believers and non-believers, every life is a good and its dignity must be guarded without exception.

Capital punishment is then a serious violation of the right to life that every person has. While it is true that human societies and communities often face very serious crimes that threaten the common good and the safety of people, it is no less true that today there are other means to atone for the damage caused, and Detention systems are increasingly effective in protecting society from the harm that some people can cause. On the other hand, the conviction of offering even the guilty of crimes the possibility of repentance can never be abandoned.

For this reason, it is a positive sign that more and more countries are betting on life and no longer use the death penalty, or have completely eliminated it from its criminal legislation.

The Church has always defended life, and her vision of the death penalty has matured. For this reason, I wanted that this point be modified in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. For a long time the death penalty was taken into account as an adequate response to the seriousness of some crimes and also to protect the common good. However, the dignity of the person is not lost even if he has committed the worst of the crimes. No one can take his life and deprive him of the opportunity to embrace again the community he hurt and made suffer.

The objective of the abolition of the death penalty worldwide represents a courageous affirmation of the principle of the dignity of the human person and of the conviction that the human race can face crime, as well as reject evil, offering the condemned the possibility and time to repair the damage committed, think about their action and thus be able to change their lives, at least internally.

I accompany you with my prayer and I encourage you in your work and deliberations, as well as the Rulers and all those who have responsibilities in their countries so that the necessary steps are taken towards the total abolition of the death penalty. In our hands is to recognize in each person their dignity and work so that no more lives are eliminated, but earned for the good of the whole society. Thank you. FULL TEXT Share from Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

Russian Orthodox of Europe split with Orthodox Church of Constantinople

European Russians break ties with Constantinople
by Vladimir Rozanskij
This is an existing structure in 10 European countries (France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Norway). Bartholomew wanted them to submit to the Greek bishops in European countries. The Patriarchate of Romania, the Russian Church abroad, the Patriarchate of Moscow are open to welcoming them.
Moscow (AsiaNews) - Since February 23rd, the Russian Orthodox exarchate, so far linked to the patriarchate of Constantinople, has decided to break ties with Bartholomew, following his choice to approve the autocephalous Church in Ukraine.
Anticipating possible objections, Bartholomew himself had suppressed the archdiocese of the European Russians as early as the end of November, more than a month before the delivery of the Autochthonous Tomos to the Church of Kiev.
The decision presupposed the self-liquidation of the Russian parishes of Constantinople, with the submission to the Greek bishops in the European countries. In the general assembly of last February 23, Russian parish priests refused to submit to this decision, after a series of meetings and local protests that already anticipated the breakup.
The representatives of the ex-exarchate have challenged Constantinople’s right to unilaterally decide their fate, recalling the democratic traditions of the European Orthodox communities and the history of Russian emigration in these countries. The Exarchate intends to continue to exist outside the jurisdiction of Bartholomew.
This is an existing structure in 10 European countries (France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Norway), including 65 parishes, 11 major historic churches, two monasteries and seven hermitages. For the survival of the exarchate, 191 of the 206 participants in the assembly voted, with only 15 in favor of Constantinople.
They now must decide which jurisdiction to join. The possibilities are basically three: the patriarchate of Romania, the Russian Church abroad (in communion with Moscow, but with an autonomous structure), and the same patriarchate of Moscow.
All three Orthodox administrations declared themselves ready to welcome the European Russian communities: the Romanians for the large percentage of Romanians and Moldovans present in them; the Russians abroad for the historical bond of Russian emigration; Moscow for the call of the original motherland.
During the assembly of 23 February a letter was read from the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill (Gundjaev), who declared himself ready to welcome all the communities respecting their historical characteristics of autonomy and European integration, as expressed by the statutes of these Churches.
However, the proposal leaves some perplexities. In the last two decades, Moscow has exercised a very authoritarian policy, imposing on its parishes in Europe (which are more than 200) to adapt to the standards of the patriarchate of Moscow, eliminating the use of local languages ​​and traditions. Many participants in the assembly insisted on postponing the matter to another meeting in 2019.
In France the representative of Constantinople, Metropolitan Emmanuel (Adamakis), proposed forming an independent community within his diocese of Gallia, preserving the Russian traditions of the last 100 years. The Greek bishop in Italy, Metropolitan Gennadios (Zervos), has instead imposed the merger with the Greeks, provoking the reaction of the Russians in the historical parishes of Florence and Sanremo, who have passed to the Russian Church abroad to avoid the loss of their own church.
The bishop administrator of the Russian parishes in Europe, the metropolitan of Vienna and Budapest Antonij (Sevrjuk), sent a letter to the bishop of the former Russian archdiocese of Paris Ioann (Renneteau). Antonij is assisted by the new metropolitan of Korsun and Western Europe Ioann (Roščin), based in Paris.
They have communicated the will of the patriarchate of Moscow to welcome all the European Orthodox who in some way refer to the Russian tradition, divided from the homeland because of "sad circumstances of the past, and of the persecution of the Church in Russia", while today the Church of Moscow is ready to "re-establish its maternal assistance to the communities coming from the Russian tradition in Western Europe", respecting its traditions of the last century, and with the right to participate in the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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Devotion to Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows and Litany Prayers to SHARE with Miracle Promises

 The Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows remembers, in prayer, 7 times when the mother of Jesus experienced great pains in her heart due to the sufferings of Jesus. Honoring Our Lady due to her sorrows became popular in the 12th Century especially by the Benedictines. A feast to Our Lady of Sorrows was first celebrated in 1482 under the title of Our Lady of Compassion. In 1814 the feast was changed to Our Lady of Sorrows and is celebrated on September 15. (On February 27, is the feast day of St. Gabriel of the Seven Sorrows, who promoted this devotion)
The Seven Graces (promises) of this Devotion
  1. I will grant peace to their families.

  2.They will be enlightened about the Divine mysteries.
  3. I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
  4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
  5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
  6. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
  7. I have obtained this Grace from my Divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.


7 Sorrows Devotional Prayers: 
Sorrow 1

The Presentation in the Temple

FIRST PRAYER OF THE CHAPLET:
The Seven Dolors of The Blessed Virgin Mary
 

V: O God, come to my assistance;
R: O Lord, make haste to help me
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

1. I grieve for you, O Mary, most sorrowful, in the affliction of your tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by your heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.


Sorrow 2
The Flight into Egypt
 
THE SECOND PRAYER OF THE CHAPLET:
The Seven Dolors of The Blessed Virgin Mary
V: O God, come to my assistance;
R: O Lord, make haste to help me
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
2. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of your most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and your sojourn there.
Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Sorrow 3
Loss of Jesus For Three Days
THE THIRD PRAYER OF THE CHAPLET:
The Seven Dolors of The Blessed Virgin Mary
V: O God, come to my assistance;
R: O Lord, make haste to help me
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

3. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried your troubled heart at the lost of your dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen. 
Sorrow 4
The Way to Calvary
 
THE FOURTH PRAYER OF THE CHAPLET:
The Seven Dolors of The Blessed Virgin Mary

V: O God, come to my assistance;
R: O Lord, make haste to help me
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
 4. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of your heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His cross. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Sorrow 5
The Crucifixion 
THE FIFTH PRAYER OF THE CHAPLET:
The Seven Dolors of The Blessed Virgin Mary
 

V: O God, come to my assistance;
R: O Lord, make haste to help me
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

5. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which your generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by your afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Sorrow 6
The Descent from the Cross
THE SIXTH PRAYER OF THE CHAPLET:
The Seven Dolors of The Blessed Virgin Mary
 

V: O God, come to my assistance;
R: O Lord, make haste to help me
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

6. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of your compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance before His Body was removed from the cross. Dear Mother, by your heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of
understanding.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Sorrow 7
The Burial of Jesus
THE SEVENTH PRAYER OF THE CHAPLET:
The Seven Dolors of The Blessed Virgin Mary
 

V: O God, come to my assistance;
R: O Lord, make haste to help me
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

7. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched your most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
PRAYER OF ST. BONAVENTURE TO
THE MOTHER OF SORROWS

O sorrowful Virgin, unite me at least to the humiliations and wounds of thy Son, so that both He and thee may find comfort in having someone sharing thy sufferings. Oh, how happy I would be if I could do this! For is there perhaps anything greater, sweeter, or more advantageous for a person? Why dost thou not grant me what I ask? If I have offended thee, be just and pierce my heart. If I have been faithful to thee, leave me not without a reward: give me thy sorrows.

 

PRAYER OF ST. ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI
 

O afflicted Virgin, O soul great in virtues, as in sorrows, both the one and the other spring from that great fire burning in thyr heart for God, the only love of thy heart!
Mother, have pity on me, who has not loved God, and who has so greatly offended Him. Thy sorrows, it is true, assure me of pardon, but that is not sufficient. I wish to love God. Who could obtain for me that grace if not thee, who are the Mother of holy love! O Mary, Thou consolest everyone; favor me also, with thy consolations. Amen. 

APPROVED BY POPE PIUS VII  IN 1815 

Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

by Pope Pius VII
V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
R. 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 Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of the Crucified, [etc.]
Sorrowful Mother
Mournful Mother
Sighing Mother
Afflicted Mother
Foresaken Mother
Desolate Mother
Mother most sad
Mother set around with anguish
Mother overwhelmed by grief
Mother transfixed by a sword
Mother crucified in thy heart
Mother bereaved of thy Son
Sighing Dove
Mother of Dolors
Fount of tears
Sea of bitterness
Field of tribulation
Mass of suffering
Mirror of patience
Rock of constancy
Remedy in perplexity
Joy of the afflicted
Ark of the desolate
Refuge of the abandoned
Shiled of the oppressed
Conqueror of the incredulous
Solace of the wretched
Medicine of the sick
Help of the faint
Strength of the weak
Protectress of those who fight
Haven of the shipwrecked
Calmer of tempests
Companion of the sorrowful
Retreat of those who groan
Terror of the treacherous
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs
Treasure of the Faithful
Light of Confessors
Pearl of Virgins
Comfort of Widows
Joy of all Saints
Queen of thy Servants
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled
V. Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
1. The Prophecy of Simeon
2. The Flight into Egypt
3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple
4. Mary meets Jesus Carrying the Cross
5. The Crucifixion
6. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Her Son
7. The Burial of Her Son and Closing of the Tomb.


Litany by Pope Pius VII

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - #Eucharist


Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 343

Reading 1SIR 4:11-19

Wisdom breathes life into her children
and admonishes those who seek her.
He who loves her loves life;
those who seek her will be embraced by the Lord.
He who holds her fast inherits glory;
wherever he dwells, the LORD bestows blessings.
Those who serve her serve the Holy One;
those who love her the LORD loves.
He who obeys her judges nations;
he who hearkens to her dwells in her inmost chambers.
If one trusts her, he will possess her;
his descendants too will inherit her.
She walks with him as a stranger
and at first she puts him to the test;
Fear and dread she brings upon him
and tries him with her discipline
until she try him by her laws and trust his soul.
Then she comes back to bring him happiness
and reveal her secrets to them
and she will heap upon him
treasures of knowledge and an understanding of justice.
But if he fails her, she will abandon him
and deliver him into the hands of despoilers.

Responsorial PsalmPS 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175

R. (165a)  O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
Those who love your law have great peace,
and for them there is no stumbling block.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
I keep your precepts and your decrees,
for all my ways are before you.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
My lips pour forth your praise,
because you teach me your statutes.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
May my tongue sing of your promise,
for all your commands are just.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
Let my soul live to praise you,
and may your ordinances help me.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

AlleluiaJN 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 9:38-40

John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us."