Thursday, June 6, 2019

Saint June 7 : St. Robert of Newminster a Cistercian #Abbot who Died in 1159

St. Robert of Newminster CISTERCIAN ABBOT
Born: 1100 at Gargrave, Craven district, Yorkshire county, England
Died: 7 June 1159 at Newminster England

He was a native of Yorkshire, and even in his childhood an enemy to the usual amusements of that age, loving only prayer, serious reading, and useful and pious employments. Having finished his studies, he was ordained priest, and instituted to a rectorship of a parish in the diocese of York; but after discharging that office some time with great assiduity and zeal, he resigned that living, and took the religious habit in the Benedictine monastery of our Lady in York. Richard, the prior of this house, and twelve others, desiring to serve God according to the primitive institute of the Benedictine Order, left the monastery, with leave of the abbot, and endeavoring to execute their project, struggled with incredible hardships; till Thurstan, the pious archbishop of York, gave them a desert valley, called Scheldale, with the town of Sutton, where, in the midst of winter, and in extreme poverty they founded the celebrated abbey which, from certain springs, was called Fountains, in 1132. The Cistercian Order, which had been lately introduced into England, and settled at Rievalle, was perfectly agreeable to the fervent dispositions of this holy colony; and at their request the monastery of Fountains was received into it by St. Bernard, who in his letters extols the perfection and sanctity of this new nursery of saints, which, from the beginning, was a model to the whole order for devotion, austerity in fasts, labor, by which all the monks procured their subsistence, fervor in all religious exercises, and cheerfulness in singing assiduously the divine praises. No murmur or sadness was known among them; nor any strife or contention ever heard of, unless of charity or humility: they never yielded to rest, till fatigued with labor; and always came hungry from their slender table, which was chiefly furnished with pulse and roots from their garden. St. Robert seemed so far to eclipse the rest of this holy company by the lustre of his piety, that they all had their eyes on him in their religions duties, and studied to transcribe his fervor in their actions. Ranulph of Merley, baron of Morpeth, paying a visit to the monastery of Fountains five years after its foundation, was so struck with the edifying deportment of the terrestrial angels who inhabited it, that he obtained of the abbot Richard a certain number of those monks, and built for them a monastery called Newminster, near Morpeth, in Northumberland, in 1137, of which St. Robert was appointed abbot.

The saint in his new dignity thought it his duty not only to walk before his brethren, but to go beyond them all in every religious observance; and all his virtues seemed to receive new vigor, and a new degree of perfection in this eminent station. His affection to holy prayer is not to be expressed. He recommended to God continually those committed to his care, and with many tears poured forth his soul for them night and day. He was favored with the gift of prophecy and miracles. He founded another monastery a Pipinelle, or Rivebelle, in Northamptonshire, and lived in the strictest union of holy friendship with St. Bernard; also with St. Godric, a holy hermit in those parts, illiterate as to secular learning, but a most spiritual man. St. Robert finished his course by a happy death on the 7th of June, 1159. Miracles attested his sanctity to the world. He is named in the Roman Martyrology.


Alban Butler - Lives of the Saints

Pope Francis tells Service Workers "...to offer everyone a simple but incisive Christian witness!"


SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE VATICAN SERVICE SERVICE PERSONNEL AND VATICAN TELEPHONE SERVICE
OF THE DIRECTORATE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS, WITH FAMILIES

Sala Clementina
Thursday, 6 June 2019

Dear brothers and sisters!

I address my cordial welcome to each of you. I greet Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governorate, and I thank him for his words. I greet Archbishop Fernando VĂ©rgez, Secretary General and Director of Telecommunications; Don Attilio Riva, head of the Vatican Post Office Service; Brother Andrea Mellini, head of the Vatican Telephone Service. The meeting with you, employees of the Post and Telephones, offers me the opportunity to express my gratitude to you, with a grateful thought also to your families.

The activity of the Post and Vatican Telephones far exceeds the small territory and the small population residing in it: it opens up to the needs of innumerable people scattered throughout the world. Precisely for this reason, the Vatican and the Holy See recognize the important role of the media and international organizations that encourage communication. The Popes have always attached great importance to the communication with the heads of state, with the communities and the individual faithful of the different nations, making use of the means offered by the technique. In the last decades, two well-deserving religious families have called for collaboration in this very significant sector: the Sons of Divine Providence (Orionini) and the Society of San Paolo (Paolini). My great appreciation for their generosity and fidelity goes to these two Institutes.

Your daily work, even if apparently humble, is more necessary than ever for the proper functioning of the Vatican City State. It serves the activity of the Successor of Peter, ensuring freedom of communication and expression, through a physical network, equipped with modern and functional tools. Moreover, through your precious work, many people "reach" the Pope and he, even through his collaborators, "reaches" many people every day. This communicative interchange does not know distances; responds to the innate need of individuals to make human contacts; and above all it enters all homes serving rich and poor. In this regard, I like to recall an ancient Latin inscription engraved on a letterbox of the Papal States: "Diviti et inopi, ultro citroque, meandum", which means: "I must go to the rich and the poor, everywhere".

In compliance with international norms and agreements, your realities speak a common language, creating bridges between cultures, religions and societies that are different from each other. At the same time, the Post and Vatican Telephone Services guarantee the sharing of feelings and ideas, contribute to promoting mutual understanding and collaboration between countries on different continents, facilitating exchanges of both goods and, above all, their respective spiritual values and cultural. In this sense, the postal and telephone services of one of the smallest countries in the world favor the spread of the Christian message. It is an activity in which you are all involved and all important: because the good functioning of the Post and the Phones, you know well, depends on the contribution of each one.

In your tasks, many of you are in direct contact with people: how important your trait is then your example to offer everyone a simple but incisive Christian witness! The fact of working in the Vatican constitutes an extra commitment to cultivate one's faith. In this regard, in addition to the active participation in the life of your parish communities, useful help is also offered by moments of celebration and spiritual formation animated by your spiritual assistants, whom I thank for their dedication. Above all, I invite you to ensure that each of your families is a "small Church", in which faith and life are intertwined in the unfolding of happy and sad everyday events.

Dear friends, I renew my cordial gratitude to each one and encourage you to continue your journey with joy and confidence. May the Virgin Mary, Saint Luigi Orione and Blessed James Alberione help you to live in constant thanksgiving, enjoying the simple joys that God gives us and multiplying good works. I assure my remembrance for you and bless you with affection together with all your loved ones. And please don't forget to pray for me. Thank you!
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#BreakingNews Louisiana Legislature Passes Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment with no right to Abortion

Life News reports that : Louisiana Legislature Passes Constitutional Amendment Confirming There’s No Right to Abortion


Louisiana voters will have the opportunity to amend their state constitution to ensure no activist judges find a “right” to abortion in the state.

On Wednesday, the Louisiana legislature passed the Love Life Amendment, a state constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in November 2020, The Advocate reports.

The measure would add language to the Louisiana Constitution stating that there is no right to an abortion or taxpayer funding for abortions. The bill had to pass the state legislature by a two-thirds majority, and voters must approve it before it can be added.

Its sponsor is state Rep. Katrina Jackson, a pro-life Democrat who spoke at the March for Life in January. (pictured above)

On Tuesday, lawmakers amended the measure to change the voting date from October 2019 to November 2020. According to the report, Jackson said she was in favor of the move because presidential elections tend to have a higher voter turnout.

“This bill still gives people the right to choose whether or not the Louisiana Constitution provides a right to abortion,” Jackson said. “I definitely don’t think the pro-lifers in this chamber want to kill the bill.”

Fox News 8 reports the measure passed the House 79-20 and the Senate 33-5.

 Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the measure is necessary to protect unborn babies from death by abortion on demand.

“The Supreme Courts of 12 other states (as recently as 2018 in Iowa) have found a right to abortion in their state constitutions, striking down common-sense pro-life laws in the short term and ensuring abortion-on-demand in their states even if Roe v. Wade is overturned,” he said. “We cannot let that happen in Louisiana. By passing the Love Life Amendment we can place our pro-life values of respecting every human life at the heart of our state.”

In February, a poll of Louisiana voters found that 70 percent consider themselves to be pro-life. In addition, 71 percent said taxpayer funds should not be used for abortions.

“This amendment makes sure there is no right to abortion or taxpayer funding of abortion in our state constitution,” Jackson said when she introduced the bill.
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Pope Francis encourages Vocations "Do not be afraid to take up the challenge of continuing to proclaim the vocation to consecrated life..." Full Text


ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE CONGRESS FOR THE PASTORAL CARE OF VOCATIONS IN EUROPE
Consistory Hall
Thursday, 6 June 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I greet all of you taking part in this Congress intended to help implement the Synod of Bishops devoted to young people. I thank you for the work you are doing in your respective areas of service, and for your effort to meet and share your experiences. For my part, I would like to point out a few approaches particularly close to my heart. In my Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, I encouraged young people to “grow in holiness and in commitment to their personal vocation” (No. 3). I likewise encourage you, who work in the so-called “old continent”, to believe that “everything Christ touches becomes young, new and full of life” (cf. ibid., 1).
The three approaches that I would indicate are: holiness, as a calling that gives meaning to one’s entire life journey; communion as the fertile soil for vocations in the Church and vocation itself, as a keyword to be preserved and “conjugated” with others – “happiness”, “freedom” and “together” – and finally “declined” as special consecration.
Holiness
Talking about vocation always leads to thinking of young people, since “youth is the privileged season for life choices and for responding to God’s call” (Final Document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, 140). True as this is, we must not forget that vocation is a life-long journey (cf. Christus Vivit, 281). Certainly it has to do with the years of youth in terms of the overall direction we choose to take in response to God’s invitation, but it also has to do with the years of adulthood in terms of its fruitfulness and our discernment of how best to do good (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 287). Our life is meant to bear fruit in charity (cf. Mt 25:15), and this entails the call to holiness that the Lord addresses to everyone, each in his or her own way (cf. Gaudete et Exsultate, 10-11). Very often we have tended to look upon vocation as a personal adventure, thinking that it is only about “me” and not, above all, about “us”. The fact is that “no one is saved alone”; rather, we become saints together (cf. ibid., 6). The life of each is bound up in the life of others (cf. Gen 44:30), and we need to cultivate holiness that belongs to us as a people.
Communion
Pastoral care has to be synodal; it should involve a “journeying together” (cf. Christus Vivit, 206). Synodality is the daughter of communion (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 87). It is about living ever more fully our filiation and fraternity, fostering mutual respect, valuing the richness of each individual and believing that the Risen Lord can also work wonders through the pain and frailty that are part of everyone’s life. The Church’s communion will give rise to new vocations. Often in our communities, families and presbyterates, we have thought and acted according to worldly mentalities that have caused division and separation. That is part of today’s culture, and the tormented political history of Europe can serve as a warning and an incentive. Only by acknowledging ourselves truly as communities that are open, alive and inclusive, will we be prepared to face the future. This in fact is what young people are thirsting for.
Vocation
The word “vocation” is not outmoded. We used it again at every phase of the most recent Synod. But it has to be seen in the context of the entire people of God, our preaching and catechesis, and above all our personal encounters with others, for these are the first step in our proclamation of the Gospel (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 128). I know of some communities that have decided to stop using the word “vocation” in their work with the young, because they think that young people get scared by it and may be reluctant to join in their activities. But this is a strategy doomed to failure: striking the word “vocation” from the lexicon of faith is to disfigure that word and to run the risk, sooner or later, of our no longer being understood. What we need are men and women, laity and consecrated people who are passionate, set afire by their encounter with God, redeemed in their humanity, and capable of proclaiming in their lives the happiness born of their vocation.
Happiness
Happiness – our being signs of joy – is not something that can be taken for granted. Indeed, it is a burning issue nowadays, when the “goddess of lament” has so many followers and people content themselves with fleeting joys. Real happiness is something far more profound; it remains long after the joy or the enthusiasm of the moment vanish, even during times of hardship, sorrow, discouragement and disappointment. Happiness remains because it is Jesus himself, whose friendship always endures (cf. Christus Vivit, 154). As Pope Benedict said: “Ultimately we want only one thing – ‘the blessed life’ – the life that is simply life, simply ‘happiness’” (Spe Salvi, 11). Some approaches to youth and vocations ministry confuse the happiness that is Jesus with a purely emotional joy, and speak of vocation as full of light and beauty. This is not healthy, for as soon as one comes into contact with the suffering flesh of humanity – one’s own or that of others – that kind of joy fades. Others suggest that discerning one’s vocation or making progress in the spiritual life is a matter of techniques, of detailed exercises or rules to be followed. Life that God offers us is “an invitation to be part of a love story interwoven with our personal stories” (Christus Vivit, 252).
Freedom
It is true that the word “vocation” can frighten young people, because it has often been confused with something that takes away our freedom. God, however, fully respects the freedom of each person (cf. ibid., 113). We need to remember this, especially when our personal or communal methods of accompaniment can lead to forms of dependence or, worse, of domineering. This is quite serious because it hinders young people from maturing in freedom; it keeps them in a kind of infantile state. Vocations are discerned starting with reality, pondering the word of God, one’s own life history and the dreams that can lead to decisions. Then, at a certain point, we come to realize that our own deepest desires coincide with what it is that God wants of us. From our amazement at this, our freedom is drawn to a magnificent decision of love, while our will expands to collect and channel in a single direction all our vital energy.
Together
A vocation – as I have said – is never just “mine”. “True dreams are dreams about ‘us’” (Vigil with Italian Young People, 11 August 2018). No one can make a life decision alone; vocation is always for, and with, others. I think that we should reflect more on these “dreams about us”, because they have to do with the vocation of our communities of consecrated life, our presbyterates, our parishes and our ecclesial groups. The Lord never calls us simply as individuals, but always within a community, to share his loving plan, which is plural from the outset because he himself is plural, a Trinity of love. I find it very helpful to think of vocation from this point of view. Especially because it provides a shared missionary outlook, and then because it revives our awareness that, in the Church, nothing is accomplished alone. We are part of a long history directed to the goal of participation by all. Pastoral care for vocations must not be the task merely of a few leaders, but of the entire community: “every form of pastoral care, formation and spirituality should be seen in the light of our Christian vocation” (Christus Vivit, 254).
Vocations to special consecration
“If we are indeed convinced that the Holy Spirit continues to inspire vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life, we can ‘once more cast out the nets’ in the Lord’s name, with complete confidence” (ibid., 274). I would like to reaffirm this certainty of mine by encouraging you to commit even more energy and resources to beginning processes and creating greater spaces for experiences of fraternity that attract (cf. ibid., 38) precisely because they are born of the Gospel.
I think of all those communities of consecrated life that form a great network of charitable works and of mission. I think of the monastic life, in which the roots of Europe are planted; it continues to attract many vocations, particularly among women, and it needs to be preserved, cultivated and helped to express its true identity as a school of prayer and fellowship. I think too of parishes, working on the ground and filled with evangelical potential for our time. And I think of the whole-hearted commitment of countless priests, deacons, consecrated men and women, and bishops “who daily devote themselves with integrity and dedication to the service of the young. Their efforts are like a great forest that quietly grows” (ibid., 99).
Do not be afraid to take up the challenge of continuing to proclaim the vocation to consecrated life and to ordained ministry. The Church needs this! And when young people encounter consecrated men and women who are credible, not because they are perfect but because their lives have been changed by an encounter with the Lord, they will have a taste of a different kind of life, and raise the question of their personal vocation. “The Church draws the attention of young people by being rooted in Jesus Christ. Christ is the truth that makes the Church different from any other world group with which we may identify” (Pre-Synodal Document on Youth, 11).
Today life everywhere is fragmented and at times wounded; the life of the Church is no less so. Being rooted in Christ is the surest way to let him restore our wholeness. The work of accompanying and forming vocations is a way of sharing in the handiwork of Christ, who came to bring good news to the poor, to bind the wounds of broken hearts, to proclaim freedom to those in bondage and sight to the blind (cf. Lk 4:18). Take heart, then! Christ wants us to be alive!
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Novena to the Holy Spirit for #Pentecost Prayers to Share! - 6

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere / “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
DAY 6 OF NOVENA
If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill.
The Gift of Understanding
Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of  life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."
Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.



(Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

RIP Cardinal Sgreccia at Age 90 - Pope sends Condolences on Death of former Leader of Pro-Life Academy

Vatican News report: Pope sends condolences upon death of Cardinal Sgreccia
Pope Francis sends his condolences for the passing of Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, who died on Wednesday at the age of 90.
By Devin Watkins

Cardinal Sgreccia served in various capacities at the Pontifical Council for the Family and as the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life from 2005 until his retirement in 2008.

He was widely-regarded an expert in the field of bioethics.

In a telegram sent on Thursday to the late Cardinal’s niece, Professor Palma Sgreccia, Pope Francis recalled Cardinal Sgreccia’s “generous service to the Church, especially his precious and diligent efforts in defense of the fundamental value of human life”.

The late Cardinal, he said, advanced its inherent dignity through study, formation, and evangelization.

“I extend my fervent prayers of suffrage so that the Lord… may welcome this zealous servant of the Gospel into His joy and eternal peace,” said Pope Francis.

With Cardinal Sgreccia’s death, the College of Cardinals consists of 220 members: 120 Cardinal electors and 100 non-electors.

Funeral services will be held in St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, 7 June. Cardinal Re will celebrate the liturgy, and Pope Francis will preside over the Ultima Commendatio and Valedictio rites.

Brief biography:
Cardinal Elio Sgreccia was born in Nidastore of Arcevia, Italy, on 6 June 1928.

Forced to wait until the end of World War II to enter the seminary, he was ordained a priest on 29 June 1952. He first worked as chaplain to Catholic Action youth groups and as vice-rector of his former seminary.

In 1972, on account of his Bishop’s decision to offer pastoral ministry to the faculty of medicine in the Roman University of the Sacred Heart, he began to be a point of reference for the college community in the field of ethics and medicine, eventually serving as director of the bioethics institute at the faculty of medicine and surgery. From 1990 to 2006 he was a member of the Italian National Bioethics Committee.

On 5 November 1992, he was appointed titular Bishop of Zama Minor and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family. He was ordained on 6 January 1993.

On 1 June 1994 he was transferred to the Pontifical Academy for Life as vice-president and on 3 January 2005 he became president until 17 June 2008.

He is the author of the "Manuale di Bioetica", and many other publications on health pastoral care, medical ethics and the family.

Pope Benedict XVI created him Cardinal in the consistory of 20 November 2010, as the Cardinal Deacon of Sant’Angelo in Pescheria.

Appointed by Pope Francis, he participated in the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 2014) on The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization and in the XIV Ordinary General Assembly on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World (October 2015).

Cardinal Sgreccia died as an Honorary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday, June 6, 2019 - #Eucharist in Eastertide


Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Lectionary: 300

Reading 1ACTS 22:30; 23:6-11

Wishing to determine the truth
about why Paul was being accused by the Jews,
the commander freed him
and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.
Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them.

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

Responsorial PsalmPS 16:1-2A AND 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

R.(1) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 17:21

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

GospelJN 17:20-26

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