Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Holy Mass Online : Readings and Video : Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Mass of the Lord's Supper - #Eucharist in Holy Week


Holy Thursday - Chrism Mass

Lectionary: 260
Reading 1IS 61:1-3A, 6A, 8B-9
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,
to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
To announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God,
to comfort all who mourn;
To place on those who mourn in Zion
a diadem instead of ashes,
To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,
a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.
You yourselves shall be named priests of the LORD,
ministers of our God shall you be called.
I will give them their recompense faithfully,
a lasting covenant I will make with them.
Their descendants shall be renowned among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;
All who see them shall acknowledge them
as a race the LORD has blessed.

Responsorial Psalm89:21-22, 25 AND 27

R.    (2)  For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him.
That my hand may always be with him;
and that my arm may make him strong.”
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him;
and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior!’“
R.    For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2RV 1:5-8

[Grace to you and peace] from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his Blood,
who has made us into a Kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
Yes. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Verse Before The GospelIS 61:1 (CITED IN LK 4:18)

The Spirit of the LORD is upon me;
for he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

GospelLK 4:16-21

Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
     and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.

At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Image Google of Painting by Juan de Juanes  (Vicente Juan Masip) Fuente la Higuera, Valencia, 1503 - Bocairente, Valencia, Spain, 1579

Saint April 9 : St. Mary Cleophas : Mother of St. James the Less Apostle


St. Mary Cleophas

MOTHER OF ST. JAMES THE LESS AND JOSEPH
This title occurs only in John, xix, 25. A comparison of the lists of those who stood at the foot of the cross would seem to identify her with Mary, the mother of James the Less and Joseph (Mark 15:40; cf. Matthew 27:56). Some have indeed tried to identify her with the Salome of Mark, xv, 40, but St. John's reticence concerning himself and his relatives seems conclusive against this (cf. John 21:2). In the narratives of the Resurrection she is named "Mary of James"; (Mark 16:1; Luke 24:10) and "the other Mary" (Matthew 27:61; 28:1). The title of "Mary of James" is obscure. If it stood alone, we should feel inclined to render it "wife of (or sister of) James", but the recurrence of the expression "Mary the mother of James and Joseph" compels us to render it in the same way when we only read "Mary of James". Her relationship to the Blessed Virgin is obscure. James is termed "of Alpheus", i.e. presumably "son of Alpheus". St. Jerome would identify this Alpheus with Cleophas who, according to Hegesippus, was brother to St. Joseph (Hist. eccl., III, xi). In this case Mary of Cleophas, or Alpheus, would be the sister-in-law of the Blessed Virgin, and the term "sister", adelphe, in John, xix, 25, would cover this. But there are grave difficulties in the way of this identification of Alpheus and Cleophas. In the first place, St. Luke, who speaks of Cleophas (xxiv, 18), also speaks of Alpheus (6:15; Acts 1:13). We may question whether he would have been guilty of such a confused use of names, had they both referred to the same person. Again, while Alphas is the equivalent of the Aramaic, it is not easy to see how the Greek form of this became Cleophas, or more correctly Clopas. More probably it is a shortened form of Cleopatros. Source: Catholic Encyclopedia

#BreakingNews RIP to Over 100 Priests who have Died from the COVID-19 in Italy in the past Few Weeks


Italy: "Over a hundred priests died from Corona"
Over a hundred priests are said to have died of the Corona virus in Italy in the past few weeks. That explains the newspaper "Il Giornale" this Tuesday.

This data  relies on figures from all Italian dioceses. The priests came from all parts of the country; the youngest of the deceased was 45 years old. The statistics do not include the number of religious and deacons who died from the virus.

The bishop of the northern Italian city of Bergamo, particularly affected by the Corona crisis, wants to celebrate a requiem for all deceased priests after the end of the restrictions. He announced this in an interview with the “Zeit” supplement “Christ und Welt”. At the beginning of the pandemic, Pope Francis called on priests to make contact with infected people and bring them to communion.
Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/de/welt/news/2020-04/corona-virus-priester-italien-verstorben-statistik-bergamo-bistu.html

Pope Francis says "Don't forget: the Crucifix and Gospel" and ".. let us open our whole hearts in prayer...because the Lord does not abandon us..." Full Text


POPE FRANCIS at GENERAL AUDIENCE

Library of the Apostolic Palace
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In these weeks of apprehension about the pandemic that is making the world suffer so much, among the many questions we ask ourselves, there may also be questions about God: what does he do in front of our pain? Where is it when everything goes wrong? Why don't you solve problems quickly? These are questions we ask about God.

The story of the Passion of Jesus, which accompanies us in these holy days, helps us. Even there, in fact, many questions gather. The people, after welcoming Jesus triumphantly to Jerusalem, wondered if he would finally free the people from his enemies (cf. Lk 24,21). They expected a powerful, triumphant Messiah with the sword. Instead a gentle and humble-hearted one arrives, who calls to conversion and mercy. And it is precisely the crowd, which had previously praised him, who shouted: "Let him be crucified!" (Mt 27.23). Those who followed him, confused and frightened, abandon him. They thought: if the fate of Jesus is this, the Messiah is not He, because God is strong, God is invincible.

But, if we go on reading the story of the Passion, we find an amazing fact. When Jesus dies, the Roman centurion who was not a believer, was not a Jew but was a pagan, who had seen him suffer on the cross and heard him forgive everyone, who had touched his love without measure, confesses: «Really this man was the Son of God "(Mk 15:39). It says just the opposite of the others. He says that there is God, who is truly God.

We can ask ourselves today: what is the true face of God? Usually we project what we are into Him at maximum power: our success, our sense of justice, and also our outrage. But the Gospel tells us that God is not like that. It is different and we could not know it with our own strength. This is why he came close, came to meet us and revealed himself completely at Easter. And where did it turn out completely? On the cross. There we learn the features of the face of God. Let us not forget, brothers and sisters, that the cross is the chair of God. It will do us good to look at the Crucified One in silence and see who our Lord is: it is He who does not point the finger. against someone, not even against those who are crucifying him, but he opens his arms wide to everyone; who does not crush us with his glory, but lets himself be undressed for us; who does not love us in words, but gives us life in silence; that does not force us, but frees us; who does not treat us as strangers, but takes our evil upon himself, takes our sins upon himself. And this, to free ourselves from prejudices about God, we look at the Crucifix. And then we open the gospel. In these days, all in quarantine and at home, closed, we take these two things in hand: the Crucifix, let's look at it; and open the gospel. This will be for us - so to speak - like a great domestic liturgy, because in these days we cannot go to church. Crucifix and Gospel!

In the Gospel we read that when people go to Jesus to make him king, for example after the multiplication of the loaves, he leaves (cf. Jn 6:15). And when the devils want to reveal his divine majesty, He silences them (cf. Mk 1: 24-25). Because? Because Jesus does not want to be misunderstood, he does not want people to confuse the true God, who is humble love, with a false god, a worldly god who shows off and imposes himself by force. He is not an idol. It is God who became man, like each one of us, and expresses himself as a man but with the strength of his divinity. Instead, when is the identity of Jesus solemnly proclaimed in the Gospel? When the centurion says, "He really was the Son of God." It is said there, as soon as he gave his life on the cross, because we can no longer be wrong: we see that God is omnipotent in love, and not in any other way. It is its nature, because it is made this way. He is love.

You may object: "What am I to do with such a weak God who dies? I would prefer a strong god, a powerful God! ”. But you know, the power of this world passes, while love remains. Only love guards the life we ​​have, because it embraces our frailties and transforms them. It is the love of God who healed our sin at Easter with his forgiveness, which made death a passage of life, which changed our fear into trust, our anguish into hope. Easter tells us that God can turn everything for good. That with him we can truly trust that everything will be fine. And this is not an illusion, because the death and resurrection of Jesus is not an illusion: it was a truth! That's why we are told on Easter morning: "Don't be afraid!" (cf Mt 28.5). And the distressing questions about evil do not disappear suddenly, but find in the Risen One the solid foundation that allows us not to sink.
Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus has changed history by making himself close to us and has made it, although still marked by evil, a history of salvation. By offering his life on the cross, Jesus also conquered death. From the open heart of the Crucifix, the love of God reaches each of us. We can change our stories by approaching him, accepting the salvation he offers us. Brothers and sisters, let us open our whole hearts in prayer, this week, these days: with the Crucified One and with the Gospel. Don't forget: Crucifix and Gospel. The domestic liturgy will be this. Let's open his whole heart in prayer, let his gaze rest on us and we will understand that we are not alone, but loved, because the Lord does not abandon us and never forget us. And with these thoughts, I wish you a Holy Week and a Holy Easter.
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I cordially greet the Italian-speaking faithful. My thoughts go, in particular, to the groups that would have liked to be present today. Among these, university students from different countries who are practically experiencing the UNIV 2020 gathering. Dear students, I hope that this Holy Week will be a provident occasion for everyone to strengthen your personal relationship with Jesus and your faith in him crucified and risen.

Lastly, I greet the young, the sick, the elderly and the newlyweds. May the Passion of the Lord, culminating in the glorious triumph of Easter, constitute for each of you the source of hope and comfort in times of trial. My blessing to all.

Join in Prayer on Holy Saturday as the Shroud of Turin will be LIVE Streamed from the Cathedral in Turin


On Holy Saturday special Prayers will be LIVE streamed at the Cathedral where the Shroud of Turin is located. The image of its Holy Shroud will broadcast on TV and social media on Holy Saturday.  On Saturday April 11th, there will be an extraordinary veneration of the Shroud in Turin Cathedral. From 5pm on Holy Saturday, Archbishop Nosiglia of Turin will preside over a long liturgy of prayer in the chapel, and “during that time of contemplation” the image of the Holy Shroud will be made available to the whole world.
You can participate via this Link:  www.sindone.org 
 The Archbishop explained that this is being done to support the faithful in this time of the coronavirus pandemic and to ask Christ for “the grace to overcome evil as He did on the Cross”. "Stronger is the love. This is the Easter proclamation that the Shroud brings us to relive and that fills our hearts with gratitude and faith", said Archbishop Nosiglia. “The love with which Jesus gave us his life and that we celebrate during Holy Week is stronger than every suffering, every illness, every contagion, every trial and discouragement. Nothing and no one can ever separate us from this love, because it is forever faithful and unites us to him with an indissoluble bond". The media broadcasting the liturgy will also host a moment of dialogue and reflection at the end of the prayer, with the intervention of experts and witnesses.
Edited from VaticanNews
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Powerful Prayers to SHARE to the Holy Face of Jesus with Novena, Litany and Promises - 

http://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/02/powerful-prayers-to-share-to-holyface.html

At Mass, Pope Francis says "... each of us must choose: either serve God, and you will be free in adoration and service; or serve money..." Homily



MORNING CELEBRATION BROADCAST LIVE
FROM THE CHAPEL OF CASA SANTA MARTA

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

"Judas, where are you?"

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Introduction

Let us pray today for people who in this pandemic time trade with the needy; they take advantage of the needs of others and sell them: the mafiosi, the usurers and many. May the Lord touch their hearts and convert them.

Homily

Holy Wednesday is also called "Wednesday of the betrayal", the day on which the betrayal of Judas is emphasized in the Church. Judas sells the Master.

When we think of selling people, the trade made with slaves from Africa comes to mind to bring them to America - an old thing - then the trade, for example, of the Yazidi girls sold in Daesh: but it is far away, it is one thing ... Even today people are selling. Everyday. There are Judas who sell brothers and sisters: exploiting them in their work, not paying the right, not recognizing the duties ... Indeed, they often sell the most expensive things. I think that in order to be more comfortable, a man is able to remove his parents and never see them again; keep them safe in a retirement home and not go find them ... it sells. There is a very common saying that, speaking of people like this, it says that "this is capable of selling its mother": and they sell it. Now they are calm, they are removed: "Take care of them ...".
Today human trade is like in the early days: it is done. And why this? Why: Jesus said it. He gave money a lady. Jesus said: "God and money cannot be served" (cf. Lk. 16:13), two gentlemen. It is the only thing that Jesus places up to and each of us must choose: either serve God, and you will be free in adoration and service; or serve money, and you will be a slave to money. This is the option; and so many people want to serve God and money. And this cannot be done. Eventually they pretend to serve God to serve money. They are the hidden exploiters who are socially flawless, but under the table they do business, even with people: it doesn't matter. Human exploitation is selling one's neighbor.

Judas is gone, but has left disciples, who are not his disciples but the devil. What Judah's life was like, we don't know. A normal boy, perhaps, and also with anxieties, because the Lord called him to be a disciple. He never managed to be: he had no disciple's mouth and disciple's heart as we read in the first Reading. He was weak in discipleship, but Jesus loved him ... Then the Gospel makes us understand that he liked money: at Lazarus 'house, when Mary anointed Jesus' feet with that so expensive perfume, he makes the reflection and John underlines: "But he does not say it because he loved the poor: because he was a thief "(cf. Jn 12,6). The love of money had brought him out of the rules: to steal, and to steal to betray there is a step, little one. Those who love money too much cheat to have more, always: it's a rule, it's a fact. The boy Judas, perhaps good, with good intentions, ends up traitor to the point of going to the market to sell: "He went to the chief priests and said:" How much do you want to give me so that I will deliver it to you directly? "" (Cf. Mt. 26,14). In my opinion, this man was out of his mind.

One thing that attracts my attention is that Jesus never says "traitor" to him; he says he will be betrayed, but does not say "traitor" to him. Mai says: "Go away, traitor." Never! In fact, she says to him, "Friend", and kisses him. The mystery of Judah: how is the mystery of Judah? I don't know ... Don Primo Mazzolari explained it better than I ... Yes, it comforts me to contemplate that capital of Vezelay: how did Judas end? I do not know. Jesus threatens strongly here; strong threat: "Woe to that man from whom the Son of Man is betrayed: better for that man if he had never been born!" (Cf. Mt. 26,24). But does this mean that Judas is in Hell? I do not know. I look at the capital. And I hear the word of Jesus: "Friend".

But this makes us think of another thing, which is more real, more than today: the devil entered Judah, it was the devil who led him to this point. And how did the story end? The devil is a poor payer: he is not a reliable payer. It promises you everything, shows you everything and in the end leaves you alone in your desperation to hang yourself.

The heart of Judas, troubled, tormented by greed and tormented by love for Jesus - a love that has failed to make love - tormented with this fog, returns to the priests asking for forgiveness, asking for salvation. "What have we got to do with it? It is yours ... "(cf. Mt. 27.4): the devil speaks like this and leaves us in despair.

We think of many institutionalized Judas in this world who exploit people. And we also think of the little Judas that each of us has within us in the hour of choosing: between loyalty or interest. Each of us has the ability to betray, to sell, to choose for one's own interest. Each of us has the opportunity to let ourselves be attracted by the love of money or goods or future well-being. "Judas, where are you?" But the question I ask each of us: "You, Judas, the little Judas that I have inside: where are you?".

Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion:

At Your feet, O my Jesus, I bow down and offer You the repentance of my heart that abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive You in the poor abode that my heart offers You. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you.