Saturday, November 21, 2020

Sunday Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, November 22, 2020 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Solemnity of Christ the King



The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 
Lectionary: 
160 Reading 1 EZ 34:11-12, 15-17

 Thus says the Lord GOD: 
I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy, shepherding them rightly. As for you, my sheep, says the Lord GOD, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.
 Responsorial Psalm 

PS 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6 

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose. R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for his name's sake.

 R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come. R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

 Reading 2 1 COR 15:20-26, 28 Brothers and sisters:

 Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all. Alleluia 
MK 11:9, 10 
R. Alleluia, alleluia. 
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! R. Alleluia, alleluia. 

Gospel MT 25:31-46 Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
Prayer to Make a 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 may 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

Saint November 22 : St. Cecilia a Martyr who Died in 117 AD and the Patron of Church Musicians whose Body was found Incorrupt

>St. Cecilia
MARTYR, PATRONESS OF CHURCH MUSIC

Born:
Rome
Major Shrine:
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome, Italy
Patron of:
Church music,great musicians, poets
Glorious saint, who chose to die
Instead of denying your King. We pray you please to help us As His fair praise we sing!
We lift our hearts in joyous song To honor Him this way, And while we sing, remembering, To sing is to doubly pray.
At once in our hearts and in our tongues 
We offer double prayer Sent heavenward on winged notes 
To praise God dwelling there.

















While in our hearts and tongues we try

With song to praise God twice, We ask dear saint, to help us be United closed to Christ!
Today, November 22, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Cecilia (died 117), Virgin and Martyr of the Church. Saint Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, but the facts of her life have been mostly lost to history. Instead, the Holy Legend of Saint Cecilia has been celebrated since the late fourth century. Saint Cecilia further has the distinction of being the patron saint of music—especially the music used during the celebration of Mass—and the patron saint of musicians, composers, instrument makers, and poets. This association grew from her constant song of Christian love in her heart, present throughout her life. From her Acta: “While the profane music of her wedding was heard, Cecilia was singing in her heart a hymn of love for Jesus, her true spouse.”
Cecilia was born in the early part of the third century, in Rome. Born to wealthy, pagan parents, she was likely instructed in the Catholic faith by kind relatives or a nurse. As a noble family—known for their bravery and intelligence—her parents were likely to have accepted (although possibly not approved) of her Catholic faith. By all reports, even as a child, Cecilia loved music, and she would spend her days singing the praises of God, accompanying herself on various instruments.
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Cecilia embraced the faith from childhood. Drawn to the Lord, she attended Mass daily, desiring nothing more than to embody the virtues of Christ: faith, hope, charity, humility, and purity. As a child, she consecrated herself a bride of Christ, pledging her perpetual virginity to the Lord. As there were no religious orders for women at that time in history (not for at least 200 more years!), Cecilia was limited in her options. She fasted, prayed, and work sackcloth each day. While she spent her days in charitable works, caring for the poor and needy, her parents were searching for a husband for her to marry. They found an upright and honest man, Valerian, who was pagan like themselves.
Cecilia was torn. Obediently, she wish to do as her parents bade her, but she had made a vow of virginity for the Lord. She spent her days and nights in prayer, offering herself to Jesus, fasting, and enacting harsh penances. As her wedding day approached she did little but pray… until the Lord sent comfort. The Lord promised to send an angel to Saint Cecilia, to guard her, and to assist her in keeping her vow. Cecilia was married in a lavish ceremony, internally, in her soul, becoming the bride of Christ.
After the ceremony, Cecilia said to her new earthly husband: “Dear friend, I have a secret to confide to you, but will you promise me to keep it?”
He promised her solemnly that nothing would ever make him reveal it, and she continued, “An Angel of God watches over me, for I belong to God. If he sees that you would approach me under the influence of a sensual love, his anger will be inflamed, and you will succumb to the blows of his vengeance. But if you love me with a perfect love and conserve my virginity inviolable, he will love you as he loves me, and will lavish on you, too, his favors.”
Upon hearing this, Valerian was at first surprised, and then slightly irritated (as one might expect!). "I am very surprised at what you are telling me and I wish to see this angel!"
"You shall see him," Cecilia gently answered, "when you are purified."
"How shall I become so?" asked Valerian.
"Go to Pope Urban," she instructed him. "When you tell the poor that you are Cecilia's friend, they will take you to see the Pope. He will explain to you the mysteries of the Catholic Faith. May God bless you and my angel protect you."
Valerian, for his part, was moved by the grace of the Lord, and traveled to see Pope Urban that very evening. He was converted to Catholicism and baptized into the faith. Wearing his baptismal gown, he returned to his new bride, finding her accompanied by the angel she had promised. The angel, as emissary from the Lord, bestowed upon them both the golden crowns of heaven. Together, they lived in celibacy, and grew in love for the Lord, eventually converting Valerian’s brother, Tiburtius, a man of some importance in Rome—who upon seeing their heavenly crowns was moved to accept Jesus Christ.
Together the brothers made it their mission to find and provide a decent burial to the Christian martyrs being executed throughout Rome. It was not long, however, until word spread of their endeavor. The Governor of Rome, learning of their Christianity through Tiburtius, summoned the brothers before him. When questioned, they refused to recant their faith, stating: "We are Christians and we believe in Jesus Christ, the One and only true God!"
Upon hearing this, the Governor ordered them martyred. Saint Cecilia, assisted by her angel, recovered and buried the bodies. But soon, she was called before the Governor as well. Courageously, she, too, declared her faith: "I too am a Christian and I believe in Jesus Christ, the One and only true God!"
The Governor was not furious. He sentenced her to death, stating: "Cecilia! You are condemned to die for loving the poor and for adoring Christ crucified!"
But Cecilia was not to be harmed. The soldiers tried to scald and suffocated her in the steam bath in her own home, but rather than suffer, she could be heard singing to the Lord, seemingly accompanied by the choir of angels. After 36 hours, in which she should not have been able to survive, she was released. The Governor then ordered her head cut off, but the guard who attempted sliced her neck three times with a sword, but was unable to sever it. Scared, he ran away, leaving her wounded and in great pain.
Cecilia survived for three days, bleeding and injured, but cared for by her angel and the Christians in the small community that had developed. During that time, she preached, converting many, gave away all that she had to the poor, and prayed incessantly. Many came to visit her, soaking up her blood with cloths and sponges, reporting miracles at her intercession later. On the last day of her life, Pope Urban traveled to her home, bestowing upon her the Last Rites, and seeing her to Heaven. On her wishes, Pope Urban ordered Cecilia's house converted into a church, with the steam bath—the site of the start of her martyrdom—the chapel. To this day, one can still see the pipes where the hot steam poured in, and the stone floor where Cecilia was struck with the sword.
The mysteries of Saint Cecilia’s life did not end in death, but continued. After some years, a grand church was built in Rome to honor her. Pope Pascal I, who undertook to rebuild the church many years later, was troubled that the saints holy body had never been recovered. One Sunday, while praying in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Saint Cecilia appeared to him, consoling him, and declaring that he would find her body. Inspired by her words, a search was begun, and Saint Cecilia’s body was discovered, buried in a cemetery now named after her. Gold cloth wrapped the incorrupt body, and the blood-soaked linens that had bound her neck wound were preserved within the tomb. Nearby, the body of her husband, Saint Valerian, was also discovered. The relics of these saints were moved to Saint Cecilia’s Church in 821.
Nearly 800 years later, in 1599, the tomb of Saint Cecilia was opened, and her body was found to be perfectly persevered and incorrupt. At that time, a sculptor was called in to examine and sculpt the body prior to resealing the tomb. A likeness was made with the following carved into the floor at the alter at the base of the statue:
“Behold the body of the most holy virgin Cecilia, whom I myself saw lying incorrupt in the tomb. I have in this marble expressed for you the same saint in the very same posture.”
The life of Saint Cecilia is one of great mystery, as we are left uncertain of the actual events of her marriage and martyrdom. What we do know, from Holy Legend, is that Cecilia was called by the Lord to devote herself to Him—in service to others, in practice of virtues, and in praise and music—all of which she did gladly and with abandon. Despite many obstacles, Saint Cecilia remained pure in the eyes of the Lord, a heavenly instrument of His love on earth!
Lord of mercy, be close to those who call upon you. With St. Cecilia to help us hear and answer our prayers. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Source: 365RosariesBlog)

Armed Attack on Humanitarian Workers in Mexico - Religious Sister María Rea Shot while Bringing Food to the Poor



AMERICA/MEXICO - Religious woman injured in attack on humanitarian workers: "We do not want any more suffering!" Friday, 20 November 2020 San Cristóbal de las Casas (Agenzia Fides) - In a heartfelt appeal to human rights activists, the media and to all men and women of good will and to the faithful of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez expresses his deep regrets "in the face of suffering, pain, death and displacement due to the conflicts between the communities Santa María Magdalena (Aldama) and Santa Marta".
 The Bishop reiterates his great concern "because the underlying problem has not been resolved and violence has increased with daily attacks in various communities of Aldama. On several occasions, we have denounced this situation to the federal and state authorities and asked for the disarmament of paramilitary groups". 
Employees of the Caritas of San Cristóbal de las Casas and the Fund for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico, who provide humanitarian aid in the region, were also victims of the violence: on November 18 they were killed in the community of Cotzilnam, Aldama (Chiapas, Mexico) by an armed paramilitary group. "Because of the situation – said the Bishop -, humanitarian aid has not been delivered to the communities suffering from food crisis and basic services.
Among others, Sister María Isabel Hernández Rea, who works as a pastoral worker in our diocese in the region, was wounded in the attack". Mgr. Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez, in his message, also signed by his auxiliary bishop and commissioner for justice and peace of the diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, condemns these recent and previous attacks and calls for a condemnation of those responsible so that justice can be guaranteed for the parishes of the state of Chiapas: "We urge the Mexican state to disarm and dismantle the civil paramilitary armed groups in the area and bring them to justice along with those who supply them with weapons. We do not want any more wounded or dead! We do not want any more dispiace people! We do not want any more suffering of women, girls and boys! We do not want any more weapons in our country!" (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 20/11/2020)

Special Prayers Honoring the Mother of Jesus - Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary -



Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - a Novena is a prayer that is recited once a day for 9 days.
Start with:
Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen

Gracious and lovable art thou in thy splendor, O holy Mother of God! Show me thy countenance. Let thy words sound in my ears, for thy voice is sweet and thy countenance is beautiful. Turn to us in thy beauty and loveliness! Come forth in majesty and reign!
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen
O blessed Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, Temple of the Lord, sanctuary of the Holy Ghost, thou alone, without an equal, hast pleased our Lord Jesus Christ!
Hail Mary…
Blessed indeed art thou, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise, for from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our Lord. Draw us, O Immaculate Virgin; we shall come after thee, breathing the sweet fragrance of thy virtues!
Hail Mary…
[Here state your petition.]
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and every shall be world without end. Amen.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To thee to do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

Pope Francis Suggests to "...open your heart to everyone without distinction, for the love of God..." FULL TEXT



ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE COMMUNITY OF THE PONTIFICAL PIO-LATIN AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ROME

Sala Clementina
Friday, November 20, 2020
 

Dear brothers and sisters.

My greetings to the whole community of the College. I thank Father Gilberto Freire, SJ, for the words he addressed to me on behalf of those present. In them he shows me difficulties, problems, challenges of the present time. Especially for you on this journey of remaining faithful to your vocation and seeking ways to serve you better. 

Although history has separated our peoples, it has not been able to destroy in them the roots that unite them. On this basis, the Pio Latinoamericano College was born as a commitment to unite all our particular Churches and at the same time to open them to the universal Church in Rome and from Rome.

This experience of communion and openness is a calling, since the example of the hybridization that made America great, and which is lived in the plural community that you form, can in turn help to heal the world. The Gospel and its message came to our land by human means, not exempt from sin, we all know it, but grace overlapped our weakness and his Word spread to every corner of the continent. Peoples and cultures welcomed it in a rich diversity of forms that we can still contemplate today and which teaches us not to be afraid of diversity, indeed, to understand that one cannot be a Church without diversity of peoples. This miracle occurred because both those who came and those who welcomed them were able to open their hearts and did not close themselves to what the other could offer, on a human, cultural or religious level. These mestizo roots - I told you about mestizo last time - these mestizo roots come from a heart capable of loving the other with a love that is fruitful, that is, willing to create something new that surpasses and transcends him. And this presupposes that one refuses one's self-referentiality. Nowadays, not only in America, but in the world, it is self-referential nationalisms that are closed in on themselves and look to themselves that prevent the fraternal encounter between peoples. We are asked to refuse self-referentiality and, starting from our own identity, to be able to spread the gift received. And this seed of the kingdom, do not doubt, will grow and give one hundred for one, not of grains all the same, but of an unexpected variety and richness. These mestizo roots - I told you about mestizo last time - these mestizo roots come from a heart capable of loving the other with a love that is fruitful, that is, willing to create something new that surpasses and transcends him. And this presupposes that one refuses one's self-referentiality. Nowadays, not only in America, but in the world, it is self-referential nationalisms that are closed in on themselves and look to themselves that prevent the fraternal encounter between peoples. We are asked to refuse self-referentiality and, starting from our own identity, to be able to spread the gift received. And this seed of the kingdom, do not doubt, will grow and give one hundred for one, not of grains all the same, but of an unexpected variety and richness. These mestizo roots - I told you about mestizo last time - these mestizo roots come from a heart capable of loving the other with a love that is fruitful, that is, willing to create something new that surpasses and transcends him. And this presupposes that one refuses one's self-referentiality. Nowadays, not only in America, but in the world, it is self-referential nationalisms that are closed in on themselves and look to themselves that prevent the fraternal encounter between peoples. We are asked to refuse self-referentiality and, starting from our own identity, to be able to spread the gift received. And this seed of the kingdom, do not doubt, will grow and give one hundred for one, not of grains all the same, but of an unexpected variety and richness. And this presupposes that one refuses one's self-referentiality. Nowadays, not only in America, but in the world, it is self-referential nationalisms that are closed in on themselves and look to themselves that prevent the fraternal encounter between peoples. We are asked to refuse self-referentiality and, starting from our own identity, to be able to spread the gift received. And this seed of the kingdom, do not doubt, will grow and give one hundred for one, not of grains all the same, but of an unexpected variety and richness. And this presupposes that one refuses one's self-referentiality. Nowadays, not only in America, but in the world, it is self-referential nationalisms that are closed in on themselves and look to themselves that prevent the fraternal encounter between peoples. We are asked to refuse self-referentiality and, starting from our own identity, to be able to spread the gift received. And this seed of the kingdom, do not doubt, will grow and give a hundred for one, not of grains all the same, but of an unexpected variety and richness. 

Currently there are Latin Americans scattered all over the world and many Christian communities have benefited from this reality. Churches of northern and central Europe, even of the East, which have found a new vitality in them. Many cities, from Madrid to Kobe, fervently celebrate the Christ of Miracles and the same can be said of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The rich cultural mix that made evangelization possible is being produced again today. The Latin peoples meet each other and with other peoples thanks to social mobility and communication services, and from this encounter they too come out enriched.

At this time, in this field, you are called to sow the Word, generously, without prejudice, as God sows, who does not look at the hardness of the earth, nor at the presence of stones or thistles, who does not uproot the weeds, so as not to tear away the good seed of the kingdom with it. And your formation and your ministry must affect this, to open the door of your heart and the hearts of those who listen to you, to lend a hand and invite others to do it with you for the good of all, to heal this world. from the great evil that afflicts it and that the pandemic has so crudely highlighted. As you can see, there are three concrete points of action that have two moments: personal and community, which inevitably complement each other.

Open the door of heart and hearts. Certainly opening our hearts to the Lord who never stops knocking on our door, to abide in us. But open it also to the brother, because do not forget that our relationship with God can be easily evaluated by how we project ourselves towards our neighbor. When you open your heart to everyone without distinction, for the love of God, you create a space where God and neighbor can meet. Never stop showing this availability, this openness: never close the door to those who in the depth of their hearts want to be able to enter and feel welcomed. Think that it is the Lord who calls you under the garb of that poor man, to sit down together at his banquet. And I leave you a question: where is the poor in my life? Did I forget where I'm from?

The second line is to lend a hand and invite others to do so. The Lord calls us to the priestly vocation, he has sent you to this city of Rome to complete your formation, because he always presents this project of love and service for each of you. Pastors according to the heart of God, pastors who dedicate themselves to the care of the faithful, who graze, shepherds who are not afraid of the flock, who guide, who care, who always try to advance their people, shepherds who have the courage to stay in front, in the middle and behind the flock. Front to guide at the appropriate time, in the middle to smell the sheep and behind to take care of those who remain behind, and also to let the flock go alone at certain times, because the flock has a sense of smell to find good pastures, and also drive from behind. Surely, in the memory of each of you, there are infinite initiatives, and I have no doubt that by working hard you can do very well and will help many people, but our mission would not be perfect if we limited ourselves to this. Our effort must also be a call, it must gather the flock, make it feel like a people, also called to set out and commit to anticipating the kingdom, already here in this land. And this implies that they feel useful, responsible, necessary, that there is a space where they too can lend a hand. Fight against the throwaway culture, and please do not provoke it with a clericalism that causes so much damage and is a disease, fight against social segregation, fight against distrust and prejudice for reasons of race, culture or faith,

And thirdly, to cure the world of the great evil that afflicts it. The pandemic has placed us in front of the great evil that afflicts our society, it has stripped it away, we can touch it firsthand. Globalization has crossed borders, but not minds and hearts. The virus spreads without brakes, we are unable to give a joint answer. The world continues to close its doors, refusing dialogue and refusing collaboration, it refuses to open itself with sincerity to the common commitment for a good that reaches everyone without distinction, this is the spirit of the world, so it moves, this is how it operates. The cure for this disease must come from below, from the hearts and souls that will one day be entrusted to you, and must come with concrete proposals in the field of education, catechesis, social commitment, with proposals that are capable of changing mentality and opening up spaces to cure this disease and give God a united people. I repeat this figure, globalization yes, but not a sphere, the sphere is uniformity. Globalization yes, but polyhedron, where each people, each one, retains its own particularity.

And I ask the Virgin Mother, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Patroness of Latin America, to support your hope in this course which now opens in the midst of human uncertainties, so that you can follow God's call where the Lord will call you, he will send and may you be witnesses of the human fraternity that comes from the one source, being children of God. May the Lord bless you and the Virgin keep you. And please don't forget to pray for me. Thanks.


from L'Osservatore Romano , Year CLX, num. 270, 22/11/2020