Friday, December 4, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : 1st Saturday, December 5, 2020 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Lectionary: 180
Reading 1
IS 30:19-21, 23-26
Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,
no more will you weep;
He will be gracious to you when you cry out,
as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
“This is the way; walk in it,”
when you would turn to the right or to the left.
He will give rain for the seed
that you sow in the ground,
And the wheat that the soil produces
will be rich and abundant.
On that day your flock will be given pasture
and the lamb will graze in spacious meadows;
The oxen and the asses that till the ground
will eat silage tossed to them
with shovel and pitchfork.
Upon every high mountain and lofty hill
there will be streams of running water.
On the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall,
The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. (see Isaiah 30:18d)  Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
Praise the LORD, for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
it is fitting to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers. 
R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
he calls each by name.
R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
Great is our LORD and mighty in power:
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked he casts to the ground.
R. Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
IS 33:22
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The LORD is our Judge, our Lawgiver, our King;
he it is who will save us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
MT 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness. 
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.” 
Then he summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness. 
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
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 December 5 : St. Sabbas who Entered a Monastery at Age 8 and became a Hermit - a Founder of Eastern Monasticism

St. Sabbas HERMIT Feast: December 5 

439 at Motalala, Cappadocia
Hermit, born at Mutalaska near Caesarea in Cappadocia, 439; died in his laura 5 December, 532. He entered a Basilian monastery at the age of eight, came to Jerusalem in 456, lived five years in a cavern as a disciple of St. Euthymius, and, after spending some time in various monasteries, founded (483) the Laura Mar Sabe (restored in 1840) in the gorges of the Cedron, southeast of Jerusalem. 
He is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine, and is considered one of the founders of Eastern monasticism.

After an unhappy childhood in which he was abused and ran away several times, Sabas finally sought refuge in a monastery. While family members tried to persuade him to return home, the young boy felt drawn to monastic life. Although the youngest monk in the house, he excelled in virtue.

At age 18 he traveled to Jerusalem, seeking to learn more about living in solitude. Soon he asked to be accepted as a disciple of a well-known local solitary, though initially he was regarded as too young to live completely as a hermit. Initially, Sabas lived in a monastery, where he worked during the day and spent much of the night in prayer. At the age of 30 he was given permission to spend five days each week in a nearby remote cave, engaging in prayer and manual labor in the form of weaving baskets. Following the death of his mentor, Saint Euthymius, Sabas moved farther into the desert near Jericho. There he lived for several years in a cave near the brook Cedron. A rope was his means of access. Wild herbs among the rocks were his food. Occasionally men brought him other food and items, while he had to go a distance for his water.

Some of these men came to him desiring to join him in his solitude. At first he refused. But not long after relenting, his followers swelled to more than 150, all of them living in individual huts grouped around a church, called a laura.

The bishop persuaded a reluctant Sabas, then in his early 50s, to prepare for the priesthood so that he could better serve his monastic community in leadership. While functioning as abbot among a large community of monks, he felt ever called to live the life of a hermit. Throughout each year—consistently in Lent—he left his monks for long periods of time, often to their distress. A group of 60 men left the monastery, settling at a nearby ruined facility. When Sabas learned of the difficulties they were facing, he generously gave them supplies and assisted in the repair of their church.

Over the years Sabas traveled throughout Palestine, preaching the true faith and successfully bringing back many to the Church. At the age of 91, in response to a plea from the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Sabas undertook a journey to Constantinople in conjunction with the Samaritan revolt and its violent repression. He fell ill and soon after his return, died at the monastery at Mar Saba. Today the monastery is still inhabited by monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Saint Sabas is regarded as one of the most noteworthy figures of early monasticism.

source The Catholic Encyclopedia and Franciscan Media

Free Catholic Movie : "Grace, Guts and Glory" : Drama of #StFrancisXavier : Stars Karan Kodade

Here is the drama of GRACE, GUTS AND GLORY - The Life of St. Francis Xavier, in English 
A film on the life of Saint Francis Xavier of Goa (1506-1552), the apostle to India, Indonesia and Japan. A great miracle worker (resurrected people from the dead, communicated after death etc.) He died in China. One of the greatest Catholic saints of all times, whose body remains incorrupt (does not disintegrate) since the 16th century and is kept in the Catholic Cathedral in Goa, India. Saint Francis Xavier was Spanish Jesuit, follower of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Modern Pope Francis is also Jesuit.

Special Prayers to St. Barbara and Novena to this Patron of Architects, Builders, Mathematicians, Miners, and Sudden Death

St. Barbara is the patroness of architects, builders, miners and artillery men, and she is invoked against lightning, fire and sudden death.

Prayer of the Church
O GOD, Who among the wonders of Thy might didst grant the victory of Martyrdom also to the weaker sex, graciously grant us that we, by recalling the memory of Thy blessed Virgin and Martyr Barbara, through her example may be led to Thee. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Novena in Honor of St. Barbara
 (a Novena is a prayer recited for 9 days)
Preparatory Prayer
For Each Novena to a Holy Helper
 (say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be each day of the Novena) 
ALMIGHTY and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy Heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy Divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the Saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy Divine Son.
Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saying, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.
Other Prayers in Honor of St. Barbara
O GOD, Who didst adorn Thy holy Virgin and Martyr Barbara with extraordinary fortitude in the confession of the Faith, and didst console her in the most atrocious torments; grant us through her intercession perseverance in the fulfillment of Thy law and the grace of being fortified before our end with the holy Sacraments, and of a happy death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Invocation of St. Barbara 
INTREPID Virgin and Martyr, St. Barbara, through thy intercession come to my aid in all needs of my soul. Obtain for me the grace to be preserved from a sudden and unprovided death; assist me in my agony, when my senses are benumbed and I am in the throes of death. Then, O powerful patroness of the dying, come to my aid! Repel from me all the assaults and temptations of the evil one, and obtain for me the grace to receive before death the holy Sacraments, that I breathe forth my soul confirmed in faith, hope, and charity, and be worthy to enter eternal glory. Amen.
St. Barbara, at my last end
Obtain for me the Sacrament;
Assist one in that direst need
When I my God and Judge must meet:
That robed in sanctifying grace
My soul may stand before His face.
My Lord and God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the Saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.
Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.
THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS, Fr. Bonaventure Hammer, O.F.M.
TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS, 1995; with Imprimatur, Imprimi Potest and Nihil Obstat.

Saint December 4 : St. John Damascene a Doctor of the Church

676, Damascus
December 4, 749, Mar Saba, Jerusalem
This Doctor of the Church was born in Damascus, Syria, and his father was a government official under both the Byzantine emperor and the Muslim rulers of Damascus. Receiving an excellent classical education, and fluent in Arabic as well as Greek, St. John Damascene worked in the Muslim court until the hostility of the caliph toward Christianity caused him to resign his position, about the year 700.

He migrated to Jerusalem and became a monk at Mar Sabas monastery near Jerusalem. He taught in the monastery, preached many of his luminous sermons in Jerusalem, and began to compose his theological treatises.
It was about this time that the iconoclast controversy shook the Churches of the East, when the Byzantine emperor ordered the destruction of images in Christian churches. John fought the heresy, bringing down upon himself the wrath of the emperor and the hatred of the iconoclast party.
He has left a rich legacy of writings, including his principal dogmatic work, , which was a , a refutation of heresy, an exposition of the Orthodox faith, and a study of contemporary religious issues. His writings on Mary constitute a true theology of the Mother of God, and his sermons of the saints, the liturgical feasts, and the Gospels show not only vast learning but also give us information about local customs and contemporary happenings.
Since he lived in the midst of political and theological turmoil, John wrote much to clarify true doctrine and to do his part in spreading the Gospel. The fact that he lived and worked in Jerusalem itself gives his sermons, delivered at many of the holy places, a special appeal.
He died at a very old age, some say one hundred four, in the midst of his labors, beloved by his fellow monks and revered by the people. He was buried at the monastery of Mar Sabas and was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1890.
source: The Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis explains "Each of us is work daily for the building of an ever more just, fraternal and united world." to Ambassadors - FULL TEXT

Friday, 4 December 2020
Your Excellencies,
It is a pleasure for me to receive you for the presentation of the Letters accrediting you as Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of your countries to the Holy See: Jordan, Kazakhstan, Zambia, Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Madagascar, Estonia, Rwanda, Denmark and India. I would ask you to convey my sentiments of esteem to your respective Heads of State, together with the assurance of my prayers for them and for your fellow citizens.
You are beginning your mission at a time of great challenge facing the entire human family. Even before the outbreak of COVID-19, it was clear that 2020 was going to be a year marked by urgent humanitarian needs, due to conflicts, violence and terrorism in different parts of our world. Economic crises are causing hunger and mass migration, while climate change is increasing the risk of natural disasters, famine and drought. Indeed,the pandemic is aggravating the inequalities already present in our societies; as the poor and the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters risk being neglected, excluded and forgotten. The crisis has made us realize “that we are in the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other” (Extraordinary Moment of Prayer, 27 March 2020).
Today, perhaps more than ever, our increasingly globalized world urgently demands sincere and respectful dialogue and cooperation capable of uniting us in confronting the grave threats facing our planet and mortgaging the future of younger generations. In my recent Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, I expressed my desire that “in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity” (No. 8). The presence of the Holy See in the international community stands at the service of the global common good, by drawing attention to the anthropological, ethical and religious aspects of the various questions that affect the lives of individuals, peoples and entire nations.
It is my hope that your diplomatic activity as representatives of your nations to the Holy See will foster the “culture of encounter” (Fratelli Tutti, 215) needed to transcend the differences and divisions that so often stand in the way of realizing the high ideals and goals proposed by the international community. Each of us is invited, in fact, to work daily for the building of an ever more just, fraternal and united world.
Dear Ambassadors, as you now undertake your mission to the Holy See, I offer you my prayerful good wishes and I assure of you of the constant readiness of the various offices of the Holy See to assist you in the fulfilment of your responsibilities. Upon you and your families, your collaborators and all your fellow citizens, I cordially invoke abundant divine blessings. Thank you!

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Prendergast at Age 76 and Archbishop Damphousse Succeeds him as Head of Ottawa-Cornwall

The Vatican released the resignation and succession of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall (Canada) The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall (Canada), presented by His Excellency Monsignor Terrence Thomas Prendergast, SI. He is succeeded by His Excellency Most Reverend Monsignor Marcel Damphousse, currently Coadjutor Archbishop of the same Archdiocese.

Archdiocese Ottawa-Cornwall reported the Change in Church Leadership in Ottawa-Cornwall in December.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., is celebrated his Silver Jubilee as a bishop at a Mass of
Thanksgiving on December 3 at Notre Dame Cathedral and will transition to the role of ArchbishopEmeritus. (Full Video below:)

 Archbishop Marcel Damphousse is his successor, as was established when he was named
  CoAdjutor Archbishop on May 6 when the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall was established.
Archbishop Prendergast, who has headed the Archdiocese of Ottawa since 2007, is 76, a year older than
when he turned in his retirement notice to the pope as required by canon law. Pope Francis accepted
the document “Nunc pro tunc,”—“Now for then”—allowing His Grace to celebrate 25 years of episcopal
service. Archbishop Damphousse, 57, had been Bishop of Sault-Sainte-Marie since 2015 and Bishop of
Alexandria-Cornwall from 2012 to 2015.
“I am honoured to have served as leader of the Archdioceses of Ottawa and Ottawa-Cornwall for 13
years,” Archbishop Prendergast said.
“This large and generous community of faithful Catholics will continue to encourage me in my faith
journey,” he said. His Silver Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving will take place on December 3, the feast day of
Saint Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Jesuit Order to which the outgoing Archbishop belongs.
Archbishop Prendergast leaves a considerable legacy of accomplishments in the Archdiocese. He is a
staunch supporter of the Pro-life movement, publicly opposing euthanasia and defending the life of the
unborn. He has made the Church present to people at public events, greeting parishioners after every
Mass and appearing at conferences locally and across the country. He encouraged Communion and
Liberation to institute the Way of the Cross on Good Friday in the streets of Ottawa, as they had in
Halifax. He was a columnist in the Catholic Register, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Ottawa Sun. He
pioneered social media—blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and has appeared on YouTube—to
reach a new generation. He published the Catholic Ottawa newsletter for several years. His Grace
boosted several Catholic ministries with the annual Charity Dinner that he instituted in 2008. His ardent
desire to spread the Gospel led him to collaborate closely with NET Canada and Catholic Christian
Outreach, two bodies that are engaged in sharing the gospel with youth, on college and university
campuses and beyond. He supported the development of the New Evangelization Summit, a yearly
festival to explore how to reach out to those who have left practice of the faith or who have never heard
it. He has nurtured new religious communities based in the Archdiocese: the Queenship of Mary and the 
Servants of the Cross. His heart for First Nations Peoples inspired his unwavering encouragement of
Kateri Native Ministry and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process. He has dedicated
considerable resources to catechise youth in the French Catholic school boards of the Archdiocese.
Archbishop Prendergast has come alongside promising initiatives in the francophone community, like le
Festival de la Parole and Foi et télévision chrétienne, as well as ministries with a history of faithful
service, like les Sœurs de la charité d’Ottawa and les Filles de la sagesse.
A defender of Christian unity, Archbishop Prendergast was educated at, and has taught Scripture in,
ecumenical theological centres and as a priest and bishop served on the Anglican-Roman Catholic
Dialogue. He was one of the first bishops to welcome into the Catholic Communion members of an
Anglican Rite parish on April 15, 2012, as provided for by Pope Benedict three years before. He also
cherishes his association with local interfaith bodies and his friendship with leading members of the
Jewish and Islamic communities.
He said he knows Archbishop Damphousse “will cherish his episcopal ministry in Ottawa-Cornwall,” and
with him as the archdiocese’s new shepherd, Archbishop Prendergast said he is “confident that God’s
universal Church in Ottawa-Cornwall is in good hands.”
The new archbishop’s ministry will be inaugurated during a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica on
December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast day is of
significance to both the former Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, Archbishop Damphousse’s first
episcopal appointment, and to the former Archdiocese of Ottawa.
Archbishop Damphousse called it “a joy and a privilege to be called to serve as the second Archbishop of
Archbishop Prendergast, whose career includes work as a professor, a prolific writer, and twice a
university Chancellor, intends to remain active as Archbishop Emeritus through pastoral ministry and as
an author.
Source: Press Release Archdiocese Ottawa-Cornwall and Vatican