Saturday, January 9, 2021

Sunday Holy Mass Online : Sun. January 10, 2021 - #Eucharist on Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord in Your Virtual Church


The Baptism of the Lord
Lectionary: 21
Reading I
Is 42:1-4, 6-7
Thus says the LORD:
Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
upon whom I have put my spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
n
ot crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
a bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.
I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
OR:
Is 55:1-11
Thus says the LORD:
 

 All you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
You who have no money,
come, receive grain and eat;
come, without paying and without cost,
drink wine and milk!
Why spend your money for what is not bread,
your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you shall eat well,
you shall delight in rich fare.
Come to me heedfully,
listen, that you may have life.
I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,
the benefits assured to David.
As I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander of nations,
so shall you summon a nation you knew not,
and nations that knew you not shall run to you,
because of the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.
Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked man his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth 
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.
For just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
my word shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.
Responsorial Psalm
Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
R. (11b)  The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
    give to the LORD glory and praise,
Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
    adore the LORD in holy attire.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
    the LORD, over vast waters.
The voice of the LORD is mighty;
    the voice of the LORD is majestic. 
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
The God of glory thunders,
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
    the LORD is enthroned as king forever.
R. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
OR:
Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
R. (3)  You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
God indeed is my savior;
    I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
    at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
    among the nations make known his deeds,
      proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
    let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
    for great in your midst
    is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Reading II
Acts 10:34-38
Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
in the house of Cornelius, saying: 
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.
You know the word that he sent to the Israelites 
as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, 
what has happened all over Judea, 
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached, 
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good 
and healing all those oppressed by the devil, 
for God was with him.”
OR:
1 Jn 5:1-9
Beloved:
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the Father
loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one who testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
So there are three that testify,
the Spirit, the water, and the blood,
and the three are of one accord.
If we accept human testimony,
the testimony of God is surely greater.
Now the testimony of God is this,
that he has testified on behalf of his Son.
Alleluia
Cf. Jn 1:29
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
John saw Jesus approaching him, and said:
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
Mk 1:7-11
This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: 
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water; 
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee 
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open 
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, 
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
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 January 10 : St. William of Bourges a Cistercian Bishop who was Concerned for the Poor, the Defense of the Rights of the Church

St. William of Bourges
CISTERCIAN BISHOP
Born:
12th century in Nevers, France
Died:10 January 1209 at Bourges, France
Canonized:17 May 1217 by Pope Honorius III

Ciscertian bishop, also called William of Dongeon. He was born at Nevers, France, and studied under his uncle, Peter, the archdeacon of Soissons, before receiving ordination and appointment as a cannon of Soissons. He helpd the same post in Paris adn then entered the monastery of Grandmont, transferring to the Cistercian community at Pontigny. In succeeding years, he was abbot of Fontaine-Jean, in Sens; abbot of Chalis, near Senlis; and bishop of Bourges, receiving consecration in 1200. The last office he was compelled to take at the behest of Pope Innocent III (r. 1198-1216). As bishop, he distinguished himself by his austerities, concern for the poor, the defense of the rights of the Church against the French crown, and his success in converting many members of the Albigensian heresy. He was canonized by Pope Honorius III (r. 1216-1227).

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints)

Free Christian Movie : Jesus of Nazareth - Drama on the Life of Jesus

 

Jesus of Nazareth PG | 6h 22min | Biography, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (1977) 
Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Ressurection, 
JESUS OF NAZARETH brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels. 
Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier (Youtube video from RepentTV) 

Quote to SHARE - St Edith Stein "Lay all your cares about the future trustingly in God's hands, and let yourself be guided by the Lord.."


"Lay all your cares about the future trustingly in God's hands, and let yourself be guided by the Lord just like a little Child." ~ 
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

US President Trump Addresses Nation on "...the heinous attack on the United States capitol." Saying "This moment calls for healing and reconciliation." FULL TEXT



FULL TEXT US President Donald Trump's Address:
 I would like to begin by addressing the heinous attack on the United States capitol. Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence,  lawlessness, and mayhem. I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. America is and must always be a nation of law and order.  The demonstrators who infiltrated the capital have defiled the seat of American democracy.
 
To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay.  We have just been through an intense election and emotions are high. But now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America. My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. In so doing, I was fighting to defend  American democracy. I continue to strongly believe that we must  reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections. 
Now Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th.  My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth,  orderly, and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation. 2020 has been a challenging time for our people. A menacing pandemic has upended the lives of our citizens, isolated millions in their homes, damaged our economy, and claimed countless lives. Defeating this pandemic and rebuilding the greatest economy on earth will require all of us working together. It will require a renewed emphasis on the civic values of patriotism, faith, charity, community, and family. We must revitalize the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family. To the citizens of our country, serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime, and to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning. 
 Thank you. God bless you.  And God bless America.

RIP Brother Luigi Manganiello - Beloved Catholic Religious Brother Killed by Thieves in Venezuela



AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Lasallian religious killed during an attempted theft

Friday, 8 January 2021

Barquisimeto (Agenzia Fides) - Bishop VĂ­ctor Hugo Basabe, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Barquisimeto, mourns in communion with the clergy of the Archdiocese and unites with all the pilgrims of God in our local Church for the death of Brother de La Salle, Luigi Manganiello". The short note invites us to "pray for his eternal rest", in the hope that "violence will cease and respect for life will prevail throughout the territory of our beloved country , Venezuela".

Brother Luigi Manganiello, 49, was of Italian origin and belonged to the lay Congregation founded by St. John Baptist de La Salle. Born in Puerto Cabello, he was the son of Italian immigrants from Montefusco, in the province of Avellino.

According to local information, the lay brother died on January 6th as a result of injuries suffered in an attempted robbery on the school premises.

The religious was well known, loved and respected for his work carried out over many years as the main coordinator of the La Salle religious institute, as well as for the pastoral care among young people and in his pastoral commitment of vocational pastoral work.

The Archdiocese of Caracas condemns the murder of Brother Luigi Manganiello in a declaration signed by Cardinal Baltazar Porras, Apostolic Administrator of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, Archbishop Emeritus of Caracas, and the Archdiocese's Auxiliary Bishops and Priests. (CE) (FULL TEXT Source: Agenzia Fides, 8/1/2021)

#BreakingNews Pope Francis Reacts to Violence in US Capitol Saying "Reject violence. It’s time for healing"



Pope Francis has commentated on the violence at US Capitol in Washington, DC saying 'Reject violence. It’s time for healing.'
Vatican News reports that in a Italian television interview to be aired on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the US Capitol in Washington DC, decrying all violence and inviting Americans to “learn from the past.”
The report states Pope Francis says the unfolding of events on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on 6 January “came as a surprise” to him. However, he noted, no society can consider itself immune from subversive elements.
These quotes come from part of an interview by the Italian “Canale 5” television network, which will be broadcast on Sunday evening.
The Holy Father went on to say, "I was amazed, because they are a people who are so disciplined in democracy.” 
The US Bishops had already condemned the attack on Capitol and ask for prayers.
However, he added, even mature societies can have flaws, and there are often people "who take a path against the community, against democracy, and against the common good."
Violence must certainly be condemned, the Pope continued. "It must always be condemned, regardless of those who perpetrate it.”
He explained that after Capitol Hill, there was need for a time for "healing"
"There is no society which can boast of never having had a single day or case of violence,” the Pope said.
Therefore, he added, it a question of "understanding, so as not to repeat [the violence] and learn from history."
In any case, Pope Francis concluded, "understanding is fundamental", because it is the only way in which to to find a "remedy."
Edited from VaticanNews.va

Saint January 9 : St. Adrian of Canterbury : a Scholarly Abbot in Canterbury born in Africa whose Body was Discovered Incorrupt

An African by birth, Adrian became a monk and an abbot in Italy, and finally supervised a flourishing school in Canterbury.
Death: January 9, 710 AD
An African by birth, then a monk and an abbot in Italy, and finally chosen to accompany the Greek monk Theodore of Tarsus to become archbishop of Canterbury, Adrian supervised a flourishing school in that cathedral town. Patrick Duffy tells his story.
An unusual appointment
Adrian was born in Africa and became a monk and eventually abbot of Nerida, not far from Naples. In the early years of the See of Canterbury after St Augustine, the archbishops were chosen from the companions who had come with him from Rome. Two Englishmen then succeeded, but as both fell victim to the plague in 664 and 665, the pope of the time, Vitalian (657-672) wanted to appoint Adrian. He refused but suggested the nomination of a Greek monk Theodore of Tarsus. Vitalian accepted this suggestion, provided Adrian accompany Theodore as his adviser and helper. Which he did.
 
A golden age for the Church in England
On arrival in Canterbury Theodore appointed Adrian abbot of the monastery of Saints Peter and Paul (later St Augustine’s). An excellent administrator as well as a Greek and Latin scholar, Adrian insured that the monastery grew into a centre of theological learning drawing students from all over England and even Ireland. Adrian helped his archbishop in the pastoral governance of the English Church. Bede says of this time: “Never had there been such happy times as these since the English settled in Britain.”
Death and influenceAdrian worked at Canterbury for nearly forty years, far outliving Theodore. He was buried in the church of the monastery. His body was still incorrupt when renovations made the translation of Canterbury saints necessary. Many of the miracles for which his tomb became famous were in favour of boys who studied in the monastery and were in trouble with their masters.
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