Saturday, February 20, 2021

Sunday Holy Mass Online : Sun. February 21, 2021 - 1st Sunday in Lent - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - B



First Sunday of Lent
Lectionary: 23
Reading I
Gn 9:8-15
God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 
“See, I am now establishing my covenant with you 
and your descendants after you 
and with every living creature that was with you: 
all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals 
that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you, 
that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
by the waters of a flood; 
there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.”
God added:
 
 “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, 
of the covenant between me and you 
and every living creature with you: 
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.
When I bring clouds over the earth, 
and the bow appears in the clouds, 
I will recall the covenant I have made
between me and you and all living beings, 
so that the waters shall never again become a flood 
to destroy all mortal beings.”
 
Responsorial Psalm
Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R. (cf. 10) Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
    teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my savior.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
    and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
    because of your goodness, O LORD.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
Good and upright is the LORD,
    thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
    and he teaches the humble his way.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
 
Reading II
1 Pt 3:18-22
Beloved:
Christ suffered for sins once, 
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, 
that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh, 
he was brought to life in the Spirit.
In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, 
who had once been disobedient 
while God patiently waited in the days of Noah 
during the building of the ark, 
in which a few persons, eight in all,
were saved through water.
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now.
It is not a removal of dirt from the body 
but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, 
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven
and is at the right hand of God, 
with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.
Verse Before the Gospel
Mt 4:4b
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
Gospel
Mk 1:12-15
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, 
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested, 
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
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 February 21 : St. Peter Damian : Bishop and Doctor of the Church who Left his Friends Secretly and made his Way to a Hermitage


Born:
988, Ravenna

Died:
February 22, 1072, Faenza
(Or Damiani). Doctor of the Church, Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia, b. at Ravenna "five years after the death of the Emperor Otto III," 1007; d. at Faenza, 21 Feb., 1072. He was the youngest of a large family; his parents were noble, but poor. At his birth an elder brother protested against this new charge on the resources of the family with such effect that his mother refused to suckle him and the babe nearly died. A family retainer, however, fed the starving child and by example and reproaches recalled his mother to her duty. Left an orphan in early years, he was at first adopted by an elder brother, who ill-treated and under-fed him while employing him as a swineherd. The child showed signs of great piety and of remarkable intellectual gifts, and after some years of this servitude another brother, who was archpriest at Ravenna, had pity on him and took him away to be educated. This brother was called Damian and it was generally accepted that St. Peter added this name to his own in grateful recognition of his brother's kindness. He made rapid progress in his studies, first at Ravenna, then at Faenza, finally at the University of Parma, and when about twenty-five years old was already a famous teacher at Parma and Ravenna. But, though even then much given to fasting and to other mortifications, he could not endure the scandals and distractions of university life and decided (about 1035) to retire from the world. While meditating on his resolution he encountered two hermits of Fonte-Avellana, was charmed with their spirituality and detachment, and desired to join them. Encouraged by them Peter, after a forty days' retreat in a small cell, left his friends secretly and made his way to the hermitage of Fonte-Avellana. Here he was received, and, to his surprise, clothed at once with the monastic habit. Both as novice and as professed religious his fervour was remarkable and led him to such extremes of penance that, for a time, his health was affected. He occupied his convalescence with a thorough study of Holy Scripture and, on his recovery, was appointed to lecture to his fellow-monks. At the request of Guy of Pomposa and other heads of neighbouring monasteries, for two or three years he lectured to their subjects also, and (about 1042) wrote the life of St. Romuald for the monks of Pietrapertosa. Soon after his return to Fonte-Avellana he was appointed economus of the house by the prior, who also pointed him out as his successor. This, in fact, he became in 1043, and he remained prior of Fonte-Avellana till his death. His priorate was characterized by a wise moderation of the rule, as well as by the foundation of subject-hermitages at San Severino, Gamugno, Acerata, Murciana, San Salvatore, Sitria, and Ocri. It was remarkable, too, for the introduction of the regular use of the discipline, a penitential exercise which he induced the great abbey of Monte Cassino to imitate. There was much opposition outside his own circle to this practice, but Peter's persistent advocacy ensured its acceptance to such an extent that he was obliged later to moderate the imprudent zeal of some of his own hermits. Another innovation was that of the daily siesta, to make up for the fatigue of the night office. during his tenure of the priorate a cloister was built, silver chalices and a silver processional cross were purchased, and many books added to the library. (See Fonte-Avellana.) Although living in the seclusion of the cloister, Peter Damian watched closely the fortunes of the Church, and like his friend Hildebrand, the future Gregory VII, he strove for her purification in those deplorable times. In 1045 when Benedict IX resigned the supreme pontificate into the hands of the archpriest John Gratian (Gregory VI), Peter hailed the change with joy and wrote to the pope, urging him to deal with the scandals of the church in Italy, especially with the evil bishops of Pesaro, of Città di Castello, and of Fano (see BENEDICT IX; GREGORY VI.) He was present in Rome when Clement II crowned Henry III and his wife Agnes, and he also attended a synod held at the Lateran in the first days of 1047, in which decrees were passed against simony. After this he returned to his hermitage (see CLEMENT II; DAMASUS II). Pope St. Leo IX was solemnly enthroned at Rome, 12 Feb., 1049, to succeed Damasus II, and about two years later Peter published his terrible treatise on the vices of the clergy, the "Liber Gomorrhianus", dedicating it to the pope. It caused a great stir and aroused not a little enmity against its author. Even the pope, who had at first praised the work, was persuaded that it was exaggerated and his coldness drew from Damian a vigorous letter of protest. Meanwhile the question arose as to the validity of the ordinations of simoniacal clerics. The prior of Fonte-Avellana was appealed to and wrote (about 1053) a treatise, the "Liber Gratissimus", in favour of their validity, a work which, though much combatted at the time, was potent in deciding the question in their favour before the end of the twelfth century. In June, 1055, during the pontificate of Victor II, Damian attended a synod held at Florence, where simony and clerical incontinence were once more condemned. About two years later he fell ill at Fonte-Avellana and nearly died, but suddenly, after seven weeks of pain, recovered, as he believed, through a miracle. During his illness the pope died, and Frederic, abbot of Monte Cassino, was elected as Stephen X. In the autumn of 1057, Stephen X determined to create Damian a cardinal. For a long time he resisted the offer, but was finally forced, under threat of excommunication, to accept, and was consecrated Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia on 30 Nov., 1057. In addition he was appointed administrator of the Diocese of Gubbio. The new cardinal was impressed with the great responsibilities of his office and wrote a stirring letter to his brother-cardinals, exhorting them to shine by their example before all. Four months later Pope Stephen died at Florence and the Church was once more distracted by schism. The Cardinal of Ostia was vigorous in his opposition to the antipope Benedict X, but force was on the side of the intruder and Damian retired to Fonte-Avallana. (See NICHOLAS II; GREGORY VII.) About the end of the year 1059 Peter was sent as legate to Milan by Nicholas II. The Church at Milan had been, for some time, the prey of simony and incontinence. So bad was the state of things, that benefices were openly bought and sold and the clergy publicly "married" the women they lived with. But the faithful of Milan, led by St. Ariald the Deacon and St. Anselm, Bishop of Lucca, strove hard to remedy these evils. At length the contest between the two parties became so bitter that an appeal was made to the Holy See to decide the matter. Nicholas II sent Damian and the Bishop of Lucca as his legates. But now the party of the irregular clerics took alarm and raised the cry that Rome had no authority over Milan. At once Peter took action. Boldly confronting the rioters in the cathedral, he proved to them the authority of the Holy See with such effect that all parties submitted to his decision. He exacted first a solemn oath from the archbishop and all his clergy that for the future no preferment should be paid for; then, imposing a penance on all who had been guilty, he re-instated in their benefices all who under took to live continently. This prudent decision was attacked by some of the rigourists at Rome, but was not reversed. Unfortunately, on the death of Nicholas II, the same disputes broke out; nor were they finally settled till after the martyrdom of St. Ariald in 1066. Meanwhile Peter was in vain pleading to be released from the cares of his office. Neither Nicholas II nor Hildebrand would consent to spare him. In July, 1061, the pope died and once more a schism ensued. Damian used all his powers to persuade the antipope Cadalous to withdraw, but to no purpose. Finally Hanno, the Regent of Germany, summoned a council at Augsburg at which a long argument by St. Peter Damian was read and greatly contributed to the decision in favour of Alexander II. In 1063 the pope held a synod at Rome, at which Damian was appointed legate to settle the dispute between the Abbey of Cluny and the Bishop of Mâcon. He proceeded to France, summoned a council at Châlon-sur-Saône, proved the justice of the contentions of Cluny, settled other questions at issue in the Church of France, and returned in the autumn to Fonte-Avellana. While he was in France the antipope Cadalous had again become active in his attempts to gain Rome, and Damian brought upon himself a sharp reproof from Alexander and Hildebrand for twice imprudently appealing to the royal power to judge the case anew. In 1067 the cardinal was sent to Florence to settle the dispute between the bishop and the monks of Vallombrosa, who accused the former of simony. His efforts, however, were not successful, largely because he misjudged the case and threw the weight of his authority on the side of the bishop. The matter was not settled till the following year by the pope in person. In 1069 Damian went as the pope's legate to Germany to prevent King Henry from repudiating his wife Bertha. This task he accomplished at a council at Frankfort and returned to Fonte-Avellana, were he was left in peace for two years. Early in 1072 he was sent to Ravenna to reconcile its inhabitants to the Holy See, they having been excommunicated for supporting their archbishop in his adhesion to the schism of Cadalous. On his return thence he was seized with fever near Faenza. He lay ill for a week at the monastery of Santa Maria degl'Angeli, now Santa Maria Vecchia. On the night preceding the feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch, he ordered the office of the feast to be recited and at the end of the Lauds he died. He was at once buried in the monastery church, lest others should claim his relics. Six times has his body been translated, each time to a more splendid resting-place. It now lies in a chapel dedicated to the saint in the cathedral of Faenza in 1898. No formal canonization ever took place, but his cultas has existed since his death at Faenza, at Fonte-Avellana, at Monte Cassino, and at Cluny. In 1823 Leo XII extended his feast (23 Feb.) to the whole Church and pronounced him a Doctor of the Church. The saint is represented in art as a cardinal bearing a discipline in his hand; also sometimes he is depicted as a pilgrim holding a papal Bull, to signify his many legations. Catholic Encyclopedia

Wow Pope Francis makes a Surprise Visit to Home of Holocaust Survivor Edith Bruck saying "[I ask] forgiveness, O Lord, in the name of humanity." - VIDEO


 
Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the home of the Auschwitz survivor Hungarian author Edith Bruck, who is almost 90 years old, and has lived in Italy for many years. Edith Bruck (Steinschreiber) was born in 1931. In 1944, with her family, she was deported to Auschwitz. Most of her family members did not survive the Holocaust. Edith was liberated in Bergen-Belsen together with her sister Eliz. In 1954 Edith settled in Rome.  
On Saturday, February 20, 2021, the Pope visited her home in Rome's centre. According to Vatican News, he had read her interview, which related the horrors she and her family experienced during the Nazi persecution, and was deeply moved; so he asked to meet her. 
 "I have come here to thank you for your testimony and to pay homage to the people martyred by the insanity of Nazi populism," Pope Francis told her. 
   
 "And with sincerity I repeat to you the words that I spoke from my heart at Yad Vashem and that I repeat before every person who, like you, has suffered so much because of this: [I ask] forgiveness, O Lord, in the name of humanity." 
 In a statement, the Holy See noted that, "the conversation with the Pope revisited those moments of light with which the experience of the hell of the camps was punctuated and evoked the fears and hopes for the time in which we live, emphasizing the value of memory and the role of the elderly in cultivating it and passing it on to the young." 
 Edith Bruck has dedicated her life to bearing witness to what she saw. She was asked to do so by two strangers, who spoke to her at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp: "Tell the story. They will not believe you. But if you survive, tell the story, for us too." And she kept faith. 
Even as she recounts the darkest moments of the abyss of horror into which she was plunged, and in which she lost a large part of her family, she never fails to fix her gaze on something good and beautiful, some hint of humanity that allowed her to go on living and hoping. 
 So, for instance, when describing her life in the ghetto - after she and her family were torn from their home in the rural village where they lived - she describes a non-Jewish man who donated a cartload of food to help those who were being persecuted. Later, describing her time working in Dachau digging trenches, she recalls a German soldier throwing his mess tin at her to be washed -- but, she says, "he had left some jam at the bottom for me." As she talks about her time working in the officers' mess, the figure of a cook emerges. He asked Edith her name, and when she gave it, he replied, with a trembling voice, "I have a daughter your age." Having said this, "he pulled a comb from his pocket, and looking at my head of new-grown hair, he gave it to me," she recalled. "I had the sensation of finding myself, after so long, in the presence of a human being. I was moved by the gesture, which was life and hope." (Source: VaticanNews with words of the Pope and statement of the Holy See Press Office)

Pope Francis Confirms a Miracle and Brings 8 People Closer to Becoming Saints, including a Nun who Died from Ebola



Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, 20.02.2021

On 20 February 2021, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorised the same Congregation to promulgate the Decrees regarding:

- the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Armida Barelli, of the Secular Third Order of Saint Francis, co-founder of the Secular Institute of the Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ; born on 1 December 1882 in Milan, Italy, and died in Marzio, Italy, on 15 August 1952;

Brief Biography of Armida Barelli (from VaticanNews): While studying at a boarding school under the Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Cross from 1895 to 1900, she discovered her religious vocation and the Franciscan charism. Refusing several marriage proposals, she decided to devote herself to others, especially the poor and the orphaned. Together with Father Agostino Gemelli, OFM, she co-founded the Secular Institute of the Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ, which today has more than 2,200 members in more than 30 countries around the world.   

The miracle attributed to her intercession clears her for beatification, a ceremony that will confer on her the title "Blessed".  Another miracle is required to clear her for canonization or sainthood. 

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Albino Alves da Cunha e Silva, diocesan priest; born on 22 September 1882 in Codeçôso, Portugal, and died in Catanduva, Brazil, on 19 September 1973;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Ignatius of Saint Paul (né George Spencer), professed priest of the Congregation of the Passion of Christ; born on 21 December 1799 in London, England, and died in Carstairs, Scotland, on 1 October 1864;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Felicita Fortunata Baseggio net Anna Clara Giovanna), religious sister of the Order of Saint Augustine; born on 5 May 1752 in Ferrara, Italy, and died in Rovigo, Italy, on 11 February 1829;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Floralba Rondi (née Luigia Rosina), professed religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor - Palazzolo Institute; born on 10 December 1924 in Pedrengo, Italy, and died in Mosango, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 25 April 1995;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Clarangela Ghilardi of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor - Palazzolo Institute; born on 21 April 1931 in Trescore Balneario, Italy, and died in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 6 May 1995;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Dinarosa Belleri (née Teresa Santa), professed religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor - Palazzolo Institute; born on 11 November 1936 in Cailina di Villa Carcina, Italy, and died in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 14 May 1995;

Bio of Belleri: Teresina Belleri, born in Brescia, joined the Poverelle Sisters of the Palazzolo Institute in Bergamo at twenty-one. Active and concrete person, once the preparation was finished, he was sent to the marine hospital of Cagliari, then on a mission in the Congo. From 1966 for seventeen years he served in the Mosango Hospital Center; in 1983 she was transferred to Kikwit, where she worked tirelessly among lepers, tuberculosis and sick people of all kinds until 1995, when the Ebola virus epidemic caused numerous deaths, including three Poverelle Sisters. Sister Dinarosa remained in her post, convinced that she had to serve the poor, as Blessed Luigi Maria Palazzolo, founder of her Institute, had taught. Infected in her generous service to those who were already suffering from Ebola, she died on May 14, 1995 at around 9 am. Three other Poverelle Sisters had died before her, and two later, all infected with the same virus. The diocesan inquiry to ascertain the heroic nature of Sister Dinarosa's Christian virtues, in addition to those of the five sisters, took place in the Diocese of Kikwit from 28 April 2013 to 23 February 2014 and was supplemented by a completed rogatorial inquiry. in the Diocese of Bergamo. The six Causes proceed in the Roman phase at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. (http://www.santiebeati.it/dettaglio/96028)

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Elisa Giambelluca, lay faithful, member of the Theresian institute; born on 30 April 1941 in Isnello, Italy, and died in Rome, Italy, on 5 May 1986.

 Source: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2021/02/20/210220b.html

U.S. Bishops’ President Archbishop Gomez - Urges Prayer and Support for All During Extreme Winter Weather and Storms - FULL TEXT



U.S. Bishops’ President Urges Prayer and Support for All During Extreme Winter Weather and Storms 
 WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urges prayer and support for all those who have died and been injured in the recent winter storms, and encourages hope and generous support at the beginning of the Lenten season.

Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows:

"I join my brother bishops in praying for all those who have died and been injured in the recent winter storms. We pray especially for those without power and heat and for first responders who are offering assistance to those with urgent needs. In our Lenten almsgiving, let us find concrete ways to help our brothers and sisters. I entrust those who are suffering to the Immaculate Heart of our Blessed Mother Mary. May she grant them all comfort and peace.”

Donations can be made to Catholic Charities USA at www.CCUSA.online/weather.

FULL TEXT Release USCCB

Powerful Ancient Prayer for Lent by St. Ephrem "Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of laziness, discouragement, lust..."

Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of laziness, discouragement, lust of power, and idle talk. Instead grant to me, your servant, the spirit of purity, humility, patience, and love. My Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my own sins and refrain from judging others; for you are blessed forever. Amen. 
 (Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem)
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Pope Francis Appoints Franciscan Cardinal Mauro Gambetti as Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica and Accepts Resignation of Card. Angelo Comastri


Resignation and Appointment of the Vicar General of His Holiness for the Vatican City, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and President of the Fabbrica di San Pietro

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the offices of Vicar General of His Holiness for the Vatican City, of Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and of President of the Fabbrica di San Pietro presented by His Eminence Most Reverend Mr. Card. Angelo Comastri ; and appointed His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Mauro Gambetti , OFM Conv., former Custos General of the Sacred Convent of San Francesco in Assisi, to the same offices.

Source: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2021/02/20/0110/00225.html

Biography of Cardinal Gambetti from Vatican.va

Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, OFM Conv.,   Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, Vicar General of His Holiness for the Vatican City State and President of the Fabbrica di San Pietro , was born on October 27, 1965 in Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna). After graduating in mechanical engineering at the University of Bologna, in September 1992 he officially began his journey in the Order of Friars Minor Conventals of which, after the year of novitiate, he professed life and the rule, temporarily. on 29 August 1995 and definitive on 20 September 1998. After his Baccalaureate in Theology at the Theological Institute of Assisi (Perugia), he obtained a Licentiate in Theological Anthropology at the Theological Faculty of Central Italy in Florence.

He was ordained a priest on 8 January 2000 in Longiano (Forlì-Cesena) where, in the Convent of SS. Crocifisso, he held the position of animator of youth and vocation ministry for Emilia-Romagna and, from 2005 to 2009, also that of leader and animator of the religious community (guardian).

In the spring of 2009 the confreres of the Bolognese Province of Sant'Antonio di Padova with competence over the convents of the Friars Minor Conventual of Emilia-Romagna elected him their superior (provincial minister), an office from which he ceased on February 22, 2013, called by the Minister General and his Definitory to assume that of General Custos of the General Custody of the Sacred Convent of San Francesco in Assisi for the four-year period 2013-2017 At the same time the Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino appointed him Episcopal Vicar for the pastoral care of the Papal Basilica of San Francesco and of the other places of worship run by the Friars Minor Conventual in the same Diocese.

He was elected President of the Intermediterranean Federation of Provincial Ministers of the Friars Minor Conventual in September 2017.

In 2017 he was reconfirmed as General Custos of the General Custody of the Sacred Convent of San Francesco in Assisi for the four-year period 2017-2021, a position held until 31 October 2020.

He received episcopal consecration on November 22, 2020.

On February 20, 2021, the Holy Father appointed him Vicar General of His Holiness for the Vatican City, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and President of the Fabbrica di San Pietro.

Created and published Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 28 November 2020, of the Diaconia of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum.

He is a Member:

    of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Quote to SHARE by St. Mother Teresa "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and Believe' Jesus tells us..." #Lent

 "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you." -- Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Pope Francis Accepts the Resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah, from the Congregation of Divine Worship, who once was Papabile


Resignation of the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments 
  The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments presented by His Eminence Cardinal Robert Sarah. Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, He was considered Papabile for the election of Pope during the last conclave. Cardinal Sarah wrote in a Tweet:  
Biography of Card. Sarah from the Vatican
 Archbishop emeritus of Conakry (Guinea), was born on 15 June 1945 in Ourous, Guinea. After middle school, he was obliged to leave home in order to continue his studies at the minor seminary in Bingerville, Ivory Coast. Following Guinea’s independence in 1958, he returned home and completed his studies.

He was ordained priest on 20 July 1969 in Conakry.

After his ordination, he earned a licentiate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a licentiate in Scripture at the "Studium Biblicum Franciscanum" in Jerusalem.

Upon completion of his studies, he was nominated rector of the minor seminary of Kindia, and served as parish priest in Bokè, Katace, Koundara and Ourous.

On 13 August 1979, he was appointed Archbishop of Conakry at the age of 34, making him the youngest bishop in the world and called "the baby bishop" by John Paul II. He was consecrated on 8 December 1979.

On 1 October 2001, he was appointed secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

On 7 October 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum".

On 23 November 2014 he was nominated Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He was Prefect of the Congregation until 20 February 2021.

He participated in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 20 November 2010, of the Deaconry of San Giovanni Bosco in Via Tuscolana (Saint John Bosco in Via Tuscolana).

Member of:

  • Congregations: for the Evangelization of Peoples; for the Causes of Saints;
  • Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses.

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, February 20, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church



 
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Lectionary: 222
Reading I
Is 58:9b-14
Thus says the LORD:
If you remove from your midst oppression,
    false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
    and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
    and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always
    and give you plenty even on the parched land.
He will renew your strength,
    and you shall be like a watered garden,
    like a spring whose water never fails.
The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,
    and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;
“Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you,
    “Restorer of ruined homesteads.”
(Mass starts after the Stations of the Cross - at the 15:35 mark)
 
 If you hold back your foot on the sabbath
    from following your own pursuits on my holy day;
If you call the sabbath a delight,
    and the LORD’s holy day honorable;
If you honor it by not following your ways,
    seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice
Then you shall delight in the LORD,
    and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,
    for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Responsorial Psalm
86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R.    (11ab)  Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
    for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you. 
    You are my God.
R.    Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
    for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
R.    Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
    and attend to the sound of my pleading.
R.    Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
 
Verse before the Gospel
Ez 33:11
I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord,
but rather in his conversion, that he may live.
Gospel
Lk 5:27-32
Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house,
and a large crowd of tax collectors
and others were at table with them.
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying,
“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”
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