Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Saint September 28 : St. Wenceslaus : #Duke and #Martyr

(Also Vaclav, Vaceslav.) Duke, martyr, and patron of Bohemia, born probably 903; died at Alt-Bunzlau, 28 September, 935. His parents were Duke Wratislaw, a Christian, and Dragomir, a heathen. He received a good Christian education from his grandmother (St. Ludmilla) and at Budweis. After the death of Wratislaw, Dragomir, acting as regent, opposed Christianity, and Wenceslaus, being urged by the people, took the reins of government. He placed his duchy under the protection of Germany, introduced German priests, and favoured the Latin rite instead of the old Slavic, which had gone into disuse in many places for want of priests. Wenceslaus had taken the vow of virginity and was known for his virtues. The Emperor Otto I conferred on him the regal dignity and title. For religious and national motives, and at the instigation of Dragomir, Wenceslaus was murdered by his brother Boleslaw. The body, hacked to pieces, was buried at the place of murder, but three years later Boleslaw, having repented of his deed, ordered its translation to the Church of St. Vitus in Prague. The gathering of his relics is noted in the calendars on 27 June, their translation on 4 March; his feast is celebrated on 28 September. Text from The Catholic Encyclopedia

Cardinals Lead Bishops of Canada in Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary - FULL TEXT Homily + Prayer and Video

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Bishops travelled to Ottawa in the afternoon for a Solemn Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica to celebrate the feast of the Canadian Martyrs, the secondary patrons of Canada. They marked the 150th anniversary of Confederation by consecrating Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary, during the Eucharistic celebration.
In the presence of more than a thousand people, including a number of dignitaries and elected officials from various levels of government, the Mass was presided by the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa and Apostolic Administrator of Alexandria-Cornwall, with the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the CCCB, and the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Vice President of the CCCB, as the two principal concelebrants. His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, was the homilist and led the prayer of consecration to Mary together with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, who is Archbishop Emeritus of Québec.
Prayer for the Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, when the first Christian believers came to these shores, they planted a Cross made of the fresh timber of the New World as a sign of their faith in your Son and the power of his Resurrection, placing their lives under your maternal protection and venerating you as the Immaculate Conception. You show us how to live a life free from sin in Christ Jesus and, by our baptism, we hope to share fully with you in the freedom of the glory of the children of God. You have accompanied us on our path through history, in times of peace, conflict, and reconciliation, and as we arrived at a greater sense of unity and nationhood. With full confidence we come before you today giving thanks to God on the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Gathered in the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we place ourselves completely in the sanctuary of your Heart and commit the past, the present and the future of Canada to your maternal care. For this reason, I, N., Arch/Bishop/Metropolitan/Eparch of N., commend to your Immaculate Heart the portion of the People of God entrusted to me. Together with the other Archbishops, Metropolitans, Bishops and Eparchs of Canada, I also consecrate the people of our country to your maternal Heart which teaches us to trust in God’s loving plan. Immaculate Mother of God, we find ourselves at a crossroads in our history; we are grateful for advances in science and new discoveries, yet we know the human heart is tempted by selfish interests and false ideas about the human person and freedom. Help us, as Catholics, to live in peace with all people of good will and to dialogue with respect and friendship. Loving Mother of Our Lord, help us to uphold religious freedom in Canada, and the natural rights of parents and families; inspire us to protect the unborn, to help the poor, the marginalized, and to give support to the infirm and elderly. Weighed down at times by our concerns, but hopeful for the future, we turn to you, the new Eve, Mother of all the living, for help and for strength. 2 Your Son is the beginning of God’s New Creation and you are his Masterpiece: intercede for our Churches, for all our people, especially the Indigenous Peoples, the first stewards of this land of Canada, and all who come here to live, take refuge, or visit. [All together] May the Cross of your Son, planted on Canadian soil and in Canadian hearts, be known as the Tree of Life, whose fruit is visible and available to all in the garden of this world. Mary our Mother, we place our country Canada in the sanctuary of your Holy Heart for we know that there we will find Jesus, who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Let us now ask the intercession of Our Lady according to the titles with which she has been especially honoured in Canada:
Litany for Canada
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Sacred Heart of Mary, pray for us. (St. François de Laval)
 Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. (Jesuits dedicated their mission to the Immaculate Conception) Star of the Sea, pray for us. (The Acadians) 
Our Lady of Roc Amadour, pray for us. (Jacques Cartier) 
Our Lady of Recovery, pray for us. (Samuel de Champlain) 
Our Lady of the Cape, pray for us. Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.
 Our Lady of Good Help, pray for us. (St. Marguerite Bourgeoys) 
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us. 
Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Snows, pray for us. 
Our Lady of the Prairies, pray for us. 
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. (Patroness of the Americas) 
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us. Our Lady of Canada, pray for us.
Fete Des Saints Martyrs Canadiens
Consecration Des Diocese Du Canada Au Coeur Immacule De Marie
150e Anniversaire de la Confederation Du Canada
50e Anniversaire de Developpement et Paix

« Vivre habités par l’esprit du Verbe incarné »

Chers frères et sœurs,
Dear brothers and sisters,
Dans une lettre à son fils Claude à l’automne 1649, sainte Marie de l’Incarnation écrit ces lignes au sujet des jésuites, martyrs canadiens : «Ils avaient l’esprit du Verbe incarné. C’est cet esprit qui fait courir par terre et par mer les ouvriers de l’Évangile et qui les fait martyrs vivants avant que le fer et le feu ne les consument1. »
Des martyrs vivants... c’est-à-dire, des disciples de Jésus qui ont déjà donné leur vie pour le Christ et pour l’avancement du Royaume de Dieu dans ce pays en train de naître, sans attendre le moment du témoignage ultime par le martyre pour être livrés au Christ.
Jésus disait à ses disciples : « Amen, amen, je vous le dis : si le grain de blé tombé en terre ne meurt pas, il reste seul ; mais s’il meurt, il porte beaucoup de fruit. »
Dans notre spiritualité chrétienne, la mort et la vie se côtoient. Et la mort n’a pas eu le dernier mot car le Christ est ressuscité au troisième jour. Le mystère pascal est le cœur de notre foi, la fondation sur laquelle est bâtie toute notre vie. C’est cette espérance fiable qui permet d’aller jusqu’au bout dans l’amour.
Le Père Christophe de Tibhirine, ce moine cistercien assassiné en Algérie et dont le film Des hommes et des dieux a ravi la planète disait peu de temps avant son martyre : « Je suis ressuscité, je peux mourir. »
Les saints martyrs canadiens étaient certainement habités par cette conviction profonde, dans la foi, que leur vie porterait du fruit parce qu’elle était livrée et donnée, en profonde communion avec leur Sauveur, Jésus Christ.
Saint John Paul II at the Canadian Shrine of the North American Martyrs in 1984 during his first visit to Canada said:
« They, like Paul, had come to consider the love of Christ as the greatest of all treasures. And they, too, believed that the love of Christ was so strong that nothing could separate them from it, not even persecution and death. The North American Martyrs, then, gave up their lives for the sake of the Gospel - in order to bring the faith to the native people whom they served ».
Today, as we come together in our nation’s capital to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, we give thanks to the Lord for the many saints, holy men and women who, like the Canadian Martyrs, came to the New World, bringing with them the Good News of Jesus Christ. We can literally say that our country was founded by saints. The Gospel they brought from Europe was not only in Bibles and in books; it was deeply rooted in their lives. They were bearers of the Good News. And that is why they were able to witness faithfully and persevere in the midst of many trials.
It is good to recall our roots as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada. Jean Vanier, a great Canadian, had this to say about this year’s celebration: « There is something wonderful in the celebration of Canada, to celebrate faith. Faith is that belief that every person - whatever the culture, whatever the religion - is important, and to enter into a relationship with that person. And not just to see them as citizens of the same country, but as brothers and sisters in humanity. In my Christian faith, obviously, to love God and to love neighbor is somewhere at the heart of everything. [...] We can come from different faiths, but there’s that belief that you, a Canadian, you’re more beautiful than you dare imagine ».2
Je suis convaincu que ces paroles résonnent encore au plus profond du cœur d’un grand nombre de canadiens et de canadiennes. L’Évangile est cette source inépuisable où nos saints fondateurs se sont abreuvés et où nous mêmes pouvons encore y puiser pour trouver la lumière, la force et le courage de poursuivre la mission d’évangélisation avec ardeur. Cette source coule toujours. Elle nous offre l’eau vive de la vie en abondance.
Jésus dit encore : « Qui aime sa vie la perd ; qui s’en détache en ce monde la gardera pour la vie éternelle. » « Se détacher » de sa vie signifie être prêt à prendre des risques pour l’amour de Celui qui est la Vie. Si l’Évangile est proclamé ici en Amérique du Nord depuis plus de quatre siècles, c’est  précisément à cause d’hommes et de femmes, des amoureux de la Vie, qui ont osé tout donner pour la mission. À la base de l’œuvre d’évangélisation chez nous, il y a un témoignage de foi profonde vécue souvent dans l’héroïcité.
C’est parce que nous aimons la vie et que nous sommes en relation avec Celui qui est la Vie que nous pouvons en arriver à vouloir, comme Lui, livrer la nôtre, la donner par amour et nous associer à son œuvre de salut.
Notre cher pape émérite Benoît XVI écrivait dans son encyclique sur l’espérance : « Celui qui est touché par l'amour commence à comprendre ce qui serait précisément ?vie”. Il commence à comprendre ce que veut dire la parole d'espérance que nous avons rencontrée dans le rite du Baptême : de la foi j'attends la ?vie éternelle” – la vie véritable qui, totalement et sans menaces, est, dans toute sa plénitude, simplement la vie. Jésus, qui a dit de lui-même être venu pour que nous ayons la vie et que nous l'ayons en plénitude, en abondance (cf. Jn 10, 10), nous a aussi expliqué ce que signifie ?la vie” : ?La vie éternelle, c'est de te connaître, toi le seul Dieu, le vrai Dieu, et de connaître celui que tu as envoyé, Jésus Christ” (Jn 17, 3). La vie dans le sens véritable, on ne l'a pas en soi, de soi tout seul et pas même seulement par soi : elle est une relation. Et la vie dans sa totalité est relation avec Celui qui est la source de la vie. Si nous sommes en relation avec Celui qui ne meurt pas, qui est Lui-même la Vie et l'Amour, alors nous sommes dans la vie. Alors nous ?vivons”3. »
A Christian who maintains and nourishes a meaningful relationship with the Lord of Life necessarily learns to open his heart to others, to the men and women with whom he shares his life on this earth. It is the great commandment inherited from the Old Testament that Jesus puts in center stage in his teaching: the love of God and the love of neighbor. Pope Francis writes in his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel: « The Church, guided by the Gospel of mercy and by love for mankind, hears the cry for justice and intends to respond to it with all her might. In this context we can understand Jesus’ command to his disciples: “You yourselves give them something to eat!” (Mk 6:37): it means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor, as well as small daily acts of solidarity in meeting the real needs which we encounter. The word ‘solidarity’ is a little worn and at times poorly understood, but it refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creation of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few ».4
Au Canada, c’est l’organisme Développement et Paix qui, depuis cinquante ans, porte de façon spéciale cette mission. Fondée par la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada, Développement et Paix a soutenu des milliers d’initiatives locales dans des domaines comme l’agriculture, l’éducation, l’action communautaire, la consolidation de la paix et la défense des droits humains dans soixante-dix pays. Il appuie les femmes dans leur recherche de justice sociale et économique.
Aujourd’hui, en ce jubilé d’or, nous rendons grâce à Dieu pour tant de personnes qui ont œuvré et qui continuent d’être engagées pour bâtir un monde plus juste. À ce moment de l’histoire où la paix est si menacée et que grondent les bruits de guerre à plusieurs endroits sur notre terre, les paroles prophétiques du bienheureux pape Paul VI résonnent avec encore plus d’actualité : « Le développement est le nouveau nom de la paix 5. »
Puisque nous voulons vivre pleinement notre vocation de baptisés et notre mission au cœur du monde de notre temps, nous, les évêques catholiques du Canada, avons décidé de consacrer nos communautés diocésaines et notre pays au Cœur immaculé de la bienheureuse Vierge Marie, comme l’ont fait les missionnaires jésuites, aux premières heures de l’évangélisation en Nouvelle- France. Prière empreinte de foi et de confiance en la Mère de notre Sauveur, Jésus Christ. Comme l’affirme le pape François : « Nous la supplions (la Vierge Marie) afin que, par sa prière maternelle, elle nous aide pour que l’Église devienne une maison pour beaucoup, une mère pour tous les peuples, et rende possible la naissance d’un monde nouveau 6. »
By this prayer of consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we pray that our country may be protected from the horrors of war and that our people may be more open to welcome into their lives the Good News which is not a doctrine or a philosophy, but is Someone: Jesus Christ. We also pray that we may become missionary disciples, available and willing to share the treasure of our faith.
En communion avec tous les frères et sœurs qui se joignent à nous dans la prière aujourd’hui, présents ici en cette Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame d’Ottawa ou encore grâce à la Télévision Sel & Lumière, supplions notre Dieu par l’intercession de la Vierge Marie, des saints martyrs canadiens et de tous les saints et saintes de notre pays, d’envoyer sur nous un nouveau souffle de Pentecôte pour un renouveau en profondeur de notre foi et un accroissement de notre zèle apostolique et missionnaire.
C’est l’heure d’évangéliser pour que la joie de l’Évangile rayonne partout dans ce grand pays ! C’est ce que nous avons de meilleur à offrir au peuple canadien que nous aimons tant et dans lequel nous sommes engagés à vivre et servir.

#PopeFrancis “God came into this world among the poor, to bring the good news of our salvation” Audience + FULL Video

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday urged governments and all men and women of goodwill to welcome migrants with open arms and share in their plight as Jesus did.

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, the Pope launched a 2-year campaign of action and awareness raising that aims to promote a culture of encounter and to encourage people to receive migrants and refugees with open hearts and minds.
The campaign, entitled “Share the Journey” is promoted by Caritas Internationalis
“Brothers, don’t be afraid of sharing the journey. Don’t be afraid of sharing hope” Pope Francis said.
His appeal to replace prejudice with tolerance was enmeshed in his continuing catechesis on Christian hope during which he reflected on the importance of combatting all that threatens our hope.  
And pointing out that it is hope itself that motivates so many of our brothers and sisters forced to leave their homes in search of a better life, Francis said that hope is especially the virtue of the poor.
“God came into this  world among the poor, to bring the good news of our salvation” he said.
And appealing to Christians to never allow themselves to be robbed of hope, he said that hope is also the virtue of the young who risk being deprived of it by an often soulless and materialist society.
Pope Francis concluded reminding the faithful that we are not alone in our fight against desperation and spiritual emptiness: “if God is with us no one will rob us of that virtue which is necessary to look to the future: no one will rob us of hope”.     

#Novena to St. Vincent de Paul - Litany and Prayers to SHARE

NOVENA TO ST VINCENT DE PAUL O Glorious Saint Vincent de Paul, the mention of your name suggests a litany of your virtues: humility, zeal, mercy, self-sacrifice. It also recalls your many foundations: Works of Mercy, Congregations, Societies. The Church gratefully remembers your promotion of the priesthood. Inspire all Charitable Workers, especially those who minister, to both the spiritually and the materially poor. O Lord, give us the grace that You bestowed upon, your servant St. Vincent de Paul, to relinquish the temptation of material things, in our holy effort to minister to the poor. Amen.
 Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (Repeat this prayer for 9 days.)
The Litany of St. Vincent de PaulFor Private Use Only.
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.

V. The just shall spring up like the lily,
R. And flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
Holy Mary, comforter of the afflicted, Pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who at the tenderest age didst display a wisdom most mature, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who from thy childhood wast full of pity and compassion, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who like David, from a simple shepherd becamest a ruler and pastor of the people of God, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who in thy captivity by Turkish pirates didst preserve perfect freedom, Pray for us.
St. Vincent the just man, who didst live by faith, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, always supported on the firm anchor of a Christian hope, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, always inflamed with the fire of perfect charity, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, truly simple, upright, and fearing God, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, true disciple of Jesus Christ, always meek and humble of heart, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, perfectly mortified in heart and mind, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, ever animated with the spirit of Our Lord, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, generous maintainer of the glory of God, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, ever inwardly burning and ever outwardly transported with zeal for souls, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who in Christian poverty didst find the precious pearl and the rich treasure of the Gospel, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, like to the Angels in thy purity, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, faithful in obedience and victorious in word and deed, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who didst fly the slightest appearance of evil, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who in all thine actions didst aspire to the practice of perfect virtue, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who didst remain like a rock amidst the stormy sea of this world, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, invincible amidst the arrows of adversity, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, as patient in suffering as thou wast indulgent in forgiving, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, ever docile and obedient son of the Holy See, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who hadst exceeding horror of the novel ways and subtle words of heretics, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, destined by a special Providence to announce the Gospel to the poor, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, father and model of ecclesiastics, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, prudent founder of the Congregation of the Mission, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, wise institutor of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, tender in compassionating and prompt in relieving the necessities of the poor, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, equally fervent in the practice of prayer and in ministry of the word, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, admirable in imitation of the life and virtues of Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who didst persevere to the end in shunning evil and doing good, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, who as in life so in death wast most precious in the sight of God, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, glory of France and pride of Paris, Pray for us.
St. Vincent, patron of all charitable associations, Pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. The Lord hath led the just man through right ways,
R. And showed unto him the Kingdom of God.

Let Us Pray: O God, Who by an effect of Thine infinite goodness, hast renewed in our days, in the apostolic character and humility of Thy blessed servant Vincent, the spirit of Thy well-beloved Son---to preach the Gospel to the poor, relieve the afflicted, console the miserable, and add new luster to the ecclesiastical order---grant, we beseech Thee, through his powerful intercession, that we also, delivered from the great misery of sin, may labor to please Thee by the practice of the same humility, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who liveth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
R. Amen.

O God, Who for the preaching of the Gospel to the poor, and for promoting the honor of the priesthood, didst endue blessed Vincent with the zeal of an apostle, grant, we humbly pray Thee, that we who venerate his holy life may profit by the examples of virtue he has left us. R. Amen.

#PopeFrancis Special message to Organizations of St. Vincent de Paul on their 4th Centenary

Radio Vaticana report: Vincentian family to mark the fourth centenary of their foundation by French priest Saint Vincent de Paul.
In 1617, Fr Vincent began his work among poor, farming families, supported by a group of wealthy Parisian women known as the Daughters of Charity. They collected funds for missionary activities, for the founding of hospitals, to support victims of war and to ransom galley slaves who were returning from North Africa.
Thanking the members of the Vincentian family for the work they do today among the most marginalized people, Pope Francis recalled that throughout his life, Fr Vincent de Paul was always searching for the presence of God in the lives of the poor.
Simplicity and generosity
By dedicating his life to bringing the message of God’s love to those most in need, the pope said, Fr Vincent inspired others to follow in his footsteps. He paid particular attention to the formation of priests, urging them to model his method of simplicity, generosity and a natural life style.
Co-foundress Luisa de Marillac
That “mustard seed” of the Daughters of Charity which he founded four centuries ago, the pope said, has grown into “a great tree” of the institutes and organisations which make up the Vincentian family today. He recalled in particular Vincent’s “prophetic intuition” of drawing on the spiritual gifts and sensibilities of the family’s co-foundress, Luisa de Marillac.
Find Jesus in the poor
Pope Francis said he hoped that in this year of celebration, members of the Vincentian family may deepen this charism of their founders, while returning to the source of grace which is Jesus, encountered in the poor and voiceless. You are called to reach out to the peripheries of the human condition, he told them, to be seeds growing on hard ground, to bring consolation and love to hearts that are hardened by neglect and abuse.
Transform society
Saint Vincent speaks to us all today, the pope said, inviting us to be on the move and open to the Lord’s surprises. He calls us to live in communion, freeing ourselves from complex language, self-serving rhetoric or attachment to material things. Like him, we must learn to transform our societies, investing in formation and living in close contact with those who suffer most.
World Day of the Poor
Finally, recalling the first World Day of the Poor, which he has called for on November 19th, Pope Francis said we must learn to touch the flesh of Christ in those who suffer. Trusting in God, he said, may we become concrete signs of the love of Christ for all those most in need.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday September 27, 2017 - #Eucharist

Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest
Lectionary: 451

Reading 1EZR 9:5-9

At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,
and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God.

I said: "My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you,
O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads
and our guilt reaches up to heaven.
From the time of our fathers even to this day
great has been our guilt,
and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up,
we and our kings and our priests,
to the will of the kings of foreign lands,
to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and to disgrace,
as is the case today.

"And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the LORD, our God,
who left us a remnant and gave us a stake in his holy place;
thus our God has brightened our eyes
and given us relief in our servitude.
For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not abandoned us;
rather, he has turned the good will
of the kings of Persia toward us.
Thus he has given us new life
to raise again the house of our God and restore its ruins,
and has granted us a fence in Judah and Jerusalem."

Responsorial PsalmTOBIT 13:2, 3-4A, 4BEFGHN, 7-8

R. (1b) Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
He scourges and then has mercy;
he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand.
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
Praise him, you children of Israel, before the Gentiles,
for though he has scattered you among them,
he has shown you his greatness even there.
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
So now consider what he has done for you,
and praise him with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of ages.
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
In the land of my exile I praise him
and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation.
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give him praise.
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

AlleluiaMK 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 9:1-6

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them."
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.