Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Saint November 21 : The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - #BVM


November 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today, November 21, we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary—the moment in which her parents,Saints Anna and Joaquim, committed Our Blessed Mother to the Lord at the age of three.

Saint Jerome, in his writings, says Our Blessed Mother, along with the other virgins committed to the temple, would arise at dawn and pray until nine o’clock. From 9:00 until 3:00, she would engage in manual work. At 3:00, she would return to prayer. As Saint Jerome recorded, Our Blessed Mother was “One most applied to study, the most fervent in the chanting of Psalms, the most zealous in works of charity, the purest among the virgins...after Her will come countless legions of virgins consecrated to the Lord, both in the shadow of the altars or engaged in the charitable occupations of the Church in the world.” She shared her remaining food to the poor. Angels visited her regularly. She was described as beautiful and cheerful, never angry, and full of grace in her conversations. Mostly, Our Blessed Mother spent her time praying before the Holy of Holies.
The Following is from The Catholic Encylopedia: 
The Protoevangel of James, the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary, and other apocryphal writings (Walker, "Apocryph. Gosp.", Edinburgh, 1873) relate that Mary, at the age of three, was brought by her parents to the Temple, in fulfillment of a vow, there to be educated. The corresponding feast originated in the Orient, probably in Syria, the home of the apocrypha. Card. Pitra (Anal. Spici. Solesmensi, p. 265) has published a great canon (liturgical poem) in Greek for this feast, composed by some "Georgios" about the seventh or eighth century. The feast is missing in the earlier Menology of Constantinople (eighth century); it is found, however, in the liturgical documents of the eleventh century, like the "Calend. Ostromiranum" (Martinow, "Annus græco-slav.", 329) and the Menology of Basil II (e’ísodos tes panagías Theotókon). It appears in the constitution of Manuel Comnenos (1166) as a fully recognized festival during which the law courts did not sit. In the West it was introduced by a French nobleman, Philippe de Mazières, Chancellor of the King of Cyprus, who spent some time at Avignon during the pontificate of Gregory XI. It was celebrated in the presence of the cardinals (1372) with an office accommodated from the office chanted by the Greeks. In 1373 it was adopted in the royal chapel at Paris, 1418 at Metz, 1420 at Cologne. Pius II granted (1460) the feast with a vigil to the Duke of Saxony. It was taken up by many dioceses, but at the end of the Middle Ages, it was still missing in many calendars (Grotefend, "Zeitrechnung", III, 137). At Toledo it was assigned (1500) by Cardinal Ximenes to 30 September. Sixtus IV received it into the Roman Breviary, Pius V struck it from the calendar, but Sixtus V took it up a second time (1 September, 1585). In the province of Venice it is a double of the second class with an octave (1680); the Passionists and Sulpicians keep it as a double of the first class; the Servites, Redemptorists, Carmelites, Mercedarians, and others as a double of the second with an octave. In the Roman Calendar it is a major double. The Greeks keep it for five days. In some German dioceses, under the title "Illatio", it was kept 26 November (Grotefend, III, 137).

#BreakingNews Special Event for World's Persecuted Christians - Message from Daughter of Asia Bibi - #RedVenice by #ACN



Pope Francis backs Venice event for world’s persecuted Christians
Pope Francis is backing the #RedVenice initiative in Venice, Italy, Tuesday evening (Nov. 20), that aims to draw attention to and raise public opinion on the martyrdom and persecution of Christians in many countries around the world.
By Robin Gomes
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a message on the Pope’s behalf to Patriarch Francesco Moraglia of Venice expressing his support for Tuesday evening's event in Venice called #RedVenice, sponsored by the Patriarchate of Venice, Aid to the Church in Need(ACN ), a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians worldwide, and Venice municipality. During the #RedVenice event, numerous landmarks of the famous lagoon city, including the waters of the Grand Canal, will be bathed in red light, symbolizing the colour of the blood of persecuted Christians.
“The Holy Father is sending his affectionate greetings to the young people taking part in the diocesan pilgrimage promoted by the Patriarchate of Venice and the Aid to the Church in Need foundation, to sensitize public opinion on the drama of numerous Christians persecuted for their faith,” Cardinal Parolin wrote in the message.
He said the Pope hopes the "provident initiative will arouse due attention on the part of all to the serious problem of discrimination that Christians suffer in many parts of the world".

Persecuted Christians 

The message noted there are many countries where a single religion is imposed or where there is violent persecution or systematic cultural mockery of the disciples of Jesus, denying them religious freedom, which, the Pope said, is a fundamental human right that must be recognized because it reflects man’s highest dignity.
Cardinal Parolin said the Pope is encouraging prayers so that Christians who find themselves in difficult conditions can prove themselves strong in the face of trials, feeling the closeness of the entire Catholic community, so they can be a seed of new vitality and hope for the Church.  
The Holy Father encouraged all participants in the #RedVenice initiative "to be builders of reconciliation and peace everywhere".
Rome’s most famous landmark, the Colosseum, was lit up in red on February 24 this year in a similar event as a sign of solidarity with all those who are persecuted for their faith.

Asia Bibi

The #RedVenice event in Venice will be focusing attention on women who suffer for their faith, especially Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Catholic woman on death row since 2010 who was acquitted of blasphemy by the country’s Supreme Court on October 31. 
In a video message sent to Aid to the Church in Need on the eve of #RedVenice,  Asia Bibi’s daughter, Eisham Ashiq expressed her gratitude to all for their prayers and efforts for her mother.  She hopes her family will be reunited finally and be able to visit Venice soon. 
Eisham Ashiq's video message
Below is a working translation of Eisham Ashiq’s video message:
"I want to thank all of you who continue to pray for my mother. I would also like to thank those courageous judges and the judiciary system of Pakistan who have finally recognized the innocence of my mother. My gratitude also goes out to all the governments, including Italy's, who are worried about our future and safety.
We were in Rome last February when Aid to the Church in Need had the Colosseum illuminated in red. My mother was in prison at that time, but this time, when Venice will be illuminated red, she is finally free, thank God.
I hope very soon that our entire family, united and finally happy and free, will be able to visit Venice. Thank you to all of you who this evening in Venice and throughout the world are praying for my mother and for all persecuted Christians."
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News va

Pope Francis Thanks Lebanese for Keeping Balance "between Christians and Muslims, Sunnis and Shiites..." FULL TEXT - #Maronites



GREETING OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE "MARONITA FOUNDATION" AND AUTHORITY FROM THE LEBANON

Sala Clementina
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Good morning!

Thank you for your visit. It is interesting what the Patriarch (Raï) said, that the ad limina visit is accompanied by the faithful. It's a good idea, it can be formalized, so they can bawl bishops! Can go! Thus we know the most concrete things of the community.

This also reminds me of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, because they told me: "There will be about forty [people] to greet", but I have witnessed the multiplication of the Lebanese! But thank you for coming so many! Thank you.

I would like to say thank you to the Lebanese community for all you do in Lebanon. For two things: keep the balance - this creative balance, as strong as the cedars - between Christians and Muslims, Sunnis and Shiites; a balance from patriots, from brothers. I thank you first of all for this. And I would also like to thank for something else: your generosity, your heart welcoming with the refugees: you have more than a million. Thank you, thank you so much!

And now I will ask that the Lord bless you all. May the Lord bless you, your families, your country, your children, your refugees. Bless you all. Amen.

Cyclone hits South India Killing 45 People and destroying Thousands of Homes - #CycloneGaja

Cyclone Gaja hit the south India states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry, taking the lives of at least 45 people. 117,624 homes were lost and over 700 livestock animals killed. There are 493 relief camps with 100,000 people. Cyclone Gaja had hit Tamil Nadu on Friday, November 16, 2018. There was damage to 88,102 hectares of crop and 39,938 electricity poles were also damaged in the cyclone.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday November 20, 2018 - #Eucharist


Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 498


Reading 1RV 3:1-6, 14-22

I, John, heard the Lord saying to me:
"To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this:

"'The one who has the seven spirits of God
and the seven stars says this: "I know your works,
that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die,
for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.
If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief,
and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you.
However, you have a few people in Sardis
who have not soiled their garments;
they will walk with me dressed in white,
because they are worthy.

"'The victor will thus be dressed in white,
and I will never erase his name from the book of life
but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father
and of his angels.

"'Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

"To the angel of the Church in Laodicea, write this:

"'The Amen, the faithful and true witness,
the source of God's creation, says this:
"I know your works;
I know that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were either cold or hot.
So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold,
I will spit you out of my mouth.
For you say, 'I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,'
and yet do not realize that you are wretched,
pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich,
and white garments to put on
so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed,
and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see.
Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise.
Be earnest, therefore, and repent.

"'Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
then I will enter his house and dine with him,
and he with me.
I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne,
as I myself first won the victory
and sit with my Father on his throne.

"'Whoever has ears ought to hear
what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

Responsorial PsalmPS 15:2-3A, 3BC-4AB, 5

R. (Rev. 3: 21) I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.
He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R.  I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. I will seat the victor beside me on my throne.

Alleluia1 JN 4:10B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God loved us, and send his Son
as expiation for our sins.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 19:1-10

At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, 
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,
for he was short in stature. 
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, 
"Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house." 
And he came down quickly and received him with joy. 
When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying, 
"He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner." 
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
"Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over."
And Jesus said to him,
"Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. 
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost."