Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Wow Christ the King Statue in #Poland is the Largest in the World - made the #Guinness book of Records - SHARE

Christ the King (Polish: Pomnik Chrystusa Króla, lit. Monument of Christ the King) statue of Jesus Christ is located in Świebodzin, western Poland. It was completed on 6 November 2010. The figure is 33 metres (108 ft) tall, the crown is 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall, and with its mound, it reaches 52.5 metres (172 ft). Five years were spent in construction and the costs were approximately $1.5 million to build. This was collected from donations of the 21,000 residents of the town and led by Sylwester Zawadzki, a retired Polish priest. It is the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. The statue was built on a 16.5 metre embankment of stones and rubble. Christ the King has a height of 33 metres, representing Jesus' age at his death.The Crown of the temple is 3.5 metres in diameter and 2 m in height. It weighs 440 tons. Each hand is 6 m in length and the distance between the ends of the fingers is 24 metres. It is made of concrete and fibreglass. This statue is 3 meters taller than the better known Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, standing at 30.1 metres (99 ft) tall. The design was primarily produced by Mirosław Kazimierz Patecki and the technical design by Assoc. Jakub Marcinowski and Assoc. Mikołaj Kłapeć. The clothing and the arms of the statue were designed by Tomasz Stafiniak and Krzysztof Nawojski. Marian Wybraniec, was responsible for the design of the foundations. The construction work was undertaken by staff employed by the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Świebodzin. Construction began on 29 September 2006 when the city council of Świebodzin passed a resolution on the establishment of Christ the King. This is the largest statue of Jesus according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Edited from Wikipedia - and ChristianPost

Italian Bishops Approve Anti-Abuse Center “Woe to whoever touches children,” at General Assembly

At  the general assembly of Italy’s bishops,  new guidelines on the question of clerical sexual abuse were discussed. They also approved the creation of a National Advisory Centre to aid bishops and the promises to make a “more radical evangelical choice” in terms of prevention.
“Woe to whoever touches children,” said Italian Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), during a press conference on November 15, adding that clerical sexual abuse “is a problem that the Italian Church intends to resolve in radical terms”.
The office would have its own statutes, norms and permanent secretariat staffed by lay, ordained and religious experts available to help bishops nationwide.
The Italian episcopacy was asked (by Pope Francis) to create new guidelines on clerical sexual abuse to be added to the already existing ones published in 2014 and focusing primarily on prevention, information and education.
Edited from Irish Catholic

Inspiring Official Theme Song for #YearofYouth Released - “One in Mission” by #PhilippineChurch - #PinoyCatholic

CBCP Release: The official theme song for the 2019 Year of the Youth has been released.
 The song, “One in Mission”, was written and composed by Gino Paulo Buizon of the Archdiocese of Capiz and was released this week by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY). The song opens: “We are the true stewards of His creation, serving humanity with joy and compassion, creating change amidst our horizon, building a brighter future with youthful passion.” In keeping with the spirit of the Great Jubilee of 2021, the song is also a motivational anthem with lines “Let the love of God reign in our hearts, shaping the world with the gifts we impart”. The event with the theme “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered” will start on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent, and will end on Nov. 24, 2019, the Feast of Christ the King. The celebration is part of the nine-year “spiritual journey” to help prepare Filipino Catholics for 2021, the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
FULL TEXT release by CBCP
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Pope Francis asks “What if the Lord were to call me today?” and suggested an Examination of Conscience to evaluate oneself

Pope at Mass: how do we want to meet the Lord?
Pope Francis says in his homily at Casa Santa Marta that it is wise to make an examination of conscience regarding how we want to present ourselves before the Lord when it is our time to meet him. By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp
Pope Francis’ homily at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday took its inspiration from the reading from the Book of Revelation. It is wise to make an examination of conscience, he said, in view of the fact that we will one day face the Lord. We should ask how we wish to present ourselves when we meet Him, he said. It will help us make progress so that that meeting will be a “joyful” moment. The final harvest
In the last week of the liturgical year, Pope Francis said that it is a grace to think about the end of the world and the end of our lives. The First Reading from the Book of Revelation speaks about that using “the figure of the harvest”, the Pope said. At the harvest, each of us will meet the Lord…each will say to the Lord: ‘This is my life…. This is the quality of my life.’ All of us will have to admit our errors, because everyone errs, and the good done, because everyone does good, the Pope said.
How do I want to present myself?
“What if the Lord were to call me today?” Pope Francis asked. What would I say and do? This thought, he said, helps us make progress. Not only will we meet the Lord in order to give an account of ourselves. It will also be a joyous, happy moment, one filled with mercy.
Thinking about the end, about the end of the world, about the end of one’s own life, is wise. Wise people do this.
The Church invites us to ask ourselves this week, “what will my end be like?” Pope Francis suggested an examination of conscience is useful in order to evaluate ourselves.
What would I like to fix because it doesn’t work? What would I like to sustain or develop because it’s good….
Let’s ask for wisdom
This is the Spirit’s work, Pope Francis said. In conclusion, he encouraged that we pray for the gift of wisdom.
This week, let’s ask the Holy Spirit for the wisdom of time, the wisdom regarding the end, the wisdom of the resurrection, the wisdom of the eternal encounter with Jesus… It will be a joyful day, that meeting with Jesus. Let us pray so that the Lord might prepare us.
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News va

Wow Historic Christian Painting Discovered in Japan made 400 years Ago with Prayers in Latin

A Christian painting which is thought to have been made by a Japanese Christians about 400 years ago was discovered near Tokyo. It was found at a memorial museum in Oiso Town in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Experts who examined the painting said it was done with China ink on a hand scroll measuring 22 centimeters wide by 3 meters long and made of Japanese "washi" paper.
 The painting depicts 15 scenes relating to Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, including the Annunciation and the Pentecost.
 An analysis showed that the writing on the painting was Latin prayers that someone transcribed from a verbal form. The words "the year of 1592" appear at the end of the scroll. Experts say it is highly likely that the painting was made in that year, after their analysis.
 Christianity came to Japan 40 years before that year. The experts say they believe that Japanese Christians of the time reproduced Western religious paintings for use in their prayers. The experts say this is the first discovery of a religious painting done in the Japanese traditional style.
The work is considered to be one of the oldest paintings made by a Japanese Christian. It is thought to be the first one to be found to include prayers. This is a significant discovery that tells about the religious faith of ordinary people at the time.
Edited from NHK World Japan

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tues. November 27, 2018 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 504

Reading 1RV 14:14-19

I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,
and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,
with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
Another angel came out of the temple,
crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,
"Use your sickle and reap the harvest,
for the time to reap has come,
because the earth's harvest is fully ripe."
So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth,
and the earth was harvested.

Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven
who also had a sharp sickle.
Then another angel came from the altar, who was in charge of the fire,
and cried out in a loud voice
to the one who had the sharp sickle,
"Use your sharp sickle and cut the clusters from the earth's vines,
for its grapes are ripe."
So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and cut the earth's vintage.
He threw it into the great wine press of God's fury.

Responsorial PsalmPS 96:10, 11-12, 13

R. (13b) The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

AlleluiaRV 2:10C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Remain faithful until death,
and I will give you the crown of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 21:5-11

While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, "All that you see here–
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down."

Then they asked him,
"Teacher, when will this happen?
And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?"
He answered,
"See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
'I am he,' and 'The time has come.'
Do not follow them!
When you hear of wars and insurrections,
do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end."
Then he said to them,
"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place;
and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky."

Saint November 27 : St Virgilius : #Benedictine

St. Virgilius
Feast: November 27

Feast Day:November 27
Born:8th century Ireland
Died:784 at Salzburg, Austria
Canonized:10 June 1233 by Pope Gregory IX
Patron of:Salzburg, Austria; Slovene

Virgilius was a scientist before his time, and in his monastery of Aghaboe in Ireland he was known as "the Geometer" because of his knowledge of geography. In 743, he left Ireland for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land but got no farther than the court of Pepin, the father of Charlemagne. In 745, Pepin defeated Odilo, duke of Bavaria, and sent St. Virgilius to be abbot of the monastery of Sankt Peter and in charge of the diocese of Salzburg.
In accordance with the Irish custom, the bishop was subject to the abbot, who was the real head of the diocese. This was contrary to continental custom, and so Virgilius consented to be consecrated bishop. His most notable accomplishment was the conversion of the Alpine Slavs; moreover, he sent missionaries into Hungary.
In his first days at Salzburg, he was involved in controversies with St. Boniface, one over the form of baptism, which the pope decided in Virgilius's favor. Virgilius also expressed a number of opinions on astronomy, geography, and anthropology, which to Boniface smacked of novelty, if not heresy. He reported these views to Rome, and the pope demanded an investigation of the bishop of Salzburg. Nothing came of this and apparently Virgilius was able to defend his views.
Virgilius built a grand cathedral at Salzburg, baptized the Slavic dukes of Carinthia, and sent missionaries into lands where no missionary had yet gone. Returning from a preaching mission to a distant part of his diocese, he fell sick and died on November 27, 784. When the Salzburg cathedral was destroyed by a fire in 1181, the grave of Virgilius was discovered and this led to his canonization by Pope Gregory IX in 1233.
His feast is kept throughout Ireland and in the diocese of Salzburg.
SOURCE: the Catholic Encyclopedia