Monday, February 10, 2020

Saint February 11 : Our Lady of Lourdes - who appeared in 1858 as the Immaculate Conception


The pilgrimage of Lourdes is founded on the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to a poor, fourteen-year-old girl, Bernadette Soubiroux. The first apparition occurred 11 February, 1858. There were eighteen in all; the last took place 16 July, of the same year. Bernadette often fell into an ecstasy. The mysterious vision she saw in the hollow of the rock Massabielle was that of a young and beautiful lady. "Lovelier than I have ever seen" said the child. But the girl was the only one who saw the vision, although sometimes many stood there with her. Now and then the apparition spoke to the seer who also was the only one who heard the voice. Thus, she one day told her to drink of a mysterious fountain, in the grotto itself, the existence of which was unknown, and of which there was no sign, but which immediately gushed forth. On another occasion the apparition bade Bernadette go and tell the priests she wished a chapel to be built on the spot and processions to be made to the grotto. At first the clergy were incredulous. It was only four years later, in 1862, that the bishop of the diocese declared the faithful "justified in believing the reality of the apparition". A basilica was built upon the rock of Massabielle by M. Peyramale, the parish priest. In 1873 the great "national" French pilgrimages were inaugurated. Three years later the basilica was consecrated and the statue solemnly crowned. In 1883 the foundation stone of another church was laid, as the first was no longer large enough. It was built at the foot of the basilica and was consecrated in 1901 and called the Church of the Rosary. Pope Leo XIII authorized a special office and a Mass, in commemoration of the apparition, and in 1907 Pius X extended the observance of this feast to the entire Church; it is now observed on 11 February.
Never has a sanctuary attracted such throngs. At the end of the year 1908, when the fiftieth anniversary of the apparition was celebrated, although the record really only began from 1867, 5297 pilgrimages had been registered and these had brought 4,919,000 pilgrims. Individual pilgrims are more numerous by far than those who come in groups. To their number must be added the visitors who do not come as pilgrims, but who are attracted by a religious feeling or sometimes merely by the desire to see this far-famed spot. The Company of the Chemins de Fer du Midi estimates that the Lourdes station receives over one million travellers per annum. Every nation in the world furnishes its contingent. Out of the total of pilgrimages given above, four hundred and sixty-four came from countries other than France. They are sent by the United States, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy, England, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Bolivia, etc. The bishops lead the way. At the end of the year of the fiftieth anniversary, 2013 prelates, including 546 archbishops, 10 primates, 19 patriarchs, 69 cardinals, had made the pilgrimage to Lourdes. But more remarkable still than the crowd of pilgrims is the series of wonderful occurrences which take place under the protection of the celebrated sanctuary. Passing over spiritual cures, which more often than not escape human observance, we shall confine ourselves to bodily diseases. The writer of this article has recorded every recovery, whether partial or complete, and in the first half-century of the shrine's existence he has counted 3962. Notwithstanding very careful statistics which give the names and surnames of the patients who have recovered, the date of the cure, the name of the disease, and generally that of the physician who had charge of the case, there are inevitably doubtful or mistaken cases, attributable, as a rule, to the excited fancy of the afflicted one and which time soon dispels. But it is only right to note: first, that these unavoidable errors regard only secondary cases which have not like the others been the object of special study; it must also be noted that the number of cases is equalled and exceeded by actual cures which are not put on record. The afflicted who have recovered are not obliged to present themselves and half of them do not present themselves, at the Bureau des Constatations Médicales at Lourdes, and it is from this bureau's official reports that the list of cures is drawn up.
The estimate that about 4000 cures have been obtained at Lourdes within the first fifty years of the pilgrimage is undoubtedly considerably less than the actual number. The Bureau des Constatations stands near the shrine, and there are recorded and checked the certificates of maladies and also the certificates of cure; it is free to all physicians, whatever their nationality or religious belief. Consequently, on an average, from two to three hundred physicians annual visit this marvellous clinic. As to the nature of the diseases which are cured, nervous disorders so frequently mentioned, do not furnish even the fourteenth part of the whole; 278 have been counted, out of a total of 3962. The present writer has published the number of cases of each disease or infirmity, among them tuberculosis, tumours, sores, cancers, deafness, blindness, etc. The "Annales des Sciences Physiques", a sceptical review whose chief editor is Doctor Ch. Richet, Professor at the Medical Faculty of Paris, said in the course of a long article, apropos of this faithful study: "On reading it, unprejudiced minds cannot but be convinced that the facts stated are authentic."

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

Pope Francis thanks Knights of Columbus for their "...faithful witness to the sacredness and dignity of human life..." Full Text + Video


ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE
 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Clementine Hall
Monday, 10 February 2020

Dear Friends,I offer you a warm welcome on the occasion of your pilgrimage to Rome in this year that marks the centennial of the charitable activity of the Knights of Columbus in this city.
In fact, it was one hundred years ago that my predecessor Pope Benedict XV invited the Knights of Columbus to provide humanitarian aid to young people and others in Rome following the terrible conflict of the First World War. The Knights responded generously, establishing sports centres for youth that quickly became places for education, catechesis and the distribution of food and other essentials so needed at that time. In this way, your Order proved faithful to the vision of your founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, who was inspired by the principles of Christian charity and fraternity to assist those most in need.
Today the Knights of Columbus continue their work of evangelical charity and fraternity in a variety of fields. I think in particular of your faithful witness to the sacredness and dignity of human life, evident at both the local and national levels. This conviction has also led the Knights of Columbus to aid, both materially and spiritually, those Christian communities in the Middle East that are suffering the effects of violence, war and poverty. I thank all the members of your Order for seeing in our persecuted and displaced brothers and sisters of that region neighbours for whom you are a sign of God’s infinite love.
Since its foundation, the Knights of Columbus has demonstrated its unswerving devotion to the Successor of Peter. The establishment of the Vicarius Christi Fund is a testimony to this devotion, as well as to the desire of the Knights to share in the Pope’s solicitude for all the Churches and in his universal mission of charity. In our world, marked by divisions and inequalities, the generous commitment of your Order to serve all in need offers, especially to young people, an important inspiration to overcome a globalization of indifference and build together a more just and inclusive society.
Dear brothers and sisters, with these thoughts and sentiments, I entrust you to the loving intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I offer my prayers for the members of the Knights of Columbus and their families, and for the good works accomplished by the local Councils worldwide. To all of you present here and to your loved ones, I impart my heartfelt blessing, and I ask you, please, to pray for me.
Thank you!
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va

RIP Bishop Christoph Casetti - Famous Swiss Exorcist, Bishop Vicar, Vicar General, Diocesan Judge dies at age 76


Chur bishop vicar Christoph Casetti died
Christoph Casetti, Bishop Vicar in the Diocese of Chur, has died. The 76-year-old died on February 9, 2020 in Chur. The Diocese of Chur and the Archdiocese of Vaduz each announce this on their website. Casetti has held numerous offices in the diocese of Chur since 1982.

Christoph Casetti died early Sunday morning after a short illness, according to the Chur diocese. Casetti has worked for the diocese of Chur since 1982, most recently as bishop vicar for the proclamation of faith and catechesis, as a member of the bishop's council and as resident canon and cathedral rehearsal of the Chur cathedral chapter, which is responsible for the election of the Chur bishop.

Casetti was also spokesman for the bishop for 22 years, until Giuseppe Gracia replaced him in this role at the end of 2010.  Casetti was famous as an exorcist; In 2008 he took part in a discussion in the “Club” of Swiss television on the subject of “exorcism”.

Bishop Vicar, Vicar General, Diocesan Judge
The Zurich native studied philosophy in Rome and Paris and theology in Münster, where he received his doctorate in 1973. After his ordination in 1974, he initially worked as a vicar in Zurich, until he was appointed bishop vicar to Chur in 1982 by the then bishop Johannes Vonderach.

In 1990 Bishop Wolfgang Haas Casetti appointed vicar general for the canton of Zurich. He held this office until 1993. Since that year, Casetti has also served as diocesan judge for the diocese of Chur.

In 2000, shortly after the establishment of the ecclesiastical court of the Archdiocese of Vaduz, Casetti also became a diocesan judge here and remained so until his death. Casetti was also an elected member of the priesthood of the Archdiocese of Vaduz.

Decision-making authority over the St. Luzi seminary
Since 2002 Casetti has been a member of the International Council for Catechesis of the Congregation for the Clergy. In 2009, Bishop Vitus Huonder appointed him bishop vicar for the proclamation of faith and catechesis. In the same year, Christoph Casetti received from Pope Benedict XVI. the title Monsignor (Chaplain of His Holiness).

In April 2014, Casetti received full decision-making authority for the St. Luzi Seminary without being rainy. He got this job after Auxiliary Bishop Marian Eleganti gave up the office of rain due to tensions with Huonder.

Casetti found an area of ​​activity in marriage and family pastoral care. He was also involved in divorced pastoral care.

Commemorative for the 75th birthday
In 2018, on the occasion of Christoph Casetti's 75th birthday, a commemorative publication entitled "A life for life" was published by Helmut Prader and Elisabeth Strengele. The anniversary's curriculum vitae states that Casetti's “family catechism” has been translated into various, especially Eastern European languages. Casetti was therefore a co-founder and active member of the interest group for natural family planning Switzerland / Principality of Liechtenstein. He was also a spiritual advisor to the Association of Catholic Doctors in Switzerland.

Despite many administrative tasks, Casetti “always remained a pastor with a real priestly heart,” wrote the then Bishop of Chur, Vitus Huonder, in his preface to the commemorative publication. Huonder admired Casetti's «equanimity with whom he viewed and lived through the upheavals. He bowed or was bowed, but he never broke. »(Sys)
Source: Kath.ch

Beloved Cardinal Cardinal Luis Tagle leaves the Philippines for New Post in the Vatican - Pope Appoints new Administrator


Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has left Manila on Sunday night for his new mission in the Vatican, leaving the archdiocese “sede vacante”.

The cardinal left Manila at 10pm to assume his post as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

“Work starts for me this week at the Congregation. It was an honor and blessing to have known you and collaborated with you. I will always treasure my time with you,” Tagle said.

Earlier in the day, Cardinal Tagle officiated his last Mass as archbishop at the Manila Cathedral.

During the liturgical service, his coat of arms placed on the marble at the nave was unveiled, a tradition in the cathedral when an archbishop ends his term.

Fr. Regie Malicdem, the cathedral’s rector, said the coat of arms is their “source of pride and joy” as Tagle became the 32nd archbishop in the 441 years of the archdiocese.

“This coat of arms signifies that you will be remembered in all the prayers and masses offered in this cathedral,” he said.

Cardinal Tagle then asked Filipinos to continue praying for him as “you can count on my prayers”.

“Please pray for me and my mission as well. Let us pray for docility to the Holy Spirit as we continue our life as an Archdiocese and await the next archbishop,” he added.

The cardinal left Manila two months after Pope Francis appointed him to lead the Vatican department responsible for the Church, especially in mission territories.

Traditionally known by its old Latin name Propaganda Fidei, its role is most significant in promoting the Catholic faith around the world.
Full Text Source: CBCP News - Bishops of the Philippines
CBCP also reported that Pope Francis has named a caretaker of the Archdiocese of Manila until the appointment of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s successor.
 Bishop Broderick Pabillo is taking the role as apostolic administrator in an appointment announced in the Vatican on Monday. The appointment came a day after Cardinal Tagle left Manila to assume his post as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican. The Vatican usually appoints an apostolic administrator to temporarily head a diocese when it becomes vacant, especially if special circumstances surround the ecclesial territory. (Excerpt from CBCP)

Saint February 10 : Saint José Luis Sánchez del Rio, Martyr at age 14 in Mexico

 Saint José Luis Sánchez del Rio is the newest Mexican saint, recently canonized on October 16th, 2018. Although José was young and died as a martyr at age 14, he was a powerful example of youth, bravery, and faith.

José was born in 1913 in Sahuayo, Michoacán, México. He was the third of four children. José loved his faith and grew up with a strong devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. When José was twelve years old, the Cristero Wars began in Mexico. During this period in history the Mexican government attempted to extinguish the influence of the Catholic Church throughout the country. It persecuted the Catholic Church by seizing property, closing religious schools and convents, and executing Catholic priests. In defense of the Church, the peasants of many of the central and western states in Mexico rebelled against the government. Even though he was too young to join the rebellion, José desperately wanted to be a Cristero and stand up for his faith. He begged his mother saying, “Mama, do not let me lose the opportunity to gain Heaven so easily and so soon.” He was eventually allowed to join the effort as a flag bearer.

During a battle José was captured and was asked to deny his faith and the Cristero cause. José refused and was tortured terribly. Refusing to renounce his faith angered the government soldiers so much that they cut off the bottom of his feet. As José was forced to walk through town, he recited the rosary, prayed for his enemies, sang songs to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and proclaimed, “I will never give in. Vivo Cristo Rey y Santa Maria de Guadalupe!”
We celebrate the feast day of Saint José on February 10th and pray for his intercession on behalf of all persecuted Christians, children, and the people of Sahuayo, Michoacán, México.



Prayer:
Dear Lord,
Help me to be courageous and steadfast in my devotion to you. Help me to identify causes and injustices in my day that are worth defending and standing up for. Give me perseverance and a desire to help others at any cost. Help me to revere Christ as the king of my life.
Saint José Sánchez del Rio, pray for us.
Amen.

or

Dear Lord,
Help me to be brave and strong. Help me to pray for those who hurt me and those who hurt others. You are the king of my life. Help me to listen to you and to tell others about you.
Saint José Sánchez del Rio, pray for us.
Amen.

Source: https://ace.nd.edu/

Saint February 10 : Bl. Card. Alojzije Stepinac who said "we only have one soul. if we lost her, we lost everything, if we save her, everything is saved"


Childhood and youth - Croatia
Alojzije Stepinac is the fifth of eight children born in the family of Josip and Barbara (née Penić). He was born on May 8, 1898 in the village of Brezarići, Krašić parish, situated 50 km from Zagreb. He was baptized the next day as Alojzije Viktor. He completed the primary school in Krašić, and as of 1909 attended Gornjogradska classical grammar school and lived at the Archdiocesan orphanage.

After completing the sixth grade, he became a candidate for the priesthood. He graduated ahead of time, on June 28, 1916, and was mobilized to the Austrian army.

After a six-month officer course in Rijeka, he was sent to the Italian front near Gorizia. In the battle of the river Piave, in July, 1918, he was captured by the Italians but was released from captivity as a Thessaloniki volunteer in December 1918. In the spring of 1919, he was demobilized.

Ordination to the priesthood 
In the autumn of 1919 Stepinac enrolled at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Zagreb but soon left to devote himself to farming in his birthplace. At the same time he became active in Catholic youth groups. For some time he contemplated getting married as this was his father's wish.

In the summer of 1924, he decided to become a priest. In the autumn of the same year Archbishop Antun Bauer sent him to the Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum in Rome where he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University from 1924 to 1931.

He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on October 26, 1930. He celebrated his First Mass in the Basilica of St. Mary Major and Cardinal Franjo (Francis) Šeper, as his junior colleague and later his successor as the Archbishop of Zagreb and Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was by his side.

In July 1931 he returned to his homeland after completing a double major in philosophy and theology. In the then Yugoslavia the dictatorial regime was in power and the government was trying to weaken the influence of the Catholic Church.

At the archbishop's palace Stepinac was the master of the ceremonies. For a short period of time he was the manager in charge of settling disputes between the priests and their parishioners in several parishes. In his free time he devoted himself to charitable work and Archbishop Bauer founded the archdiocesan Caritas at his initiative on November 23, 1931.

The youngest bishop
Pope Pius XI appointed him coadjutor archbishop with the right of succession to the episcopal see on May 28, 1934. At the age of 36 and almost four years of priesthood he was the youngest bishop in the world. On Midsummer's Day, June 24, 1934 he was ordained as bishop in the Zagreb cathedral. The archbishop included him in the most intensive pastoral of the large archdiocese.

Upon the death of Archbishop of Zagreb Antun Bauer on December 7 he became the Archbishop of Zagreb and president of the then Bishops' Conference of Yugoslavia. As the shepherd of the Church of Zagreb, he tried to be in touch with the clergy and the faithful of the entire archdiocese. He promoted overall spiritual renewal, especially devotions to the Eucharist and to St. Mary, Mother of God. He strongly cared for the pastoral care of the family and youth and active participation of laity in the Catholic action.

He advocated for good Catholic press (he started publishing the Catholic journal Hrvatski Glas [The Croatian Voice]). He encouraged publishing of the new integral translation of the Holy Scripture. He founded many new parishes, 14 of them in Zagreb.

He included almost all religious orders and societies in the pastoral care. He founded the first Croatian Karmel in Brezovica. Also,  he and all Croatian bishops intensely planned on celebrating the 1300th anniversary of their relationship with the Holy See (641 – 1941), which was postponed until the celebration in Marija Bistrica in 1984 due to war.



Turmoil of war
During World War II, after the German occupation of Yugoslavia, the Independent State of Croatia was established as a puppet state of the Axis Powers. Stepinac did not attach himself to any of the political parties or movements. Consistent in his patriotism and above all true to his mission of a shepherd, he unreservedly, fearlessly and publicly condemned racial, ideological and political persecutions. In his public appearances and written addresses, he courageously demanded respect for every person regardless of their race, nationality, faith, gender and age.

True to the Gospel, he relentlessly condemned crimes against humanity and all other injustices. After the racial laws were passed in April 1941, he submitted a fierce protest note to the government. He rescued persecuted Jews, Serbs, Romani people (Gypsies), Slovenians, Poles and Communist Croats.

In the first months of the Independent State of Croatia, he intervened and said: ‘Christian morale does not allow us to kill the hostage for the crimes committed by others’. And on October 25, 1942 in the Zagreb cathedral he stated: ‘Every nation and every race living on Earth has the right to a decent living and to be treated as humans.

No matter which race they belong to, Gypsy race or any other, whether they are African-Americans or sophisticated Europeans, detested Jews or arrogant Aryans, they have the right to pray without any difference: ‘Our Father, Who art in heaven!’ And if God gave everyone that right, how can a human authority deny them that right.’ He opposed violent conversions and when he could not prevent them, he instructed the clergy in secrecy that those who wished to convert to Catholicism to save their lives are to be accepted in the Catholic Church with no strings attached, because ‘when this time of madness and savagery is over, those who convert for their religious beliefs will remain Catholics and others will return to theirs.’

The poor and the persecuted sought refuge in him. He provided shelter for some 300 priests exiled from Slovenia. His Caritas helped not only the Croats that were in danger but everybody: Serbs, Jews, Slovenians, and Poles etc. Because of this, and especially because of his condemnation of Fascist and Nazi persecutions, Stepinac became their enemy. Hitler’s Gestapo had a plan to kill him and the then government demanded from the Holy See on several occasions for Stepinac to be removed from the Archdiocesan See in Zagreb.

Communist attacks

After World War II in Croatia, and entire Yugoslavia, the Communist party, imbued with Bolshevik ideology and especially militant atheism, came to power. By May 17, 1945 Archbishop Stepinac was arrested and by June 3 in prison. The next day, on June 4, Tito wanted to talk to him. From that conversation, just like the one Tito had with the representatives of the Catholic clergy in Zagreb two days earlier, it was evident that the new regime wanted a ‘national Church’, independent of the Holy See. For Stepinac, that meant interfering with Catholic unity. Soon it became obvious that it was a planned and violent persecution of the Church aimed not only at bishops and priests but the faithful as well.



An unbelievable media campaign against the Church and especially Archbishop Stepinac flared up quickly. The campaign of varying intensity lasted until the historical descent of Communism from the political scene.



In September 1945 Stepinac convoked the Bishops’ Conference to look into the new circumstances. On September 22 the bishops published a letter which boldly documents all the violence and injustice of the new government against faith and the Church as well as against the freedom of conscience of their citizens during the war and post-war period.



An even fiercer attack followed, focusing especially on Stepinac, the Archbishop of Zagreb. It began with assaults like the stoning in Zaprešić on November 4, 1945. After that the archbishop was forced to stay indoors. In January 1946 the government asked the Holy See via the new Apostolic Prelate



Hurley to remove Stepinac from the archdiocesan see.



Rigged trial

He was arrested for the second time on September 18, 1946, after a series of violent abuses and assaults against him, and on September 30 he was prosecuted in a rigged trial. His famous speech of October 3, 1946 was not just his defence but an indictment of an unfair trial and a profession of faith he was willing to die for.



On the basis of extorted depositions and false testimonies, even forged documents, on October 11, 1946 Stepinac was, despite being innocent, sentenced to 16 years in prison and hard labour as well as to five years’ house arrest.



On October 19, 1946 he was sent to a maximum security prison in Lepoglava where he served his sentence until December 5, 1951. He was allowed to celebrate Mass and to read theological books, but was held in strict isolation and subjected to consistent humiliation and stress. It seems he was being poisoned as well, which greatly influenced his health. According to witnesses in the process of his beatification, he was on the list of prisoners sentenced to death.



On December 5, 1951, after 1864 days spent in the Lepoglava prison, Stepinac was relocated to serve his sentence in house arrest in Krašić, his birthplace. On January 12, 1953, while being in captivity, Pope Pius XII appointed him cardinal.



As a result, the then government broke off diplomatic relations with the Holy See. He could not go to Rome to be officially appointed cardinal nor attend conclaves upon the death of Pius XI, as he was not sure whether he would be able to return to his homeland. He wished to remain with his people no matter the cost.





Imprisonment and death

While being imprisoned and in strict isolation he devoted himself to the apostolate of writing. He wrote thousands of sermons and various spiritual compositions. He sent more than 5000 letters, of which 700 are preserved, to many bishops, priests and laymen. In his letters, as a man of avid faith and unyielding hope completely devoted to God, he encouraged, comforted and inspired them to endure in faith and church unity. These letters, just like his behaviour during the trial and imprisonment, reveal sincere affection even for those who persecuted and wrongfully accused him.



All his statements, letters and even his three wills revolve around the prayer for his enemies and forgiveness.



In the spring of 1953, and already in Lepoglava, he started to suffer from policitemia rubra vera, vein thrombosis and bronchial catarrh. He was in need of constant medical care and doctors did everything in their power to help despite him being under strict supervision of the regime. Stepinac refused special treatment which could mean that he yielded before unfair judges and the regime and thus shake the faith of the clergy and laity. So the growing pains became part of his life in imprisonment and he endured them until his death.

Stepinac died a holy death on February 10, 1960 while serving his unjust prison sentence, in ex aerumnis carceris or, as the martyr vocabulary defines it, a toll of imprisonment, praying for his persecutors and Lord’s words on his lips: ‘Father Thy Will Be Done!’

The Christ’s faithful recognized and honoured his virtuous life and death of a martyr, especially after his death, despite Communist prohibitions and persecutions.



Pope John Paul II beatified him on October 3, 1998 in Marija Bistrica. Stepinac was buried in the tomb of Zagreb’s archbishops behind the main altar of the Zagreb Cathedral. Flowers and candles as well as thank-you notes from people whose prayers were answered by intercession of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac decorate that wonderful space as the pilgrims recognized him as a personal advocate and an advocate of the Croatian people.

Sourceç http://www.zg-nadbiskupija.hr/saints-and-martyrs/blessed-alojzije-stepinac

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday, February 10, 2020 - #Eucharist


Memorial of Saint Scholastica, virgin
Lectionary: 329

Reading 11 KGS 8:1-7, 9-13

The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes,
the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel,
came to King Solomon in Jerusalem,
to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant
from the City of David, which is Zion.
All the people of Israel assembled before King Solomon
during the festival in the month of Ethanim (the seventh month).
When all the elders of Israel had arrived,
the priests took up the ark;
they carried the ark of the LORD
and the meeting tent with all the sacred vessels
that were in the tent.
(The priests and Levites carried them.)
King Solomon and the entire community of Israel
present for the occasion
sacrificed before the ark sheep and oxen
too many to number or count.
The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD
to its place beneath the wings of the cherubim in the sanctuary,
the holy of holies of the temple.
The cherubim had their wings spread out over the place of the ark,
sheltering the ark and its poles from above.
There was nothing in the ark but the two stone tablets
which Moses had put there at Horeb,
when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel
at their departure from the land of Egypt.
When the priests left the holy place,
the cloud filled the temple of the LORD
so that the priests could no longer minister because of the cloud,
since the LORD’s glory had filled the temple of the LORD.
Then Solomon said, “The LORD intends to dwell in the dark cloud;
I have truly built you a princely house,
a dwelling where you may abide forever.”

Responsorial Psalm132:6-7, 8-10

R.    (8a)  Lord, go up to the place of your rest!
Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
we found it in the fields of Jaar.
Let us enter into his dwelling,
let us worship at his footstool.
R.    Lord, go up to the place of your rest!
Advance, O LORD, to your resting place,
you and the ark of your majesty.
May your priests be clothed with justice;
let your faithful ones shout merrily for joy.
For the sake of David your servant,
reject not the plea of your anointed.
R.    Lord, go up to the place of your rest!

AlleluiaMT 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 6:53-56

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country  
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.