Monday, April 13, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : #Easter Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter - Full Mass Video Below:
Lectionary: 262
Reading 1ACTS 2:36-41
On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people, that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
and to all those far off,
whomever the Lord our God will call.”
He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them,
“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand persons were added that day.

Responsorial Psalm33:4-5, 18-19, 20 AND 22

R.    (5b)  The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R.    The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaPS 118:24

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,”
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he had told her.
Prayer to make 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 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
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Saint April 14 : St. Lydwine of Schiedam - Patron of Ice Skaters and Chronically Ill

Born at Schiedam, Holland, 18 April 1380;
Died 14 April, 1433.
Patronof sickness; chronically ill, ice skaters, town of Schiedam
Her father, Peter by name, came of a noble family while her mother Petronella, born at Kethel, Holland, was a poor country girl. Both were poor. Very early in her life St. Lidwina was drawn towards the Mother of God and prayed a great deal before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Schiedam. During the winter of the year of 1395, Lidwina went skating with her friends, one of whom caused her to fall upon some ice with such violence that she broke a rib in her right side. This was the beginning of her martyrdom. No medical skill availed to cure her. Gangrene appeared in the wound caused by the fall and spread over her entire body. For years she lay in pain which seemed to increase constantly. Some looked on her with suspicion, as being under the influence of the evil spirit. Her pastor, Andries, brought her an unconsecrated host, but the saint distinguished it at once. But God rewarded her with a wonderful gift of prayer and also with visions. Numerous miracles took place at her bed-side. The celebrated preacher and seer, Wermbold of Roskoop, visited her after previously beholding her in spirit. The pious Arnold of Schoonhoven treated her as a friend. Hendrik Mande wrote for her consolation a pious tract in Dutch. When Joannes Busch brought this to her, he asked her what she thought of Hendrik Mande's visions, and she answered that they came from God. In a vision she was shown a rose-bush with the words, "When this shall be in bloom, your suffering will be at an end." In the spring of the year 1433, she exclaimed, "I see the rose-bush in full bloom!" From her fifteenth to her fifty-third year, she suffered every imaginable pain; she was one sore from head to foot and was greatly emaciated. On the morning of Easter-day, 1433, she was in deep contemplation and beheld, in a vision, Christ coming towards her to administer the Sacrament of Extreme Unction. She died in the odour of great sanctity. At once her grave became a place of pilgrimage, and as early as 1434 a chapel was built over it. Joannes Brugmann and Thomas à Kempis related the history of her life, and veneration of her on the part of the people increased unceasingly. In 1615 her relics were conveyed to Brussels, but in 1871 they were returned to Schiedam. On 14 March, 1890, Leo XIII put the official sanction of the Church upon that veneration which had existed for centuries.
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Saint April 13 : Blessed Margaret of Castello - Abandoned by her Parents due to her Disabilities - Patron of the Ugly with Novena Prayer

Patron of the Ugly, Unwanted, Abandoned and the Disabled.
Bl. Margaret of Castello was born in the fourteenth century in Metola, Italy to noble parents who wanted a son. When the news was brought to the new mother that her newborn daughter was a blind, hunchbacked dwarf, both parents were horrified. Little Margaret was kept in a secluded section of the family castle in the hopes that her existence would be kept secret. However, when she was about six years old, she accidentally made her presence known to a guest. Determined to keep her out of the public eye, her father had a room without a door built onto the side of the parish church and walled Margaret inside this room. Here she lived until she was sixteen, never being allowed to come out. Her food and other necessities were passed in to her through a window. Another window into the church allowed her to hear Mass and receive Holy Communion. The parish priest became a good friend, and took upon himself the duty to educate her. He was amazed at her docility and the depth of her spiritual wisdom.

When Margaret was sixteen years old, her parents heard of a shrine in Citta di Castello, Italy, where many sick people were cured. They made a pilgrimage to the shrine so that she could pray for healing. However, Margaret, open to the will of God, was not healed that day, or the next, so her parents callously abandoned her in the streets of the town and left for home, never to see her again. At the mercy of the passersby, Margaret had to beg her food and eventually sought shelter with some Dominican nuns.

W. R. Bonniwell writes, “Her cheerfulness, based on her trust in God’s love and goodness, was extraordinary. She became a Dominican tertiary and devoted herself to tending the sick and the dying” as well as prisoners in the city jail.

 Bl. Margaret helped innumerable others by her life and her good deeds, finding holiness by uniting her sufferings to Christ’s. And now, some 670 years after her death, she teaches us valuable lessons by her very being.

Bl. Margaret lived a life of hope and faith, practicing heroic charity, though little was shown her in return. She came from a home where she was deprived, not because her parents had no wealth, but because they valued their material wealth and status more than their spiritual treasures.

Deprived of all human companionship, Margaret learned to embrace her Lord in solitude. Instead of becoming bitter, she forgave her parents for their ill treatment of her and treated others as well as she could. Her cheerfulness stemmed from her conviction that God loves each person infinitely, for He has made each person in His own image and likeness. This same cheerfulness won the hearts of the poor of Castello, and they took her into their homes for as long as their purses could afford. She passed from house to house in this way, “a homeless beggar being practically adopted by the poor of a city” (Bonniwell, 1955).

Bl. Margaret died on April 13, 1320 at the age of 33. More than 200 miracles have been credited to her intercession since her death. She was beatified in 1609. Thus, the daughter that nobody wanted is now one of the glories of the Church. Her body remains incorrupt.
Text Edited from the Nashville Dominicans.
(Novena from Catholic Doors Ministry)

First Day:

O Blessed Margaret of Castello, In embracing your life just as it was,
You gave us an example of resignation To the Will of god. In so accepting God’s Will,
You knew that you would grow in virtue, Glorify God, save your own soul,
And help the souls of your neighbors. Obtain for me the grace,
To recognize the will of God, In all that may happen to me in my life,
And so resign myself to it. Obtain for me also the special favor,
Which I now ask, Through your intercession with God.

Say this prayer Each day of the Novena: Let us pray…O God by whose Will The blessed virgin, Margaret, Was blind from birth, That the eyes of her mind
Being inwardly enlightened She might think without ceasing
On You alone; Be the light of our eyes,
That we may be able To flee the shadows in this world,
And reach the home Of never-ending light.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Glorify your servant blessed Margaret,
By granting the favor We so ardently desire. This we ask in humble submission
To God’s Will, For His Honor and Glory And the salvation of souls.
Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory be each day of the Novena.

Second Day:

O Blessed Margaret of Castello, In reflecting so deeply
Upon the sufferings and death Of our Crucified Lord,
You learned courage And gained the grace To bear your own afflictions.
Obtain for me The grace and courage That I so urgently need
So as to be able to bear My infirmities and endure my afflictions
In union with our Suffering Savior. Obtain for me also The special favor which I now ask
Through your intercession with God. Let us pray…

Third Day:

O Blessed Margaret of Castello, Your love for Jesus
In the Blessed Sacrament Was intense and enduring.
It was here In intimacy with the Divine Presence
That you found spiritual strength To accept suffering,
To be cheerful, patient and kindly Towards others.
Obtain for me the grace That I may draw from this same source,
As from an exhaustible font, The strength whereby I may be
Kind and understanding Of everyone despite whatever pain or discomfort
May come my way. Obtain for your intercession with God.
Let us pray…

Fourth Day:

O Blessed Margaret of Castello, You unceasingly turned to God in prayer
With confidence and trust In His Fatherly love.
It was only through continual prayer That you were enabled
To accept your misfortunes, To be serene, patient, and at peace.
Obtain for me the grace To persevere in my prayer,
Confident that God will give me The help to carry whatever cross
Comes into my life. Obtain for me also the special favor
Which I now ask Through your intercession with God.
Let us pray…

Fifth Day:

O Blessed Margaret of Castello, In imitation of the Child Jesus,
Who was subject to Mary and Joseph, You obeyed your father and mother,
Overlooking their unnatural harshness. Obtain for me
That same attitude of obedience Toward all those
Who have legitimate authority over me,
Most especially toward The Holy Roman Catholic Church.
Obtain for me also The special favor which I now ask
Through your intercession with God.

Let us pray…

Sixth Day:

O Blessed Margaret of Castello, Your miseries taught you
Better than any teacher The weakness and frailty
Of human nature. Obtain for me The grace to recognize
My human limitations And to acknowledge
My utter dependence upon God. Acquire for me
That abandonment which leaves me Completely at the mercy of God
To do with me whatsoever He wills. Obtain for me also
The special favor which I now ask Through your intercession with God.
Let us pray…

Seventh Day:

O blessed Margaret of Castello, You could have so easily
Become discouraged and bitter; But, instead, you fixed your eyes
On the suffering Christ And there you learned from Him
The redemptive value of suffering - How to offer your pains and aches,
In reparation for sin And for the salvation of souls.
Obtain for me the grace To learn how to endure
My sufferings with patience. Obtain for me also
The special favor which I now ask Through your intercession with God.

Let us pray…

Eigth Day:

O Blessed Margaret of Castello, How it must have hurt
When your parents abandoned you! Yet you learned from this
That all earthly love and affection, Even for those who are closest,
Must be sanctified. And so, despite everything,
You continued to love your parents – But now you loved them in God.
Obtain for me the grace That I might see
All my human loves and affections In their proper perspective…
In God and for god. Obtain for me also
The special favor which I now ask
Through your intercession with God.

Let us pray…

Ninth Day:

O Blessed Margaret of Castello, Through your suffering and misfortune,
You became sensitive To the sufferings of others.
Your heart reached out To everyone in trouble –
The sick, the hungry, the dying prisoners. Obtain for me the grace
To recognize Jesus in everyone With whom I come into contact,
Especially in the poor, The wretched, the unwanted!
Obtain for me also The special favor which I now ask
Through your intercession with God.

Let us pray…

Last Day of Novena Prayer

O my God, I thank you For having given
Blessed Margaret of Castello To the world as an example
Of the degree of holiness That can be attained by anyone
Who truly loves you, Regardless of physical abnormalities.
In today’s perverted culture, Margaret would have, most likely,
Never been born; Death through abortion
Being preferable to life, Especially life In an ugly distorted twisted body.
But Your ways are not the world’s ways… And so it was Your Will
That Margaret would be born into the world With just such a malformed body.
It is Your way that uses our weakness To give testimony to Your power.
Margaret was born blind, So as to see You more clearly;
A cripple, so as to lean on You completely; Dwarfed in physical posture,
So as to become a giant in the spiritual order; Hunch-backed,
So as to more perfectly resemble The twisted, crucified body of Your Son.
Margaret’s whole life Was an enactment of the words
Expressed by Paul: “So I shall be very happy
To make my weaknesses my special boast
So that the power of Christ may stay over me
And that is why I am content With my weaknesses,
And with insults, hardships, Persecutions and the agonies
I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10).

I beseech you, O God, To grant through the intercession
Of Blessed Margaret of Castello, That all the handicapped …
And who among us is not?… All rejected, all unwanted of the world
May make their weaknesses Their own special boast
So that your power may stay over them
Now and forever.


Blessed Margaret of Castello, pray for us.

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Watch the Concert by Famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli from Milan's Cathedral during the Pandemic with Lyrics - Full Video

On Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020), by invitation of the City and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance representing a message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world. 
 Download the hymn sheet and sing along here: Track list: Panis Angelicus (from “Messe Solennelle” Op. 12, FWV 61) César Franck   Ave Maria, CG 89a (arr. from Johann Sebastian Bach, “Prelude” no. 1, BWV 846) Charles-François Gounod   Sancta Maria (arr. from “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Intermezzo) Pietro Mascagni   Domine Deus (from “Petite Messe Solennelle”) Gioachino Antonio Rossini Amazing Grace John Newton “On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer ‘Sì’ to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan. I believe in the strength of praying together; I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone – whether they are believers or not – truly needs right now. Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart, this wonderful international forge that is reason for Italian pride. The generous, courageous, proactive Milan and the whole of Italy will be again, and very soon, a winning model, engine of a renaissance that we all hope for. It will be a joy to witness it, in the Duomo, during the Easter celebration which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth” Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli, with the Foundation that carries his name, is currently involved in an emergency COVID-19 campaign. The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) has started a fundraiser to help hospitals purchase all the instrumentation and equipment necessary to protect their medical staff. It is possible to donate through the GoFundMe campaign: Stay home and live stream this performance exclusively on YouTube. The event is promoted by the City of Milan and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, produced by Sugar Music and Universal Music Group, thanks to the generous contribution of YouTube.

Pope Francis says "Here is the Easter message that we are called to proclaim....and our hearts resound in our homes: "Christ, my hope, is risen!" Full Text/Video at Regina Caeli


Library of the Apostolic Palace
Angel Monday, April 13, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today, Monday of the Angel, the joyful announcement of the resurrection of Christ resounds. The Gospel page (cf. Mt 28: 8-15) tells that women, frightened, quickly abandon the tomb of Jesus, which they found empty; but Jesus himself appears to them on the way saying: «Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they are going to Galilee: they will see me there "(v. 10). With these words, the Risen Lord entrusts women with a missionary mandate towards the Apostles. In fact, they gave an admirable example of loyalty, dedication and love for Christ in the time of his public life as well as during his passion; now they are rewarded by him with this gesture of attention and predilection. Women, always at the beginning: Maria at the beginning; women in the beginning.

First the women, then the disciples and, in particular, Peter note the reality of the resurrection. Jesus had repeatedly announced to them that, after the passion and the cross, he would rise again, but the disciples did not understand, because they were not yet ready. Their faith was to make a qualitative leap, which only the Holy Spirit, the gift of the Risen One, could provoke.

At the beginning of the book of the Acts of the Apostles, we hear Peter declaring frankly, courageously, frankly: "This Jesus, God raised him up and we are all witnesses of it" (Acts 2.32). As if to say: "I put my face to Him. I give my life for Him". And then he will give his life for him. From that moment, the announcement that Christ is risen spreads everywhere and reaches every corner of the earth, becoming the message of hope for all. The resurrection of Jesus tells us that the last word is not up to death, but to life. By raising the only-begotten Son, God the Father has fully manifested his love and mercy for humanity of all times.

If Christ is risen, it is possible to look with confidence at every event of our existence, even the most difficult and full of anguish and uncertainty. Here is the Easter message that we are called to proclaim, with words and above all with the witness of life. May our news and our hearts resound in our homes: "Christ, my hope, is risen!" (Easter sequence). This certainty strengthens the faith of every baptized person and above all encourages those who are facing greater suffering and difficulty.

May the Virgin Mary, silent witness of the death and resurrection of her son Jesus, help us to strongly believe in this mystery of salvation: accepted with faith, it can change life. This is the Easter greeting that I renew to all of you. I entrust it to you, our Mother, whom we now invoke with the Regina Caeli prayer.

After the Regina Coeli

Dear brothers and sisters,

we heard that the women gave the disciples the announcement of the Resurrection of Jesus. Today I would like to remind you of what many women do, even in this time of medical emergency, to take care of others: female doctors, nurses, agents of the forces of the order and prisons, employees of basic necessities stores ..., and many mothers and sisters and grandmothers who find themselves locked in the house with the whole family, with children, the elderly and the disabled. Sometimes they are at risk of being subjected to violence, for a coexistence of which they carry too great a burden. Let us pray for them, so that the Lord may give them strength and that our communities can support them together with their families. May the Lord give us the courage of women, to always go forward.

In this Easter week I would like to remember with closeness and affection all the countries heavily affected by the coronavirus, some with large numbers of infected and deceased, especially Italy, the United States of America, Spain, France ... the list is long. I pray for all of them. And don't forget that the Pope prays for you, he is close to you.

I warmly renew my Easter greetings to all. We remain united in prayer and in our commitment to help each other as brothers. Have a good lunch and goodbye.

Quote to SHARE by Saint Pope John Paul II "We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song." #JP2

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ― 
St. Pope John Paul II

At Easter Monday Mass, Pope Francis says "Today's Gospel presents us with an option....between joy, the hope of the resurrection of Jesus, and ..." Full Text/Video



"Choose the ad not to fall into our sepulchres"

Monday, April 13, 2020


We pray today for the rulers, the scientists, the politicians who have begun to study the way out, the post-pandemic, this "after" that has already begun: to find the right way, always in favor of the people, always in favor of the peoples.


Today's Gospel presents us with an option, an everyday option, a human option that has held since that day: the option between joy, the hope of the resurrection of Jesus, and the nostalgia for the sepulcher.

Women go ahead to make the announcement (cf. Mt 28.8): God always begins with women, always. They open roads. They don't doubt: they know; they saw him, they touched him. They also saw the empty tomb. It is true that the disciples could not believe it and said: "But these women are perhaps a little too imaginative" ... I don't know, they had their doubts. But they were sure and they eventually carried on this path until today: Jesus is risen, he is alive among us (cf. Mt 28, 9-10). And then there is the other: it is better not to live, with the tomb empty. So many problems will bring us, this empty tomb. And the decision to hide the fact. It is as always: when we do not serve God, the Lord, we serve the other god, money. Recall what Jesus said: they are two lords, the Lord God and the lord money. You cannot serve both. And to get out of this evidence, from this reality, the priests, the doctors of the Law have chosen the other path, the one that the god offered them money and they paid: they paid for silence (cf. Mt 28, 12-13) . The silence of the witnesses. One of the guards had confessed, as soon as Jesus died: "Really this man was the Son of God!" (Mk 15:39). These poor people do not understand, they are afraid because life is going ... and they went to the priests, to the doctors of the Law. And they paid: they paid for silence, and this, dear brothers and sisters, is not a bribe: this is pure corruption, pure corruption. If you do not confess Jesus Christ the Lord, think why: where is the seal of your tomb, where there is corruption. It is true that many people do not confess Jesus because they do not know him, because we have not consistently announced him and this is our fault. But when we take this path in front of the evidence, it is the devil's path, it is the path of corruption. You pay and be quiet.

Even today, faced with the next - hopefully soon - next end of this pandemic, there is the same option: either our bet will be for life, for the resurrection of peoples or it will be for the god of money: to return to the tomb of the hunger, slavery, wars, arms factories, children without education ... there is the sepulcher.

The Lord, both in our personal life and in our social life, always help us to choose the announcement: the announcement that is horizon, is open, always; lead us to choose the good of the people. And never fall into the tomb of the money god.

Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who do not have the opportunity to communicate now make spiritual communion.

My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, at least spiritually come to my heart. As already come, I embrace you and I join everything with you. Don't let it ever separate me from you.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for April 'Liberation from Addictions' Especially addiction to Gambling, Pornography, and the Internet.

Pope Francis prayer intention for April, is that "those suffering from addiction may be properly helped and accompanied." For April 2020, Pope Francis asks everyone to pray for those who suffer from addiction, especially addiction to gambling, pornography, and the internet.
 The full text of his intention is below:
 Surely, you’ve heard about the drama of addiction. And… have you also thought about the addiction to gambling, to pornography, to the internet… and the dangers of virtual space?. Supported by the “Gospel of Mercy” we can alleviate, care for and heal the suffering associated with new kinds of addiction. We pray that those suffering from addiction may be properly helped and accompanied.