Thursday, May 14, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Friday, May 15, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 289
Reading 1 ACTS 15:22-31
The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,
decided to choose representatives
and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:
“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,
to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
who went out without any mandate from us
have upset you with their teachings
and disturbed your peace of mind,
we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’“

And so they were sent on their journey.
Upon their arrival in Antioch
they called the assembly together and delivered the letter.
When the people read it, they were delighted with the exhortation.

Responsorial Psalm57:8-9, 10 AND 12
R.    (10a)  I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and chant praise.
Awake, O my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn.
R.    I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
R.    Alleluia.
I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O LORD,
I will chant your praise among the nations.
For your mercy towers to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the skies.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
above all the earth be your glory!
R.    I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 15:15B
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I call you my friends, says the Lord,
for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 15:12-17
Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

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 may 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 May 15 : St. Isidore the Farmer - Patron of Farmers and a Miracle Worker - with Prayer

St. Isidore the Farmer

1070 at Madrid, Spain
15 May 1130
12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV
Patron of:
farmers; day laborers
 Isidore was born at Madrid, of poor but very devout parents, and was christened Isidore from the name of their patron, St. Isidore of Seville. They had not the means to procure him learning or a polite education; but, both by word and example, they infused into his tender soul the utmost horror and dread of all sin, and the most vehement ardor for every virtue, and especially for prayer. Good books are a great help to holy meditation; but not indispensably requisite. St. Irenaeus mentions whole nations which believed in Christ, and abounded in exemplary livers, without knowing the use of ink or paper. 

PRAYER:  Glorious St Isidore, intercede for us who invoke you and for all farmers, that all farms may work to accomplish the aim of providing good food for people all over the world and for the birds and hearts on whom our Heavenly Father’s Love feeds and does not allow one of them to perish. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Learning, if it puffs up the mind, or inspires any secret self-sufficiency, is an impediment to the communications of  the Holy Ghost: simplicity and sincere humility being the dispositions which invite him into the soul. By these was Isidore prepared to find him an interior instructor and comforter. His earnestness in seeking lessons and instructions of piety made him neglect no opportunity of hearing them; and so much the more tender and the deeper were the impressions which they left in his soul, as his desire was the stronger and the more pure. His patience in bearing all injuries and in overcoming the envy of fellow-servants by cordial kindnesses, his readiness to obey his masters, and in indifferent things to comply with the inclinations of others, and humbly to serve every one, gave him the most complete victory over himself and his passions. Labor he considered as enjoined him by God in punishment of sin, and for a remedy against it. And he performed his work in a spirit of compunction and penance. Many object that their labors and fatigues leave them little time for the exercises of religion. But Isidore, by directing his attention according to the most holy motives of faith, made his work a most perfect act of religion. He considered it as a duty to God. Therefore he applied himself to it with great diligence and care, in imitation of the angels in heaven, who in all things fulfil the will of God with the greatest readiness and alacrity of devotion. The more humbling and the more painful the labor was, the dearer it was to the saint, being a means the more suitable to tame his flesh, and a more noble part of his penance. With the same spirit that the saints subdued their bodies by toils in their deserts, Isidore embraced his task. He moreover sanctioned it by continual prayer. While his hand held the plough, he in his heart conversed with God, with his angel guardian, and the other blessed spirits; sometimes deploring the sins of the world, and his own spiritual miseries, at other times in the melting words of the royal prophet, raising his desires to the glory of the heavenly Jerusalem. It was chiefly by this perfect spirit of prayer, joined with, or rather engrafted upon a most profound humility and spirit of mortification, that St. Isidore arrived at so eminent a degree of sanctity as rendered him the admiration of all Spain. In his youth he was retained servant by a gentleman named John de Vargas of Madrid, to till his land and do his husbandry work. The saint afterwards took a most virtuous woman to wife, named Mary Toribia. Those who call her de la Cabeza were deceived by a chapel to which that name is given, because her head is kept in it. After the birth of one child, which died young, the parents, by mutual consent, served God in perfect continency.

 St. Isidore continued always in the service of the same master. On account of his fidelity, he could say to him as Jacob did to Laban,1 that, to guard and improve his stock, he had often watched the nights, and had suffered the scorching heats of summer, and the cold of winter; and that the stock, which he found small, had been exceedingly increased in his hands. Don John de Vargas, after long experience of the treasure he possessed in this faithful ploughman, treated him as a brother, according to the advice of Ecclesiasticus,2 Let a wise servant be dear to thee as thy own soul. He allowed him the liberty of assisting daily at the public office of the church. On the other side, Isidore was careful by rising very early, to make his devotions no impediment to his business, nor any encroachment upon what he owed to his master. This being a duty of justice, it would have been a false devotion to have pretended to please God by a neglect of such an obligation; much less did the good servant indulge his compassionate charity to the poor, by relieving them otherwise than out of his own salary. The saint was sensible that in his fidelity, diligence, and assiduous labor consisted, in great part, the sanctification of his soul; and that his duty to his master was his duty to God. He also inspired his wife with the same confidence in God, the same love of the poor, and the same disengagement from the things of this world: he made her the faithful imitatrix of his virtues, and a partner in his good works. She died in 1175, and is honored in Spain among the saints. Her immemorial veneration was approved by pope Innocent XII. in 1697. See Benedict XIV., de Canoniz. 1. 2, c. 24, p. 246.
St. Isidore being seized with the sickness of which he died, foretold his last hour, and prepared himself for it with redoubled fervor, and with the most tender devotion, patience, and cheerfulness. The piety with which he received the last sacraments drew tears from all that were present. Repeating inflamed acts of divine love, he expired on the 15th of May, 1170, being near sixty years of age. His death was glorified by miracles. After forty years, his body was removed out of the churchyard into the church of St. Andrew. It has been since placed in the bishop's chapel, and during these five hundred years remains entire and fresh, being honored by a succession of frequent miracles down to this time. The following, among others, is very well attested. Philip III., in his return from Lisbon, was taken so ill at Casarubios del Monte, that his life was despaired of by his physicians. Whereupon the shrine of St. Isidore was ordered to be carried in a solemn procession of the clergy, court, and people, from Madrid to the chamber of the sick king. The joint prayers of many prevailed. At the same time the shrine was taken out of the church, the fever left the king; and upon its being brought into his chamber, he was perfectly cured. The year following the body of the saint was put into a new rich shrine, which cost one thousand six hundred ducats of gold. St. Isidore had been beatified a little before by Paul V., in 1619, at the solicitation of the same king. His solemn canonization was performed, at the request of king Philip IV., on the 12th of March, 1622; though the bull was only made public by Benedict XIII. See the life of St. Isidore, written by John of Madrid, one hundred and forty years after his death; and Card. Lambertini, de Canoniz. SS. t. 3.

SOURCE: Edited from Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler

Novena to St. Matthias, Apostle - Patron of Alcoholics - Sailors - Carpenters

Novena Prayer to Sts. Matthias  (Say these prayers for 9 days)
                  O Glorious Saint Matthias, in God's design it fell upon you to take the place of the unfortunate Judas who betrayed Jesus, his Master. You were selected by the twofold sign of the uprightness of your life and the call of the Holy Spirit. Obtain for us the grace to practice the same uprightness of life and to be called by that same Spirit to wholehearted service of the Church and our world.
Please help all who struggle with the addiction of alcoholism to experience this same grace and come to live in the serenity and joy of a life surrendered to God. AMEN
We beg your intercession dear Glorious saints, to ask God today to grant the favors we now place with confidence in your hands, especially:
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: We place our trust in You. 
Our Lady Queen of the Angels: Pray for us.
St. Matthias  Pray for us.
Say One Our Father, One Hail Mary and One Glory Be each day of the Novena.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will
 be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us
 our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into 
temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

At Mass, Pope Francis says ", everyone, brothers and sisters, of any religious confession, pray to God." Full Text

"Brotherhood day, day of penance and prayer"
Thursday, May 14, 2020

The High Committee for Human Brotherhood today called a Day of prayer and fasting, to ask God for mercy and mercy in this tragic moment of the pandemic. We are all brothers. St. Francis of Assisi said: "All brothers". And for this, men and women of all religious denominations, today, we join in prayer and penance, to ask for the grace of healing from this pandemic.

In the first reading we heard the story of Jonah, in the style of the time (cf. Gn 3,1-10). Since there was some pandemic, we do not know, in the city of Nineveh, a "moral pandemic" perhaps, [the city] was just about to be destroyed (see v. 4). And God sends Jonah to preach: prayer and penance, prayer and fasting (cf. vv. 7-8). Faced with that pandemic, [at first] Jonah was frightened and ran away (cf. Gn 1,3). Then the Lord called him for the second time and he agreed to go and preach this (cf. Gen.3,1-3). And today all of us, brothers and sisters of all religious traditions, pray: a day of prayer and fasting, of penance, called by the High Committee for Human Brotherhood. Each of us prays, communities pray, religious confessions pray, pray to God: all brothers, united in the brotherhood that unites us in this moment of pain and tragedy.
We did not wait for this pandemic, it came without us expecting it, but now it is there. And many people die. Many people die alone and many people die without being able to do anything. Many times the thought can come: "I don't care, thank God I saved myself". But think of others! Think about the tragedy and also about the economic consequences, the consequences on education, the consequences ..., what will happen next.
And for this today, everyone, brothers and sisters, of any religious confession, pray to God. Perhaps there will be someone who will say: "This is religious relativism and it cannot be done". But how can we not pray to the Father of all? Everyone prays as he knows, how he can, as he has received from his own culture. We are not praying against each other, this religious tradition against this, no! We are all united as human beings, as brothers, praying to God, according to one's culture, according to one's own tradition, according to one's beliefs, but brothers and praying to God, this is the important thing! Brothers, fasting, asking God for forgiveness for our sins, for the Lord to have mercy on us, for the Lord to forgive us, for the Lord to stop this pandemic. Today is a day of brotherhood, looking at the only Father: brothers and fatherhood. Prayer day.
We, last year, or rather in November of last year, did not know what a pandemic was: it came like a flood, it came suddenly. Now we are waking up a little. But there are many other pandemics that make people die and we don't notice it, we look elsewhere. We are a little unconscious in the face of the tragedies that are happening in the world right now. I would just like to tell you an official statistic of the first four months of this year, which does not mention the coronavirus pandemic, it speaks of another. In the first four months of this year, 3 million 700 thousand people died of starvation. There is the hunger pandemicIn four months, almost 4 million people. This prayer today, to ask that the Lord stop this pandemic, must make us think of the other pandemics in the world. There are many! The pandemic of wars, hunger and many others. But the important thing is that today - together and thanks to the courage that this High Committee for Human Brotherhood has had - together, we have been invited to pray each one according to his own tradition and to make a day of penance, fasting and also of charity , of help to others. This is the important thing. In the book of Jonah we heard that the Lord, when he saw how the people had reacted - who had converted -, the Lord stopped, stopped what He wanted to do.
God stop this tragedy, stop this pandemic. May God have mercy on us and stop other pandemics that are so bad: that of hunger, that of war, that of children without education. And we ask this as brothers , all together. May God bless us all and have mercy on us.
Prayer for spiritual communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. 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 you all; do not allow me to ever separate you from You.
At the end of the Mass
I would like to thank Sir Tommaso today, the sound engineer who is working here today for the broadcast. He accompanied us on these broadcasts, he works in the Communication Department and retires, today is the last time he works. May the Lord bless him and accompany him in the new stage of life.
FULL TEXT  + Image Source: - a Translation from Italian