Saturday, August 1, 2020

Sunday Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, August 2, 2020 - Virtual Church

Readings at Mass 18th Sunday Ord. Time.

First reading Isaiah 55:1-3
Come and eat
Thus says the Lord:
Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty;
though you have no money, come!
Buy corn without money, and eat,
and, at no cost, wine and milk.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
your wages on what fails to satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat
and rich food to enjoy.
Pay attention, come to me;
listen, and your soul will live.
With you I will make an everlasting covenant
out of the favours promised to David.
Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 144(145):8-9,15-18
You open wide your hand, O Lord; you grant our desires.
The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
  slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
  compassionate to all his creatures.
You open wide your hand, O Lord; you grant our desires.
The eyes of all creatures look to you
  and you give them their food in due time.
You open wide your hand,
  grant the desires of all who live.
You open wide your hand, O Lord; you grant our desires.
The Lord is just in all his ways
  and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him,
  who call on him from their hearts.
You open wide your hand, O Lord; you grant our desires.
Second reading
Romans 8:35,37-39
No created thing can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ
Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.
  For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gospel Acclamation cf.Lk19:38,2:14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on the King who comes,
in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest heavens!
Or: Mt4:4
Alleluia, alleluia!
Man does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Matthew 14:13-21
The feeding of the five thousand
When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist’s death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick.
  When evening came, the disciples went to him and said, ‘This is a lonely place, and the time has slipped by; so send the people away, and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food.’ Jesus replied, ‘There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they answered ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.’ ‘Bring them here to me’ he said. He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.
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

Saint August 2 : St. Eusebius Vercelli a Martyr and Bishop who Died in 371


283, Sardinia
August 1, 371, Vercelli, Piemonte
Patron of:

Bishop of Vercelli, b. in Sardinia c. 283; d. at Vercelli, Piedmont, 1 August, 371. He was made lector in Rome, where he lived some time, probably as a member or head of a religious community (Spreitzenhofer, Die Entwickelung des alten Mönchtums in Italien, Vienna, 1894, 14 sq.), Later he came to Vercelle, the present Vercelli, and in 340 was unanimously elected bishop of that city by the clergy and the people. He received episcopal consecration at the hands of Pope Julius I on 15 December, of the same year. According to the testimony of St. Ambrose (Ep. lxiii, Ad Vercellenses) he was the first bishop of the West who united monastic with clerical life. He led with the clergy of his city a common life modelled upon that of the Eastern cenobites (St. Ambrose, Ep. lxxxi and Serm. lxxxix). For this reason the Canons Regular of St. Augustine honour him along with St. Augustine as their founder (Proprium Canon. Reg., 16 December).
In 364 Pope Liberius sent Eusebius and Bishop Lucifer to Cagliari to the Emperor Constantius, who was then at Arles in Gaul, for the purpose of inducing the emperor to convoke a council which should put an end to the dissentions between the Arians and the orthodox. The synod was held in Milan in 355. At first Eusebius refused to attend it because he foresaw that the Arian bishops, who were supported by the emperor, would not accept the decrees of the Nicene council and would insist upon the condemnation of St. Athanasius. Being pressed by the emperor and the bishops to appear at the synod, he came to Milan, but was not admitted to the synod until the document condemning St. Athanasius had been drawn up and was awaiting the signature of the bishops. Eusebius vehemently protested against the unjust condemnation of St. Athanasius and, despite the threats of the emperor, refused to attach his signature to the document. As a result he was sent into exile, first to Scythopolis in Syria, where the Arian bishop Patrophilus, whom Eusebius calls his jailer, (Baronius, Annal., ad ann. 356, n. 97), treated him very cruelly; then to Cappodocia, and lastly to Thebaid. On the accession of the Emperor Julian, the exiled bishops were allowed to return to their sees, in 362. Eusebius, however, and his brother-exile Lucifer did not at once return to Italy. Acting either by force of their former legatine faculties or, as is more probable, having received new legatine faculties from Pope Liberius, they remained in the Orient for some time, helping to restore peace in the Church. Eusebius went to Alexandria to consult with St. Athanasius about convoking the synod which in 362 was held there under their joint presidency. Besides declaring the Divinity of the Holy Ghost and the orthodox doctrine concerning the Incarnation, the synod agreed to deal mildly with the repentant apostate bishops, but to impose severe penalties upon the leaders of several of Arianizing factions. At its close Eusebius went to Antioch to reconcile the Eustathians and the Meletians. The Eustathians were adherents of the bishop St. Eustatius, who was deposed and exiled by the Arians in 331. Since Meletius' election in 361 was brought about chiefly by the Arians, the Eustathians would not recognize him, although he solemnly proclamed his orthodox faith from the ambo after his episcopal consecration. The Alexandrian synod had desired that Eusebius should reconcile the Eustathians with Bishop Meletius, by purging his election of whatever might have been irregular in it, but Eusebius, upon arriving at Antioch found that his brother-legate Lucifer had consecrated Paulinus, the leader of the Eustathians, as Bishop of Antioch, and thus unwittingly had frustrated the pacific design. Unable to reconcile the factions at Antioch, he visited other Churches of the Orient in the interest of the orthodox faith, and finally passed through Illyricum into Italy. Having arrived at Vercelli in 363, he assisted the zealous St. Hilary of Poitiers in the suppression of Arianism in the Western Church, and was one of the chief opponents of the Arian Bishop Auxientius of Milan. The church honours him as a martyr and celebrates his feast as a semi-double on 16 December. In the "Journal of Theological Studies" (1900), I, 302-99, E.A. Burn attributes to Eusebius the "Quicumque".
Three short letters of Eusebius are printed in Migne, P.L., XII, 947-54 and X, 713-14. St. Jerome (De vir. ill., c. lvi, and Ep. li, n. 2) ascribes to him a Latin translation of a commentary on the Psalms, written originally in Greek by Eusebius of Cæsarea; but this work has been lost. There is preserved in the cathedral at Vercelli the "Codex Vercellensis", the earliest manuscript of the old Latin Gospels (codex a), which is generally believed to have been written by Eusebius. It was published by Irico (Milan 1748) and Bianchini (Rome, 1749), and is reprinted in Migne, P.L. XII, 9-948; a new edition was brought out by Belsheim (Christiania, 1894). Krüger (Lucifer, Bischof von Calaris", Leipzig, 1886, 118-30) ascribes to Eusebius a baptismal oration by Caspari (Quellen sur Gesch, Des Taufsymbols, Christiania, 1869, II, 132-40). The confession of faith "Des. Trinitate confessio", P.L., XII, 959-968, sometimes ascribed to Eusebius is spurious.
SOURCE:  the Catholic Encyclopedia

#BreakingNews Terrorists Bomb Historic Cathedral in Nicaragua destroying Chapel with 382 Year-Old Blood of Christ Image

A terrorist threw a bomb and set fire to an image of the Blood of Christ that has been in Nicaragua for 382 years and that was venerated by Saint John Paul II in 1996, when he knelt and prayed at his feet, during his second visit to the country, which is mainly Catholic. (image from the Twitter of the Archbishop)

The image of the Blood of Christ, whose chapel is located on the west side of the Cathedral, was completely charred
The Catholic Church described the action as "a totally condemnable act of sacrilege and desecration, for which we must remain in constant prayer, to defeat the evil forces"
"An unidentified person entered the Chapel of the Blood of Christ in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua, and dropped a bomb, causing a fire inside the chapel, where the consecrated and venerated image of the Blood of Christ remains and exposed the Most Holy in his tabernacle, ”the Archdiocese of Managua reported in a statement .

The image of the Blood of Christ, whose chapel is located on the west side of the Cathedral, was completely charred , but its structure supported it standing, as it could be seen after the firefighters put down the fire, which occurred before noon this Friday.

The Catholic Church described the action as "a totally condemnable act of sacrilege and desecration, so we must remain in constant prayer, to defeat the evil forces . "

Just yesterday, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes reiterated to priests and believers to be vigilant and vigilant in the care of their chapels, after the desecration that occurred against two parishes in the Archdiocese of Managua.

These desecrations have occurred after the Archdiocese of Managua announced the suspension of the popular festivities in honor of Saint Dominic  de Guzmán , the largest in Nicaragua, to avoid crowds, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between 1 and next August 10.

"What happened has been a painful wound to the heart of the Nicaraguan Catholic people," said the influential auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua, Silvio Báez , exiled since 2019 after receiving death threats, allegedly from groups linked to the government of President Daniel Ortega.

The Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep) affirmed that the attack joins other "acts of vandalism that in recent days have been carried out against Catholic churches in other cities of the country, which represent a serious persecution against the Catholic Church, its leaders. and the parishioners, attacking the religious freedom established by our Constitution. "

Relations between the Catholic Church and Ortega have been strained in Nicaragua since 2018, when the majority of priests risked their lives to save the lives of thousands of people who participated in anti-government demonstrations and which were controlled with armed attacks that left hundreds of dead, prisoners. and disappeared.

Ortega has argued that the priests supported the United States in an alleged "failed coup" two years ago. Such declarations have provoked physical attacks against some of the bishops and systematic desecration towards Catholic churches, carried out by Sandinista fanatics who have vindicated them or by unknown persons.

The Archbishop of Managua, Leopoldo Brenes , described as a "terrorist act" the fire declared this Friday in a chapel of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Nicaraguan capital, which burned a historical image of the Blood of Christ, in the country with a Catholic majority.

"This is what I want to say, clearly, it is a terrorist act to intimidate the Church in its evangelizing mission , " said Brenes, who in July 2018 denounced that the Catholic Church is persecuted by the government of President Daniel Ortega.

At an impromptu press conference in the cathedral courtyard, the Nicaraguan cardinal stated that there are indications that the burning of one of the most precious assets of Nicaraguan Catholics "was very calmly planned . "

Brenes connected the fire with another event that occurred last July 20, in which a man in a van destroyed the gates of the cathedral, and with the theft of a fence, which served as an escape route for the cause of the fire.

"He figured everything out, where to get in, how to do it, and then where to escape. This was truly planned," he said.
Edited from Religion Digital