Saturday, August 22, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, August 23, 2020 - Virtual Church


A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah             22:19-23
I place the key of the House of David upon his shoulder.

Thus says the Lord of hosts to Shebna, the master of the palace:

I dismiss you from your office,
I remove you from your post,
and the same day I call on my servant
Eliakim son of Hilkiah.
Key-To-The-Kingdom invest him with your robe,
gird him with your sash,
entrust him with your authority;
and he shall be a father
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
and to the House of Judah.
I place the key of the House of David
on his shoulder;
should he open, no one shall close,
should he close, no one shall open.
I drive him like a peg into a firm place;
he will become a throne of glory
for his father’s house.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 137
Response                               Your love, O Lord, is eternal, discard not the work of your hands.

1. I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,
you have heard the words of my mouth.
Before the angels I will bless you.
I will adore before your holy temple.             Response

2. I thank you for your faithfulness
and love which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
you increased the strength of my soul.          Response

3. The Lord is high though he looks on the lowly
and the haughty he knows from afar
Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
discard not the work of your hands.               Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans    11:33-36
All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him.

god's eyeHow rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything? All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation         2 Cor 5:19
Alleluia, alleluia!
God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself
and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.

Or                                           Mt 16:16
Alleluia, alleluia!
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.
And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.


A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew               16:13-20
You are Peter, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

peteWhen Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets’.
‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said ‘the Son of the living God’.

Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.
And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’

Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
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 23 : St. Rose of Lima the Patron of Gardeners and Latin America

Virgin, patroness of America, born at Lima, Peru 20 April, 1586; died there 30 August, 1617.
At her confirmation in 1597, she took the name of Rose, because, when an infant, her face had been seen transformed by a mystical rose. As a child she was remarkable for a great reverence, and pronounced love, for all things relating to God. This so took possession of her that thenceforth her life was given up to prayer and mortification. She had an intense devotion to the Infant Jesus and His Blessed Mother, before whose altar she spent hours. She was scrupulously obedient and of untiring industry, making rapid progress by earnest attention to her parents' instruction, to her studies, and to her domestic work, especially with her needle.
After reading of St. Catherine she determined to take that saint as her model. She began by fasting three times a week, adding secret severe penances, and when her vanity was assailed, cutting off her beautiful hair, wearing coarse clothing, and roughening her hands with toil. All this time she had to struggle against the objections of her friends, the ridicule of her family, and the censure of her parents. Many hours were spent before the Blessed Sacrament, which she received daily.
Finally she determined to take a vow of virginity, and inspired by supernatural love, adopted extraordinary means to fulfill it. At the outset she had to combat the opposition of her parents, who wished her to marry. For ten years the struggle continued before she won, by patience and prayer, their consent to continue her mission.
At the same time great temptations assailed her purity, faith, and constance, causing her excruciating agony of mind and desolation of spirit, urging her to more frequent mortifications; but daily, also, Our Lord manifested Himself, fortifying her with the knowledge of His presence and consoling her mind with evidence of His Divine love. Fasting daily was soon followed by perpetual abstinence from meat, and that, in turn, by use of only the coarsest food and just sufficient to support life.
Her days were filled with acts of charity and industry, her exquisite lace and embroidery helping to support her home, while her nights were devoted to prayer and penance. When her work permitted, she retired to a little grotto which she had built, with her brother's aid, in their small garden, and there passed her nights in solitude and prayer. Overcoming the opposition of her parents, and with the consent of her confessor, she was allowed later to become practically a recluse in this cell, save for her visits to the Blessed Sacrament.
In her twentieth year she received the habit of St. Dominic. Thereafter she redoubled the severity and variety of her penances to a heroic degree, wearing constantly a metal spiked crown, concealed by roses, and an iron chain about her waist. Days passed without food, save a draught of gall mixed with bitter herbs. When she could no longer stand, she sought repose on a bed constructed by herself, of broken glass, stone, potsherds, and thorns. She admitted that the thought of lying down on it made her tremble with dread. Fourteen years this martyrdom of her body continued without relaxation, but not without consolation. Our Lord revealed Himself to her frequently, flooding her soul with such inexpressible peace and joy as to leave her in ecstasy for hours. At these times she offered to Him all her mortifications and penances in expiation for offences against His Divine Majesty, for the idolatry of her country, for the conversion of sinners, and for the souls in Purgatory. Many miracles followed her death. She was beatified by Clement IX, in 1667, and canonized in 1671 by Clement X, the first American to be so honoured. Her feast is celebrated 30 August. She is represented wearing a crown of roses. Text shared from The Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis Calls Bishop in Mozambique by Phone About Unrest in the Country

Vatican News - Pope Francis’ surprise phone call to Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado
Pope Francis on Wednesday morning made a surprise phone call to Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa, C.P., of the Diocese of Pemba in Mozambique’s troubled province of Cabo Delgado.
By Paul Samasumo and Bernardo Suate

Speaking to Vatican News, the Bishop of Pemba, Fernando Lisboa, spoke of receiving an unexpected phone call from Pope Francis at 11:29 Wednesday morning.

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa has been a consistent voice drawing attention to the worsening humanitarian situation in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Since 2010, Cabo Delgado has witnessed the discovery of substantial gas reserves off its coast. The area is now home to Africa’s largest liquid natural gas attracting enormous investment for the eventual extraction. A growing and relentless insurgency now threaten the investments.

The Pope is following events in our region with great concern
“I received a call from Pope Francis, who gave me much reassurance and consolation. In the call, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the Bishop (of Pemba) and people of the Cabo Delgado region. The Holy Father said he was following events in our province with great concern and that he is constantly praying for us. He also said to me that if there was anything else that he could do, we should not hesitate to ask him. He is ready to walk with us. I expressed my deep appreciation, to him, for the gesture of the phone call and told him how grateful we were when on 12 April he prayed for Cabo Delgado on Easter Sunday during the Urbi et Orbi blessing. I told him that his referring to the humanitarian crisis in our province made other people also take notice of our plight. We began to see more congregations, some (humanitarian) organisations, individuals – both local and outside start to reach out to help. I said: ‘Holy Father, you have placed Cabo Delgado on the world map.’ He simply remarked in Italian, ‘Che bello!’ (How lovely!),” the Bishop of Pemba recounted the conversation.

The Jihadist attack in the port town of Mocimboa da Praia
Bishop Fernando Lisboa also said he informed Pope Francis about the plight of the port town of Mocimboa da Praia that has been seized by Jihadist militants said to be linked to the so-called Islamic State (I.S.). According to reports, government forces vacated the strategic town after the Jihadists attacked it last week. I.S. issued a statement claiming the seizure of Mocimboa da Praia although some observers in the region point to the involvement of the Somali-based Al Shabab militants. In truth, it is not entirely clear who is behind the Cabo Delgado attacks.

With the town of Mocimboa da Praia in the hands of Islamist insurgents, Bishop Fernando Lisboa and the Diocese of Pemba have had no news from two religious sisters for over a week now.

“I told the Holy Father about the Port town of Mocimboa da Praia which has been taken by Jihadists and how we have not heard from two of our religious women in that city. The two are members of the International Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of ChambĂ©ry. Upon hearing the news, the Pope exclaimed, ‘How very sad!’ He promised to pray for this intention,” Bishop Fernando Lisboa said.

The Bishop added, “As we were concluding the phone call, the Pope reminisced about his visit to Mozambique last year, and said even as he was going around our country, Cabo Delgado was very much on his mind. He encouraged me to contact Cardinal Michael Czerny (of the Holy See’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development) for help with humanitarian assistance. For my part, I assured the Holy Father, of our closeness to his ministry, through prayer. I told him that we pray for him every day. As a reply, he said to me in the Spanish language, ‘Adelante!’ (encouraging the Bishop and people to Carry on! or Keep up the faith!). Finally, to end the conversation, the Pope blessed the people of Cabo Delgado as well as all Mozambicans,” narrated the Ordinary of Pemba.

The unrest in Cabo Delgado
Since 2017, the the northern province of Mozambique has been rocked by deadly attacks perpetrated by armed groups whose operations are increasingly becoming sophisticated and a source of anxiety also for Mozambique’s neighbours, especially Tanzania. The Cabo Delgado attacks have resulted in many deaths, conscription of many young people and the displacement of thousands of ordinary villagers as a climate of fear reigns in the region.

Even before the discovery of the gas reserves and the attacks, Cabo Delgado, was already nursing discontent due to high levels of poverty and marginalisation by the central government.

Government blames internal and external elites for the conflict
Speaking on 25 June 2020, when he launched the official start of activities leading to Mozambique’s 45th anniversary of national independence, President Filipe Nyusi blamed the insurgency in the northern province on what he termed “internal and external elites.” He pledged that the country would not be blackmailed into a deadly war by sponsored terrorists.

The Bishop of Pemba has received death threats
Mozambique’s Bishop of Pemba, Fernando Lisboa, has been outspoken in courageously speaking on behalf of the poor in Cabo Delgado. He has said, in the past, that the Government could do more to protect the people. For being the voice of the voiceless, the Brazilian-born Bishop has received criticism and even death threats from all manner of people.
 .FULL Text Source- Vatican News. va

Novena to the Queenship of Mary with Salve Regina or Hail Holy Queen - Powerful Prayers to Share!

Novena to the Queenship of Mary
Come, let us adore Christ the King who has crowned His Mother as Queen of the Universe!
Glory to the Father...
Virgin Mary, most noble Queen of the world, plead for peace and salvation in our behalf, for you have brought forth Christ the Lord, the Savior of us all.
Hail Mary...
Hail, Mother of Christ, companion in His sufferings, Queen of the whole world!
Hail Mary....
You are kind and lovable in your splendor, holy Mother of God!  Show me your face.  Let your words sound in my ears, for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful.  Turn to us in your beauty and loveliness!  Come forth in majesty and reign!
Hail Mary...
"Behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed, because he who is mighty has done great things for me." (Luke 1:48)
(Say the prayers above for 9 days)

Other Prayers to Mary

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus:
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.

O Queen of all the virgin choir,
Enthroned above the starry sky,
Who with thy bosom's milk didst feed
Thine own Creator, Lord most high.
What man had lost in hapless Eve
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the wretched here beneath
Have opened Heav'n's eternal doors.
O hail, resplendent Hall of light,
Hail, Gate sublime of Heav'n's high King!
Through thee redeemed to endless life,
Thy praises let all the nations sing!
O Jesus, born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee,
Praise to the Father Infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.
V. The Virgin Mary has been raised to the heavens.
R. She reigns with Christ forever.

Grant, we beg of you, O Lord, that we who celebrate the feastday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen, may merit, under her loving protection, to attain peace on this earth and glory in heaven.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.