Monday, September 14, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Your Virtual Church

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Lectionary: 444/639 - Reading 1
1 COR 12:12-14, 27-31A
Brothers and sisters:
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
Now the body is not a single part, but many.
Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.
Some people God has designated in the Church
to be, first, Apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers;
then, mighty deeds;
then gifts of healing, assistance, administration,
and varieties of tongues.
Are all Apostles?  Are all prophets?  Are all teachers?
Do all work mighty deeds?  Do all have gifts of healing?
Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret?
Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5
R. (3) We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
For he is good, the LORD, 
whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations. 
R. We are his people: the sheep of his flock.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary;
without dying you won the Martyr’s crown
beneath the Cross of the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
JN 19:25-27
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.


Lk 2:33-35

Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
and you yourself a sword will pierce
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Prayer to Make a 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

Feast September 15 : Our Lady of Sorrows - Remembering how Mary Suffered with Jesus

The object of these feasts is the spiritual martyrdom of the Mother of God and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son.
(1) The seven founders of the Servite Order, in 1239, five years after they established themselves on Monte Senario, took up the sorrows of Mary, standing under the Cross, as the principal
devotion of their order. The corresponding feast, however, did not originate with them; its celebration was enacted by a provincial synod of Cologne (1413) to expiate the crimes of the iconoclast Hussites; it was to be kept on the Friday after the third Sunday after Easter under the title: "Commemoratio augustix et doloris B. Marix V.". Its object was exclusively the sorrow of Mary during the Crucifixion and Death of Christ. Before the sixteenth century this feast was limited to the dioceses of North Germany, Scandinavia, and Scotland. Being termed "Compassio" or "Transfixio", "Commendatio, Lamentatio B.M.V.", it was kept at a great variety of dates, mostly during Eastertide or shortly after Pentacost, or on some fixed day of a month (18 July, Merseburg; 19 July, Halberstadt, Lxbeck, Meissen; 20 July, Naumberg; cf. Grotefend, "Zeitrechnung", II, 2, 166). Dreves and Blume (Analecta hymnica) have published a large number of rhythmical offices, sequences and hymns for the feast of the Compassion, which show that from the end of the fifteenth century in several dioceses the scope of this feast was widened to commemorate either five dolours, from the imprisonment to the burial of Christ, or seven dolours, extending over the entire life of Mary (cf. XXIV, 122-53; VIII, 51 sq.; X, 79 sq., etc.). Towards the end of the end of the sixteenth century the feast spread over part of the south of Europe; in 1506 it was granted to the nuns of the Annunciation under the title "Spasmi B.M.V.", Monday after Passion Sunday; in 1600 to the Servite nuns of Valencia, "B.M.V. sub pede Crucis", Friday before Palm Sunday. After 1600 it became popular in France and was termed "Dominx N. de Pietate", Friday before Palm Sunday. To this latter date the feast was assigned for the whole German Empire (1674). By a Decree of 22 April 1727, Benedict XIII extended it to the entire Latin Church, under the title "Septem dolorum B.M.V.", although the Office and Mass retain the original character of the feast, the Compassion of Mary at the foot of the Cross. At both Mass and Office the "Stabat Mater" of Giacopone da Todi (1306) is sung.
(2) The second feast was granted to the Servites, 9 June and 15 September, 1668, double with an octave for the third Sunday in September. Its object of the seven dolours of Mary (according to the responsories of Matins: the sorrow
at the prophecy of Simeon;
at the flight into Egypt;
having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem;
meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary;
standing at the foot of the Cross;
Jesus being taken from the Cross;
at the burial of Christ.
This feast was extended to Spain (1735); to Tuscany (double of the second class with an octave, 1807). After his return from his exile in France Pius VII extended the feast to the Latin Church (18 September, 1814), major double); it was raised to the rank of a double of the second class, 13 May, 1908. The Servites celebrate it as a double of the first class with an octave and a vigil. Also in the Passionate Order, at Florence and Granada (N.S. de las Angustias), its rank is double of the first class with an octave. The hymns which are now used in the Office of this feast were probably composed by the Servite Callisto Palumbella (eighteenth century). On the devotion, cf. Kellner, "Heortology", p. 271. The old title of the "Compassio" is preserved by the Diocese of Hildesheim in a simple feast, Saturday after the octave of Corpus Christi. A feast, "B.M.V. de pietate", with a beautiful medieval office, is kept in honour of the sorrowful mother at Goa in India and Braga in Portugal, on the third Sunday of October; in the ecclesiastical province of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, last Sunday of May, etc. (cf. the corresponding calendars). A special form of devotion is practised in Spanish-speaking countries under the term of "N.S. de la Soledad", to commemorate the solitude of Mary on Holy Saturday. Its origin goes back to Queen Juana, lamenting the early death of her husband Philip I, King of Spain (1506).
To the oriental churches these feasts are unknown; the Catholic Ruthenians keep a feast of the sorrowful Mother on Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi. Text Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia

#BreakingNews Death Toll Rises from Horrific Fires in the US and Destruction of Thousands of Homes

The Death Toll has risen to 33 people killed by the many wildfires in 3 US States. The search for survivors is on as wildfires rage in 3 western U.S. states, Califoria, Washington State and Oregon.
The fires have destroyed thousands of homes and half-dozen small towns, they have killed at least 33 people, with many missing.
Dozens of people are still missing, and authorities in both states fear that the receding flames could reveal many more dead across the states.
Millions of hectares have burned in weeks and "mass fatality" incidents are feared in Oregon.

Wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington state have destroyed thousands of homes and left a scorching a landscape the size of New Jersey since early August.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown called the horrific fires a "once-in-a-generation event," and the director of Oregon's office of emergency management, Andrew Phelps, said authorities were bracing for the possibility of "mass fatality" incidents.

"There are going to be a number of fatalities, folks that just couldn't get warning in time and couldn't evacuate their homes and get to safety," Phelps told MSNBC on Friday.

At least six people have been killed this week in Oregon, according to state officials.

Twenty-seven fires were still raging across 1.47 million acres (594,000 hectares) in Oregon and Washington on Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management said on Twitter.
In California, tens of thousands of firefighters were battling 28 major wildfires .

Smoke from distant fires in U.S. poses 'very high risk' for air quality in B.C, Canada.

Thick smoke and ash from the fires have covered the sky over the Pacific Northwest since Labour Day, making it some of the world's worst air-quality levels and driving residents indoors.

More than 4,000 homes and other structures have been incinerated in California alone over the past three weeks.

Edited from CBC

Pro-Life March for Life Announces Theme "Together Strong: Life Unites" and Says "We will march again this year,” - Join the March!

In the United States, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers come together yearly for the March for Life in Washington, DC, to oppose abortion.

This year due to COVID-19, participants wear masks and keep a distance from one another.

“Listen, we marched during the blizzard of 2016, we’ve marched during government shutdowns, we marched after 9/11, we will march again this year,” Mancini said. “We’ve marched for 47 years, and no sacrifice is too great to fight this human rights abuse of abortion.” (according to

March for Life held a virtual event announcing a unity and diversity theme for the event to support the right to life of of unborn babies. Their theme was announced as 2021 March for Life: Together Strong: Life Unites.

Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life, was joined by a different of leaders from various organizations across the nation to announce this theme.  Each person has critical role to play in building a culture of life. The diversity of unique gifts and talents is truly the strength of the pro-life movement.

“People from all different walks of life, faiths, colors, and backgrounds are united in the belief that life has inherent human dignity,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life. “This year’s theme highlights diversity as the true strength of the pro-life movement and how our commitment to life has the power to unify. The world today is divided, but the pro-life movement is working for the day that abortion, one of the most fundamentally divisive acts, becomes unthinkable.”

The March for Life also announced that Matthew West, the GMA Dove Award®-winning and GRAMMY Award®-nominated artist/songwriter, will be performing at this year’s March for Life Rally. Matthew West’s music has inspired and united people from around the world. Matthew West explained, “I am honored to be performing at the March for Life. This is an important event and I look forward to proudly lifting my voice along with thousands of people from all walks of life as we gather together in Washington D.C. and send this message loud and clear: I believe every life deserves a voice. Every child deserves a chance.”
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Quote to SHARE by St. John Vianney - "I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the cross than in serving the world..."

"I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the cross than in serving the world and it's pleasures."
St. John Vianney.

US Bishops' Affirm Right to Shelter for All and Commend Improvements to HUD Rule

Bishop Chairmen Affirm Right to Shelter for All, Commend Improvements to HUD Rule
SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— Today the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted public comment on a proposed regulation modifying the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “Equal Access Rule” for temporary and emergency shelters. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop David A. Konderla of Tulsa, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, issued the following statement:

“Our Catholic faith teaches that housing is a universal and inviolable right of all persons. This right must be available to all people, and we have a particular concern for individuals who are most vulnerable. We advocate for this just as Catholic service providers endeavor to meet the needs of all who come to their doors. In this way, we pursue the imperative work of mercy that Jesus made known in saying ‘I was . . . a stranger and you welcomed me.’

“The regulation proposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, modifying rules with respect to sex-specific accommodations, poses considerations affecting the well-being of, and service to, the poor. Though not perfect nor answering all questions, it is a step in the right direction toward improving flexibility while respecting all persons’ right to basic shelter, for which we are grateful.

“Because individual shelters function under varying circumstances, have different facilities and resources, and may have specialized programming or work with distinctly vulnerable persons, ‘one-size-fits-all’ mandates may not always be appropriate. Flexibility for personnel to ensure shelters and their arrangements are as beneficial as possible for all persons, while remaining faithful to the truths that motivate their service, is important.”

The full text of the USCCB comment letter may be accessed at:

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Refugees from Eritrea Suffer Starvation, Slavery, and Trafficking as Refugee Camp Closes

AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - The odyssey of Eritrean refugees, forced to starve, rejected, victims of traffickers
Thursday, 10 September 2020

Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) - Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia run the risk of being repatriated. The government of Addis Ababa no longer considers them in need of humanitarian protection. At the same time, Ethiopia no longer plans to welcome women, children and men fleeing the Asmara regime in refugee camps (unless they are somehow linked to the Eritrean armed forces). This is what Abba Mussie Zerai, a priest of the eparchy of Asmara and has always been sensitive to the problems of refugees and displaced persons from the Horn of Africa, reported to Agenzia Fides. We are currently experiencing a delicate situation, a consequence of the agreement signed in 2018 between the two nations. What was hoped could be an agreement capable of guaranteeing peace and development in the region, is in fact turning into a nightmare for many Eritreans who cannot return to their homeland.
"This situation and the closure of one of the four refugee camps which hosts over 15,000 people - explains Abba Mussie - has produced many urban refugees without any form of protection without rights. In Tigrai (the northern region bordering Eritrea) thousands of Eritreans often reduced to hunger, are exposed to all forms of exploitation and abuse. The most vulnerable people are women and minors, especially unaccompanied minors, many left to themselves, with the risk of ending up victims of sexual predators, reduced to slavery work. This situation is increasing desperation creating the conditions for those who traffick human beings, the exodus to Sudan and Libya is increasing all due to the bad conditions of non-reception they find today in Ethiopia".
Refugees who have arrived near urban centers also suffer. In addition to the loss of rights, they also have to face the pandemic and the very high cost of living. Eritreans are thus victims of exploitation, prostitution and deprivation.
"We appeal to the Ethiopian government to respect the international obligations deriving from its adherence to the conventions that protect the rights of children and the rights of refugees", concludes Abba Mussie. "We ask the European Union to invest resources in order to welcome these Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia with dignity. Otherwise the exodus to Europe will increase, with the sad death toll in the desert and in the Mediterranean Sea". (EC) (FULL TEXT Source: Agenzia Fides, 10/9/2020)

Catholic Chaldean Patriarch Supports Government's Fight Against Corruption in Iraq

Asia News reports that the Chaldean patriarch backs government’s fight against corruption and sectarian violence
Prime Minister Mustafa al- Kadhimi has launched a campaign to reform Iraq, targeting criminal groups and divisive militias. The latter are going after the government via targeted attacks and operations. For Card Sako, it is necessary to stop "confusion, anarchy and corruption", which help only those who want to keep the country "unstable".

Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and his government are trying to build "a strong state and army" to counter violence, corruption and force the country’s militias "to hand over their weapons,” said the Chaldean Patriarch, Card Louis Raphael Sako, speaking to AsiaNews.

For the Chaldean primate, the Iraqi government and the country’s leaders appear united in their resolve to fight "against crime, kidnappings, ethnic and sectarian tensions" and stop “those who operate outside the laws of the land.”

However, in recent weeks, the government's hopes to reform the country and boost the economy have met resistance from groups and militias that continue to sow violence and confusion.

According to an anonymous government source, “violent elements react when they see their economic and military interests threatened,” firing rockets or using propaganda.

On 3 September for example, the headquarters of the G4S security services company in Baghdad were attacked.

The action was not claimed by any group but elements close to Tehran have accused the US-British company of "complicity" in the elimination in early January of Qasem Soleimani, a major general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and commander of the Quds force.

Similarly, a few days ago, a World Food Program (WFP) convoy was attacked near Mosul, injuring a United Nations official.

The attack was apparently carried out by a so-called ‘Islamic Resistance’, a term applied to pro-Iranian groups, claiming that US spies were part of the UN convoy.

The prime minister "is not seeking a direct confrontation with these groups", but rather wants to "drain their sources of funding" by blocking "border crossings" and fighting corruption, said Kadhimi’s spokesperson Ahmad Mulla.

Despite the prime minister’s best efforts, for many security experts the situation in the country remains "dangerous" and the government should talk to the spiritual leaders of these groups in order to “to avert further clashes".

For Car Sako, speaking to AsiaNews, the government has shown “good will” in the fight against violence and corruption. "They have a vision, a project, and it is important that politicians on all sides support the prime minister in this policy,” the cardinal explained.

The goal is to end once and for all to "this confusion and anarchy,” which benefits only those who "want to keep the country unstable".

In the past, these factions and militias “have controlled ports and airports, like in Basra, and customs,” said the primate of the Chaldean Church.

The Church “supports and encourages this work and expresses its closeness” to the authorities since, among other reasons, actions are following words and announcements.

In addition to taking ports and airports away from the control of the militias, the government has promoted a campaign of "moralisation" in the public sector, going after those who have unduly accumulated up to three or four salaries.

"Our hope is that this all-out fight against corruption and malfeasance will be followed up,” said the prelate.

FULL TEXT Source: Asia News IT

Litany of the Holy Cross - Powerful Prayers Remembering the Sufferings of Jesus

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Cross, whereon the Lamb of God was offered for the sins of the world,
Deliver and save us.

Hope of Christians,
Save us, O Holy Cross*

Pledge of the resurrection from the dead,*
Shelter of persecuted innocence,*
Guide of the blind,*
Way of those who have gone astray,*
 Staff of the lame,*
Consolation of the poor,*
Restraint of the powerful,*
Destruction of the proud,*
Refuge of sinners,*
Trophy of victory over hell,*
Terror of demons,*
Mistress of youth,*
Succor of the distressed,*
Hope of the hopeless,*
Star of the mariner,*
Harbor of the wrecked,*
Rampart of the besieged,*
Father of orphans,*
Defense of widows,*
Counsel of the just,*
Judge of the wicked,*
Rest of the afflicted,*
Safeguard of childhood,*
Strength of manhood,*
Last hope of the aged,*
Light of those who sit in darkness,*
Splendor of kings,*
Civilizer of the world,*
Buckler impenetrable,*
Wisdom of the foolish,*
Liberty of slaves,*
Knowledge of the ignorant,*
Sure rule of life,*
Heralded by prophets,*
Preached by apostles,*
Glory of martyrs,*
Study of anchorites,*
Chastity of virgins,*
Joy of priests,*
Foundation of the Church,*
Salvation of the world,*
Destruction of idolatry,*
Stumbling-block of the Jews,*
Condemnation of the ungodly,*
Support of the weak,*
Medicine of the sick,*
Health of the leprous,*
Strength of the paralytic,*
Bread of the hungry,*
Fountain of those that thirst,*
Clothing of the naked,*

Lamb of God, Who wast offered on the cross for the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who wast offered on the cross for the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who wast offered on the cross for the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

V. We adore the, O Christ, and we bless Thee.
R. Because through Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Let us Pray:

O God, Who, for the redemption of the world, wast pleased to be born in a stable, and to die upon a cross; O Lord Jesus Christ, by Thy holy Sufferings, which we, Thy unworthy servants, devoutly call to mind, by Thy holy Cross, and by Thy Death, deliver us from the pains of hell, and vouchsafe to conduct us whither thou didst conduct the thief who was crucified with Thee. Who livest and reignest eternally in heaven.     Amen.