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Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

 Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 505
Reading 1
RV 15:1-4
I, John, saw in heaven another sign, great and awe-inspiring:
seven angels with the seven last plagues,
for through them God’s fury is accomplished.
Then I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire.
On the sea of glass were standing those
who had won the victory over the beast
and its image and the number that signified its name.
They were holding God’s harps,
and they sang the song of Moses, the servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and wonderful are your works,
Lord God almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O king of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
or glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All the nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Responsorial Psalm
PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 7-8, 9
R. (Rev. 15: 3b) Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy.
R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
Before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
RV 2:10C
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Remain faithful until death,
and I will give you the crown of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
LK 21:12-19
Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
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

Saint November 25 : St. Catherine of Alexandria - a Martyr at age 18 and Patron of Educators, Librarians, Mechanics, Nurses, Philosophers, Secretaries, Unmarried


287, Alexandria, Egypt
305, Alexandria, Egypt
Major Shrine:
Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai
Patron of:
Aalsum, apologists, craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners, etc.), archivists, dying people, educators, girls, jurists, knife sharpeners, lawyers, librarians, libraries, maidens, mechanics, millers, nurses, philosophers, preachers, scholars, schoolchildren, scribes, secretaries, spinsters, stenographers, students, tanners, teachers, theologians, University of Paris, unmarried girls, haberdashers, wheelwrights

A virgin and martyr whose feast is celebrated in the Latin Church and in the various Oriental churches on 25 November, and who for almost six centuries was the object of a very popular devotion. Of noble birth and learned in the sciences, when only eighteen years old, Catherine presented herself to the Emperor Maximinus who was violently persecuting the Christians, upbraided him for his cruelty and endeavoured to prove how iniquitous was the worship of false gods. Astounded at the young girl's audacity, but incompetent to vie with her in point of learning the tyrant detained her in his palace and summoned numerous scholars whom he commanded to use all their skill in specious reasoning that thereby Catherine might be led to apostatize. But she emerged from the debate victorious. Several of her adversaries, conquered by her eloquence, declared themselves Christians and were at once put to death. Furious at being baffled, Maximinus had Catherine scourged and then imprisoned. Meanwhile the empress, eager to see so extraordinary a young woman, went with Porphyry, the head of the troops, to visit her in her dungeon, when they in turn yielded to Catherine's exhortations, believed, were baptized, and immediately won the martyr's crown. Soon afterwards the saint, who far from forsaking her Faith, effected so many conversions, was condemned to die on the wheel, but, at her touch, this instrument of torture was miraculously destroyed. The emperor, enraged beyond control, then had her beheaded and angels carried her body to Mount Sinai where later a church and monastery were built in her honour. So far the Acts of St. Catherine.
 Unfortunately we have not these acts in their original form, but transformed and distorted by fantastic and diffuse descriptions which are entirely due to the imagination of the narrators who cared less to state authentic facts than to charm their readers by recitals of the marvellous. The importance attached throughout the Middle Ages to the legend of this martyr accounts for the eagerness and care with which in modern times the ancient Greek, Latin and Arabic texts containing it have been perused and studied, and concerning which critics have long since expressed their opinion, one which, in all likelihood, they will never have to retract. Several centuries ago when devotion to the saints was stimulated by the reading of extraordinary hagiographical narrations, the historical value of which no one was qualified to question, St. Catherine was invested by Catholic peoples with a halo of charming poetry and miraculous power.
Ranked with St. Margaret and St. Barbara as one of the fourteen most helpful saints in heaven, she was unceasingly praised by preachers and sung by poets. It is a well-known fact that Bossuet dedicated to her one of his most beautiful panegyrics and that Adam of Saint-Victor wrote a magnificent poem in her honour: "Vox Sonora nostri chori", etc. In many places her feast was celebrated with the utmost solemnity, servile work being suppressed and the devotions being attended by great numbers of people. In several dioceses of France it was observed as a Holy Day of obligation up to the beginning of the seventeenth century, the splendour of its ceremonial eclipsing that of the feasts of some of the Apostles. Numberless chapels were placed under her patronage and her statue was found in nearly all churches, representing her according to medieval iconography with a wheel, her instrument of torture. Whilst, owing to several circumstances in his life, St. Nicholas of Myra, was considered the patron of young bachelors and students, St. Catherine became the patroness of young maidens and female students. Looked upon as the holiest and most illustrious of the virgins of Christ, it was but natural that she, of all others, should be worthy to watch over the virgins of the cloister and the young women of the world.
The spiked wheel having become emblematic of the saint, wheelwrights and mechanics placed themselves under her patronage. Finally, as according to tradition, she not only remained a virgin by governing her passions and conquered her executioners by wearying their patience, but triumphed in science by closing the mouths of sophists, her intercession was implored by theologians, apologists, pulpit orators, and philosophers. Before studying, writing, or preaching, they besought her to illumine their minds, guide their pens, and impart eloquence to their words. This devotion to St. Catherine which assumed such vast proportions in Europe after the Crusades, received additional eclat in France in the beginning of the fifteenth century, when it was rumoured that she had appeared to Joan of Arc and, together with St. Margaret, had been divinely appointed Joan's adviser.
Although contemporary hagiographers look upon the authenticity of the various texts containing the legend of St. Catherine as more than doubtful, it is not therefore meant to cast even the shadow of a doubt around the existence of the saint. But the conclusion reached when these texts have been carefully studied is that, if the principal facts forming the outline are to be accepted as true, the multitude of details by which these facts are almost obscured, most of the wonderful narratives with which they are embellished, and the long discourses that are put into the mouth of St. Catherine, are to be rejected as inventions, pure and simple.
An example will illustrate. Although all these texts mention the miraculous translations of the saint's body to Mount Sinai, the itineraries of the ancient pilgrims who visited Sinai do not contain the slightest allusion to it. Even in the eighteenth century Dom Deforis, the Benedictine who prepared an edition of Bossuet's works, declared the tradition followed by this orator in his panegyric on the saint, to be in a great measure false, and it was just at this time that the feast of St. Catherine disappeared from the Breviary of Paris. Since then devotion to the virgin of Alexandria has lost all its former popularity. SOURCE The Catholic Encyclopedia

VIDEO of Pope Francis' Meeting with 5 NBA Basketball Players and a Gift of a Golden Basketball

The Vatican website reported that Pope Francis met with a delegation from the National Basketball Players Association in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.
The five star players present were, Kyle Korver, Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Anthony Tolliver and Jonathan Isaac.
They discussed their different social projects with the Holy Father.
“We all have so many things that are wrong with us and that are wrong with our society, and we see it and we know it.” Pope Francis expressed his thanks to them for using basketball as a means to help social problems. He also thanked them for setting an example of teamwork.
Pope Francis said, “The beauty of athletes is that they are great, but to be part of a team, they always remain humble.”
These athletes brought a gift to the Pope as he accepted this golden Spalding basketball.
“Thank you, thanks so much.”
“Thank you for having us.”
“This is a book put together, you know, by the players association, of mediator things that us players have done to use our voices and to fight for equality, unity, justice.”
Jonathan Isaac gave him an autographed jersey...
“This is on behalf of the Orlando Magic and myself. Just the signed-- my jersey.”
“Yes, that's me.”
...and a gift from J.U.M.P Ministries Global Church in Orlando, which the pope blessed.
Edited from ESPN and Romereports

Wow Christ the King Statue in Poland is the Largest in the World - made the Guinness book of Records - SHARE to Inspire!

Christ the King (Polish: Pomnik Chrystusa Króla, lit. Monument of Christ the King) statue of Jesus Christ is located in Świebodzin, western Poland. It was completed on 6 November 2010. The figure is 33 metres (108 ft) tall, the crown is 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall, and with its mound, it reaches 52.5 metres (172 ft). Five years were spent in construction and the costs were approximately $1.5 million to build. This was collected from donations of the 21,000 residents of the town and led by Sylwester Zawadzki, a retired Polish priest. It is the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. The statue was built on a 16.5 metre embankment of stones and rubble. Christ the King has a height of 33 metres, representing Jesus' age at his death.The Crown of the temple is 3.5 metres in diameter and 2 m in height. It weighs 440 tons. Each hand is 6 m in length and the distance between the ends of the fingers is 24 metres. It is made of concrete and fibreglass. This statue is 3 meters taller than the better known Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, standing at 30.1 metres (99 ft) tall. The design was primarily produced by Mirosław Kazimierz Patecki and the technical design by Assoc. Jakub Marcinowski and Assoc. Mikołaj Kłapeć. The clothing and the arms of the statue were designed by Tomasz Stafiniak and Krzysztof Nawojski. Marian Wybraniec, was responsible for the design of the foundations. The construction work was undertaken by staff employed by the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Świebodzin. Construction began on 29 September 2006 when the city council of Świebodzin passed a resolution on the establishment of Christ the King. This is the largest statue of Jesus according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Edited from Wikipedia - and ChristianPost

Pope Francis Authorizes Decrees and Recognizes a Miracle Bringing 134 People Closer to Sainthood - Including a Group of 127 Martyrs

 Pope Francis authorizes 8 decrees regarding candidates to sainthood which brings 134 persons closer to sainthood.
According to Vatican News the Pope has authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate 8 decrees, including a decree on the martyrdom of 127 Spaniards.  Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the Prefect of the Congregation, on Monday presented the causes to the Pope, who approved them. 
Among them is a decree on a miracle attributed to the intercession of Italian Venerable Servant of God Mario Ciceri, a diocesan priest of Milan Archdiocese.  He was born on September 8, 1900 in Veduggio (Italy) and died on April 4, 1945 in Brentana di Sulbiate (Italy).  This clears him for beatification with the title Blessed.
127 Spanish martyrs
The decree on martyrdom concerns the Servants of God Father Juan Elia Medina, a diocesan priest and his 126 companions, priests, religious and lay persons of the Diocese of Cordoba, Spain.  They were killed in “hatred of the Faith” during the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939.   These martyrs have now been cleared for beatification with the title Blessed. 
6 decrees on heroic virtues
The decree on heroic virtues of the following servants of God confers on them the title Venerable:
- Italian Servant of God Fortunato Maria Farina, bishop of Troia and Foggia.  He was born on March 8, 1881 in Baronissi (Italy) and died on February 20, 1954 in Foggia (Italy).
- Spanish Servant of God Andres Manjón y Manjón, a priest of Granada Archdiocese and founder of Ave Maria Schools.  He was born on November 30, 1846 in Sargentes de Lora (Spain) and died on July 10 1923, in Granada.
- Servant of God Alfonso Ugolini, a priest of the Italian Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla.  Born on August 22, 1908 in Thionville (France), he died in Sassuolo (Italy) on 25 October 1999.
-  Italian Servant of God Maria Francesca Ticchi (born Clemenza Adelaide Cesira), professed nun of the Capuchin Poor Clares.  Born on April 23, 1887 in Belforte all'Isauro (Italy) she died on June 20, 1922 in Mercatello sul Metauro (Italy).
-  Italian Servant of God Maria Carola Cecchin (born Fiorina), a professed religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Benedetto Cottolengo.  She was born April 3, 1877 in Cittadella (Italy) and died on a steamer on November 1, 1925 while returning from Kenya to Italy.
- Italian Servant of God Maria Francesca Giannetto (born Carmela), a professed religious of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.   Born on 30 April, 1902 in Camaro Superiore (Italy).  She died there on February 16 1930.