Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Advent Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Lectionary: 199
Reading 1
MAL 3:1-4, 23-24
Thus says the Lord GOD:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.
Lo, I will send you
Elijah, the prophet,
Before the day of the LORD comes,
the great and terrible day,

 To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike
the land with doom.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 25:4-5AB, 8-9, 10 AND 14
R. (see Luke 21:28)  Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.
R. Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
LK 1:57-66
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son. 
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her. 
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.” 
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” 
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. 
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?"
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
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 December 23 : St. John of Kanty of Poland who Distributed to the Poor all the Money and Clothes he had, Retaining only what was Absolutely Necessary

23 June 1390, Kęty, Oświęcim, Poland
24 December 1473, Kraków Academy
1767 by Pope Clement XIII
Born at Kenty, near Oswiecim, Diocese of Krakow, Poland, 1412 (or 1403); died at Krakow, 1473, and was buried there under the church of St. Anne; his feast is on 20 October. He was the son of Stanislaus and Anne who were pious country people; he received his primary education at his native town, and then being sent by his parents to the Academy of Krakow, he soon impressed his professors and colleagues with his pleasant and amiable disposition; always happy, but serious, humble, and godly, he won the hearts of all who came in contact with him. Having made excellent progress in the study of philosophical and theological sciences, he was graduated first as bachelor, then as master and doctor, was ordained priest and then appointed professor of theology at the Academy of Krakow, from where he was sent, after a short time, by his superiors to Olkusz, Diocese of Krakow, to be parish priest. Being afraid of the great responsibility of parish work, he very soon left the parish, and was again appointed professor of Sacred Scripture at the Academy of Krakow, which position he held without interruption until his death. As testified by Michael Miechowita, the medieval Polish historian and the saint's first biographer, extreme humility and charity were conspicuous in his life; he took as his motto:
Conturbare cave: non est placare suave,
Infamare cave; nam revocare grave.
He distributed to the poor all the money and clothes he had, retaining only what was absolutely necessary to support himself. He slept but little, and on the floor, ate very sparingly, and was a total abstainer from meat after he became a doctor. He made one pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the desire of becoming a martyr among the Turks, and four pilgrimages to Rome on foot. During his life he performed various miracles, which were multiplied after his death at his tomb. He was canonized by Clement XIII in 1767. The Roman Breviary distinguishes him with three hymns; he is the only confessor not a bishop who is thus honoured.
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia

WATCH An Amazing Free Short Movie that will bring You to Heaven - The Veil Removed

An amazing short film ‘The Veil Removed’ is has gone viral online - having been seen over a Million times.

It opens to people the miraculous event in all of history: Christ’s sacrifice on the cross at Mass. This timeless continual sacrifice that transcends time and space itself. It unites the heavenly world with the natural world.

At each Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Christ’s Sacrifice of the Cross is renewed, and we become present to that same timeless event that happened 2,000 years ago.

At the consecration of the bread and wine in the Mass, the entire congregation also become spiritually present at the foot of the Cross.

2 of Pope Francis' closest Cardinals Test Positive for COVID-19 - Cardinal Krajewski, who helped the poor, and Cardinal Bertello

Two cardinals close to Pope Francis have contracted Covid-19. The  Papal social officer Cardinal Krajewski has the onset of pneumonia and is in the Gemelli Clinic - Cardinal Bertello also tested positive for the Corona virus. The Curia Cardinals Konrad Krajewski and Giuseppe Bertello have tested positive for COVID-19 and are feeling sick, according to reports from Italian media. As "La Repubblica" and "La Stampa" report, Krajewski (57) is being treated in the Roman Gemelli clinic for symptoms of pneumonia. The Polish cardinal had previously tested positive for the corona virus. The President of the Vatican State Administration, the Italian Giuseppe Bertello (78), is said to have also tested positive for the virus, according to the reports. Both cardinals belong to the immediate circle of Pope Francis: Bertello is a member of the Cardinal Council, Krajewski as almsman, who helps the poor. The Polish Cardinal and his team were often out on the streets of Rome helping the homeless and other people in need.

#BreakingNews Priest Injured during Large Fire at Historic Rectory of St. John's Catholic Church

A Catholic priest  was injured in fire while trying to extinguish flames in church rectory.   According to WCVB, the priest was injured early Monday, December 21, 2020 when the fire went through a church rectory in Townsend, Massachusetts, USA.  

The fire started at 2 a.m. inside the rectory of St. John's Church on School Street.  Father Jeremy St. Martin was taken to a hospital to be treated for burns. Fire officials said he tried to extinguish the flames. He was treated and released. “He heard the smoke detectors going off, came downstairs discovered the fire tried and to put it out with a fire extinguisher,” Townsend Fire Department Chief Mark Boynton said. The fire quickly grew out of control and destroyed the building, which is more than 100 years old. “I’m happy that everyone is OK, but I’m heartbroken for the building and the memories,” Sue Dye said. The fire did not damage the church. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Edited from https://www.wcvb.com/

Wow Breathtaking Acappella version of "O Holy Night" in an Empty Church by Home Free - Share with a Friend!

Home Free’s version of "O Holy Night" is amazing singing a cappella in this beautiful church. Founded in 2000’s by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp, Home Free puts anyone in the Christmas spirit with this classic - and a Reminder to Fill the Churches Everywhere not just at Christmas but year round!
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Christmas Novena : Day 6 : Official with Plenary Indulgence - Powerful Prayers to Share!

A novena is a prayer said over 9 days. 
See links below for the full prayers for the nine days.
It can be said 9 days before or for 9 days after Christmas. (or anytime during the Christmas Season)
This is the Day 5 prayer (Days 1-9 are linked below)
Opening Prayer:
V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

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

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.

Day 6 Prayers

The Adoration of the Kings
O most sweet infant Jesus, who was made known
to the three kings, who worshipped you as you lie on
Mary's breast, and offered you the mystical presents
of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, 0 Lord. Have mercy on us.
Hail Mary...

Day 1: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/official-novena-for-christmas-day-1.html
Day 2: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/novena-for-christmas-day-2-plenary.html
Day 3: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-3-plenary.html
Day 4: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-4-plenary.html
Day 5: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-5-plenary.html
Day 6: http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/12/christmas-novena-day-6-plenary.html
Day 7:
Day 8:
Day 9: 

NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.