Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Wednesday after Epiphany
Lectionary: 214
Reading I
1 Jn 4:11-18
Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also must love one another. 
No one has ever seen God. 
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
that he has given us of his Spirit. 
 Moreover, we have seen and testify
that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. 
Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God remains in him and he in God. 
We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.
God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 
In this is love brought to perfection among us,
that we have confidence on the day of judgment
because as he is, so are we in this world. 
There is no fear in love,
but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
Responsorial Psalm
72:1-2, 10, 12-13
R.    (see 11)  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R.    Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts;
the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.
R.    Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R.    Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
See 1 Tm 3:16
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to you, O Christ, proclaimed to the Gentiles.
Glory to you, O Christ, believed in throughout the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mk 6:45-52
After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied,
Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida,
while he dismissed the crowd. 
And when he had taken leave of them,
he went off to the mountain to pray. 
When it was evening,
the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore. 
Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing,
for the wind was against them. 
About the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea. 
He meant to pass by them.  
But when they saw him walking on the sea,
they thought it was a ghost and cried out. 
They had all seen him and were terrified. 
But at once he spoke with them,
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” 
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. 
They were completely astounded. 
They had not understood the incident of the loaves. 
On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
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
Image : The Star of Bethlehem by Edward Burne-Jones in 1887 - Google Images

Saint January 6 : St. André Bessette a Brother and Builder of the Largest Church to St. Joseph in the World

 Holy Cross Brother, known as "Frere Andre," has been associated with thousands of cures. He was the founder of St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Canada, which is the world's largest shrine in honor of St. Joseph. He died at the age of 91, then it was estimated that close to a million people came to the Oratory to pay their last respects.

AUGUST 09, 1845
 Birth of Alfred Bessette on Grand-Bois Lane in Saint-Grégoire d’Iberville, son of Isaac Bessette and Clothilde Foisy. The very next day, he is baptised in the “chapel/rectory” of Saint-Grégoire Parish by Father Pierre-Albert Sylvestre. 
1850 The Bessette family moves to Farnham, Québec. Tragically, Isaac dies, crushed under an axed tree, February 20, 1855. His wife Clothilde dies on November 20, 1857.Alfred, aged 12, moves to Saint-Césaire and receives the Sacrament of Confirmation by Bishop Prince, Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe. A photo of Alfred is taken for the occasion. Alfred works on a farm, and tries his hand (without much success) at the trades of 1863 Alfred emigrates to the United States and works in textile mills in Connecticut and possibly in Massachusetts and in Rhode Island. 1867 He returns to Quebec. After a stop in Sutton and then in Farnham, he settles at Saint-Césaire where he connects with the pastor, Father André Provençal who introduces him to the idea of religious life. 
DECEMBER 27, 1870 Alfred becomes a postulant of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Montreal. On December 27, he enters the novitiate; from then on he is known as Brother André, CSC, in memory of Father André Provençal. 
 DECEMBER 20, 1871 He is given the obedience of “doorkeeper, infirmarian, and lamp tender” at Collège Notre-Dame. His duties also include running errands, caring for the garden, cutting students’ hair, managing the laundry and working as general factotum. 1872 
AUGUST 22, 1872 He makes first vows. 1874
 FEBRUARY 02, 1874 Brother André pronounces his final vows at the age of 28 and a half years. 1878 He greets sick people in the lobby of the school, provoking scorn, complaints, and controversy. 
1878 Publication in a French magazine of anecdotal cures by a Brother André using oil taken from a lamp.
 1896 Purchase by the Congregation of Holy Cross of the mountain property across the street from the Collège. Brother André dreams of putting up a wayside chapel there, dedicated to Saint Joseph. 1904 OCTOBER 19, 1904 Blessing of a modest chapel: Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is founded. 1909 Assigned as full-time caretaker of Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Brother André leaves the Collège after almost 40 years of service. From 1909 to 1936, he greets thousands at his Oratory office, who come seeking hope, reassurance, or even healing. JANUARY 06, 1937 Death of Brother André at 91 years of age, at the hospital in Saint-Laurent. A million persons file past Brother André’s coffin from January 6 to 12. NOVEMBER 07, 1940 Opening the cause for the beatification of Brother André. 
NOVEMBER 09, 1960 Decree concerning the introduction of the cause in the Roman Tribunal, by Pope John XXIII. JUNE 12, 1978 Paul VI declares Brother André “Venerable”, thereby recognizing the heroicity of the virtues of the Servant of God. 1982 
MAY 23, 1982 Beatification of Brother André in Rome, by Pope John Paul II. 
OCTOBER 17, 2010 The solemn Rite of Canonization of Brother André in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI introduces Saint André Bessette to the Universal Church. Text shared from Oratory of St. Joseph

Pope Francis will not Celebrate Baptisms in Sistine Chapel but is Scheduled to Preside at Epiphany Mass

Vatican News reports that due to Covid-19 the Pope will not celebrate Baptisms in Sistine Chapel as per tradition.

Pope Francis was due to celebrate baptisms in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, 10 January, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Holy See’s Press Office announced on Tuesday this will not happen. 

“Due to the health situation, as a precautionary measure, the traditional baptism of children presided over by the Holy Father in the Sistine Chapel on the Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord will not be celebrated this year,”  

 the Holy See’s Press Office said in a brief note on Tuesday.

Instead, the baptisms will take place in the parishes to which they belong. 

Last year, Pope Francis baptized 32 infants (17 boys and 15 girls), all children of Vatican employees.

The Holy Father, is scheduled however, to preside at the January 6th Epiphany Mass. 

Over 75,000 people have died, from COVID-19, in Italy, the highest among European countries. With over 2.1 million total infections since the start of the pandemic, Italy ranks 4th after Russia, the UK and France.

A Beautiful Reflection on the Love that Jesus brings into Your Life from a Catholic Priest in the Philippines

Love, love, love….
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Tuesday after the Epiphany of the Lord, 05 January 2021
1 John 4:7-10      +   Mark 6:34-44
Dearest God our Father:
Today my heart has only two things to say:
First is, “Thank you for being love, for loving me!”
Beloved, let us love one another; because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:7-8
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote in his first encyclical Deus caritas est which was taken from this letter of the beloved disciple, that, what makes Christianity so unique of all other faith is the statement, God is love.
Indeed, in all the stories told about you in the Bible, in all our experiences in life, there is only one thing you have shown and given us from the very beginning that shall continue in eternity — LOVE.
The very coming of your Son Jesus Christ is all because of LOVE. Christmas is a story of love. Epiphany is also love.
It is all love, love, love… dear God! Please open our hearts, our senses to experience this love of yours you continue to pour upon us. Touch our hearts, open our minds, let us stop denying this truth that we are loved by You.
And so, my second prayer to you today is this: as a sign of thanksgiving, let me to share your love. Let me love like Jesus your Son, thinking more of others than myself – so unlike his apostles who wanted to send home the crowd hungry, worried at where to find food for them:
By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late. Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
Mark 6:35-36
Just for me to start thinking and feeling and acting like you when you saw the crowd like sheep without a shepherd (Mk.6:34, 37), worried for their spiritual and material hunger that you taught them so many things and then fed them with food is a good lesson to start loving like you.
O dear Jesus, fill me with your warmth and enthusiasm whenever I would look at you on the Cross so I may pass on the love you have given me to others. Amen.
Reprinted with Permission from Fr. Nicanor who Blogs at:

Ancient Prayer that is Said Every Day to Honor Jesus' Incarnation and Birth - The Angelus Explained - VIDEO

The Angelus prayer honors the moment when Jesus became flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary after she accepted and his physical birth. Some call the annunciation, on March 25, a "Little Christmas"; exactly 9 months before Christmas. The Angelus prayer, which commemorates this moment, was first mentioned in the 1200s by a Franciscan. This ancient prayer is now recited at 6am, 12pm and 6pm every day in honor of the the incarnation and birth of Jesus. King Louis the XI of France ordered it to be recited 3 times daily, in the year 1472.
Watch the Video below to hear the prayer:

 The Holy Father, Pope Francis, recites the Angelus publicly almost every Sunday at 12pm at the Vatican.  Pope Paul VI promoted this devotion in his Apostolic Exhortation - Marialis Cultus http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_p-vi_exh_19740202_marialis-cultus.html
Image: 1644 (ca) Philippe de Champaigne : Annunciation 

Here is how to pray the Angelus: (you can watch the video above everyday to hear the full prayer)
V/. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R/. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us, sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen
V/. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R/. Be it done unto me according to your Word.
Hail Mary…

V/. And the Word was made flesh,
R/. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…

V/. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts: that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pope Francis Prayer Intention for January 2021 - "At the Service of Human Fraternity" - "Let us pray that the Lord may give us the grace to live in full fellowship..." FULL TEXT + Video

The Pope's prayer Video for January, the first of 2021, was released on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.


The text of the January 2021 prayer intention: 

"When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs.

"We are brothers and sisters who pray.
"Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister, to share our lives or to support, to love, and to know each other.
 "The Church values God’s action in other religions, without forgetting that for us Christians, the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity, is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
"We believers must return to our sources and concentrate on what is essential. What is essential to our faith is the adoration of God and love of neighbor.
"Let us pray that the Lord may give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions and not fight each other, and praying for one another, open ourselves to all."

Head of the Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Church's New Year Message "We realized that indifference kills, and love of neighbor sustains..." Beatitude Sviatoslav

The Head of the UGCC greeted Ukrainians on new year occasion: 
Happy New Year, dear brothers and sisters! Happy New Year, Ukraine!

In the past year, we once again realized how important it is in our lives to meet another person. We were forced to reduce social contacts, but instead we were building our human relationships… The Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church thanked for 2020 and greeted "2020 is coming to an end," said the Primate of the UGCC in a special New Year's video greeting, "a year full of special experiences, difficulties and challenges, but also special blessings, discoveries and joy." This year we experienced and learned a lot for the first time. We have realized that human life is priceless, and human health cannot be valued by any money, economic benefits or political expediency."
According to him, we struggled with a disease not yet known to the world, but at the same time we saw the strength and victory of human solidarity in our lives.
"We realized," he said, "that indifference kills, and love of neighbor sustains, gives new hope, saves lives. This year we recognized the family as the home Church, where the Lord Creator and Savior Himself is present in our house. Our families became our home Church, where we prayed together, listened to God's Word, even consecrated our Easter baskets; they became a space where our lives and health could be saved, a sanctuary for human souls and bodies ...”
The Head of the Church also noted that in 2020 we also especially appreciated the art of medicine, the heroism of our doctors and medical workers who save patients at the cost of their own lives. We want to thank the Lord God for the past year, we want to thank for everything we have understood and learned.
"But we look with joy and light at the new year 2021, which we are entering. We feel that in the new year we will still be together, in one boat we will cross this sea of ​​life. Our Lord and Savior, who is coming to be born in Bethlehem of Judea, will be in that boat with us," His Beatitude Sviatoslav assured.
The Primate wished everyone God's blessing, optimism, strength and joy, so that we could really move forward together.
"Happy New Year to you, dear brothers and sisters! Happy New Year to you, Ukraine!” His Beatitude Sviatoslav greeted the Ukrainians.
The UGCC Department for Information

Pope Francis' Message to Taizé "...to open up to great ideals that make life more beautiful and dignified. Let us walk in hope "




Dear young people ,

For over forty years the Taizé community has been preparing a European meeting every year in a major city on the continent and several generations of young people have participated in it. Pope Francis is happy, again this year, to join you in thought and prayer. Not having the health situation allowed such a gathering this time, you have shown creativity and imagination: although distant, you are connected in a new way thanks to the new means of communication. And at the same time extend the meeting to young people from all continents. May these days, during which you pray together and support one another in faith and trust, help you "hope for favorable and unfavorable times", as the theme of the message that will accompany you throughout 2021 underlines.

The very fact of "meeting", even if exceptionally you do it in a virtual way, already places you on the path of hope. As the Holy Father reiterated in his encyclical Brothers All , “no one can face life in isolation. We need a community that supports us, that helps us and in which we help each other to look ahead "( n. 8 ). Do not be among those who sow despair and arouse constant mistrust, it would neutralize the strength of hope that is offered to us by the Spirit of the risen Christ. On the contrary, let yourselves be inhabited by this hope, it will give you the courage to follow Christ and to work together with and for those most in need, especially those who struggle to face the difficulties of the present time. “Hope is audacious, it knows how to look beyond personal comfort, the small securities and compensations that narrow the horizon, to open up to great ideals that make life more beautiful and dignified. Let us walk in hope "( Brothers all, no. 55). During this year, may you continue to develop a culture of encounter and fraternity and to walk together towards that horizon of hope revealed by the resurrection of Christ.

The Holy Father blesses each and every one of you, dear young people, he also blesses the brothers of the Taizé community, as well as your families and all those around the world who participate with you in this international meeting.


Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of His Holiness

from L'Osservatore Romano , Year CLX, n.297, 28 December 2020