Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 325
Reading I
Heb 12:4-7, 11-15
Brothers and sisters:
In your struggle against sin
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
    My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
        or lose heart when reproved by him;
    for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
        he scourges every son he acknowledges.

 Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as his sons.
For what "son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.
So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed.
Strive for peace with everyone,
and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
See to it that no one be deprived of the grace of God,
that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble,
through which many may become defiled.
Responsorial Psalm
103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a
R.    (see 17)  The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
    and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.
R.    The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him,
For he knows how we are formed;
    he remembers that we are dust.
R.    The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
    to eternity toward those who fear him,
And his justice toward children’s children
    among those who keep his covenant.
R.    The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
Jn 10:27
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mk 6:1-6
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. 
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished. 
They said, “Where did this man get all this? 
What kind of wisdom has been given him? 
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! 
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? 
And are not his sisters here with us?” 
And they took offense at him. 
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.” 
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.
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
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Saint February 3 : St. Blaise : Patron of: Throats, Animals, Builders, Veterinarians, Infants, Stonecutters, Carvers

Patron of:
Animals, builders, choking, veterinarians, throats, infants, stonecutters, carvers, wool workers
Bishop and Martyr. 
Today, February 3, we also celebrate the feast of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of the sick. The life of Saint Blaise is one of Holy Legend, filled with miraculous healings. Today, the Church continues to celebrate the life and intercession of Saint Blaise, in the ritual blessing of throats during Mass. We look to Saint Blaise in times of illness and for healing… But we need remember, as did this holy bishop, that it is not he, nor the ministry of the Church that heals or saves us-- because on their own, neither he nor the Church has such power. It is only through the faith in the power of the Lord whose grace provides comfort to the sick, through the Holy Spirit, that we are able to be blessed and cured. Our health is testimony to the healing love of God, the sacrifice (which all our human suffering is joined to) of Christ, and the graces of the Holy Spirit generously poured forth into our lives! Prayer below:
PRAYER: O glorious St. Blaise, who by your martyrdom left to the Church a precious witness to the Faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend — without concern for human respect — both by word and example, the truth of that same Faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times. You miraculously restored a little child who was at the point of death because of an affliction of the throat. Grant us your mighty protection in similar misfortunes. And, above all, obtain for us the grace of Christian mortification, together with faithful observance of the precepts of the Church, which keep us from offending almighty God. Amen.Text 365Rosaries Blog

Powerful Prayers to Our Lady of Good Success - Novena to Our Lady of Good Success

Novena to Our Lady of Good Success - A novena is a prayer said over 9 days - the Feast of Our Lady of Good Success is Feb. 2.
(Say for 9 days)
* Hail Mary Most Holy, Beloved Daughter of God the Father
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant thy good success to this request (name request)...
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...
Saint Michael, pray for us.

* Hail Mary Most Holy, Admirable Mother of God the Son
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant thy good success to this request (name request) ...
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...
Saint Gabriel, pray for us.

* Hail Mary Most Holy, Most Faithful Spouse of the Holy Ghost
Through the intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres,
grant thy good success to this request (name request) ...
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...
Saint Raphael, pray for us.

* Hail Mary Most Holy, Temple and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity.
St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, pray for us.

Our Lady of Good Success, thou who art the all-powerful intercessor before the Most Holy Trinity, deign to hear and answer my request, so long as it contributes to the salvation of my soul and the glory and exaltation of Holy Mother Church.
Hail Holy Queen...

Pope Francis at Mass on Feast of Presentation "...God, the Father who shows us mercy and calls us until the last hour, who does not require perfection..." FULL TEXT Homily + Video





St. Peter's Basilica
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Simeon - writes Saint Luke - "was waiting for the consolation of Israel" ( Lk 2:25). Going up to the temple, while Mary and Joseph carry Jesus, she welcomes the Messiah in her arms. To recognize in the Child the light that has come to enlighten the people is an old man, who has patiently awaited the fulfillment of the Lord's promises. He waited patiently.

Simeone's patienceLet's look closely at this old man's patience. All his life he waited and exercised the patience of the heart. In prayer he learned that God does not come in extraordinary events, but does his work in the apparent monotony of our days, in the sometimes tiring rhythm of activities, in the little things that with tenacity and humility we carry out trying to do his will.   

 Walking patiently, Simeone did not let himself be worn out by the passage of time. He is a man now full of years, yet the flame of his heart is still alight; in his long life he will have at times been hurt, disappointed, yet he has not lost hope; with patience, he keeps the promise - keep the promise -, without letting oneself be consumed by the bitterness for the past or by that resigned melancholy that emerges when one reaches the twilight of life. The hope of waiting in him was translated into the daily patience of those who, despite everything, remained vigilant, until, finally, "his eyes saw salvation" (cf.Lk 2.30).

And I ask myself: where did Simeone learn this patience? He received it from the prayer and life of his people, who in the Lord always recognized the "merciful and compassionate God, slow to anger and rich in grace and fidelity" ( Ex 34,6); Father recognized that even before the rejection and infidelity does not get tired, indeed "is patient for many years" (see Ne 9:30), as Nehemiah says, to give every time the possibility of conversion.

Simeon's patience, therefore, is a mirror of God's patience . From the prayer and history of his people, Simeon learned that God is patient. With his patience - affirms Saint Paul - he "pushes us to conversion" ( Rom 2 : 4). I like to remember Romano Guardini, who said: patience is a way in which God responds to our weakness, to give us time to change ( cf.Glaubenserkenntnis, Würzburg 1949, 28). And above all the Messiah, Jesus, whom Simeon holds in his arms, reveals to us the patience of God, the Father who shows us mercy and calls us until the last hour, who does not require perfection but the impulse of the heart, which opens new possibility where everything seems lost, which tries to break through us even when our heart is closed, which lets the good grain grow without tearing the weeds. This is the reason for our hope: God awaits us without ever getting tired. God awaits us without ever getting tired. And this is the reason for our hope. When we go away he comes to look for us, when we fall to the ground he raises us up, when we return to him after being lost he awaits us with open arms. His love is not measured on the scale of our human calculations, but it always gives us the courage to start over. It teaches us resilience, the courage to start over. Always, every day. After falls, always, start over. He is patient.

And let's look at our patience. Let us look to the patience of God and that of Simeon for our consecrated life. And we ask ourselves: what is patience? Certainly, it is not the simple tolerance of difficulties or a fatalistic endurance of adversity. Patience is not a sign of weakness: it is the fortitude that makes us capable of "carrying the burden", of bearing : bearing the weight of personal and community problems, makes us welcome the diversity of the other, makes us persevere well even when everything seems useless, it keeps us going even when boredom and sloth assail us.

I would like to indicate three "places" where patience is realized.

The first is our personal lifeOne day we responded to the call of the Lord and, with enthusiasm and generosity, we offered ourselves to Him. Along the way, along with the consolations, we also received disappointments and frustrations. At times, the enthusiasm of our work does not match the desired result, our sowing does not seem to produce adequate fruits, the fervor of prayer fades and we are not always immunized against spiritual aridity. It can happen, in our life as consecrated persons, that hope is worn out because of disappointed expectations. We must have patience with ourselves and confidently await God's times and ways: He is faithful to his promises. This is the foundation stone: He is true to his promises. Remembering this allows us to rethink our paths, to reinvigorate our dreams, without giving in to inner sadness and mistrust. Brothers and sisters, the interior sadness in us consecrated is a worm, a worm that eats us from within. Flee from inner sadness!

Second place where patience becomes concrete: community lifeHuman relationships, especially when it comes to sharing a life plan and an apostolic activity, are not always peaceful, we all know this. Sometimes conflicts arise and an immediate solution cannot be demanded, nor must one hastily judge the person or the situation: one must know how to distance himself, try not to lose peace, wait for the best time to clarify oneself in charity and truth. . Don't be confused by storms. In the reading of the breviary there is a good passage - for tomorrow - a beautiful passage by Diadoco di Fotice on spiritual discernment, and it says this: "When the sea is rough you do not see the fish, but when the sea is calm you can see ". We will never be able to make a good discernment, see the truth, if our heart is agitated and impatient. Never. In our communities this mutual patience is needed: to bear, that is, to bear the life of the brother or sister on one's shoulders, even his weaknesses and defects. All. Let us remember this: the Lord does not call us to be soloists - there are so many in the Church, we know -, no, he does not call us to be soloists, but to be part of a choir, which sometimes clashes, but must always try to sing together.

Finally, third "place", patience towards the worldSimeon and Anna cultivate in their hearts the hope announced by the prophets, even if it is slow to come true and slowly grows inside the infidelities and ruins of the world. They do not sing the lament for things that are wrong, but patiently await the light in the darkness of history. Wait for the light in the darkness of history. Wait for the light in the darkness of your community. We need this patience, in order not to remain prisoners of complaint. Some are masters of complaints, they are doctors of complaints, they are very good at complaining! No, complaints imprison us: "the world no longer listens to us" - so many times we hear this -, "we no longer have vocations, we have to close the shack", "we live in difficult times" - "ah, don't tell me! . ". Thus begins the duet of complaints. Sometimes it happens that to the patience with which God works the soil of history, and also works the soil of our heart, we oppose the impatience of those who judge everything at once: now or never, now, now, now. And so we lose that virtue, the "small" but the most beautiful: hope. I have seen many consecrated men and women who lose hope. Simply out of impatience.

Patience helps us to look at ourselves, our communities and the world with mercy. We can ask ourselves: do we welcome the patience of the Spirit into our life? In our communities, do we carry each other on our shoulders and show the joy of fraternal life? And to the world, do we carry out our service with patience or do we judge harshly? These are challenges for our consecrated life: we cannot stand still in nostalgia for the past or limit ourselves to repeating the things of always, nor in the complaints of every day. We need the courageous patience to walk, to explore new paths, to seek what the Holy Spirit suggests to us. And this is done with humility, with simplicity, without great propaganda, without great publicity.

Let us contemplate the patience of God and implore the trusting patience of Simeon and also of Anna, so that our eyes too can see the light of salvation and bring it to the whole world, as these two old men brought it in praise.

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RIP 9 Retired Catholic Dominican Nuns Die from COVID in January with 47 other Sisters Positive in Michigan

The Adrian Dominican Sisters, is a congregation of more than 500 vowed women religious and 211 Associates, minister in 22 states and four countries: the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Mexico, and Norway. 

9 of their retired Sisters living in Michigan, USA have died from COVID-19. Their ages were between 79 and 97 and they were living in Adrian, Michigan.  47 other Sisters have been infected with the virus.  Below please find a brief bio of each Sister. 

Sister Helen Laier, formerly known as Sister Thomas Albert Laier, died on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Margaret Ann Swallow, formerly known as Sister Louis Arthur, died on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Irene Wischmeyer, formerly known as Sister Edward Irene, died on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Charlotte Francis Moser, baptized Mary Irene Moser, died on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Kathleen Sutherland, formerly known as Sister Stella Joseph, died on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Ann Rena Shinkey, formerly known as Marilyn Shinkey, died on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Lisa Rieman, baptized Elizabeth Louise Rieman, died January 22, 2021, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 79 years of age and in the 58th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Dorothea Gramlich, formerly known as Sister Raymund Ann, died on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 81 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession with the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Sister Anne Liam Lees, baptized Margaret Frances Lees, died on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

A task force comprised of the Congregation’s Administrator and lay leaders of the Motherhouse campus are meeting daily to monitor the pandemic and to develop effective mitigation protocols and implement new measures as needed. As conditions warrant, these suspensions may be modified.  

The Adrian Dominican Sisters join with people around the world in prayer for the victims of the coronavirus, their families, and all healthcare workers who are courageously serving on the frontlines of this pandemic. In their letter to the community announcing this “prudential preventative action,” the five members of the General Council wrote that the measures were being implemented “for the common good of our own community and the larger communities in which we live and serve.”

Source: http://adriandominicans.org/

Wow Music to Touch Your Soul "Adorna Thalamum" for the Presentation Feast by Lassus

From the Candlemas Procession (Feburary 2): Adorna thalamum
Adorna thalamum an antiphons used in the Candlemas Procession.
This version is by Orlande de Lassus, a Dutch composer of the late Renaissance, using polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish school, and considered to be one of the three most famous and influential musicians in Europe at the end of the 16th century. He was born in 1532, Mons, Belgium and died in 1594,  in Munich, Germany.   

Latin words for the antiphon, along with a couple of variants, and an English translation for all three versions:
Adorna thalamum tuum, Sion, et suscipe Regem Christum:
amplectere Mariam, quae est coelestis porta:
[amplectere Messiam gratulare huiusce matri:]
ipsa enim portat Regem gloriae novi luminis.
Subsistit Virgo, adducens manibus Filium ante luciferum genitum:
quem accipiens Simeon in ulnas suas praedicavit populis
Dominum eum esse vitae et mortis et Salvatorem mundi

Adorn thy bridal chamber, O Sion, and receive Christ the King:
embrace Mary, who is the gate of heaven,
[embrace the Messiah and congratulate this mother}
who herself truly brings the glorious King of new light.
She remains a virgin, though bearing in her hands a Son begotten before the daystar,
whom Simeon, taking him in his arms, proclaimed to the people
to be the Lord of life and death, and Saviour of the world.

This page at the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 describes the Candlemas Procession, and notes that St. John of Damascus wrote the text for this antiphon, which is "one of the few pieces which, text and music, have been borrowed by the Roman Church from the Greeks. The other antiphons are of Roman origin."
Edited from http://chantblog.blogspot.com/
Stained Glass from St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto - Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis Adds Memorials of 6 Saints to the Roman Calendar Including St. Hildegard - FULL TEXT Decrees

Pope Francis adds memorials of 6 Saints to Roman Calendar

Pope Francis inserted four new liturgical Memorials into the Roman Calendar: Martha, Mary, and Lazarus will be celebrated together, while Gregory of Narek, John of Avila, and Hildegard of Bingen will have their own optional memorials.

Now the Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus will be celebrated in the Roman Calendar on 29 July.

This means that all liturgical books around the world will be updated.

The Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments released two decrees, approved by Pope Francis, on January, 2, 2021 (see Full Text below).



on the Inscription of the Celebrations

of Saint Gregory of Narek, Abbot and Doctor of the Church,

Saint John De Avila, Priest and Doctor of the Church

and Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Virgin and Doctor of the Church,

in the General Roman Calendar

The combination of holiness with knowledge in the experience of the mystery of Jesus Christ is inextricably linked to the mystery of the Church. This link between holiness and understanding things divine and also human shines out in a very special way in those who have been given the title “Doctor of the Church”. Indeed, the wisdom that characterises these men and women is not solely theirs, since by becoming disciples of divine Wisdom they have themselves become teachers of wisdom for the entire ecclesial community. It is in this light that the holy “Doctors” are inscribed in the General Roman Calendar.

Therefore, considering the recent declarations of the title of Doctor of the Church conferred upon Saints of great importance of the West and the East, the Supreme Pontiff Pope FRANCIS has decreed the following celebrations to be inscribed in the General Roman Calendar with the rank of Optional Memorial:

Saint Gregory of Narek, Abbot and Doctor of the Church, on 27 February,

Saint John De Avila, Priest and Doctor of the Church, on 10 May,

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, on 17 September.

These new Memorials are to be inscribed in all Calendars and Liturgical Books for the celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours; the liturgical texts to be adopted, attached to the present decree, are to be translated, approved and, after confirmation by this Dicastery, published by the Episcopal Conferences.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 25 January 2021, on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle.

Robert Card. Sarah


X Arthur Roche

Archbishop Secretary


on the Celebration of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus

in the General Roman Calendar

In the household of Bethany the Lord Jesus experienced the family spirit and friendship of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and for this reason the Gospel of John states that he loved them. Martha generously offered him hospitality, Mary listened attentively to his words and Lazarus promptly emerged from the tomb at the command of the One who humiliated death.

The traditional uncertainty of the Latin Church about the identity of Mary - the Magdalene to whom Christ appeared after his resurrection, the sister of Martha, the sinner whose sins the Lord had forgiven - which resulted in the inclusion of Martha alone on 29 July in the Roman Calendar, has been resolved in recent studies and times, as attested by the current Roman Martyrology, which also commemorates Mary and Lazarus on that day. Moreover, in some particular calendars the three siblings are already celebrated together.

Therefore, the Supreme Pontiff Pope FRANCIS, considering the important evangelical witness they offered in welcoming the Lord Jesus into their home, in listening to him attentively, in believing that he is the resurrection and the life, and accepting the proposal of this Dicastery, has decreed that 29 July be designated in the General Roman Calendar as the Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus.

The Memorial must therefore appear under this title in all Calendars and Liturgical Books for the celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours; the variations and additions to be adopted in the liturgical texts, attached to the present decree, must be translated, approved and, after confirmation by this Dicastery, published by the Episcopal Conferences.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 26 January 2021, Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops.

Robert Card. Sarah


X Arthur Roche

Source: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2021/02/02/0065/00136.html



Beautiful Prayers for the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple - Official Novena with Plenary Indulgence to Share!

from Raccolta
Veni Sancte Spiritus, Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
i. Most holy Mary, bright Mirror of all virtue, the forty days after thy delivery were no sooner past than thou, though the purest of all virgins, didst will to be presented in the Temple to be purified; O, help us, then, by imitating thee, to keep our hearts unstained by sin, that so we too may be made worthy one day to be presented to our God in Heaven.
Ave Maria.
ii. Virgin most obedient, at thy Presentation in the Temple, thou didst willingly offer the accustomed sacrifice of women; enable us so to follow thy example, that we may make ourselves a living sacrifice to God, by practising every virtue.
Ave Maria.
iii. Virgin most pure, thou didst despise the reproach of men whilst observing the precept of the Law; ask for his grace always to keep our hearts pure, what ever the world may think of us.
Ave Maria.
iv. Virgin most holy, by offering thy Son, the Divine Word, to His Eternal Father, thou didst makeHeaven glad; present our poor hearts to God, that by His grace they may be kept free from mortal sin.
Ave Maria.
v. Virgin most humble, in consigning Jesus into the arms of the holy old man Simeon, thou didst fill His spirit full of heavenly joy; consign our hearts to God, that He may fill them full of His Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria.
vi. Virgin most diligent, in ransoming thy Son Jesus according the Law, thou didst cooperate in the salvation of the world; ransom our pour hearts from the slavery of sin, that they may be ever pure in the sight of God.
Ave Maria.
vii. Virgin most meek, on hearing the prophecy of Simeon foretelling thy woes, thou didst humbly resign thyself to the good pleasure of thy God; make us always resigned to the dispositions of His Providence, and enable us to bear all troubles with patience.
Ave Maria.
viii. Virgin most compassionate, when thou didst fill the soul of Anna the prophetess with light, by means of thy divine Son, thou didst make her magnify the mercies of God by recognising Jesus for the Redeemer of the world; enrich our spirit too with heavenly grace, that we may joyfully reap in full measure the fruits of our Lord’s Redemption.
Ave Maria.
ix. Virgin most resigned, although thou didst feel thine own soul transfixed with sorrow, foreseeing all the bitter Passion of thy Son, yet knowing the grief of Joseph thy Spouse for all thy sufferings, thou didst console him with holy words; pierce through and through our souls with true sorrow for our sins, that we may one day come to rejoice with thee in everlasting bliss, partakers of thy glory.
Ave Maria.
Then the Litanies, and the following Responses, &c.
V. Responsum accepit Simeon a Spiritu Sancto.
R. Non visurum ei mortem nisi videret Christum Domini.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, majestatem tuam supplices exoramus, ut sicut unigenitus Filius tuus cum nostrae carnis substantia in Templo est Praesentatus, ita nos facias purificatis tibi mentibus praesentati.
Deus omnium fidelium pastor, &c. with the other Prayers, as above.
V. Simeon received answer from the Holy Spirit.
R. That he should not see death till he had seen the Christ of God.
Let us pray.
Almighty, everlasting God, we humbly pray Thy Majesty, that as Thine only-begotten Son was presented in the Temple in the substance of our flesh, so Thou wouldst enable us to present ourselves before Thee with clean hearts. Through, &c.
O God, the Shepherd, &c., as above.
To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

World Day for Consecrated Life - Special Prayer Resources to Encourage Vocations

February 2, 2021  In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

Resources to help you promote World Day for Consecrated Life

Prayers of the Faithful

For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…

For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…
 Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.
SOURCE: USCCB - Bishops of USA
World Day for Consecrated Life Free Prayer Card - 
View or download the pdf version to print out and share with family and friends.
Watch this Beautiful Video on Consecrated Life which starts at 20s....

Pope Francis' Message to Indigenous "...I ask God to bless your communities and those..."




Ladies and Gentlemen:

I wish to express once again my closeness and the Church's commitment to continue walking together. Together to express our conviction that globalization cannot mean uniformism that ignores diversity and imposes a new type of colonialism.

The challenge consists, rather, in creating alternatives from solidarity so that no one feels ignored, but also does not impose their own direction overwhelmingly, considering it the only correct one. On the contrary, we know well that, when diversities articulate and enrich each other, the communion between peoples flourishes and is enlivened. In reality, it is about promoting a development that does not take consumption as a means and an end, but that truly looks after the environment, listens, learns and dignifies. This is integral ecology, in which social justice is combined with the protection of the planet. Only with this humility of spirit can we see the total defeat of hunger and a society based on enduring values, which are not the result of fleeting and biased fashions, but of justice and goodness.

I trust that your work these days is full of abundant fruits, of love for the world that we want to build together and that we wish to deliver to those who come after us as a treasure and not as a heap of waste and remains. Let us pay attention to what benefits us all and that precisely will be what will allow us to pass through this world leaving a furrow of altruism and generosity, without being hurt by earthly immanence, devastated by spiritual emptiness, paralyzed by self-referentiality or saddened by individualism.

With these sentiments, I ask God to bless your communities and those at IFAD who strive to help those who live in the most depressed areas of the planet, but are graced by the beauty that comes from respecting and living with nature, a work that came out of the hands of the Lord.

Thank you very much.

From the Vatican, February 2, 2021


Free Recipe : Candlemas Crepes Recipe - Easy to Make - with Variations

Candlemas Crêpe Recipe (makes about 8 crepes)
1 c. Flour
2 Eggs
1 ¼ c. Milk
2 T. Butter, Melted (unsalted butter can be used for dessert crêpes)
¼ t. Salt for dinner crêpes (only a pinch of salt for dessert crêpes)
1 T. Sugar (for dessert crêpes only)
Butter for cooking
You can either mix all ingredients in a blender, food processor or with a whisk till smooth. It’s best to let the batter sit for ½ hour before cooking. You can add a little more milk or a little water if you find the batter is too thick.
Use a skillet that’s about 6 – 8″ in diameter. (I used an 8″ pan and got 8 fairly large crêpes.) Put about ½ to 1 teaspoon of butter in the bottom of the pan, enough to coat it. Melt on medium high heat. Pour in about 2-3 T. batter and tilt or gently swirl the pan so that the batter covers the whole bottom of the skillet. Cook on one side until golden brown. Flip. Cook the other side till it starts to become golden, which should happen quickly, and remove from heat. Repeat this process until you’ve used all the batter.
Fold the crêpes:
Rolled – Put filling on one end of the crêpe and roll it up, sort of like a candle
Savory Crêpes (or Dinner Crêpes)
  • Ham and Gruyere or Swiss Cheese Crêpes – Cube ham and fry, place in crêpe with shredded cheese and place in warm oven, at 300 F, to melt. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Cover if needed to prevent the crêpes from drying out. (A variation is to make this with chopped tomatoes.)
  • Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese – Sautee mushrooms in a little butter. Place in crêpe and top with cheese. Fold crepe and place in warm oven, at 300 F, to melt cheese. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Cover if needed to prevent the crêpes from drying out. (A variation is to make this with chopped tomatoes.)
  • Spinach and Goat Cheese – Sautee spinach. Spread goat cheese on crêpe, top with spinach and fold.
Dessert Crêpes (some of these could be good for breakfast too!)
  • Apple Cinnamon and Walnut Crêpes – Sautee chopped apples and walnuts in a little butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Scoop mixture onto crêpe and fold.
  • Lemon and Powered Sugar Crêpes – Sprinkle confectioners sugar on crêpe and squeeze a little fresh lemon juice on top. Fold and eat!
  • Your Favorite Jam Crêpes – Simply smear the crêpe with jelly, fold over or roll and top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
  • Nutella and Whipped Cream Crêpe – Spread nutella on crêpe, top with a dollop of whipped cream and fold up.
  • Banana and Nutella Crêpes – Spread nutella on crepe, and top with thinly sliced bananas. Fold crêpe and enjoy!
  • Sugared Crêpes – Sprinkle crêpe with sugar and fold or roll up. These work well if you want to eat them by hand.
  • Ice Cream Crêpe – Put vanilla ice cream on crêpe, some hot chocolate syrup and whipped cream and fold it up.
  • Hot Fudge and Strawberry Crêpes – Clean and slice strawberries and place on crêpe, cover with hot fudge and a dollop of whip cream. Fold. (Shared from Waldorf Homeschoolers/Image SweetasHoney)