Monday, April 19, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Eastertide

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 274
Reading I
Acts 7:51—8:1a
Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
you are just like your ancestors.
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
You received the law as transmitted by angels,
but you did not observe it.”
When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
 But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice,
covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks
at the feet of a young man named Saul. 
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;
and when he said this, he fell asleep.
Now Saul was consenting to his execution.
Responsorial Psalm
31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab
R.    (6a)  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R.    Alleluia.
Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R.    Alleluia.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
    you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
My trust is in the LORD;
    I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R.    Alleluia.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your kindness.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
    from the plottings of men.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R.    Alleluia.
Jn 6:35ab
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the bread of life, says the Lord;
whoever comes to me will never hunger.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jn 6:30-35
The crowd said to Jesus:
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
    He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”
So they said to Jesus,
“Sir, give us this bread always.” 
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
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 April 20 : St. Agnes of Montepulciano a Dominican Nun and Foundress who Became a Prioress at Age 15

St. Agnes of Montepulciano

1268 at Gracchiano-Vecchio, Tuscany, Italy
20 April 1317
1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Born in the neighbourhood of Montepulciano in Tuscany about 1268; died there 1317. At the age of nine years she entered a monastery. Four years later she was commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV to assist in the foundation of a monastery at Proceno, and became its prioress at the age of fifteen. At the entreaty of the citizens of her native town, she established (1298) the celebrated convent of Dominican nuns at Montepulciano which she governed until the time of her death. She was canonized by Benedict XIII in 1726. Her feast is celebrated on 20 April.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of Ireland, Calls Government Restrictions on Church Gatherings "Draconian" and Seeks Legal Advice

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the primate of Ireland has called the government's ban on Church gatherings "draconian." 
In a statement, on April 18th 2021, Archbishop Eamon Martin, said he became aware of the latest government measure on Friday, April 16th and consulted with the other Archbishops.
According to RTE, the Archbishop said they considered the move, together with the associated penal provisions, to be "provocative" and "draconian".
The archbishops say are now seeking legal advice and need an immediate meeting with the government's minister Donnelly.
"Together with other Churches and faith communities, we have been cooperating fully with public health messages for more than a year now," they said.
The prime minister of Ireland, Micheál Martin met bishops, including Archbishop Martin, on Thursday.
The Archbishops said they consider this to be a "breach of trust".
The chair of Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council has said he is also disappointed by the measure to outlaw religious services.
Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri said faith communities have suffered enough and this is the second Ramadan that his community has been unable to visit a place of worship.
He said he is in agreement with the Catholic Archbishops and he is also considering taking legal advice.
Places of worship and faith taken measures to secure their buildings with social distancing, and masking. Religious services are essential for the well-being and mental health of many people. (Edited from 
The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland is seeking a meeting with the Minister for Health over a "draconian" move to outlaw public mass and other religious services. | Read more: