Thu, 26 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Solemnity of the Ascension, Entrance Antiphon, Acts 1:11: Men of Galilee, why gaze in wonder at the heavens? This Jesus whom you saw ascending into heaven will return as you saw him go, alleluia. Preface I of the Ascension of the Lord:It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
Wed, 25 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Gospel Verse, John 14:16: I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always. There are three saints that are offered as Optional Memorials today. First is St. Bede, the Venerable, who was born in England. A Benedictine, he was "the most observant and the happiest of all monks." His writings were so full of sound doctrine that he was called "Venerable" while still alive. He wrote commentaries on Holy Scripture and treatises on theology and history. He died at Jarrow, England, in 753.
Tue, 24 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Entrance Antiphon, Rom 6:9 Rev 19:7, 6: Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to God, for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns, alleluia. Today the Church in Australia celebrates the Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians. Mary Help of Christians was adopted as patron of the new Church of Australia in 1844, at a significant time in their history. British settlement was just over fifty years old, the transportation of convicts was coming to an end, and the first elections in Australian history had been held in 1843. Issues of land, immigration and education had begun to surface and the Church was involved in these social problems. The Holy See confirmed the patronage in 1852.
Mon, 23 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Entrance Antiphon, Rom 6:9: Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more; death will no longer have dominion over him, alleluia. The Roman Martyrology commemorates St. John Baptist de Rossi who was from Genoa, and studied and worked in Rome before becoming a priest there and a canon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. He worked tirelessly for homeless women, the sick, prisoners and workers, and was a very popular confessor, being called a second Philip Neri.
Sun, 22 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Is 48:20: Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, alleluia."Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." We are not alone or without help in the life that we have embraced. The Church strengthens our faith and feeds our souls "with the pure milk of her teaching, with the bread of the Eucharist; she makes us witnesses of Christ's resurrection and of the victory which He won over the forces of evil."
Sat, 21 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Entrance Antiphon, Col 2:12: You have been buried with Christ in Baptism, through which you also rose again by faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead, alleluia.Saint Christopher Magallanes was joined in martyrdom by twenty-one diocesan priests and three devout laymen, all members of the Cristeros movement, who rose up in rebellion against the anti-Catholic Mexican government during the 1920s. Having erected a seminary at Totatiche, he secretly spread the Gospel and ministered to the people. Captured by government authorities, he was heard to shout from his jail cell: "I am innocent and I die innocent. I forgive with all my heart those responsible for my death, and I ask God that the shedding of my blood serve the peace of our divided Mexico."
Fri, 20 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Communion Antiphon: The Crucified has risen from the dead and has redeemed us, alleluia. Born in 1380, St. Bernardine of Siena left the world at an early age in order to lead a hermit's life. When he was twenty-two, he entered the Franciscan Order, one of whose glories he is. Having been made General of the Order, he resigned this charge in order to devote himself to preaching. He preached the name of Jesus with such love that it wrought the transformation of many souls. He was instrumental in effecting many conversions. He died at Aquilea, in the midst of his missionary labors, on May 20, 1444, and was canonized six years later.
Thu, 19 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Communion Antiphon, 2 Cor 5:15: Christ died for all, that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for him who died for them and is risen, alleluia. Today the Roman Martyrology commemorates St. Peter Celestine, who was born in 1221 and retired into the desert when he was hardly an adolescent. His virtues soon drew disciples around him. This was the origin of the branch of the Benedictine order known as the Celestines.
Wed, 18 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Gospel Verse, John 15:4a, 5b: Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord; whoever remains in me will bear much fruit. Pope St. John I was elected Pope in 523. The Arian King Theodoric sent him as his ambassador to Emperor Justin in Constantinople. On John I's return, he was captured by the king, who was displeased at the outcome of the embassy and cast him into prison at Ravenna where he died a few days later. As pope he was responsible for introducing the Alexandrian computation of the date of Easter; it came to be accepted throughout the West.
Tue, 17 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT
Entrance Antiphon, Rev. 19:5; 12:10: Sing praise to our God, all you who fear God, both small and great, for now salvation and strength have come, and the power of his Christ, alleluia. The Roman Martyrology commemorates today St. Paschal Baylon, who lived and died in the kingdom of Aragon, Spain. He spent his early years as a shepherd and often gave religious instruction to the shepherds on the hills of Aragon. At the age of twenty-four, he entered the Franciscan Order and embraced the humble, austere life of a lay brother. He was noted for his devotion to the Holy Eucharist. Pope Leo XIII declared him protector of all Eucharistic Congresses and works.