and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
Universal – The Treasure of Families: That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity. (See also Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network)
Ordinary Time: August 19
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever (John 6:54-58).”
Today is the feast of St. John Eudes which is superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.
The first reading is taken from the Book of Proverbs 9:1-6 in which wisdom is described as a person.
The second reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians 5:15-20. St. Paul urges his converts to live according to the Christian wisdom they have received: to live according to the will of the Lord. He urges them to avoid drunkeness, to be full of the Holy Spirit and full of gratitude to God for all the gifts given them.
The Gospel is from St. John 6:51-58. We, like the Christians of the year 90 A.D., have a great advantage over those Galileans to whom Christ spoke in Capernaum. We are convinced that Christ was the Son of God who had become man in order to make us sons of God. He died on the cross as a sacrifice of atonement to his Father for us and for our sins. He himself said “Greater love than this no man hath that a man lay down his life for his friends.” That is the greatest sacrifice a man can make for anyone. Christ, however, was more than man, he was God too; he was therefore able to do more for his friends. He was able to leave to his Church the power to repeat the sacrifice of the cross under the symbolic form of the consecrated bread and wine. By this repetition and recalling: “do this in memory of me,” his followers could give infinite honor to the Father and renew the infinite atonement made on their behalf on Calvary. Furthermore, by partaking of this real sacrifice offered to God Christians could be united with Christ and with the Father in an intimate manner.
The Eucharist is a sacrifice and a sacrament. As a sacrifice it is the repetition, the re-enactment, of Christ’s sacrifice of himself on Calvary. It is a sacrifice of infinite value for it is the same Christ, the God-man, who is offering himself, through the medium of his human representative, to his heavenly Father. It is a sacrament for it is a visible sign instituted by Christ to give us grace. Under the visible appearances of bread and wine, it is the source of all grace whom we receive within us. The staple human nourishment, bread and wine, are changed into the infinite source of our staple spiritual nourishment, the body and blood of Christ.
The Blessed Eucharist is a mystery in so far as our minds cannot understand how exactly Christ is present on our altars after the words of consecration. The very words given us by Christ himself have been said over the bread and wine. But while we cannot grasp how exactly this happens, we can have no room for doubt but that it does happen: for we have the solemn affirmation of Christ the Son of God that it is so. In today’s Gospel he clearly says “the bread which I shall give … is my flesh. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” And during the course of the Last Supper “he took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them saying `take, this is my body.’ And he took a cup . . . he gave it to them and they all drank of it. And he said to them: `this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many”‘ (Mk. 14: 22). That the Apostles accepted his word and made this ceremony of partaking of the consecrated bread and wine the central act of the Christian worship from the very beginning of the Church, is fully proved in the Acts of the Apostles and in the writings of St. Paul. This has continued down to our day and will continue as long as men inhabit the earth.
For devout Christians the biggest mystery about the Blessed Eucharist is the mystery of the divine love that moved Christ to leave us such an intimate and such an effective memorial of the love he proved to have for us on Calvary. We certainly do not deserve this extra proof of his love. He opened heaven for us, he showed us how to get there, he did not leave us to struggle alone. His infinite and divine love made him find a means of remaining always with us in our tabernacles, and of opening the floodgates of divine mercy each time this sacrifice is offered on our altars. Furthermore, he wanted to give himself to us as the life-giving food which would give us the spiritual strength for salvation. The infinite love of Christ for us is the only explanation of this. And what return do we make for this love? We attend at the sacrifice of the Mass realizing that by active participation we are capable of giving infinite honor to God. Do we receive this truly heavenly food, the body of Christ, with the proper preparation? Do we visit Christ in the church where he ever remains ready to receive us and to listen to our requests?
If the Jews of old could boast: “For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us” (Dt. 4:7), how much more truly can we Christians make such a boast, for Christ our Lord has deigned to remain with us on our altars until the end of time.
Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O’Sullivan, O.F.M.
Leprosy, dread disease, meant exile “afar off” as a castout from home and city. Mankind, rejecting Divine Life, became leprous, cast out from Eden here, from heaven hereafter.
How amazing, then, that God should make a “covenant” with man as though he were His equal (Epistle)! What is this “covenant?” By it God bestows on all “those who believe” in Jesus the right to inherit His Life, promised to Abraham; not to those who look merely to “the Law” of Moses.
Be not content, as were “the nine,” with mere health of body but with the “increase of faith, hope and charity” (PRAYER). As with the lepers, so our prayer is: “Have regard, 0 Lord, to Thy covenant, and forsake not . . . Thy poor . . . (do not) cast us off” (Introit).
Excerpted from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood
Meditation: Ephesians 5:15-20
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)
Today is exam day. And to make it a little easier, we have reprinted today’s second reading:
15Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, 16making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. 18And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Fill in the blank—identify five important transitions in this passage:
1. From foolish to w _ _ _ (verse 15)
2. From ignorant to understanding the w _ _ _ of the Lord (verse 17)
3. From drunk on wine to being f _ _ _ _ _ with the Spirit (verse 18)
4. Addressing one another in p _ _ _ _ _, h _ _ _ _, and spiritual s _ _ _ _ (verse 19)
5. Giving t _ _ _ _ _ always for everything (verse 20)
Paul said, “Be filled with the Spirit,” and he told us how. So in your prayer today, do three things:
1. Read one psalm and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with God’s grace and wisdom. Try to sense what he is saying to you: perhaps a new insight, perhaps a sense of encouragement, perhaps guidance on how to act at work today.
2. Thank Jesus for all of your blessings.
3. Address every person you meet today with kindness and love, generosity and patience. Make this your spiritual song to them.
“Lord, come and fill me with your love.”
Our Lady Rosa Mystica pray for us!
Holy Days for 2018*
- Sunday, January 1, 2018 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God –NO
- Thursday, May 10, 2018– Ascension of the Lord – a holy day of obligation
- Tuesday, August 15, 2018 – Assumption of Mary – a holy day of obligation
- Wednesday, November 1, 2018 – All Saints – a holy day of obligation
- Friday, December 8, 2018 – Immaculate Conception – a holy day of obligation
- Monday, December 25, 2018 – Christmas – always a holy day
- Monday, January 1, 2018 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
*Whenever January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.
Other important liturgical days:
- Ash Wednesday: February 14, 2018
- Palm Sunday: March 25, 2018
- Holy Thursday: March 29, 2018
- Good Friday: March 30, 2018
- Easter Sunday: April 1, 2018
- Pentecost Sunday: May 20 , 2018
- The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Sunday,June 3, 2018
- The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Friday, June 8, 2018
- First Sunday of Advent: December 2, 2018
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”
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 art 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 thy word.
Hail Mary, etc.
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, etc.
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 Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy 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.
May the Divine assistance remain always with us and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
When prayed in a group setting a leader recites the verses and everyone recites both the responses and the Hail Mary’s in between each verse, as shown above.
Although the Angelus has been traditionally said three times daily, at 6 am, noon and 6 pm, you can pray it at anytime especially at NOON. It is still accompanied by the ringing of a bell (the Angelus bell) in some places such as Vatican City and parts of Germany and Ireland.
The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen
- PRAYER TO THE INFANT OF PRAGUEO Infant of Prague, who said, “The more you honor me, the more I will bless you,” give us the strength to bear the burden of daily life in this sinful world. Give us a firm purpose of amendment and a resolve to lead a better life. Help us endure our afflictions and sorrows with patience and courage. Finally, O beloved Infant King if it be your will grant my petition (mention petition here). But whatever you choose, give me the strength to submit to your will in all things. Amen.HEALING PRAYER
LORD, JESUS CHRIST, I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR MY SINS. HAVE MERCY ON ME. In Your name, JESUS, I ask You for the grace to forgive myself. I ask your forgiveness for hurting others. I ask for the grace to forgive all those who have hurt me in this life, and especially the one person who has hurt me the most. I renounce forever Satan, ALL the evil spirits and all their works. I give you my entire self Lord JESUS, now and forever, you are my Lord, God, SAVIOR AND REDEEMER. Please heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, mind and spirit for my greater service in Your Kingdom. Allow me to lead other souls to You through my good example. JESUS I trust in you! Come Lord JESUS, cover me with Your most precious blood, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, I praise You, I thank You, I glorify Your name, JESUS. I love You JESUS WITH MY WHOLE HEART, SOUL, MIND, BODY AND MY WHOLE BEING. O’ Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with Holy Raphael the Archangel and all the holy Angels and Saints, pray for us! Amen
Holy Raphael says in Chapter 12 in the
BOOK OF TOBIT 12:7-10
7 A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known. Praise them with due honor. Do good, and evil will not find its way to you.
8 Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. It is better to give alms than to store up gold;
We must work in the Vineyard and
not return to GOD with empty hands!
THE CORPORAL ACTS
- To feed the hungry;
- To give drink to the thirsty;
- To clothe the naked;
- To visit the imprisoned;
- To visit the sick;
- To shelter the homeless;
- To bury the dead.
- To instruct the ignorant;
- To counsel the doubtful;
- To admonish the sinner;
- To bear wrongs patiently;
- To forgive offences willingly;
- To comfort the sorrowful;
- To pray for the living and the dead.
|44 Messianic Prophecies of Jesus|
|Prophecies of Jesus||Old Testament|
|1||Messiah would be born of a woman.||Genesis 3:15||Matthew 1:20|
|2||Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.||Micah 5:2||Matthew 2:1|
|3||Messiah would be born of a virgin.||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:22-23|
|4||Messiah would come from the line ofAbraham.||Genesis 12:3|
|5||Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac.||Genesis 17:19|
|6||Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.||Numbers 24:17||Matthew 1:2|
|7||Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.||Genesis 49:10||Luke 3:33|
|8||Messiah would be heir to King David’s throne.||2 Samuel 7:12-13|
|9||Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal.||Psalm 45:6-7|
|10||Messiah would be called Immanuel.||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:23|
|11||Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.||Hosea 11:1||Matthew 2:14-15|
|12||A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.||Jeremiah 31:15||Matthew 2:16-18|
|13||A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah||Isaiah 40:3-5||Luke 3:3-6|
|14||Messiah would be rejected by his own people.||Psalm 69:8|
|15||Messiah would be a prophet.||Deuteronomy 18:15||Acts 3:20-22|
|16||Messiah would be preceded by Elijah.||Malachi 4:5-6||Matthew 11:13-14|
|17||Messiah would be declared the Son of God.||Psalm 2:7||Matthew 3:16-17|
|18||Messiah would be called a Nazarene.||Isaiah 11:1||Matthew 2:23|
|19||Messiah would bring light to Galilee.||Isaiah 9:1-2||Matthew 4:13-16|
|20||Messiah would speak in parables.||Psalm 78:2-4|
|Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35|
|21||Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted.||Isaiah 61:1-2||Luke 4:18-19|
|22||Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.||Psalm 110:4||Hebrews 5:5-6|
|23||Messiah would be called King.||Psalm 2:6|
|24||Messiah would be praised by little children.||Psalm 8:2||Matthew 21:16|
|25||Messiah would be betrayed.||Psalm 41:9|
|26||Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field.||Zechariah 11:12-13||Matthew 27:9-10|
|27||Messiah would be falsely accused.||Psalm 35:11||Mark 14:57-58|
|28||Messiah would be silent before his accusers.||Isaiah 53:7||Mark 15:4-5|
|29||Messiah would be spat upon and struck.||Isaiah 50:6||Matthew 26:67|
|30||Messiah would be hated without cause.||Psalm 35:19|
|31||Messiah would be crucified with criminals.||Isaiah 53:12||Matthew 27:38|
|32||Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.||Psalm 69:21||Matthew 27:34|
|33||Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.||Psalm 22:16|
|34||Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.||Psalm 22:7-8||Luke 23:35|
|35||Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments.||Psalm 22:18||Luke 23:34|
|36||Messiah’s bones would not be broken.||Exodus 12:46|
|37||Messiah would be forsaken by God.||Psalm 22:1||Matthew 27:46|
|38||Messiah would pray for his enemies.||Psalm 109:4||Luke 23:34|
|39||Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side.||Zechariah 12:10||John 19:34|
|40||Messiah would be buried with the rich.||Isaiah 53:9||Matthew 27:57-60|
|41||Messiah would resurrect from the dead.||Psalm 16:10|
|42||Messiah would ascend to heaven.||Psalm 24:7-10||Mark 16:19|
|43||Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand.||Psalm 68:18|
|44||Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.||Isaiah 53:5-12||Romans 5:6-8|
|MIRACLES OF JESUS CHRIST|