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From: Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22
Letter to the Church of Sardis
Letter to the Church of Laodicea
 “’I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold
or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew
you out of my mouth.  For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need
nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
 Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may
be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your na-
kedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.
 Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent. 
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens
the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.  He who
conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I myself conquered
and sat down with my Father on his throne.  He who has an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
1. Sardis, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south-east of Thyatira, was an impor-
tant hub in the highway system; it was also famous for its acropolis, which was
located in an unassailable position. Herodotus describes its inhabitants as im-
moral, licentious people (cf. “History”, 1, 55). The Christians of the city were
probably somewhat infected by the general atmosphere.
Christ is now depicted as possessing the fullness of the Spirit, with the power to
effect radical change by sanctifying the churches from within (cf. note on 1:4).
He is also portrayed as the sovereign Lord of the universal Church (cf. note on
2:1), ever ready to imbue it with new life.
The church of Sardis is accused of seeming to be alive but in fact being dead:
in other words, although its external practice of religion makes it look Christian,
most of its members (not all: cf. v. 4) are estranged from Christ, devoid of interior
life, in a sinful condition. Anyone who lives like that is dead. Our Lord himself de-
scribed the situation of the prodigal son as being a kind of death: “my son was
dead, and is alive again”, the father exclaims in the parable (Lk 15: 24); and St
Paul invites Christians to offer themselves to God “as men who have been
brought from death to life” (Rom 6:13). Now, in this passage of Revelation, we
are told that the cause of this spiritual, but real, death is the fact that the works
of this church are imperfect in the sight of God (v. 2); they were works which led
to spiritual death, that is, what we would term mortal sins. “With the whole tradi-
tion of the Church”, John Paul II says, “we call ‘mortal sin’ the act by which man
freely and consciously rejects God, his law, the covenant of love that God offers,
preferring to turn in on himself or to some created and finite reality, something
contrary to the divine will (”conversio ad creaturam”) [...]. Man perceives that this
disobedience to God destroys the bond that unites him with his life-principle: it
is a mortal sin, that is, an act which gravely offends God and ends in turning
against man himself with a dark and powerful force of destruction” (”Reconci-
liatio Et Paenitentia”, 17).
2-3. Vigilance is always necessary, particularly in certain situations like that of
Sardis where there was a number of people who had not fallen victim to sin. In
this kind of peril, Christians need to be alerted and confirmed in the faith. They
need to remember what they learned at the beginning, when they were instructed
in the faith, and try to bring their lives into line with that teaching. And so they are
not simply exhorted to conversion but told how to go about it — by comparing their
lives with the Word of God and making the necessary changes: “no one is safe if
he ceases to strive against himself. Nobody can save himself by his own efforts.
Everyone in the Church needs specific means to strengthen himself — humility,
which disposes us to accept help and advice; mortifications, which temper the
heart and allow Christ to reign in it; the study of abiding, sound doctrine, which
leads us to conserve and spread our faith” (St. J. Escriva, “Christ Is Passing
“I will come like a thief”: an image also found elsewhere in the New Testament
(cf. Mt 24:42-51, Mk 13:36; Lk 12:39ff; 1 Thess 5:2; 2 Pet 3: 10). This does not
mean that our Lord is lying in wait, ready to pounce on man when he is una-
wares, like a hunter waiting for his prey. It is simply a warning to us to live in the
grace of God and be ready to render our account to him. If we do that we will not
run the risk of being found empty-handed at the moment of death. “That day will
come for us. It will be our last day, but we are not afraid of it. Trusting firmly in
God’s grace, we are ready from this very moment to be generous and coura-
geous, and take loving care of little things: we are ready to go and meet our
Lord, with our lamps burning brightly. For the feast of feasts awaits us in hea-
ven” (St. J. Escriva, “Friends of God”, 40).
4-5. Despite the corrupt environment in which they were living, there were some
Christians who had not been contaminated by the immoral cults and lifestyles of
the pagans: their loyalty is symbolized by white garments. In the course of nar-
rating his visions St John mentions white garments a number of times (cf. 7:9,
13; 15:6; 19:14); this color symbolizes purity and also the joy of victory.
The symbol of the “book of life”, which occurs often in the Apocalypse (cf. 13:8;
17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; etc.), is taken from the Old Testament, where those who
belong to the people of Israel are described as enrolled in the “book of the living”,
which is also referred to as the book of the Lord (cf. Ps 69:28; Ex 32:32ff). Those
whose names are in the book will share in the promises of salvation (cf. Is 4:3),
whereas those who are unfaithful to the Law will be excluded from the people of
God and their names blotted out of the “book of the living”. Other New Testa-
ment texts use the same image (cf., e.g., Lk 10:20; Phil 4:3).
The names of the victors will stay in the “book of life” which lists those who have
proved loyal to Christ, as well as those who belonged to the people of Israel.
Finally, on Judgment Day, those Christians who have kept the faith, will be spo-
ken for by Christ (cf. Mt 10:32; Lk 12:8).
14. Laodicea was a city on the border of Phrygia, about 75 kilometers (45 miles)
south-west of Philadelphia. It is also mentioned by St Paul when he suggests to
the Colossians that they exchange his letter to them for the one he sent the
Laodiceans (cf. Col 4:16).
Jesus Christ is given the title of “the Amen”; a similar description is applied to
Christ in 2 Corinthians 1:20. Both texts are instances of a divine name being ap-
plied to Christ, thereby asserting his divinity. “Amen”, so be it, is an assertion
of truth and veracity and connects with the title of “the true one” in the previous
letter. It highlights the fact that our Lord is strong, dependable and unchangeable;
the words that follow, “faithful and true witness”, spell out the full meaning of the
“Amen” title (cf. 1:5).
The most satisfactory interpretation of the phrase “the beginning of God’s crea-
tion” is in terms of Jesus Christ’s role in creation: for “all things were made
through him” (Jn 1:3) and therefore he, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
is the Creator of heaven and earth.
15-16. The prosperity Laodicea enjoyed may have contributed to the laxity and
lukewarmness the church is accused of here (Israel tended to take the same di-
rection when living was easy: the people would become forgetful of Yahweh and
adopt an easy-going lifestyle: cf., e.g., Deut 31:20; 32:15; Hos 13:6; Jer 5:7).
The presence of hot springs close to the city explains the language used in this
passage, which amounts to a severe indictment of lukewarmness. It shows God’s
repugnance for mediocrity and bourgeois living. As observed by Cassian, one of
the founders of Western monasticism, lukewarmness is something that needs to
be nipped in the bud: “No one should attribute his going astray to any sudden col-
lapse, but rather [...] to his having moved away from virtue little by little, through
prolonged mental laziness. That is the way bad habits gain round without one’s
even noticing it, and eventually lead to a sudden collapse. ‘Pride goes before de-
struction, and a haughty spirit before a fall’ (Prov 16:18). The same thing happens
with a house: it collapses one fine day due to some ancient defect in its founda-
tion or long neglect by the occupiers” (”Collationes”, VI, 17).
Spiritual lukewarmness and mediocrity are very closely related: neither is the
route Christian life should take. As St. Escriva puts it, “’In medio virtus’.... Virtue
is to be found in the middle, so the saying goes, warning us against extremism.
But do not make the mistake of turning that advice into a euphemism to disguise
your own comfort, calculation, lukewarmness, easygoingness, lack of idealism
“Meditate on these words of Sacred Scripture: ‘Would that you were cold or hot.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of
my mouth”’ (”Furrow”, 541).
17-19. The Christians of Laodicea did not realize how precarious their spiritual
situation was. The city’s flourishing trade and industry, and the fact that the
church was not being persecuted in any way, made them feel prosperous and
content: they were proud as well as lukewarm. They had fallen victim to that self-
conceit the wealthy are always inclined to feel and which moved our Lord to say
that rich people enter heaven only with difficulty (cf. Mt 19:23); he often pointed
to the dangers of becoming attached to material things (cf. Lk 1:53; 6:24; 12:21;
16:19-31; 18:23-25). The Laodiceans had become proud in their prosperity and
did not see the need for divine grace (which is worth more than all the wealth in
the world). As St Paul says in one of his letters: “Whatever gain I had, I counted
as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss because of the
surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered
the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ”
There was an important textile industry in Laodicea which specialized in the
manufacture of black woolen cloth. Instead of wearing that material, the Laodi-
ceans must dress in garments which only our Lord can provide and which are
the mark of the elect (cf., e.g., Mt 17:2 and par; Rev 3:4-5; 7:9). The city was
also famous for its oculists, like Zeuxis and Philetos, who had developed a very
effective ointment for the eyes. Jesus offers an even better ointment — one which
will show them the dangerous state they are in. This dire warning comes from
God’s love, not his anger: it is his affection that leads him to reprove and correct
his people: ‘the Lord reproves whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he
delights” (Prov 3:12). After quoting these same words the Epistle to the Hebrews
adds: “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons;
for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without
discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and
not sons” (12:7-8).
“Be zealous”: stop being lukewarm and enter the fervor of charity, have an ardent
zeal for the glory of God.
20-21. Christ knocking on the door is one of the most touching images in the Bi-
ble. It is reminiscent of the Song of Songs, where the bridegroom says, “Open to
me, my sister, my dove, my perfect one; for my head is wet with dew, my locks
with the drops of the might” (Song 5:2). It is a way of describing God’s love for us,
inviting us to greater intimacy with him, as happens in a thousand ways in the
course of our life. We should be listening for his knock, ready to open the door
to Christ. A writer from the Golden Age of Spanish literature evokes this scene in
poetry: “How many times the angel spoke to me:/’Look out of your window now,
/you’ll see how lovingly he calls and calls.’/Yet, sovereign beauty, how often/I re-
plied, ‘We’ll open for you tomorrow’,/ to reply the same when the morrow came”
(Lope de Vega, “Rimas Sacras”, Sonnet 18).
Our Lord awaits our response to his call, and when we make the effort to revive
our interior life we experience the indescribable joy of intimacy with him. “At first
it will be a bit difficult. You must make an effort to seek out the Lord, to thank
him for his fatherly and practical concern for us. Although it is not really a matter
of feeling, little by little the love of God makes itself felt like a rustle in the soul.
It is Christ who pursues us lovingly: ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock’ (Rev
3:20). How is your life of prayer going? At times during the day don’t you feel the
impulse to have a longer talk with him? Don’t you then whisper to him that you
will tell him about it later, in a heart-to-heart conversation [...]. Prayer then be-
comes continuous, like the beating of our heart, like our pulse. Without this pre-
sence of God, there is no contemplative life; and without contemplative life, our
working for Christ is worth very little, for vain is the builder’s toil if the house is
not of the Lord’s building (cf. Ps 126:1)” (St. J. Escriva, “Christ Is Passing By”,
Jesus promises that those who conquer will sit beside him on his throne. He
gave a similar promise to St Peter about how the Apostles would sit on twelve
thrones to Judge the twelve tribes of Israel (cf. Mt 19:28; 20:20ff). The “throne” is
a reference to the sovereign authority Christ has received from the Father. There-
fore, the promise of a seat beside him is a way of saying that those who stay
faithful will share in Christ’s victory and kingship (cf. 1 Cor 6:2-3).
Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.
Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.
From: Luke 19:1-10
The Conversion of Zacchaeus
1-10. Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind; He has healed many sick people,
has raised the dead to life and, particularly, has brought forgiveness of sin and
the gift of grace to those who approach Him in faith. As in the case of the sinful
woman (cf. Luke 7:36-50), here He brings salvation to Zacchaeus, for the mis-
sion of the Son of Man is to save that which was lost.
Zacchaeus was a tax collector and, as such, was hated by the people, because
the tax collectors were collaborators of the Roman authorities and were often
guilty of abuses. The Gospel implies that this man also had things to seek for-
giveness for (cf. verses 7-10). Certainly he was very keen to see Jesus (no doubt
moved by grace) and he did everything he could to do so. Jesus rewards his ef-
forts by staying as a guest in his house. Moved by our Lord’s presence Zac-
chaeus begins to lead a new life.
The crowd begin to grumble against Jesus for showing affection to a man they
consider to be an evildoer. Our Lord makes no excuses for his behavior: He ex-
plains that this is exactly why He has come—to seek out sinners. He is putting
into practice the parable of the lost sheep (cf. Luke 15:4-7), which was already
prophesied in Ezekiel: “I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed,
and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak” (34:16).
4. Zacchaeus wants to see Jesus, and to do so he has to go out and mix with
the crowd. Like the blind man of Jericho he has to shed any kind of human re-
spect. In our own search for God we should not let false shame or fear of ridi-
cule prevent us from using the resources available to us to meet our Lord. “Con-
vince yourself that there is no such thing as ridicule for whoever is doing what is
best” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 392).
5-6. This is a very good example of the way God acts to save men. Jesus calls
Zacchaeus personally, using his name, suggesting he invite Him home. The Gos-
pel states that Zacchaeus does so promptly and joyfully. This is how we should
respond when God calls us by means of grace.
8. Responding immediately to grace, Zacchaeus makes it known that he will re-
store fourfold anything he obtained unjustly—thereby going beyond what is laid
down in the Law of Moses (cf. Exodus 21:37f). And in generous compensation
he gives half his wealth to the poor.” Let the rich learn”, St. Ambrose comments,
“that evil does not consist in having wealth, but in not putting it to good use; for
just as riches are an obstacle to evil people, they are also a means of virtue for
good people” (”Expositio Evangelii Sec. Lucam, in loc.”). Cf. note on Luke 16:
10. Jesus’ ardent desire to seek out a sinner to save him fills us with hope of
attaining eternal salvation. “He chooses a chief tax collector: who can despair
when such a man obtains grace?” (St. Ambrose, “Expositio Evangelii Sec.
Lucam, in loc.”).
Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.
Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.
|First reading||Apocalypse 3:1-6,14-22 ©|
|Psalm||Psalm 14:2-5 ©|
|Gospel||Luke 19:1-10 ©|
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The following is the longer version of the vital prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 after his startling vision as to the future of the Church. This prayer was dedicated for the Feast of St. Michael 1448 years from the date of the election of the first Leo - Pope Saint Leo the Great. Everyone is familiar with the first prayer below which was mandated by His Holiness as part of the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass. Below are both the short and longer versions of this poignant prayer which should never be forgotten.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
R: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
V: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R: As we have hoped in Thee.
V: O Lord hear my prayer.
R: And let my cry come unto Thee.
V: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls. Amen.
Look down upon me, O good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment; the while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.
Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.
Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.
Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.
Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.
Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priestsThis icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.
The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.
The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.
Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem. He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.
St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.
1. Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. The Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
3. The Lord's Prayer: OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
4. (3) Hail Mary: HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)
5. Glory Be: GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.
Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer. Repeat the process with each mystery.
End with the Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Final step -- The Sign of the Cross
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
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Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. As a reminder of our duty to pray for the suffering faithful in Purgatory, the Church has dedicated the month of November to the Holy Souls. The Holy Souls are those who have died in the state of grace but who are not yet free from all punishment due to their unforgiven venial sins and all other sins already forgiven for which satisfaction is still to be made. They are certain of entering Heaven, but first they must suffer in Purgatory. The Holy Souls cannot help themselves because for them the night has come, when no man can work (John 9:4). It is our great privilege of brotherhood that we can shorten their time of separation from God by our prayers, good works, and, especially, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
To Help the Holy Souls in Purgatory:
1. Have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered up for them.
2. Pray the Rosary and or the Chaplet of Divine Marcy for them, or both.
3. Pray the Stations of the Cross.
4. Offer up little sacrifices and fasting.
5. Spread devotion to them, so that others may pray for them.
6. Attend Eucharistic Adoration and pray for them.
7. Gain all the indulgences you can, and apply them to the Holy Souls
8. Visit to a Cemetery
V. The just shall be in everlasting remembrance;
R. He shall not fear the evil hearing.
V. Absolve, O Lord, the souls of the faithful departed from every bond of sin,R. And by the help of Thy grace may they be enabled to escape the avenging judgment,and to enjoy the happiness of eternal life.V. Because in Thy mercy are deposited the souls that departed in an inferior degree of grace,R. Lord, have mercy.V. Because their present suffering is greatest in the knowledge of the pain that their separation from Thee is causing Thee,R. Lord, have mercy.V. Because of their present inability to add to Thy accidental glory,R. Lord, have mercy.V. Not for our consolation, O Lord; not for their release from purgative pain, O God;but for Thy joy and the greater accidental honour of Thy throne, O Christ the King,R. Lord, have mercy.V. For the souls of our departed friends, relations and benefactors,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those of our family who have fallen asleep in Thy bosom, O Jesus,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those who have gone to prepare our place,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. (For those who were our brothers [or sisters] in Religion,)R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For priests who were our spiritual directors,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For men or women who were our teachers in school,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those who were our employers (or employees),R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those who were our associates in daily toil,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For any soul whom we ever offended,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For our enemies now departed,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those souls who have none to pray for them,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those forgotten by their friends and kin,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those now suffering the most,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those who have acquired the most merit,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For the souls next to be released from Purgatory,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those who, while on earth, were most devoted to God the Holy Ghost, to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament,to the holy Mother of God,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For all deceased popes and prelates,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For all deceased priests, seminarians and religious,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For all our brethren in the Faith everywhere,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For all our separated brethren who deeply loved Thee, and would have come into Thy household had they known the truth,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those souls who need, or in life asked, our prayers,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. For those, closer to Thee than we are, whose prayers we need,R. grant light and peace, O Lord.V. That those may be happy with Thee forever, who on earth were true exemplars of the Catholic Faith,R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.V. That those may be admitted to Thine unveiled Presence, who as far as we know never committed mortal sin,R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.V. That those may be housed in glory, who lived always in recollection and prayer,R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.V. That those may be given the celestial joy of beholding Thee, who lived lives of mortification and self-denial and penance,R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.V. That those may be flooded with Thy love, who denied themselves even Thy favours of indulgence and who made the heroic act for the souls who had gone before them,R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.V. That those may be drawn up to the Beatific Vision, who never put obstacles in the way of sanctifying grace and who ever drew closer in mystical union with Thee,R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.Let Us PrayBe mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaids, N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of grace. To these, O Lord,and to all who rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light and peace, through the same Christ Our Lord.Amen
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|Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
|Feast Day:||November 20|
|Born:||841 probably at Nuremburg, Germany|
|Died:||Hoxne, Suffolk, England 20 November 870|
|Patron of:||against plague, kings, torture victims, wolves|
Edmund was born in Germany. He was an English king who was given the throne when he was only fourteen. But his high position did not make him proud or snobbish. Instead, he took as his model the Old Testament king, David.
Edmund tried to serve God as well as David had. In fact, Edmund even learned David's psalms by heart. The psalms are beautiful hymns of praise to God contained in the Holy Bible.
King Edmund ruled wisely, showing kindness and justice to all his people. When Danish barbarians attacked his land, he fought them bravely. Their army was much larger than his. At last, the English king was captured.
The barbarian leader offered to spare Edmund's life if he would agree to give his Christian people to them. But the king refused and said he would never save his life by offending God and his people. In anger, the pagan chief ordered for him to be put to death.
St. Edmund was tied to a tree and then cruelly whipped. The holy king took it all patiently, calling on Jesus for strength. Next, his torturers shot arrows into every part of his body. They were careful not to hit any vital organ, so he would suffer for a long time. At last they chopped off his head. King Edmund died in 870.
|English: Douay-Rheims||Latin: Vulgata Clementina||Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)|
|1.||AND entering in, he walked through Jericho.||Et ingressus perambulabat Jericho.||και εισελθων διηρχετο την ιεριχω|
|2.||And behold, there was a man named Zacheus, who was the chief of the publicans, and he was rich.||Et ecce vir nomine Zachæus : et hic princeps erat publicanorum, et ipse dives :||και ιδου ανηρ ονοματι καλουμενος ζακχαιος και αυτος ην αρχιτελωνης και ουτος ην πλουσιος|
|3.||And he sought to see Jesus who he was, and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature.||et quærebat videre Jesum, quis esset : et non poterat præ turba, quia statura pusillus erat.||και εζητει ιδειν τον ιησουν τις εστιν και ουκ ηδυνατο απο του οχλου οτι τη ηλικια μικρος ην|
|4.||And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see him; for he was to pass that way.||Et præcurrens ascendit in arborem sycomorum ut videret eum : quia inde erat transiturus.||και προδραμων εμπροσθεν ανεβη επι συκομωραιαν ινα ιδη αυτον οτι [δι] εκεινης εμελλεν διερχεσθαι|
|5.||And when Jesus was come to the place, looking up, he saw him, and said to him: Zacheus, make haste and come down; for this day I must abide in thy house.||Et cum venisset ad locum, suspiciens Jesus vidit illum, et dixit ad eum : Zachæe, festinans descende : quia hodie in domo tua oportet me manere.||και ως ηλθεν επι τον τοπον αναβλεψας ο ιησους ειδεν αυτον και ειπεν προς αυτον ζακχαιε σπευσας καταβηθι σημερον γαρ εν τω οικω σου δει με μειναι|
|6.||And he made haste and came down; and received him with joy.||Et festinans descendit, et excepit illum gaudens.||και σπευσας κατεβη και υπεδεξατο αυτον χαιρων|
|7.||And when all saw it, they murmured, saying, that he was gone to be a guest with a man that was a sinner.||Et cum viderent omnes, murmurabant, dicentes quod ad hominem peccatorem divertisset.||και ιδοντες παντες διεγογγυζον λεγοντες οτι παρα αμαρτωλω ανδρι εισηλθεν καταλυσαι|
|8.||But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold.||Stans autem Zachæus, dixit ad Dominum : Ecce dimidium bonorum meorum, Domine, do pauperibus : et si quid aliquem defraudavi, reddo quadruplum.||σταθεις δε ζακχαιος ειπεν προς τον κυριον ιδου τα ημιση των υπαρχοντων μου κυριε διδωμι τοις πτωχοις και ει τινος τι εσυκοφαντησα αποδιδωμι τετραπλουν|
|9.||Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.||Ait Jesus ad eum : Quia hodie salus domui huic facta est : eo quod et ipse filius sit Abrahæ.||ειπεν δε προς αυτον ο ιησους οτι σημερον σωτηρια τω οικω τουτω εγενετο καθοτι και αυτος υιος αβρααμ εστιν|
|10.||For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.||Venit enim Filius hominis quærere, et salvum facere quod perierat.||ηλθεν γαρ ο υιος του ανθρωπου ζητησαι και σωσαι το απολωλος|
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