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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-10-20

    07/09/2020 9:25:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-10-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 10 2020 Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 14:2-10 Thus says the LORD: Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God; you have collapsed through your guilt. Take with you words, and return to the LORD; Say to him, “Forgive all iniquity, and receive what is good, that we may render as offerings the bullocks from our stalls. Assyria will not save us, nor shall we have horses to mount; We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands; for in you the orphan finds compassion.” I will heal...
  • A miracle in Georgia: We did not have an epidemic although churches never closed, says Georgian hierarch

    07/09/2020 8:26:00 PM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 6 July A.D. 2020 | Staff
    A nation that is faithful to God and its fatherland will be miraculously blessed by God, His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Chiatura and Sachkhere of the Georgian Orthodox Church said during his Sunday sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. A miracle was seen in Georgia, where there was no eruption of the coronavirus epidemic despite the fact that the churches were never closed, as in many other countries, Met. Daniel emphasized, reports 1tv.ge. “The Georgian ethos is one of the first,” Met. Daniel said. “Someone may ask how it survived. It survived for two reasons: it was dedicated to the...
  • Victory: US Navy Reverses Unlawful Order Banning Troops from Indoor Mass, Religious Services

    07/09/2020 6:00:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/9/20 | Doug Mainwaring
    'This proves' that 'there is no pandemic exception to the First Amendment,' said Mike Berry, First Liberty Institute General Counsel.WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Navy has revised its policy prohibiting active service members from attending in-person religious services. Those who disobeyed and attended church services had risked court-martial. The move is seen as an important victory on behalf of religious liberty by Navy personnel affected by the previously enacted ban, and by those who fought on their behalf. The change comes just days after First Liberty Institute sent a letter on behalf of active duty...
  • A Living Sacrifice

    07/09/2020 7:48:15 AM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Every faculty you have is to be used for God’s glory. In Romans 12:1 Paul pleads with believers to present their bodies to God as a living and holy sacrifice, which is an appropriate and acceptable act of worship. But as someone has rightly said, the problem with living sacrifices is they tend to crawl off the altar. That's because sacrificial living demands spiritual discipline and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit. We as Christians aren't always willing to do that. According to Paul, the motivation and...
  • Open Letter to The Honourable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California from His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

    07/09/2020 7:41:00 AM PDT · by JoanSmith · 4 replies
    Open Letter to The Honourable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California from His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America in light of the decree issued by the Governor of California that forbids choral singing in churches. Your Excellency, I hereby express my protest against the recent prohibition of liturgical singing in houses of worship, which is an infringement of the rights and religious freedoms of the clergy and faithful of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Diaspora, the other Local Orthodox Churches, performing their ministry in this state, as well as other religious bodies. During the years...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-09-20, OM, St. Augustine Zhao Rong, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

    07/08/2020 10:02:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-09-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 9 2020 Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 11:1-4, 8e-9 Thus says the LORD: When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them, the farther they went from me, Sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, who took them in my arms; I drew them with human cords, with bands of love; I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks; Yet, though I stooped to feed my...
  • Priest to Scottish Gov’t: Pubs Are Allowed to Open, So Why Can’t We Have Mass?

    07/08/2020 6:31:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/7/20 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    ‘It is extremely concerning that there may now be some further delay in allowing the return to public worship,’ wrote Father Michael J. Kane, pastor of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coatbridge. ‘It is deeply distressing that Catholics cannot receive the Sacraments.’COATBRIDGE, Scotland, July 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― A Catholic priest has published an objection to the Scottish government’s continuing ban on public church services. Father Michael J. Kane is the pastor of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coatbridge, a town about 10 miles east of Glasgow. In a June 26 open letter to Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) Fulton...
  • Offering Spiritual Sacrifices

    07/08/2020 6:24:31 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Spiritual sacrifices are acts of praise and worship offered to God through Jesus Christ. The primary mission of a Hebrew priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God. That's why God gave detailed instructions regarding the kinds of sacrifices He required. For example, if a lamb was offered, it had to be perfect—without deformity or blemish. Then it had to be sacrificed in a prescribed manner. It was a serious...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-08-20

    07/07/2020 10:03:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-08-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 8 2020 Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 Israel is a luxuriant vine whose fruit matches its growth. The more abundant his fruit, the more altars he built; The more productive his land, the more sacred pillars he set up. Their heart is false, now they pay for their guilt; God shall break down their altars and destroy their sacred pillars. If they would say, “We have no king”— Since they do not fear the LORD, what can the king do for them?The king of Samaria shall disappear, like foam...
  • May I Attend SSPX Masses?

    07/07/2020 4:17:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 94 replies
    The Fatima Center ^ | July 6, 2020 | Kennedy Hall
    May I Attend SSPX Masses? Editor’s Note: The simplest answer is that, YES, Catholics may attend Mass and receive Holy Communion at the chapels of the Society of St. Pius X without incurring any penalty, stigma or sin. As this is an involved topic, one article would be too long to cover this subject matter. Hence we will be posting these articles as a series over numerous days. We will cover such issues as schism, “full communion,” valid and licit sacraments, true obedience, Vatican II, excommunication and more. If you are interested in these topics, please read on! Part I...
  • The next pope: are we facing the nightmare of a Parolin pontificate?

    07/07/2020 3:27:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    The Spectator ^ | July 7, 2020 | Damian Thompson
    The next pope: are we facing the nightmare of a Parolin pontificate? Vatican officials are anxious to get their hands on an advance copy of The Next Pope, a survey of 19 leading contenders to succeed Pope Francis scheduled for publication next month. The author, Edward Pentin, discusses these papable cardinals in today's episode of Holy Smoke.The full list is still under wraps, but inevitably we talk about Cardinal Robert Sarah, the African-born apocalyptic visionary whom liberals most fear. (If you doubt that, read this despicable and semi-literate hatchet job on Sarah by Christopher Lamb in The Tablet.) Equally inevitably,...
  • Your Priestly Service

    07/07/2020 7:40:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christians share common spiritual characteristics with Old Testament priests. Peter identified believers as holy priests, but many Christians don't really know what that means because priests aren't part of our culture as a whole. The primary purpose of an Old Testament priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God on behalf of the people. Priests were chosen by God Himself, specially cleansed through prescribed ceremonies, clothed in a prescribed manner,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-07-20

    07/06/2020 9:04:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-07-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 7 2020 Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 8:4-7, 11-13 Thus says the LORD: They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority; they established princes, but without my approval. With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction. Cast away your calf, O Samaria! my wrath is kindled against them; How long will they be unable to attain innocence in Israel? The work of an artisan, no god at all, Destined for the flames— such is the calf of Samaria!When they sow the wind, they shall...
  • Access to God

    07/06/2020 6:32:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christ’s death provided access to the Father for all believers. Throughout history, false gods have been portrayed as remote, indifferent, and apathetic to human needs and generally unapproachable by the common masses. Out of fear, a man might attempt to appease his idols but he has no desire or capacity to draw near to them. Even those in Old Testament times who worshiped the true God had limited access to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] URGENT – TIME SENSITIVE – INFO NEEDED ABOUT DENIAL OF COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE – REPOST, TWEET, ETC.

    [Catholic Caucus] URGENT – TIME SENSITIVE – INFO NEEDED ABOUT DENIAL OF COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE – REPOST, TWEET, ETC. A canonist contacted me asking for help in a worthy endeavor.  He is collecting some information for defense of Communion on the tongue.He has a deadline with the Vatican: Tomorrow, 7 JULY – NOON Rome time (= UTC+2 London UTC+1), NYC UTC -4, Tokyo UTC+9)This is for everyone in the world, EVERY COUNTRY, not just these USA. Has your local DIOCESAN BISHOP or PRIEST issued any decree, statement, or announcement in which - for any reason whatsoever - he has...
  • America Prayer Vigil - 7/6/2020 [Prayer]

    07/05/2020 10:56:31 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 45 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 7/6/2020 | UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Religion Forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-06-20, OM, St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

    07/05/2020 10:34:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-06-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 6 2020 Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22 Thus says the LORD: I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt.On that day, says the LORD, She shall call me “My husband,” and never again “My baal.”I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity,...
  • Services to Resume After 40 years in Famous Transfiguration Church on Kizhi Island [Russia]

    07/05/2020 3:42:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/30/20
    For the first time in 40 years, Divine services will soon be held in the world-famous Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island in the northern Russian Republic of Karelia. The church will reopen after restoration in July, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernishenko stated on Monday at a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, reports TASS. Restoration work was completed earlier this year, though the planned reopening in June was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The island reopened for tourists on June 10, though without the possibility of visiting architectural monuments. “Our ‘8th wonder of the world’ in...
  • Union with Christ

    07/05/2020 6:47:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christ is your life, and you are an integral part of what He is accomplishing in the world. The Jewish culture of Peter's time centered on the Temple in Jerusalem. Apparently drawing from that picture, Peter used vivid language to teach that God no longer dwells in an earthly, material, temporal house, but in a spiritual house. Christ is the cornerstone, and the spiritual house He is building is comprised of individual believers. That analogy introduces us to the first spiritual privilege Christians enjoy:...
  • My Jesus, Tis of Thee - A Song and Music video, set to music of My Country Tis of Thee

    07/05/2020 3:30:56 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    Wanted to share this song about where our true national affections should lie and when this desire is our national supreme desire; our nation will only be healed, blessed and truly prosper! As our nation birth certificate (The Declaration of Independence) so soberly states, "that our firm reliance should be on Almighty God alone" Psalm 144:15! My Jesus, Tis of Thee - Song Lyrics set to music of My Country Tis of Thee My Jesus Tis of Thee, Author of liberty, of Thee I sing I love Thy righteous ways, Thy mercy and Thy grace I will FOREVER praise, Thy...