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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-02-06, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas
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Posted on 02/02/2006 8:16:00 AM PST by Salvation

February 2, 2006

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Psalm: Thursday 8

Reading I
Mal 3:1-4

Thus says the Lord God:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10

R. (8) Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD of hosts; he is the king of glory.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

Reading II
Heb 2:14-18

Since the children share in blood and flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters
in every way,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.

Gospel
Lk 2:22-40

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce)
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.


or

Lk 2:22-32

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”


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[Feast of the] Presentation of the Lord

Orthodox Feast of The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple; February 2

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CANDLEMAS The Encounter Between Chaos and Light

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From: Malachi 3:1-4


Shortcoming of Priests (Continuation)



(The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.)
[1] ”Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the
Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of
the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD
of hosts. [2] But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can
stand when he appears?


“For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; [3] he will
sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons
of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right
offerings to the LORD. [4] Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years."




Commentary:


2:17-3:5. As at the start of the book, the question raised here is a
fairly general one: What is the point of keeping the Law if those who
do evil are the ones who have success in life? The question focuses on
rewards in this life only (cf. 2:17), but the prophet’s reply extends
beyond that: he announces a day of judgment when priests and ritual
will be purified (3:3-4) and the oppressed will receive justice (3:5);
on the day of the Lord, God will set everything right.


However, the force of the oracle lies not so much in the fact of
divine judgment as in the mysterious way in which that day is
announced (3:1-2). We are told that the Lord of hosts himself will
come to His temple, and his coming will strike fear into the hearts of
men. The passage, in fact, seems to be speaking about three different
personages--the messenger who will precede the coming of the Lord and
who later on, in the epilogue, is identified as the prophet Elijah
(cf. 4:5); the Lord himself; and the angel (literally the “messenger”)
of the Covenant (3:1). In mentioning the first (the messenger who
prepares the way: 3:1) the prophet may have in mind the sort of
protocol used by kings who had a herald announce their arrival. This
personage’s role is similar to that described in Isaiah 40:3ff.
However, a little further on there is the “messenger of the covenant”.
It is not clear what this means; it could be the Lord himself; a
further messenger, whose role is similar to that of Moses, that is, a
mediator of the Covenant; or, finally, the messenger mentioned
earlier, the herald, who is now being given a new role. No clear
interpretation can be established beyond doubt.


The New Testament will resolve this question of interpretation. The
Synoptic Gospels (cf. Mk 1:2) and Jesus himself (Mt 11:7-15; cf. Lk
7:24-30) identify the first messenger, the one who prepares the way,
with Elijah, and sees his fulfillment in the person of John the
Baptist. This makes Jesus the Lord who comes to his temple. The Church
reads it that way when the liturgy of the feast of the Presentation of
Jesus in the Temple (cf. Lk 2:22-40) includes Malachi 3:1-4 as a first
reading. But as can be seen from many passages of the New Testament
(for example, the episode of the Transfiguration: Mt 17:1-13 and
par.), Jesus is also the mediator of the New Covenant.


In the tradition of the Church, the ambiguity here is seen as a way of
indicating the two-fold coming of the Lord-in the humility of the
flesh, and in the glory and splendor of the End: “We proclaim the
coming of Christ: he comes not once, but twice, and the second coming
will be more glorious than the first. The first was a time of
suffering; in the second, however, he will wear the crown of divine
kingship. Almost everything in the life our Lord Jesus Christ has two
meanings. He was born twice: once, of the Father, from all eternity;
and then, of the Virgin, in the fullness of time. He comes twice, too:
be came first in silence, like rain falling on wool; and he will come
again in glory. First, he was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in
a manger; when he comes again, he will be robed in light. First, he
shouldered the cross, without fear of suffering; when he comes again,
he will come in glory, surrounded by the hosts of angels. Let us
consider not only the life of the Lord, but also his future coming
[...]. Because of his great mercy, he was made man to teach men and
persuade them; when he comes again, all men, whether they want to or
not, will be made subject to the power and authority of the King. The
words of the prophet Malachy refer to both of these events”
(St Cyril of Jerusalem, "Catecheses Ad Illuminandos", 15, 1-2).



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.


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From: Hebrews 2:14-18


Jesus, Man's Brother, was Crowned with Glory and Honor
Above the Angels (Continuation)



[14] Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself
likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might
destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, [15] and
deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong
bondage. [16] For surely it is not with angels that he is concerned
but with the descendants of Abraham. [17] Therefore he had to be made
like his brethren in every respect, so that he might become a merciful
and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make
expiation for the sins of the people. [18] For because he himself has
suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.




Commentary:


14. As in the prologue of St John's Gospel (In 1:12-13), "flesh" and
"blood" apply to human nature in its weakened condition. Jesus has
assumed man's nature: "He has taken it on without sin but with all its
capacity to suffer pain, given that he took a flesh similar to sinful
flesh; he 'shared therefore in flesh and blood', that is, he took on a
nature in which he could suffer and die--which could not occur in a
divine nature" (St Thomas, "Commentary on Heb.", 2, 4).


Christ chose to submit to death, which is a consequence of sin, in
order to destroy death and the power of the devil. The Council of Trent
teaches that, as a result of original sin, man "incurred the wrath and
indignation of God, and consequently incurred death [...] and, together
with death, bondage in the power of him who from that time had the
empire of death" ("De Peccato Originali", Can. 3; cf. Rom 5:12;
6:12-14; 7:5; etc.). To explain this power of the devil, St Thomas
comments: "A judge has one kind of power of death: he can punish people
with death; a criminal has a different kind of power of death--a power
he usurps by killing another [...]. God has the first kind of dominion
over death; the devil has the second kind, for he seduces man to sin
and leads him to death" ("Commentary on Heb.", 2, 4).


Addressing Christ and his cross, the Church sings, "O altar of our
victim raised, / 0 glorious passion ever praised, / by which our Life
to death was rendered, / that death to life might thence be mended"
(Hymn "Vexilla Regis"). The death of Christ, the only one who could
atone for man's sin, wipes out sin and makes death a way to God. "Jesus
destroyed the demon", St Alphonsus writes; "that is, he destroyed his
power, for the demon had been lord of death on account of sin, that is,
he had power to cause temporal and eternal death to all the children of
Adam infected by sin. And this was the victory of the Cross that Jesus,
the author of life, by dying obtained Life for us through that death"
("Reflections on the Passion", Chap. 5, 1).


15. Christ has freed men not from physical but from spiritual death and
therefore from fear of death, because he has given us certainty of
future resurrection. Man's natural fear of death is easily explained by
his fear of the unknown and his instinctive aversion to what death
involves; but it can also be a sign of excessive attachment to this
life. "Because it does not want to renounce its desires, the soul fears
death, it fears being separated from the body" (St Athanasius, "Oratio
Contra Gentes", 3).


The fear of death which some people in the Old Testament had can be
explained by their not knowing what fate awaited them, and by the
possibility of being completely cut off from God. But physical death is
not something to be feared by those who sincerely seek God: "To me to
live is Christ, and to die is gain," St Paul explains (Phil 1:21).
"Don't be afraid of death. Accept it from now on, generously...when God
wills it, where God wills it, as God wills it. Don't doubt what I say:
it will come in the moment, in the place and in the way that are best:
sent by your Father-God. Welcome be our sister death!" ([St] J. Escriva,
"The Way", 739).


16. "It is not with angels that he is concerned": the original text
says literally "he did not take angels with his hand", " did not catch
hold of", "did not take [the nature of angels]"; meaning that Christ
took to himself a human nature, not an angelic nature. St John
Chrysostom explains the text in this way: "What does he mean by 'take
with his hand'; why does he not say 'took on/assumed' but instead uses
the expression 'took with his hand'? The reason is this: this verb has
to do with those who are in pursuit of their enemies and are doing all
they can to catch those who are in flight from them and to seize those
who resist. In other words, humankind had fled from him and fled very
far, for it says 'we were very far from God and were almost without God
in the world' (Eph 2:12). That is why he came in pursuit of us and
'seized us for himself'. The Apostle makes it clear that he did all
this entirely out of love for men, in his charity and solicitude for
us" ("Hom. on Heb.", 2).


"This single reflection, that he who is true and perfect God became
man, supplies sufficient proof of the exalted dignity conferred on the
human race by the divine bounty; since we may now glory that the Son of
God is bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh, a privilege not given
to angels" ("St Pius V Catechism", I, 4, 11).


17. This is the first mention of the central theme of the epistle, the
priesthood of Christ. Because he is God and man, Jesus is the only
Mediator between God and men, who have lost God's friendship and divine
life on account of sin; he exercises this mediation as High Priest; his
Love saves men by bridging the abyss which separates the sinful stock
of Adam from God whom it has outraged.


It first refers clearly to our Lord's human nature: he is in no way
different from men (except that he is not guilty of sin: cf. Heb 4:15).
"These words mean that Christ was reared and educated and grew up and
suffered all he had to suffer and finally died" (Chrysostom, "Hom. on
Heb.", 5). "He partook of the same food as we do," writes Theodoret of
Cyrus, "and he endured work; he experienced sadness in his soul and
shed tears; he underwent death" ("Interpretatio Ep. Ad Haebr.", II).


Christ the Priest is able perfectly to understand the sinner and make
satisfaction to divine Justice. "In a judge what one most desires is
mercy," St Thomas writes, "in an advocate, reliability. The Apostle
implies that both things were found in Christ by virtue of his Passion.
Mankind desires mercy of him as judge, and reliability of him as
advocate" ("Commentary on Heb.", 2, 4).


Christ's priesthood consists in making expiation by a sacrifice of
atonement and a peace-offering for the sins of men: he takes our place
and atones on our behalf: "Christ merited justification for us [...]
and made satisfaction for us to God the Father" (Council of Trent, "De
Iustificatione", Chap. 7).


18. Suffering can link a person to Christ in a special and mysterious
way. "The Redeemer suffered in place of man and for man. Every man has
his own share in the Redemption. Each one is also called to share in
that suffering through which the Redemption was accomplished. He is
called to share in that suffering through which all human suffering has
also been redeemed. In bringing about the Redemption through suffering,
Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption.
Thus each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the
redemptive suffering of Christ" (John Paul II, "Salvifici Doloris",
19).


Christ's main purpose in undergoing his passion was the Redemption of
mankind, but he also suffered in order to strengthen us and give us an
example. "By taking our weaknesses upon himself Christ has obtained for
us the strength to overcome our natural infirmity. On the night before
his passion, by choosing to suffer fear, anguish and sorrow in the
garden of Gethsemane he won for us strength to resist harassment by
those who seek our downfall; he obtained for us strength to overcome
the fatigue we experience in prayer, in mortification and in other
acts of devotion, and, finally, the fortitude to bear adversity with
peace and joy" (St Alphonsus, "Reflections on the Passion", Chap. 9,
1).


A person who suffers, and even more so a person who does penance,
should realize that he is understood by Christ. Christ will then
console him and help him bear affliction: "You too some day may feel
the loneliness of our Lord on the Cross. If so, seek the support of him
who died and rose again. Find yourself a shelter in the wounds in his
hands, in his feet, in his side. And your willingness to start again
will revive, and you will take up your journey again with greater
determination and effectiveness" ([St] J. Escriva, "The Way of the Cross",
XII, 2).



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.


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From: Luke 2:22-40


The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple



[22] And when the time came for their purification according to the law
of Moses, they (Joseph and Mary) brought Him (Jesus) up to Jerusalem to
present Him to the Lord [23] (as it is written in the law of the Lord,
"every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") [24]
and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the
Lord, "a pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons."


Simeon's Prophecy


[25] Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this
man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him. [26] And it had been revealed to him
by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the
Lord's Christ. [27] And inspired by the Spirit he came into the
temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him
according to the custom of the law, [28] he took Him up in his arms and
blessed God and said, [29] "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart
in peace, according to Thy word; [30] for mine eyes have seen Thy
salvation [31] which Thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
[32] a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for the glory to Thy
people Israel."


[33] And His father and His mother marvelled at what was said about
Him; [34] and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, His mother, "Behold
this child is set for the fall the rising of many in Israel, and for a
sign that is spoken against [35] (and a sword will pierce through your
own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."


Anna's Prophecy


[36] And there was a prophetess Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the
tribe of Ahser; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband
seven years from her virginity, [37] and as a widow till she was
eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshipping with
fasting and prayer night and day. [38] And coming up at that very hour
she gave thanks to God, and spoke of Him to all who were looking for
the redemption of Jerusalem.


The Childhood of Jesus


[39] And when they had performed everything according to the law of the
Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. [40] And
the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of
God was upon Him.




Commentary:


22-24. The Holy Family goes up to Jerusalem to fulfill the
prescriptions of the Law of Moses--the purification of the mother and
the presentation and then redemption or buying back of the first-born.
According to Leviticus 12:2-8, a woman who bore a child was unclean.
The period of legal impurity ended, in the case of a mother of a male
child, after forty days, with a rite of purification. Mary most holy,
ever-virgin, was exempt from these precepts of the Law, because she
conceived without intercourse, nor did Christ's birth undo the virginal
integrity of His Mother. However, she chose to submit herself to the
Law, although she was under no obligation to do so.


"Through this example, foolish child, won't you learn to fulfill the
holy Law of God, regardless of personal sacrifice?


"Purification! You and I certainly do need purification. Atonement
and, more than atonement, Love. Love as a searing iron to cauterize
our soul's uncleanness, and as a fire to kindle with divine flames the
wretchedness of our hearts" ([St] J. Escriva, "Holy Rosary", Fourth Joyful
Mystery).


Also, in Exodus 13:2, 12-13 it is indicated that every first-born male
belongs to God and must be set apart for the Lord, that is, dedicated
to the service of God. However, once divine worship was reserved to
the tribe of Levi, first-born who did not belong to that tribe were not
dedicated to God's service, and to show that they continued to be God's
special property, a rite of redemption was performed.


The Law also laid down that the Israelites should offer in sacrifice
some lesser victim--for example, a lamb or, if they were poor, a pair
of doves or two pigeons. Our Lord, who "though He was rich, yet for
your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich"
(2 Corinthians 8:9), chose to have a poor man's offering made on His
behalf.


25-32. Simeon, who is described as a righteous and devout man, obedient
to God's will, addresses himself to our Lord as a vassal or loyal
servant who, having kept watch all his life in expectation of the
coming of his Lord, sees that this moment has "now" come, the moment
that explains his whole life. When he takes the Child in his arms, he
learns, not through any reasoning process but through a special grace
from God, that this Child is the promised Messiah, the Consolation of
Israel, the Light of the nations.


Simeon's canticle (verses 29-32) is also a prophecy. It consists of
two stanzas: the first (verses 29-30) is an act of thanksgiving to God,
filled with profound joy for having seen the Messiah. The second
(verses 31-32) is more obviously prophetic and extols the divine
blessings which the Messiah is bringing to Israel and to all men. The
canticle highlights the fact that Christ brings redemption to all men
without exception--something foretold in many Old Testament prophecies
(cf. Genesis 22:18; Isaiah 2:6; 42:6; 60:3; Psalm 28:2).


It is easy to realize how extremely happy Simeon was--given that many
patriarchs, prophets and kings of Israel had yearned to see the
Messiah, yet did not see Him, whereas he now held Him in his arms (cf.
Luke 10:24; 1 Peter 1:10).


33. The Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph marvelled not because they did
not know who Christ was; they were in awe at the way God was revealing
Him. Once again they teach us to contemplate the mysteries involved in
the birth of Christ.


34-35. After Simeon blesses them, the Holy Spirit moves him to further
prophecy about the Child's future and His Mother's. His words become
clearer in the light of our Lord's life and death.


Jesus came to bring salvation to all men, yet He will be a sign of
contradiction because some people will obstinately reject Him--and for
this reason He will be their ruin. But for those who accept Him with
faith Jesus will be their salvation, freeing them from sin in this life
and raising them up to eternal life.


The words Simeon addresses to Mary announce that she will be intimately
linked with her Son's redemptive work. The sword indicates that Mary
will have a share in her Son's sufferings; hers will be an unspeakable
pain which pierces her soul. Our Lord suffered on the cross for our
sins, and it is those sins which forge the sword of Mary's pain.
Therefore, we have a duty to atone not only to God but also to His
Mother, who is our Mother too.


The last words of the prophecy, "that out of many hearts thoughts may
be revealed", link up with verse 34: uprightness or perversity will be
demonstrated by whether one accepts or rejects Christ.


36-38. Anna's testimony is very similar to Simeon's; like him, she too
has been awaiting the coming of the Messiah her whole life long, in
faithful service of God, and she too is rewarded with the joy of seeing
Him. "She spoke of Him," that is, of the Child--praising God in her
prayer and exhorting others to believe that this Child is the Messiah.


Thus, the birth of Christ was revealed by three kinds of witnesses in
three different ways--first, by the shepherds, after the angel's
announcement; second, by the Magi, who were guided by a star; third, by
Simeon and Anna, who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.


All who, like Simeon and Anna, persevere in piety and in the service of
God, no matter how insignificant their lives seem in men's eyes, become
instruments the Holy Spirit uses to make Christ known to other. In His
plan of redemption God avails of these simple souls to do much good to
all mankind.


39. Before their return to Nazareth, St. Matthew tells us (2:13-23),
the Holy Family fled to Egypt where they stayed for some time.


40. "Our Lord Jesus Christ as a child, that is, as one clothed in the
fragility of human nature, had to grow and become stronger but as the
eternal Word of God He had no need to become stronger or to grow.
Hence He is rightly described as full of wisdom and grace" (St. Bede,
"In Lucae Evangelium Expositio, in loc.").



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.


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Thursday, February 2, 2006
The Presentation of the Lord (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

In the royal galley of divine Love, there is no galley slave: all rowers are volunteers.

-- St. Francis De Sales


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Lauds -- Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
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. Alleluia.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 62 (63)
Thirsting for God
O God, you are my God, I wait for you from the dawn.
My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.
I came to your sanctuary,
 as one in a parched and waterless land,
 so that I could see your might and your glory.
My lips will praise you, for your mercy is better than life itself.

Thus I will bless you throughout my life,
 and raise my hands in prayer to your name;
my soul will be filled as if by rich food,
 and my mouth will sing your praises and rejoice.
I will remember you as I lie in bed,
 I will think of you in the morning,
for you have been my helper,
 and I will take joy in the protection of your wings.

My soul clings to you; your right hand raises me up.

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.

Canticle Daniel 3
All creatures, bless the Lord
Bless the Lord, all his works, praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, you heavens; all his angels, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens; all his powers, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, sun and moon; all stars of the sky, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, rain and dew; all you winds, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, fire and heat; cold and warmth, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, dew and frost; ice and cold, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, ice and snow; day and night, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, light and darkness; lightning and storm-clouds, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, all the earth, praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, mountains and hills; all growing things, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, seas and rivers; springs and fountains, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, whales and fish; birds of the air, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, wild beasts and tame; sons of men, bless the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O Israel, praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, his priests; all his servants, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, spirits of the just; all who are holy and humble, bless the Lord.

Ananias, Azarias, Mishael, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him for ever.

Let us bless Father, Son and Holy Spirit, praise and exalt them for ever.
Bless the Lord in the firmament of heaven, praise and glorify him for ever.

Psalm 149
The saints rejoice
Sing a new song to the Lord, his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker, and the sons of Sion delight in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing, sing to him with timbrel and lyre,
for the Lord’s favour is upon his people, and he will honour the humble with victory.

Let the faithful celebrate his glory, rejoice even in their beds,
the praise of God in their throats; and swords ready in their hands,
to exact vengeance upon the nations, impose punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings in fetters and their nobles in manacles of iron,
to carry out the sentence that has been passed: this is the glory prepared for all his faithful.

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.
A short Bible reading and responsory may follow here.
Canticle Benedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones, his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies and all who hate us, to take pity on our fathers,
to remember his holy covenant and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
that he would give himself to us, that we could serve him without fear – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him, for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High: for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation, so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God, one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness, who live in the shadow of death;
to lead our feet in the path of peace.

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.

Some short prayers may follow here, to offer up the day's work to God.
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 that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day


February 2, 2006
Presentation of the Lord

At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her journal, discovered in 1887, gives an unprecedented glimpse of liturgical life there. Among the celebrations she describes is the Epiphany (January 6), the observance of Christ’s birth, and the gala procession in honor of his Presentation in the Temple 40 days later—February 15. (Under the Mosaic Law, a woman was ritually “unclean” for 40 days after childbirth, when she was to present herself to the priests and offer sacrifice—her “purification.” Contact with anyone who had brushed against mystery—birth or death—excluded a person from Jewish worship.) This feast emphasizes Jesus’ first appearance in the Temple more than Mary’s purification.

The observance spread throughout the Western Church in the fifth and sixth centuries. Because the Church in the West celebrated Jesus’ birth on December 25, the Presentation was moved to February 2, 40 days after Christmas.

At the beginning of the eighth century, Pope Sergius inaugurated a candlelight procession; at the end of the same century the blessing and distribution of candles which continues to this day became part of the celebration, giving the feast its popular name: Candlemas.

Comment:

In Luke’s account, Jesus was welcomed in the temple by two elderly people, Simeon and the widow Anna. They embody Israel in their patient expectation; they acknowledge the infant Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Early references to the Roman feast dub it the feast of St. Simeon, the old man who burst into a song of joy which the Church still sings at day’s end.

Quote:

“Christ himself says, ‘I am the light of the world.’ And we are the light, we ourselves, if we receive it from him.... But how do we receive it, how do we make it shine? ...[T]he candle tells us: by burning, and being consumed in the burning. A spark of fire, a ray of love, an inevitable immolation are celebrated over that pure, straight candle, as, pouring forth its gift of light, it exhausts itself in silent sacrifice” (Paul VI).



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Catholic Culture

Collect:
All-powerful Father, Christ your Son became man for us and was presented in the temple. May he free our hearts from sin and bring us into your presence. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

February 02, 2006 Month Year Season

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Old Calendar: Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today's liturgy.

Before the revision of the General Roman Calendar this marked the end of the Christmas season. The reformed calendar has designated that the Sunday after Epiphany, the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, is the end of the Christmas season. This feast is no longer referred to as the "Purification of Mary" but the "Presentation of the Lord".


Presentation of the Lord
The feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as "The Encounter". In the sixth century, it began to be observed in the West: in Rome with a more penitential character and in Gaul (France) with solemn blessings and processions of candles, popularly known as "Candlemas". The presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter.

"In obedience to the Old Law, the Lord Jesus, the first-born, was presented in the Temple by his Blessed Mother and his foster father. This is another 'epiphany' celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. Christ is the light of the nations, hence the blessing and procession of candles on this day. In the Middle Ages this feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or 'Candlemas', was of great importance.

The specific liturgy of this Candlemas feast, the blessing of candles, is not as widely celebrated as it should be, except of course whenever February 2 falls on a Sunday and thus takes precedence. There are two ways of celebrating the ceremony, either the Procession, which begins at a 'gathering place' outside the church, or the Solemn Entrance, celebrated within the church."
Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year

"Until 1969, the ancient feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, which is of Oriental origin, was known in the West as the feast of the Purification of Our Lady, and closed the Christmas season, forty days after the Lord's birth. This feast has for long been associated with many popular devotional exercises. The faithful:

  • gladly participate in the processions commemorating the Lord's entry into the Temple in Jerusalem and his encounter with God, whose house he had come to for the first time, and then with Simeon and Anna. Such processions, which in the West had taken the place of licentious pagan events, always had a penitential character, and were later identified with the blessing of candles which were carried in procession in honour of Christ, 'the light to enlighten the Gentiles' (Lk 2, 32);

  • are sensitive to the actions of the Blessed Virgin in presenting her Son in the Temple, and to her submission to the Law of Moses (Lk 12, 1-8) in the rite of purification; popular piety sees in the rite of purification the humility of Our Lady and hence, 2 February has long been regarded as a feast for those in humble service.
Popular piety is sensitive to the providential and mysterious event that is the conception and birth of new life. Christian mothers can easily identify with the maternity of Our Lady, the most pure Mother of the Head of the mystical Body — notwithstanding the notable differences in the Virgin's unique conception and birth.

These too are mothers in God's plan and are about to give birth to future members of the Church. From this intuition and a certain mimesis of the purification of Our Lady, the rite of purification after birth was developed, some of whose elements reflect negatively on birth.

The revised Rituale Romanum provides for the blessing of women both before and after birth, this latter only in cases where the mother could not participate at the baptism of her child.

It is a highly desirable thing for mothers and married couples to ask for these blessings which should be given in accord with the Church's prayer: in a communion of faith and charity in prayer so that pregnancy can be brought to term without difficulty (blessing before birth), and to give thanks to God for the gift of a child (blessing after birth).

In some local Churches, certain elements taken from the Gospel account of the Presentation of the Lord (Lk 2, 22-40), such as the obedience of Joseph and Mary to the Law of the Lord, the poverty of the holy spouses, the virginity of Our Lady, mark out 2 February as a special feast for those at the service of the brethren in the various forms of consecrated life.

The feast of 2 February still retains a popular character. It is necessary, however, that such should reflect the true Christian significance of the feast. It would not be proper for popular piety in its celebration of this feast to overlook its Christological significance and concentrate exclusively on its Marian aspects. The fact that this feast should be 'considered [...] a joint memorial of Son and Mother' would not support such an inversion. The candles kept by the faithful in their homes should be seen as a sign of Christ 'the light of the world' and an expression of faith."

Excerpted from Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy.

Things to Do:

  • Ask your parish priest to bless the candles that you will be using on your home altar this year.

  • Have a family Candlemas procession, found in the prayer links.

  • Read Luke 2:22-35, the account of the presentation including the Canticle of Simeon.

  • Meditate on the constant fiat of Our Lady of Sorrows, who embraced the will of God even as Simeon predicted that a sword would pierce her heart.

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holy-family.jpg (62415 bytes)

THE HOLY FAMILY:   St. Demetrius, Toronto, Ontario, Canada designed by Yaroslava Mills.  One a a series of painted medallions based on traditional Ukrainian Icons.  Each medallion was about 12" in diameter and the work was finished in 2002.

 
February Devotion: The Holy Family

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of February has been primarily asociated with the holy Family, probably due to the feast of Our Lord's presentation at the temple, celebrated on February 2. At the very outset of Christ's work on earth, God showed the world a family in which, as Pope Leo XIII teaches, "all men might behold a perfect model of domestic life, and of all virtue and holiness." The harmony, unity, and holiness which characterized this holy Family make it the model for all Christian families.

INVOCATION
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph most kind, Bless us now and in death's agony.

FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, ever to follow the example of Thy holy Family, that in the hour of our death Thy glorious Virgin Mother together with blessed Joseph may come to meet us and we may be worthily received by Thee into everlasting dwellings: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Roman Missal

CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY FAMILY
O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou defend us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace, and concord in Christian love: in order that, by conforming ourselves to the divine pattern of Thy family, we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.

Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by thy kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.

O Saint Joseph, most holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal necessities; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity.

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be, three times.

IN HONOR OF THE HOLY FAMILY
O God, heavenly Father, it was part of Thine eternal decree that Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, should form a holy family with Mary, His blessed mother, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. In Nazareth home life was sanctified, and a perfect example was given to every Christian family. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may fully comprehend and faithfully imitate the virtues of the Holy Family so that we may be united with them one day in their heavenly glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954


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Homily of the Day


Homily of the Day

Title:   Surviving the Etceteras
Date:   Thursday, February 2, 2006
 


Mal 3:1-4 / Heb 2:14-18 / Lk 2:22-32

In ancient Rome in the days of Nero some poor Christian was being chased around the coliseum by a ferocious lion. The faster he ran, the faster the lion ran. Eventually, it was obvious that the end was near, so the poor fellow fell to his knees and prayed aloud, "Dear Lord, make this lion a Christian!"

With that, the lion fell to his knees and began to pray, "Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive..." The end WAS near!

* * *


Recently there appeared in the newspaper a cartoon depicting a prophet of doom with a long beard and flowing robes and a sign that read: "The end is NOT near. You'll have to learn to cope!"


+ + +


Sometimes the lions really are chasing us. But most of the time what we face are not lions, but the numbing etceteras of life, the little things that have to be done, and done well, over and over. Lawns don't STAY mowed. Taxes don't STAY paid. Perfect roofs don't STAY perfect. And as every child knows, homework doesn't STAY done.

"A mother's work is never done," goes the old saying. Quite true, but neither is anyone else's work ever done! And after a while, when the novelty has worn off and year follows upon year, we can get worn down. We can lose heart and be tempted to give up or run away.

So how do we keep going - not just surviving, putting one foot in front of the other? How do we keep moving forward with spirit, glad that we're alive? The old man Simeon in Sunday's gospel gives us a clue. When Mary and Joseph showed up at the temple to present their new baby to the Lord, Simeon took little Jesus tenderly in his arms and whispered, "I knew you'd come! I knew it!"

It was that knowing that kept Simeon alive on the inside across those many years. It was that knowing that gave every day of his life joy and energy. And how had he known? The gospel says the Holy Spirit had been with him from the beginning. He'd never walked alone, and so he knew from the inside that God could never abandon His people - not even one of them.

The Spirit is knocking softly at our inner door, offering us the same energy, the same quiet joy that carried Simeon all the way to the end of his good life.

The Spirit is knocking. Open the door, and walk alone no more!

 


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You know you've sung Messiah too many times when you start singing along with the first reading and the psalm for today.


14 posted on 02/02/2006 10:25:00 AM PST by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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Faith-sharing ping.


15 posted on 02/02/2006 4:20:14 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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Kudos to all the football players of both the Seahawks and the Steelers who are bold in sharing their faith. We can applaud all sports figures who openly talk about their faith in interviews and who share that they are playing for God. Their ideals of good sportsmanship represent the best of their Christian faith.


16 posted on 02/02/2006 4:23:18 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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LOL! I can imagine that happening with you!


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Thanks for the bump!


18 posted on 02/02/2006 4:44:58 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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A Voice in the Dessert

Thursday February 2, 2006   Presentation of the Lord

 Reading I (Malachi 3:1-4)  Reading II (Hebrews 2:14-18)

 Gospel (St. Luke 2:22-40)

Saint Paul, in his Letter to the Hebrews, talks about how Jesus had to take on human flesh in order to save us because the children of the flesh were under the power of Satan according to his power of death. Because it was human beings who sinned, we needed somebody who was human to be able to make up for our sin. Only human blood could atone for human sin. Saint Paul would say later in the same letter that the blood of bulls and goats could never take away sin; it could only cover it up. That is not sufficient because we cannot get into heaven merely with things covered up. God cannot fool Himself and try to make it appear that we are really completely forgiven of our sins and have them removed if they are not. We also need someone who is God to be able to take away our sin because sin is an infinite offense against God. Because we as human persons are merely finite, we are not able to make up for an infinite offense. Consequently, we need to have someone who is human but we need to have someone who is divine. That is who we see in Jesus Christ. 

Jesus is not a human person. Jesus is a human being, but He is not a human person. He is a divine person from all eternity. You can only be one person, so when Jesus became human He took on our human nature (which means a human body, human blood, and a human soul) but He did not become a human person. Otherwise, He would be schizophrenic in the truest sense of the word. He would be two persons in one body – and He is not. He is a divine person, and because He is divine, He cannot change. So His person did not change at all. He remains the same person from all eternity. But now the person has taken to Himself a human nature, and it is precisely this that allows Jesus Christ to be able to suffer for us so death could be destroyed and sins could be forgiven.  

It is this that we see as He is brought into the temple. Simeon, receiving Our Lord, recognizes Who He is and what He is about, and in this he glorifies God. The fulfillment of what had been promised to him has now been completed, and he is able to go in peace, to die and go home because now he has seen the Anointed of the Lord. But before he is able to do that, he first speaks about this child, that He will be a sign which will be contradicted, that He will be the rise and fall of many in Israel. Then he looks at Mary and says, And your heart too shall be pierced with a sword. The word that is used there in Greek implies a sword of sorrow, not a physical sword, but rather a sword of sorrow, an emotional one. We hear exactly at the time of the Presentation in the Temple the prophecy that Our Lord is going to suffer, that He is going to die, because that is the purpose for which He came.  

And so there is this point that we hear in the prophet Malachi in the first reading: Suddenly there will come the temple the Lord whom you seek. Well, we are told what He is going to do. He is going to purify, and that is exactly the purpose of Our Lord. That is what it means to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and because of what He would do the hearts of many would be revealed. And so it is. The heart of each and every person is going to be revealed before the tribunal of Christ, because through His death, through His Precious Blood poured upon us, there is nothing hidden. He makes it very clear when he says, There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. Everything is revealed before Christ. We cannot hide anything and neither can anyone on the face of the earth.  

We realize then that through His death and resurrection we have our hope for salvation. But we must do exactly what Jesus did through His parents, that is, be obedient to His law. Look at all the points where Saint Luke makes clear in the Gospel that they were obedient to the law of the Lord, to the dictates in the law of the Lord. Jesus did not need to be redeemed like the other boys who were from Israel because He is the Redeemer, but they were obedient. They did not call any attention to themselves. We must learn from them to be obedient to the dictates of the law of the Lord. Part of that obedience now is to confess our sins; part of that obedience is to live righteous lives.  

All of the things Our Lord lays out for us, all of the commands He gives to us, those are the things that we have to be obedient to. Not just simply going through the motions of doing something, but in the heart, because it is the thoughts in the heart that are going to be revealed. We are not going to be able to stand before God and say, “But didn’t I go to church? Didn’t I look good? Didn’t I make everybody think I was really impressive because I looked so good on the outside?” We are not going to impress Him. If the heart is not changed, then we will not be able to attain heaven. We need that change of heart.  

He came to purify, He came to reveal the thoughts of our hearts. What we need to do now is come before Him and open our hearts, to be like Anna who was in the temple praying and who was seeking the Anointed of the Lord, to be like Simeon who was faithful in all things and waited for the Lord to come. Now we have to open our hearts to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us and revealing to us our sins so we can bring them to the confessional, so we can be obedient to the Lord and humble ourselves and confess our sins so what is hidden in the darkness of our own hearts will be revealed in the light of Christ. Having that revelation, we are going to be purified and our sins will be removed. If we are in the state of mortal sin, then at that moment the words of Malachi are going to be true for us – Then suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord Whom you seek – because at the moment we enter into the state of sanctifying grace, the Holy Trinity is once again restored to His rightful place in the temple of our hearts and we become that temple of the Lord. The temple needs to be purified. The temple needs to be holy. That is why Our Lord has come: to make us holy so we can be His temple in this life as we await the day when we will enter into the temple in heaven, the one not made by human hands, the one He has opened for us who are pure of heart, the ones who have been purified so that they will be able to see the Lord face-to-face. 

*  This text was transcribed from the audio recording with minimal editing.       


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Vespers -- Evening Prayer

Vespers (Evening Prayer)

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
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. Alleluia.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 109 (110)
The Messiah, king and priest
The Lord has said to my lord: “Sit at my right hand while I make your enemies into your footstool”.

From Sion the Lord will give you a sceptre, and you will rule in the midst of your foes.
Royal power is yours in the day of your strength, glorious and holy; from the time of your birth, before the dawn.

The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent: “You are a priest for ever, a priest of the priesthood of Melchisedech”.
The Lord is at your right hand, and on the day of his anger he will shatter kings.

He will judge the nations, he will pile high their skulls;
he will drink from the stream as he goes – he will hold his head high.

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.

Psalm 129 (130)
Out of the depths
Out of the depths I have cried to you, Lord: Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears listen out for the voice of my pleading.

If you took notice of our transgressions, Lord – Lord, who would be left?
But with you is forgiveness, and for this we revere you.
I rely on you, Lord, my spirit relies on your promise;
my soul hopes in the Lord, more than the watchman for daybreak.

More than the watchman for daybreak, let Israel hope in the Lord:
for with the Lord there is kindness and abundant redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel from all its transgressions.

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.

Canticle Colossians 1
Christ, firstborn of all creatures and firstborn from the dead
Let us give thanks to God the Father, who has made us worthy to share in the light that is the saints’ inheritance.
He has rescued us from the power of the shadows and brought us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation,
for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
thrones and dominations, principalities and powers.

All things were created through him and for him: he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

And he is the head of the body, the Church. He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, and so he is pre-eminent above all.
For it was the Father’s will that the fullness of God should dwell in him, and that through him all things should be reconciled to himself.
Through the blood of the Cross he brought peace to all things, both on Earth and in the heavens.

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.
A short Bible reading and responsory may follow here.
Canticle Magnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
 and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
For he has shown me such favour –
 me, his lowly handmaiden.
Now all generations will call me blessed,
 because the mighty one has done great things for me.
His name is holy,
 his mercy lasts for generation after generation
 for those who revere him.

He has put forth his strength:
 he has scattered the proud and conceited,
 torn princes from their thrones;
 but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
 the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
 he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
 to Abraham and his children for ever.

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.

Some short prayers may follow here, to offer up the day's work to God.
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 that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

20 posted on 02/02/2006 5:11:32 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Lk 2:22-40
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: et postquam impleti sunt dies purgationis eius secundum legem Mosi tulerunt illum in Hierusalem ut sisterent eum Domino
23 As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: sicut scriptum est in lege Domini quia omne masculinum adaperiens vulvam sanctum Domino vocabitur
24 And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons: et ut darent hostiam secundum quod dictum est in lege Domini par turturum aut duos pullos columbarum
25 And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon: and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Ghost was in him. et ecce homo erat in Hierusalem cui nomen Symeon et homo iste iustus et timoratus expectans consolationem Israhel et Spiritus Sanctus erat in eo
26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. et responsum acceperat ab Spiritu Sancto non visurum se mortem nisi prius videret Christum Domini
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, et venit in Spiritu in templum et cum inducerent puerum Iesum parentes eius ut facerent secundum consuetudinem legis pro eo
28 He also took him into his arms and blessed God and said et ipse accepit eum in ulnas suas et benedixit Deum et dixit
29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace: nunc dimittis servum tuum Domine secundum verbum tuum in pace
30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum
32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel. lumen ad revelationem gentium et gloriam plebis tuae Israhel
33 And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him. et erat pater eius et mater mirantes super his quae dicebantur de illo
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for a sign which shall be contradicted. et benedixit illis Symeon et dixit ad Mariam matrem eius ecce positus est hic in ruinam et resurrectionem multorum in Israhel et in signum cui contradicetur
35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed. et tuam ipsius animam pertransiet gladius ut revelentur ex multis cordibus cogitationes
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser. She was far advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. et erat Anna prophetissa filia Phanuhel de tribu Aser haec processerat in diebus multis et vixerat cum viro suo annis septem a virginitate sua
37 And she was a widow until fourscore and four years: who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day. et haec vidua usque ad annos octoginta quattuor quae non discedebat de templo ieiuniis et obsecrationibus serviens nocte ac die
38 Now she, at the same hour, coming in, confessed to the Lord: and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel. et haec ipsa hora superveniens confitebatur Domino et loquebatur de illo omnibus qui expectabant redemptionem Hierusalem
39 And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth. et ut perfecerunt omnia secundum legem Domini reversi sunt in Galilaeam in civitatem suam Nazareth
40 And the child grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom: and the grace of God was in him. puer autem crescebat et confortabatur plenus sapientia et gratia Dei erat in illo

21 posted on 02/02/2006 7:45:38 PM PST by annalex
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The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

12 century
St. Catherine Monastery, Egypt

22 posted on 02/02/2006 7:47:40 PM PST by annalex
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To: annalex

Beautiful!


23 posted on 02/02/2006 8:41:57 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All
The Word among Us

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Meditation
Luke 2:22-40



“Lord, grant me patience—and hurry up!” How many times have you said a prayer like this? In a world that pretends to offer immediate solutions to complex problems, instant success at work, and no delay in giving us gratification, the virtue of patience seems to have lost its sheen a bit.

Even in prayer, it is tempting to look for immediate answers to our requests, or to have an immediate experience of the Lord. Then, when nothing seems to happen, it’s equally as tempting to become frustrated and wonder why God isn’t answering us. “Does he not care?” we may wonder. “Do I even know how to pray? Or maybe I’m asking for the wrong thing, and God’s about to punish me for my lack of faith.” More likely than not, however, none of these is the real answer. It’s more likely that we have forgotten that our plans are not always his plans and our ways are not always his ways.

That’s why this feast day is so important for us. Simeon and Anna have much to teach us about patient prayer. Both of them had been looking forward to the time when God’s rule would be restored to Jerusalem, but they never showed any signs of frustration or impatience. Instead, Luke tells us that Simeon was a righteous and devout man who never wavered in his hope for the coming of the Messiah, while Anna had devoted her life to prayer and fasting in the Temple in anticipation of the Christ. Despite their anxious waiting, they continued to persist in righteousness and holiness, never allowing their own agendas and personal desires to distract them from their vigil.

How different the church would be if we all followed the example of these two holy people! Imagine the sense of peace and trust in the Lord that would characterize our gatherings. Or think of how much more open we would be to embracing God’s plan for our lives instead of trying to push our own agendas. May we all “present” ourselves to the Lord and, like Simeon and Anna, wait patiently for him to reveal himself to us!

“Lord Jesus, even though it is hard to be patient in prayer, I believe that you always hear me and will never forsake me. In times of doubt, help me to remember Simeon and Anna and their trust in your promises.”

Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18


24 posted on 02/02/2006 8:53:21 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Bump for the faithful example of Simeon and Anna.


25 posted on 02/02/2006 8:56:12 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: All
One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

 

<< Thursday, February 2, 2006 >> Presentation of Jesus
 
Malachi 3:1-4
Hebrews 2:14-18
Psalm 24
Luke 2:22-40
View Readings
 
YOUR PRESENT TO GOD
 
"Be presented to the Lord." —Luke 2:22
 

I recently saw an advertisement for a bride's camp. This was a service for brides who had only a few months left before their wedding day. The "camp" involved a feverish workout, nutrition, and beauty regimen designed to put the bride in the best possible shape for her wedding day. The idea is to make her "presentable" in the best possible way.

Our presentation of ourselves to God involves much more than the above example. It's true that God loves us "just as we are." We don't need to make ourselves presentable since He never rejects anyone who comes to Him (Jn 6:37). Jesus says: "Come to me" (Mt 11:28). Even if we come to Him at the most disgusting low point of our life (see Lk 15:16ff), Jesus loves us completely.

Yet, out of sheer love for the Lord, we want to "look our best" for Him "to present to [Him] a glorious church, holy and immaculate" (Eph 5:27). He Himself helps us by making us holy and beautiful through His abundant grace. Catholic families teach their children this concept by dressing up in their Sunday best for Mass. We want to love the Lord so much more than a bride loves her husband. We will fast, pray, read and obey His word, sacrifice, evangelize, and bear fruit — simply to bring joy to the Lord. We want Him to rejoice because of us (Zep 3:17). We want to present ourselves to Him "beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband" (Rv 21:2). Give Jesus the present of your presentation to Him today.

 
Prayer: Jesus, I present to You my body as a living sacrifice (Rm 12:1) and a weapon for justice (Rm 6:13).
Promise: "Since He was Himself tested through what He suffered, He is able to help those who are tempted." —Heb 2:18
Praise: Praise Jesus, Who humbled Himself to the point of becoming a small Child for our sake and the sake of the whole world.
 

26 posted on 02/02/2006 8:57:13 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Compline -- Night Prayer

Compline (Night Prayer)

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
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. Alleluia.


This is an excellent moment for an examination of conscience. In a communal celebration of Compline, one of the penitential acts given in the Missal may be recited.

A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.


Psalm 15 (16)
The Lord, my inheritance
My body will rest in calm and hope. Alleluia.
Preserve me, Lord, I put my hope in you.

I have said to the Lord “You are my Lord, in you alone is all my good”.
As for the holy and noble men of the land, in them is all my delight.
But for those who run to alien gods, their sorrows are many.
I will not share in their libations of blood. I will not speak their names.

You, Lord, are my inheritance and my cup. You control my destiny,
the lot marked out for me is of the best, my inheritance is all I could ask for.
I will bless the Lord who gave me understanding; even in the night my heart will teach me wisdom.
I will hold the Lord for ever in my sight: with him at my side I can never be shaken.
Thus it is that my heart rejoices, heart and soul together; while my body rests in calm hope.

You will not leave my soul in the underworld. You will not let your chosen one see decay.
You will show me the paths of life, the fullness of joy before your face, and delights at your right hand until the end of time.

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.
My body will rest in calm and hope. Alleluia.

Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:23
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you in every way and preserve your life and your soul and your body without blemish, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Short Responsory ?
Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
You have redeemed us, Lord, God of faithfulness.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
- Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

Canticle Nunc Dimittis
Keep us safe, Lord, while we are awake, and guard us as we sleep, so that we can keep watch with Christ and rest in peace. Alleluia.
Now, Master, you let your servant go in peace.
 You have fulfilled your promise.
My own eyes have seen your salvation,
 which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
A light to bring the Gentiles from darkness;
 the glory of your people Israel.

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.
Keep us safe, Lord, while we are awake, and guard us as we sleep, so that we can keep watch with Christ and rest in peace. Alleluia.

Prayer
Let us pray.
Lord our God, we are tired by the work of the day. Refresh us with peaceful sleep and, forever renewed by the help you give, let us always be dedicated to you in body and mind.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May the almighty Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
A M E N
An antiphon to Our Lady should be recited here.

27 posted on 02/02/2006 8:59:53 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Here's wishing a peaceful night's rest to all reading this thread.


28 posted on 02/02/2006 9:05:34 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Salvation

Mass bump,a little late.


29 posted on 02/02/2006 11:07:40 PM PST by fatima (Just say it if it is for love-have no regrets.)
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