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Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 06-02-06, Opt. Sts. Marcellinus and Peter
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Posted on 06/02/2006 7:16:10 AM PDT by Salvation

June 2, 2006

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Psalm: Friday 23

Reading 1
Acts 25:13b-21

King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea
on a visit to Festus.
Since they spent several days there,
Festus referred Paul’s case to the king, saying,
“There is a man here left in custody by Felix.
When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews
brought charges against him and demanded his condemnation.
I answered them that it was not Roman practice
to hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusers
and had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge.
So when they came together here, I made no delay;
the next day I took my seat on the tribunal
and ordered the man to be brought in.
His accusers stood around him,
but did not charge him with any of the crimes I suspected.
Instead they had some issues with him about their own religion
and about a certain Jesus who had died
but who Paul claimed was alive.
Since I was at a loss how to investigate this controversy,
I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem
and there stand trial on these charges.
And when Paul appealed that he be held in custody
for the Emperor’s decision,
I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab

R. (19a) The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
or:
R. Alleluia.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the LORD, all you his angels,
you mighty in strength, who do his bidding.
R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Jn 21:15-19

After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them,
he said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”




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2 posted on 06/02/2006 7:26:46 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Holy Spirit: Pentecost

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St. Marcellinus and St. Peter, Martyrs
4 posted on 06/02/2006 7:29:07 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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June Devotion: The Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Of Jesus

Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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5 posted on 06/02/2006 7:30:13 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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OK, everybody



I am going on a pilgrimage to Eastern Europe and will be gone beginning June 12th and returning June 25th, so I will need to have someone post the Daily Readings. Several of you have done it in the past, so perhaps you can split the two weeks I will be gone.

BTW, here is my itnierary:
Day 1 June 12 -- leave U. S.
Day 2 June 13 -- Prague
Day 3 June 14 -- Prague
Day 4 June 15 -- Prague, Wroclaw, Warsaw
Day 5 June 16 -- Warsaw Fr. Kolbe's Convent
Day 6 June 17 -- Czesochowa
Day 7 June 18 -- Auschwitz, Wadowice, Kalwaria, Krakow
Day 8 June 19 -- Krakow
Day 9 June 20 -- Krakow St. Faustina & Salt Mines
Day 10 June 21 -- Litmanova, Budapest
Day 11 June 22 -- Budapest
Day 12 June 23 -- Puszta, Vienna
Day 13 June 24 -- Vienna
Day 14 June 25 -- Return Flight

I will be glad to send you the links I use in posting the Daily Readings through FReepmail.


6 posted on 06/02/2006 7:32:09 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: Acts 25:13b-21


Festus Briefs Agrippa



[13b] Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to welcome Festus.
[14] And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the
king, saying, "There is a man left prisoner by Felix; [15] and when I was at
Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews gave information
about him, asking for sentence against him. [16] I answered them that it was
not the custom of the Romans to give up any one before the accused met the
accusers face to face, and had opportunity to make his defense concerning
the charge laid against him. [17] When therefore they came together here, I
made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered
the man to be brought in. [18] When the accusers stood up, they brought no
charge in his case of such evils as I supposed; [19] but they had certain
points of dispute with him about their own superstition and about one Jesus,
who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive. [20] Being at a loss how
to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wished to go to Jerusalem
and be tried there regarding them. [21] But when Paul had appealed to be
kept in custody for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be held
until I send him to Caesar."





Commentary:


13. Herod Agrippa II was a son of Herod Agrippa I. He was born in the
year 27. Like his father he had won favor with Rome and had been given
various territories in northern Palestine, which he was allowed to rule
with the title of king. Bernice was his sister.


19. Festus' words show his indifference towards Paul's beliefs and his
religious controversy with the Jews. The conversation between the two
politicians reveals a typical attitude of worldly men to matters which
they consider far-fetched and irrelevant as far as everyday affairs are
concerned. This passage also shows us that in the course of his trial
Paul must have had an opportunity to speak about Jesus and confess his
faith in the Resurrection.


Jesus Christ is alive; he is the center of history and the center of
each and every person's existence. "The Church believes that Christ, who
died and was raised for the sake of all (cf. 2 Cor 5:15) can show man
the way and strengthen him through the Spirit in order to be worthy of
his destiny: nor is there any other name under heaven given among men
by which they can be saved (cf. Acts 4:12). The Church likewise
maintains that the key, the center and the purpose of the whole of
man's history is to be found in its Lord and Master. She also maintains
that beneath all that changes there is much that is unchanging, much
that has its ultimate foundation in Christ, who is the same yesterday,
and today, and forever (cf. Heb 13:8)" (Vatican II, "Gaudium Et Spes",
10).


"Stir up that fire of faith. Christ is not a figure that has passed. He
is not a memory that is lost in history.


"He lives! '"Jesus Christus heri et hodie, ipse et in saecula"', says
Saint Paul,--'Jesus Christ is the same today as he was yesterday and as
he will be for ever"' ([St] J. Escriva, The Way, 584).


21. "Caesar" and "Augustus" were titles of the Roman emperor. At this
time the emperor was Nero (54-68).



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.


7 posted on 06/02/2006 7:35:09 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: John 21:15-19


Peter's Primacy



[15] When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
"Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him,
"Yes, Lord; you know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My
lambs." [16] A second time He said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you
love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord, you know I love You." He said
to him, "Tend My sheep." [17] He said to him the third time, "Simon,
son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him
the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know
everything; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My
sheep. [18] Truly, truly I say to you, when you were young, you girded
yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will
stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where
you do not wish to go." [19] (This He said to show by what death he
was to glorify God.) And after this He said to him, "Follow Me."





Commentary:


15-17. Jesus Christ had promised Peter that he would be the primate of
the Church (cf. Matthew 16:16-19 and note on the same). Despite his
three denials during our Lord's passion, Christ now confers on him the
primacy He promised.


"Jesus questions Peter, three times, as if to give him a triple chance
to atone for his triple denial. Peter has learned his lesson from the
bitter experience of his wretchedness. Aware of his weakness, he is
deeply convinced that rash claims are pointless. Instead he puts
everything in Christ's hands. `Lord, You know well that I love You"
([St] J. Escriva, "Friends of God", 267). The primacy was given
to Peter directly and immediately. So the Church has always
understood--and so Vatican I defined: "We therefore teach and declare
that, according to the testimony of the Gospel, the primacy of
jurisdiction over the universal Church of God was immediately and
directly promised and given to Blessed Peter the Apostle by Christ our
Lord. [...] And it was upon Simon Peter alone that Jesus after His
resurrection bestowed the jurisdiction of chief pastor and ruler over
all His fold in the words: "Feed My lambs; feed My sheep" ("Pastor
Aeternus", Chapter 1).


The primacy is a grace conferred on Peter and his successors, the
popes; it is one of the basic elements in the Church, designed to guard
and protect its unity: "In order that the episcopate also might be one
and undivided, and that [...] the multitude of the faithful might be
kept secure in the oneness of faith and communion, He set Blessed Peter
over the rest of the Apostles, and fixed in him the abiding principle
of this twofold unity, and its visible foundation" ("Pastor Aeternus,
Dz-Sch 3051"; cf. Vatican II, "Lumen Gentium", 18). Therefore, the
primacy of Peter is perpetuated in each of his successors: this is
something which Christ disposed; it is not based on human legislation
or custom.


By virtue of the primacy, Peter, and each of his successors, is the
shepherd of the whole Church and vicar of Christ on earth, because he
exercises vicariously Christ's own authority. Love for the Pope, whom
St. Catherine of Siena used to call "the sweet Christ on earth", should
express itself in prayer, sacrifice and obedience.


18-19. According to Tradition, St. Peter followed his Master to the
point of dying by crucifixion, head downwards, "Peter and Paul suffered
martyrdom in Rome during Nero's persecution of Christians, which took
place between the years 64 and 68. St. Clement, the successor of the
same Peter in the See of the Church of Rome, recalls this when, writing
to the Corinthians, he puts before them `the generous example of these
two athletes': `due to jealousy and envy, those who were the principal
and holiest columns suffered persecution and fought the fight unto
death'" ([Pope] Paul VI, "Petrum Et Paulum").


"Follow Me!": these words would have reminded the Apostle of the first
call he received (cf. Matthew 4:19) and of the fact that Christ
requires of His disciples complete self-surrender: "If any man would
come after Me, let him deny himself and take up the Cross daily and
follow Me" (Luke 9:23). St. Peter himself, in one of his letters, also
testifies to the Cross being something all Christians must carry: "For
to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps" (1 Peter
2:21).



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.


8 posted on 06/02/2006 7:36:19 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings

First reading Acts 25:13 - 21 ©
Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus. Their visit lasted several days, and Festus put Paul’s case before the king. ‘There is a man here’ he said ‘whom Felix left behind in custody, and while I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and elders of the Jews laid information against him, demanding his condemnation. But I told them that Romans are not in the habit of surrendering any man, until the accused confronts his accusers and is given an opportunity to defend himself against the charge. So they came here with me, and I wasted no time but took my seat on the tribunal the very next day and had the man brought in. When confronted with him, his accusers did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected; but they had some argument or other with him about their own religion and about a dead man called Jesus whom Paul alleged to be alive. Not feeling qualified to deal with questions of this sort, I asked him if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem to be tried there on this issue. But Paul put in an appeal for his case to be reserved for the judgement of the august emperor, so I ordered him to be remanded until I could send him to Caesar.’
Psalm or canticle: Psalm 102
Gospel John 21:15 - 19 ©
After the meal Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?’ He answered, ‘Yes Lord, you know I love you’. Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs’. A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He replied, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you’. Jesus said to him, ‘Look after my sheep’. Then he said to him a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was upset that he asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you’. Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.
‘I tell you most solemnly,
when you were young
you put on your own belt
and walked where you liked;
but when you grow old
you will stretch out your hands,
and somebody else will put a belt round you
and take you where you would rather not go.’

In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, ‘Follow me’.

9 posted on 06/02/2006 7:42:35 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Office of Readings -- Awakening Prayer

Office of Readings

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 68 (69)
I am consumed with zeal for your house
Save me, O God,
 for the waters have come up to my neck.
I am stuck in bottomless mud;
 I am adrift in deep waters
 and the flood is sweeping me away.
I am exhausted with crying out, my throat is parched,
 my eyes are failing as I look out for my God.
Those who hate me for no reason
 are more than the hairs of my head.
They are strong, my persecutors, my lying enemies:
 they make me give back things I never took.

God, you know my weakness:
 my crimes are not hidden from you.
Let my fate not put to shame those who trust in you,
 Lord, Lord of hosts.
Let them not be dismayed on my account,
 those who seek you, God of Israel.

For it is for your sake that I am taunted
 and covered in confusion:
I have become a stranger to my own brothers,
 a wanderer in the eyes of my mother’s children.

Because zeal for your house is consuming me,
 and the taunts of those who hate you
 fall upon my head.
I have humbled my soul with fasting
 and they reproach me for it.

I have made sackcloth my clothing
 and they make me a byword.
The idlers at the gates speak against me;
 for drinkers of wine, I am the butt of their songs.

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 68 (69)
But I turn my prayer to you, Lord,
 at the acceptable time, my God.
In your great kindness, hear me,
 and rescue me with your faithful help.
Tear me from the mire, before I become stuck;
 tear me from those who hate me;
 tear me from the depths of the waters.
Do not let the waves overwhelm me;
 do not let the deep waters swallow me;
 do not let the well’s mouth engulf me.

Hear me, Lord, for you are kind and good.
 In your abundant mercy, look upon me.
Do not turn your face from your servant:
 I am suffering, so hurry to answer me.

Come to my soul and deliver it,
 rescue me from my enemies’ attacks.
You know how I am taunted and ashamed;
 how I am thrown into confusion.

You can see all those who are troubling me.
 Reproach has shattered my heart – I am sick.
I looked for sympathy, but none came;
 I looked for a consoler but did not find one.
They gave me bitterness to eat;
 when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.

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 68 (69)
I am weak and I suffer,
 but your help, O God, will sustain me.
I will praise the name of God in song
 and proclaim his greatness with praises.
This will please the Lord more than oxen,
 than cattle with their horns and hooves.

Let the humble see and rejoice.
 Seek the Lord, and your heart shall live,
for the Lord has heard the needy
 and has not despised his captive people.
Let heaven and earth praise him,
 the seas and all that swims in them.
For the Lord will make Sion safe
 and build up the cities of Judah:
 there they will live, the land will be theirs.
The seed of his servants will inherit the land,
 and those who love his name will dwell there.

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.

Reading 2 John 1:1 - 13 ©
From the Elder: my greetings to the Lady, the chosen one, and to her children, she whom I love in the truth-and I am not the only one, for so do all who have come to know the truth- because of the truth that lives in us and will be with us for ever. In our life of truth and love, we shall have grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father.
It has given me great joy to find that your children have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father. I am writing now, dear lady, not to give you any new commandment, but the one which we were given at the beginning, and to plead: let us love one another.
To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.
There are many deceivers about in the world, refusing to admit that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist. Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and not get the reward it deserves. If anybody does not keep within the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he cannot have God with him: only those who keep to what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them. If anyone comes to you bringing a different doctrine, you must not receive him in your house or even give him a greeting. To greet him would make you a partner in his wicked work.
There are several things I have to tell you, but I have thought it best not to trust them to paper and ink. I hope instead to visit you and talk to you personally, so that our joy may be complete.
Greetings to you from the children of your sister, the chosen one.

Reading From the treatise on the Trinity by St Hilary
The Father's gift in Christ
Our Lord commanded us to baptise in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. In baptism, then, we profess faith in the Creator, in the only-begotten Son and in the gift which is the Spirit. There is one Creator of all things, for in God there is one Father from whom all things have their being. And there is one only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things exist. And there is one Spirit, the gift who is in all. So all follow their due order, according to the proper operation of each: one power, which brings all things into being, one Son, through whom all things come to be, and one gift of perfect hope. Nothing is wanting to this flawless union: in Father, Son and Holy Spirit, there is infinity of endless being, perfect reflection of the divine image, and mutual enjoyment of the gift.
Our Lord has described the purpose of the Spirit’s presence in us. Let us listen to his words: I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. It is to your advantage that I go away; if I go, I will send you the Advocate. And also: I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever, the Spirit of truth. He will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine.
From among many of our Lord’s sayings, these have been chosen to guide our understanding, for they reveal to us the intention of the giver, the nature of the gift and the condition for its reception. Since our weak minds cannot comprehend the Father or the Son, we have been given the Holy Spirit as our intermediary and advocate, to shed light on that hard doctrine of our faith, the incarnation of God.
We receive the Spirit of truth so that we can know the things of God. In order to grasp this, consider how useless the faculties of the human body would become if they were denied their exercise. Our eyes cannot fulfil their task without light, either natural or artificial; our ears cannot react without sound vibrations, and in the absence of any odour our nostrils are ignorant of their function. Not that these senses would lose their own nature if they were not used; rather, they demand objects of experience in order to function. It is the same with the human soul. Unless it absorbs the gift of the Spirit through faith, the mind has the ability to know God but lacks the light necessary for that knowledge.
This unique gift which is in Christ is offered in its fullness to everyone. It is everywhere available, but it is given to each man in proportion to his readiness to receive it. Its presence is the fuller, the greater a man’s desire to be worthy of it. This gift will remain with us until the end of the world, and will be our comfort in the time of waiting. By the favours it bestows, it is the pledge of our hope for the future, the light of our minds, and the splendour that irradiates our understanding.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

10 posted on 06/02/2006 7:46:23 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day


June 2, 2006
Sts. Marcellinus and Peter
(d. 304)

Marcellinus and Peter were prominent enough in the memory of Church to be included among the saints of the Roman Canon. Mention of their names is optional in our present Eucharistic Prayer I.

Marcellinus was a priest and Peter was an exorcist, that is, someone authorized by the Church to deal with cases of demonic possession. They were beheaded during the persecution of Diocletian. Pope Damasus wrote an epitaph apparently based on the report of their executioner, and Constantine erected a basilica over the crypt in which they were buried in Rome. Numerous legends sprang from an early account of their death.

Comment:

Why are these men included in our Eucharistic prayer, and given their own feast day, in spite of the fact that almost nothing is known about them? Probably because the Church respects its collective memory. They once sent an impulse of encouragement through the whole Church. They made the ultimate step of faith.

Quote:

"The Church has always believed that the apostles, and Christ's martyrs who had given the supreme witness of faith and charity by the shedding of their blood, are quite closely joined with us in Christ" (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 50).



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Friday, June 2, 2006
Easter Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Acts 25:13-21
Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
John 21:15-19

Diligence in prayer is the perfection of the Gospel.

-- St. Aloysius Gonzaga


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Catholic Culture

Collect:
Father, may we benefit from the example of your martyrs Marcellinus and Peter, and be supported by their prayers. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

June 02, 2006 Month Year Season

Optional Memorial of Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs

Old Calendar: Saints Marcellinus, Peter and Erasmus, bishop, martyrs

Peter and Marcellinus are two Roman martyrs who suffered under the Diocletian persecution, about the year 303; the first was an exorcist, the second a priest. Their cultus was so important that after peace was restored to the Church, Constantine built a basilica in their honor. Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I).

Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar this was also the feast of St. Erasmus, a bishop in Asia Minor, who was martyred in Campania at about the same time. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.


St. Marcellinus and St. Peter
Peter, an exorcist, was cast into prison at Rome, under the emperor Diocletian, by the judge Serenus, for confessing the Christian faith. He there set free Paulina, the daughter of Artemius, the keeper of the prison, from an evil spirit which tormented her. Upon this, Artemius and his wife and all their house, with their neighbors who had run together to see the strange thing, were converted to Jesus Christ. Peter therefore brought them to Marcellinus the priest, who baptized them all. When Serenus heard of it, he called Peter and Marcellinus before him, and sharply rebuked them, adding to his bitter words threats and terrors, unless they would deny Christ. Marcellinus answered him with Christian boldness, whereupon he caused him to be buffeted, separated him from Peter, and shut him up naked, in a prison strewn with broken glass, without either food or light. Peter also he confined. But when both of them were found to increase in faith and courage in their bonds, they were beheaded, unshaken in their testimony, and confessing Jesus Christ gloriously by their blood.

Excerpted from The Liturgical Year, Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.

Things to Do:

  • Read an excerpt about St. Peter from Sacred and Legendary Art.

  • St. Marcellinus and Peter are included in the Roman Martyrology, originally a written catalogue of those saints who shed their blood for Christ during the early centuries of pagan persecution. Local churches celebrated each martyr's "birthday" into heaven, assigning the day of their final victory over the world as their feastday in the liturgical calendar. When she triumphantly arose from the catacombs, the Church gradually introduced other great saints, who were not slain for their faith, into the Martyrology as she combined the recorded Acta of both east and west. An official book of the Roman liturgy it's pages contain the names of thousands of our most valiant Catholic heroes and heroines along with a very brief biographical sketch commemorating either their martyrdom or their most enduring accomplishments. If you would like to purchase a copy you can do so at Amazon.com.


St. Erasmus
In Campania the bishop Erasmus was, under the empire of Diocletian and Maximian, beaten with clubs and whips loaded with lead, and afterwards plunged into resin, sulphur, melted lead, boiling pitch, wax, and oil. From all this he came forth whole and sound: which wonder converted many to believe in Christ. He was remanded to prison, and bound in iron fetters. But from these he was wondrously delivered by an angel. At last, being taken to Formi, Maximian caused him to be subjected to divers torments, being clad in a coat of re-hot brass, but the power of God made him more than a conqueror in all these things also. Afterwards, having converted many to the faith and confirmed them therein, he obtained the palm of a glorious martyrdom.

Excerpted from The Liturgical Year, Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.

He is invoked for intestinal diseases, for his legend asserts that he was tortured by winding his entrails round a windlass. He is also called St. Elmo, and the static electricity on boats, Saint Elmo's Fire, is named after him. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Patron: Abdominal pains; ammunition workers; appendicitis; birth pains; boatmen; childbirth; childhood intestinal disease; colic; danger at sea; explosives workers; intestinal disorders; mariners; navigators; ordnance workers; sailors; seasickness; stomach diseases; storms; watermen; women in labor.

Symbols: Windlass or capstan wound with his intestines; ship; ravens bringing him bread; cauldron of molten lead; red-hot armour; three-pronged hook; cauldron of boiling pitch or resin.


13 posted on 06/02/2006 7:54:15 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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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 50 (51)
God, have mercy on me
Take pity on me, Lord, in your mercy; in your abundance of mercy wipe out my guilt.
Wash me ever more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know how guilty I am: my sin is always before me.

Against you, you alone have I sinned, and I have done evil in your sight.
Know this, so that you may give just sentence and an unbiased judgement.

See, I was conceived in guilt, in sin my mother conceived me;
but you love truth in the heart, and deep within me you have shown me your wisdom.

You will sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be made clean; you will wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
You will make me hear the sound of joy and gladness; the bones you have crushed will rejoice.

Turn your face away from my sins and wipe out all my transgressions;
create a pure heart in me, God, put a steadfast spirit into me.

Do not send me away from your presence, or withdraw your holy spirit from me;
give me again the joy of your salvation, and be ready to strengthen me with your spirit.

I will teach the unjust your ways, and the impious will return to you.
Free me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, God my saviour, and my voice will glory in your justice.

Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will proclaim your praise;
for you do not delight in sacrifices: if I offered you a burnt offering, it would not please you.
The true sacrifice is a broken spirit: a contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not refuse.

Be pleased, Lord, to look kindly on Sion, so that the walls of Jerusalem can be rebuilt,
Then indeed you will accept the proper sacrifices, gifts and burnt offerings; then indeed will bullocks be laid upon your altar.

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 Jeremiah 14
Lamentation of the people in the time of famine and war
Let my eyes shed tears, night and day, let them never cease,
 for the daughter of my people is afflicted with a great affliction,
 with the worst of all wounds.

If I go out into the fields – behold, those slain by the sword;
 if I go into the city – behold, those wasted by famine.
Prophet and priest go through the land, they know nothing.

Surely you have not rejected Judah, thrust him from you?
Surely Sion has not become hateful to your heart?

Why have you struck us down beyond all hope of healing?
We have looked for peace, but no good came;
 we have looked for the time of healing, but trouble came instead.

We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the evil done by our fathers:
 we acknowledge that we have sinned.
Do not make us a reproach, for your name’s sake,
 and do not make us a disgrace before the throne of your glory.
Remember the covenant you made with us: do not bring it to an end.

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 99 (100)
Enter the Temple with joy
Rejoice in the Lord, all the earth. Exult in his presence and serve him with joy.

Know that the Lord is God. He made us and we are his – his people, the sheep of his flock.

Cry out his praises as you enter his gates, fill his courtyards with songs. Proclaim him and bless his name;
for the Lord is our delight. His mercy lasts for ever, his faithfulness through all the ages.

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

14 posted on 06/02/2006 7:55:48 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Regnum Christi

 

Love Responds to Love
June 2, 2006


Love is the one condition for each of us who aspire to be an apostle.

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Father Walter Schu, LC

John 21:15-19
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them, he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He then said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."

Introductory Prayer: Lord, as you asked Peter along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, ask me once again during this meditation, “Do you love me?” Help me to renew my love for you by entrusting it into your hands.

Petition: Lord, help me to respond with love to your own self-giving love to the point of dying on the cross for me.

1. “Do You Love Me?” The moment has arrived that Christ has been preparing ever since his Resurrection. He is alone with Peter. Their last encounter before Jesus’ death was that sad occasion when Christ looked at Peter, forgiving him after his threefold denial. Now Christ takes Peter a little apart from the others and gives him the opportunity to affirm a threefold pledge of his love. The one, supreme condition for Christ to renew Peter’s commission to tend his sheep is Peter’s love for his Master. Love is the one condition for each of us who aspire to be an apostle. Peter’s love has been purified by his betrayal of Christ during the Passion. It has been chastened and humbled. Now Peter entrusts everything -- even his love -- into Christ’s hands: “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Do my failures enable me to love Christ more, with greater trust?

2. “Can Love Be Commanded?” Pope Benedict XVI poses a provocative question in his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love). How can Christ demand love from us in order to be his followers, his apostles? Pope Benedict clarifies, “Love cannot be commanded; it is ultimately a feeling that is either there or not, nor can it be produced by the will” (no. 16). The response to this apparent quandary is twofold. In the first place, love can be commanded because it has first been given. “God does not demand of us a feeling which we ourselves are incapable of producing. He loves us, he makes us see and experience his love, and since he has ‘loved us first,’ love can also blossom as a response within us” (no. 17). Secondly, “it is clearly revealed that love is not merely a sentiment. Sentiments come and go. A sentiment can be a marvelous first spark, but it is not the fullness of love” (no. 17).

3. “Love in Its Most Radical Form.” What then is the essence of love, that love which Christ first gave us and which he in turn demands of us as his followers? “It is characteristic of a mature love that it calls into play all man’s potentialities; it engages the whole man, so to speak. Contact with the visible manifestations of God’s love can awaken within us a feeling of joy born of the experience of being loved. But this encounter also engages our will and our intellect. Acknowledgment of the living God is one path towards love, and the “yes” of our will to his will unites our intellect, will and sentiments in the all-embracing act of love” (Deus Caritas Est, no. 17). As Pope John Paul Great has phrased it so many times, true love is the gift of one’s entire self. Where can we contemplate pure love in all its radicalness? Christ’s cross. “This is love in its most radical form. By contemplating the pierced side of Christ (cf. John 19:37), we can understand the starting-point of this encyclical letter: ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8). It is there that this truth can be contemplated. It is from there that our definition of love must begin. In this contemplation the Christian discovers the path along which his life and love must move” (no. 12).

Dialogue with Christ: Thank you, Lord, for helping me to see, through Pope John Paul the Great and Pope Benedict XVI, the meaning of authentic love. Thank you for your love for me, which knows no limits. Your love is the standard to which my own poor love must rise.

Resolution: I will give myself to Christ today in acts of love that embrace my whole person, intellect, will and sentiments. I will imitate Christ’s crucified love.


15 posted on 06/02/2006 7:58:35 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Homily of the Day


Homily of the Day

Title:   True Love Is Faithful to the End
Author:   Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.
Date:   Friday, June 2, 2006
 


Acts 25:13-21 / Jn 21:15-19

Love, they say, makes the world go round. But what is it? Those warm, mushy feelings that well up inside us? Those tears that flow when we watch our first communicants walk up the aisle in the little white suits and dresses? No, those moments are charming, but they’re not love. They’re sentimentality, which comes and goes faster than we’d care to admit.

Love has a different shape. It’s a determined desiring of the best for the other, and a willingness to do whatever is necessary to make the best happen. In sum, true love, by definition, is faithful and has no limits.

In today’s gospel, Jesus — in the time after His resurrection — asks Peter three times whether he loves Him. The repeated question was an echo of the three times that Peter had denied even knowing Jesus. How those questions must have seared his heart!

But those three questions are for us too. They’re probing the seriousness of our commitment to the Lord. It’s highly unlikely that any of us will be called to witness to our faith by martyrdom. But every one of us is called to witness our love for Jesus daily by being true to the mission He’s given us.

Be like Peter, a man who made monumental mistakes, but knew how to go forward. Be faithful now in your love of our good Lord Jesus.

 


16 posted on 06/02/2006 8:03:31 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The following linked article posted by 'NYer' is relevant to the Gospel reading today with comments on it from Pope Benedict XVI.

Saint Peter As Seen by His Successor (extraordinary document from B16 on his preaching and papacy)

17 posted on 06/02/2006 2:58:04 PM PDT by TotusTuus (Christos Voskrese!)
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Jn 21:15-19
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
15 When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. cum ergo prandissent dicit Simoni Petro Iesus Simon Iohannis diligis me plus his dicit ei etiam Domine tu scis quia amo te dicit ei pasce agnos meos
16 He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. dicit ei iterum Simon Iohannis diligis me ait illi etiam Domine tu scis quia amo te dicit ei pasce agnos meos
17 He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. dicit ei tertio Simon Iohannis amas me contristatus est Petrus quia dixit ei tertio amas me et dicit ei Domine tu omnia scis tu scis quia amo te dicit ei pasce oves meas
18 Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not. amen amen dico tibi cum esses iunior cingebas te et ambulabas ubi volebas cum autem senueris extendes manus tuas et alius te cinget et ducet quo non vis
19 And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me. hoc autem dixit significans qua morte clarificaturus esset Deum et hoc cum dixisset dicit ei sequere me

18 posted on 06/02/2006 8:40:43 PM PDT by annalex
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The Stefaneschi Triptych: Martyrdom of Peter

Giotto di Bondone

c. 1330
Tempera on panel
Pinacoteca, Vatican

19 posted on 06/02/2006 8:42:08 PM PDT by annalex
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Thanks for that link. As I posted I wondered how long it would take someone to say something about the primacy of Peter. I'll check out the thread.

You have FReepmail.


20 posted on 06/02/2006 10:08:43 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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21 posted on 06/02/2006 10:11:19 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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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 134 (135)
Praise the Lord, the wonder-worker
Praise the name of the Lord:
 praise it, servants of the Lord,
you who stand in the house of the Lord,
 in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
 sing to his name, for it brings happiness.
For the Lord chose Jacob for his own,
 he chose Israel for his possession.

I know how great is the Lord,
 how great is our God above all gods.
The Lord accomplishes all that he wills,
 in the heavens and on the earth,
 in the sea and the depths of the oceans.
He brings in clouds from the ends of the earth,
 makes lightning for the rain-clouds,
 from his storehouse he calls forth the winds.

He struck down the first-born of Egypt,
 of man and of beast alike.
He sent signs and wonders among them,
 to Pharaoh and all his servants.
He shattered nation after nation,
 killed powerful kings:
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
 Og, the king of Bashan,
 all the kingdoms of Canaan.
He gave their lands as a birthright,
 as a birthright for Israel his people.

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 134 (135)
Lord, your name is for ever;
 Lord, your name will be remembered
 by generation after generation.
For the Lord will give judgement for his people,
 he will look with kindness upon his servants.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
 the work of the hands of men.
They have mouths but will not speak,
 they have eyes and will not see.
They have ears and will not hear,
 there is no breath in their mouths.
They will be like them, those who make them;
 and all who put their trust in them.

House of Israel, bless the Lord;
 house of Aaron, bless the Lord;
house of Levi, bless the Lord;
 you who fear the Lord, bless the Lord.

Blessed be the Lord from Sion,
 whose abode is Jerusalem.

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 Apocalypse 15
A hymn of adoration
Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God Almighty;
just and true are your ways, King of all nations!

Who, Lord, will not revere and glorify your name? For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship in your presence, for your judgements have been seen by all.

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

22 posted on 06/02/2006 10:18:42 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Word Among Us


Friday, June 02, 2006

Meditation
Acts 25:13-21



Had Paul lost his touch? After three successful missionary journeys where many were converted, Paul got nowhere with Felix. Now his chances with Festus and King Agrippa were looking equally grim. Why was it that some seemed open to the gospel message, but others didn’t?

The truth is, Paul was preaching just as clearly to Felix and Agrippa as he did to Lydia and the Philippian jailer—both of whom had dramatic conversions. Ultimately, we must conclude that it is a mystery why some respond to the good news and others don’t. Our job, like Paul’s, is to keep trying to bring Christ to others, and leave it to the Lord to determine the timing and the depth of their response to our invitation.

What can we learn from Paul’s constant attempts to preach the gospel? Simply that we should do the same. We are to be ready in season and out of season, whether it is convenient or inconvenient, just as he counseled Timothy (2 Timothy 4:2). Bringing people to Christ does not have to mean banging them over the head in a pushy or obnoxious way. Extending a caring hand to a hurting neighbor, taking steps to heal a rift in a relationship, and faithfully working hard in our jobs are all ways that we can proclaim the truth that Jesus Christ is risen and lives in us. Of course, we should also look for openings the Lord gives us to speak about our faith and to explain how it helps us and strengthens us in our daily lives.

But what about those I love who haven’t responded to my witness about the Lord? What about those who still seem far from Christ? Keep hoping! Keep praying! Keep trusting! The Lord may have this person on a ten-step path to conversion, and you may be playing a crucial role in step six or seven right now. So never give up, and never lose hope in Jesus.

“Jesus, I ask you to give me the heart of an apostle—a heart that longs to be your witness in all that I do and say each day. Pour out a special blessing on my words to reach those I love with the gospel. Never let me lose hope in your power to heal and to save everyone!”

Psalm 103:1-2,11-12,19-20; John 21:15-19



23 posted on 06/02/2006 10:36:10 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body


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Sts. Marcellinus & Peter
 
Acts 25:13-21 Psalm 103 John 21:15-19
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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
 
" 'Do you love Me?' 'Yes Lord.' " —John 21:16
 

In a world of manipulation, misrepresentation, and "hard-sell," we have Jesus, "the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth" (see Jn 14:6). Jesus does not broadcast commercials to interest people in following Him. He does not try to talk us into anything. For example, Jesus bluntly told Peter: "When you are older you will stretch out your hands, and another will tie you fast and carry you off against your will" (Jn 21:18). After indicating "the sort of death by which Peter was to glorify God," Jesus then said to Peter: "Follow Me" (Jn 21:19). Jesus isn't a salesman.

Jesus is also disarmingly honest concerning the Holy Spirit. He could tell us about the power, blessings, healings, and prosperity the Spirit brings, but Jesus mentions these briefly while emphasizing how the Spirit will make us persecutable. The Spirit is not only our ticket to heaven but also to suffering for the gospel.

God's word promises: "Happy are you when you are insulted for the sake of Christ, for then God's Spirit in Its glory has come to rest on you" (1 Pt 4:14). Paul was compelled and warned by the Spirit that chains and hardships awaited him (Acts 20:23). If the Spirit will take us not only to resurrection but also to death, not only to glory but to Calvary, why would we ever thirst and ask for the Spirit? (Jn 7:37) Love is the only reason. Jesus asks: "Do you love Me?" (Jn 21:16)

 
Prayer: Father, on this eighth day of the novena, may love impel me to receive the Spirit, despite the pain (2 Cor 5:14).
Promise: "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He put our transgressions from us." —Ps 103:12
Praise: Sts. Marcellinus and Peter were early Roman martyrs who accepted the ultimate persecution for the sake of Christ.
 

24 posted on 06/02/2006 10:43:10 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Compline -- Evening 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 87 (88)
The prayer of one gravely ill
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Lord God, my saviour,
 I have cried out to you by day and by night.
Let my prayer come before you:
 turn your ear to my request.

For my soul is full of evils,
 my life has come close to its end.
I am counted with those who go down to the pit:
 I am left without help.
I am one of the dead,
 like the murdered who sleep in their tombs,
who lie there forgotten,
 cut off from your care.

You have thrust me down into the pit,
 to the gloom and the shadow of death.
Your anger weighs heavy upon me;
 you have drowned me under your waves.

You have taken my friends away from me:
 you have made me hateful in their sight,
 I am shut in, I may not go out.
My eyes are weak from my sufferings.
I have called to you, Lord, all the day;
 I have stretched out my hands to you.
Is it for the dead that you perform your wonders?
 Will the ghosts rise up and proclaim you?
In the tomb, will they tell of your kindness?
 Will they tell of your faithfulness in the place of the lost?
Will your wonders be known in the darkness,
 or your righteousness in the land of oblivion?

And so I have called out to you, Lord,
 and in the morning my prayer will come before you.
With what purpose, Lord, do you reject my soul?
 Why do you hide your face from me?
I am poor; from my youth I have been dying;
 I have borne the terrors you sent, I am lost in confusion.
Your anger has overrun me, your terrors have broken me:
 they have flowed round me like water,
 they have besieged me all the day long.
You have taken my friends and those close to me:
 all I have left is shadows.

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. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Reading Jeremiah 14:9
You, Lord, are in our midst, and we are called by your name; therefore do not abandon us, Lord, our God.

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

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, let us be so united with your only Son that we become worthy to rise with him into new life, who lives and reigns for ever and ever, Amen.

May the almighty Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
A M E N
Final Antiphon
Queen of Heaven, be joyful,
 Alleluia.
You who were worthy to bear him.
 Alleluia.
He has risen, as he promised.
 Alleluia.
Pray for us to God.
 Alleluia.

25 posted on 06/02/2006 10:52:29 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Hope you keep a diary and write it up for us.


26 posted on 06/03/2006 5:12:58 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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