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  • How important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

    04/08/2012 12:05:04 AM PDT · by U-238 · 39 replies
    The Observer ^ | 3/7/2012 | Rev. Roger N. Eimers
    Easter is a celebration of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. How important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ? The Apostle Paul wrote about the importance of the resurrection of Christ in the entire 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians. He began by saying, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how...
  • Georgetown church gearing up for Easter visit from Tim Tebow

    04/07/2012 11:27:55 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    kvue.com ^ | April 4, 2012 | SHELTON GREEN
    The New York Jets quarterback will speak for 20 minutes during an outdoor worship service that could draw as many as 30,000 people for the Easter Service beginning at 10 a.m. “Obviously it's our Super Bowl," said Joe Champion, pastor at the Celebration Church. "Easter is the resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate in our faith. We feel like it's going to be a testimony to the community. We want it to be a family event." There will be no parking at the Celebration Church site at 1202 Rabbit Hill Drive. Instead, the church is renting 110 buses to pick...
  • The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2012 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Patheos.com via TheDeaconsBench. ^ | Mar 15th, 2011 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The buzz on the new "Exultet": here come the bees! Mar 15th, 2011 by Deacon Greg Kandra With Easter rapidly approaching, deacons everywhere will be clearing their throats and getting ready to give voice to the great hymn of the Paschal Proclamation — also known as “The Exultet,” a seven-minute a capaella chant that fittingly, as the lyric proclaims, “humbles earthly pride.”    It is the Mother of All Chants, an epic best approached with a strong heart and steeled nerves.(For those interested, there’s an excellent downloadable version here that I’ve used for the last three years.)My pal Elizabeth...
  • Freeper Canteen ~ Happy Easter: He Is Risen! ~ 08 April 2012

    04/07/2012 5:28:13 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 116 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    John 20:1-10 (KJV) 1The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4So they ran both together: and the other disciple did out run Peter, and came first to...
  • Faith is the true ‘enlightenment,’ Pope says at Easter Vigil (1 American among those baptized)

    04/07/2012 4:00:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | April 7, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI at the Easter Vigil Vatican City, Apr 7, 2012 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith, which reveals God’s light to humanity, is the "true enlightenment," Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed on April 7 as he celebrated Christ’s resurrection at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Benedict explained that the "enlightenment" of faith, unlike that of scientific rationalism, enables "God’s light to break into our world, opening our eyes to the true light."Below, the full text of Pope Benedict's homily during the Easter Vigil:Dear Brothers and Sisters,Easter is the feast of the new creation. Jesus...
  • THE EXULTET: Liturgical Treasure of the Easter Vigil

    04/07/2012 3:53:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | April 6, 2012 | DR WILLIAM LUCKEY
    The Exultet is a very lengthy, yet beautiful proclamation of the resurrection of Christ, resembling Haggadah, the great proclamation in the Jewish Pascal supper.The deacon singing the Exultet at Easter VigilThe Benedictine theologian of liturgy, Cyprian Vagaggini, points out that there are certain attitudes, surprisingly, within the church today, which have muddled the understanding of Easter. First, there is a positivist-historicist mentality which kind of tricked us into seeing the resurrection of Christ separately from his passion, and, then, his passion and death separately from his resurrection, and, both of these, separate from the sacraments. There is also a “juridic...
  • 2012 Easter Message from Archbishop Duncan

    04/07/2012 3:48:38 PM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    Anglican Church in North America ^ | 7 April AD 2012 | ++Robert Duncan
    EASTER HOMILY Preached by the Most Reverend Robert Duncan at the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh Vigil, in St. Peter's Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Easter Eve, 7th April, A.D.2012. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb? [Mark 16:3] In the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, One God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Blessed and Praised forever: Amen. In all four gospels it is women who come first to the tomb. Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell us the purpose: to anoint Jesus'...
  • President Obama's Easter Address

    04/07/2012 3:19:14 PM PDT · by garjog · 78 replies
    http://obamaclarifier.blogspot.com/ ^ | April 7, 2012 | Barak Obama
    President Obama's Easter Address. White House April 7, 2012 “Good afternoon. This Sunday marks a holiday for a major religion in our nation. Easter is a time for families to come together to enjoy a nice meal and perhaps go on an "egg hunt". Thousands of years ago the people of Europe seeking to invite their god to return after a long an cold winter lit fires and painted eggs as a sign of fertility. Today we also express our hope for a new dawning in America when prosperity returns after the winter of flawed economic policies that forced so...
  • "I Will Give You the Crown of Life" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Revelation 1:4-18; 2:8-11)

    04/07/2012 3:13:08 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 8, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “I Will Give You the Crown of Life” (Revelation 1:4-18; 2:8-11)Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) What a joyful day this is, this Easter Day, the greatest day of the year! For today we celebrate, with all the faithful and with all the company of heaven, the great victory Christ won for us when he arose from the dead, victorious over sin and death and hell, opening up for us righteousness and life and the kingdom of heaven. Easter Sunday is the proof of the victory Christ won for us on Good Friday, when he died on...
  • The missing ingredient of Easter; what the church has lost.

    04/07/2012 12:51:27 AM PDT · by fabian · 15 replies
    me ^ | 4/07/12 | fabian
    I rarely have heard Jesus's suffering spoken about in these terms; as he was the perfect example of patient non-resentment for us to follow closely. Take a look.. http://youtu.be/jprge6jhdzA
  • Historical Questions About the Resurrection (Special TSP Easter Post and Podcast)

    04/07/2012 12:35:42 AM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn
    The Sacred Page ^ | 4/7/12 | Michael Barber
    Click below (scroll to the bottom of this post) to listen to the special TSP Easter podcast. Of course, you can also listen on iTunes. (Have you subscribed to the podcast yet?)St. Paul makes it clear that Resurrection is an essential aspect of Christian faith. He states, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:16–19). Yet...
  • Why don't Mormon's celebrate Easter? [Asked by a Mormon]

    04/06/2012 9:32:25 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 124 replies
    Pacumenispages.yuku.com ^ | April 20, 2002 | Abutleraz
    The Christian World just recently celebrated Easter. But as a general rule, it seems to me that Easter Sunday is NOT properly observed -at least in the ward's I have belonged to. I remember vividly an Easter Sunday (15 years ago) wherein the sacrament meeting was a missionary farewell--no particular emphasis on Easter, Christ's Atonement of Resurrection. I went to Sunday School--the instructor simply taught the next lesson in the manual--no emphasis whatsoever on Easter related topics. I went to Priesthood Meeting--same story in my Elder's Quorum. Finally, after going from classroom to classroom I discovered that the Priest's quorum...
  • Good Friday Observations

    04/06/2012 9:03:51 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies
    Original ^ | 4/6/2012
    It’s interesting how things work. Recently, I got a link across the transom to the story of Ken Kirby, a 52-year-old police officer who had a massive heart attack and rushed to the hospital. When he got there, he had no heart beat. He was dead. Apparently, Officer Kirby and his wife had been fighting a lot in the time just before that. She was distraught, of course. Having no other treatments to offer, the emergency room staff turned to prayer. Well, 45 minutes after his arrival, Ken Kirby recovered. He was back from the dead. This police officer, a...
  • HE'S ALIVE!

    04/06/2012 8:15:19 PM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | Don Francisco sung by Dolly Parton
    If you want a true blessing on this, the most sacred of days, listen to this rendition of He's Alive. The most amazing part of the production of this song was that it was performed Live on National T.V. in 1989 during the Country Music Awards and what a blessing it was (and is). Whatever happens to us as a Nation, we must remember that this is truly what it is all about. I hope this blesses you as much as it has me. He's Alive! He's Alive! He's Alive and I'm Forgiven! (as I so desperately need His forgiveness)...
  • The Last Supper (skit; if this happened to another religion, heads would roll)

    04/06/2012 8:33:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    LAST SUPPERI am Catholic, and along with other Christians, this weekend we are celebrating the Holiest of days. Unlike the so-called "religion of peace," which has filled the world with unspeakable violence and misery, we have a sense of humor and are actually not threatened. If something like this was done about the ROP, there would be car bombings, suicide bombings, carnage, and mass death. That is their worthless and bankrupt culture. To Christians everywhere, may you have a blessed Easter.
  • A society that persecutes Christ is heading for terrible trouble (Essay on atheists, secularists)

    04/06/2012 6:36:04 PM PDT · by Stoat · 17 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 6, 2012 | Charles Moore
    This week before Easter, I chanced upon the following two quotations. The first says: “Not for 2,000 years has it been possible for society to exclude or eliminate Christ from its social or political life without a terrible social or political consequence.” The second says: “Religion taught by a prophet or by a preacher of the truth is the only foundation on which to build a great and powerful empire.” The first is by Margaret Thatcher, opening her foreword to a book called Christianity and Conservatism, which appeared in 1990. The second appears in Tom Holland’s outstanding new book...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Happy Easter!) Vol. 14, April 6, 2012

    04/06/2012 9:30:28 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 67 replies
    Friday, April 6, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! The weather has cooled-down a bit, the sun is shining and my grandgirls have been here all week. I am one happy blonde today.It rained again 2 and 3 days ago, so I haven't even disked up the garden spot yet, but that will get done Monday.All of the fruit trees and bushes that I've planted are doing very well and the regular rains have been perfect to keep them moist and off to a great start! Some of the raspberries that I planted were established plants, and some were bare-root canes. Many...
  • Good Friday 2012

    04/06/2012 2:24:01 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    RedState.com ^ | April 6 2012 | St. Matthew, Erick Erickson
    And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.  And sitting down they watched him there;  And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. . . . . Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My...
  • The Christian Origin of Easter Eggs.

    04/05/2012 9:17:44 AM PDT · by dangus · 30 replies
    Vanity | 4-5-12 | Dangus
    In past years, I've debunked all sorts of nonsense about supposedly pagan origins of various Easter traditions, and Easter itself. However, since the Western Church has lost some of its ancient traditions, I was unaware of the Christian origins of Easter eggs. Since attending Eastern rites, occasionally, I have learned the truth: Traditionally, Christians have fasted from not only meat on Friday, but from all meat, fish, and dairy, all week long. Thus, just before Lent, great Feasts are held to consume all the spoilable foods that are abstained from during Lent. One can wait until after Lent is over...
  • The Challenge of Easter: How Will You Respond?

    04/05/2012 7:42:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2012 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Culture Challenge of the Week: Indifference What does it take to put your life on the line for others? As Americans, we’re fascinated by sacrificial heroism, and rightfully so. Our country’s history unfolds in the tales of its heroes—and in the ten plus years since 9-11, Americans have witnessed countless acts of heroism. From the courage of first responders who plunged into the World Trade Center’s burning corridors on 9-11 to the bravery of Seal Team Six, which delivered America from Osama Bin Laden’s malevolence, the selfless acts of others are the stories that we remember and retell. We...
  • This Easter, Forget the Eggs: Government Is On the Hunt for Taxes

    04/05/2012 8:00:04 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-04-04 | [Staff]
    While springtime normally ushers in warmer weather, taxpayers are still feeling the chill of government this Easter season. Whether you’re hunting for chocolate Easter eggs or enjoying a family Easter dinner, government is there to take a bite out of your holiday celebration. The fourth-largest shopping holiday in the United States, 33.47 percent of the $16.7 billion spent during the Easter season is made up of government taxes and fees—approximately $5.6 billion in revenues. Easter spending is subject to income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, and other taxes on business activity. Government then includes additional fees, excise taxes, and...
  • Hope For the Dead

    04/05/2012 6:49:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What does freedom have to do with rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and letters was not safety or taxes or peace; it was freedom. Two acts of Parliament broke the bonds with the mother country irreparably. The first was the Stamp Act, which was enforced by British soldiers writing their own search warrants and rummaging through the personal possessions of colonists looking to see whether they had purchased the government's stamps. The...
  • The Holy Week Hit Pieces Begin

    04/01/2012 10:15:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 1, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Every year during Holy Week the mainstream media conducts its own special ritual called the anti-Christian hit piece. The formula goes like this. Find some author who says that everything that Christians believe and hold dear is a lie. Report all his/her assertions as if they are fact without bothering to address the mountains of scholarly work over centuries that contradict his/her primary assertions. Some years it the "Real Jesus" or the "Real Mary" or the "Real Bible," but the purpose is always the same. Everything you believe is a lie. Happy Easter. This year, CNN begins the annual dance...
  • Governor Sarah Palin: God, Guns, the Constitution – Still Clinging

    03/29/2012 11:58:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2012 | Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK)
    I found a great book that would be a neat Easter basket addition for grown-up revelers who enjoy reading as much as eating those solid chocolate bunnies and Peeps we’ll thieve from the kids’ baskets on April 8. Todd Starnes boldly wrote “Dispatches From Bitter America: A Gun Toting, Chicken Eating, Son of a Baptist’s Culture War Stories,” and it couldn’t be more timely. It’s especially relevant because Todd lays out in detail the Obama Administration’s war on religious liberty. In addition to covering the state of the union in general, Todd writes about how the government is turning traditional...
  • 'Aggressive' Colorado Parents Force Annual Easter Egg Hunt To Be Canceled

    03/26/2012 7:59:37 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies · 6+ views
    MyFox DC ^ | March 16, 2012
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A free annual Easter egg hunt held in Old Colorado City was canceled because "aggressive" parents were grabbing too many eggs for their children. Thousands of candy-filled plastic eggs are scattered across Bancroft Park every year for children to find and collect, KXRM reported. But organizers said some parents were too aggressive and took too many of the eggs, leaving some children empty-handed.
  • Viewing the Church Through the Lens of the Holy Spirit [Catholic Caucus]

    06/11/2011 10:18:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | June 7th, 2011 | Father Thomas Rosica
    Viewing the Church Through the Lens of the Holy Spirit Biblical Reflection for the Solemnity of Pentecost By Father Thomas Rosica, CSBTORONTO, JUNE 7, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Pentecost is the 50th day that signals the start of the universal mission of the Church -- a mission that overcomes human obstacles and has the Spirit as its driving force. The mighty breath of God and the fire of the Spirit's presence engulf the group of disciples gathered in prayer around Mary, Mother of the Lord in the upper room.Luke's narrative of Pentecost in today's first reading from Acts (2:1-13) consists of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-12-11, Solemnity, Feast of Pentecost, Mass during Day

    06/11/2011 9:25:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-12-11 | New American Bible
    June 12, 2011 Pentecost SundayMass during the Day  Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 2:1-11When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,they were all in one place together.And suddenly there came from the skya noise like a strong driving wind,and it filled the entire house in which they were.Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,which parted and came to rest on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spiritand began to speak in different tongues,as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.At this sound, they gathered...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-12-11, Solemnity, Feast of Pentecost at the Vigil

    06/11/2011 10:27:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-12-11 | New American Bible
    June 12, 2011 Pentecost SundayAt the Vigil Mass Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Gn 11:1-9The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,“Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.”They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.”The LORD came down to see...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-11-11, Memorial, St. Barnabas, Apostle

    06/11/2011 12:27:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-11-11 | New American Bible
    June 11, 2011Mass in the MorningMemorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle  Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 11:21b-26; 12:1-3In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When he arrived and saw the grace of God,he rejoiced and encouraged them allto remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.And a large number of people was added to the Lord.Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,and when he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-10-11

    06/09/2011 9:22:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-10-11 | New American Bible
    June 10, 2011Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 25:13b-21King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesareaon 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 Jewsbrought charges against him and demanded his condemnation.I answered them that it was not Roman practiceto hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusersand had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge.So when they came together here, I made...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-09-11, Opt. Mem. St. Ephrem, Deacon & Doctor of Church

    06/08/2011 9:29:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-09-11 | New American Bible
    June 9, 2011Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 22:30; 23:6-11Wishing to determine the truthabout why Paul was being accused by the Jews,the commander freed himand ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them.Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,so he called out before the Sanhedrin,“My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”When he said this,a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,and the group became divided.For...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-08-11

    06/07/2011 7:39:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    ISCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-08-11 | New American Bible
    June 8, 2011Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospelReading 1Acts 20:28-38At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flockof which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,in which you tend the Church of Godthat he acquired with his own Blood.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,and they will not spare the flock.And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truthto draw the disciples away after them.So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day,I unceasingly admonished...
  • Economy Is in Self-Sustaining Recovery: Jeff Saut (Lamest excuse ever!)

    06/07/2011 6:11:32 PM PDT · by qam1 · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/6/11 | Matt Nesto
    It has been pounded into our heads from our earliest days doing fire drills in elementary school; In the event of an emergency, walk quietly -- do not run -- to the nearest exit. So with stocks extending their pre-summer swoon by shedding more than 5 percent in five weeks, many are bracing for the worst and pushing others aside to get to the exits. Raymond James' Chief Investment Strategist Jeff Saut is not one of them. "I just don't see that [a crash] happening right now" Saut says, adding that he sees any correction "limited to seven to 10...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-07-11

    06/06/2011 11:18:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-07-11 | New American Bible
    June 7, 2011Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 20:17-27From Miletus Paul had the presbytersof the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them,“You know how I lived among youthe whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.I served the Lord with all humilityand with the tears and trials that came to mebecause of the plots of the Jews,and I did not at all shrink from telling youwhat was for your benefit,or from teaching you in public or in your homes.I earnestly bore witness for both Jews...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-06-11, Opt. Memorial, St. Norbert, Bishop

    06/05/2011 10:03:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-06-11 | New American Bible
    June 6, 2011Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 19:1-8While Apollos was in Corinth,Paul traveled through the interior of the countryand down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them,“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”They answered him,“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”He said, “How were you baptized?”They replied, “With the baptism of John.”Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,that is, in Jesus.”When they heard this,they were baptized in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-05-11, Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension of the Lord

    06/05/2011 6:29:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 62 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 0605-11 | New American Bible
    June 5, 2011Seventh Sunday of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Acts 1:12-14After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostlesreturned to Jerusalemfrom the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,a sabbath day’s journey away.When they entered the citythey went to the upper room where they were staying,Peter and John and James and Andrew,Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,and Judas son of James.All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,together with some women,and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.   Ps 27:1, 4, 7-8Responsorial Psalm R. (13) I believe that I...
  • "Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church" (Sermon for Seventh Sunday of Easter, on Acts)

    06/04/2011 9:12:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 5, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (Acts)“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is the threefold emphasis now being used for our national church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” has also served well as the basis for our sermon series here at St. Matthew’s this Easter season. We have seen these themes emerge in our readings from the Book of Acts, for “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” can be said to characterize the life of the early church. But not only so, these aspects of the early church’s life are true for us as well. And so...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-04-11

    06/04/2011 12:10:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-04-11 | New American Bible
    June 4, 2011Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 18:23-28After staying in Antioch some time,Paul left and traveled in orderly sequencethrough the Galatian country and Phrygia,bringing strength to all the disciples.A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.He was an authority on the Scriptures.He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,although he knew only the baptism of John.He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,they took him asideand explained to him the Way of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-03-11, Mem. St. Charles Lwanga and his companions, martyrs

    06/02/2011 8:35:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-03-11 | New American Bible
    June 3, 2011Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and his companions, martyrsReading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 18:9-18One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,“Do not be afraid.Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.No one will attack and harm you,for I have many people in this city.”He settled there for a year and a halfand taught the word of God among them.But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,the Jews rose up together against Pauland brought him to the tribunal, saying,“This man is inducing people to worship God contrary to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-02-11, Solemnity, Ascension of the Lord

    06/01/2011 8:59:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-02-11 | New American Bible
    June 2, 2011Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Acts 1:1-11In the first book, Theophilus,I dealt with all that Jesus did and taughtuntil the day he was taken up,after giving instructions through the Holy Spiritto the apostles whom he had chosen.He presented himself alive to themby many proofs after he had suffered,appearing to them during forty daysand speaking about the kingdom of God.While meeting with the them,he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,but to wait for “the promise of the Fatherabout which you have heard me speak;for John baptized with water,but in a few days...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-01-11, Memorial, St. Justin, Martyr

    05/31/2011 7:53:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
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    June 1, 2011Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 17:15, 22—18:1After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothyto join him as soon as possible.Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:“You Athenians, I see that in every respectyou are very religious.For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.The God who made the world and all that is in it,the Lord of heaven and earth,does not dwell in sanctuaries made by...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-31-11, Feast, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    05/30/2011 8:09:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
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    May 31, 2011Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Zep 3:14-18aShout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against you,he has turned away your enemies;The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;He will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,He will sing joyfully because of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-30-11

    05/29/2011 7:38:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
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    May 30, 2011Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 16:11-15 We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.We spent some time in that city.On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the riverwhere we thought there would be a place of prayer.We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-29-11, Sixth Sunday of Easter

    05/28/2011 9:41:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
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    May 29, 2011Sixth Sunday of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 Philip went down to the city of Samariaand proclaimed the Christ to them.With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philipwhen they heard it and saw the signs he was doing.For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice,came out of many possessed people,and many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.There was great joy in that city.Now when the apostles in Jerusalemheard that Samaria had accepted the word of God,they sent them Peter and John,who went down and prayed for them,that they might...
  • "Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus" (Sermon for Sixth Sunday of Easter, Acts 17)

    05/28/2011 4:13:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 29, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (Acts 17:16-31)“Witness” has been a major theme running through the readings from the Book of Acts that we’ve had this Easter season. We’ve heard the church bearing witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world: Peter and the apostles speaking boldly before the Sanhedrin. Peter preaching Law and Gospel on the Day of Pentecost. Stephen bearing witness to Christ and becoming the first martyr of the church in the process. The church giving verbal testimony to the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, calling...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-28-11

    05/28/2011 9:24:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
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    May 28, 2011Saturday of the Fifth Week of EasterReading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 16:1-10 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystrawhere there was a disciple named Timothy,the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,but his father was a Greek.The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,and Paul wanted him to come along with him.On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,for they all knew that his father was a Greek.As they traveled from city to city,they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.Day after...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-27-11. Opt. Mem. St. Augustine of Canterbury

    05/26/2011 8:35:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
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    May 27, 2011Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 15:22-31 The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders among the brothers.This is the letter delivered by them:“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Ciliciaof Gentile origin: greetings.Since we have heard that some of our numberwho went out without any mandate from ushave upset you with their teachingsand disturbed your peace of mind,we have with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-26-11, Memorial, St. Philip Neri, Priest

    05/25/2011 8:04:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
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    May 26, 2011Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, priestReading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,“My brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the shoulders...
  • Catholic Caucus:DailyMass Readings,05-25-11,OptMem Sts Bede/Venerable,GregoryVII,M Magdalen dePazzi

    05/24/2011 9:46:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
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    May 25, 2011Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-24-11

    05/23/2011 9:56:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
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    May 24, 2011Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter  Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 14:19-28 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in...