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Monday, April 22, 2019

Monday of the Octave of Easter 2019

Collect:
"O God, who give constant increase to your Church by new offspring, grant that your servants may hold fast in their lives to the Sacrament they have received in faith. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."

Readings of the Day:
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16
Matthew 28:8-15

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday 2019

Collect:
O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Easter Sequence:
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems;
Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia.

Readings of the Day:
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Psalm 118
Colossians 3:1-4
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Easter Sequence
John 20:1-9

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Holy Saturday 2019

Collect:
O God, who make this most sacred night radiant with the glory of the Lord's Resurrection, stir up in your Church a spirit of adoption, so that, renewed in body and mind, we may render you undivided service. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Easter Vigil:
Genesis 1:1-2:2
Psalm 104
Genesis 22:1-18
Psalm 16
Exodus 14:15-15:1
Exodus 15
Isaiah 54:5-14
Psalm 30
Isaiah 55:1-11
Isaiah 12
Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:14
Psalm 19
Ezekiel 36:16-28
Psalm 42
Romans 6:3-11
Psalm 118
Luke 24:1-12

Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday 2019

Collect:
Remember your mercies, O Lord, and with your eternal protection sanctify your servants for whom Christ your Son, by the shedding of his Blood, established the Paschal Mystery. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Passion of Our Lord:
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 31
Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9
John 18:1-19:42

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Holy Thursday 2019

~Today, we begin the Sacred Triduum.~

~Traditionally, the CHRISM MASS is held on Holy Thursday. The readings for the CHRISM MASS are listed below and a link has been added about this very special mass.~

Collect:
O God, who have called us to participate in this most sacred Supper, in which your Only Begotten Son, when about to hand himself over to death, entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love, grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery, the fullness of charity and of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-15

Readings for the Chrism Mass:
Isaiah 16:1-3A, 6A, 8B-9
Psalm 89
Revelations 1:5-8
Luke 4:16-21

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wednesday of Holy Week 2019

Collect:
O God, who willed your Son to submit for our sake to the yoke of the Cross, so that you might drive from us the power of the enemy, grant us, your servants, to attain the grace of the resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 69
Matthew 26:14-25

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tuesday of Holy Week 2019

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God, grant us so to celebrate the mysteries of the Lord's Passion that we may merit to receive your pardon. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 71
John 13:21-33, 36-38

Monday, April 15, 2019

Monday of Holy Week 2019

Collect:
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, though in our weakness we fail, we may be revived through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 42:1-7
Psalm 27
John 12:1-11

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Luke 19:28-40 (Palm Processional Gospel)
Isaiah 50:4-7
Psalm 22
Philippians 2:6-11
Luke 22:14-23:56

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Grant, almighty God that we may withstand the trials of this world with invincible firmness of purpose, just as you did not allow your Martyr Pope Saint Martin the First to be daunted by threats or broken by suffering. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Ezekiel 37:21-28
Jeremiah 31
John 11:45-56

Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Pardon the offenses of your peoples, we pray, O Lord, and in your goodness set us free from the bonds of the sins we have committed in our weakness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Readings of the Day:
Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 18
John 10:31-42

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, for whose honor the Bishop Saint Stanislaus fell beneath the swords of his persecutors, grant we pray, that we may persevere strong in faith even until death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Genesis 17:3-9
Psalm 105
John 8:51-59

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Enlighten, O God of compassion, the hearts of your children, sanctified by penance, and in your kindness grant those you stir to a sense of devotion a gracious hearing when they cry out to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Daniel 3:52-56
John 8:31-42

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Grant us, we pray, O Lord, perseverance in obeying your will, that in our days the people dedicated to your service may grow in both merit and number. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 102
John 8:21-30

Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, by whose wondrous grace we are enriched with every blessing, grant us so to pass from former ways to newness of life, that we may be made ready for the glory of the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Psalm 23
John 8:12-20

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2019

Collect:
By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, you Son handed himself over to death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Phillipians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
May the working of your mercy, O Lord, we pray, direct our hearts aright, for without your grace we cannot find favor in your sight. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 7
John 7:40-53

Friday, April 5, 2019

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, who raised up the Priest Saint Vincent Ferrer to minister by the preaching of the Gospel, grant, we pray, that, when the Judge comes, whom Saint Vincent proclaimed on earth, we may be among those blessed to behold him reigning in heaven. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Wisdom 2:1, 12-22
Psalm 34
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Graciously hear the prayers, O Lord, which we make in commemoration of Saint Isidore, that your Church may be aided by his intercession, just as she has been instructed by his heavenly teaching. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Day:
Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 106
John 5:31-47

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, who reward the merits of the just and offer pardon to sinners who do penance, have mercy, we pray, on those who call upon you, that the admission of our guilt may serve to obtain your pardon for our sins. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 49: 8-15
Psalm 145
John 5:17-30

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, exaltation of the lowly, who raised Saint Francis of Paola to the glory of your Saints, grant, we pray, that by his merits and example we may happily attain the rewards promised to the humble. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46
John 5:1-16

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, who renew the world through mysteries beyond all telling, grant, we pray, that your Church may be guided by your eternal design. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 65:17-21
Psalm 30
John 4:43-54

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Joshua 5:9A, 10-12
Psalm 34
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Rejoicing in this annual celebration of our Lenten observance, we pray, O Lord, that, with our hearts set on the Paschal mysteries, we may be gladdened by their full effects. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51
Luke 18:9-14

Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday of the Third Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Pour your grace into our hearts, we pray, O Lord, that we may be constantly drawn away from unruly desires and obey by your own gift the heavenly teaching you give us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Hosea 14:2-10
Psalm 81
Mark 12:28-34

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
We implore your majesty most humbly, O Lord, that, as the feast of our salvation draws ever closer, so we may press forward all the more eagerly towards the worthy celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Jeremiah 7:23-28
Psalm 95
Luke 11:14-23

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, schooled through Lenten observance and nourished by your word, through holy restraint we may be devoted to you with all our heart and be ever united in prayer. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Psalm 147
Matthew 5:17-19

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
May your unfailing compassion, O Lord, cleanse and protect your Church, and since without you she cannot stand secure, may she be always governed by your grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Daniel 3:25, 34-43
Psalm 25
Matthew 18:21-35

Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord 2019

~Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of our Lord. A link has been added about this feast.~

Collect: O God, who willed that your Word should take on the reality of human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, that we, who confess our Redeemer to be God and man, may merit to become partakers even in his divine nature. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Psalm 40
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-38

Third Sunday of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
Psalm 103
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, who grant us by glorious healing remedies while still on earth to be partakers of the things of heaven, guide us, we pray, through this present life and bring us to that light in which you dwell. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Readings of the Day:
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Friday of the Second Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, purifying us by the sacred practice of penance, you may lead us in sincerity of heart to attain the holy things to come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Genesis 37: 3-4, 12-13, 17-28
Psalm 105: 16-21
Matthew 21: 33-34, 45-46

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Collect:
O God, who delight in innocence and restore it, direct the hearts of your servants to yourself, that, caught up in the fire of your Spirit, we may be found steadfast in faith and effective in works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1:1-6
Luke 16:19-31

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Keep your family, O Lord, schooled always in good works, and so comfort them with your protection here as to lead them graciously to gifts on high. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Readings of the Day:
Jeremiah 18:18-20
Psalm 31
Matthew 20:17-28

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent 2019

~Today is also the Solemnity of St. Joseph. A link has been added about this saint.~

Collect:
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph's intercession your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Psalm 89
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24

Monday, March 18, 2019

Monday of the Second Week of Lent 2019

~Today is also the Memorial of St. Cyril. A link has been added about this saint.~

Collect:
O God, who through the Bishop Saint Cyril of Jerusalem led your Church in a wonderful way to a deeper sense of the mysteries of salvation, grant us, through his intercession, that we may so acknowledge your Son as to have life ever more abundantly. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Daniel 9:4b-10
Psalm 79

Luke 6:36-38

Second Sunday of Lent 2019

Collect:
O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Readings of the Day:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27
Phillipians 3:17-4:1
Luke 9:28-36

Saturday of the First Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Show gracious favor, O Lord, we pray, to the works of penance we have begun, that we may have strength to accomplish with sincerity the bodily observances we undertake. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119
Matthew 5:43-48

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday of the First Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Grant that your faithful, O Lord, we pray, may be so conformed to the paschal observances, and the bodily discipline now solemnly begun may bear fruit in the souls of all. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Ezekiel 18:21-28
Psalm 130
Matthew 5:20-26

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thursday of the First Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, a spirit of always pondering on what is right and of hastening to carry it out, and, since without you we cannot exist, may we be enabled to live according to your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
Psalm 138
Matthew 7:7-12

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Look kindly, Lord, we pray, on the devotion of your people, that those who by self-denial are restrained in body may by the fruit of good works be renewed in mind. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51
Luke 11:29-32

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Look upon your family, Lord, that, through the chastening effects of bodily discipline, our minds may be radiant in your presence with the strength of our yearning for you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 34
Matthew 6:7-15

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday of the First Week of Lent 2019

Collect:
Convert us, O God our Savior, and instruct our minds by heavenly teaching, that we may benefit from the works of Lent. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Readings of the Day:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
Matthew 25:31-46

First Sunday of Lent 2019

Collect:
Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Readings of the Day:
Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Psalm 91
Romans 10:8-13
Luke 4:1-13

Saturday after Ash Wednesday 2019

Collect:
 O God, who have given us in Saint Frances of Rome a singular model of both married and monastic life, grant us perseverance in your service, that in every circumstance of life we may see and follow you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 58:9-14
Psalm 86
Luke 5:27-32

Friday after Ash Wednesday 2019

Collect:
O God, who filled Saint John of God with a spirit of compassion, grant, we pray, that, giving ourselves to works of charity, we may merit to be found among the elect in your Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 58:1-9
Psalm 51
Matthew 9:14-15

Thursday after Ash Wednesday 2019

Collect:
O God, at the urging of whose love the Martyrs Saints Perpetua and Felicity defied their persecutors and overcame the torment of earth, grant, we ask, by their prayers, that we may ever grow in your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings of the Day:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1:1-6
Luke 9:22-25

Ash Wednesday 2019

Welcome to the Lenten Edition of
OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN SCHOOL'S
"RELIGIOUS INTERACTIVE" page.

We hope that this page will aid you and your family as you journey through Lent. Special information, additional devotions, the Readings of the Day and the Daily Collect will be posted on this page.
Be sure to click on the link for the Lenten Challenge found in our links listing. It is very inspirational and informative.

Thank you for journeying with us during this wonderfully reflective season of the Church.
Peace.
ASH WEDNESDAY
Collect: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Readings of the Day:
Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Friday, January 18, 2019

Mardi Gras 2019

Our Winter postings are now concluded. We will begin posting again in the Spring for Lent on March 6 through Lent and the Easter Season. Until then....

We live in an area of the world that celebrates Mardi Gras. The season of Mardi Gras has many connections with the Catholic Church. First of all, the season starts on Epiphany, or "King's Day," when the 3 kings brought the gifts of gold, frankincense and mur to the Christ Child. It is a time when the 3 liturgical seasons of Christmas (gold), Ordinary Time (green) and Lent (purple) come together. The "baby" in the king cake represents the Baby Jesus. Also, it is a time of celebration before the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Please refer to the link for more information about the Christian celebration of Mardi Gras.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord 2019

Today is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord.
Please refer to the link on the right for more information about this feast.

Readings of the Day:
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-38
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

*We have finished our winter postings.
There will be no more postings until February.
We will begin posting again on Ash Wednesday (February 10) and will continue through Lent and the Easter Season.
God's Blessings on you all!!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tuesday after Epiphany 2019

Today is the 15th day after Christmas.
The following site has activities associated with this day:
15th Day after Christmas

Readings of the Day:
1 John 4:7-10
Psalm 72
Mark 6:34-44


Christmas Season: Monday after Epiphany 2019

Today is the optional memorial of St. Raymond of Penafort.
A link has been added about this saint.

Today is the 14th Day of the Christmas Season.

Readings for the Day:
1 John 3:22-4:6
Psalm 2
Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Epiphany of Our Lord 2019

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.

A link has been added about this Feast and another link
has been added to the BLESSING OF THE HOME
customarily done as a family on the Feast of the Epiphany.

Readings for the Day:
(Feast of the Epiphany):
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72
Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
Matthew 2:1-12

Second Saturday of the Christmas Season 2018-2019

Today is also the Memorial of St. John Neumann.
A link has been added about this saint.

"On the twelfth day of Christmas...
my true love gave to me....
twelve drummers drumming...."

Symbolism: The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve beliefs stated in the Apostle's Creed.

Scripture: "Now they were persevering in the doctrine of the Apostles, and in the communion of the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers. And fear developed in every soul. Also, many miracles and signs were accomplished by the Apostles in Jerusalem. And there was a great awe in everyone. And then all who believed were together, and they held all things in common."
Acts of the Apostles 2:42-44

Readings of the Day:
1 John 3:11-21
Psalm 100
John 1:43-51

Friday, January 4, 2019

Second Friday of the Christmas Season 2018-2019

Today is also the Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
A link has been added with the history of this saint.

"On the eleventh day of Christmas.....
my true love gave to me.....
eleven pipers piping..."

Symbolism: The "eleven pipers piping" is symbolic of the eleven faithful disciples.

Scripture: "Now the eleven disciples went on to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And, seeing him, they worshiped him, but certain ones doubted. And Jesus, drawing near, spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go forth and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have ever commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even to the consummation of the age.”
Matthew 28:16-20

Readings for the Day:
1 John 3:7-10
Psalm 98
John 1:35-42

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Second Thursday of the Christmas Season 2018-2019

~Today is also the Memorial for the Most Holy Name of Jesus. A link has been added about this memorial.~

"On the tenth day of Christmas...
my true love gave to me...
ten lords a-leaping..."

Symbolism: The "ten lords a-leaping symbolizes the Ten Commandments."

Scripture: "I was the mediator, for I was in the middle between the Lord and you, at that time, to announce his words to you. For you were afraid of the fire, and so you did not ascend to the mountain. And he said: ‘I am the Lord your God, who led you away from the land of Egypt, from the house of servitude. You shall not have strange gods in my sight.
You shall not make for yourself a graven image, nor the likeness of anything, which is in heaven above, or on earth below, or which abides in the waters under the earth.
You shall not adore and you shall not worship these things. For I am the Lord your God, a jealous God, repaying the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons to the third and fourth generation to those who hate me, and acting with mercy in thousands of ways to those who love me and keep my precepts.
You shall not use the name of the Lord your God in vain. For he will not go unpunished who takes up his name over an unimportant matter. Observe the day of the Sabbath, so that you may sanctify it, just as the Lord your God has instructed you. For six days, you shall labor and do all your work.
The seventh is the day of the Sabbath, that is, the rest of the Lord your God. You shall not do any work in it, nor shall your son, nor daughter, nor man servant, nor woman servant, nor ox, nor donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor the sojourner who is within your gates, so that your men and woman servants may rest, just as you do. Remember that you also were servants in Egypt, and the Lord your God led you away from that place with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. Because of this, he has instructed you so that you would observe the Sabbath day.
Honor your father and mother, just as the Lord your God has instructed you, so that you may live a long time, and so that it may be well with you in the land, which the Lord your God will give to you.
You shall not murder.
And you shall not commit adultery.
And you shall not commit theft.
Neither shall you speak false testimony against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his house, nor his field, nor his man servant, nor his woman servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything out of all that is his.’"
Deuteronomy 5:5-21

Readings for the Day:
1 John 2: 29-3:6
Psalm 98
John 1:29-34

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Second Wednesday in the Christmas Season 2018

Today we celebrate the Memorials of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nazianzen.
A link has been added with the history of these saints.

"On the ninth day of Christmas...
my true love gave to me....
nine ladies dancing..."

Symbolism: The "nine ladies dancing" symbolize the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
(The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are sometimes listed as 9 subjects and sometimes listed as 12 subjects.)

Scripture: "But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, forbearance, meekness, faith, modesty, abstinence, chastity. There is no law against such things."
Galatians 5:22-23

Reading for the Day:
1 John 2:22-28
Psalm 98
John 1:19-28

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God 2018

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
A link has been added with the history of this Feast.

"On the eighth day of Christmas...my true love gave to me...
eight maids a-milking..."

Symbolism: The "eight maids a-milking" symbolizes the eight Beatitudes, given to us by Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount.

Scripture: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be consoled. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who endure persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they have slandered you, and persecuted you, and spoken all kinds of evil against you, falsely, for my sake: be glad and exult, for your reward in heaven is plentiful. For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Matthew 5:3-12

Readings for the Day:
Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:16-21