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  • St. Faustina: The Divine Mercy Chaplet for Priests and Minister

    Posted 33 minutes ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    This article talks about praying for Priest, but it can be used also for praying for your minister, rabbi and so on. Please read it and should you decide to use this format of prayer which I hope you will decide to, don't just do it once, make it a Novena of 9 days or if you desire you can do it dai...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted 4 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Shadow of a Doubt by Max Lucado   Sunday mornings. I awake early, long before the family stirs, the sunrise flickers, or the paper plops on the driveway. Let the rest of the world sleep in. I don’t. Sunday’s my big day, the day I stand before a congregation of p...

  • Sapphries

    Posted 5 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Waiting For The Bride Thursday, April 25, 2019 When I got married, there was a hairdresser who volunteered to do the hair for all the bridesmaids. The problem was that she didn’t exactly know what she was doing and they ended up looking like the bride... of Frankenstein. So I was w...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted 5 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me. Proverbs 8:17   A Time to Think Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. –Mother Teresa   A Time to Act Be...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted 5 hours ago by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer (this prayer is based upon Psalm 8)   O Lord, my Lord,   How majestic is Your name in all the earth.   You have set Your glory in the heavens.   When I look at Your heavens, at the work of Your f...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Mark St. Mark the Evangelist (1st c.) was born to Jewish parents living in Libya in North Africa, later settling in Cana of Galilee not far from Jerusalem. Mark became one of the 70 disciples of Jesus and the author of the Gospel t...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit wit...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Easter Thursday (Octave of Easter) Saints April 25th: Mark, evangelist View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 24,35-48): The two disciples told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when He broke bread with them. As they went on talking about this,...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 25 2019   « April 24  |  April 26 » Thursday in the Octave of EasterLectionary: 264 Reading 1 Acts 3:11-26 As the crippled man who had bee...

  • Meditations

    Posted 7 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "No one can fail to understand that the Divine Eucharist bestows upon the Christian people an incomparable dignity. Not only while the Sacrifice is offered and the Sacrament is received, but as long as the Eucharist is kept in our churches and ora...

  • Easter Sunday of the Ressurection of the Lord

    Posted 10 hours ago by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

  • God's Love Makes Us Look Foolish to the World

    Posted Wed at 9:44 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 24, 2019 God’s Love Makes Us Look Foolish to the World Thomas Griffin The Church continues the reign and mission of Jesus Christ. In today’s world with constant scandals and flawed leadership many are asking how the Church should achieve its mission in a productive and effic...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Wed at 6:46 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 Peter 1:18-19 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 18 You know that you were redeemed from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors—not with perishable things such as silver or gold,   19 but with precious blood like that...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Wed at 6:40 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Hope Restored Along the Way by Max Lucado   What would it take to restore your hope?   What would you need to reenergize your journey?   Though the answers are abundant, three come quickly to mind.   The first would be a person. Not...

  • My Own Mortality  

    Posted Wed at 6:35 AM by Tony Villari

      I wanted to write this all down while it's still fresh in my mind; before I think and wordsmith the emotion and, with it, the very meaning of what I truly feel.  I think it's what any of us might feel when a loved one has a massive stroke.  We begin to ponder our own fragile mortal...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Wed at 6:30 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Evangelist To The Interviewers Wednesday, April 24, 2019 When I graduated from college, I went on job interviews. It was in the middle of a deep recession and there were no openings. Finally, while in the waiting room for an interview, I decided to change my strategy. I wouldn’...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Wed at 6:26 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 A Time to Think There is neve...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Wed at 6:20 AM by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   You breathed the breath of life into me as you have with all the people who have ever lived...   And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:44 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Wed at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Wed at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1577-1622) was born with the name Mark Rey in what is today Germany. He studied and taught law and became known for his charity, austerities, and great devotion to God. He gained a r...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Wed at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; if you indeed cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Wed at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Easter Wednesday (Octave of Easter) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 24,13-35): Two disciples of Jesus were going to Emmaus, a village seven miles from Jerusalem, and they talked about what had happened. While they were talking and wondering, Jesus came up and walked ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Wed at 12:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 24 2019   « April 23  |  April 25 » Wednesday in the Octave of EasterLectionary: 263 Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to...

  • Easter Gives True Meaning to Life & Death

    Posted Tue at 9:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 23, 2019 Easter Gives True Meaning to Life & Death Fr. Ed Broom, OMV The winter snows melt and spring flowers blossom and emanate their beautiful fragrance. The sharp thorns fade and the pink glowing rose sprouts and adorns the colorful meadow. These are merely analogies in nature of t...

  • Christ Has Risen, As He Said He Would

    Posted Tue at 9:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 23, 2019 Christ Has Risen, As He Said He Would Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. Resurrexit Sicut Dixit The Easter Antiphon, Regina Coeli, states that Christ “has risen, as He said.” This phrase is remarkable. It is one thing, however astounding, to maintain that Christ arose from ...

  • Christ's Resurrection Restores Us to True Life

    Posted Tue at 9:35 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 23, 2019 Christ’s Resurrection Restores Us to True Life Matthew B. Rose In the first part of our reflections, we examined the first two preternatural gifts, that of Infused Knowledge and Integrity.  These two preternatural gifts concerned our minds and our wills, respectively...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:52 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:51 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:50 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:50 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:49 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Tue at 12:49 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Tue at 12:48 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. George St. George (d. 303 A.D.) was born in Palestine to noble Christian parents. Like his father, he enlisted as a soldier in the Roman army serving under Emperor Diocletian. He was renowned for his bravery and outstanding militar...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Tue at 12:47 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     Verse of the Day “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Tue at 12:46 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Easter Tuesday (Octave of Easter) Saints April 23rd: George, martyr View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 20,11-18): Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she bent down to look inside; she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, on...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Tue at 12:43 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 23 2019   « April 22  |  April 24 » Tuesday in the Octave of EasterLectionary: 262 Reading 1 Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter ...

  • When It Feels Like You Have Labored in Vain

    Posted Mon at 8:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 22, 2019 When It Feels Like You Have Labored in Vain Stephen Beale The Church teaches that we need we need to cooperate with God’s grace, but sometimes it seems like our efforts amount to very little. That may be the whole point, as St. Therese explains in her account of a deeper...

  • Where Do We Find True Fulfillment In Life?

    Posted Mon at 8:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 22, 2019 Where Do We Find True Fulfillment in Life? Alan Scott Everyone desperately wants to find fulfillment in his or her life. We all know that. We all long for a deep connection with some ‘one’, or some ‘thing’. There’s the idea that if we could just f...

  • Hurry Up, and Wait

    Posted Mon at 3:38 AM by Tony Villari

    "Hurry up and wait" is an exercise in patience.  It can be hell if what you're waiting for means a change in life, and not in a good way.  Waiting to hear if you've lost your job, or your life, if your test results are positive or not; if you failed your exam or excelled.  Maybe you'r...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:42 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:41 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:40 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Mon at 12:39 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Mon at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. Soter Pope St. Soter (c. 174-175 A.D.) was born in Fondi, Italy. Nothing is known of his early life. He served as the 12th bishop of Rome from c.167 to 175 A.D. He was praised for his fatherly tenderness in comforting, both with...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Mon at 12:38 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven." Matthew 10:32-33  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Mon at 12:36 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Easter Monday (Octave of Easter) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 28,8-15): The women left the tomb at once in holy fear, yet with great joy, and they ran to tell the news to the disciples. Suddenly, Jesus met them on the way and said, «Peace». The women a...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Mon at 12:35 AM by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 22 2019   « April 21  |  April 23 » Monday in the Octave of EasterLectionary: 261 Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Pete...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Anselm of Canterbury St. Anselm (1033–1109) was born into a noble family in the Lombardy region of Italy. The example of his pious mother led him to great faith, and he sought to enter the monastery at age 15. However, the ab...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obedience to the voice of the Lord? Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22  

  • Feast Day

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Easter Sunday On Easter Sunday the Church celebrates the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from the dead, the greatest feast of the liturgical year. For this purpose Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was sent into the w...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Easter Sunday (Mass during the Day) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 20,1-9): On the first day after the Sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark and she saw that the stone blocking the tomb had been moved away. She ran t...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 21 2019   « April 20  |  April 22 » Easter SundayThe Resurrection of the Lord Lectionary: 42 The Mass of Easter Day Reading 1 Acts 10:34a,...

  • Meditations

    Posted Apr 21 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "There is not a moment in which God does not present Himself under the cover of some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or of some duty to be performed. All that takes place within us, around us, or through us, contains and con...

  • A New Beginning

    Posted Apr 20 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    A New Beginning: As We Celebrate Easter Sunday Let Us Reflect On The Resurrection Of Christ. The Resurrection Of Christ Is The New Advent Of Eternal Life The Beginning Of Christianity. As We Explore The Resurrection Of Christ We Discover The Resurrection Of Christ Is The Offering Of Eternal Salvati...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    On Saturday by Max Lucado John didn't know on that Friday what you and I now know. He didn't know that Friday's tragedy would be Sunday's triumph. John would later confess that he "did not yet understand from the Scriptures that Jesus must rise from the dead" (John 20:9).   ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8   A Time to Think We focus on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, but we forget to pause in the stillness of the days between. Find tim...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 55 “Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?”[a]   56 Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Torah.   57 But...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   I know in my heart that Jesus is the Word of Life who gives eternal life.   I want to read and hear Jesus' Words.   I want to remember Jesus' Words and hide them in my heart, to weave them...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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 with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Agnes of Montepulciano St. Agnes of Montepulciano (1268–1317) was born into a noble family in Tuscany. Her birth was announced with strange lights surrounding her dwelling, considered a sign that she was a favored child. At nin...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day  "Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart." Hebrews 12:3  

  • Feast Day

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Holy Saturday On Holy Saturday the Church mourns in prayer and fasting, meditating on Christ's Passion and Death. There is no Mass during the day as Jesus is still in the tomb. On this day Jesus descended triumphantly into Hades (...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Holy Saturday Gospel text ( ):   «---» Fr. Jacques PHILIPPE (Cordes sur Ciel, France) Today, we do not consider any particular Gospel, inasmuch it is a day with no liturgy. But, with Mary, the only one who stayed firm in faith and hope after the tragic death of...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 20 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 20 2019   « April 19  |  April 21 » Easter SundayThe Resurrection of the LordAt the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of EasterLectionary: 41 ...

  • The Greatest Gift Of All!

    Posted Apr 19 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    Today As We Celebrate Good Friday We Celebrate The Greatest Gift Ever Given To All Humanity; The Gift Of Which I Speak Is The Crucifixion Of Christ On The Cross Of Calvary. As Christ Endured His Passion And Death On The Cross, Christ Took Our Sins Upon Himself For The Forgiveness Of Our Sins Offerin...

  • The 'Seven Last Words' of Christ on the Cross'

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     |  Apr. 19, 2019 The ‘Seven Last Words’ of Christ on the Cross The Scandals in the Church and the Scandal of the Cross Father Raymond J. de Souza Editor’s Note: The Seven Last Words, taped at EWTN April 11, will be broadcast on Good Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern, h...

  • Let the Holy Spirit Reveal the Mystery of the Cross

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 19, 2019 Let the Holy Spirit Reveal the Mystery of the Cross Luis M. Martinez True devotion to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit leads to one end: the Cross — the true and supreme glorification of the Father, the highest expression of love on earth, the central point of the...

  • The Joyful Shocks of Easter Sunday

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 19, 2019 The Joyful Shocks of Easter Sunday Gayle Somers Easter Sunday’s Gospel describes an absence that confounds the disciples, preparing them for the Presence their hearts desire. Gospel (Read Jn 20:1-9) On Palm Sunday, the narrative of our Lord’s Passion ended with th...

  • Christ's Passion Corrects the Gifts We Lost at the Fall

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 19, 2019 Christ’s Passion Corrects the Gifts We Lost at the Fall Matthew B. Rose Christ is the New Adam.  This important image of Jesus fills the New Testament, especially the letters of St. Paul (see, among others, Romans 5 and 1 Cor. 15).  Adam sinned, and in doing so ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 Tree of Life Version (TLV)   20 But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.   21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead al...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Simon from Cyrene Carries Jesus' Cross by Max Lucado “A man named Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was coming from the fields to the city. The soldiers forced Simon to carry the cross for Jesus” (Mk. 15:21)   Simon grumbles beneath his bre...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Passover Buffet Friday, April 19, 2019 The “Lord’s Supper” was a “Passover Seder”, the same meal the Jewish people partake of every year at Passover. However, the Passover is not just a meal, it’s a service. The one who leads it is the one who serv...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. Matthew 27:31 NLT A Time to Think The ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   You are clothed in majesty.   They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:5   Please focus my thoughts on...

  • A Gift

    Posted Apr 19 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    " You're A Unique An Unrepeatable Gift From God Which Can Never Be Duplicated, There Will Never Be Another you; You're A Most Priceless And treasure Gift From God To All Whom Cross your Path. If People Cannot Accept you For Who You Are, Rather Then Whom They Desire you To Be, They Are Not your Frien...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 19 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. 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...