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  • Hurry Up, and Wait

    Posted 4 hours ago 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 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 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 7 hours ago 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 7 hours ago 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 7 hours ago 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 Thomas Biddinger

    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 Thomas Biddinger

    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 Thomas Biddinger

    " 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Timon St. Timon (1st c.) is mentioned by name in the Acts of the Apostles. He belonged to the group of seventy disciples who followed Jesus during his earthly ministry. After Jesus' ascension into heaven, St. Timon was one of the org...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God." 1 Corinthians 4:5 ...

  • Feast Day

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

      Today’s Feast Day Good Friday On the Friday of the Lord's Passion (Good Friday) the Church commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross for the sins of all mankind, at the same time the Passover lamb was being killed and prepared for consump...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Good Friday (Celebration of the Lord's Passion) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 18,1—19,42): When Jesus had finished speaking, He went with his disciples to the other side of the Kidron Valley. There was a garden there where Jesus entered with his disciples. No...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 19 2019   « April 18  |  April 20 » Good Friday of the Lord's PassionLectionary: 40 Reading 1 Is 52:13—53:12 See, my servant shall p...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Moreover we learn from the principles of our Faith and the teaching of the Saints that often God Himself by His immediate action withdraws the visible effects of His grace for purposes in accordance with His wisdom and goodness. How many persons ...

  • Prayers

    Posted Apr 19 by Thomas Biddinger

    I Cardinal Abbot Thomas Biddinger, U.L.C.M., S.M.F.C., Ph.D. Will Pray For Or With Anyone 24/7; If You Are in Need Of Prayer For Any Reason Or Just Need Someone To Talk With, Please Feel Free To Contact Me At (727) 861-9082 Or (727) 339-8682. I Will Be Holding Prayer Services Starting At Midnight,&...

  • The Secret of Holy Thursday

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 18, 2019 The Secret of Holy Thursday Francois Mauriac God, consider that we do not understand ourselves, and that we do not know what we want, and that we swerve infinitely from what we wish. Oh, how difficult it is to make this understood by hearts which do not know by experience ho...

  • The Faceless

    Posted Apr 18 by Tony Villari

    More of us are like this than I imagined and, in my humble opinion, I think we're usually more interesting.  Maybe it's because we just don't give a damn and we're not afraid to let people know.  And, having said all of this, you're still worried about being fat and unattractive?...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 18:32-37 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 32 For who is God, except Adonai? And who is a Rock, except our God? 33 God girds me with strength and makes my way straight. 34 He makes my feet like those of deer and makes me stan...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Cradle of Hope by Max Lucado   Christ rose first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will become alive again. 1 Corinthians 15:23 TLB   Let’s go to the tomb, for Jesus lies in the tomb.   Still. Cold. Stiff. Death has claime...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

      The Scare House  Thursday, April 18, 2019 Did you ever go through an attraction that was supposed to scare you? It may have been called a scare or haunted house, and as you rode or walked through it, it was dark. Sound’s better like this - as you rode through it in the...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord,   You are my Shepherd.   You watch over me.   You tend to the needs of my heart.   Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Peter of St. Joseph Betancur St. Peter of St. Joseph Betancur, or Pedro de San José Betancur (1626-1667), also known as Hermano Pedro, was born into poverty in the Canary Islands. He was a shepherd until the age of 24 at which...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the house...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Holy Thursday On Thursday of Holy Week (Maundy Thursday) the Church celebrates the three pillars of the Catholic Church instituted by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper: the priesthood, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the Holy Eu...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Holy Thursday (Lord's Supper) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 13,1-15): It was before the feast of the Passover. Jesus realized that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father, and as He had loved those who were his own in the world, He would love them w...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 18 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 18 2019 - Evening Mass   « April 17  |  April 19 » Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord's SupperLectionary: 39 Reading 1 Ex 12:1-...

  • Everything You Need to Know about the Sacred Triduum

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Everything You Need to Know about the Sacred Triduum Apr 16, 2019 By Gretchen Filz Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week in Christianity, the pinnacle of the liturgical year.  It's more sacred than Christmas! This is because Holy Week commemorates the final week of Our Lord's lif...

  • Did God Really Die on the Cross?

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 17, 2019 Did God Really Die on the Cross? Eric Shearer I once heard a man object to the divinity of Jesus, saying that “Jesus cannot be God because Jesus died on the cross, and God cannot die.” Have you ever found yourself pondering this dilemma? Something just doesn’...

  • Finding Strength for the Turmoils of Life

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 17, 2019 Finding Strength for the Turmoils of Life Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV Talk about a disconnect and you have the greatest example in Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. He knows every single thing that awaited Him in Jerusalem – His betrayal by Judas, Peter denying Him...

  • Notre-Dame:

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    April 17, 2019 Notre-Dame: The Burning Heart of Paris Sean Fitzpatrick Like St. Joan of Arc, Notre Dame de Paris — the Gothic icon of Catholicism on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine — was ravaged by raging flames on April 15, 2019. As the roof blazed and ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 Corinthians 1:18-20 Tree of Life Version (TLV) Whose Wisdom Is Foolish? 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.   19 For it is written, ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Sign on Christ’s Cross by Max Lucado   John 19:19 says, "Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross: 'Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.'"   Why is a sign placed over the head of Jesus? Could it be that this piece of wood is a picture of Go...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    You Are Not What You Don’t Eat Wednesday, April 17, 2019 You’ve heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” Of course, it’s true. Whatever you eat, that’s what you are. That’s true in the physical realm and also in the spiritual. If you partake...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23   A Time to Think Every day we live is a priceless gift of God, loaded with possibilities to learn something new, to gain fresh ins...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Apr 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God of All Creation,   I rejoice in how You created me.   For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:1   You created everything and You brought all l...

  • Monasticim find a Home in Fraser Valley

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monasticism finds a home in Fraser Valley   Voices Nov. 14, 2018 Share Tweet Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey in Mission process to their monastic cemetery for a memorial service on All Souls Day.  (OC-Travel photo) In the history ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Apr 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Donan St. Donan (d. 617 A.D.), also known as St. Donnán of Eigg, was a prominent Celtic missionary and Gaelic priest. Little is known of his life except that he was likely an Irishman who traveled as a missionary througho...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock." Isaiah 26:3-4  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday of Holy Week View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 26,14-25): One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went off to the chief priests and said, «How much will you give me if I hand him over to you?». They promised to give him thirty pieces of ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Apr 17 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   April 17 2019   « April 16  |  April 18 » Wednesday of Holy WeekLectionary: 259 Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained to...