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  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 25, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

  • Feast Day

    Posted December 25, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Christmas December 25th is the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the greatest Christian holy day after Easter. “Christ Mass” is the Eucharistic feast celebrating the birth of Christ, the Incarn...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 25, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Christmas: Midnight Mass Saints December 25th: The Nativity of the Lord (Mass During the Day) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 2,1-14): At that time the emperor issued a decree for a census of the whole empire to be taken. This first census was taken while Quirinus w...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 25, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 25, 2018 - The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas - Mass During the Day   « December 24  |  December 26 » The Nativity of the Lord – Christ...

  • Meditations

    Posted December 25, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "'And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased’ (Lk 2:12-14). According to the evangelist, the angels &lsquo...

  • Daily Message

    Posted December 25, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 25, 2018 "If we approach with faith, we too will see Jesus ... for the Eucharistic table takes the place of the crib. Here the Body of the Lord is present, wrapped not in swaddling clothes but in the rays of the Holy Spirit." — St. John Chrysostom  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 25, 2018 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 December 25, 2018 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 December 25, 2018 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 December 25, 2018 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 December 25, 2018 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...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 25, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 KJV   A Time to Think I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, w...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 25, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God,   I call upon Your name today in humble admiration.   Fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I may worship You in my words and actions.   Today, I celebrate Jesus's birth and the fact that He came down to Earth as a babe.   Y...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 24, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Cost Of YouMonday, December 24, 2018When you buy something, you pay at least what you think it’s worth. No one pays more than they think something’s worth. You’re valuing the object you’re paying for at least as much as what you’re giving for it. Now think of Calvar...

  • A New Year Thought

    Posted December 24, 2018 by Tony Villari

    This year, 2018, is coming to an end. Close behind it, in just one more year, we will see the end of the second decade of the millennium as we usher in 2020. I woke up this morning to another glorious day in paradise and considered where I truly am, where my life is, right now.   It is hard t...

  • What Four Popular Christmas Hyms Tell Us About Jesus

    Posted December 24, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 24, 2018 What Four Popular Christmas Hymns Tell Us About Jesus Michele Chronister As a college student, I encountered the study of Christology for the first time. Christology is the study of Christ — who he is, and what it means to say that God became flesh. I fell in love with...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 24, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionBut God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV A Time to ThinkThe most obvious lesson in Christ's teaching is that there is no happiness in having or getting anything, but only in giving. —Henry Dru...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 24, 2018 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 December 24, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, Christmas Day) 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, ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 24, 2018 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 December 24, 2018 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...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 24, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father,   I come to You on bended knee in awe of the sacrifice that my Lord Jesus made for me.   Sending Your beloved Son down to Earth so that He may live a sinless life, only to take my sins upon the cross, is such a beautiful act of love...  ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 24, 2018 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 December 24, 2018 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 December 24, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Saints Adam & Eve Adam and Eve, the first man and woman created by God as recounted in the Old Testament book of Genesis, are the father and mother of all humanity. Through their willful disobedience to the command of God, sin came into ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 24, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10:11  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 24, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Weekdays of Advent: December 24th View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 1,67-79): Zechariah, filled with holy spirit, sang this canticle, «Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has come and redeemed his people. He has raised up for us a victorious Savior in the h...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 24, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 24, 2018   « December 23  |  December 25 » Monday in Fourth Week of Advent - Mass in the MorningLectionary: 200 Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 23, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionAnd she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 KJV A Time to ThinkKeeping Christmas is good, but sharing it is better. –Arnold Glasow, author A Time t...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 23, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   I lift my hands to You on this new day that You have given to me...   Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want most is for men to pray— not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I wan...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 23, 2018 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 December 23, 2018 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 December 23, 2018 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 December 23, 2018 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 December 23, 2018 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 December 23, 2018 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 December 23, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Victoria St. Victoria (d. 250 A.D.) was a Christian noblewoman from Rome. She, together with her sister, St. Anatolia, were forced into arranged marriages with two pagan noblemen. Both Victoria and Anatolia desired to devote themse...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 23, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 23, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 4th (C) of Advent View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 1,39-45): Mary then set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled wit...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 23, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 23, 2018   « December 22  |  December 24 » Fourth Sunday of AdventLectionary: 12 Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a Thus says the LORD:You, Bethlehem-...

  • On ULCM's Open Ordination

    Posted December 22, 2018 by Mark DeFillo

    I find myself thinking about ways that ministers could support this church, and indeed similar churches with the same or similar ideals and methods, in the face of disdain and/or official non-recognition from certain quarters.  The primary reason for such feelings from others is the ease of en...

  • A Little Effort

    Posted December 22, 2018 by Tony Villari

    I made a conscious decision, a short while ago, to cut back on the distribution of my blog and let my readers make the effort to visit the site.  I am still enjoying a worldwide readership, even though most of my posts have lost around fifty percent of page views.  If I were egotistic...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 22, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Psalm 95:6 NIV A Time to Think All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 22, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, I thank You for Your presence. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your Holy Son so that I can enter Your presence and spend time with You as I read my Bible, as I pray and as I worship. I ask that today You will help me to do what is good... He has shown you, O man, what...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 22, 2018 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 December 22, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 4th Sunday of Advent) 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,   i...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 22, 2018 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 December 22, 2018 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 December 22, 2018 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 December 22, 2018 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 December 22, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Zeno of Nicomedia St. Zeno of Nicomedia (d. 303 A.D.) was a Roman soldier and commander living in Nicomedia (modern-day Turkey) during the reign of Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian. During their fierce persecution of the Church...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 22, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective." James 5:16  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 22, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Weekdays of Advent: December 22nd View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 1,46-56): Mary said: «My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 22, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 22, 2018   « December 21  |  December 23 » Saturday of the Third Week of AdventLectionary: 198 Reading 1 1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days,Han...

  • Meditations

    Posted December 22, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Mary remained with the donkey at the very entrance of the street while Joseph sought a lodging in the nearest houses—in vain, for Bethlehem was full of strangers, all running from place to place. Joseph returned to Mary, saying that as no shelter was to be...

  • Saying "YES TO GOD"

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 20, 2018 Saying “Yes” to God Thomas Ziolkowski Upon reflecting on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, I recalled a homily I heard at Mass which I thought was particularly relevant especially to those men that are going to be participating in upcoming Exodus 90 to ...

  • The Gentleness of Advent

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 20, 2018 The Gentleness Of Advent Anthony Lilles As the Christmas mystery draws near, we are tested by Divine Gentleness to a greater love. Our meanness of spirit is revealed in flashes of anger over something trivial or in a bitter judgment of heart that we want to forget, but find ...

  • The Last Sunday of Advent

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 21, 2018 The Last Sunday of Advent: Receive the Lord Gayle Somers On this last Sunday in Advent, we have a living example of how to best receive the Lord when He comes. Gospel (Read Lk 1:39-45) Our Sunday Gospel readings in Advent have given us much instruction about how to prepare...

  • Mary The Model of Faith

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 21, 2018 Mary, The Model of Faith Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. The Beatitudes rank high on the list of all-time favorite Bible passages.  But what is beatitude, anyway?   In the Bible, a “blessed” person is someone who has received gifts of the greatest val...

  • Venite, Adoremus

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 21, 2018 Venite, Adoremus: Christmas Comes But Once a Year Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. The famous Christmas carol begins: Adeste fideles, laeti triumphantes. Few refrains are more haunting. The translation reads, “O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.” The Latin i...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 ESV   A Time to Think To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.&mdash...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Pagan Resurrections Vs The Real Friday, December 21, 2018   In the ancient world, there were strange foreshadows and substitutes of the resurrection – the myths of the dying and rising gods. It was linked to the death and rebirth of nature every year. So they commemor...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   I pray that You will put people in my path today that I can encourage and care for.   Let me be as one who offers the water of Your Holy Spirit to those who are thirsty. Isaiah 44:3   I pray that Your Holy Spirit will fill me now and th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 21, 2018 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 December 21, 2018 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 December 21, 2018 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 December 21, 2018 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 December 21, 2018 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 December 21, 2018 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 December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Peter Canisius St. Peter Canisius (1521–1597) was born in Holland to a wealthy family. He was sent to the University of Cologne and met St. Peter Faber who influenced him to join the Jesuits. St. Peter Canisius became famous fo...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven y...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Weekdays of Advent: December 21st View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 1,39-45): Mary then set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was f...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 21, 2018   « December 20  |  December 22 » Friday of the Third Week of AdventLectionary: 197 Reading 1 Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover–h...

  • Meditations

    Posted December 21, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "An excellent method of preserving interior silence is to keep exterior silence. . . even in the world, each one of us can make his own solitude, a boundary beyond which nothing can force its way unperceived. It is not noise in itself that is the ...

  • Q: "Are My Feelings Unreasonable?"

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Mark DeFillo

    I was recently approached (via a messager service) by a friend for some counsel, since she was troubled by a possibility that her feelings after a significant other had a late-night conversation with a platonic friend might have been unfair or unreasonable to the others involved. She found my respon...

  • Quote of the Day.

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Quote of the Day “How happy we are when we want to love our Lord! Let us then love him, and let us not stop to reckon how little we do for his love, provided that we know that we will never wish to do anything except for his love.” -St Francis de Sales,

  • Homily of the Day

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 20, 2018   In Luke’s first chapter is the announcement to Mary that she would conceive and bear a son to be called Jesus. “Let what you have said be done to me.” Mary’s answer is free consent. Her strong faith in the Word of God enables her to say “Y...

  • His Name Will Be Emmaniel

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 20, 2018 His Name Will Be Emmanuel: God With Us Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet His name will be Emmanuel: God with us (cf. Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23). If we understand the significance of this name Emmanuel, we will find it includes the notion of Savior. For what is a Savior unless one ...

  • When Advent Feels More Like Lent

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 20, 2018 When Advent Feels More Like Lent Constance T. Hull This time of year can present challenges to all of us as we approach the Christmas season. More and more Catholics are trying to slow down and enter into the period of waiting and preparation in the Advent season. As the sec...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 NIV   A Time to Think...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Interruption Of Heaven Thursday, December 20, 2018   Few people like commotion, trouble, or change. We seek peace, situations of no commotion. But if you really want a place where there’s no commotion, go to a cemetery. That which is dead does not cause any commotion....

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   I ask that You will be near to those who feel far from You this Christmas.   I ask that You will show me ways to welcome those around me who need Your hope and Your comfort during this Christmas season.   Thank You that You call me to ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 20, 2018 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 December 20, 2018 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 December 20, 2018 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 December 20, 2018 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 December 20, 2018 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 December 20, 2018 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 December 20, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Dominic of Silos St. Dominic of Silos (1000–1073 A.D.) was born in Navarre, Spain, to a peasant family. He grew up herding his father's sheep in the Pyrenees mountains. This work endeared in him a love of solitude, leading him ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Weekdays of Advent: December 20th View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 1,26-38): In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; an...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 20, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 20, 2018   « December 19  |  December 21 » Thursday of the Third Week of AdventLectionary: 196 Reading 1 Is 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to A...

  • Gita Jayanti

    Posted December 19, 2018 by Mark DeFillo

    The Hindu holiday of Gita Jayanti has just passed, it being the commemoration of the original speaking of the Bhagavad-Gita. This book is not only a sacred scripture for Hindus, but respected by people of many religions. So let us consider what it is, and why it is so highly regarded. To begin with...

  • Was Christ really Born on Christmas Day?

    Posted December 19, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Matthias Stomer (1600-1650), “Adoration of the Shepherds” Blogs |  Dec. 18, 2018 Was Christ Actually Born Dec. 25? A closer look at the historical evidence Dave Armstrong Fr. William Saunders, in one of his consistently excellent articles for The Arlington Catholic Her...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 19, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Claiming Your Unclaimed BlessingsWednesday, December 19, 2018 Out of Jacob and Esau, which one was blessed? It was Jacob who received the blessing but the blessing he received belonged to Esau. One could say that Esau was blessed because the blessing was intended for him, but he never received it. ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 19, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection   And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 NIV   A Time to Think The light in a child's eyes is all it takes to make a Chr...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 19, 2018 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 December 19, 2018 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 December 19, 2018 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 December 19, 2018 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...