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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sep 28 by Arch 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 Sep 28 by Arch 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 Sep 28 by Arch 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 Sep 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Wenceslaus St. Wenceslaus (907–935 A.D.) was the son of the Duke of Bohemia. His grandfather was converted to Christianity by the missionaries Sts. Cyril and Methodius. His mother, Dragomir, was the daughter of a pagan tribal...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spir...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 25th in Ordinary Time View saints September 28th: St. Wenceslaus, martyr View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 9,43b-45): While all were amazed at everything Jesus did, He said to his disciples, «Listen and remember what I tell you now: The Son of Ma...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 28 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 28 2019   « September 27  |  September 29 » Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 454 Reading 1 Zec 2:5-9, 14-1...

  • Bringing Our Loaves and Fishes to Jesus

    Posted Sep 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 26, 2019 Bringing Our Loaves And Fishes To Jesus Jonathan B. Coe Sometimes Jesus had a difficult time getting away from the crowds for the purpose of retreat, renewal, and prayer. The masses would follow him to isolated regions and he would end up teaching them and, moved with compa...

  • The Return of Michaelmas: Why We Need St. Michael the Archangel

    Posted Sep 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 27, 2019 The Return of Michaelmas: Why We Need St. Michael the Archangel Msgr. Eric R. Barr, STL Joe Roddy is the Irish captain of a small boat that takes a dozen very lucky tourists out to sea. Their destination is a rock called Skellig Michael. It is an island eight miles off the ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sep 27 by Arch 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 Sep 27 by Arch 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 Sep 27 by Arch 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 Sep 27 by Arch 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 Sep 27 by Arch 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 Sep 27 by Arch 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 Sep 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent de Paul (1581–1660) was born in France to a peasant farming family. As a child he grew up herding sheep, and showed such an aptitude for his studies that his father sold the family oxen to fund his...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. John ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 25th in Ordinary Time View saints September 27th: St. Vincent de Paul, priest View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 9,18-22): One day when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, He asked them, «What do people say about me?». And the...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 27 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 27 2019   « September 26  |  September 28 » Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, PriestLectionary: 453 Reading 1 Hg 2:1-9 In the second ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Sep 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    There’s No Room For The “In” Thursday, September 26, 2019 In several rabbinical translations of the Hebrew Scriptures, Isaiah 9:6-7 reads “For unto us a child is born. Unto us, a son is given. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor IN the Almighty God&he...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Sep 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   I am so grateful for Jesus, my Intercessor, my Savior, my Lord.   Thank you for loving me so much that you would sacrifice so much.   Thank you for giving me your strong foundation to build my l...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 26 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and co...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sep 26 by Arch 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 Sep 26 by Arch 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 Sep 26 by Arch 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 Sep 26 by Arch 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 Sep 26 by Arch 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 Sep 26 by Arch 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 Sep 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Sts. Cosmas & Damian Sts. Cosmas and Damian (d. 287 A.D.) were twin brothers born in Arabia. They both became skilled physicians who practiced in Asia Minor. They took no money for their medical services, for which they were well-respe...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 25th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 9,7-9): King Herod heard of all that Jesus was doing and did not know what to think, for people said, «This is John, raised from the dead». Others believed that Elijah or one of the ancient pr...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 26 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 26 2019   « September 25  |  September 27 » Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 452 Reading 1 Hg 1:1-8 On th...

  • A Bishop Explains Mary for Protestants

    Posted Sep 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    September 25, 2019 A Bishop Explains Mary for Protestants Mother of All Peoples On June 1, 2019, the city of Amsterdam was the place of an international meeting of “Prayer for Peace through the Advocacy of Mary, Mother of all Peoples.” For Protestant Christians, it can be difficul...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Sep 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus Honors You You are valuable just because you exist! Remember that the next time some trickster tries to hang a bargain-basement price tag on your self-worth.   Just think about the way Jesus honors you—and smile! I do. I smile because I know I don’t deserve a love...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Sep 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Good Sower Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Imagine you’re a farmer who hired two people to sow your fields. You give them each a bag of seed of equal size. At the end of fifteen minutes, one has sown all his seed, but the other has just barely started. What are you going to do? Y...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Sep 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1 KJV   A Time to Think God is speaking to all of us, all the time. The question is not, to whom does God talk? The qu...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Sep 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   Thank You for all of Your promises, especially Your promise of abundant life...   I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly, John 10:10   Thank You...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 25 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly, John 10:10

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sep 25 by Arch 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 Sep 25 by Arch 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 Sep 25 by Arch 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 Sep 25 by Arch 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 Sep 25 by Arch 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 Sep 25 by Arch 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 Sep 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Cleophas St. Cleophas (1st c.) was one of Jesus' seventy disciples, and one of the two disciples who were traveling along the road to Emmaus after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem, as recounted in Luke's Go...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." Colossians 2:6-7  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 25th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 9,1-6): Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to drive out all evil spirits and to heal diseases. And He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He in...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 25 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 25 2019   « September 24  |  September 26 » Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 451 Reading 1 EzR 9:5-9 At ...

  • A Note on Bali

    Posted Sep 24 by Mark E. DeFillo

    An article on Bali has been on our newsfeed, and it seems to miss a most important detail. The article is mainly about a new law criminalizing extramarital sex. The article and comments both seem to believe that the Balinese are Muslim. In fact, Bali is part of Indonesia, and Indonesia as a whole is...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Sep 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Prayer is a Habit Worth Having by Max Lucado   Do you want to know how to deepen your prayer life? At the risk of sounding like a preacher—which I am—may I make a suggestion? Why don’t you check your habits?   In Romans 12:12, Paul says, “...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Sep 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Anointing After The Cleansing Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Exodus 29 records the consecration of Aaron for the priesthood. For him and his sons to enter their ministry, they must first enter a sacred bath. Only after that can the oil of anointing be poured out. This is a pattern and a...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Sep 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   I feel so busy and stressed at times.   There is so much to do...working at home and outside my home, activities at church and school, taking time to exercise, appointments, family obligations, invitatio...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 24 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you... Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-10

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sep 24 by Arch 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 Sep 24 by Arch 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 Sep 24 by Arch 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 Sep 24 by Arch 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 Sep 24 by Arch 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 Sep 24 by Arch 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 Sep 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Gerard Sagredo St. Gerard Sagredo (980–1046 A.D.) was born in Venice, Italy. From an early age he desired to dedicate his life to God, and as a young man became a Benedictine monk. He first served as abbot at a monastery in Ven...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished th...

  • Feast Day

    Posted Sep 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Our Lady of Ransom St. Peter Nolasco (12th c.) was inspired to establish a religious order for the ransom of Christians from Muslim captivity. On August 1, 1218 the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Peter Nolasco along with his confe...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 25th in Ordinary Time View saints September 24th: Our Lady of Ransom View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 8,19-21): The mother and relatives of Jesus came to him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. Someone told him, «Your mother and ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 24 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 24 2019   « September 23  |  September 25 » Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 450 Reading 1 EzR 6:7-8, 12b, ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sep 23 by Arch 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 Sep 23 by Arch 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 Sep 23 by Arch 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 Sep 23 by Arch 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 Sep 23 by Arch 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 Sep 23 by Arch 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 Sep 23 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887–1968) was born to peasant farmers in southern Italy. By the time he was 5 years old he practiced a life of penance and made the decision to give himself completely t...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 23 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 23 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 25th in Ordinary Time View saints September 23rd: Saint Pio of Pietrelcina View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 8,16-18): Jesus said to his disciples, «No one, after lighting a lamp covers it with a bowl or puts it under the bed; rather he puts it on ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 23 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 23 2019   « September 22  |  September 24 » Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, PriestLectionary: 449 Reading 1 Ezr 1:1-6 In the fi...

  • Reparations are NOT Required!

    Posted Sep 22 by Luminary Eddie Starr

    https://www.themonastery.org/blog/2019/09/episcopal-church-announces-slavery-reparations-fund/  Reparations were already paid. How many times are idiots going to go on about this $h!+? After the Civil War, the US established the colony of Liberia. Those who wanted to, were allowed to go there....

  • FFRF is a Anti-Religious Religious Cult

    Posted Sep 22 by Luminary Eddie Starr

    https://www.themonastery.org/blog/2019/09/high-school-football-team-baptisms-draw-criticism/#comment-238614 So, it's ok for an IDIOT to take a knee, but not this? It's also ok when that @$$ talks about the Betsy Ross flag being racist, when she was a QUAKER, and they were abolitionists! The so-cal...

  • Why Are Only Christians A Target?

    Posted Sep 22 by Luminary Eddie Starr

    https://www.themonastery.org/blog/2019/09/arizona-supreme-court-rules-wedding-vendor-legally-discriminate-against-same-sex-couples/ First and foremost, if you're not going to look at this: https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/hidden-camera-gay-wedding-cake-at-muslim-bakery/ then you have no business t...

  • The criminal returns to save the church.

    Posted Sep 22 by Pastor shaun james Phd

    DOES CHARACTER MATTER ANYMORE IN MINISTRY? Erosion of Morals in the Ministry Something is very wrong with the 21st-century church: there is a lapse of morals within her walls today and every denomination seems to be affected:“ Two of the greatest stains on the church are clergy misconduc...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Sep 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Fruit of the Spirit by Max Lucado   The Bible says, “If God were to withdraw his Spirit, all life would disappear and mankind would return again to dust” (Job 34:14-15). And Ephesians 1:13 says that the Holy Spirit enters the believer upon confession of faith. F...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Sep 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. 2nd Timothy 1:7   A Time to Think Pray, hope, don’t worry. –Saint Padre Pio   A Time to Act Expect great thing...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Sep 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   I pray that in all of the situations that I face today, that I will be obedient and dependent upon You and Your Holy Spirit in me.   I desire to give You all praise and glory.   May the people I...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 22 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sep 22 by Arch 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 Sep 22 by Arch 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 Sep 22 by Arch 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 Sep 22 by Arch 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 Sep 22 by Arch 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 Sep 22 by Arch 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 Sep 22 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Ignatius of Santhia St. Ignatius of Santhia (1686-1770) was born in Italy to an upper-class family. He received his early education from a devout priest, a relative of his mother, who inspired him to join the priesthood. He studied p...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 22 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, 'Why could we not cast it out?' He said to them, 'Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Sep 22 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 25th (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 16,1-13): Jesus told his disciples, «There was a rich man whose steward was reported to him for fraudulent service. He summoned the steward and asked him: ‘What is this I hear about you? I w...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Sep 22 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   September 22 2019   « September 21  |  September 23 » Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 135 Reading 1 Am 8:4-7 Hear this, you who ...

  • Benefits of Being ULC Ordained

    Posted Sep 22 by Howard Slayton

    This ULC has the best website, among the many ULC websites out there, in my humble opinion. I feel it’s the finest because 1) they afford their ministers the opportunity to fellowship with one another on their own unique social media, 2) basic minister training and information is accessible from the...

  • God is rightous

    Posted Sep 21 by Pastor shaun james Phd

    But our salvation is based not only upon Gods love and grace but even more upon Gods righteousness. Our God is a righteous God. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne ( Psa.89:14). If God were to be unrighteous, his throne would lose its foundations. Therefore, if our salvation i...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Sep 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Thump-Thud, Thump-Thud   When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its solidity by pulling it out of the oven and thumping it. If it “sings,” it’s ready. If it “thuds,” it’s placed back in the oven.   The character of a person is also ch...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Sep 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7   A Time to Think To pray is to listen, to move through my own chattering to God, to that place where I can be silent and listen to what God may have to say. –Madeleine L&rsq...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Sep 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   I am Your servant.   I look forward to the day when I am no longer held by the chains of human frailty and earthly concerns.   Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful s...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Sep 21 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. Psalm 116:15-16

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Sep 21 by Arch 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 Sep 21 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 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,  ...