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  • Hidden and Glorious:

    Posted Jan 20 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 20, 2020 Hidden and Glorious: Two Images of Mary in the Book of Revelation Stephen Beale Mary has two significant appearances in the Book of Revelation. Most devout Catholics are familiar with one of them: A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the mo...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Sunset To Sunrise Monday, January 20, 2020 Sunrises are beautiful. People get up early in the morning just to watch them. But sunsets are just as beautiful. And you can’t have a sunrise without a sunset – it’s the same motion of the earth. So for every sunset, there is ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: A Column of Smoke And the LORD went before them by day in [a column of smoke] to lead the way, and by night in [a column of fire] to give them light. Exodus 13:21 Author’s Translation   God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Thank You for entrusting me with Your Kingdom resources.   Whatever my earthly portion may be, whether it is my creativity, my spiritual gifts, my generosity, or my compassion, Lord, make known to me what You ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 20 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:2

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 20 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Sebastian St. Sebastian (d. c. 288 A.D.) was born in Gaul, present-day France, to wealthy Italian parents. According to tradition he went to Rome to serve and encourage the Christians who were being persecuted under the Roman Emper...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 20 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him." Proverbs 30:5  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 20 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 2nd in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 2,18-22): One day, when the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees were fasting, some people asked Jesus, «Why is it that both the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but yours do not...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 20 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 20 2020   « January 19  |  January 21 » Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 311 Reading 1 1 Sm 15:16-23 Samuel said...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 20 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "That which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did and suffered for all men, He did and suffered for each one in particular; and He would not have thought it too much to do if it had been a question of saving only a single soul. The salvation of a s...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 20 January 2020Monday of week 2 in Ordinary TimeCompline (Night Prayer) (today)The Compline after First or Second Vespers of a Sunday may be substituted for the Compline of a weekday.________INTRODUCTIONO God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to the Fa...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 20 January 2020Monday of week 2 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Fabian, Pope, Martyr  or Saint Sebastian, Martyr Vespers (Evening Prayer)Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come t...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 20 January 2020Monday of week 2 in Ordinary TimeAfternoon Prayer (None) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 20 January 2020Monday of week 2 in Ordinary TimeMidday Prayer (Sext) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 20 January 2020Monday of week 2 in Ordinary TimeMid-Morning Prayer (Terce) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 20 January 2020Monday of week 2 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Fabian, Pope, Martyr  or Saint Sebastian, Martyr Morning Prayer (Lauds) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to...

  • Office Readings

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 20 January 2020Monday of week 2 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Fabian, Pope, Martyr  or Saint Sebastian, Martyr Office of Readings Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Trinity: The God of the Beginning (Elohim Kedem) The God of the beginning is your refuge, and His eternal arms are under you. Deuteronomy 33:27, Author’s Translation   God is the God of the Beginning. He started time. Before the events of the first verse in...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for this new day.   Each day the Earth spins on its axis and the sun sheds light on every living thing, all created by You.   The light You provide, in the day and through the night, bri...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 19 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Acts 17:28 New King James Version (NKJV) 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’   New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is taken...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Canute IV of Denmark St. Canute IV of Denmark (1042 – 1086 A.D.), also known as Canute the Holy, was one of thirteen sons born to the king of Denmark. Canute later succeeded his brother to the throne and reigned as king from 10...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 2nd (A) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 1,29-34): The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, «There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. It is he of whom I said: A man comes after me who is already ahead...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 19 2020   « January 18  |  January 20 » Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 64 Reading 1 Is 49:3, 5-6 The LORD said to me: You ...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 19 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Francis [de Sales] insists that true devotion must touch every area of our life. True devotion is not just a matter of spiritual practices but of bringing all our life under the lordship of Christ. Francis is known for his slogan: ‘Live, Je...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 19 January 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeCompline (Night Prayer)________INTRODUCTIONO 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 19 January 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Vespers (Evening Prayer)Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to the ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 19 January 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeAfternoon Prayer (None) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to the F...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 19 January 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMidday Prayer (Sext) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to the Fath...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 19 January 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMid-Morning Prayer (Terce) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 19 January 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Morning Prayer (Lauds) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to the F...

  • Office Readings

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 19 January 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Office of Readings Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to the Fathe...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: Wonderful For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful. Isaiah 9:6   Jesus is called Wonderful, a noun in the Hebrew language that Isaiah used as His name. Through...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Today I lift up those who are lacking a home to live in.   I pray for those who find themselves displaced and alone.   Help me to live a life that is worthy of what You have called me to, to love ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 18 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the DayMicah 6:8 New King James Version (NKJV)8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;And what does the Lord require of youBut to do justly,To love [a]mercy,And to walk humbly with your God?

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Margaret of Hungary St. Margaret of Hungary (1242–1271) was the daughter of King Bela IV of Hungary, and niece of the famed St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Her royal parents made a vow to God that if Hungary was saved from the Mong...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 1st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 2,13-17): When Jesus went out again beside the lake, a crowd came to Him and He taught them. As he walked along, he saw a tax collector sitting in his office. This was Levi, the son of Alpheus. Jesus said ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 18 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 18 2020   « January 17  |  January 19 » Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 310 Reading 1 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 18 January 2020Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeCompline (Night Prayer)________INTRODUCTIONO 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 Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 18 January 2020Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary Time  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary (First Vespers of tomorrow, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)Vespers (Evening Prayer)Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version wi...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 18 January 2020Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeAfternoon Prayer (None) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory b...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 18 January 2020Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeMidday Prayer (Sext) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be t...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 18 January 2020Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeMid-Morning Prayer (Terce) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glor...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 18 January 2020Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary Time  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Morning Prayer (Lauds) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.&n...

  • Office Readings

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 18 January 2020Saturday of week 1 in Ordinary Time  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Office of Readings Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid. ...

  • The Strength to Become Lambs

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 17, 2020 The Strength to Become Lambs Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. The Protestant Church is all about the Bible; the Catholic Church is all about the Sacraments.  Right? Not exactly.  When it comes to personal Bible reading, Protestants often p...

  • You Might Be Exactly Where God Wants You To Be

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 17, 2020 You Might Be Exactly Where God Wants You to Be Alan Scott Have you ever felt this vague feeling of being lost, or out of place? Perhaps you have felt that the path you are on may not be headed in the right direction? That you are somehow missing the mark? I have noticed for...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Hearing His “Let There Be” Friday, January 17, 2020   In the beginning, God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. What did others say about that at the time? Nothing. There was no other voice to say anything. There were no contrary opinions, n...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Preeminence And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:18   “Preeminence” means “first,” and Jesus wants to have f...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for Your everlasting love.   You are my God, and I will ever praise You.   Please help me to seek You today.   I pray that Your Holy Spirit will help me to set my mind on ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 17 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:1-2

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Anthony of the Desert St. Anthony of the Desert (251–356 A.D.), also known as St. Anthony the Great, was a leading figure among the Desert Fathers, the early Christian monks who lived in the Egyptian desert in the 3rd and 4th...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation." Psalm 68:19  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 1st in Ordinary Time View saints January 17th: St. Anthony, the Abbot View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 2,1-12): Jesus returned to Capernaum. As the news spread that he was at home, so many people gathered that there was no longer room even outside the d...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 17 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 17 2020   « January 16  |  January 18 » Memorial of Saint Anthony, abbot Lectionary: 309 Reading 1 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a All the elders o...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 17 January 2020Friday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeCompline (Night Prayer) (today)The Compline after First or Second Vespers of a Sunday may be substituted for the Compline of a weekday.________INTRODUCTIONO God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to the Fa...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 17 January 2020Saint Antony, Abbot  on Friday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeVespers (Evening Prayer)Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 17 January 2020Friday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeAfternoon Prayer (None) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 17 January 2020Friday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeMidday Prayer (Sext) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 17 January 2020Friday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeMid-Morning Prayer (Terce) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 17 January 2020Saint Antony, Abbot  on Friday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeMorning Prayer (Lauds) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make ...

  • Office Readings

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 17 January 2020Saint Antony, Abbot  on Friday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeOffice of Readings Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make hast...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holy Of Holies Everywhere Thursday, January 16, 2020   In 2 Timothy 1:3, Paul writes that he serves God with a pure conscience. The word he uses to describe his service is the Greek word, lat-ryoo’-o. That word is the same that is used to describe the Ministry of the ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holy Spirit: Rain He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth. Psalm 72:6   The Holy Spirit is Rain to those who are famished; He gives refreshing life. He is Rain to those who have stopped growing; He can rep...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for Your presence in my life today, that as I draw near to You, You are so good to draw near to me. James 4:8   Lord, when I struggle to know Your nearness, I pray that You will renew my faith and my a...

  • Devotion of the Month

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Devotion of the Month Month of the Holy Name of Jesus The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. After the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, the angel Gabriel appeared to St. Joseph and told him that the ...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Priscilla of Rome St. Priscilla of Rome (1st c.) was a Christian noblewoman who served as a benefactor to the Christian community in Rome. She supported St. Peter the Apostle, the first Bishop of Rome, and her home near the catacombs...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 16 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13-14  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 1st in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 1,40-45): A leper came to Jesus and begged Him, «If you so will, you can make me clean». Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, «I will; be clean». T...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 16 2020   « January 15  |  January 17 » Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 308 Reading 1 1 Sm 4:1-11 The Philisti...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 16 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "We have difficulty understanding this, just as a blind man has difficulty understanding color, but our difficulty doesn’t alter this fact: God’s omnipotence and omniscience respects our freedom. In the core of our being we remain free...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 16 January 2020Thursday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeCompline (Night Prayer) (today)The Compline after First or Second Vespers of a Sunday may be substituted for the Compline of a weekday.________INTRODUCTIONO God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 16 January 2020Thursday of week 1 in Ordinary Time Vespers (Evening Prayer)Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 16 January 2020Thursday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeAfternoon Prayer (None) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory b...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 16 January 2020Thursday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeMidday Prayer (Sext) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be t...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 16 January 2020Thursday of week 1 in Ordinary TimeMid-Morning Prayer (Terce) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glor...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 16 January 2020Thursday of week 1 in Ordinary Time Morning Prayer (Lauds) Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory b...

  • Office Readings

    Posted Jan 15 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 16 January 2020Thursday of week 1 in Ordinary Time Office of Readings Introduction (without Invitatory)If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, use the version with the Invitatory Psalm instead.O God, come to our aid.    O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to...

  • Proper Use of God's Name

    Posted Jan 15 by Joseph Esquivel

    Proper Use of God’s Holy Name   Many things are said about the proper use of God’s name, in my studies of Philo and other books written by scholars. I have found the reason we have the words God, Lord, father, creator and other words in place of His Holy Name.   It is the s...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Direction Of The Spirit Wednesday, January 15, 2020 The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah reveals a spiritual picture of the marriage of the Son, Messiah, with the Bride, the Church. Notice that the father (Abraham) sends his servant to find the bride and to lead her back. The servant is...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Way Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6   Jesus is the Way to Heaven; there is no other way to get there. Will you follow the Way today? Because Jesus is the Way, He invite...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for being my Advocate and my Counselor.   Please help me to navigate my day with Your wisdom.   I pray that Your Holy Spirit will help me to be slow to anger and slow to speak. &nbs...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 15 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 2 Timothy 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV) 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Gaining The Momentum For Breakthrough Tuesday, January 14, 2020 In order for an Olympic high jumper to break a record, he or she must first run a long track to gain momentum. What would happen if the jumper runs and stops, then starts again, then stops and starts again? They would lose t...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Can We Believe the Bible? by Max Lucado   Can we believe the Bible? How can we know it is anything more than a collection of sayings and stories? Can we truly believe that the Bible is the Word of God?   There are many reasons I believe in the Bible. Here are a f...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Vine I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5   Jesus is the Vine, the source of your spiritual life. Abide in Him, and you’ll have a fruitful life. Yo...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Today I surrender all that I am to You.   May I speak words that bring healing and encouragement today.   May my actions reflect the great mercy that You have shown to me.   May my ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 14 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God. Jonah 2:6

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    How To Grow Younger Monday, January 13, 2020 At the very end of the Bible the Lord says this: “Behold, I am making all things new.” Think about that. What does it mean? It’s a radical statement. It breaks the rules of time. In this world, things move only in one directi...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Father: The Father of Lights   Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17   God is the Father of Lights who originally created...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for filling Your creation with awe-inspiring beauty.   Help me to savor Your glory today as it is displayed in Your creation.   Please help me to see the work of Your hands all around me...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 13 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. Psalm 139:1-2

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    God Has a Plan Max Lucado   In the famous lace shops of Brussels, Belgium, certain rooms are dedicated to the spinning of the finest lace with the most delicate of patterns. These rooms are completely dark except for a shaft of natural light from a solitary window. Only one spi...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Door of the Sheep Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep." John 10:7   During the time of Jesus, a sheepfold was an enclosure to keep sheep from wandering or getting lost. It usually had rock walls, an...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   I meditate on Your Word and in Your holy presence this new day.   Thank You for my salvation, for redeeming me from my brokenness.   I bow at Your feet my Lord for I know that my flesh will fail...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 12 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully an...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Music for the Dance by Max Lucado   Let's imagine that you want to learn to dance. Being the rational, cerebral person you are, you go to a bookstore and buy a book on dancing.   You take the book home and get to work. You do everything it says. The book says sw...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 11 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Bread of God For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. John 6:33   Jesus is the Bread of God. Just as bread gives us strength for our daily activities, so Jesus gives us mental and spiritual strength to live fo...