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  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 27, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his...

  • Feast Day

    Posted December 27, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day The Holy Family Jesus and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his earthly guardian, protector, and foster-father, St. Joseph, make up the Holy Family. God was made incarnate into the embrace of the human family, and the major...

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Lectionary: 17 Reading 1 SIR 3:2-6, 12-14 God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them....

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Holy Family (B) Podcast Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 2,22-40): When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the baby up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 27 December 2020 The Holy Family  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: The Holy Family "The Holy Family", by Michelangelo Buonarroti, c.1506 (the "Doni Tondo"). From an address given at Nazareth by Pope Paul VIThe example of Nazareth The home of Nazar...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 27 December 2020 The Holy Family  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 Father and to the So...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 27 December 2020 The Holy Family  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 Father and to th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 27 December 2020 The Holy Family Mid-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 the Father and to the ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 27 December 2020 The Holy Family Midday 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 Father and to the Son an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 27 December 2020 The Holy Family Afternoon 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 Father and to the Son...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 27 December 2020 The Holy Family  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 Father and to ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 27 December 2020 The Holy Family 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 end.Amen. Alleluia. ____...

  • The Gift of Giving

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Pastor John R. Harvey D.D.

    Whether you celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other religious holiday this month, any gift without love is no gift. The best gift is that which is given out of love. How big it is or how expensive it is, does not determine the worth of it. It is love, care and concern that make a gift precious....

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Coffee Time with Jesus Jesus: He Who Sanctifies For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.  Hebrews 2:11   Jesus is He Who Sanctifies you. The word “sanctify” means &l...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God, I desire to be more like You. Thank You for The Bible and for Your Holy Spirit and how they help me to know You and to draw near to You each day... Draw near to God and He will draw near to you... James 4:8 Please us...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Draw near to God and He will draw near to you... James 4:8

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Stephen St. Stephen (1st. c.) was one of the Church's first deacons in Jerusalem and an eloquent preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to Sacred Scripture he was "a man full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost" and "full of...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name." 1 Peter 4:16  

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr Lectionary: 696 Reading 1 ACTS 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 26th: Stephen, First Martyr listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 10,17-22): Jesus said to his disciples, «Be on your guard with respect to people, for they will hand you over to their courts and they will flog you in their synagogues...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 26 December 2020 Saint Stephen, the first Martyr - Feast  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: Saint Stephen, the first Martyr From a polyptych by Carlo Crivelli, 1476. A sermon of St Fulgentius of RuspeThe armour of love Yesterday we celebrate...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 26 December 2020 Saint Stephen, the first Martyr - Feast  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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 26 December 2020 Saint Stephen, the first Martyr - Feast  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.G...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 26 December 2020 Saint Stephen, the first Martyr - Feast Mid-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.Glo...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 26 December 2020 Saint Stephen, the first Martyr - Feast Midday 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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 26 December 2020 Saint Stephen, the first Martyr - Feast Afternoon 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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 26 December 2020 Saint Stephen, the first Martyr - Feast  (First Vespers of tomorrow, The Holy Family) 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, ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 26 December 2020 Saint Stephen, the first Martyr - Feast 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 wi...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Withdrawing of the Cloud Friday, December 25, 2020 Have there been times in your life and walk when you just didn't feel the presence of God... or His love... or His favor... or His blessings? Maybe you felt He was distant... or withdrawing from you. But there's a blessing you may be mis...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Babe And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.  Luke 2:12   Jesus is The Babe; born in Bethlehem, the One born to a virgin. He did not come in a spaceship, nor by some aberrant or bizarre entrance into...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer 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. ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day They saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.  Matthew 2:11

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Anastasia St. Anastasia (c. 281-314 A.D.) was a Roman citizen of the noble class, born to a wealthy pagan father and a Christian mother. She was secretly baptized due to her mother's desire to raise her as a Christian. Anastas...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.""   Isaiah 9:6  

  • Feast Day

    Posted December 25, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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...

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) - Dawn Dawn Lectionary: 15 Reading 1 Is 62:11-12 See, the LORD proclaims to the ends of the earth: say to daughter Zion, your savior comes! Here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. They shall be called the h...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Christmas: Midnight Mass listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 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 was governor of Syria. Everyone had to be regis...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day - Solemnity  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: Christmas Day The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds (1634), by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). From a sermon of Saint Leo the Great, popeChristian, remember your digni...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day - Solemnity  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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day - Solemnity  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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day - Solemnity Mid-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 the Fat...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day - Solemnity Midday 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 Father an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day - Solemnity Afternoon 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 Father...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day - Solemnity  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 December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day - Solemnity 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 end.Amen. ...

  • savior

    Posted December 24, 2020 by David Koontz

    Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Luke 2:7 - And 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 i...

  • A Christmas Eve Prayer

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    A Prayer of Thanks on Christmas Eve for Christ Our Savior Wonderful Savior, thank you for incarnating on earth to save the world. Through your redemptive earthly life that began on Christmas Eve and finished on the cross, you have made it possible for me – and all of humanity – to con...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Seeking What you Have Thursday, December 24, 2020 Did you ever buy something and afterwards you realize you already had it? I've done that a few times. I've actually ordered something out of a magazine, only to discover later that I already had it. I must have forgotten. Or it must have look...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: Horn of Salvation And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David.  Luke 1:69   The title for Jesus “Horn of Salvation” was a Hebraism that meant “a son” or “heir.” When King Hezekiah had no male hei...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer 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 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......

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 int...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 24, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday in the Fourth Week of Advent - Mass in the Morning Lectionary: 200 Reading 1 2 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16  When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, &ld...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Advent: December 24th listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 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 Sav...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 24 December 2020 24 December  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: 24 December From a sermon by Saint AugustineTruth has arisen from the earth and justice has looked down from heaven Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sl...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 24 December 2020 24 December  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 Father and to the Son ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 24 December 2020 24 December  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 Father and to the ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 24 December 2020 24 December Mid-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 the Father and to the So...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 24 December 2020 24 December Midday 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 Father and to the Son and ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 24 December 2020 24 December Afternoon 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 Father and to the Son a...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 24 December 2020 24 December  (First Vespers of tomorrow, Christmas Day) 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 24 December 2020 24 December 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 end.Amen. Alleluia. ______...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The President's Dream Wednesday, December 23, 2020 We were in a Red Sea situation. Our landlord had set to demolish our house of worship. We had to search for a new building and fast. My wife and I walked into a large furniture warehouse that was above any expectations we had. The president ...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holy Spirit: The Voice of Thunder The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightning’s lit up the world;  The earth trembled and shook.  Psalm 77:18   The Holy Spirit speaks in the voice of thunder to warn of approaching storms. When lightning fla...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God, I lift my hands in prayer to You on this new day... Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray— not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray— not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God... 1 Timothy 2:8-9 MSG

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 23, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent Lectionary: 199 Reading 1 MAL 3:1-4, 23-24 Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, And the messenger of the c...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Advent: December 23th listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 1,57-66): When the time came for Elizabeth, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the merciful Lord had done a wonderful thing for her and they rejoiced with her. ...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 23 December 2020 23 December  (optional commemoration of Saint John of Kęty, Priest) Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: 23 December From a treatise by St Hippolytus against the Noetic heresyThe hidden sacrament is revealed There is, brethren, one ...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 23 December 2020 23 December  (optional commemoration of Saint John of Kęty, Priest) 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 23 December 2020 23 December  (optional commemoration of Saint John of Kęty, Priest) 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, ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 23 December 2020 23 December Mid-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 the Father and to the S...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 23 December 2020 23 December Midday 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 Father and to the Son and...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 23 December 2020 23 December Afternoon 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 Father and to the Son ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 23 December 2020 23 December  (optional commemoration of Saint John of Kęty, Priest) 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 23 December 2020 23 December Compline (Night Prayer) (today) The Compline after First or Second Vespers of a Sunday may be substituted for the Compline of a weekday. ________ INTRODUCTION O God, come to our aid. O Lord, make haste to help us.Glory be to the Father and to the Son and ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Tabernacle of His Peace Tuesday, December 22, 2020 In the ancient Hebrew prayer and chant called the "Hashkiveinu." These words are spoken: "Spread over us the Tabernacle of your peace" - or, in Hebrew, the "Sukkah" of your shalom. It's a strange prayer and a strange picture. Those prayi...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Anointed of God Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.  1 Samuel 2:35   The kings of the earth set themselves, a...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God, I thank You for Your presence. Thank You that Jesus came for me so that I could be with You for eternity.   Thank You for the sacrifice of Your Holy Son so that I can enter Your presence and spend time with You ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Meditation

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal 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 s...

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent Lectionary: 198 Reading 1 1 SM 1:24-28 In those days,Hannah brought Samuel with her,along with a three-year-old bull,an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Advent: December 22nd listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 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 ...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday 22 December 2020 22 December  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: 22 December From a commentary by the Venerable Bede on St Luke's GospelThe Magnificat And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. ...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday 22 December 2020 22 December  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 Father and to the Son a...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday 22 December 2020 22 December  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 Father and to the S...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday 22 December 2020 22 December Mid-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 the Father and to the Son...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday 22 December 2020 22 December Midday 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 Father and to the Son and t...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday 22 December 2020 22 December Afternoon 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 Father and to the Son an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday 22 December 2020 22 December  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 Father and to the...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday 22 December 2020 22 December Compline (Night Prayer) (today) The Compline after First or Second Vespers of a Sunday may be substituted for the Compline of a weekday. ________ 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...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Messiah Garden of Death Monday, December 21, 2020 When sin entered the world on the day of man's fall, God took man out of the garden, a garden of life. On the day when sin was put to death, the opposite happened - man brought God down from the cross and into a garden, a garden of death - th...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Coffee Time with Jesus The Holy Spirit: Water For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.  Isaiah 44:3   The Holy Spirit is Water for thirsty people. Some people t...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God, I pray that You will put people in my path today that I can encourage and care for.   Let me be one who offers the Water of Your Holy Spirit to those who are thirsty.   For I will pour water on him who is thi...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.  Isaiah 44:3