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  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so...

  • Meditation

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

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

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent Lectionary: 197 Reading 1 SG 2:8-14 Hark! my lover–here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills. My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 21 December 2020 21 December  (optional commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Doctor) Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: 21 December From a commentary by St Ambrose on St Luke's GospelThe Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary The angel Gabri...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 21 December 2020 21 December  (optional commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Doctor) 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 Lor...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 21 December 2020 21 December  (optional commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Doctor) 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 21 December 2020 21 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 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 21 December 2020 21 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 to...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 21 December 2020 21 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 and...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 21 December 2020 21 December  (optional commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Doctor) 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....

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Monday 21 December 2020 21 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 ...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Chief Cornerstone Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame." 1 Peter 2:6   Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:20 ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God, I ask that You will be near to those who feel far from You, that You would draw them to Yourself this Christmas... Draw near to God and He will draw near to you... James 4:8 I ask that You will show me ways to reach out to ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was found...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 20, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     Verse of the Day "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving s...

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Fourth Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 11 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, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 4th (B) of Advent listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 1,26-38): In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the fami...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 20 December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: 4th Sunday of Advent From a sermon of St Bernard of ClairvauxThe whole world awaits Mary's reply You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 20 December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent  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 t...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 20 December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent  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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 20 December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 20 December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent 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 S...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 20 December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent 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 th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 20 December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent  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 an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sunday 20 December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent 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. ...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holy Spirit: The Wind The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8   Just as the Holy Spirit originally blew breath into the lifeless clay body o...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God, How holy is Your name. This song is my first request to You this new day... Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. May I go about my day aware of Your presence over me. I thank you that Your mercies are new eve...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Through the Lord ’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. Anastasius I Pope St. Anastasius I (d. 401 A.D.) was a 4th century Bishop of Rome. The writings of the Church Fathers tell us that he was a distinguished Roman Christian known for his charity and holiness. He was elevated to the...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers. Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining." 1 Peter 4:7-9

  • The Christmas Story-The Birth of Jesus

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The Star of Bethlehem – Jesus Birth and Christmas Story   The Star of Bethlehem is one of the best-known and most widely-revered elements of the Christmas story. However, it is controversial in terms of whether the bright light that, according to the Bible and the Christmas sto...

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday of the Third Week of Advent Lectionary: 195 Reading 1 JGS 13:2-7, 24-25A There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah.  His wife was barren and had borne no children.  An angel of the LORD appeared t...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Advent: December 19th listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 1,5-25): In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah, belonging to the priestly clan of Abiah. Elizabeth, Zechariah's wife, also belonged to a priestly family....

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 19 December 2020 19 December  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: 19 December From the treatise "Against the Heresies" by St IrenaeusThe operation of the redeeming Incarnation God is man’s glory. Man is the vessel which receives God’s ac...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 19 December 2020 19 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 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 19 December 2020 19 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 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 19 December 2020 19 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 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 19 December 2020 19 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 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 19 December 2020 19 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 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 19 December 2020 19 December  (First Vespers of tomorrow, 4th Sunday of Advent) 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, mak...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Saturday 19 December 2020 19 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 18, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Ant Hero & The Dumb Ant Friday, December 18, 2020 I was once attempting to show mercy... to an ant. I was trying to lead it around its obstacles to freedom outside. I was trying to be an ant hero. But the problem was I was dealing with an especially dumb ant. It kept going the wrong way,...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: Lord (Despotes) But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.  2 Peter 2:1   Jesus i...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus, You said that You are "the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6). Your Word tells me that Your ways are higher than my ways... As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Winebald St. Winebald (701-761 A.D.) was a Saxon prince born into a holy and royal family in England. His father, St. Richard the King, and his mother, St. Wunna of Wessex, are both saints, as well as his brother, St. Willibald, his ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. This need...

  • Meditation

    Posted December 18, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "It is, then, in following the will of God, in spite of all the difficulties that may arise both from within and from without, in the constant offering of ourselves to God as the creatures of His hand to do and to be what He would have us, in the ...

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday of the Third Week of Advent Lectionary: 194 Reading 1 JER 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; As king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. In h...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Advent: December 18th listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 1,18-24): This is how Jesus Christ was born. Mary his mother had been given to Joseph in marriage but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Then ...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 18 December 2020 18 December  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: 18 December From the Letter to DiognetusGod showed his love through his Son No man has ever seen God or known him, but God has revealed himself to us through faith, by which alone it is...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 18 December 2020 18 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 an...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 18 December 2020 18 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 So...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 18 December 2020 18 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 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 18 December 2020 18 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 to...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 18 December 2020 18 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 and...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 18 December 2020 18 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 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Friday 18 December 2020 18 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 ...

  • Historical Analysis Continued...

    Posted December 17, 2020 by peter Chamberland

    I wrote in the last post that the kyballion came along more the 19th century that proclaimed it taught egyptian teachings. It teaches that Egypt was the central area of religion, which is actually not an argument without weight to it.  It was noted that pythagoreas lived in Egypt and Babylon an...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The God Coin Thursday, December 17, 2020 Messiah asked those who were testing him about taxes, "Whose image is on this coin?" They answered, "Caesar's." To which He responded, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and render to God the things that are God's." In other words, i...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holy Spirit: The Voice of the Lord The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John of Matha St. John of Matha (1154-1213) was born near Provence, France to noble and pious parents, and was dedicated to God from his birth. He learned the arts of a nobleman and advanced in Christian virtue, tending the sick an...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Let marriage be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers. Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never forsake you or abandon ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God, You spoke to the Prophet Elijah in a 'still small voice'... And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:12 In my hectic life, may Your...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:12

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday of the Third Week of Advent Lectionary: 193 Reading 1 GN 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them: “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob, listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise –your hand on t...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Weekdays of Advent: December 17th listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 1,1-17): This is the document of the origins of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 17 December 2020 17 December  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: 17 December From a letter of Pope St Leo the GreatThe mystery of our reconciliation with God To speak of our Lord, the son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as true and perfect man is of no...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 17 December 2020 17 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 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 17 December 2020 17 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 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 17 December 2020 17 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 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 17 December 2020 17 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 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 17 December 2020 17 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 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 17 December 2020 17 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 th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Thursday 17 December 2020 17 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 t...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Cup Strategy   Wednesday, December 16, 2020 A famous evangelist was dining with his acquaintances. One of them asked how to overcome sin. The evangelist filled his glass with water and asked, "Can you pour your drink into this glass?" "No," the one answered, "how could I? The g...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jesus: The Lamb These will make war with the Lamb,and the Lamb will overcome them,for He is Lord of lords and King of kings;and those who are with Him arecalled, chosen, and faithful. Revelation 17:14 Lambs provided three basic contributions to Jewish life. Lambs provide...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for coming to me with Your love and Your grace. Thank You for making a way for me to be restored to You. Please help me to love You and to love all others... Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Adelaide of Burgundy St. Adelaide (931-999 A.D.) was the virtuous daughter of King Rupert II of Burgundy, France. She became the Queen of Italy after being given in marriage to the future King of Italy. When her husband died, she was...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 16, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will receive recompense for the wrong he committed,...

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent Lectionary: 189 Reading 1 IS 45:6C-8, 18, 21C-25 I am the LORD, there is no other; I form the light, and create the darkness, I make well-being and create woe; I, the LORD, do all these things. Let justice descend, O heav...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 3th of Advent listen   Download   View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 7,19-23): The disciples of John gave him all this news. So he called two of them and sent them to the Lord with this message, «Are you the one we are expecting, or should we wait fo...

  • Spiritual Reading

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 16 December 2020 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent  Spiritual Reading Your Second Reading from the Office of Readings: Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent From the treatise "Against the Heresies" by St IrenaeusAt Christ's coming, God will be visible to man There is one God, wh...

  • Office Readings

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 16 December 2020 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent  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 t...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 16 December 2020 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent  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 ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 16 December 2020 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 16 December 2020 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent 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 F...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 16 December 2020 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent 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 th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 16 December 2020 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent  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 b...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Wednesday 16 December 2020 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent 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 Fa...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Exceeding The Orthodox Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Orthodox Jews live under the law of Moses. Virtually everything in their life is governed by one law or tradition or another. Think of how zealous they are, how careful, how vigilant they are in following what they know of God. How does that ...

  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit Sent From Heaven Those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.  1 Peter 1:12   The third Person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit Sent from Heaven. He came upon the believers in the Upper Room on the Day of ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for coming to us as Immanuel, God with us, as Isaiah prophesied and as Matthew wrote in his Gospel... Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His na...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli (1587–1651) was born in Genoa, Italy, to an aristocratic family. She was pious and desired the religious life, however, at the age of fifteen she was forced int...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 15, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observ...

  • Lectionary

    Posted December 14, 2020 by Arch Bishop Micheal Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent Lectionary: 188 Reading 1 ZEP 3:1-2, 9-13 Thus says the LORD: Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted, to the tyrannical city! She hears no voice, accepts no correction; In the LORD she has not trusted, to her God she has n...