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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Apollinaris Claudius St. Apollinaris Claudius (2nd c.), also called St. Apollinaris of Hierapolis, was a bishop in what is today Turkey. He became famous for his polemical writings against the heretics of his day, showing that their ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me." Psalm 63:6-8  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 8th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mk 6, 34-44): As Jesus went ashore he saw a large crowd, and he had compassion on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began a long teaching session with them. It was now ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 8 2019   « January 7  |  January 9 » Tuesday after EpiphanyLectionary: 213 Reading 1 1 Jn 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another,becaus...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 8 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Our Lord never intended that we should merely learn by heart the Our Father and recite it day and night. No doubt it is very beautiful and very simple, and can be meant quite easily by anyone who cares to use it. But that is not the purpose (alth...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Chaldean Comic Monday, January 7, 2019 Have you seen any Hittite or Amorite comedians lately? Have you consulted with a Chaldean injury lawyer, gone to an Akkadian doctor or a Babylonian dentist? No? Why not? These are the people of the ancient world, the great peoples of antiquity. ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For to the snow He says, “Fall on the earth.” Job 37:6 ESV   A Time to Think To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold. —Aristotle   A Time to Act Reflect on God&rsquo...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   You are worthy of all my praise.   Thank You for Your provision in my life.   Lord, there is power in Your name and from Your Holy Spirit.   I ask for Your divine wisdom for my life...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Raymond of Penafort St. Raymond of Penafort (1175–1275) was born in Spain to the noble family of Aragon. As a child he received an excellent education and displayed a great love for the Blessed Mother. After studying and teac...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     Verse of the Day "But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me." Micah 7:7

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 7th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 4,12-17.23-25): When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to settle down in Capernaum, a town by the lake of Galilee, at the border ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 7 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 7 2019   « January 6  |  January 8 » Monday after EpiphanyLectionary: 212 Reading 1 1 Jn 3:22–4:6 Beloved:We receive from him what...

  • Migrant Caravan Requires solidarity and support

    Posted Jan 6 by Archbishop Leonardo Marin-Saavedra

      Due to the massive presence of migrants from Central American countries (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala), in Mexican territory and because of the militarization of the border between Mexico and the United States, social and civic organizations of California, hean requested to the Lati...

  • The Dock - A Love Story

    Posted Jan 6 by Tony Villari

    Life is all about experience, about winning and losing, and about how we play the game.  We fall in love and out of love.  If we're lucky, we find someone to share all of who we are and cherish what they share with us in return.   This is just a story which came to me while standing...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Choice by Max Lucado   IT'S QUIET. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.   In a few moments, the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT   A Time to Think “Thank you” is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expr...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily PrayerDear Lord God, Thank You for this new year and the continued blessings of the loved ones You have placed in my life. I ask You for a new year of health and healing, both spiritually and physically, for my life and for those who surround me. Please renew my desire...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Andre Bessette St. Andre Bessette (1845–1937) was born the eighth of twelve children to a poor working class family in Quebec, Canada. He was weak and sickly from his birth. When he was nine, his father died in a lumber accid...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." Ephesians 4:29  

  • Feast Day

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Epiphany of the Lord Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts and one of the most important. Historically, Epiphany celebrated four things: Jesus' nativity, the Magi's visit to the Holy Family, Jesus' baptism, and Jesus' fir...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Epiphany View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 2,1-12): When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Judea, during the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem. They asked, «Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw the rising of his star in the ea...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 6 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 6 2019   « January 5  |  January 7 » The Epiphany of the LordLectionary: 20 Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!  Yo...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   You do not give a spirit of fear.   May I possess only what You give me.   May I contain only that which promotes Your kingdom.   Holy Spirit, You see the contents of my heart. ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, The Epiphany of the Lord) 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,  &nb...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John Neumann St. John Neumann (1811-1860) was born in Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic. He entered the seminary, and when the day came for his ordination to the priesthood, his bishop fell ill and couldn't proceed with the...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. I Peter 3:12  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 5th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 1,43-51): After Jesus had decided to set off for Galilee, He met Philip and said to him, «Follow me». Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nath...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 5 2019   « January 4  |  January 6 » Memorial of Saint John Neumann, BishopLectionary: 208 Reading 1 1 Jn 3:11-21 Beloved:This is the me...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 5 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "It is undoubtedly true that each of us, men and women, irresponsible and thoughtless as we often are, hold within our hands the happiness and sorrows of others. We cannot help it or escape from it. The power is in us inalienably almost from birth...

  • On Epiphany

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 4, 2019 On Epiphany, Remember the Evangelization Mandate Brandon Harvey The Solemnity of the Epiphany marks the occasion of the visit of the Magi to the newborn babe, Jesus Christ. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrive...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jan 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado The sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.—John 10:3 WHEN I SEE a flock of sheep I see exactly that, a flock. A rabble of wool. A herd of hooves. I don't see a sheep. I see sheep. All alike. None...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Shimon The Young Friday, January 4, 2019 Luke tells of a man named Simeon, or Shimon in Hebrew. He was a remarkable man. Simeon was old. Most older people are looking for peace and quiet. Generally, we do our seeking when we’re younger, then we just try to hold on to what we have w...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. Isaiah 55:8   A Time to Think Be willing to give of yourself, and there will be a new life for you in this New Year and every year. –Norman Vincent Peal...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You for carrying my burdens so that I can walk with my head held high...   I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Elizabeth Ann Seton St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774–1821) was born in New York City to a wealthy, virtuous, and influential family. She married a businessman, and together they lived on Wall Street. They attended an Episcopalian ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, be...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 4th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) Saints January 4th: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 1,35-42): As John was standing with two of his disciples, Jesus walked by, and John looked at him and said, «There is the Lamb of God&raq...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 4 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 4 2019   « January 3  |  January 5 » Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, ReligiousLectionary: 207 Reading 1 1 Jn 3:7-10 Children, let...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Please help me to choose You today, above all else.   Help me to know where to follow You.   Please help me to be wise with how I spend my time and where I place my affection.   Re...

  • Named JESUS

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 3, 2019 Named Jesús Br. Josemaría Guzmán-Domínguez, O.P. A few weeks after his birth, when he was baptized, he was named Jesús. The life story of more than a few Latinos might include a similar sentence. Jesús, the Name of Our Lord and Savior...

  • THE HOLY NAME OF GOD

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    January 3, 2019 The Holy Name of God Brian Kranick According to Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the recently-passed Chief Exorcist of Rome, who has performed tens of thousands of exorcisms, demons generally do not and cannot say holy names.  Instead, they call Jesus “he” or “your ...

  • The Better Part of Valour

    Posted Jan 3 by Tony Villari

    The last time I got very close to a sleeping cat with my face was back around 1981ish.  The cat woke up, grabbed both sides of my head with her claws while growling and trying to make her eyes go wider than mine.  Mine were wide in terror and bugging out of my head.  Her entire r...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Genevieve of Paris St. Genevieve (c.422-512 A.D.) was born to a respectable family in a small village outside Paris, France. When she was seven years old a famous bishop, St. Germain, spotted her in a crowd and prophesied to her pa...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14

  • Feast Day

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Holy Name of Jesus The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is historically associated with the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus. According to Jewish law, on the 8th day after his birth, a male child was circumcised and received his ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 3th (Weekdays of the Christmas season) Saints January 3rd: The Most Holy Name of Jesus View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 1,29-34): 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 who...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 3 2019   « January 2  |  January 4 » Christmas WeekdayLectionary: 206 Reading 1 1 Jn 2:29–3:6 If you consider that God is righteou...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 3 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "It is necessary to have an absolutely sure intention in all our actions, so that the generous fulfillment of our daily duties may be directed toward the highest supernatural ideal. Thus, our life, apart from moments of prayer, will be a prayerful life. It is cle...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Compline (Night Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world withou...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    None (Afternoon Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Sext (Midday Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world without en...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Terce (Mid-Morning Prayer) INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,   is now, and ever shall be,   world with...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Morning Prayer (Lauds) If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm. INTRODUCTION   O God, come to our aid.   O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory be to the Father and to the Son   and to the Holy...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Basil the Great St. Basil (330 – 379 A.D.) was born to wealthy and pious parents in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). His family was renowned for their great sanctity; his grandfather was martyred under the persecut...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

     Verse of the Day "Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:31

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: January 2nd (Weekdays of the Christmas season) Saints January 2nd: St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and Doctors of the Church View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 1,19-28): This was the testimony of John when the Jews sent priests and Levites to ask...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 2 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 2 2019   « January 1  |  January 3 » Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the ChurchLectionary: 205 ...

  • 2019:  The Next Five Years

    Posted Jan 2 by Tony Villari

    Someone once told me I shouldn't be so serious, and I'm not, usually.  I usually hear this critique when people run into my concrete barrier of baffling "bulls**t" and dazzling "footwork" which is fortified with an unyielding faith in my belief that my bulls**t and footwork are founded in ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jan 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Bikoreem Of Your Year Wednesday, January 2, 2019 In the Hebrew Scriptures, the word for Firstfruits is Bikoreem. Israel was commanded to give the firstfruits of their increase— the womb, their flocks, their harvests— to God. The first part of everything was to be given to...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionOh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1 ESV A Time to ThinkAs you step into this new year, be bold enough and daring enough to believe in the abundant good that has been prepared for you.—Dr. Norman Vincent P...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God,   I pray for Your peace to surround me in this new year.   I ask that Your Holy Spirit will help me to see Your goodness in each new day.   Please help me to be patient and kind, even when I am afraid.   I pray that You wil...

  • Mutually Assured Destruction

    Posted Jan 1 by Tony Villari

    I have a bit of difficulty separating nuclear war from an environmental catastrophe. Environmental catastrophe isn't necessarily a nuclear war, but nuclear war is, most definitely, an environmental catastrophe.  One is not, necessarily the other, but the other is most definitely ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jan 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV A Time to ThinkWe will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first ch...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jan 1 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that You will create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 I pray that Your Spirit will sow into me the seeds of Your love and presence. Lord, may You be the Gardener of my soul this year, weeding away any selfish ways in me. Please uproo...

  • Devotion of the Month

    Posted Jan 1 by 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 ...