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  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Victor Maurus St. Victor Maurus (d. 303 A.D.), also known as Victor the Moor and Victor of Milan, was born in Mauretania (North Africa) in a Christian household. He later relocated to Milan, Italy, as a soldier of the Praetorian Guar...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and rescues them; he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in him." Psalm 37:39-40  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Wednesday 3rd of Easter View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 6,35-40): Jesus said to the crowds, «I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. Nevertheless, as I said, you refuse to believe, ev...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   May 8 2019   « May 7  |  May 9 » Wednesday of the Third Week of EasterLectionary: 275 Reading 1 Acts 8:1b-8 There broke out a severe persecution...

  • Meditations

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

      Meditation of the Day "Do you know what it is to be truly spiritual? It is for men to make themselves the slaves of God—branded with His mark, which is the Cross. ... Unless you make up your minds to this, never expect to make much progress, for as I said humilit...

  • 10 Ways to Increase Faith By Imitating Mary

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

    May 7, 2019 10 Ways to Increase Faith By Imitating Mary Fr. Ed Broom, OMV Mary is the Masterpiece of Creation, in the words of St. Louis de Montfort. She is worthy of imitation. Mary is the Daughter of the Eternal Father; she is the Mother of the Eternal Son and she is the Mystical ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Making The Best Of It Tuesday, May 7, 2019 There was a young artist who had a strong desire to travel the world, but she was unable to go anywhere because she had to stay home and support her parents. Instead of seeing the wonders of the world, she could only look out from her basement s...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted May 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Running Away from the Father by Max Lucado   When I was seven years old, I ran away from home.   I'd had enough of my father's rules and decided I could make it on my own, thank you very much. With my clothes in a paper bag, I stormed out the back gate and marche...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them. 1 John 4:16 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Faith is the root of all blessings. Believe, and...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted May 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank you for Jesus who saved me from my sins.   It is only through the blood of Jesus that my sins are forgiven and washed away, redeeming my soul from the curse of death.   I'm reminded ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted May 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Ephesians 1:7-9 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 7 In Him, we have redemption through His blood—the removal of trespasses—in keeping with the richness of His grace 8 that He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight, 9 He made known to us the ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Rose Venerini St. Rose Venerini (1656–1728) was born in Italy, one of four children of a pious physician and his admirable wife. Rose was a bright and gifted child. At the age of seven she made a vow to consecrate her life to G...

  • Verse of the Day

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

    Verse of the Day "Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, 'If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8:31  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 3rd of Easter View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 6,30-35): The people said to Jesus, «Show us miraculous signs, that we may see and believe you. What sign do you perform? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert; as Scripture says: ‘They were given brea...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   May 7 2019   « May 6  |  May 8 » Tuesday of the Third Week of EasterLectionary: 274 Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a Stephen said to the people, ...

  • Meditations

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

    Meditation of the Day "The freshness of a living hope in God fills the soul with such energy and resolution, with such aspirations after the things of eternal life, that all this world seems to it—as indeed it is—in comparison with that which it hopes for, dry, withere...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted May 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   You are my refuge and my fortress.   You are the only one who is totally trustworthy.   You are great, mighty and awesome.   You will never fail me.   Please protec...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted May 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Proverbs 3:5-6 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 5 Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.   6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.   Tree of Life V...

  • A Voice From Heaven

    Posted May 6 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    A Voice From Heaven: I am at home in heaven dear ones, Oh, so happy and so bright there is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, every restless tossing passed. I am now at peace forever, safely home in heaven at last. Did you wonder why I so calmly trod th...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Francis de Laval Saint Francis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval (1623-1708) was one of eight children born to one of France's most illustrious families. He learned his piety from his mother, and like his namesake desired to become a pries...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, 'The one who is right...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Monday 3rd of Easter View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 6,22-29): After Jesus had fed the five thousand, his disciples saw him walking on the water. Next day the people who had stayed on the other side realized that only one boat had been there and that Jesus had not en...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   May 6 2019   « May 5  |  May 7 » Monday of the Third Week of EasterLectionary: 273 Reading 1 Acts 6:8-15 Stephen, filled with grace and power,wa...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted May 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Open Arms by Max Lucado If you ever wonder how in the world God could use you to change the world, look at the people God used to change history. A ragbag of ne’er-do-wells and has-beens who found hope, not in their performance, but in God’s proverbially open arms.  ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The sower sows the word. Mark 4: 14   A Time to Think I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness, I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves. –Max Lucado, best-selling author, and preacher a...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted May 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Please help me to learn the lessons You desire for me, in the circumstances of my life and in on the journeys which I travel.   Thank You for being my Oasis that I can look to for refreshment in Your presence....

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted May 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Philippians 4:5-7 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 5 Let your gentleness be known to all people. The Lord is near.   6 Do not be anxious about anything—but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Judith of Prussia St. Judith of Prussia (13th c.), also known as St. Jutta, was born to a wealthy family in Thuringia in what is now Germany. She desired to model her life after another noble saint from her country, St. Elizabeth of ...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "This Jesus is 'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12 ...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Sunday 3rd (C) of Easter View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 21,1-19): Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Lake of Tiberias. He appeared to them in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas who was called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee a...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   May 5 2019   « May 4  |  May 6 » Third Sunday of EasterLectionary: 48 Reading 1 Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 When the captain and the court officers had...

  • Third Sunday of Easter

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

  • Max Lucado

    Posted May 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    One Decision Away from Joyby Max Lucado In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus promises joy nine times! But this joy is not cheap. Observe the sequence. First, we recognize we are in need… we are poor in spirit. Next, we repent of our self-sufficiency… we mourn. We quit calli...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For God is not the author of confusion but of peace ... 1 Corinthians 14:33   A Time to Think Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted May 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. m t...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted May 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 2 Chronicles 7:14 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 14 when My people, over whom My Name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land....

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 3rd Sunday of Easter) 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,   i...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted May 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 May 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 May 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 without end. Ame...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. Florian St. Florian (C. 250-304 A.D.) was a commander in the Roman army in what is now Austria. He served during the reign of Emperor Diocletian, who violently persecuted Christians. Among Florian's military duties was the org...

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7b  

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: Saturday 2nd of Easter View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 6,16-21): When evening came, the disciples went down to the shore. After a while they got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side of the sea, for it was now dark and Jesus had not yet come to them. Bu...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   May 4 2019   « May 3  |  May 5 » Saturday of the Second Week of EasterLectionary: 272 Reading 1 Acts 6:1-7 As the number of disciples continued ...

  • Feed My Sheeo: The Hope of St. Peter's Restoration

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

    May 3, 2019 Feed My Sheep: The Hope of St. Peter’s Restoration Gayle Somers During Christ’s Passion, Peter stood near the warmth of a charcoal fire and denied knowing Him. In Sunday’s readings, Jesus and Peter meet again near a charcoal fire. Why? Gospel (Read Jn 21:1-19) ...

  • Are We Living in a Post-Christian World?

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

    May 3, 2019 Are We Living in a Post-Christian World? Mike Aquilina & James L. Papandrea It has been said that our world is becoming a “post-Christian” world. This means that, over the course of recent generations, there has been an observed decline in the Church’s influence ...

  • Exorcists Witness: Mary, Defender Against Demons

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

    May 3, 2019 Exorcists Witness: Mary, Defender Against Demons Kathleen Beckman Catholics traditionally consider the month of May as a time of particularly deep Marian devotion. Contemplation on the exalted life, mission, role and dignity of the Virgin Mary is rich and efficacious for growth in...

  • Create In Us A Pure Heart!

    Posted May 3 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    Create in us A Pure Heart Oh God, And Renew In Us A Steadfast Spirit. Today Let Us Pray As We Perform The Work Of God To Be Renewed Through His Teachings, As We Fulfill What God Has Called Us To Forever Finding New Life In Christ, Always Living Before The Face Of God!For As We Live Out Our Vocations...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Unseen Clothes Friday, May 3, 2019 In Exodus 28, the Lord gives instructions concerning the priest’s garments. These instructions covered not only the outer clothes but the undergarments as well. The undergarments were the most private and secret part of the priestly garments, ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted May 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Your Promised-Land Life Max Lucado Think about the Christian you want to be. What qualities do you want to have? More compassion? More conviction? More courage? What attitudes do you want to discontinue? Greed? Guilt? Endless negativity? Here’s the good news. You can. With God&rsqu...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted May 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   I present my body as a living sacrifice to You...   Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Go...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted May 3 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Romans 12:12 Tree of Life Version (TLV) 12 rejoicing in hope, enduring in distress, persisting in prayer,   Tree of Life Version (TLV) Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Fam...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

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

      Saint of the Day St. James the Lesser St. James the Lesser (1st c.), also called St. James the Just, was one of the Twelve Apostles and the cousin of Jesus. Both James and his brother, St. Jude, began to follow Jesus in the second year of his ministry....

  • Verse of the Day

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

      Verse of the Day "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones." Proverbs ...

  • Gospel/Homily

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

    Liturgical day: May 3rd: Philip and James, apostles View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 14,6-14): Jesus said, «I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him and you have seen him&...

  • Lectionary Readings

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

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   May 3 2019   « May 2  |  May 4 » Feast of Saints Philip and James, ApostlesLectionary: 561 Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-8 I am reminding you, brothers a...

  • National Day Of Prayer

    Posted May 2 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    Today As We Celebrate The National Day Of Prayer; Let Us Pray For The Following Intentions: 1. World Peace And Harmony. 2. An End To Abortion. 3. For Vocations To The Priesthood And Religious Life. 4. For All Whom Are Sick And Terminally Ill. 5. For An End To All Violence Throughout The World. 6. Fo...

  • Motherhood Proclaims the Ressurection

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

    May 2, 2019 Motherhood Proclaims the Resurrection Éline Landon In the the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene is the first to witness the risen Jesus. She comes very early to Jesus’ tomb and cries. Let us think for a moment about Mary’s tears. This woman is very distressed. She ...

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day  

    Posted May 2 by Tony Villari

      With the state of our educational system in the U.S. today, it is a wonder our children learn anything, especially when there are those who would change history for "political correctness."  For instance, an African-American helping to raise the flag at Iwo Jima.  Never happened, b...

  • Sapphries

    Posted May 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Law Of Trees Thursday, May 2, 2019 In Leviticus 19:23, Israel is given what could be called “The Law of Trees”. The Scripture, in a fascinating use of words in the original Hebrew, tells the Israelites to consider the fruit of the tree “uncircumcised and untouched&r...

  • Solemn Blessings

    Posted May 2 by Fr. Thomas Biddinger, S.O.S.M.A.

    May Almighty God Bless You And Keep You, May He Make His Face To Shine Down Upon You And Give You Peace; May God Bless And Bestow Upon You His Most Divine Blessings, Graces, Love And Healing, May Christ's Thoughts Be Your Thoughts, May Christ's Vision Be Your Vision, May Christ's Words Forever Be Up...

  • The Mind Is a Cruel Prison

    Posted May 2 by Tony Villari

    What happens when you live a full life and come to the end?  What if you approach that end, fearing the judgment of the omnipotent, only to find the sentence has already been read... and you're not dead?  What cruel irony exists when one finds hell in a living body with a mind which impris...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted May 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    There's a Better Way by Max Lucado Anxiety weighs down the human heart (Proverbs 12:25 NRSV). But there’s a better way. Invite God to speak to the problem. “Capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NCV).   Slap h...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted May 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection For God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7   A Time to Think Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask.–Reverend Billy Graham, author, and evangelist ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted May 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Today is The National Day of Prayer in the USA and millions of people will gather in churches, businesses, city halls, schools, neighborhoods and other places for public prayer. In one voice, they will lift a single prayer request to God, that we would "Love...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted May 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day1 John 5:14-15 Tree of Life Version (TLV)14 Now, this is the confidence we have before Him—that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have the requests we have...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted May 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 May 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 May 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...