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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 9 by Arch 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 Jul 9 by Arch 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 Jul 9 by Arch 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 Jul 9 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions St. Augustine Zhao Rong (d. 1815) was a Chinese soldier who was assigned to escort the captive Catholic bishop, John Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, to Beijing where he was to be executed by beheading. The...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 9 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 9 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Tuesday 14th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 9,32-38): Some people brought to Jesus a man who was dumb because he was possessed by a demon. When the demon was driven out, the dumb man began to speak. The crowds were astonished and said, «Nothin...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 9 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 9 2019   « July 8  |  July 10 » Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 384 Reading 1 Gn 32:23-33 In the course of the n...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Please give me an insatiable desire and thirst for spending more time with You in prayer, worship and reading my Bible.   Open my eyes that I may see myself as You see me.   That I may see and l...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 9 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 46:10 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!   New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is taken from the New King Ja...

  • What is the Infant of Prague?

    Posted Jul 8 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 8, 2019 What is the Infant of Prague? Fr. William Saunders Q: My grandmother has always had a statue of Jesus as a child dressed up like a little king with a crown. She even has different outfits for him which are very elaborate. Can you tell me anything about this? From the description...

  • Meet God in the Silence of Your Soul

    Posted Jul 8 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 8, 2019 Meet God in the Silence of Your Soul Dom Augustin Guillerand We have to accustom ourselves to pray in all places as at all times. The real place to pray in is the soul, for God dwells there. If we wish to obey our Lord’s counsel, when we pray we should enter the chamber of ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 8 by Arch 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 Jul 8 by Arch 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 Jul 8 by Arch 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 Jul 8 by Arch 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 Jul 8 by Arch 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 Jul 8 by Arch 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 Jul 8 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Kilian St. Kilian (c. 640-689 A.D.), also known as St. Cillian, was born to a noble family in Ireland. As a child he was known for his piety and love of study, which led him to the priesthood. He became a traveling bishop on the is...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 8 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 8 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Monday 14th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 9,18-26): While Jesus was speaking to them, an official of the synagogue came up to him, bowed before him and said, «My daughter has just died, but come and place your hands on her, and she will live&...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 8 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 8 2019   « July 7  |  July 9 » Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 383 Reading 1 Gn 28:10-22a Jacob departed from Bee...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 8 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Without doubt, Jesus Christ could have abolished pain at a single stroke, and, by virtue of the infinite grace of the Redemption, restored man to the state of complete, unmixed bliss that he enjoyed in the paradise of innocence. He did not so wis...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God of My Praise,   I lift up Your name and praise You this day,   Today and every day are Your days.   You are the mighty God, creator of the universe, lover of mankind, sustainer of all, most magnificent an...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Deuteronomy 10:21 New King James Version (NKJV) 21 He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.   New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is taken from the ...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Practicing the Presence by Max Lucado   How do I live in God’s presence? How do I detect his unseen hand on my shoulder and his inaudible voice in my ear? A sheep grows familiar with the voice of the shepherd. How can you and I grow familiar with the voice of God? Here ar...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Therefore, don’t be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing secret that won’t be brought out into the open. Matthew 10:26 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Darkness cannot pu...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord,   I am so aware of how the devil picks at me and tries to trip me all the time...please help me to...   Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking w...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 7 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Psalm 121:3 New King James Version (NKJV) 3 He will not allow your foot to [a]be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.   Footnotes: [a] Psalm 121:3 slip   New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is ta...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 7 by Arch 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 Jul 7 by Arch 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 Jul 7 by Arch 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 Jul 7 by Arch 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 Jul 7 by Arch 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 Jul 7 by Arch 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 Jul 7 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Pope Benedict XI Bl. Pope Benedict XI (1240-1304) was born in Italy with the name Nicholas Boccasini. At the age of 14 he entered the Dominican Order, and went on to become a theology professor before being named M...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 7 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure th...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 7 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Sunday 14th (C) in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lk 10,1-12.17-20): The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where He himself was to go. And He said to them, «The harvest is rich,...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 7 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 7 2019   « July 6  |  July 8 » Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 102 Reading 1 Is 66:10-14c Thus says the LORD: Rejoice wi...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 7 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "With regard to evil thoughts, there may be a twofold delusion. God-fearing souls who have little or no gift of discernment, and are inclined to scruples, think that every wicked thought that enters their mind is a sin. This is a mistake, for it i...

  • Great Is The Lord

    Posted Jul 7 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Great is the Lord. He is holy and just; By His power we trust in his Love.  Great is the Lord, He is Faithful and True; By His mercy He prove He is Loved.  Great is the Lord and Worthy of Glory, Great is the Lord and Worthy of Praise/ Great is the Lord, now lift up you voice, Now Lift up...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Untangling Life's Knots by Max Lucado   It’s your best friend’s wedding. “I’ll take care of the reception,” you’d volunteered. You planned the best party possible. You hired the band, rented the hall, catered the meal, decorated the room, and...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection This is why we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper, and I won’t be afraid. What can people do to me? Hebrews 13:6 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list....

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Too many times I find myself, or I notice others becoming concerned about what someone else is or is not doing.   Some people will complain and refuse to go out of their way or beyond the call of duty to...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 6 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 Timothy 4:12-15 New King James Version (NKJV) Take Heed to Your Ministry 12 Let no one [a]despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, [b]in spirit, in faith, in purity.   13 Till I come,...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 6 by Arch 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 Jul 6 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 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,  ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 6 by Arch 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 Jul 6 by Arch 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 Jul 6 by Arch 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 Jul 6 by Arch 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 Jul 6 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Maria Goretti St. Maria Goretti (1890–1902) was born in Italy to a humble farming family. Her father died from malaria when she was 9, leaving the family destitute. Her mother and older siblings worked in the fields while Mar...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 6 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Verse of the Day "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 6 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Saturday 13th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 9,14-17): John's disciples came to Jesus and said, «How is it that we and the Pharisees fast on many occasions, but not your disciples?». Jesus answered them, «How can you expect wedding...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 6 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 6 2019   « July 5  |  July 7 » Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 382 Reading 1 Gn 27:1-5, 15-29 When Isaac was so...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 6 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Many men keep the commandments in the way sick men take medicine: more from fear of dying in damnation than for joy of living according to our Savior’s will. Just as some persons dislike taking medicine, no matter how pleasant it is, simply...

  • Catholic Tradition & The Sign of the Cross

    Posted Jul 5 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    July 5, 2019 Catholic Tradition & the Sign of the Cross Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. To some, being Italian-American means overindulging in pasta and joking about tough guys.  But being Italian means being heir to a rich tradition stretching back before the Caesars.  Included are ph...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    They Don’t Know What They Are Doing by Max Lucado Anger. It’s a peculiar yet predictable emotion. It begins as a drop of water. An irritant. A frustration. Nothing big, just an aggravation. Someone gets your parking place. Someone pulls in front of you on the freeway. A waitr...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Jonathan And The Judge Friday, July 5, 2019 When I was 19 years old, I was hit by a locomotive train and by a miracle, not killed. That’s what led me to the Lord. At the same time, after being hit by the train, I was given a summons to appear in court. I came prepared with argument...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth. –John Pipe...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   As the Lord God instructs us in 2 Chronicles 7:14...   ...if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 5 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 1 John 1:9 New King James Version (NKJV) 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture is taken from the New King Ja...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 5 by Arch 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 Jul 5 by Arch 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 Jul 5 by Arch 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 Jul 5 by Arch 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 Jul 5 by Arch 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 Jul 5 by Arch 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 Jul 5 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Zoe of Rome St. Zoe of Rome (d. 286 A.D.) was a noblewoman married to a Roman court official during the reign of the infamous Emperor Diocletian. For six years she suffered from a condition that left her unable to speak; when she met...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 5 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made." Romans 1:20a  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 5 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Friday 13th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 9,9-13): As Jesus moved on from there, He saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the custom-house, and he said to him, «Follow me». And Matthew got up and followed him. Now it happened, while Je...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 5 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 5 2019   « July 4  |  July 6 » Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 381 Reading 1 Gn 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67 The spa...

  • Max Lucado

    Posted Jul 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    America, You Exist by My Power by Max Lucado   Every national privilege can be traced back to the hand of God. If we have liberty, we can thank the One who came to “proclaim liberty to the captives… to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18 NKJV)....

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted Jul 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (The Daily Life Bible)   A Time to Think Freedom comes by filling your mind with God's thoughts. –Erwin Lutzer, pastor, and author ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lincoln’s Day Of Repentance Thursday, July 4, 2019 In the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for national repentance: “… It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Today I am thinking about how people try so hard to be independent.   We want to be individuals, to “do it ourselves.”   It starts when we are children.   We are child...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 4 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day 2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV) 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 4 by Arch 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 Jul 4 by Arch 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 Jul 4 by Arch 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 Jul 4 by Arch 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 Jul 4 by Arch 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 Jul 4 by Arch 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 Jul 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925) was born in Turin, Italy, to a wealthy and prominent family. He was a vibrant, joyful, and athletic youth with an adventurous spirit and a strong zest for life. He...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Thursday 13th in Ordinary Time View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 9,1-8): Jesus got back into the boat, crossed the lake again, and came to his hometown. Here they brought a paralyzed man to him, lying on a bed. Jesus saw their faith and said to the paralytic, «Co...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 4 2019   « July 3  |  July 5 » Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 380 Reading 1 Gn 22:1b-19 God put Abraham to the...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 4 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Among the various indications that make the holiness of God known to men, the most convincing sign is the holiness of men, who are sanctified by the divine indwelling . . . In teaching us the words, ‘hallowed be Thy name,’ our Lord al...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jul 3 by Arch 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 Jul 3 by Arch 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 Jul 3 by Arch 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 Jul 3 by Arch 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 Jul 3 by Arch 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 Jul 3 by Arch 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 Jul 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Thomas the Apostle St. Thomas the Apostle (1st c.) was one of the twelve disciples who accompanied Jesus during His earthly ministry. He is remembered for his disbelief in the news of Christ's Resurrection until he physically saw a...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jul 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God." Luke 12:8-9  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jul 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: July 3rd: Saint Thomas, apostle View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 20,24-29): Thomas, the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, «We have seen the Lord». But he replied, «Until I have seen in his hands...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jul 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   July 3 2019   « July 2  |  July 4 » Feast of Saint Thomas, ApostleLectionary: 593 Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22 Brothers and sisters:You are no longer s...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jul 3 by Arch Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "I was sure that it was better for me to give myself up to your love than to give in to my own desires. However, although the one way appealed to me and was gaining mastery, the other still afforded me pleasure and kept me victim. I had no answer ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted Jul 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Off The Wall Messiah Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Around the year 1666, a rabbi named Sabbatai Zevi was hailed by rabbis throughout the lands in which Jewish people lived as the long-awaited Messiah, coming to rescue His people and bring them back to the land. But then something went wron...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted Jul 2 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You that You have given so much.   Your love abounds.   I am so thankful for the salvation that You provide for me.   I am so thankful for all that You have lovingly ...