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  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted Jan 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Joseph Mary Tomasi St. Joseph Mary Tomasi (1649-1713) was born in Sicily to noble and virtuous parents. He received a good Christian education and was drawn to the things of God from an early age. He renounced his inheritance and tit...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted Jan 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34

  • Feast Day

    Posted Jan 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Today’s Feast Day Holy Mary, Mother of God The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God is celebrated on January 1st, the final day of the Christmas octave and a Holy Day of Obligation. The origin of this feast goes back to the 7th century in the Latin...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted Jan 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    The calendar of Saints at evangeli.net Audio: listen download subscribe (podcast) View other days:   Liturgical day: January 1st (8th Day after Christmas): Mary, Mother of God View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 2,16-21): The shepherds came hurriedly and found Mary and Joseph w...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted Jan 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   January 1 2019   « December 31  |  January 2 » The Octave Day of ChristmasSolemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of GodLectionary: 18 R...

  • Meditations

    Posted Jan 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Let us ask the Lord to grant us one very special grace—to love Our Lady, especially through all the work we do for Jesus, with Jesus, and to Jesus. We must ask him to deepen our love for Mary, making it more personal and intimate. We want t...

  • Prayer for the New Year

    Posted Jan 1 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB  >  Prayer and Worship  >  Prayers and Devotions  >  Prayers   Prayer for the New Year   On New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the household gathers at the table or at the Christmas ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 31, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection   I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13 NIV   A Time to Think Christ was born to bring new Life. May the New Year renew new Life in you. –Author Unknown   ...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 31, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father,   Today, on this last day of 2018, I reflect on the passage of time and I remember that You are outside the limits of both time and space.   You move in mysterious and transcendent ways.   Lord, I pray that You will occupy my every...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 31, 2018 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 December 31, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, Mary, Mother of God) 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 31, 2018 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 December 31, 2018 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 December 31, 2018 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 December 31, 2018 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 December 31, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Pope St. Sylvester Pope St. Sylvester (c. 250-335 A.D.) was born in Rome and raised as a Christian under the care of pious parents, and the religious instruction of a devout priest. He was later ordained to Holy Orders in Rome, and witne...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 31, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of t...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 31, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: December 31st (7th Day afterChristmas) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 1,1-18): In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God; he was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him and without him nothing came to be. Whate...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 31, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 31, 2018   « December 30  |  January 1 » The Seventh Day in the Octave of ChristmasLectionary: 204 Reading 1 1 Jn 2:18-21 Children, it ...

  • Meditations

    Posted December 30, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "If you would suffer with patience the adversities and miseries of this life, be a man of prayer. If you would obtain courage and strength to conquer the temptations of the enemy, be a man of prayer. If you would mortify your own will with all its i...

  • A Wasteland

    Posted December 30, 2018 by Tony Villari

    It's what your life feels like, every day - a wasteland.  You searched for heaven, thought you'd found it, and discovered hell on earth; cruelty in the guise of a lover.  You mistakenly invite evil into your life.   To read the rest of this short post, please follow the attache...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 30, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline and don’t be upset when He corrects you. Proverbs 3:11 NLT   A Time to Think The New Year is a time to learn to rely more heavily on the grace of God. –Author Unknown &nb...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 30, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning...   Through the Lord ’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-2...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 30, 2018 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 December 30, 2018 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 December 30, 2018 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 December 30, 2018 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 December 30, 2018 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 December 30, 2018 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 December 30, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Anysia St. Anysia of Salonika (d. c. 298 A.D.), also known as St. Anysia of Thessalonica, was born to wealthy and pious Christian parents near Thessalonica, Greece. After the death of her parents, while she was still a young lady, An...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 30, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spi...

  • Feast Day

    Posted December 30, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 30, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: Holy Family (C) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 2,41-52): Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, as was customary. And when Jesus was twelve years old, he went up with them according to the custom for this feast. After the fe...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 30, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 30, 2018   « December 29  |  December 31 » Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and JosephLectionary: 17 Reading 1 Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 ...

  • A Conversation With One's Self.

    Posted December 29, 2018 by Larry Makinson

    Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to us. I am remembering an old commandment that we all have inside us. The old commandment of truth, faith and love, that we all feel inside us. And yet, today, I do write a new commandment to us. Which holds true; towards truth, faith and love. For the ...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 29, 2018 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 December 29, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Vespers (Evening Prayer) (First Vespers of tomorrow, The Holy Family) 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...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 29, 2018 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 December 29, 2018 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 December 29, 2018 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 December 29, 2018 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 December 29, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. Thomas Becket St. Thomas Becket (1118-1170), also known as St. Thomas of Canterbury, was the son of a prosperous London merchant. Being a well-educated youth, he was appointed as clerk to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was later...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 29, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day  "Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin." James 4:17

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 29, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: December 29th (5th Day after Christmas) View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Lc 2,22-35): When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the baby up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every fi...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 29, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 29, 2018   « December 28  |  December 30 » The Fifth Day in the Octave of ChristmasLectionary: 202 Reading 1 1 Jn 2:3-11 Beloved:The wa...

  • Meditations

    Posted December 29, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "Let us pass on now to the other question—namely, what you can do to strengthen your resolutions and make them succeed? There is no better mean than to put them into practice. But you say that you are still so weak that, although you often m...

  • Scriture Speaks

    Posted December 28, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 28, 2018 Scripture Speaks: Feast of the Holy Family Gayle Somers Today, the Church gives us an episode from Jesus’ early family life to ponder.  Why? Gospel (Read Lk 2:41-52) After the profusion of Scriptures describing Jesus’ Nativity in this liturgical seaso...

  • Second Star to the Right

    Posted December 28, 2018 by Tony Villari

    Sometimes I think what most Christians, ministers, and priests do, is just say anything that comes into their heads.  Usually, that entails quoting biblical scripture which, then, requires the listener to have a modicum of faith.  Think of it as a horse race.  The Bible, an hour befor...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 28, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Lord God, Thank You for Your Word, The Bible, and the truth it provides. Please help me to spend time with You each day in Your Word, in conversational prayer, in worship and in Your presence and with Your Holy Spirit. Let me focus on You and Your goodness... ...whatever is true,whatever is...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 28, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you. Philippians 2:13 MSG A Time to Think Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. Its eternal goal...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 28, 2018 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 December 28, 2018 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 December 28, 2018 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 December 28, 2018 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 December 28, 2018 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 December 28, 2018 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 December 28, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day Holy Innocents The Holy Innocents (1st c.) are the children mentioned in the account of Jesus' birth in Matthew's Gospel (2:16-18). When the Magi came to Jerusalem to find and adore the Baby Jesus, the newborn King of the Jews, King Hero...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 28, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24  

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 28, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: December 28th: Holy Innocents, martyrs View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Mt 2,13-18): After the wise men had left, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph and said, «Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you ...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 28, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 28, 2018   « December 27  |  December 29 » Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrsLectionary: 698 Reading 1 1 Jn 1:5—2:2 Beloved:Thi...

  • Secrets of the Spiritual Realm

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Secrets of the Spiritual Realm: 12 Angelic Facts Every Christian Must Know Articles Lists Supernatural by ChurchPOP Editor - December 26, 2016   Public Domain, Wikipedia / ChurchPOP “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a ...

  • Evangeline's Story and Christmas

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 24, 2018 Evangeline’s Story and Christmas: Expect the Unexpected Andrew Garofalo Nothing about our third child, Evangeline, has been ordinary. In 2015 Julie and I thought we were done having children. We had a boy in 2003 and a girl in 2006 and our three-bedroom home was just t...

  • No Greater Gift

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 27, 2018 No Greater Gift Br. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. His whole life had turned out differently from what he had expected. Born and raised in a small town in upstate New York, he had dreamed since his childhood of traveling the whole world. Yet he always yielded his desires to his c...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & Reflection Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11   A Time to Think In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. —Brother David Steindl-Rast ...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Miracle In The Bread Box Thursday, December 27, 2018 Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough in your life; enough money, enough time, enough affection, or enough anything? The Lord’s Prayer says, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Do you have daily bread?...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Dear Father God, Your power goes beyond my understanding. In a time when hope can seem dim, I know that Your light is brighter than any darkness in my life. I look to You for my hope for today and for my future with You... So we do not lose heart.Though our outer self is wasting away,our inner...

  • Daily Message

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Protect Us Lord, as we stay awake; Watch over us as We Sleep, That Awake, We May Keep Watch With Christ, and a sleep. Rest in his Peace. (Alleluia)  

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 27, 2018 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 December 27, 2018 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 December 27, 2018 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 December 27, 2018 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 December 27, 2018 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 December 27, 2018 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 December 27, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Saint of the Day St. John the Evangelist St. John the Evangelist (1st c.) was one of the Twelve Apostles, and one of the three in Jesus' inner circle, along with his brother, James, and Simon Peter. St. John was the disciple who reclined on the breast ...

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Verse of the Day "In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, ...

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    Liturgical day: December 27th: John, apostle and evangelist View 1st Reading and Psalm Gospel text (Jn 20,2-8): On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala ran to Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved. And she said to them, «They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't...

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 27, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 27, 2018   « December 26  |  December 28 » Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelistLectionary: 697 Reading 1 1 Jn 1:1-4 Beloved:What...

  • Keeping Christmas with God's Creation

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    December 26, 2018 Keeping Christmas with God’s Creation Matthew B. Rose Throughout the Christmas season, we echo the refrain “O come, let us adore Him,” and every fiber of our being prays.  We celebrate in feasting, rejoicing in the gifts shared through the generous mer...

  • Saint of the Day

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Verse of the Day

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Gospel/Homily

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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

  • Lectionary Readings

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

    USCCB »  Bible »  Daily Readings   December 26, 2018   « December 25  |  December 27 » Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyrLectionary: 696 Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, ...

  • Meditations

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

      Meditation of the Day "We might say the whole mystery of our redemption in Christ, by his incarnation, his death and his resurrection, consists of this marvelous exchange: in the heart of Christ, God has loved us humanly, so as to render our human hearts capable of lov...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 26, 2018 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 December 26, 2018 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 December 26, 2018 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 December 26, 2018 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 December 26, 2018 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 December 26, 2018 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...

  • Sapphries

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    The Turnpike Of The Righteous Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Proverbs 16:17 says, “The highway of the upright (righteous) is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.” It doesn’t say the old country road of the righteous or the old winding dirt road ...

  • Daily Scripture and Reflections

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Daily Scripture & ReflectionJesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV A Time to ThinkSomehow, not only for Christmas but all the long year through, the joy you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. –John Greenleaf Whittier, poet A Time to ActRemem...

  • Daily Prayers

    Posted December 26, 2018 by Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily PrayerDear Father God, I desire to be more like You. Thank You for The Bible and for Your Holy Spirit and how they help me to know You more deeply. Please use Your Word and Your Holy Spirit to shape my heart, my mind, and my spirit. There is power in the name of Jesus...

  • Liturgy of the Hours

    Posted December 25, 2018 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 December 25, 2018 by Bishop Ralph Vendegna S.O.S.M.A.

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