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Capharnaum Synagogue

From the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962:

The Liturgy today alludes to the ordinations of Ember Saturday.  Christ is our Savior, and the Priests of the Church are made rich in Him.  The Church is blessed abundantly in and through our Lord Jesus Christ

Collect

Dirigat corda nostra, quaesumus, Domine, tuae miserationis operatio: quia tibi sine te placer non possumus.  Per Dominum nostrum.

Let the exercise of Thy compassion, we beseech Thee, O Lord, direct our hearts: for without Thee we are not able to please Thee.  Through our Lord.

Epistle (1 Cor. 1:4-8)

The Priests have been “blessed in Christ our Lord with all manner of riches, both of utterance and knowledge.”  Let us give thanks to God.

Brethren, I give thanks to my God always for you, for the grace of God that is given you in Jesus Christ, that in all things you are made rich for Him in all utterance and in all knowledge, as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you; so that nothing is wanting to you in any grace, waiting for the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Who also will confirm you unto the end without crime, in the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel (Mt. 9:1-8)

Healing of the man sick of the palsy at Capharnaum.  The Priests have received the power to heal souls, to pardon sinners.

At that time, Jesus entering into a boat, passed over the water and came into His own city.  And behold they brought Him one sick of the palsy lying in a bed; and Jesus seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: Be of good heart, son, thy sins are forgiven thee.  And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: He blasphemeth.  And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: Why do you think evil in your hearts?  Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee, or to say: Arise and walk?  But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins (then said He to the man sick of palsy): Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house.  And he arose, and went into his house.  And the multitude seeing it feared, and glorified God Who had given such power to men.

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From the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962:

The Liturgy reminds us today of the great commandment of charity towards God and our neighbor. ‘The precept is twofold,’ declares St. Augustine, ‘but charity is one.’ We love God above all and our neighbor for His sake.

Collect

As, quaesumus, Domine, populo tuo diabolica vitare contagia: et te solum Deum pura mente sectari.  Per Dominum nostrum.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that Thy people may shun all the wiles of the devil: and with pure mind follow Thee, the only God.  Through our Lord.

Epistle (Eph. 4:1-6)

The unity of our faith, like the unity of the Persons of the Most Holy Trinity, imposes on us the duty of being united in the bonds of charity.

Brethren: I, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called.  With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity, careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling.  One Lord, one faith, one baptism.  One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in us all; Who is blessed for ever and ever.  Amen.

Gospel (Mt. 22:34-46)

Precepts of charity towards God and towards our neighbor, given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

At that time, the Pharisees came to Jesus, and one of them, a doctor of the law, asked Him, tempting Him: Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?  Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the Prophets.  And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying: What think you of Christ?  Whose son is He?  They say to Him: David’s.  He saith to them: How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying: The Lord said to my Lord: Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool?  If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son?  And no man was able to answer Him a word; neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions.

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Holy Trinity

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

From the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962:

“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.”

As soon as we have celebrated the Advent of the Holy Ghost, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity in the office of the following Sunday.

The time is well chosen, for, immediately after the descent of this Divine Spirit, began the preaching and belief and Baptism and confession in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (St. Rupert)

Epistle (Rom. 11:33-36)

The fundamental dogma of our Faith is that of the Holy Trinity.

O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are His judgments, and how unsearchable His ways!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counsellor?  Or who hath first given to Him, and recompense shall be made Him?  For of Him, and by Him, and in Him, are all things: to Him be glory for ever. Amen

Gospel (Mt. 28:18-20)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost that Christians are baptized.  Mission of the Apostles.

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: All power is given to Me in heaven and in earth.  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

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Our Lady of Lourdes

Sunday, February 7 – Sexagesima Sunday (Traditional)/5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (New)

St. Romuald (1027), Abbot, Founder of the Camaldolese Order (Traditional)

St. Richard of Lucca (722), King, Father of Sts. Walburga, Willibald and Winnebald (Historical)

Monday, February 8

St. Jerome Emiliani (1537), Priest, Founder, Patron of Orphans & Abandoned Children (New)

St. Josephine Bakhita (1947), Virgin, Religious (New)

St. John of Matha (1213), Priest, Founder of the Trinitarians (Traditional)

Tuesday, February 9

St. Cyril of Alexandria (444), Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Traditional)

St. Apollonia (249), Virgin, Martyr, Patroness of Dentists (Traditional)

St. Nicephorus (260), Martyr (Historical)

Wednesday, February 10

St. Scholastica (543), Virgin, Religious, Founder, Twin of St. Benedict, Patron of Convulsive Children (Traditional, New)

Thursday, February 11

Our Lady of Lourdes (1858) (Traditional, New)

St. Saturninus, (304), Priest and Companion, Martyr (Historical)

Friday, February 12

Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites (1233) (Traditional)

St. Eulalia (304), Virgin, Martyr (Historical)

Saturday, February 13

St. Catherine de Ricci (1589), Virgin, Florentine Dominican & Visionary (Historical)

St. Polyeucte (259), Roman Officer (Historical)

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Jesus at Cana

The marriage in Cana of Galilee is commemorated: the first miracle of Jesus.  Mary, full of charity, asks of Jesus His first miracle.  Jesus, at the request of His Mother, anticipates the hour appointed for the manifestation of His Divinity to His disciples, so that He puts His power at the service of His love.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui coelestia simul et terrena moderaris: supplications populi tui clementer exaudi: et pacem tuam nostris concede temporibus, Per Dominum nostrum.

O Almighty and everlasting God, Who dost govern all things both in heaven and on earth: mercifully hear the prayers of Thy people, and grant us Thy peace in our time.  Through our Lord.

Epistle – Rom 12:6-16

Christians love one another with the charity of brotherhood, being of one mind one towards another.

Brethren: Having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith; or ministry, in ministering; or he that teacheth, in doctrine; he that exhorteth, in exhorting; he that giveth, with simplicity; he that ruleth, with carefulness; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.  Let love be without dissimulation. Hating that which is evil, cleaving to that which is good.  Loving one another with the charity of brotherhood, with honour preventing one another.  In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord. 12 Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.  Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality. Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep: being of one mind one towards another: not minding high things, but consenting to the humble.

Gospel – Jn. 2:1-11

Miracle at Cana in Galilee: a type of Transubstantiation.

At that time there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there.  And Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the marriage.  And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to Him: They have no wine.  And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to Me and to thee?  My hour is not yet come.  His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.  Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece.  Jesus saith to them: Fill the water pots with water.  And they filled them up to the brim.  And Jesus saith to them: Draw out now and carry to the chief steward of the feast.  And they carried it.  And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had drawn the water; the chief steward calleth the bridegroom and saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But thou hast kept the good wine until now.  This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee; and manifested His glory and His disciples believed in Him.

Let us do well what our Savior tells us: let us fill our hearts with the water of penitence, and this tepid water will be changed into the wine of fervent love…Do we wish to be fervent in prayer?  Let us nourish ourselves with good thoughts during the day, making frequent prayerful aspirations.  Do you wish to be recollected in prayer?  Outside of prayer keep yourself as if you were there, and do not waste time in useless reflections, either on yourself or on what happens around you.  Do not amuse yourself with trifles…Nourish yourself the whole day long with pious thoughts on the infinite goodness of our God…Practice well what you have been taught until now, and rest in the Providence of God; for He will never fail to supply what is necessary for you.” – St. Francis de Sales

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Baptism of Jesus

Deus, cujus Unigenitus in substantia nostrae carnis apparuit: praesta, quaesumus, ut per eum, quem simile nobis foris agnovimus, intus reformari mereamur: Qui tecum vivit et regnat.

O God, Whose only-begotten Son hath appeared in the substance of our flesh: grant, we beseech Thee, that by Him, in Whom outwardly we recognize our likeness, we may deserve to be inwardly created anew: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.

Jn. 1:29-34

Jesus is made manifest in Israel by the baptism of penance.  John the Forerunner of our Redeemer saw the Holy Ghost come down upon Jesus, giving testimony that He is the Son of God, Who has appeared on earth in the substance of our flesh.

At that time John saw Jesus coming to him and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sin of the world.  This is He of Whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because He was before me.  And I knew Him not, but that He may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  And John gave testimony, saying: I saw the Spirit coming down, as a dove from heaven, and He remained upon Him.  And I knew Him not; but He who sent me to baptize with water, said to me: He upon Whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining upon Him, He it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and I gave testimony, that this is the Son of God.

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The Holy Family

The special devotion which sets forth the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the model of virtue for all Christian households began in the seventeenth century.  It commenced almost simultaneously in Canada and France: the Association of the Holy Family being founded in Montreal in 1663, and the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674.  Numerous other congregations and associations under the patronage of the Holy Family have been established since that time, and they are spread over the world.  The archconfraternity was established by Pius IX in 1847.  In 1893 Leo XIII approved a feast for Canada, and Benedict XV extended the Feast of the Holy Family to the whole Church and ordered its celebration to take place on the Sunday after Epiphany.

Domine Jesu Christe, qui Mariae et Joseph subditus domesticam vitam ineffabilibus virtutibus consecrasti: fac nos, utriusque auxilio Familiae sanctae tuae exemplis instrui: et consortium consequi sempiternum: Qui vivis et regnas.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, being subject to Mary and Joseph, didst sanctify home life with ineffable virtues: grant that, with the aid of both, we may be taught by the example of Thy Holy Family, and attain to eternal fellowship with them: Who livest and reignest.

Gospel Lk. 2:42-52

The Devine Child Jesus sits in the midst of the doctors who are astonished at His wisdom and His answers.

When Jesus was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, and having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not.  And thinking that He was in the company, they came a day’s journey and sought Him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance.  And not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem seeking Him.  And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions.  And all that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers. And seeing Him, they wondered.  And His mother said to Him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  And He said to them: How is it that you sought Me?  Did you not know that I must be about My father’s business?  And they understood not the word that He spoke unto them.  And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them.  And His mother kept all these words in her heart.  And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.

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Holy Family

The Feast of the Birth of our Lord.  On this day all priests are granted by the Church the privilege of celebrating three Masses.  Formerly the Masses for this day were celebrated at intervals; that is, at midnight, at dawn, and in the day time, a custom still observed in Cathedrals, monastic communities, and many parish churches.  They are said always – by each priest who uses this privilege – in the order in which they are arranged in the Missal, namely: 1) the Midnight Mass, 2) the Mass of the Dawn, 3) the Mass of the Day; even though the times at which they are said do not correspond to their titles.

Collect

Deus, qui hanc sacratissimam noctem very luminis fecisti illustration clarescere: da, quaesumus; ut, cujus lucis, ejus quoque gaudiis in coelo perfruamur: Qui tecum vivit et regnat.

O God, Who hast made this most holy night shine forth with the splendor of the true Light: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have known the mysteries of His light on earth, may enjoy also His happiness in heaven: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.

Gospel (Lk. 2:1-14)

St. Luke tells us of the birth of our Lord: And Mary brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger.

Now it came to pass in those days, that there went forth a decree from Caesar Augustus that a census of the whole world should be taken.  This first census took place while Cyrinus was governor of Syria.  And all went to register, each to his own town.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem – because he was of the house and family of David – to register with Mary, his espoused wife, who was with child.  And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds in the same district living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them and the glory of God shone round about them; and they trembled with great fear.

And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people; for this day is born to you in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.”

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Christ Child Bethlehem

Collect

Deus, qui nos redemptionis nostrae annua exspectatione laetificas: praesta, ut Unigenitum tuum, quem Redemptorem laeti suscipimus, venientem quoque judicem secure videamus, Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium tuum: Qui tecum vivit et regnat.

O God, Who dost gladden us by the yearly expectation of our redemption, grant that we, who now joyfully receive Thine only-begotten Son as our Redeemer, may also without fear behold Him coming as our Judge, even the same Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.

Epistle (Rom. 1:1-6)

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of David according to the flesh, and the Son of God according to the spirit of sanctification.

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God, which He had promised before by His prophets in the holy Scriptures concerning His Son, Who was made to Him of the seed of David according to the flesh: Who was predestinated the Son of God in power according to the spirit of sanctification by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead: by Whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith in all nations for His name, among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel (Mt. 1:18-21)

The Angel appeared to Joseph and announced to him that Mary his wife should bring forth a Son, conceived by the Holy Ghost.

When Mary the mother of Jesus was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.  Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.  But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.

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Christ the King Church

Are you interested in the Traditional Latin Mass but not sure what to expect or the Latin Mass isn’t said near you?  Through their website, Christ the King Catholic Church in Sarasota, Florida, presents a live webcast of Sunday and daily Masses.  Christ the King Catholic Church is an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and operates under the blessing and consent of the Bishop of the Diocese of Venice, the Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane.

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