Saturday, February 9, 2013

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Novena to the Holy Family


Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
bless us and grant us the grace of loving Holy Church,
as we are bound to do,
above every earthly thing,
and of ever showing forth our love by the witness of our deeds.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
bless us and grant us the grace of openly professing,
as we are bound to do,
with courage and without human respect,
the faith that we received of Thy gift in Holy Baptism.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
bless us and grant us the grace of sharing,
as we are bound to do,
in the defense and propagation of the Faith,
when duty calls,
whether by word or by the sacrifice of our fortunes and our lives.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
bless us and grant us the grace of loving one another in mutual charity,
as we are bound to do,
and establish us in perfect harmony of thought,
will and action,
under the rule and guidance of our holy Pastors.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
bless us and grant us the grace of conforming our lives fully,
as we are bound to do,
to the commandments of God's law and that of His holy church,
so as to live always in that charity which they set forth.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
we ask in particular this special favor:
[state your request here].

DAILY MASS READINGS

Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading
Heb 13:15-17, 20-21

Brothers and sisters:

Through Jesus, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise,
that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have;
God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.

Obey your leaders and defer to them,
for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account,
that they may fulfill their task with joy and not with sorrow,
for that would be of no advantage to you.

May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead
the great shepherd of the sheep
by the Blood of the eternal covenant,
furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will.
May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

R. The Lord is my shepherd; 
there is nothing I shall want.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose.
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; 
there is nothing I shall want.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; 
there is nothing I shall want.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; 
there is nothing I shall want.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; 
there is nothing I shall want.


Gospel
Mk 6:30-34

The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.

He said to them,

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”

People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.

When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.

SAINT OF THE DAY

February 9

St. Apollonia (d. 249)

The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned.

While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.

There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.

OFFICE OF READINGS

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Invitatory Psalm
Psalm 94 (95)

Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, 
so that we can reach his place of rest.

– Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, 
so that we can reach his place of rest.

Come, let us rejoice in the Lord,
let us acclaim God our salvation.
Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks,
let us acclaim him with songs.

– Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, 
so that we can reach his place of rest.

For the Lord is a great God,
a king above all gods.
For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands,
and the peaks of the mountains are his.
For the sea is his: he made it;
and his hands formed the dry land.

– Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, 
so that we can reach his place of rest.

Come, let us worship and bow down,
bend the knee before the Lord who made us;
for he himself is our God and we are his flock,
the sheep that follow his hand.

– Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, 
so that we can reach his place of rest.

If only, today, you would listen to his voice:
“Do not harden your hearts
as you did at Meribah,
on the day of Massah in the desert,
when your fathers tested me –
they put me to the test,
although they had seen my works.”

– Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, 
so that we can reach his place of rest.

“For forty years they wearied me,
that generation.
I said: their hearts are wandering,
they do not know my paths.
I swore in my anger:
they will never enter my place of rest.”

– Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, 
so that we can reach his place of rest.

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.
Amen.

– Let us listen for the Lord’s voice, 
so that we can reach his place of rest.


Hymn

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish, like leaves on the tree,
Then wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.


Psalm 49 (50)
True reverence for the Lord

The Lord has summoned heaven and earth 
to witness his judgement of his people.

The Lord, the God of gods has spoken:
he has summoned the whole earth, from east to west.
God has shone forth from Zion in her great beauty.
Our God will come, and he will not be silent.
Before him, a devouring fire;
around him, a tempest rages.
He will call upon the heavens above, and on the earth, to judge his people.
“Bring together before me my chosen ones, who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.”
The heavens will proclaim his justice; for God is the true judge.

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.
Amen.

The Lord has summoned heaven and earth 
to witness his judgement of his people.


Psalm 49 (50)

Call on me in the day of trouble, 
and I will come to free you.

Listen, my people, and I will speak;
Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
I will not reproach you with your sacrifices,
for your burnt offerings are always before me.
But I will not accept calves from your houses,
nor goats from your flocks.
For all the beasts of the forests are mine,
and in the hills, a thousand animals.
All the birds of the air – I know them.
Whatever moves in the fields – it is mine.
If I am hungry, I will not tell you;
for the whole world is mine, and all that is in it.
Am I to eat the flesh of bulls,
or drink the blood of goats?
Offer a sacrifice to God – a sacrifice of praise;
to the Most High, fulfil your vows.
Then you may call upon me in the time of trouble:
I will rescue you, and you will honour me.

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.
Amen.

Call on me in the day of trouble, 
and I will come to free you.


Psalm 49 (50)

A sacrifice of thanksgiving will honor me.

To the sinner, God has said this:
Why do you recite my statutes?
Why do you dare to speak my covenant?
For you hate what I teach you,
and reject what I tell you.
The moment you saw a thief, you joined him;
you threw in your lot with adulterers.
You spoke evil with your mouth,
and your tongue made plans to deceive.
Solemnly seated, you denounced your own brother;
you poured forth hatred against your own mother’s son.
All this you did, and I was silent;
so you thought that I was just like you.
But I will reprove you –
I will confront you with all you have done.
Understand this, you who forget God;
lest I tear you apart, with no-one there to save you.
Whoever offers up a sacrifice of praise gives me true honour;
whoever follows a sinless path in life will be shown the salvation of God.

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.
Amen.

A sacrifice of thanksgiving will honor me.


We ceaselessly pray to God for you.
– For you to have the fullest knowledge of God’s will.


Reading
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18

Finally, brothers, pray for us;
pray that the Lord’s message may spread quickly,
and be received with honour as it was among you;
and pray that we may be preserved from the interference of bigoted and evil people,
for faith is not given to everyone.
But the Lord is faithful,
and he will give you strength and guard you from the evil one,
and we, in the Lord, have every confidence that you are doing and will go on doing all that we tell you.
May the Lord turn your hearts towards the love of God and the fortitude of Christ.

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
we urge you, brothers,
to keep away from any of the brothers who refuses to work or to live according to the tradition we passed on to you.

You know how you are supposed to imitate us: now we were not idle when we were with you,
nor did we ever have our meals at anyone’s table without paying for them;
no, we worked night and day, slaving and straining,
so as not to be a burden on any of you.
This was not because we had no right to be,
but in order to make ourselves an example for you to follow.

We gave you a rule when we were with you:
do not let anyone have any food if he refuses to do any work.
Now we hear that there are some of you who are living in idleness,
doing no work themselves but interfering with everyone else’s.
In the Lord Jesus Christ,
we order and call on people of this kind to go on quietly working and earning the food that they eat.

My brothers,
never grow tired of doing what is right.
If anyone refuses to obey what I have written in this letter,
take note of him and have nothing to do with him,
so that he will feel that he is in the wrong;
though you are not to regard him as an enemy but as a brother in need of correction.

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace all the time and in every way.
The Lord be with you all.

From me, PAUL,
these greetings in my own handwriting,
which is the mark of genuineness in every letter; 
this is my own writing.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.


Responsory

When you received God’s message,
you received it not as the word of man but as what it truly is,
the very word of God.

You have heard the message of the truth,
the Good News of your salvation:
you received it not as the word of man but as what it truly is,
the very word of God.


Reading
Vatican II, 'Gaudium et Spes'

Human activity

Just as it proceeds from man,
so human activity is ordered toward man.
For when a man works,
he not only alters things and society,
he develops himself as well.
He learns much,
he cultivates his resources,
he goes outside himself and beyond himself.
Rightly understood,
this kind of growth is of greater value than any external riches which can be obtained.
A man is more precious for what he is than for what he has.

Similarly,
all that men do to obtain greater justice,
wider brotherhood,
a more humane disposition of social relationships has greater worth than technical advances.
For these advances can supply the material for human progress,
but of themselves alone they can never actually bring it about.

Hence,
the norm of human activity is this:
that in accord with the divine plan and will,
it harmonize with the genuine good of the human race,
and that it allow men as individuals and as members of society to pursue their total vocation and fulfil it.

However,
many of our contemporaries seem to fear that a closer bond between human activity and religion will work against the independence of men,
of societies, or of the sciences.
If by the autonomy of earthly affairs we mean that 
created things and societies themselves enjoy their own laws and values which must be gradually deciphered,
put to use, and regulated by men,
then it is entirely right to demand that autonomy.
It is not merely required by modern man,
it also harmonises also with the will of the Creator.
For by the very circumstance of their having been created,
all things are endowed with their own stability, truth, goodness, proper laws and order.
Man must respect these as he isolates them by the appropriate methods of the individual sciences or arts.

Consequently,
we can only deplore certain habits of mind,
which are sometimes found too among Christians,
which do not sufficiently attend to the rightful independence of science and which,
from the arguments and controversies they spark,
lead many minds to conclude that faith and science are mutually opposed.

But if the expression “the independence of temporal affairs” is taken to mean that created things do not depend on God,
and that man can use them without any reference to their Creator,
anyone who acknowledges God will see how false such a meaning is.
For without the Creator the creature would disappear.


Responsory

The Lord your God has blessed you in all you do;
he has watched over your journeying through this vast wilderness.
He has been with you, and you have never been in want.

The Lord your God was disciplining you as a father disciplines his son.
He has been with you, and you have never been in want.

Let us pray.

Lord our God,
make us love you above all things,
and all our fellow-men
with a love that is worthy of you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.