Today’s Gospel Reading – Luke 24:35-48

The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of the bread.

They were still talking about this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!” In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, “Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.

Then he told them, “This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, has to be fulfilled.” He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is love and mercy itself. Amen.

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Posted by on April 11, 2021 in Devotions


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It is only right,
with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You, Father
and Your Only-begotten Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Dear Father, by Your wondrous
Condescension of loving-kindness towards us,
Your servants, You gave up Your Son.

Dear Jesus, You paid the debt of Adam
for us to the Eternal Father by
Your Blood poured
forth in loving-kindness.

You cleared away the darkness of sin
by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death
and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled heaven and earth.

Our life had no hope of eternal happiness
before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins,
restored our innocence and brought us joy.

How inestimable is the tenderness
of Your love!

(St Gregory the Great)

Pleasington Priory, ca. 1923




O Lord Jesus,
in order that the merits of Your sacrifice
on the Cross
might be applied to every soul of all time,
You willed that it should be renewed
upon the altar.
At the Last Supper, You said:
“Do this in remembrance of Me.”
By these words
You gave Your Apostles and their successors
the power to consecrate
and the command to do what You Yourself did.
I believe that the Mass is
both a sacrifice and a memorial –
reenacting Your Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Help me to realize that the Mass
is the greatest gift of God to us
and our greatest gift to God.
At every Mass I attend
grant me the grace
to participate fully, actively and consciously
so as to give the greatest glory to God
and achieve the highest benefits for myself,
my relatives, friends and benefactors
as well as all humankind.


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When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, and said to them,

“Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat; untie it and bring it.

If any one says to you,

‘Why are you doing this?’ say,

‘The Lord has need of it and will send back here, immediately,’”

And they went away, and found a colt tied at the door out in the open street; and they untied it.

And those who stood there said to them,
“What are you doing, untying the colt?”

And they told them what Jesus had said; and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and threw their garments on it; and he sat upon it.

And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed cried out,

“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming!
Hosanna in the highest!’”

The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, “Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.” Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me.

The Jews intervened and said, “What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?” Jesus answered, “Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.

During his stay in Jerusalem for the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he gave, but Jesus knew them all and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about any man; he could tell what a man had in him.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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Born in Wales on a clifftop during a violent storm around A.D. 500, Saint David, who belonged to an aristocratic family, became a famous preacher and founded monasteries and churches from Wales to Brittany.
He lived an ascetical life which he shared with others. His Rule forbade the eating of meat.
It is said that he made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was made a bishop by the patriarch. After his death, his shrine in West Wales became an important place of pilgrimage.


O God, who graciously bestowed on Your
Bishop Saint David of Wales
the virtue of wisdom and the gift of eloquence,
and made him an example of prayer and pastoral zeal;
grant that, through his intercession,
Your Church may ever prosper and render You
joyful praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.





Lord, we pray that this season of Lent will be a time of greater prayer and fervent devotion for us and for all the Church. Lord, in your mercy, – HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Lord, we pray that these days of Lent will be marked by earnest efforts at peacemaking throughout the world. Lord, in your mercy, – HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Lord, we pray that we will be generous in our almsgiving this Lent, and attentive to the poor. Lord, in your mercy, – HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Lord, we ask you to repair all the broken relationships in our life and make us merciful, gentle and forgiving. Lord, in your mercy, – HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Lord, we pray that this Lent we will be faithful to fasting and to all the ways in which you sanctify us. Lord, in your mercy. – HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Lord, rescue all those who live at a distance from you because of self-absorption or sin. Lord, in your mercy, – HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Loving Father, bless our Lent so that we will live as your holy children. We ask this through Christ our Lord. – AMEN.





Almighty ever-living God,

we humbly implore your majesty

that, just as your Only Begotten Son

was presented on this day in the Temple

in the substance of our flesh,

so, by your grace,

we may be presented to you with minds made pure.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.


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Posted by on February 2, 2021 in Prayers for Today






You are God: we praise You;
You are the Lord: we acclaim You;
You are the Eternal Father:
All creation worship You.

To You all Angels, all the Powers of Heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power
and might,
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

The glorious company of Apostles praise You.
The noble fellowship of Prophets praise You.
The white-robed army of Martyrs praise You.

Throughout the world the holy Church
acclaims You:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When You became man to set us free
You did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that You will come, and be our

Come then, Lord, and help Your people,
bought with the price of Your own Blood,
and bring us with Your Saints
to glory everlasting.

V. Save Your people, Lord, and bless Your
R. Govern and uphold them now and always.
V. Day by day we bless You.
R. We praise Your Name for ever.
V. Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V. Lord, show us Your love and mercy;
R. for we put our trust in You.
V. In You, Lord, is our hope:
R. and we shall never hope in vain.


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