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ST LUKE, EVANGELIST

ST LUKE, EVANGELIST

ST LUKE, EVANGELIST – FEAST: OCTOBER 18

Luke was a physician of Antioch. He knew Greek and was a disciple of the Apostle Paul. Luke wrote the Gospel from holy tradition (word of mouth) and compiled the Acts from what he, personally, had seen. He never married and lived eighty-four years.

PRAYER:

Father,

you chose Luke the evangelist to reveal

by preaching and writing

the mystery of your love for the poor.

Unite in one heart and spirit

all who glory in your name,

and let all nations come to see your salvation.

Through our Lord…

 

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ST COSMAS AND DAMIAN

ST COSMAS AND DAMIAN

ST COSMAS AND DAMIAN, MARTYRS – MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 26

The brothers Cosmas and Damian  were born in the city of Aegea in Arabia. They were prominent physicians in the reign of the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian. They healed many diseases considered incurable more through the aid of Christ than through their knowledge of medicine solely.

When the Prefect Lysias was informed of their religious beliefs, he ordered them to be brought before him for questioning about their philosophy of life and their profession of faith. They made no secret of their Christianity. Moreover they declared that the Christian faith was necessary for salvation.

THEY MADE NO SECRET OF THEIR CHRISTIANITY

Lysias retorted by ordering them to adore the [Roman pagan] gods, at the peril of death by very refined tortures for refusal. But the prefect soon discovered it was useless to suggest such things to them. “Bind their hands and feet,” he ordered. “Subject them to the most excruciating tortures.”

THEY REMAINED STEADFAST IN THE FAITH

His commands were carried out. Cosmas and Damian remained steadfast in the faith. Then, bound as they were, they were flung into the depths of the sea. From this they emerged, safe and freed from their bond. The prefect, attributing their deliverance to magic art, cast them into prison. The next day, he commanded that the brothers be brought forth and placed upon a burning pyre. Here the flames receded from them. Finally, after various tortures, they were beheaded. Confessing Christ to the end, they won the palm of martyrdom.

PRAYER:

Grant, we beseech you, almighty God, that we who celebrate the anniversary of the death of your holy Martyrs, Cosmas and Damian, may by their intercession be delivered from all evils that threaten us. Through our Lord.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns and Oates, London, 1964 (bold headings added)

 

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PRAYER TO THE IMMACULATE HEART

Almighty and everlasting God, you prepared in the heart of the blessed Virgin Mary a dwelling worthy of the Holy Spirit; grant that, as we devoutly celebrate the feast of her immaculate heart may we have the grace to live always in harmony with the wishes of your own heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY)

THE ALMIGHTY HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR ME, HE HAS EXALTED THE LOWLY.

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.”

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

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

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 15:9-17)

(St Matthias, Apostle; Feast)

I SHALL NOT CALL YOU SERVANTS ANY MORE; I CALL YOU FRIENDS.

Jesus said to his disciples: As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love! You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: Love one another as I have loved you! There is no greater love than this, to give one’s life for one’s friends; and you are my friends, if you do what I command you.

I shall not call you servants any more, because servants do not know what their master is about. Instead I have called you friends, since I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father.

You did not chose me; it was I who chose you and sent you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. And everything you ask my Father in my name, he will give to you.
This is my command, that you love one another.

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

 

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THE FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST PETER – PRAYER

Let us pray. O God, in entrusting the keys of your heavenly kingdom to your blessed Apostle Peter, you gave him the power to bind and to loose; by the help of his intercession may we be set free from the bonds of our sins. You who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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