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13 Quotes of Saints That Reveals The Mystical Nature of The Holy Mass

13 Quotes of Saints That Reveals The Mystical Nature of The Holy Mass

The Mass is the greatest worship that Christians can offer to God!

Below are some quotes from the saints on the Holy Mass

1) “When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar.” – St. John Chrysostom

2) “If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.” – St. Jean Vianney

3) “The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.” – St. Augustine

4) “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” – St. Padre Pio

5) “The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death.” – Pope Benedict XV

6) “Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass; they will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.” – St. John Vianney

7) “Let the entire man be seized with fear; let the whole world tremble; let heaven exult when Christ, the Son of the Living God, is on the altar in the hands of the priest. O admirable height and stupendous condescension! O humble sublimity! O sublime humility! that the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under a morsel of bread.” – St. Francis of Assisi

8) “No human tongue can enumerate the favors that trace back to the Sacrifice of the Mass. The sinner is reconciled with God; the just man becomes more upright; sins are wiped away; vices are uprooted; virtue and merit increases; and the devil’s schemes are frustrated.” – St. Lawrence Justinian

9) “Know, O Christian, that the Mass is the holiest act of religion. You cannot do anything to glorify God more, nor profit your soul more, than by devoutly assisting at it, and assisting as often as possible.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard

10) “The heavens open and multitudes of angels come to assist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” – St. Gregory the Great

11) “How happy is that guardian angel who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!” – St. John Vianney

12) “When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary – a joy, a fragrance, a well being that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt.” – St. John Vianney

13) “I believe that were it not for the Holy Mass, as of this moment the world would be in the abyss.” St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Thank God for the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist!

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Satan Is Attacking Not Only Christians, But All People – Pope Francis Explains Why 

Satan Is Attacking Not Only Christians, But All People – Pope Francis Explains Why 

During his homily at Mass on Friday, Pope Francis reflected on how the Devil is the cause of all forms of persecution: from cultural colonization to war, hunger, and slavery.

The devil is not only behind the persecution of Christians that is so widespread today. He is behind the persecution of all men and women — the growing wave of destruction we see in our times.

This was Pope Francis’ reflection on Friday, June 1, at Mass in Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the First Reading, where St. Peter says, “Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you.”


Today, said Pope Francis, we are not only witnessing the persecution of Christians, but of every man and woman, “through cultural colonization, war, hunger, and slavery.”

The pontiff explained how for the Christian, persecution is part of life.


“Persecution is rather like the ‘air’ that Christians breathe even today. Because even today there are many martyrs, many people who are persecuted for their love of Christ. There are many countries where Christians have no rights. If you wear a cross, you go to jail. And there are people in jail. There are people condemned to death today simply because they are Christians. The number of people killed is higher than the number of early martyrs. It’s higher! But this doesn’t make news. Television newscasts and newspapers don’t cover these things. Meanwhile Christians are being persecuted.”


But Christians aren’t the only ones persecuted by the devil. Satan persecutes all men, the Holy Father explained, because all of us are made in the image of God.


“The Devil is behind every persecution, both of Christians and all human beings. The Devil tries to destroy the presence of Christ in Christians, and the image of God in men and women. He tried doing this from the very beginning, as we read in the Book of Genesis: he tried to destroy that harmony that the Lord created between man and woman, the harmony that comes from being made in the image and likeness of God. And he succeeded. He managed to do it by using deception, seduction…the weapons he uses. He always does this. But there is a powerful ruthlessness against men and women today: otherwise how to explain this growing wave of destruction towards men and women, and all that is human?”


The persecutions of mankind


For example, Pope Francis described hunger as an “injustice” that “destroys men and women because they have nothing to eat,” even if there is a lot of food available in the world.


He went on to speak of human exploitation, of different forms of slavery, and recalled how he recently saw a film shot inside a prison where migrants are locked up and tortured to turn them into slaves. This is still happening, he said, “70 years after the Declaration of Human Rights.”


The pope also reflected on cultural colonization. This is exactly what the Devil wants, he said, “to destroy human dignity” – and that is why the Devil is behind all forms of persecution.


“Wars can be considered a kind of instrument to destroy people, who are made in the image of God. But so are the people who make war, who plan war in order to exercise power over others. There are people who promote the arms industry to destroy humanity, to destroy the image of man and woman, physically, morally, and culturally… Even if they are not Christians, the Devil persecutes them because they are the image of God. We must not be ingenuous. In the world today, all humans, and not only Christians are being persecuted, because the Father of all persecutions cannot bear that they are the image and likeness of God. So he attacks and destroys that image.”

Liturgy of the Memorial of Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (Monday after Pentecost Sunday)

Liturgy of the Memorial of Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (Monday after Pentecost Sunday)

On Saturday 3rd March 2018, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church.

The decree establishing the memorial was published March 3 in a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

As Sarah explained, Pope Francis added the memorial to the Roman Calendar after carefully considering how the promotion of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under this particular title might encourage growth in “the maternal sense of the Church” and in “genuine Marian piety.”

“This celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed,” Sarah wrote.

The Cardinal noted that the “joyous veneration given to the Mother of God by the contemporary Church, in light of reflection on the mystery of Christ and on his nature, cannot ignore the figure of a woman, the Virgin Mary, who is both the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church.”

The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, has been added to the General Roman Calendar, the Roman Missal, and the Liturgy of the Hours. The Latin text has been published though we have not received it yet, the translations is expected to be prepared by the bishops conference and approved by the congregation. Usually the International Commission on English in Liturgy (ICEL) prepares the English translation which will be sent to CBCN for vetting, observations and comments. After that, it will be sent to the Congregation for Divine Worship for confirmation.

Please note that this year 2018, the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, will be celebrated on Monday, May 21st.

The Mass is “Our Lady, Mother of the Church” NUMBER B (on pages 1155 – 1157), in the Roman Missal. It has its own Preface.

The readings and Gospel acclamation are as follows:

First Reading (from common of Blessed Virgin Mary no. 707 (1) in the Lectionary)

Genesis 3: 9-15, 20 (Mother of all the living) or

Acts 1:12-14 (From common of Blessed Virgin Mary no. 708 (1) in the Lectionary)

(All devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus)

Responsorial Psalm. Psalm 87: 1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

Response: Glorious things are told of you, O city of God

Gospel Acclamation

O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord, Blessed Mother of the Church, you warm our hearts with the spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.

Gospel Reading

John 19: 25-34 (Extended version of no 712 (12) from the common of the BVM)

(Behold your son, behold your Mother)

The Colour of the vestment is White

Liturgy of the Hours

The proper texts for the liturgy of the hours are being translated by the International Commission on English in Liturgy. After the translation, it will be presented to CBCN for approval before being sent to the Holy See for confirmation. Meanwhile, the Psalmody and other elements are from the Psalms of the day and the common of the Blessed Virgin Mary except the following;

Prayer

O God, Father of mercies,
whose Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross,
chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother,
to be our Mother also,
grant, we pray, that with her loving help
your Church may be more fruitful day by day
and, exulting in the holiness of her children,
may draw to her embrace all the families of the peoples.
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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+ Most Rev. E.A. Badejo
Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Oyo.

​Mass Readings For Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary July 26th 2017

​Mass Readings For Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary July 26th 2017

Reading 1

EX 16:1-5, 9-15


The children of Israel set out from Elim, 

and came into the desert of Sin,

which is between Elim and Sinai,

on the fifteenth day of the second month

after their departure from the land of Egypt.

Here in the desert the whole assembly of the children of Israel

grumbled against Moses and Aaron.

The children of Israel said to them,

“Would that we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt,

as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!

But you had to lead us into this desert

to make the whole community die of famine!”


Then the LORD said to Moses,

“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.

Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;

thus will I test them,

to see whether they follow my instructions or not.

On the sixth day, however, when they prepare what they bring in,

let it be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”


Then Moses said to Aaron, “Tell the whole congregation 

of the children of Israel:

Present yourselves before the LORD,

for he has heard your grumbling.”

When Aaron announced this to the whole assembly of the children of Israel,

they turned toward the desert, and lo,

the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud!

The LORD spoke to Moses and said,

“I have heard the grumbling of the children of Israel.

Tell them: In the evening twilight you shall eat flesh,

and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread,

so that you may know that I, the LORD, am your God.”


In the evening quail came up and covered the camp.

In the morning a dew lay all about the camp,

and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert

were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground.

On seeing it, the children of Israel asked one another, “What is this?”

for they did not know what it was.

But Moses told them,

“This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.”


Responsorial Psalm

PS 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28


R. (24b) The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

They tempted God in their hearts

by demanding the food they craved.

Yes, they spoke against God, saying,

“Can God spread a table in the desert?”

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Yet he commanded the skies above

and the doors of heaven he opened;

He rained manna upon them for food

and gave them heavenly bread. 

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Man ate the bread of angels,

food he sent them in abundance.

He stirred up the east wind in the heavens,

and by his power brought on the south wind.

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

And he rained meat upon them like dust,

and, like the sand of the sea, winged fowl,

Which fell in the midst of their camp

round about their tents. 

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.


Alleluia


R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;

All who come to him will live for ever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel

MT 13:1-9


On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.

Such large crowds gathered around him

that he got into a boat and sat down,

and the whole crowd stood along the shore.

And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:

“A sower went out to sow.

And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,

and birds came and ate it up.

Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.

It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,

and when the sun rose it was scorched,

and it withered for lack of roots.

Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.

But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,

a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.

Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

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