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Wednesday, January 21st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 3:1-6.


DAILY MASS

Father Jacques McGuffie celebrates Catholic Mass on January 21, 2015 with students from

Saint Pope John Paul II Academy.

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DAILY MASS

The Opening Mass

Of

The National Prayer Vigil for Life,

Celebrated by Cardinal Sean O’Malley during March For Life 2015, in Washington, DC. 

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DAILY ROSARY

From

Father Frank McFarland prays the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary at the Arnold Arboretum. 

From CatholicTV

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Wednesday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

21 January 2015

“Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 3:1-6. 

Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand.
They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him.
He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.”
Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent.
Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored.
The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

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Wednesday of the Second week in Ordinary Time

21 January 2015

Saint of the day

St. Agnes,

Virgin and Martyr (+ 304) – Memorial

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SAINT AGNES
Virgin and Martyr
(+ 304)

        St. Agnes was but twelve years old when she was led to the altar of Minerva at Rome and commanded to obey the persecuting laws of Diocletian by offering incense. In the midst of the idolatrous rites she raised her hands to Christ, her Spouse, and made the sign of the life-giving cross. She did not shrink when she was bound hand and foot, though the gyves slipped from her young hands, and the heathens who stood around were moved to tears. The bonds were not needed for her, and she hastened gladly to the place of her torture.

        Next, when the judge saw that pain had no terrors for her, he inflicted an insult worse than death: her clothes were stripped off, and she had to stand in the street before a pagan crowd; yet even this did not daunt her. “Christ,” she said, “will guard His own.” So it was. Christ showed, by a miracle, the value which He sets upon the custody of the eyes. Whilst the crowd turned away their eyes from the spouse of Christ, as she stood exposed to view in the street, there was one young man who dared to gaze at the innocent child with immodest eyes. A flash of light struck him blind, and his companions bore him away half dead with pain and terror.

        Lastly, her fidelity to Christ was proved by flattery and offers of marriage. But she answered, “Christ is my Spouse: He chose me first, and His I will be.” At length the sentence of death was passed. For a moment she stood erect in prayer, and then bowed her neck to the sword. At one stroke her head was severed from her body, and the angels bore her pure soul to Paradise.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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