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Monday, February 9th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 6:53-56.


DAILY MASS

Fr. Michael Busch celebrates Daily Mass from St. Basil’s Church in Toronto  

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DAILY MASS – 9 February 2015

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DAILY ROSARY

Father Robert Reed prays the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary from

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

joined by

The Choir of St Paul’s,  Boston’s Boy Choir.

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DAILY ROSARY

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Monday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time

9 February 2015

They laid the sick in the marketplaces

and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 6:53-56. 

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea, Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.

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Monday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time

9 February 2015

Saint of the day

St. Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr (+ 249)

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SAINT APOLLONIA
Virgin and martyr
and the Martyrs of Alexandria
(+ 249)

        At Alexandria, in 249, the mob rose in savage fury against the Christians. Metras, an old man, perished first. His eyes were pierced with reeds, and he was stoned to death. A woman named Quinta was the next victim. She was led to a heathen temple and bidden worship. She replied by cursing the false god again and again, and she too was stoned to death. After this the houses of the Christians were sacked and plundered. They took the spoiling of their goods with all joy.

St. Apollonia, an aged virgin, was the most famous among the martyrs. Her teeth were beaten out; she was led outside the city, a huge fire was kindled, and she was told she must deny Christ, or else be burned alive. She was silent for a while, and then, moved by a special inspiration of the Holy Ghost, she leaped into the fire and died in its flames.

        The same courage showed itself the next year, when Decius became emperor, and the persecution grew till it seemed as if the very elect must fall away. The story of Dioscorus illustrates the courage of the Alexandrian Christians, and the esteem they had for martyrdom. He was a boy of fifteen. To the arguments of the judge he returned wise answers: he was proof against torture. His older companions were executed, but Dioscorus was spared on account of his tender years; yet the Christians could not bear to think that he had been deprived of the martyr’s crown, except to receive it afterwards more gloriously. “Dioscorus,” writes Dionysius, Bishop of Alexandria at this time, “remains with us, reserved for some longer and greater combat.”

        There were indeed many Christians who came, pale and trembling, to offer the heathen sacrifices. But the judges themselves were struck with horror at the multitudes who rushed to martyrdom. Women triumphed over torture, till at last the judges were glad to execute them at once and put an end to the ignominy of their own defeat.

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

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