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Monday, May 18th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 16:29-33.


Monday of the Seventh week of Easter

18 May 2015

‘ But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.’

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16:29-33. 

The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

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Monday of the Seventh week of Easter

18 May 2015

Commentary of the day

 Chaldean liturgy
Hymn for the office of the second day of « Ba’oussa », of Saint Ephrem (© Pontifical Council for christian unity)

“That you might have peace in me”

O Lord, your mercy is eternal. O Christ, all-merciful, grant us your grace; stretch out your hand and come to help all those who are tempted, you who are good. Have pity on all your children and come to help them. Grant us, merciful Lord, to be sheltered in the shadow of your protection and to be delivered from evil and from the followers of the Evil one.

My life has been crumpled like a spider’s web; in times of distress and trouble we have become like outcasts and our years have withered under wretchedness and misfortune. Lord, you who calmed the sea with a word, in your mercy calm the confusions of the world, uphold the universe stumbling under the weight of its sins.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. O Lord may your merciful hand rest on those who believe and confirm your promise to the apostles: “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28,20). Be our help as you were theirs and, by your grace, save us from all evil; grant us security and peace that we might give you thanks and ever adore your holy Name.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Monday of the Seventh week of Easter

18 May 2015

Saint of the day

St. Venantius, Martyr (+ 250)

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SAINT VENANTIUS
Martyr

(+ 250)

        St. Venantius was born at Camerino in Italy, and at the age of fifteen was seized as a Christian and carried before a judge. As it was found impossible to shake his constancy either by threats or promises, he was condemned to be scourged, but was miraculously saved by an angel. He was then burnt with torches and hung over a low fire that he might be suffocated by the smoke. The judge’s secretary, admiring the steadfastness of the Saint, and seeing an angel robed in white, who trampled out the fire and again set free the youthful martyr, proclaimed his faith in Christ, was baptized with his whole family, and shortly after won the martyr’s crown himself.

      Venantius was then carried before the governor, who, unable to make him renounce his faith, cast him into prison with an apostate, who vainly strove to tempt him. The governor then ordered his teeth and jaws to be broken, and had him thrown into a furnace, from which the angel once more delivered him. The Saint was again led before the judge, who at sight of him fell headlong from his seat and expired, crying, “The God of Venantius is the true God; let us destroy our idols.” This circumstance being told to the governor, he ordered Venantius to be thrown to the lions; but these brutes, forgetting their natural ferocity, crouched at the feet of the Saint. Then, by order of the tyrant, the young martyr was dragged through a heap of brambles and thorns, but again God manifested the glory of His servant; the soldiers suffering from thirst, the Saint knelt on a rock and signed it with a cross, when immediately a jet of clear, cool water spurted up from the spot.

This miracle converted many of those who beheld it, whereupon the governor had Venantius and his converts beheaded together in the year 250. The bodies of these martyrs are kept in the church at Camerino which bears the Saint’s name.

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

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

 

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