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Monday, April 4th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 1:26-38.


The Annunciation of the Lord – Solemnity

4 April 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1:26-38.


The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

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DAILY MASS – Monday 4 April 2016 

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The Annunciation of the Lord – Solemnity

4 April 2016

The Annunciation of the Lord – Solemnity

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“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Solemnity

          In Jesus, God recapitulates all of his history of salvation on behalf of men and the Annunciation heralds the beginning of our salvation.  
         By Mary’s obedient “Fiat,” the earth has become heaven. “In Jesus, God has placed, in the midst of barren, despairing mankind,a new beginning which is not a product of human history but a gift from above” (Pope Benedict XVI).  
         “Thus, giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus. Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to serve the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God’s grace.”
         (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

God our Father,
your Word became man and was born of the Virgin Mary.
May we become more like Jesus Christ,
whom we acknowledge as our redeemer, God and man.
We ask this through our Lourd Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Opening prayer)

– Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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The Annunciation of the Lord – Solemnity

4 April 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380),

Dominican tertiary, Doctor of the Church, co-patron of Europe
Prayer of March 25, 1379 (Elevation 21)

“God who is mighty has done great things for me.” (Lk 1:49)

     Mary, temple of the Trinity, hearth of divine fire, mother of mercy…, you are the new shoot (Isa 11:1), which brought forth the flower that gives fragrance to the world, the Word, the only Son of God. This Word was sown in you, fertile earth (Mt 13:3ff.). You hid the fire in the ashes of our humanity. Vessel of humility, where the light of true wisdom burns…, by the fire of your love, by the flame of your humility, you drew the eternal Father to yourself and to us…

     Thanks to that light, O Mary, you were never like the foolish virgins (Mt 25:1ff.), but you were filled with the virtue of prudence. That is why you wanted to know how the angel’s words to you could be accomplished. You knew that “nothing is impossible with God”; you had no doubt of that. So why say: “I do not know man”?

It was not because you were lacking in faith; your profound humility made you say that. You did not doubt God’s power; you saw yourself as unworthy of such a great marvel. You were troubled by the angel’s word; it was not out of fear. In the very light of God, it seems to me that it was rather out of admiration. And what did you admire, O Mary, if not the immensity of God’s goodness? Looking at yourself, you considered yourself to be unworthy of that grace and it left you stupefied. Your question is the proof of your humility. You were not filled with fear, but only with admiration before the immense goodness of God compared to your littleness, to your humble condition (Lk 1:48).

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The Annunciation of the Lord – Solemnity

4 April 2016

Saint of the day

St. Isidore of Seville,

Archbishop (+ 636)

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SAINT ISIDORE
Archbishop
(c. 560-636)

        Isidore was born of a ducal family, at Carthagena in Spain. His two brothers, Leander, Archbishop of Seville, Fulgentius, Bishop of Ecija, and his sister Florentina, are Saints. As a boy he despaired at his ill success in study, and ran away from school. Resting in his flight at a roadside spring, he observed a stone, which was hollowed out by the dripping water. This decided him to return, and by hard application he succeeded where he had failed. He went back to his master, and with the help of God became, even as a youth, one of the most learned men of the time. He assisted in converting Prince Recared, the leader of the Arian party; and with his aid, though at the constant peril of his own life, he expelled that heresy from Spain.

Then, following a call from God, he turned a deaf ear to the entreaties of his friends, and embraced a hermit’s life. Prince Recared and many of the nobles and clergy of Seville went to persuade him to come forth, and represented the needs of the times, and the good he could do, and had already done, among the people. He refused, and, as far as we can judge, that refusal gave him the necessary opportunity of acquiring the virtue and the power which afterwards made him an illustrious Bishop and Doctor of the Church.

        On the death of his brother Leander he was called to fill the vacant see. As a teacher, ruler, founder, and reformer, he labored not only in his own diocese, but throughout Spain, and even in foreign countries.

        He died in Seville on April 4, 636, and within sixteen years of his death was declared a Doctor of the Catholic Church.

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

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Matthew 28:20.

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He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

Psalms 23(22):1-3a.3b-4.5.6. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful

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