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Sunday, November 18, 2007 [Nov. 18th, 2007|10:42 am]
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bel_fiore
Let us pray:

St. Jerome, you love the Word and preached the Good News. Grant us your intercession so that this community may be fruitful as the Lord commanded. We ask a small share in your saintly guidance; aid us to love the Word as you did.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. O God, Who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007 [Aug. 19th, 2007|04:31 pm]
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bel_fiore
Let us pray:

St. Jerome, you love the Word and preached the Good News. Grant us your intercession so that this community may be fruitful as the Lord commanded. We ask a small share in your saintly guidance; aid us to love the Word as you did.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. O God, Who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007 [Aug. 12th, 2007|02:15 pm]
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bel_fiore
Let us pray:

St. Jerome, you love the Word and preached the Good News. Grant us your intercession so that this community may be fruitful as the Lord commanded. We ask a small share in your saintly guidance; aid us to love the Word as you did.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. O God, Who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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5 August, 2007: Forefeast of the Transfiguration [Aug. 5th, 2007|12:33 am]
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cerulianphoenix
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Starting this week, in addition to the Roman Catholic liturgical readings I will be posting the Byzantine liturgical readings as well, with the appropriate tropars and kontaks for the day. Hopefully it will provide some prayerful aids in the community members spiritual lives. I'm also hoping it will provide the Roman Catholic members of the community some exposure to the beautiful riches of the East.

(For everybody to know, I am Roman Catholic and I will also be personally enriched by posting the liturgical readings and learning quite a bit about the Byzantine liturgical life.)

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Readings for July 29 -- 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (cycle C) [Jul. 28th, 2007|04:55 pm]
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cjmr2
First Reading: Genesis 18:20-32

20 And the Lord said: The cry of Sodom and Gomorrha is multiplied, and their sin is become exceedingly grievous.

21 I will go down and see whether they have done according to the cry that is come to me: or whether it be not so, that I may know. 22 And they turned themselves from thence, and went their way to Sodom: but Abraham as yet stood before the Lord. 23 And drawing nigh he said: Wilt thou destroy the just with the wicked? 24 If there be fifty just men in the city, shall they perish withal? and wilt thou not spare that place for the sake of the fifty just, if they be therein? 25 Far be it from thee to do this thing, and to slay the just with the wicked, and for the just to be in like case as the wicked, this is not beseeming thee: thou who judgest all the earth, wilt not make this judgment.

26 And the Lord said to him: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake. 27 And Abraham answered, and said: Seeing I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord, whereas I am dust and ashes. 28 What if there be five less than fifty just persons? wilt thou for five and forty destroy the whole city? And he said: I will not destroy it, if I find five and forty. 29 And again he said to him: But if forty be found there, what wilt thou do? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of forty. 30 Lord, saith he, be not angry, I beseech thee, if I speak: What if thirty shall be found there? He answered: I will not do it, if I find thirty there.

31 Seeing, saith he, I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord. What if twenty be found there? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty. 32 I beseech thee, saith he, be not angry, Lord, if I speak yet once more: What if ten should be found there? And he said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.

Psalm 138: 1-3, 6-8 Douay-Rheims Psalm 137 (Refrain verse 3a from my Lectionary)

R: Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

1 I will praise thee, O lord, with my whole heart: for thou hast heard the words of my mouth. I will sing praise to thee in the sight of his angels: 2 I will worship towards thy holy temple, and I will give glory to thy name.

R

2b For thy mercy, and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy holy name above all. 3 In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me: thou shall multiply strength in my soul.

R

6 For the Lord is high, and looketh on the low: and the high he knoweth afar off. 7 If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, thou wilt quicken me: and thou hast stretched forth thy hand against the wrath of my enemies.

R

7b thy right hand hath saved me. 8 The Lord will repay for me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: O despise not the work of thy hands.

R


Second Reading: Colossians 2:12-14

12 Buried with him in baptism, in whom also you are risen again by the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him up from the dead. 13 And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh; he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences: 14 Blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the cross.

Gospel: Luke 11:1-13

1 And it came to pass, that as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2 And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. 3 Give us this day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation. 5 And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and shall say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves,

6 Because a friend of mine is come off his journey to me, and I have not what to set before him. 7 And he from within should answer, and say: Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 Yet if he shall continue knocking, I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet, because of his importunity, he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. 10 For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

11 And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone? or a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father from heaven give the good Spirit to them that ask him?
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Readings for Sunday, July 15 -- 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Jul. 14th, 2007|03:01 pm]
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cjmr2
First Reading:Deuteronomy 30:10-14

[Moses said:]10 Yet so if thou hear the voice of the Lord thy God, and keep his precepts and ceremonies, which are written in this law: and return to the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul.

11 This commandment, that I command thee this day is not above thee, nor far off from thee: 12 Nor is it in heaven, that thou shouldst say: Which of us can go up to heaven to bring it unto us, and we may hear and fulfill it in work? 13 Nor is it beyond the sea: that thou mayst excuse thyself, and say: Which of us can cross the sea, and bring it unto us: that we may hear, and do that which is commanded? 14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayst do it.


Psalm 69 (selected verses)

R: Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live

14 But as for me, my prayer is to thee, O Lord; for the time of thy good pleasure, O God. In the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
17 Hear me, O Lord, for thy mercy is kind; look upon me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

R:

30 But I am poor and sorrowful: thy salvation, O God, hath set me up.
31 I will praise the name of God with a canticle: and I will magnify him with praise.

R:

33 Let the poor see and rejoice: seek ye God, and your soul shall live.
34 For the Lord hath heard the poor: and hath not despised his prisoners.

R:

36 For God will save Sion, and the cities of Juda shall be built up. And they shall dwell there, and acquire it by inheritance.
37 And the seed of his servants shall possess it; and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

R:



Second ReadingColossians 1:15-20

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him. 17 And he is before all, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he may hold the primacy: 19 Because in him, it hath well pleased the Father, that all fullness should dwell; 20 And through him to reconcile all things unto himself, making peace through the blood of his cross, both as to the things that are on earth, and the things that are in heaven.

15 "The firstborn"... That is, first begotten; as the Evangelist declares, the only begotten of his Father: hence, St. Chrisostom explains firstborn, not first created, as he was not created at all, but born of his Father before all ages; that is, coeval with the Father and with the Holy Ghost.


GospelLuke 10:25-37

25 And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting him, and saying, Master, what must I do to possess eternal life?

21 "He rejoiced in the Holy Ghost"... That is, according to his humanity he rejoiced in the Holy Ghost, and gave thanks to his eternal Father.

26 But he said to him: What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 He answering, said: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said to him: Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 29 But he willing to justify himself, said to Jesus: And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering, said: A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who also stripped him, and having wounded him went away, leaving him half dead.

31 And it chanced, that a certain priest went down the same way: and seeing him, passed by. 32 In like manner also a Levite, when he was near the place and saw him, passed by. 33 But a certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him; and seeing him, was moved with compassion. 34 And going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two pence, and gave to the host, and said: Take care of him; and whatsoever thou shalt spend over and above, I, at my return, will repay thee.

36 Which of these three, in thy opinion, was neighbour to him that fell among the robbers? 37 But he said: He that shewed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: Go, and do thou in like manner.
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Community Readings [Jun. 11th, 2007|12:31 pm]
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cerulianphoenix
I must apologise to everyone who has been wanting the Mass readings posted. My plan was to keep posting them but a few things in my personal life have prevented me from it. Namely, the fact that I've been attending a Byzantine Catholic church since Pascha. Now this may not seem like a hindrance but I've become quite accustomed to the Byzantine liturgical readings and quite lost my place for the Roman. So I have a favour to ask of someone if we are to continue the weekly Mass readings: would someone else be able to compile and post them? I can compile and post them myself but I feel very odd about it since I'm part of the liturgical life of the Byzantine Catholic Church at the moment. Of course I can post the Byzantine readings for study and personal edification. But first I want to know if A) Everyone wants to continue the readings and B) If someone would like to volunteer for it.
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Why the different versions? [Jun. 7th, 2007|05:02 am]
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apemanmaldonado
So from what I understand the New American Bible is the official English translation of the Bible for the Catholic Church in the US. From what I've noticed so far many seem to have problems with it so I was curious as to why that is and how some justify that when it seems to be the choice of the Church's leadership. I was also wondering the reasons for the existence of the other translations such as the New Jerusalem Bible and the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition and so on and what exactly is the Church's official position regarding them. Thanks for any and all help.
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(no subject) [Jun. 3rd, 2007|07:51 pm]
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apemanmaldonado
This has probably already been discussed here so I apologize for rehashing something, although I did give a cursory look first. I come from an Islamic background so I'm fairly disillusioned with and tired of translation arguments and haggling and nitpicking over every word and bit of grammar and so on. I've recently become interested again in Catholicism and for a variety of reasons, one being the explosive potential of family finding out, I'm trying to do research into and trying to understand Catholicism as best I can before committing to speaking to a priest or going to a church. To get to the question though, I've noticed that there seems to be disagreement as to the best English translation of the Bible so I was wondering if someone could recommend a particular translation or edition and a possible companion book to it as well to help me learn. Thank you for any and all help.
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Easter [Apr. 7th, 2007|04:37 pm]
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I meant to post the readings for the Easter Vigil earlier but couldn't. I'll link to the U.S.C.C.B.'s website for the readings for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.

The readings for the Easter Vigil.

The readings for Easter Sunday.

Enjoy this most holy of feasts!

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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