Friday, January 12, 2007

Feast days of the week 14 - 20 January 2007 (1962 liturgical calendar).

First part of the Liturgical Year: the Christmas Cycle.[1]
Season after Epiphany.

"At the time of our Lord, Palestine contained four provinces: Peraea, Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. It was in the province of Galilee that the miracles and preaching of Jesus took place.
At Cana, He changed water into wine - His first miracle - at the request of His mother. At Nazareth, He preached His doctrine - and 'all wondered at these things that proceeded from the mouth of God,' says the Communion of the fourth, fifth, and sixth Sundays after Epiphany with the words of Luke. In Galilee, a word from our Lord cleansed the leper. From the shore of the Lake of Genesareth, He miraculously stilled the storm. All these miracles He performed to show His Apostles that He was God.
The Christmas cycle has a fixed character, and the Feasts of the Nativity and Epiphany always fall on December 25 and January 6.

Sunday, 14 January, 2007: Second Sunday after the Epiphany.
"The marriage in Cana of Galilee is commemorated: the first miracle of Jesus. Mary, full of charity, asks of Jesus His first miracle. Jesus, at the request of His Mother, anticipates the hour appointed for the manifestation of His Divinity to His Disciples, so that He puts His power at the service of His love."
Epistle: Rom 12:6-16.
Gospel: John 2:1-11.

Monday, 15 January 2007: St. Paul, the Hermit.
The founder of the eremitical life retired at the age of fifteen into the desert and lived there in exercise of prayers and penances for more than a hundred years. He died in A.D. 343.”
Epistle: Phil 3:7-12.
Gospel: Matt 11:25-30.

Tuesday, 16 January 2007: St. Marcellus I, Pope. Martyr.
St. Marcellus I defended the rights of the Church with heroic resistance. On this account he was exiled by the heretical Maxentius. He died A.D. 310.”
Epistle: Col 3:12-17. I Peter 5:1-4, 10-11.
Gospel: Matt 16:13-19.

Wednesday, 17 January 2007: St. Anthony the Hermit, Abbot.
The Father of community life led the life of a hermit from the age of eighteen, but later he instituted the monastic life in common. He died at the age of 105 years A.D. 356."
Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 45:1-6.
Gospel: Luke 12:35-40.

Thursday, 18 January 2007: Ferial.
Epistle: Rom 12:6-16.
Gospel: John 2:1-11.

Friday, 19 January 2007: Commemoration of SS. Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, Martyrs.
The Persian nobles Marius and Martha came with their sons Audifax and Abachum to Rome, to visit the tombs of the Apostles SS. Peter and Paul. They were cast into prison, tortured and martyred A.D. 270.”
Epistle: Heb 10:32-38.
Gospel: Matt 24:3-13.

Saturday, 20 January 2007: St. Fabian, Pope, and St. Sebastian, Martyrs.
St. Fabian, Supreme Pontiff, suffered martyrdom in the persecution of Decius, A.D. 250.
St. Sebastian, an officer in the imperial cohort, was pierced with arrows in the persecution of Diocletian; but he recovered, and the emperor condemned him to be flogged to death. A.D. 284
Commemoration of St. Canute.
"This King of Denmark sought to spread the faith in his kingdom and therefore his enemies put him to death, while praying at the foot of the altar, A.D. 1086."
Epistle: Heb 11:33-39.
Gospel: Luke 6:17-23.

[1] Remarks are abstracted from The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual, from Editio Typica of the Roman Missal and Breviary, 1962
(Baronius Press Limited, London, 2004, in conjunction with the Fraternal Society of St. Peter,

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