Friday, January 19, 2007

Feast days of the week 21 - 27 January 2007 (1962 liturgical calendar).

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

"This period, which begins the day after the Octave of Epiphany, is an extension of Christmastide. Jesus asserts His Divinity - not by the appearance of angels or the Star of the Magi, but speaking Himself as God. He subjects our hearts to His teachings, explaining His Divine doctrine with parables and manifesting the truth of His words and works by many miracles.
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, 21 January, 2007
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
"Jesus, our Redeemer, is God; He works wonders; the Angels of Heaven adore Him; Jews and Gentiles will be obliged to recognize His royal Divinity."
Epistle: Rom 12:16-21.
Gospel: Matt 8:1-13.

Monday, 22 January 2007
SS. Vincent and Anastasius, Martyrs
St. Vincent, deacon of Saragossa in Spain, suffered martyrdom in the persecution of Diocletian A.D. 304.
St. Anastasius, a monk of Persia, was put to death with seventy other Christians under Chosroes A.D. 628.

Lesson: Wisdom 3:1-8.
Gospel: Luke 21:9-19.

Tuesday, 23 January 2007
St. Raymond of Pennafort, Confessor
"St. Raymond, eminent minister of the sacrament of Penance, was a priest of the order of St. Dominic, celebrated for his virtues, his miracles, and his writings on Canon Law. He died A.D. 1275."
Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 31:8-11.
Gospel: Luke 12:35-40.
Commemoration of St. Emerentiana, Virgin and Martyr
“St. Emerentiana, Virgin and Martyr, foster-sister of St. Agnes, was stoned to death at the tomb of her friend. A.D. 304.”
Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 51:13-17.
Gospel: Matt 13:44-52.

Wednesday, 24 January 2007
St. Timothy, Bishop and Martyr
"St. Timothy, who is the best-known disciple of St. Paul, was Bishop of Ephesus in Asia Minor. He was stoned to death by pagans A.D. 97.”
Epistle: 1 Tim 6:11-16.
Gospel: Luke 14:26-33.

Thursday, 25 January 2007
Conversion of St. Paul
"Saul of Tarsus was full of hatred for Jesus and His Disciples. From a bitter persecutor he became an ardent apostle and the irresistible preacher of the Gospel."
Lesson: Acts 9:1-22.
Gospel: Matt 19:27-29.

Friday, 26 January 2007
St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
“St. Polycarp, a disciple of St. John the Apostle, was Bishop of Smyrna for seventy years, and was martyred under Marcus Aurelius A.D. 169.”
Epistle: 1 John 3:10-16.
Gospel: Matt 10:26-32.

Saturday, 27 January 2007
St. John Chrysostom, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church
“The holy Patriarch of Constantinople received his surname 'Chrysostom (golden-mouth)' because he was the most eloquent preacher and the most prolific writer of the Greek Church. He was persecuted by the empress Eudoxia and her courtiers. He died in exile A.D. 407”
Epistle: 2 Tim 4:1-8.
Gospel: Matt 5:13-19.

[i] 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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