Friday, March 16, 2007

Feast days of the week 18 - 24 March, A.D. 2007 (1962 liturgical calendar).


Sunday, 18 March, 2007
Fourth Sunday of Lent (I)
"Laetare, Rejoice” says the Introit. Laetare Sunday offers us a break in the midst of the Lenten observance. We are soon to rise again with Jesus through confession and Easter Communion."
Epistle: Gal 4:22-31.
Gospel: John 6:1-15.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church. (III)
“When he was a simple priest, St. Cyril used to instruct the Catechumens during Lent. He is still renowned for these admirable homilies, full of divine wisdom, precious documents for Catholic theology. The Arians exiled him twice. He died in A.D. 386.”
Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 39:6-14.
Gospel: Matt 10:23-28.

Monday, 19 March, 2007
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor (I)
“To be convinced how much the intercession of St. Joseph prevails with Jesus Christ, we have only to consider these words of the Evangelist: And He was subject to them. The Son of God employed thirty years assiduously obeying Joseph and Mary! It was sufficient for Joseph, by the least word or sign, to show that he wished Him to do anything; Jesus immediately obeyed. This humble obedience of Jesus teaches us that the dignity of Joseph is above that of all the other Saints, except that of the Queen of Saints. Let us hear what St. Teresa says of the confidence which all should place in the protection of St. Joseph: ‘To the other Saints,’ she says, ‘it appears that the Lord may have granted power to succour us on particular occasions; but to this Saint, as experience proves, He has granted power to help us on all occasions. Our Lord would teach us that, as He was pleased to be subject to Joseph upon the earth, so He is pleased to grant whatever this Saint asks for in heaven. Others whom I have recommended to have recourse to Joseph, have known this from experience. I never knew any one who was particularly devout to him, that did not continually advance more and more in virtue. For the love of God, let him who believes not this make his own trial. And I do not know how any one can think of the Queen of Angels, at the time when she laboured so much in the infancy and childhood of Jesus, and not return thanks to Joseph for the assistance which he rendered both to the Mother and to the Son.’ We should be particularly devout to Saint Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death.”
Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 45:1-6.
Gospel: Matt 1:18-21.

Monday of the Fourth Week in Lent (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: III Kings 3:16-28.
Gospel: John 2:13-25.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2007
Tuesday of the Third Week in Lent (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: Exodus 32:7-14.
Gospel: John 7:14-31.

Wednesday, 21 March, 2007
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: Isaias 1:16-19.
Gospel: John 9:1-38.

St. Benedict, Abbot (III)
“Sent to Rome for his studies, he gave up both them and his career in the world, and retired to the solitude of Subiaco. He founded there twelve monasteries, among them Monte Cassino, and wrote the Holy Rule which bears his name. He is revered as the Founder of the Benedictine Order, and Co-Patron Saint of Europe. He died A.D. 543.”
Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 45:1-6.
Gospel: Matt 19:27-29.

Thursday, 22 March, 2007
Thursday of the Fourth Week in Lent (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: IV Kings 4:25-38.
Gospel: Luke 7:11-16.

Friday, 23 March, 2007
Friday of the Fourth Week in Lent (III)
Day of fast (Obligatory)
Lesson: III Kings 17:17-24.
Gospel: John 11:1-45.

Saturday, 24 March 2007
Saturday of the Fourth Week in Lent (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: Isaias 49:8-15.
Gospel: John 8:12-20.

St. Gabriel, Archangel (III)
"St. Gabriel was chosen by God to announce to Mary that she was to be the Mother of Christ."
Lesson: Daniel 9:21-26.
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38.

[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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