Friday, March 23, 2007

Feast days of the week 25-31 March, A.D. 2007 (1962 liturgical calendar).


Sunday, 25 March, 2007
Passion Sunday (I)
"If he who is of God hears the word of God, and he who is not of God cannot hear His words, then let each one ask himself: 'Do I take the words of God to heart?' (St. Gregory the Great, Hom. 18)
From this day until Maundy Thursday, in Masses of the Season the Ps. Judica me... is omitted on Sundays and Ferias, as also the Gloria Patri at the Introit and Lavabo; but on Feasts they are said as usual."
Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-15.
Gospel: John 8:46-59.

Monday, 26 March, 2007
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (I)
“This is the great Festival of the Incarnation, commemorating the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to Our Lady that the Divine Son of God, the Word, would take human nature upon Him in her virginal womb. Its date is determined by that of Christmas Day, and as the day which marked the beginning of the Christian dispensation it was for many centuries regarded as the first day of the civil year.
On this day the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, uniting for evermore our human nature to the Divine nature. The Mystery of the Incarnation brings vividly before us the boundless condescension and humility of God the Son in stooping to our condition in order to be our Savior. Equally it proclaims the glory and greatness of Mary, who was chosen to give the divine Word human flesh and human birth, and so to co-operate with God in the restoration of mankind. Hence, her most glorious title of 'Mother of God', which explains all her glories, her sanctity, and her honour.”
Lesson: Isaias 7:10-15.
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38.

Monday in Passion Week (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: Jonas 3:1-10.
Gospel: John 7:32-39.

Tuesday, 27March, 2007
Tuesday in Passion Week
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: Daniel 14:27-42.
Gospel: John 7:1-13.

St. John Damascene, Confessor, Doctor of the Church
"Filled with divine knowledge, he wrote his works against the iconoclasts in defense of holy images. His right hand, cut off, was miraculously restored. He died A.D. 754."
Lesson: Wisdom 10:10-14.
Gospel: Luke 6:6-11.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2007
Wednesday in Passion Week (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: Leviticus 19:1,2,11-19.
Gospel: John 10:22-38.

St. John of Capistran, Confessor (III)
“This Franciscan preached a crusade which delivered Europe from the Mohammedans in the fifteenth century. He died in A.D. 1456.”
Lesson: Wisdom 10:10-14.
Gospel: Luke 9:1-6.

Thursday, 29 March, 2007
Thursday in Passion Week (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: Daniel 3:25, 34-45.
Gospel: Luke 7:35-50.

Friday, 30 March, 2007
Friday in Passion Week (III)
Day of fast (Obligatory)
Lesson: Jeremias 17:13-18.
Gospel: John 11:47-54.

Commemoration of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
"The Church commemorates by two Feasts the martyrdom suffered by Our Lady in union with the Passion of Her Son. The first Feast especially commemorates the Compassion of Mary; the second, kept on September 15, the devotion to the Seven Sorrows."
Lesson: Judith 13:22,23-25.
Gospel: John 19:25-27.

Saturday, 31 March 2007
Saturday in Passion Week (III)
Day of fast (traditional)
Lesson: Jeremias 18:18-23.
Gospel: John 12:10-36.

[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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