Sunday, March 17, 2024

Central point of our life: Fifth Sunday of Lent...

 Fifth Sunday of Lent*
*Final Lenten Sunday before Palm Sunday

Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause 
against a nation that is faithless.  From the deceitful 
and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are 
my strength. - Entrance Antiphon (Today's Liturgy)

 "Without the Eucharist, 
the Church would not exist.
The holy Eucharist is the central point of our life. 
I remember once a priest I met. He never talked at great 
length about the sufferings, persecutions and tortures, 
but he mentioned that even in prison, 
all the priests would celebrate the liturgy.
We were amazed; how could this be possible? 
Where did you get a Chalice and a Paten? 

He took off his glasses and said: 
'This is what we used; one lens served as the chalice 
with a drop of wine and on the other a piece of bread 
was placed, which served as the paten.' 

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This is how they celebrated the liturgy in the prison 
or around the premises of the concentration camps.”
Major-Archbishop Swiatoslav Schevchuk
Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

Remembering also today... 
St Patrick
Feast Day - March 17
Nee in England - 381-461
Bishop, Patron of Ireland

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St. Patrick “had no illusions about how difficult the task was that lay in front of him. He went to France to prepare for the priesthood so that he would be able to bring the greatest gift of all, the presence of the Lord in the sacraments, to his missionary land. In France, he prayed, fasted and readied himself for 20 years. Then, at the age of 43 . . . [he was] consecrated bishop so that he could found churches and ordain priests.”  - Fr. Roger J. Landry

 St Patrick, pray for us!
Novena to St Joseph - Day 8

Pray - Fast - Give

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