Sunday, March 1, 2015:  (SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT)  Readings for today:  Genesis 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18  /  Romans 8:31B-34  /  Mark 9:2-10:


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Reading 1 - A reading from the book of Genesis (Genesis 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18):

God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust
on a height that I will point out to you.”


When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.

Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth
shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”


Responsorial Psalm - (Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19):


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 R. (116:9) I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

I believed, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.

R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.

R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.

R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.


Reading 2 - A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans (Romans 8:31B-34):

Brothers and sisters:

If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised—
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.


Verse before the Gospel (see Matthew 17:5)

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Re: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

From the shining cloud the Father's voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, listen to him.

Re: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.



Gospel - A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark (Mark 9:2-10):

Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.




03/01/2015 - Some More Daily Prayers - Including: "Promise of Allegiance to Christ the King", "Daily Offering", "To St. Joseph", "To Mary", and "Act of Contrition".

Promise of Allegiance to Christ the King

O Christ Jesus, you are King of all creation.  All things have been made fore you.  By every right I am yours to command.  I renew the promises made at my baptism.  I turn my back on the Devil and all his works of evil.  I pledge myself to lead a truly Christian life.  But most of all I want to help you as best I can to win the victory for God and his Church.  Divine Heart of Jesus I offer you my poor efforts to make you kingly power known and loved in every human heart.  And may your peace be firmly established throughout the universe.  Amen.


Daily Offering

O my God, I offer you all my prayers, works and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the intentions for which he pleads and offers himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; in thanksgiving for your favors; in reparation for my offenses and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare; for the wants of our holy Mother the Church; for the conversion of sinners and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.  I wish to gain all the indulgences I can today.

(Plenary indulgence daily, confession, Communion, visit, prayer for Holy Father)


To St. Joseph

O holy Joseph, into whose faithful keeping were entrusted Jesus and Mary, Virgin of virgins, I pray you through Jesus and Mary to keep me from all uncleanness of mind or body so that I may always serve Jesus and Mary in perfect purity. Amen.


To Mary

O Mary, my Queen, my Mother!  I consecrate to you my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my entire self.  O loving Mother, because I am your own, keep me, defend me as your property and possession.


Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you.  I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all, because they have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.