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A prayer.

 

O God, who in the abasement of your Son

have raised up a fallen world,

fill your faithful with holy joy,

for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin

you bestow eternal gladness.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever.

Source: from the Collect of the Mass.

Jul 5 - St Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-39)

Summary: St AnthonyMary Zaccaria (1502-1539) briefly worked as a medical doctor before becoming a priest. He popularised the 40 hour devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and founded the Barnobites.

Anto ZacAt a time of laxity and abuses God seems to raise up charismatic figures who can bring new life and hope into a tired Church. One such was Anthony, born in Cremona, south of Milan in the 16th Century. Patrick Duffy charts his life.

Early life
Anthony's father died when he was two and his mother, a widow at eighteen, devoted herself completely to bringing up her son. He studied philosophy and medicine at Padua.  He returned to his home town, but it is not clear if he actually practised as a doctor. Convinced that people need spiritual as well as physical healing, he became a priest and in 1530 founded the Clerks Regular of St Paul that later became known as the Barnabites.

Pauline spirituality
At the same time a group of women around Ludovica Torelli, Countess of Guastella, chose him as their spiritual director and became a non-cloistered community known as the Angelics of St Paul, sharing the same spirituality. A third group, of lay people, became known as the Marrieds of St Paul.

His aim
At a time of great laxity and corruption in the Church, Anthony's aim was "to regenerate and revive the love of divine worship and a properly Christian way of life by frequent preaching and faithful ministry of the sacraments". He emphasised Pauline doctrine and devotion to the Eucharist.

anto zac2Forty Hours
In 1539 his priests began working out of the Church of St Barnabas at Milan and became known as Barnabites. Anthony spread the Milanese custom of three days devotion to the Eucharist - the Forty Hours. And he introduced the custom of ringing Church bells on Friday evening at three to mark the death of Christ. In a context of laxity among the clergy, his zeal was probably an embarrassment. He was twice denounced to Rome for heresy but each time was exonerated.

Early death
Anthony wore himself out in the service of Jesus and the poor and died aged thirty-six. His order, however, survived, growing steadily, but never becoming very large.  His priests chose to work among the poorest of the poor and the "excluded", especially in big cities. They spread to France, Germany, Belgium, the Americas and they have a small missionary presence in Africa. Pope Leo XIII beatified Anthony in 1890 and canonised him in 1897.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 5th July, 2020
FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Zecheriah             9:9-10
See now, your king comes humbly to you

The Lord says this:

Rejoice heart and soul, daughter of Zion!
Shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem!
palm sunday 1See now, your king comes to you;
he is victorious, he is triumphant,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will banish chariots from Ephraim
and horses from Jerusalem;
the bow of war will be banished.
He will proclaim peace for the nations.
His empire shall stretch from sea to sea,
from the River to the ends of the earth

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm              Ps 144
Response                                  I will bless your name for ever, O God my King

1. I will give you glory, O God my King,
I will bless your name for ever.
I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.                Response

2. The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.         Response

3.  All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God.              Response

4. The Lord is faithful in all his words
and loving in all his deeds.
The Lord supports all who fall
and raises all who are bowed down.      Response


SECOND READING 

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans             8:9. 11-13
If by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.

HS comesYour interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you.

In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

My brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation              Mt 11: 25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew  11:25-30
I am gentle and humble in heart.

Jesus light of he nationsJesus exclaimed,
'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'

The Gospel of the Lord.




Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 5th July, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an dara Leabhar Zachária Fáidh         9:9-10
Féach, tá do rí ag teacht chugat.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna:
Déan gairdeas go spleodrach, a iníon Shíón;
tóg gártha áthais, a iníon Iarúsailéim.
palm sunday 1Féach, tá do rí ag teacht chugat,
é go caithréimeach slán,
agus go ceansa,
agus ag marcaíocht ar asal,
ar bhromaichín, ar shearrach asail.
Scuabfaidh sé an carbad chun siúil as Eafráim
agus an capall catha as Iarúsailéim;
agus brisfear an bogha cogaidh.
Labhróidh sé leis na náisiúin faoin tsíocháin,
agus beidh sé i réim ó mhuir go muir
agus ón Abhainn go himill na cruinne.

Briathar Dé.
Salm le Freagra             Sm 144
Freagra                             Beannóidh mé d'ainm de shíor, a Dhia liom, is a Rí.

1. Tabharíaidh mé glóir duit, a Dhia liom, is a Rí;
beannóidh mé d'ainm de shíor.
Beannóidh mé thú gach uile lá
agus molfaidh mé thú de shíor.                               Freagra


2. Is ceansa trócaireach é an Tiarna,
mall chun feirge agus lán de chineáltas.
Is maith é an Tiarna don uile ní,
is is trócaireach é dá oibreacha uile.                        Freagra


3. Ceiliúriaidh d'oibreacha thú, a Thiarna,
agus beannóidh do dhaoine naofa thú.
Canfaidh siad glóir do ríochta, .
agus foilséoidh siad do chumhacht.                         Freagra


4. Is dílis an Tiarna ina bhriathra uile,
agus is naofa é ina oibreacha go léir.
Coinníonn an Tiarna gach duine a bhíonn ag titim
agus tógann sé suas gach duine a bhíonn ar lár.   Freagra


DARA LÉACHT   

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  Rómhánaigh           8:9. 11-13
Má bhásaíonn sibh gníomhartha na colainne le cúnamh an Spioraid, mairfidh sibh beo.

HS comesA bhráithre, ní faoi réir na colainne atá sibhse, áfach, ach faoi réir an Spioraid más rud é go bhfuil Spiorad Dé lonnaithe ionaibh. Má tá duine gan Spiorad Chríost aige ní le Críost é. Ach má tá Críost ionaibh, más marbh féin bhur gcorp de bharr an pheaca, is beo bhur spiorad de bharr na fíréantachta. Go deimhin má bhíonn Spiorad an té a thóg Críost ó mhairbh lonnaithe ionaibh, déanfaidh an té sin a thóg Críost ó mhairbh bhur gcorp básmhar a bheoú trína Spiorad atá lonnaithe ionaibh.

Ar an ábhar sin, a bhráithre, níl aon cheangal ag an gcolainn orainn go mairfimis dá réir. Más faoi réir na colainne a mhaireann sibh tá an bás i ndán daoibh; ach má bhásaíonn sibh gníomhartha na colainne le cúnamh an Spioraid, mairfidh sibh beo.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa               Mt 11:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tugaim buíochas duit, a Athair, a Thiarna neimhe agus talún,
de chionn mar a cheil tú na nithe seo ar lucht eagna agus éirime agus
mar a d’fhoilsigh tú do naíonáin iad.
Alleluia!


SOISCÉAL 

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha        11:25-30
Táim ceansa uiríseal ó chroí

San am sin labhair Íosa agus dúirt:

Jesus light of he nations“Tugaim buíochas duit, a Athair, a Thiarna neimhe agus talún, de chionn mar a cheil tú na nithe seo ar lucht eagna agus éirime agus mar a d’fhoilsigh tú do naíonáin iad. Sea, a Athair, óir is amhlaidh sin ba mhaith leat é. Tá gach aon ní tugtha domsa ag m’Athair. Agus níl aithne ag aon neach ar an Mac ach amháin ag an Athair, ná níl aithne ag aon neach ar an Athair ach amháin ag an Mac agus an té ar toil leis an Mac a fhoilsiú dó.

“Tagaigí chugam, sibhse uile a bhfuil saothar agus tromualach oraibh, agus tabharfaidh mé faoiseamh daoibh. Tógaigí oraibh mo chuing agus tagaigí ar scoil chugamsa, mar táim ceansa uiríseal ó chroí, agus gheobhaidh sibh faoiseamh do bhur n-anamacha; óir tá mo chuing so-iompair agus m’ualach éadrom.”

Soiscéal Dé.  



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 12th July, 2020
FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah           55:10-11
The rain makes the earth give growth.

T
hus says the Lord:gods word
As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth,
making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating,
so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty,
without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 64
Response                               Some seed fell into rich soil and produced its crop.

1. You care for the earth, give it water,
you fill it with riches.
Your river in heaven brims over
to provide its grain.                                        Response

2. And thus you provide for the earth;
you drench its furrows,
you level it, soften it with showers,
you bless its growth.                                       Response

3. You crown the year with your goodness.
Abundance flows in your steps,
in the pastures of the wilderness it flows.  Response

4. The hills are girded with joy,
the meadows covered with flocks,
the valleys are decked with wheat.
They shout for joy, yes, they sing.               Response

SECOND READING       

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans             8:18-23
The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons.

I tworld waitshink that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation              Mt 11: 25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!

or

Alleluia, alleluia!
The seed is the word of God, Christ the sower;
whoever finds this seed Will remain for ever.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL                         

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew         13:1-23
A sower went out to sow.

Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables.

sowerHe said, 'Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!'

Then the disciples went up to him and asked, 'Why do you talk to them in parables?' 'Because' he replied 'the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are revealed to you, but they are not revealed to them. For anyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. The reason I talk to them in parables is that they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding. So in their case this prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled:

You will listen and listen again, but not understand,
see and see again, but not perceive.
For the heart of this nation has grown coarse,
their ears are dull of hearing, and they have shut their eyes,
for fear they should see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their heart,
and be converted
and be healed by me.

'But happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear! I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.

'You, therefore, are to hear the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom without understanding, the evil one comes and carries off what was sown in his heart: this is the man who received the seed on the edge of the path. The one who received it on patches of rock is the man who hears the word and welcomes it at once with joy. But he has no root in him, he does not last; let some trial come, or some persecution on account of the word, and he falls away at once. The one who received the seed in thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this world and the lure of riches choke the word and so he produces nothing. And the one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

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GOSPEL
                    

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew               13:1-23
A sower went out to sow.

Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables.

sowerHe said, 'Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!'

The Gospel of the Lord.




Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 12th July, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as  Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh                55:10-11
Cuireann an bháisteach eascar sa talamh.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna:gods word

Mar a thagann báisteach agus sneachta anuas ó na spéartha
agus nach bhfilleann suas ar ais gan an talamh a fhliuchadh, gan fás agus eascar a chur ann,
chun go dtuga sé síol don síoladóir agus arán le hithe,
is amhlaidh don bhriathar a théann as mo bhéal, ní fhilleann orm gan toradh,
gan an rud a b’áil liom a dhéanamh agus mo bheart a chur I gcrích.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra            Sm 64
Freagra                           Thit an síol ar an talamh maith agus thug toradh uaidh.

1. Tugann tú cuairt ar an talamh, á uisciú.
Méadaíonn tú a mhaoin.
Sceitheann abhainn Dé thar bruacha
d'fhonn arbhar a sholáthar dó.                            Freagra


2. Is mar sin a ullmhaíonn tú an talamh
ag tabhairt uisce dá chlaiseanna.
Déanann tú é a bhogadh Ie ceathanna.
Beannaíonn tú a gheamhar.                                 Freagra


3. Cuireann tú barr ar an mbliain le d'fhéile
go mbíonn do chéimeanna ag sileadh le méathras
agus féarach an fhásaigh ar sileadh.                Freagra


4. Tá na cnoic arna gcrioslú Ie gairdeas,
tá na móinéir líonta de thréada.
Tá na gleannta faoi bhrat arbhair:
tógann siad gártha agus canann Ie háthas.  Freagra


DARA LÉACHT             

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh             8:18-23
Tá an dúlra féin ag tnúth go díocasach le foilsiú chlann Dé.

world waits A bhráithre, measaim nach fiú le háireamh pianta na huaire seo le hais na glóire atá le foilsiú dúinn. Mar tá an dúlra féin ag tnúth go díocasach le foilsiú chlann Dé. Cuireadh an dúlra freisin ó rath, ní dá dheoin féin ach mar gheall ar an té úd a chuir ó rath é, ach i ndóchas; mar fuasclófar an dúlra féin ó dhaoirse na truaillitheachta, chun saoirse ghlórmhar chlann Dé. 22 Is eol dúinn go ráibh an chruthaíocht go léir le chéile go dtí anois ag cneadach le tinneas mar a bheadh sí ar a leaba luí seoil.

Agus ní hé an dúlra amháin atá amhlaidh ach sinne féin chomh maith; cé go bhfuil céadtorthaí an Spioraid againn cheana féin, táimidne ag cneadach freisin inár gcroí istigh agus sinn ag feitheamh le go ndéanfar clann dínn,agus go mbeidh ár gcorp fuascailte.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa            1 Sam 3: 9, Eo 6: 68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Labhair, a Thiarna, tá do sheirbhíseach ag éisteacht.
Is agatsa atá briathra na beatha síoraí
Alleluia!


SOISCÉAL

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha          13:1-23
Chuaigh an síoladóir amach ag cur an tsíl...

sowerTháinig Íosa amach as an teach an lá sin agus chuaigh ina shuí cois na farraige, agus tháinig sluaite chomh mór sin le chéile ag triall air go ndeachaigh sé isteach i mbád agus gur shuigh inti, agus an slua go léir ina seasamh ar an gcladach. Agus rinne sé mórán cainte leo i bparabail.

Dúirt: “Chuaigh an síoladóir amach ag cur an tsíl. Agus sa síolchur dó, thit cuid den ghrán le hais an bhóthair, agus tháinig an éanlaith á ithe suas. Thit cuid eile de ar na creaga, áit nach raibh mórán ithreach ann dó, agus nuair nach raibh an ithir dhomhain aige, d’eascair sé gan mhoill. Ar éirí don ghrian, áfach, loisceadh é, agus d’fheoigh sé de cheal fréimhe. Cuid eile fós de, thit sé i measc an deilgnigh, agus d’fhás an deilgneach aníos agus phlúch é. Ach bhí cuid eile de a thit ar an talamh maith agus thug sé toradh uaidh, toradh faoi chéad in áit, faoi sheasca in áit eile, faoi thríocha in áit eile. A té a bhfuil cluasa air, éisteadh sé!”

Tháinig na deisceabail chuige á rá: “Cén fáth ar i bparabail atá tú ag caint leo?” Dúirt sé leo á bhfreagairt: “Is é fáth é, mar tá sé tugtha daoibhse eolas a bheith agaibh ar rúndiamhra ríocht na bhflaitheas, ach níl sé tugtha dóibh siúd. Óir, duine ar bith a mbíonn ní aige, tabharfar dó agus beidh fuílleach aige; ach duine ar bith a bhíonn gan ní, fiú amháin a mbíonn aige bainfear de é. Agus sin é an fáth a bhfuilim ag caint i bparabail leo, mar feiceann siad gan feiceáil agus cluineann siad gan cloisteáil agus gan tuiscint. Agus sin mar atá á comhlíonadh iontu an tairngreacht a rinne Íseáia:

‘Beidh sibh ag cloisteáil go deimhin ach ní thuigfidh sibh,
beidh sibh ag breathnú go deimhin, ach ní fheicfidh sibh,
óir chuaigh croí an phobail seo chun raimhre,
d’éist siad le cluasa bodhránta,
d’iaigh siad a súile,
d’eagla go mbeadh radharc na súl acu,
ná clos na gcluas,
ná tuiscint an chroí,
agus go n-iompóidís agus go leigheasfainn iad.’ “

Ach is méanar do bhur súilese mar go bhfeiceann said agus do bhur gcluasa mar go n-éisteann siad. Deirim libh go fírinneach, b’é ba mhian le mórán fáithe agus fíréan na nithe a fheiceáil a fheiceann sibhse agus ní fhaca siad iad, agus na nithe a chloisteáil a chluineann sibhse agus níor chuala siad iad.”

“Sibhse mar sin, éistigí le parabal an tsíoladóra. Duine ar bith a chluineann briathar na ríochta agus nach dtuigeann é, tagann Fear an Oilc agus sciobann sé leis an ní a cuireadh ina chroí: agus sin é an duine a ghlac an síol le hais an bhóthair. An duine a ghlac an síol ar na creaga, sin é an duine a chluineann an briathar agus a ghabhann chuige le háthas é láithreach, ach ní bhíonn fréamh aige ann féin, ach é neamhbhuan; an túisce is a thagann trioblóid nó géarleanúint mar gheall ar an mbriathar, cliseann air. An duine a ghlac an síol sa deilgneach, sin é an duine a chluineann an briathar, ach go mbíonn cúram an tsaoil agus mealladh an tsaibhris ag plúchadh an bhriathair agus fágtar gan toradh a thabhairt é. Ach an duine a ghlac an síol ar an talamh maith, sin é an duine a chluineann an briathar agus a thuigeann é; agus tugann sé sin toradh uaidh gan teip, faoi chéad nó faoi sheasca, nó faoi thríocha de réir mar a bhíonn.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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SOISCÉAL
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha            13:1-23
Chuaigh an síoladóir amach ag cur an tsíl...

sowerTháinig Íosa amach as an teach an lá sin agus chuaigh ina shuí cois na farraige, agus tháinig sluaite chomh mór sin le chéile ag triall air go ndeachaigh sé isteach i mbád agus gur shuigh inti, agus an slua go léir ina seasamh ar an gcladach. Agus rinne sé mórán cainte leo i bparabail.

Dúirt: “Chuaigh an síoladóir amach ag cur an tsíl. Agus sa síolchur dó, thit cuid den ghrán le hais an bhóthair, agus tháinig an éanlaith á ithe suas. Thit cuid eile de ar na creaga, áit nach raibh mórán ithreach ann dó, agus nuair nach raibh an ithir dhomhain aige, d’eascair sé gan mhoill. Ar éirí don ghrian, áfach, loisceadh é, agus d’fheoigh sé de cheal fréimhe. Cuid eile fós de, thit sé i measc an deilgnigh, agus d’fhás an deilgneach aníos agus phlúch é. Ach bhí cuid eile de a thit ar an talamh maith agus thug sé toradh uaidh, toradh faoi chéad in áit, faoi sheasca in áit eile, faoi thríocha in áit eile. A té a bhfuil cluasa air, éisteadh sé!”

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