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Mass Readings for Friday, January 21st, 2005, prayer intentions and Mater Admirabilis prayers

Thursday, January 20, 2005
Here are the Sacred Scripture readings for Holy Mass for Friday, January 21st, 2005. Please take a moment and meditate on the readings for this day and unite yourself in prayer with the Church throughout the world. Please remember the Holy Father and his intentions in your prayers.. This day also please pray for all those with hardened hearts that there hearts may be softed and that they may come to love and serve Him who's Holy Name is Love and Mercy. Pray for those who's are living in spiritual darkness of any sort that they may find God who is True Light and the True Way. Please pray that what ever we have or do that it and we may only relect Christ. Pray that our hearts and minds may open more fully to Christ truely present in the Holy Eucharist and that through prayer and penance we may come closer to Him. Please pray also for my daughter and I and those in our lives.
May Christ Our Lord bless you and those in your life and may Mary, our Mother and the Mother of God, keep you beneath her protective mantle of love and grace.
"May the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts be pleasing in Thy sight Our Lord, Our Rock and Our Redeemer"
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!!

Memorial of Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr

Reading I
Heb 8:6-13

Brothers and sisters:
Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministry
as he is mediator of a better covenant,
enacted on better promises.

For if that first covenant had been faultless,
no place would have been sought for a second one.
But he finds fault with them and says:
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,
when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of
Israel and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers
the day I took them by the hand to lead
them forth from the land of Egypt;
for they did not stand by my covenant
and I ignored them, says the Lord.
But this is the covenant I will establish with the house of Israel
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their minds
and I will write them upon their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
And they shall not teach, each one his fellow citizen and kin, saying,
"Know the Lord,"
for all shall know me, from least to greatest.
For I will forgive their evildoing
and remember their sins no more.

When he speaks of a "new" covenant,
he declares the first one obsolete.
And what has become obsolete
and has grown old is close to disappearing.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 85:8 and 10, 11-12, 13-14

R (11a) Kindness and truth shall meet.
Show us, O LORD, your mercy,
and grant us your salvation.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R Kindness and truth shall meet.

Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R Kindness and truth shall meet.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R Kindness and truth shall meet.

Mk 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee,
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

O divine Mother of Jesus, we come to you as to the spring of living, thirst-quenching waters, the flame that warms us, the dawn that dispels all shadows, the Mother ever attentive to the confusion of her children.
O Wonderful Mother, the road of our life is hard at times. It is not easy always to walk steadily in the path of duty. It is not easy to love our neighbor, our brother, as Jesus wants us to love him. It is not easy to keep our soul always even among the inequalities of life. It is not easy to love creatures a yet keep oneself for God alone. It is not easy to be little and humble when pride is staking its claim. It is not easy to go to the God of Light along roads that are dark with shadows. There are days everything is a burden. But You, O Admirable Mother. You make everything easy. And yet you do not take the sacrifice away from our path, any more than God took it away from yours; but you make the effort easier by making love grow. It was love, ever victorious in you, that make you say on the very threshold of your destiny: "Be it done to Me according to thy word." And you never took back that word of consent to the love that was leading you. You never resisted suffering, but offered to its action a soul humble and gentle, utterly given to God.
O Mary, may your example be my strength. Make everything easy in my life, not by taking trouble away, but by giving me love, a love always greater than the trouble.
O Mother most gentle, make my heart very strong; and if you see that my love is getting exhausted too soon. I implore you to give your child some of your love and teach her again the lesson of true love.
Mater Admirabilis, to your friends you open the way of Interior Progress. In contemplating you, O Admirable Mother, the soul thrills with a holy desire to penetrate into that world of love and grace in which your would as made its dwelling. Who better than you can reveal to us this interior life? Who better than you can open us to the life of Jesus and trace in us His divine characteristics? O Mother, let us look at you; in the end a child resembles its mother when its gaze never leaves her face.
You are the silent Virgin!
You are the utterly humble Virgin!
You are the faithful Virgin!
O silent Virgin, you teach us that silence creates in us the gravity that befits our waiting on God; and are we not always waiting thus? Silence, too, must protect God's dwelling-place; such silence is both an expression of love and a protection for love. O Mother, keep calm and secluded the dwelling of our soul into which Jesus descends every day.
O utterly humble Virgin, you teach us, too, that there can be no progress without a loyal and generous tendency to humility. God's gifts are only safe in souls who attribute nothing to themselves and are conscious of their poverty. Teach us that unpretentious littleness that knows how to be docile, loves to serve and then slips willingly away. The humility of your heart rose up to God like a melody; it delighted His heart; may ours bring Him down to us.
O faithful Virgin, you are the one who always responded to God's expectations, who never set the shadow of a hesitation between the call of grace and its realization. Give us that promptitude in love, that soaring eagerness of faith. May sacrifice never halt us; but in the joy which increases our gift a hundredfold, may we answer every grace that solicits us: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord!"
Mother Most Admirable, pray for us!
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