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Mass Readings for Monday, January 24th, 2005 and prayer intentions

Monday, January 24, 2005
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Here are the Sacred Scripture Readings for Holy Mass for Monday, January 24th, 2005. Please take a moment and meditate on today's readings and unite yourself in prayer with the Church throughout the world. Please remember the Holy Father and his intentions in your prayers. Today also, please remember the women and men who are in Military Services (for the USA and all countries) that God will protect them, keep them and their families safe and lead them all to Him. Pray also for all the leaders of the world that they may God may guide them all. May the peoples of the entire world know peace, health, freedom, mutual respect, understanding and the love and truth that comes from Christ Our Lord.
Please pray for an end to abortion here in the US and throughout the world and that all people may come to see life as a gift from God. Please remember my daughter and I and those in our lives in your prayer also (thanks!!). Please try to take a extra hour this week in your busy schedule to visit a Perpetual Adoration Chapel near you and spend some time before Our Lord in prayer, praise and thanksgiving. May Christ bless you all today and may Mary, the Seat of Wisdom, keep us all beneath her protective mantle of love and grace!!
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!!
Ed
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Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church

Reading I
Heb 9:15, 24-28


Christ is mediator of a new covenant:
since a death has taken place
for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant,
those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.

For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands,
a copy of the true one, but heaven itself,
that he might now appear before God on our behalf.
Not that he might offer himself repeatedly,
as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary
with blood that is not his own;
if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly
from the foundation of the world.
But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages
to take away sin by his sacrifice.
Just as it is appointed that human beings die once,
and after this the judgment, so also Christ,
offered once to take away the sins of many,
will appear a second time, not to take away sin
but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6


R (1a) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.

Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
R Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.


Gospel
Mk 3:22-30


The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus,
"He is possessed by Beelzebul," and
"By the prince of demons he drives out demons."

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
"How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man"s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder his house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies
that people utter will be forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin."
For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
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Glorious Saint Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, come to the assistance of His followers, against whom the powers of hell are unchained. Guard with special care our Holy Father, the Pope, and our bishops, priests, all our religious and lay people, and especially the children.
Saint Michael, watch over us during life, defend us against the assaults of the demon, and assist us especially at the hour of death. Help us achieve the happiness of beholding God face to face for all eternity. Amen.
Saint Michael, intercede for me with God in all my necessities, especially {mention special petition}. Obtain for me a favorable outcome in the matter I recommend to you. Mighty prince of the heavenly host, and victor over rebellious spirits, remember me for I am weak and sinful and so prone to pride and ambition. Be for me, I pray, my powerful aid in temptation and difficulty, and above all do not forsake me in my last struggle with the powers of evil. Amen.

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Prayer for Respect for all Human Life:


Heavenly Father, your cosmic gaze focused on dust and you fashioned in your image and likeness every man and women: give us, we beg you, a keen eye to recognize that image so that respect for all human life becomes our way of life. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayer to St. Francis for Life:


Gentle St. Francis, you were so devoted to the humanity of Christ. Your heart burst with appreciation toward God for taking on human life. You saw beauty and goodness in all living things - in birds that sing, the fish that fill our waters, and all that lives in nature.
Help us to imitate your reverence for life wherever it may be. Especially, humble Francis of Assisi, help us to help others to see the worth of each living, unborn baby sheltered in its mother's womb.
May all people have the grace to understand that these tiny, budding lives have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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