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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (2021)

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (2021) Readings:Acts  10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48Psalms  98:1-41 John  4:7-10John  15:9-17 Very conservative Bishops might choose to cover their ears during the Liturgy of the Word, for there is very little in our readings which will give them the ammunition to prevent anyone from receiving communion or being a follower of Jesus. How… Continue reading SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (2021)

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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – END OF THE EASTER OCTAVE

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER - END OF THE EASTER OCTAVE (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY) 2021 Readings:Acts 4:32-35Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-251 John 5:1-6John 20:19-31 In the days before St. Pope John Paul II’s personal piety changed the liturgical focus of today’s “end of the Octave of Easter Sunday,” it was simply known as the Second Sunday of… Continue reading SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – END OF THE EASTER OCTAVE

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EASTER SUNDAY DURING THE DAY (2021)

EASTER SUNDAY DURING THE DAY (2021) Readings:Acts 10:34, 37-43Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23Colossians 3:1-4John 20:1-9 For fans of the sometimes cumbersome, and always substantially more lengthy, Saturday Easter Vigil, we seem once again to be cheated out of the possibility by a pandemic of even attending the magnificent Vigil service, with its solemn hymn to the… Continue reading EASTER SUNDAY DURING THE DAY (2021)

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PALM (PASSION) SUNDAY 2021

PALM (PASSION) SUNDAY 2021 Readings:Procession Gospel:  Mark 11:1-10Isaiah  50:4-7Psalms  22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24Philippians 2:6-11Mark 14:1-15:47 We commemorate on this day Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the start of where Jesus’ entire earthly ministry has been headed. Were this passage at the end of all the gospels, we might have been confused into thinking that the ending of… Continue reading PALM (PASSION) SUNDAY 2021

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FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (2021)

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (2021) Readings:Jeremiah  31:31-31Psalms  51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15Hebrews  5:7-9John  12:20-33 Our Lenten journey is swiftly coming to a close. We know how it ends liturgically, for, in spite of our natural affections for the celebration of Christmas, it is Easter which is the quintessential Christian feast. Not the rabbits and eggs of course,… Continue reading FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (2021)

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (2021)

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (2021) Readings:2 Chronicles  36:14-16,19-23Psalms  137:1-6Ephesians  2:4-10John  3:14-21 Today is the first of only two opportunities in the entire liturgical year, when a priest celebrating Mass can wear rose-colored vestments. It also means that we are halfway through the Lenten season. Whatever promises we may have made on Ash Wednesday to spiritually… Continue reading FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (2021)