Lent is vastly approaching us; this year it begins on St. Valentine’s Day. I know most of you my beloved readers look forward to the daily devotional and homily I post during the journey. Are y’all looking forward to it this year? What do you want to see it included.
As we approach the end of Advent I wanted to check in and see what you remember of this time.
The Advent Season and then The Christmastide season are about preparation for the coming of the Christ and then celebrating his joyful birth among us. Have you remembered this or have you gotten mixed up in the secular side of this Holy Season!
What gifts have you gotten to give unto the King of Kings this year? Don’t be so wrapped up in exchanging gifts with each other that you loose sight that we celebrate the gift of the greatest Gift God gave mankind this season.
It is Christ the newborn King that should be remembered first and foremost and we need to flourish with the gifts the Holy Spirit gave to us to further His Kingdom and Glorify Him.
Remember without the manger we can not have the Cross and Empty Tomb! Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord! Veni, Veni, Emmanuel!
Let us pray!
Father, just as You sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus, help me to clear the path in my heart, too. Show me the distractions in my life that block me from all-out worship of You this Advent. Lord, I await Your coming! As I celebrate the first Advent––the first coming––I look toward the day where I will see You face to face. I imagine what it will be like. Give me a heart, Lord, that looks for Your coming on a daily basis. Help me to live my life where I’m constantly seeking Your presence. My offering to You today is my righteous life for I know I am only clean because of Jesus. Show me today how I need to be refined, purified, forgiven. Give me the strength to ask for forgiveness and to then change my ways.
Introit: The Spirit of the Lord filleth the whole world, alleluia, and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him.
The Sacred Ministers kneel before the altar, and all others kneel in place, while the following is sung
All rise, and preparations are made, and the Deacon begins the procession as follows
At the Procession
Deacon: Let us go forth in peace.
In the Name of Christ. Amen.
Deacon: Send forth thy Spirit, O Lord, alleluia.
And thou shalt renew the face of the earth, alleluia.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we who here observe the day whereon thou didst send forth thy Holy Spirit, may in such wise be influenced with heavenly desires, that we may ever thirst for the waters of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Deacon: The Apostles spake with other tongues, alleluia.
The wonderful works of God, alleluia.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Gloria in excelsis
Collect: O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Lesson: A Reading from the Book of Numbers
11:24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent.
11:25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.
11:26 Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp.
11:27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
11:28 And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!”
11:29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!”
11:30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O Lord!
the earth is full of your creatures;
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the ear
Epistle: A Reading from the Book of Acts
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Kneel Come, Holy Ghost, and fill the hearts of thy
faithful people, and kindle in them the fire of thy love. Rise. Alleluia!
The Holy Gospel: A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
The Gospel of the Lord! Alleluia! Praise Be To You Lord Christ! Alleluia!
The Holy Feast of Pentecost
Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.
Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday, celebrates the birthday of the Church, when the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles in the Acts of the Apostles. Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter. Christian Pentecost differs from the Jewish celebration of the same name.
On Pentecost, a flame rested upon the shoulders of the apostles, and they began to speak in tongues (languages), by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus Pentecost is a time for many Anglicans and other Christians to celebrate two important realities: the Holy Spirit and the Church.
Pentecost has long been a very important feast in The Catholic and Orthodox Churches because it celebrates the official beginning of the Church. It is one of the twelve Great Feasts of the Eastern Church, second only in importance to Pascha (Easter). Pentecost always falls on a Sunday, fifty days after Easter Sunday (inclusive of Easter Sunday), and occurs during mid-to-late Spring in the Northern hemisphere, and mid-to-late autumn in the Southern hemisphere. The summer season of Ordinary Time begins on the Monday immediately following Pentecost Sunday.
From the Commentary:
The disciples had shut the doors for fear of the Jews; and when they had no such expectation, Jesus himself came and stood in the midst of them, having miraculously, though silently, opened the doors. It is a comfort to Christ’s disciples, when their assemblies can only be held in private, that no doors can shut out Christ’s presence. When He manifests his love to believers by the comforts of his Spirit, he assures them that because he lives, they shall live also. A sight of Christ will gladden the heart of a disciple at any time; and the more we see of Jesus, the more we shall rejoice. He said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost, thus showing that their spiritual life, as well as all their ability for their work, would be derived from him, and depended upon him. Every word of Christ which is received in the heart by faith, comes accompanied by this Divine breathing; and without this there is neither light nor life. Nothing is seen, known, discerned, or felt of God, but through this. After this, Christ directed the apostles to declare the only method by which sin would be forgiven. This power did not exist at all in the apostles as a power to give judgment, but only as a power to declare the character of those whom God would accept or reject in the day of judgment. They have clearly laid down the marks whereby a child of God may be discerned and be distinguished from a false professor; and according to what they have declared shall every case be decided in the day of judgment. When we assemble in Christ’s name, especially on his holy day, he will meet with us, and speak peace to us.
Today we receive the second Greatest gift from God, the Holy Spirit. The 12 where scared to be arrested and locked themselves in the upper room. Even though the doors were locked our Lord and Savior showed his great power and entered into that room and stood in the midst of his apostles. He gave us the Gift of the Holy Spirit, to guide and teach us until His return in Full Glory. Let us not waste the gifts of our most Loving Father. We have been commissioned one and all to bare Christ to all the world. We must live by His Example to show the world who Christ is.
I say to you today, Receive the Great Gift of Christ and teach those with whom you encounter the awesomeness, power, and might of our Almighty God and our Savior who is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Offertory Sentence: Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good your vows unto the Most High. Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; bring offerings and come into his courts.
The Great Doxology:
Spiritual Communion for those not in attendance:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You have already come, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Solemn Blessing: May Almighty God, who enlightened the minds of the disciples by
pouring out upon them the Holy Spirit, make you rich with his blessing, that you
may abound more and more in that Spirit forever. Amen.
May God, who sent the Holy Spirit as a flame of fire that rested upon the heads of
the disciples, burn out all evil from your hearts, and make them shine with the pure
light of his presence. Amen.
May God, who by the Holy Spirit caused those of many tongues to proclaim Jesus
as Lord, strengthen your faith and send you out to bear witness to him in word and
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be
upon you, and remain with you forever. Amen.
To err is human to really mess up you must be Pope Francis!
I don’t normally pay much attention to what the Bishop of Rome says but he has said something that is utterly ridiculous and Blasphemous!
Bergoglio the Blasphemer…“Pope” Francis: ‘The Church is like Mary and has Flaws’” he must recanto or face the fires of hell!
The direct quote is: “The Church and the Virgin Mary are mothers, both of them; what is said of the Church can be said also of Our Lady and what is said of Our Lady can also be said of the Church”…“Do we love the Church as we love our mothers, also taking into account her defects? All mothers have defects, we all have defects, but when we speak of our mother’s defects we gloss over them, we love her as she is. And the Church also has her defects: but we love her just as a mother. Do we help her to be more beautiful, more authentic, more in harmony with the Lord?”– Antipope Francis
Now seems to me Christ died for us and the Church making the church spotless and without blemish…or at least that is what the Holy Scripture teaches!
Ephesians 5:25-27 (KJV): 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Revelations 19:7-8 (Aramaic Bible in English): 7We rejoice and celebrate! We give him glory, because the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself!”8And it was given to her to wear fine linen, pure and bright, for the fine linen is the uprightness of The Holy Ones.”
To say the church is flawed goes not only against infallible doctrine but it is a direct blaspheme of Holy Scripture. The Church is self is not flawed, though we it’s members are we are sinners, redeemed by the bridegroom (Jesus), yet sinners still the same. To say our Blessed Lady is flawed is downright wrong. AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. (The words of the Archangel Gabriel to our Blessed Mother).
“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” (Miraculous Medal).