EASTER SUNDAY-MONDAY     April 23-24, 2000    vol. 11, no. 80    SECTION TWO

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  • EASTERTIDE LITURGY
  • THIRD DAY IN THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY
  • FOURTH DAY IN THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY
  • Events that occurred during this period in Church History
  • SIMPLY SHEEN
  • March 25th Medjugorje Message
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  • EDITOR'S NOTE ON NEW RESUMING TUESDAY
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  • EASTERTIDE LITURGY

    Monday, April 24, 2000

        First Reading: Acts 2: 14-22
        Psalms: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
        Gospel Reading: Matthew 28: 8-15


    Because it is Eastertide, we do not celebrate the Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaren but it is normally his feast day and therefore we share that with you today.

    SAINT FIDELIS OF SIGMAREN, PRIEST & RELIGIOUS MARTYR

           This saint was one of many who God rose up during the "Century of Saints" to counter the Protestant Revolt of the 16th Century. Saint Fidelis was born in Sigmaringen, France in 1577 of noble parents. Always devout to the sacraments, Fidelis became a Capuchin monk, embracing a life of austerity and prayer. The Congregation of Propaganda appointed him to go to Switzerland to save as many souls as possible from the growing heresy of Calvinism. While preaching in Sevis, Switzerland a Calvinist fanatic shot at him, but he would not be deterred. After his sermon, a mob of Protestants confronted him, headed by a Calvinist minister who ordered him to renounce his faith. Fidelis replied, "I came to refute your errors, not to embrace them. I will never renounce Catholic doctrine, which is the truth of all ages, and I fear not death." Incensed, the Calvinists pierced him through with their scabbards. He died for the true faith and Jesus Christ.

    Tuesday, April 25, 2000

        First Reading: Acts 2: 36-41
        Psalms: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
        Gospel Reading: John 20: 11-18


    This year Eastertide supersedes the feast of SAINT MARK, Evangelist which is normally observed on April 25th.

    FEAST OF SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST

         Converted by Saint Peter after Jesus ascended into Heaven, Saint Mark accompanied Peter to Rome, becoming Peter's secretary as Peter recounted the life of Christ for Mark to record in Greek for the Gentiles. Mark is noted for the vivid images he portrayed of Christ's personality to give us a better insight into the Son of God, such as "He embraced...the little children." After Peter's death, Mark was dispatched to Egypt where he found the Church of Alexandria and was responsible for large numbers of converts. He was the father of the anchorites, the early hermits, and he set up a great Christian school to educate the populace. Upset with his influence, heathens captured him, dragging him over rough hewn stones and flinging him into a dark prison cell. There, consoled by Angels through a magnificent vision of Jesus, Mark lovingly embraced his death in true love for Christ and His followers. Mark is represented as a lion since his gospel begins with Saint John the Baptist as the "voice of one crying in the wilderness."

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    "Today bring Me all devout and faithful souls and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."

       Today we bring you the third day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY the end of tis week. This Novena was imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy" and who will be honored with sainthood on Sunday. For this third day of the Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see FIRST DAY OF DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

    THIRD DAY OF THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY: EASTER SUNDAY

    April 23rd, 2000

        "Today bring Me all devout and faithful souls and immerse them in the ocean of My Mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."
       Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your Mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous Love for the Heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

        Eternal Father, turn Your Merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless Mercy for endless ages. Amen.

    It is greatly recommended the above novena intentions and prayers be said together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

    (All material taken from Divine Mercy Devotions, copyright Marians of the Immaculate Conception)

    CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY

          Devotion to Divine Mercy is conveyed through the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as Jesus imparted to Blessed Sister Faustina Kowalska when He relayed, as recorded in her diary "Divine Mercy in my soul", "Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you (1541)...Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687)...When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (1541)...Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My Infinite Mercy (687)...Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will. (1731).

          Following is the formula for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayed on the regular beads of the Rosary. It is most appropriate to pray it at 3 o'clock in the afternoon which is the "Hour of Great Mercy" as Jesus said to Blessed Faustina: At three o'clock, implore My Mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the Hour of Great Mercy...In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion. (1320).

            The Chaplet begins with the OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY, and the APOSTLES' CREED. Then on the large bead before each decade one recites:
        Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

        On each decade of the small beads, pray the following:
        For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

        At the end of the Chaplet recite three times the following prayer:
        Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

        Some conclude with the following prayer said three times also:
        O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as Font of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

          It is recommended to offer each decade to the wounds of Christ, such as the first decade in reparation for the wound in HIs Right Hand; the second decade in reparation for the wound in His Left Hand, the third decade in reparation for the wounds in His Sacred Feet; the fourth decade in reparation for the wounds in His Head in which the Crown of Thorns crushed His Sacred Skull; and the fifth decade in reparation for the wound in His side in which Blood and Water gushed forth as a Font of Mercy for all generations.

          The Novena to Divine Mercy, which Jesus asked Blessed Faustina to begin on Good Friday, 1937 is for nine days from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter) which is the Feast of Divine Mercy. Jesus told her, By this Novena [of Chaplets and particular intention each day] I will grant every possible grace to souls. (796).

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    "Today bring Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Me."    We continue with the Fourth Day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which was originally imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy" and who will be canonized at the end of this Novena this year on April 30th - Divine Mercy Sunday by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, long a crusader for her cause. For this fourth day of the Novena and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, see DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

    FOURTH DAY OF THE NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCY: EASTER MONDAY

    April 24th, 2000

        "Today bring Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Me."
       Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

        Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your Mercy for endless ages. Amen.

    It is greatly recommended the above novena intentions and prayers be said together with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy above.

    (All material taken from Divine Mercy Devotions, copyright Marians of the Immaculate Conception)

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    Events that happened during this period in Church History

       Easter Sunday is the 1,697th anniversary of the death of the martyred soldier of Christ known as Saint George who is associated with the legend of the dragon, in the imagery of the beast - satan. The Roman-born St. George, martyred by the emperor Diocletian, is not only the patron saint of England and Portugal, but also of the Boy Scouts of America. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Historical Events in Church Annals for April 23:

    • 303 A.D.
    • Death of Saint George by beheading at the order of Diocletian. This martyred soldier is not only the Patron Saint of England and Portugal, but also of soldiers and the Boy Scouts of America.

    • 981 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Adalbert of Magdeburg also of Prague who was an Archbishop who played a key role in the conversion of Russia.

    • 1014 A.D.
    • Brian Boru, King of Ireland defeats the Danes at the Battle of Clondarf, preserving the faith in the emerald isle.

    • 1445 A.D.
    • Margaret of Anjou marries King Henry VI, monarch of England with the blessings of Pope Eugene IV.

    • 1500 A.D.
    • Explorer Pedro Alvarez de Cabral lands in Brazil and proclaims it for Portugal, bringing the faith to this largest of South American countries.

    Historical Events in Church Annals for April 24:

    • 709 A.D.
    • Death of Saint Wilfrid, Bishop from Northumbria, England.

    • 858 A.D.
    • Pope Saint Nicholas I is elected as the 105th successor of Peter. With the Emperor Louis II, he launched an army against the Saracen threat. He is also the Pope who proclaimed August 15th as the permanent date of the Feast of the Assumption.

    • 1519 A.D.
    • Representatives of the Aztec chief Montezuma II attend the first Easter Mass to be held in Central America.

    • 1576 A.D.
    • Birth of Saint Vincent de Paul in Gascony, France to a poor family. He would go on to become a priest and found the Vincentians.

    • 1585 A.D.
    • Pope Sixtus V is elected by the College of Cardinals, becoming the 227th successor of Peter. Sixtus is credited with finishing the dome of St. Peter's Basilica and constructing the obelisk in the center of St. Peter's Square.

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    Man's soul is blinded by the political perspective

       They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

    "Our world is full of prophets of gloom, and I would be one of them if I did not practically believe in God. Thirty years ago the one word on everyone's lips was 'progress.' Now everyone speaks of defeat and the atomic bomb. This attitude of pessimism varies in direct ratio and proportion to the frequency with which one follows world news. This is not necessarily because world news is depressing, but because one seldom allows time for counterbalancing war news with other factors. As a result people lead political lives, not spiritual lives."

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    March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

    "Dear children! Pray and make good use of this time, because this is a time of grace. I am with you and I intercede for each one of you before God, for your heart to open to God and to God's love. Little children, pray without ceasing, until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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