April 4, 2000
volume 11, no. 67
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LITURGY for TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY - April 4 and 5, 2000

Tuesday, April 4, 2000

    Tuesday April 4:
    Tuesday in Lent and
    Optional Feast of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    Purple vestments

      First Reading: Ezekiel 47: 1-9, 12
      Responsorial: Psalm 45: 2-3, 4-6, 8-9
      Gospel Reading: John 5: 1-16

Saint Isidore of Seville

       Not to be confused with the other saint born in the twelfth century who is the patron saint of farmers, this Saint Isidore of Seville was born in 556 most probably through Roman parents. It was a holy family for three others among his immediate family became saints also: Saint Leander, Fulgentius, both brothers, and his sister Florentina. But he is the one most famous from this family. Though he was most interested in the monastic rule and its strict observance to which he composed his own rule that was observed faithfully throughout Spain, he was never a monk. He was, however a bishop and succeeded Leander as Bishop of Seville. There for forty years he governed the diocese, converting the pagan Visigoths who had embraced Arianism to the Catholic faith. He was loved by all and founded a famous seminary in Seville where he also headed the faculty. It was so successful that in 633 the Fourth Council of Toledo made it mandatory that the same curriculum be established in other schools which would become the benchmark and model for famous universities throughout Europe. Isidore was an etremely educated man who was also a great historian, having written the History of the Goths and the Book of Etymologies; the latter dealt with word origins helping all understand languages while the former was a compendium of mankind's journey to that time. He died in 636 at the ripe age of 80 and was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Innocent XIII in 1722.

Wednesday, April 5, 2000

    Wednesday April 5:
    Wednesday in Lent and
    Optional Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest

    Purple vestments

      First Reading: Isaiah 49: 8-15
      Responsorial: Psalm 145: 8-9, 13-14, 17-18
      Gospel Reading: John 5: 17-30

Saint Vincent Ferrer

       On this date in 1419 Saint Vincent Ferrer, who was born on January 23, 1350 in Valencia, Spain, died in Vannes, France after a life of devotion to the Church at the age of 69. This zealous Dominican preacher played a significant role in ending the Great Western Schism through his preaching and healing throughout Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. He was an eloquent preacher who taught Popes as well as royalty, serving as confessor to Queen Yolanda of Aragon. He is often associated with Saint Bernardine who also dedicated his life to God and vowed to be a great preacher of the Holy Name of God. One day in 1408, while St. Vincent was preaching to a group of young Franciscans, he stopped in the middle of his sermon to prophesize that there was among this group one who would go on to become a greater preacher than himself and would bring great honor to Holy Mother Church. Bernardine never dreamed it was him Ferrer was talking about for he had a speech impediment that hindered him from speaking eloquently to the people. Yet, true to St. Vincent's prediction, Bernardine went on to become just that as God cured him through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ferrer had the gift of prophecy and mysticism along with his priestly gifts. He attracted thousands of followers throughout Europe. He was canonized by Pope Calistus III in 1455.


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volume 11, no. 67

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