April 5, 2000
volume 11, no. 68
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LITURGY for WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY - April 5 and 6, 2000

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.

Thursday, April 6, 2000

      First Reading: Exodus 32: 7-14
      Responsorial: Psalm 106: 19-23
      Gospel Reading: John 5: 31-47


April 5, 2000
volume 11, no. 68

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