February 4-6, 2000
volume 11, no. 25
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LITURGY for FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY - February 4, 5 and 6, 2000

Friday, February 4, 2000

      First Reading: Sirach 47: 2-11
      Responsorial: Psalm 18: 31, 47, 50-51
      Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 14-29

Saturday, February 5, 2000

      First Reading: 1 Kings 3: 4-13
      Responsorial: Psalm 119: 9-14
      Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 30-34

Feast of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

        The virgin martyr Saint Agatha was born in Sicily into a rich and noble family. Her parents consecrated her to the Trinity before she was born as a result of the promise from God that she would indeed be born despite incredible odds. As she grew into the flower of her teens, the beauty of her soul was somewhat overshadowed by her physical attractiveness which drew raves throughout Sicily; so much so that Quintanus, governor of Sicily under the Emperor Decius, enforced laws against the Christians as a pretext for seducing this beautiful flower of God. Praying for purity and the fortitude to withstand his advances, she prevailed, much to Quintanus' wrath who ordered vile mutilations on this faithful virgin who bore all for the love of her one true Love - Jesus Christ. Having cut off her breasts, they were miraculously healed when Our Lord sent Saint Peter to heal her. So incensed was Quintanus that he stripped her and subjected her to cruel humiliation, rolling her naked through the streets and over broken shards before her Spouse heard her pleas and called her Home. In testimony to her purity, it is believed that her body is still incorrupt and her intercessory prayer has proved victorious for many young women subjected to sexual harassment. She was truly a temple of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, February 6, 2000

      First Reading: Job 7: 1-4, 6-7
      Responsorial: Psalm 147: 1-6
      Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-23
      Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 29-39

February 6 is normally the Feast Day of Saint Paul Miki and his missionary companion martyrs, but is superseded this year by the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
Feast of Saint Paul Miki and his Missionary Companion Martyrs
        Like His Savior Jesus Christ, Japanese-born Saint Paul Miki, a Jesuit catechist, was crucified at the age of 33 with 25 other Catholics near Nagasaki, Japan at the hands of ruthless Samurai warriors. Along with two other catechists, six Franciscan priests from Spain, Mexico and India, and 17 lay Catholics from Japan, St. Paul Miki had sought to convert the people of Japan. Fearing the pagan influence and Samurai power would be harmed, some of the Samurai leaders riled up their fellow tribesman and captured the 26 missionaries on February 5, 1897, stringing them up on crude crosses by ropes and chains. As if this wasn't harsh enough, they were then murdered by the quick slash of the sword or the thrust of a sharp lance. Pope Pius IX canonized all 26 in 1862 and their martyrdom is commemorated on February 6th.

    Monday, February 7, 2000

        First Reading: 1 Kings 8: 1-7, 9-13
        Responsorial: Psalm 132: 6-10
        Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 53-56


February 4-6, 2000
volume 11, no. 25

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