LITURGY for WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY - May 24 and 25, 2000
Wednesday, May 24, 2000
First Reading: Acts 15: 1-6
Psalms: Psalm 122: 1-5
Gospel Reading: John 15: 1-8
Thursday, May 24, 2000
Thursday May 24:
Thursday in Easter and
Feast of Pope Saint Gregory VII, Doctor of the Church and
Feast of Saint Bede the Venerable, Religious and Doctor of the Church and
Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin
First Reading: Acts 15: 7-21
Psalms: Psalm 96: 1-3, 10
Gospel Reading: John 15: 9-11
Pope Saint Gregory VII, Doctor of the Church
Born in Tuscany as Hildebrand, the great Pope Saint Gregory VII was the 157th successor of Peter and a strong pontiff who excommunicated the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV and lifted it only after Henry came on bended knee wearing a rough hewn habit of public penance in the bitter cold of northern Italy to seek a pardon at Canossa. Gregory called a Council and issued a Dictatus Papae in which he decreed only the Pope is universal; no one can judge him; he alone can dispense from vows. Gregory was beatified by Pope Gregory XIII in 1584 and canonized in 1606 by Pope Paul V.
Saint Bede the Venerable, Religious and Doctor of the Church
This English saint -Saint Bede the Venerable - was a Benedictine monk in England and a learned man who specialized in English history and wrote an account of Christianity in Britain from the earliest times up to his time. He was dubbed "the Venerable" because of his wisdom and learning acumen. He was named a Doctor of the Church in 1899 by Pope Leo XIII. He is said to be the first to date events using A.D. (anno Domini.
Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin and Religious
This Firenzen-born saint Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi was born into an influential Florentine family who wanted her to marry, but she resisted their urgings and joined a Carmelite Convent in Florence, taking the name of "Mary Magdalen". Though bedridden for most of her life after her profession as a nun, she was gifted with prophecy and the ability to perform miraculous healings. Her private revelations were recorded by fellow sisters and published after her death. She was canonized in 1669 by Pope Clement IX.