TUESDAY
April 24, 2001
volume 12, no. 114

Liturgy for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24th and 25th



Tuesday, April 24, 2001    Meditation

    Easter Weekday
    Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest, Religious and Martyr
      White and Red vestments
Novus Ordo

Entrance: Apoc/Rev 19: 6-7
First Reading: Acts 4: 32-37
Responsorial: Psalm 93: 1-2, 5
Gospel Reading: John 3: 7-15
Communion: Luke 24: 26, 46

Ordinary of the Mass of the Catechumens*

Introit: Psalm 63: 3
Epistle: Wisdom 5: 1-5
Alleluia: Psalm 88: 88: 6; 20: 4
Gospel: John 15: 1-7
Offertory: Psalm 88: 6
Communion: Psalm 63: 11

Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest, Religious and 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.


Wednesday, April 25, 2001    Meditation
    FEAST OF SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST
      Red vestments
Novus Ordo

Entrance: Mark 16: 15
First Reading: 1 Peter 5: 5-14
Responsorial: Psalm 89: 2-3, 6-7, 16-17
Gospel Reading: Mark 16: 15-20
Communion: Matthew 28: 20

Ordinary of the Mass of the Catechumens*

Introit: Psalm 63: 3
Epistle: Ezechiel 1: 10-14
Alleluia: Psalm 88: 6; 20: 4
Gospel: Luke 10: 1-9
Offertory: Psalm 88: 6
Communion: Psalm 63: 11

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."

* = The Latin Mass by Indult of Ecclesia Dei


April 24, 2001
volume 12, no. 114
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