Liturgy DAILY CATHOLIC for May 1-3
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May 1, 1998

Friday, May 1:
Friday in the Third Week of Easter and FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER
First Friday

      First Reading: Acts 9: 1-20
      Psalms: Psalm 117: 1-2
      Gospel Reading: John 6: 52-59

Saint Joseph the Worker - Patron of the Church       So much has been said about this very special, holy, pure and quiet saint...and yet, so little is really known about Saint Joseph. No one can pinpoint the exact year he died, but we do know he died a happy, peaceful death richly deserved because of his obedience to the Will of God in being the earthly guardian of God's Own Son and the Immaculate Mother He chose to fulfill the Act of Redemption. Saint Joseph is the saint most often invoked for the grace of a happy death and the assurance that Jesus is spiritually present at that time with every dying soul. While Mary was the heart of the Holy Family, Joseph was the head, yet always submitting to a higher Power in all things...from accepting Mary's virgin birth as truly from God to rallying the family in the cold of the night to flee from Herod's wrath into a land he knew nothing about, only that God would not abandon him nor those he was charged to watch over. Every virtue can be attributed to this saint who bridged the Old Law, born into the royal family of David's lineage, and the New Law and guided to maturity Jesus Christ, our Savior. Because of his role in protecting the Holy Family he has been designated Protector of Holy Mother Church as well. He is the patron saint of workers for he lifted the work ethics to a new level and taught these values to the Son of God.

May 2, 1998

Saturday, May 2:
Feast of Saint Athanasius, Bishop & Doctor of the Church
First Saturday

      First Reading: Acts 9: 31-42
      Psalms: Psalm 116: 12-17
      Gospel Reading: John 6: 60-69

      Born in Egypt early in the fourth century, Saint Athanasius was chosen to defend His Church against the Arian heresy at an early age, being sent to champion the cause of Holy Mother Church at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. His dedication and writings attracted the attention of all and he quickly was made Patriarch of Alexandria and almost single-handedly fended off the Arian heresy for well over forty years before succumbing peacefully in 373. Though he had been persecuted by the Arians for many, many years, his prayers, writings, preaching and actions won many over to the true teaching through the humility and persistence of this staunch Defender and Doctor of the Church. Despite the sacriligeous acts of the heretic Arius who had forced the emperor to have him reinstated in the Church, God smote the heretic down in the presence of countless witnesses as Arius attempted to enter the church of St. Sophia. Through Athanasius' prayers, the sacrilege was averted and the horrible death Arius met in challenging the authority of God's Church prompted countless Arians to be converted back to Catholicism.

May 3, 1998

SUNDAY, May 3:
World Day of Prayer for Vocations

      First Reading: Acts 13: 14, 43-52
      Psalms: Psalm 100: 1-3, 5
      Second Reading: Revelation/Apocalypse 7: 9, 14-17
      Gospel Reading: John 10: 27-30

May 4, 1998

Monday, May 4:
Monday in the Fourth Week of Easter

      First Reading: Acts 11: 1-18
      Psalms: Psalm 42: 2-3; 43: 3-4
      Gospel Reading: John 10: 1-10

May 1-3, 1998     volume 9, no. 85    LITURGY