St. Josaphat

His father was a municipal counselor, and his mother known for her piety. Raised in the Orthodox Ruthenian Church which, on 23 November 1595 in the Union of Brest, united with the Church of Rome. Trained as a merchant's apprentice at Vilna, Lithuania, he was offered partnership in the business, and marriage to his partner's daughter; feeling the call to religious life, he declined both. Monk in the Ukrainian Order of Saint Basil (Basilians) in Vilna at age 20 in 1604, taking the name Brother Josaphat. Deacon. Ordained a Byzantine rite priest in 1609.

Josaphat's superior, Samuel, never accepted unity with Rome, and looked for a way to fight against Roman Catholicism and the Uniats, the name given those who brought about and accepted the union of the Churches. Learning of Samuel's work, and fearing the physical and spiritual damage it could cause, Josaphat brought it to the attention of his superiors. The archbishop of Kiev, Ukraine, removed Samuel from his post, replacing him with Josaphat.

He became a famous preacher. Worked to bring unity among the faithful, and bring strayed Christians back to the Church. Bishop of Vitebsk, Belarus. Most religious, fearing interference with the natively developed liturgy and customs, did not want union with Rome. Bishop Josaphat believed unity to be in the best interests of the Church, and by teaching, clerical reform, and personal example Josaphat won the greater part of the Orthodox in Lithuania to the union. Never completely suitable to either side, Roman authorities sometimes raised objection to Josaphat's Orthodox actions. Consecrated as Archbishop of Polotsk, Lithuania in 1617.

While Josaphat attended the Diet of Warsaw in 1620, a dissident group, supported by Cossacks, set up an anti-Uniat bishops for each Uniat one, spread the accusation that Josaphat had "gone Latin," and that his followers would be forced to do the same, and placed a usurper on the archbishop's chair. Despite warnings, John went to Vitebsk, a hotbed of trouble, to try to correct the misunderstandings, and settle disturbances. The army remained loyal to the king, who remained loyal to the Union, and so the army tried to protect Josaphat and his clergy.

Late in 1623 an anti-Uniat priest named Elias shouted insults at Josaphat from his own courtyard, and tried to force his way into the residence. When he was removed, a mob assembled and forced his release. Mob mentality took over, and they invaded the residence. Josaphat tried to insure the safety of his servants before fleeing himself, but did not get out in time, and was martyred by the mob. His death was a shock to both sides of the dispute, brought some sanity and a cooling off period to both sides of the conflict.

Born  : 1580 at Volodymyr, Lithuania (modern Ukraine) as John Kunsevyc.

Died : • struck in the head with a halberd, shot and beaten with staves on 12 November 1623 at Vitebsk, Belarus. • body thrown into the Dvina River but later recovered. • buried at Biala, Poland. • body found incorrupt five years after death.

Beatified : 16 May 1643 by Pope Urban VIII. Canonized : • 29 June 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX. • first Eastern saint canonized by Rome

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St. Astericus

Monk in Rome, Italy, taking the name Astricus. Friend of Saint Adalbert of Prague, and assisted Adalbert on his missionary work in Bohemia. First abbot of Brevnov. Due to anti-Christian persecution in the region, he had to flee to Hungary. Worked as a missionary to the Magyars. Spiritual teacher to the wife of Duke Geza, the mother of Saint Stephen of Hungary, in 997. First abbot of Saint Martin's monastery in Pannonhalma, the first monastery in Hungary, a house founded by Duke Geza. When Saint Stephen succeeded his father Geza as duke, Anastasius renewed his evangelization work with the Magyars. First archbishop of the Hungarian Church with his see city probably at Kalocsa. He was sent as ambassador to Rome, and negotiated the recognition of the new kingdom of Hungary by Pope Sylvester II. He transported the crown that the pope gave for Stephen to be crowned as King of the Hungarians by Emperor Otto III in 1001. Advisor to Stephen on matters of spirit and state until Stephen's death. He outlived Stephen by two years, and spent those last days as a prayerful monk.

Born : in Bohemia as Radla. Died : c.1035 of natural causes. Patronage : Hungary

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St. Livinus (Lebuin )

 

Educated in a monastery. Benedictine monk at Ripon, England. Priest. Missionary to the Netherlands, following in the path of Saint Boniface, beginning in Utrecht. He worked with Saint Marchelm and Saint Gregory of Utrecht. Preached in the districts along the Yssel River. Established the first church in Deventer, Netherlands and used it as a base for missionary work to the Saxons and Frisians.

His success caused great hostility among the non-converted pagans who burned his church and spread the rumour that his success was due to witchcraft. Lebuin took his message to the Saxon national assembly, preaching the Gospel during a sacrifice to one of the pagan gods, and prophesying the destruction of their nation if they did not convert. Many of the representatives wanted to kill him, but one spoke up to say that the assembly should treat him as an ambassador from God, and give him the same diplomatic protection. The Saxons agreed, and agreed to respect the rights of Christianity.

Born : in England. Died : • c.773 at Deventer, Netherlands. • relics at Deventer.

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Text Box: Reading 1 	           WIS 6:12-16


Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,
and she is readily perceived by those who love her,
and found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire;
Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed,
for he shall find her sitting by his gate.
For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence,
and whoever for her sake keeps vigil
shall quickly be free from care;
because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her,
and graciously appears to them in the ways,
and meets them with all solicitude.



Responsorial Psalm          63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8


R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
I will remember you upon my couch,
and through the night-watches I will meditate on you:
You are my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Reading 2 	           1 THES 4:13-18 


We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive,
who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first. 
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air. 
Thus we shall always be with the Lord. 
Therefore, console one another with these words.

Gospel			MT 25:1-13


Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 
Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. 
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 
The foolish ones said to the wise,
'Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.'
But the wise ones replied,
'No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.'
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. 
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!'
But he said in reply,
'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour."

 Prayer  for All Souls

Text Box: Meditation:		  
Are you missing out on what's most important in life? Being unprepared can lead to unnecessary trouble and even disaster! What good is a life-jacket left on the shore when the boat is sinking? Jesus' story of ten single ladies waiting for a wedding procession in the middle of the night seems strange to most westerners today. But Jesus' audience knew all too well how easily this could happen to them.
Don't miss the most important engagement of all
Wedding customs in ancient Palestine required extra vigilance and preparation for everyone involved. (Some near eastern villages still follow this custom.) The bride and groom did not go away for their honeymoon, but celebrated for a whole week with their family and friends. It was the custom for the groom, in company with his friends, to come at his discretion and get his bride and bring her to their new home. They would take the longest route possible so that many villagers along the way could join in the wedding procession. Once they arrived and closed the doors, no one else could be admitted. If the groom decided to come and bring his bride at night, then lights were required by necessity to guide the travelers through the dark and narrow streets. No one was allowed on the village streets at night without a lamp! 
To show up for a wedding party without proper attire and travel arrangements is like trying to get into a special event today that requires a prearranged permit or reservation. You just don’t get in without the proper pass. Can you imagine the frustration travelers might experience when going abroad and finding out that they can’t get into some country because they don't have the right visa or a valid passport.
The consequences of being unprepared to meet the Lord
Jesus warns us that there are consequences for being unprepared. There are certain things you cannot obtain at the last moment. For example, students cannot prepare for their exams when the day of testing is already upon them. A person cannot get the right kind of character, strength, and skill required for a task at hand unless they already possess it, such as a captain with courage and nautical skills who must steer a ship through a dangerous storm at sea. 
When the Lord Jesus comes to lead you to his heavenly banquet will you be ready to hear his voice and follow? Our eternal welfare depends on our hearing, and many have trained themselves to not hear. We will not be prepared to meet the Lord, face to face, when he calls us on the day of judgment, unless we listen to him today. The Lord invites us to feast at his heavenly banquet table. Are you ready?
"Lord Jesus, make me vigilant and attentive to your voice that I may heed your call at all times. May I find joy in your presence and delight in doing your will."

 

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Text Box: The Bible in one year:  NOVEMBER


01 Prov 5–6, 1 Macc 5:1–15, 1 Tim 5, Ps 119:95–101
02 Prov 7, 1 Macc 5:16–35, 1 Tim 6, Ps 119:102–108
03 Prov 8–9, 1 Macc 5:36–55, 2 Tim 1, Ps 119:109–116
04 Prov 10, 1 Macc 5:56–68, 2 Tim 2, Ps 119:117–123
05 Prov 11–12, 1 Macc 6:1–28, 2 Tim 3, Ps 119:124–130
06 Prov 13–14, 1 Macc 6:29–48, 2 Tim 4, Ps 119:131–137
07 Prov 15, 1 Macc 6:49–63, Titus 1–2, Ps 119:138–144
08 Prov 16–17, 1 Macc 7:1–25, Titus 3, Ps 119:145–151
09 Prov 18–19, 1 Macc 7:26–50, Philem, Ps 119:152–158
10 Prov 20, 1 Macc 8:1–15, Heb 1–2, Ps 119:159–165
11 Prov 21–22, 1 Macc 8:16–32, Heb 3, Ps 119:166–172
12 Prov 23, 1 Macc 9:1–24, Heb 4, Ps 119:173–176
13 Prov 24–25, 1 Macc 9:25–44, Heb 5–6, Ps 120
14 Prov 26–27, 1 Macc 9:45–73, Heb 7:1–12, Ps 121
15 Prov 28, 1 Macc 10:1–11, Heb 7:13–28, Ps 122
16 Prov 29–30, 1 Macc 10:12–31, Heb 8:1–9:15, Ps 123
17 Prov 31, 1 Macc 10:32–51, Heb 9:16–28, Ps 124
18 Eccles 1–3, 1 Macc 10:52–72, Heb 10, Ps 125
19 Eccles 4–6, 1 Macc 10:73–89, Heb 11:1–13, Ps 126
20 Eccles 7–8, 1 Macc 11:1–23, Heb 11:14–40, Ps 127
21 Eccles 9–12, 1 Macc 11:24–43, Heb 12:1–17, Ps 128
22 Song 1–2, 1 Macc 11:44–63, Heb 12:18–29, Ps 129
23 Song 3–6, 1 Macc 11:64–74, Heb 13, Ps 130:title–4
24 Song 7–8, 1 Macc 12:1–29, James 1, Ps 130:5–131:3
25 Wisd of Sol 1–3, 1 Macc 12:30–53, James 2, Ps 132:title–5
26 Wisd of Sol 4–6, 1 Macc 13:1–17, James 3, Ps 132:6–12
27 Wisd of Sol 7, 1 Macc 13:18–37, James 4, Ps 132:13–18
28 Wisd of Sol 8–10, 1 Macc 13:38–53, James 5, Ps 133–134
29 Wisd of Sol 11–12, 1 Macc 14:1–24, 1 Pet 1, Ps 135:1–7
30 Wisd of Sol 13–14, 1 Macc 14:25–49, 1 Pet 2, Ps 135:8–14

 

Text Box: The foolish will miss heaven's wedding feast

Today’s Bible Readings

Latin Rite                            1st Reading       WIS 6:12-16          Responsorial Psalm  63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

                                            2nd Reading   1 THES 4:13-18                             Gospel             MT 25:1-13

Syro-Malabar Rite              1st Reading    HEB 8:1-6                                       Gospel             MT 12:1-13

Syro-Malankara Rite         1st Reading    1 COR 2:6-15                                   Gospel             MT 13:44-52

 

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Prayer of St. Gertrude the great dictated by Our Lady to release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extend to include living sinners which would alleviate the indebtedness accrued to them during their lives.

“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”

St. Gertrude the Great was born in Germany in 1263. She was a Benedictine Nun, and meditated on the Passion of Christ, which many times brought floods of tears to her eyes. She did many penances, and Our Lady appeared to her many times. Her holy Soul passed away in 1334. November 16 is her Feast Day.

Text Box: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

St. Josaphat

 

St. Astericus

St. Livinus (Lebuin )