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Daily Bites| Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Year C

Daily Bites| Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Year C

Morning Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, merciful Father, You gave Your Son for our sins, and raised him up again for our righteousness.
 
Through him You have overcome death and have opened up for us the way to eternal life. Through Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may rely on this in true faith, that our bodies also will arise with Christ to eternal life, and that by remembering this comfort we may endure all kinds of sorrow in this life with patience through the power of the resurrection of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with You and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, forever and ever.
 
Amen.

Readings Of The Day; 2nd May, 2022

1st Reading: Acts 6:8-15
Responsorial: Psalms 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
Alleluia: Matthew 4:4
Gospel: John  6:22-29

1st Reading; Acts 6:8-15
We are witnesses to all this: we and the Holy Spirit

Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people.
Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyreneans, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
Then they instigated some men to say, “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, accosted him, seized him, and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
They presented false witnesses who testified, “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
For we have heard him claim that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Responsorial; 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30

R.        Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R.        Alleluia.
Though princes meet and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes. Yes, your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors.
R.        Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R.        Alleluia.
I declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes.
Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
R.        Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R.        Alleluia.
Remove from me the way of falsehood, and favor me with your law.
The way of truth I have chosen; I have set your ordinances before me.
R.        Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
or:
R.        Alleluia.

Alleluia: Matthew 4:4

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
One does not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: John 6:22-29
The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given riches and power

[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

Today’s Saint | Saint Athanasius

Athanasius led a tumultuous but dedicated life of service to the Church. He was the great champion of the faith against the widespread heresy of Arianism, the teaching by Arius that Jesus was not truly divine. The vigor of his writings earned him the title of doctor of the Church. Read More

Noon Prayer

It’s not enough to be good… DO GOOD…
Our tonight theme for Novena Closure Mass is: CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING.
What are you thinking God for today???

Evening Prayer

Heavenly father, thank you for the great victory over evil that your cross represents.
Most merciful Lord, thank you that the cross is the ultimate weapon against my enemies, and that no evil force, treachery, deceit, or malice that would attack this holy temple will ever succeed.
 
Cover my life with the blood of Jesus, oh Lord, and protect me from any evil plot that would seek to rob my of the peace of Christ.
May my savior’s suffering be a crushing blow against the enemy in every single area of my life, and I thank you and praise you, heavenly father, for IT IS FINISHED! In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen

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