For today February 13: Aquila, Priscilla, Apollos. Aqulia and his wiife, Priscilla (Prisca), Jewish contemporaries of St. Paul, traveled widely. Because of persecution in Rome, they went to Corinth where they met the apostle Paul, who joined them in their trade of tentmaking (Acts 18:1-3). In turn, they joined Paul in his mission of proclaiming the Christian Gospel. The couple later traveled with Paul from Corinth to Ephesus (Acts 18:18), where the two of them established a home that served as hospitality headquarters for new converts to Christanity. Apollos was one of their numerous Jewish pupils in the faith. An eloquent man, Apollos, “being fervent in spirit . . . spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus” (Acts 18:25). He later traveled from Corinth to the province of Achaia, “showing the Scriptures that Christ was Jesus” (Acts 18:28). Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos are remembered and honored for their great missionary zeal.

For today February 14: Valentine, Martyr. A physician and priest living in Rome during the rule of Emperor Claudius, Valentine became one of the noted martyrs of the third century. The commemoration of his death, which occured in AD 270, became part of the calendar of remembrance in the early Church of the West. Tradition suggests that on the day of his execution for his Christian faith, Valentine left a note of encouragement for a child of his jailer written on a irregularly shaped piece of paper. This greeting became a pattern for millions of written expressions of love and caring that now are the highlights of Valentine’s Day in many nations.

ADDITION TO THIS DAY: LENT and “Ash Wednesday

Invitatory for Lent

The Lord has redeemed His People.

O come, let us worship Him.

Antiphons

1   Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from

the mouth of God.                (Matthew 4:4)

2   Behold, now is the favorable time:

     behold, now is the day of salvation.

(2 Corinthians: 6:2)

3   He was opressed, and He was afflicted

yet He opened not His mouth

and the Lord was laid on Him

the iniquity of us all.          (Isaiah 53:7, 6)

Responsory for Lent

L:  We have an advocate with the Father:

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

(1 John 2:1-2)

Blessed is he whose transgression is

forgiven and whose sin is put away.

(Psalm 32:1)

     We have an advocate with the Father:

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins.

(1 John 2:1-2) 

C:  He was delivered up to death:

He was delivered for the sins of the people.

(Mark 10:33)

     

For today February 15: Philemon and Onesimus. Philemon was a prominent first-century Christian who owned a slave named Onesimus. Although the name Onesimus means “useful,” Onesimus proved himself “useless” when he ran away from his master and perhaps even stole from him (Philemon 18). Somehow Onesimus came into contact with the apostle Paul while the latter was in prison (possibly in Rome), and through Paul’s proclamation of the Gospel, he became a Christian. After confessing to the apostle that he was a runaway slave, Onesimus was directed by Paul to return to his master and become “useful” again. In order to help pave the way for Onesimus’s peaceful return home, Paul sent him on his way with a letter addressed to Philemon, a letter in which he urged Philemon to forgive his slave for running away and to “receive him as you would receive me” (v. 17), no longer as a slave but . . . as a beloved brother” (v. 16). The letter was eventually included by the Church as one of the books of the New Testament.

ADDITION TO THIS DAYHoly (Maundy) Thursday

Invivatory for Holy Week

Christ became obedient to death, even death

on a cross.

O come, let us worship Him.

Antiphon

Man should not live on bread alone,

but by every word that comes from

the mouth of God.                   (Matthew 4:4)

Responsory

L:  But he would feed you with the finest of

the wheat, and with honey from the rock

I would satisfy you.                  (Psalm 81:16)

     For as often as you eat this bread and

drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s

death until He comes.

(1 Corinthians 11:26)

Just as I have loved you, you also are to

love one another.                       (John 13:34

C: The blood of Jesus, God’s Son,

cleanses from all sin.          (1 John 1:7, alt.)

 

For today February 16: Philipp Melanchthon (birth), Confessor. Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560) was a brilliant student of the classics and a humanist scholar. In 1518, he was appointed to teach along with Martin Luther at the University of Wittenberg. At Luther’s urging, Melanchthon began teaching theology and Scripture in addition to his courses in classical studies. In April 1530, Emperor Charles V called an official meeting between the representatives of Lutheranism and Roman Catholics, hoping to effect a meeting of minds between two opossing groups. Since Luther was at that time under papal excommunication and an imperial ban, Melanchthon was assigned the duty of being the chief Lutheran representative at this meeting. He is especially remembered and honored as the author of the Augsburg Confession, which was officially presented by the German princes to the emperor on June 2, 1530, as the defining document of Lutheranism within Christendom. Melanchthon died on April 19, 1560.

ADDITTION TO THIS DAYGood Friday

Invivatory for Holy Week

Christ became obedient to death, even death

on a cross.

O come, let us worship Him.

Antiphon 

He was opressed, and He was afflicted

yet He opened not His mouth

and the Lord was laid on Him

the iniquity of us all.          (Isaiah 53:7, 6)

Responsory

L:  He was despised and rejected by men: a

man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.

(Isaiah 53:3)

He was opressed, and He was afflicted,

yet He opened not His mouth.

                                                        (Isaiah 53:7)

He poured out His soul to death and was

numbered with the transgressors.

(Isaiah 53:12)

C: He humbled Himself by becoming

obedient to the point of death,

even death on a cross.   (Philippians 2:8)

ADDITION FOR FEBRUARY 17Holy Saturday

Invivatory for Holy Week

Christ became obedient to death, even death

on a cross.

O come, let us worship Him.

Antiphon

Every day I call upon you, O Lord:

I spread out my hands to you.

(Psalm 88:9)

Responsory

L:  Our shepherd, the source of the waters of

life, has died. The sun was darkened when

He passed away.               (Liturgical text)

He has destroyed the barricades of hell and

overthrown the sovereignty of the devil.

(Liturgical text)

     But in fact Christ has been raised from

the dead, the firstfruits of those who have

fallen asleep.          (1 Corinthians 15:20)

C: Therefor God has highly exalted Him and

bestowed on Him the name that is above

every name.                    (Philippians 2:9)