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Saturday, first week of Lent

February 23, 2013

JMJ

Blessed St. Polycarp’s Day
(and Ember Saturday!)

You can find his story here.

Entrance Antiphon:
This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God
and did not fear the words of the godless,
for he was built on solid rock.

Collect:
God of all creation,
who were pleased to give the bishop Saint Polycarp
a place in the company of the Martyrs,
grant, through his intercession,
that, sharing with him in the chalice of Christ,
we may rise through the Holy Spirit to eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Revelation 2:8-11 (Remain faithful to death and I will give you the crown of life)
Psalm 31:3-4, 6,8,16,17 “Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit”
+John 15:18-21 (The world hates you because you do not belong to it, but to Me)

We should expect
the hatred of the world
if we are Christ’s.

It hated Him
and sought His Blood for years
before it nailed Him
to the Cross.

But that’s no cause for fear.

Have no fear of the sufferings to come
-Revelation 2:10

Death cannot overcome
God’s resurrection!

No matter what we suffer,
this will pass.

God’s prizes won’t.

Remain faithful unto death
and I will give you the crown of life
-Revelation 2:10

There is a second death
that, we should fear!–
a pool of fire
where torments are eternal
(see Revelation 20:10, 14-15)…
but it can never touch the victors,
souls who have been faithful to the end
(see Revelation 2:11).

God is our Rock
Let’s cleave to Him
(see Psalm 31:4).

When earthly consequences rouse your fear, do you look up to eternal consequences–
the rewards of Heaven & the pains of hell?
Consider reading the book of Revelation, paying close attention to God’s promises.

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