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First Thursday of Passiontide

March 26, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Thursday!

Entrance Antiphon:
Christ is mediator of a New Covenant, so that by means of His death,
those who are called may receive the promise of an eternal inheritance.

Collect:
Be near, O Lord, to those who plead before You,
and look kindly on those who place their hope in Your mercy,
that, cleansed from the stain of their sins,
they may persevere in holy living
and be made full heirs of Your promise.
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:
Genesis 17:3-9 (God establishes His covenant with Abram and changes his name to Abraham)
Psalm 105:4-9 “The Lord remembers His covenant forever”
+John 8:51-59 (Abraham rejoiced to see Jesus’ day)

The patriarch
who leaps for joy

to see the day
of Christ
is not the sire
of disbelief.

Those who
seek his inheritance
must imitate
his faith.

Do I actively step out in faith the way Abraham did when he left his homeland,
and later sacrificed his son in obedience to God?

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