April 13

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

St. Martin I, Pope – Basilica of Sant’Apolinare, Ravenna (Italy)

St. Martin I, Pope and martyr (†655). He was exiled to Crimea by Emperor Constans II for having condemned the Monothelist heresy, where he died after much suffering.

St. Hermenegild, martyr (†586). Son of Leovigild, Arian king of the Visigoths of Toledo, Spain. He was killed by order of his father in Tarragona, Spain, for refusing to receive Communion from an Arian bishop.

Blessed Ida of Louvain, virgin (†circa 1290). After suffering at the hands of her father who denied her vocation, she finally succeeded in persuading him and entered the Cistercian convent of Roosendaal, in present day-Belgium.

St. Caradoc, priest and hermit (†1124). He played harp in the Welsh royal palace, but realizing that dogs were more highly esteemed in that milieu than men, he decided to serve the King of Heaven.

St. Sabás Reyes Salazar, priest and martyr (†1927). Gifted with great pastoral zeal; after three days of torture he was shot during the antiChristian persecution in Mexico.

Blessed Ida, widow – St. Benedict Monastery, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Blesseds Francis Dickenson and Gerard Miles, priests and martyrs (†1590). Ordained priests in Rheims (France), they returned to their native England to clandestinely exercise their ministry. For this they were imprisoned, tortured and hanged in Rochester during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Blessed Seraphim Morazzone, priest (†1822). Parish priest of Lecco, Italy for forty-nine years; he was considered by many to be another Cure of Ars.

Blessed Scubilion Rousseau, religious (†1867). Entered the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and spent the rest of his life as a missionary on Reunion Island (Indian Ocean), educating children and teaching the Faith to slaves.

Blessed Margaret of Castello, virgin (+1320). Born in Metola, Italy, she was abandoned by her noble parents owing to her blindness from birth. A poor couple offered her shelter, and she became a Dominican tertiary and dedicated herself to prayer and good works.

Blessed Ida, widow (†1113). After the death of her husband, Eustace II, Count of Boulogne, France, she dedicated herself to works of piety and charity. She was the mother of Godfrey of Bouillon.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 4:32-37

The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the Apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas (which is translated son of encouragement”), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5 (R. 1a)

R. The Lord is king; He is robed in majesty.
R. Alleluia.
The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength. R.

And He has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting You are, O LORD. R.

Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed:
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days. R.

Gospel – Jn 3:7b-15

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“‘You must be born from above.’
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to Him,
‘How can this happen?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
but you people do not accept our testimony.
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”


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