Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin, virgin, (†1890) Optional Memorial in Canada. A young teacher in a Parochial school in Vaudreuil, Quebec who founded the Congregation for the Sisters of St. Anne, dedicated to the education of children from poor rural families. With outstanding humility, she endured unjust deposition from the direction of the congregation she had founded, and died in obscurity.
St. Galdinus, bishop (†1176). Created cardinal by Alexander III, he worked to restore the city of Milan, destroyed by war. He died after celebrating a Mass in which he ardently preached against the Cathar heresy.
São Perfeito, presbítero e mártir em Córdoba, Espanha (†850).
St. John Isauro, monk (†d. 842). Monk from the Greek Island of Aegina, he steadfastly defended
the cult of holy images.
St. Anthousa, virgin († eighth century). As the daughter of Emperor Constantine V, she put all of
her possessions to good use to aid the poor, free slaves, restore churches and construct monasteries; she received the religious habit from Bishop St. Tarasius.
St. Anastasia, widow (†ninth century). She became a hermitess in Aegina, Greece, upon the death of her husband.
Blessed Joseph Moreau, priest and martyr (†1794). Priest guillotined on Good Friday during the French Revolution out of hatred for the Faith.
Blessed Roman Archutowski, priest and martyr (†1943). Arrested in Majdanek, Poland, he was imprisoned for the Faith and died, exhausted by hunger and disease.
Blessed Savina Petrilli, virgin (†1923). Founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Tuscany, Italy, to care for the poor.
Blessed Mary of the Incarnation Avrillot, religious (†1618). Exemplary mother of a family, she introduced the Carmelite Reform in France, founding five monasteries. After the death of her husband, she embraced religious life.
First Reading – Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Peter said to the people: “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised Him from the dead; of this we are witnesses. Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what He had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 (R.7a)
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
When I call, answer me, O my just God,
You who relieve me when I am in distress;
have pity on me, and hear my prayer! R.
Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
the LORD will hear me when I call upon Him. R.
O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
You put gladness into my heart. R.
As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep,
for You alone, O LORD,
bring security to my dwelling. R.
Second Reading – 1 Jn 2:1-5a
My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world. The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments. Those who say, “I know Him,” but do not keep his commandments are liars, and the truth is not in them. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him.
Gospel –Lk 24:35-48
The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them
in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this,
He stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then He said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as He said this,
He showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
He asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave Him a piece of baked fish;
He took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about Me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And He said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”