February 18

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Fra Angelico painting Our Lady, by Gebhard Flatz – Tyrolean State Museum , Innsbruck (Austria)

Blessed John of Fiesole, priest (†1455). Dominican religious and painter of world renown, better known as Fra Angelico; a deeply contemplative soul, he always prayed before taking up his brush.

St. Sadoth, bishop and companions, martyrs (+342). He was Bishop of Seleucia when, refusing to adore the sun, was imprisoned, repeatedly tortured and finaly executed by order of the king of Persia, Shapur  II.

St. Theotonius, priest (†c. 1162). After two pilgrimages to the Holy Land, he founded the Congregation of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross in Coimbra, Portugal.

St. Francis Regis Clet, priest and martyr (†1820). Priest from the Congregation of the Mission born in Grenoble, France, who overcame many difficulties to proclaim the Gospel in the province of Hubei in China. After being denounced by an apostate, he suffered a long and cruel captivity and was put to death by strangulation.

St. Gertrude Comensoli, virgin (†1903). Founded the Congregation of the Sacramentine Sisters of Bergamo in that city in Italy, dedicated to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the education of girls.

Blessed William Harrington, priest and martyr (†1594). After meeting St. Edmund Campion, he converted to Catholicism was ordained a priest in Rheims. He returned to his homeland to exercise his priestly ministry among Catholics, a crime punishable by death at that time. Accordingly, when arrested, he was executed at Tyburn.

Blessed George Kaszyra, priest and martyr (†1943). Religious of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, he was burned alive in Rosica, Poland, by persecutors of the Faith.


Mass Readings

First Reading – Dt 30:15-20

Moses said to the people: “Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving Him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy. If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods, I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy. I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to Him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore He would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. 40:5a)

R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.  R.

He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.  R.

Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.  R.

Gospel – Lk 9: 22-25

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected
by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then He said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
yet lose or forfeit himself?”

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