February 19

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Mass Readings

Santos em destaque

São Conrado – Santuário da Virgem das Lágrimas, Siracusa (Itália)

St. Conrad Confalonieri (†1351). Wordly Italian nobleman who during a hunt, ordered fire to be started in a forest, which spread and  and devastated entire villages and caused an innocent man to be blamed. Deeply shaken, he exonerated the man and changed his life. His wife became a Poor Clare nun and he took the habit of a Franciscian tertiary,  dying after forty years of penance and prayer.

St. Quodvultdeus, bishop (†439). Exiled from Carthage with all of his clergy by the Arian King Genseric, he died as a confessor of the Faith in Naples.

St. Mansuetus, bishop (†circa 680). In his diocese in Milan, he fought tirelessly to extirpate the heresy of Monothelitism.

St. Lucy Yi Zhenmei, martyr (+1862). Consecrated herself to God while still young. Aided the  missions as a catechist. Beheaded for defending the Faith.

Blessed Boniface of Lausannebishop (†1260). He renounced the government of the Diocese of Lausanne, Switzerland to live as a Cistercian monk in the Monastery of La Chambre in Belgium.

Blessed Alvarez of Cordoba, priest (†circa 1430). Dominican priest, famed for his preaching and contemplation of Our Lord’s Passion. He spent most of his life in Cordoba, Spain.

Blessed Joseph Zaplata, religious and martyr (†1945). Member of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, deported from Poland to the concentration camp of Dachau, Germany, where deplorable conditions brought about his sickness and death.

Blessed Elizabeth Picenardi, virgin (†1468). Born in Cremona, Italy, she consecrated herself
to God, taking the habit of the Order of the Servants of Mary. She was assiduous in study and
meditation on Sacred Scripture

Mass Readings

First Reading – Is 58:1-9a

Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a  trumpet blast. Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek Me day after day, and desire to know my ways, like a nation that has done what is  just and not abandoned the law of their God; They ask Me to declare what is due them, pleased to gain access to God. “Why do we fast, and you do not see it? We afflict ourselves, and You take no note of it?”

Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits, and drive all your laborers. Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting, striking with wicked claw. Would that today you might fast so as to make your voice heard on high! Is this the manner of fasting I wish, of keeping a day of penance: That a man bow his head like a reed and lie in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19 (R.19b)

R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me. R.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.” R.

For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. R.

Gospel – Mt 9:14-15

he disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

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