Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
St. Bernardine, by Maestro de Osma – Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Madrid (Spain)
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (†1444). Optional Memorial. Franciscan priest dedicated to popular missions in Italy. He propagated the devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, encouraged religious vocations and on three different occasions declined Episcopal dignity.
St. Lydia of Thyatira. A woman described in the New Testament as “a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God” (Acts 16:14). When she heard St. Paul preaching in Philippi of Macedonia, she converted and was baptized along with her family.
St. Austregisilus, Bispo (†624). After serving in the French court, he abandoned the world and became a priest, and then an abbot. He was later appointed Bishop of Bourges, and took part in the Council of Paris. He is revered as the patron of Bourges.
St. Archangel Tadini, priest (†1912). Parish priest of Botticino Sera, in the vicinity of Brescia, Italy, and founder of the Congregation of the Worker Sisters of the Holy House of Nazareth.
St. Protasius Chong Kuk-bo, martyr (†1839). Struck with remorse for having denied Christ under torture during the Korean persecutions, he reaffirmed his Faith before the judge, was reincarcerated, and this time tortured to death.
Blessed Louis Talamoni, priest (†1926). Founded the Congregation of Misericordine Sisters in Monza, Italy, especially dedicated to serving the sick.
Blessed Colomba of Rieti, virgin (†1501). Born of a noble family in Perugia, Italy, she became a religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of Penance of St. Dominic and promoted peace between the feuding factions in that city.
Blessed Maria Crescencia Pérez, virgem (†1932). Religious from the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Garden in Argentina who was a dedicated teacher catechist to children as well as caring for the sick. She died at the age of 35 in Vallenar, Chile.
First Reading – Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Wishing to determine the truth about why Paul was being accused by the Jews, the commander freed him and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene. Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees, so he called out before the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.” When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the group became divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection or angels or spirits, while the Pharisees acknowledge all three. A great uproar occurred, and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party stood up and sharply argued, “We find nothing wrong with this man. Suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” The dispute was so serious that the commander, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, ordered his troops to go down and rescue Paul from their midst and take him into the compound. The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage. For just as you have borne witness to my cause in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.1)
R. Keep me safe, O God; You are my hope.
Keep me, O God, for in You I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are You.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
You it is who hold fast my lot. R.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. R.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because You will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will You suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. R.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever. R.
Gospel – Jn 17:20-26
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“I pray not only for these,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in Me and I in You,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that You sent Me.
And I have given them the glory You gave Me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and You in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that You sent Me,
and that you loved them even as You loved Me.
Father, they are your gift to Me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with Me,
that they may see my glory that You gave Me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know You,
but I know you, and they know that You sent Me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which You loved Me
may be in them and I in them.”