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Ash Wednesday

Note: Homilies & Angelus / Regina Caeli of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I had been compiled for you after the Mass Readings below. Happy Reading!

 

Readings at Mass

See our Mass Readings extracts with pictures in Encouragements-375 or

Encouragements-197-198. 8-)

 

Liturgical Colour: Violet.

 

First Reading: Joel 2:12-18

Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn

 

‘Now, now – it is the Lord who speaks –

come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning.’

Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn,

turn to the Lord your God again, for he is all tenderness and compassion,

slow to anger, rich in graciousness, and ready to relent.

Who knows if he will not turn again, will not relent,

will not leave a blessing as he passes,

oblation and libation for the Lord your God?

 

Sound the trumpet in Zion! Order a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,

call the people together, summon the community,

assemble the elders, gather the children, even the infants at the breast.

Let the bridegroom leave his bedroom and the bride her alcove.

Between vestibule and altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, lament.

Let them say,

‘Spare your people, Lord!

Do not make your heritage a thing of shame, a byword for the nations.

Why should it be said among the nations, “Where is their God?”’

Then the Lord, jealous on behalf of his land, took pity on his people.

 

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 50(51):3-6,12-14,17

Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned.

 

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. 

In your compassion blot out my offence.

O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

 

My offences truly I know them; my sin is always before me

Against you, you alone, have I sinned; what is evil in your sight I have done.

 

A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

 

Give me again the joy of your help; with a spirit of fervour sustain me,

O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise.

 

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2

Be reconciled to God

 

We are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were appealing through us, and the appeal that we make in Christ’s name is: be reconciled to God. For our sake God made the sinless one into sin, so that in him we might become the goodness of God. As his fellow workers, we beg you once again not to neglect the grace of God that you have received. For he says: At the favourable time, I have listened to you; on the day of salvation I came to your help. Well, now is the favourable time; this is the day of salvation.

 

Gospel Acclamation

Psalm 50:12,14

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

A pure heart create for me, O God,

and give me again the joy of your help.

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

 

Or:

cf. Psalm 94:8

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

Harden not your hearts today,

but listen to the voice of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

 

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

Your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you

 

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice; by doing this you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win men’s admiration. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.

 

        ‘And when you pray, do not imitate the hypocrites: they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and at the street corners for people to see them; I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.

 

        ‘When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.’

 

Acknowledgment: We thank the Publisher for allowing us to publish the Mass Readings to be used as reference for Homilies & Angelus / Regina Caeli of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I as a source of God’s encouragements to all of us around the World.

 

Homilies, Angelus / Regina Caeli

 

A. Pope Saint John Paul II

 

Homily, 12 February 1997

 

Homily, 25 February 1998

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-584. 8-)

 

Homily, 17 February 1999

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-375. 8-)

 

Homily, 8 March 2000

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-585. 8-)

 

Homily, 28 February 2001

 

Homily, 13 February 2002

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-376. 8-)

 

Homily, 5 March 2003

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-585. 8-)

 

Homily, 25 February 2004

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-198. 8-)

 

B. Pope Benedict XVI

 

Homily, 1 March 2006

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-585. 8-)

 

Homily, 21 February 2007

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-585. 8-)

 

Homily, 6 February 2008

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-376. 8-)

 

Homily, 25 February 2009

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-586. 8-)

 

Homily, 17 February 2010

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-586. 8-)

 

Homily, 9 March 2011

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-377. 8-)

 

Homily, 22 February 2012

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-198. 8-)

 

Homily, 13 February 2013

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-199. 8-)

 

C. Pope Francis I

 

Homily,  5 March 2014

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-377. 8-)

 

General Audience, 5 March 2014

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-377. 8-)

 

Homily, 18 February 2015

See our extracts with pictures in Encouragements-586. 8-)

 

Homily, 10 February 2016

 

Homily, 1 March 2017

 

Homily, 14 February 2018

 

Homilies 2019

 

Angelus 2019

 

Audiences 2019

 

Note: This webpage has many hyperlinks to the Vatican Webpage. The above extracts were compiled for your easy reading.

This Publication is aimed to encourage all of Goodwill around the World. It is not for business or profit purposes but it is our way to thank our Creator for His continuous blessings!

 

Compiled on 24 February 2019

 

 

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