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Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul and Memorials of the Saints – 18 November

Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul (Optional Memorial):   From the twelfth century the Dedications of the Vatican Basilica of St Peter and the Basilica of St Paul on the Via Ostiense, have been celebrated on this day, as the anniversary of their dedication by St Pope Silvester and St Pope Siricius in the fourth century.   In more recent times, this feast has been extended to the whole Roman Rite.   As the anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major (5 August) honours the motherhood of Our Lady, so this Feast honours the memory of the two Princes of the Apostles.
About this Feast:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/feast-of-the-dedication-of-the-basilicas-of-sts-peter-and-paul-at-rome-18-november/

St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852) (Optional Memorial, United States)
About St Rose:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/18/saint-of-the-day-18-november-st-rose-philippine-duchesne-rscj-1769-1852/

St Amandus of Lérins
Bl Andreas Murayama Tokuan
St Anselm of Lérins
St Augusto Cordero Fernández
St Barulas
St Constant
Bl Cosmas Takeya Sozaburo
Bl Domingos Jorge
St Emiliano Martínez de La Pera Alava
St Esteban Anuncibay Letona
Bl Ferdinando Santamaria
St Francisco Marco Alemán
St Germán García y García
Bl Guilminus
Bl Ioannes Yoshida Shoun
St José María Cánovas Martínez
Bl Karolina Kózkówna
St Keverne
Bl eonard Kimura
St Mawes
St Maximus of Mainz
St Modesto Sáez Manzanares
St Mummolus of Lagny
St Nazarius of Lérins
St Noah the Patriarch
St Odo of Cluny (c 880–942)

St Oriculus
St Patroclus of Colombier
St Romfarius of Coutances
St Romano of Antioch
St Teofredo of Vellaicum
St Thomas of Antioch
St Vidal Luis Gómara

Martyred Visitationists of Madrid:
• Blessed Amparo Hinojosa Naveros
• Blessed Augusto Cordero Fernández
• Blessed Carmen Barrera Izaguirre
• Blessed Emiliano Martínez de La Pera Alava
• Blessed Esteban Anuncibay Letona
• Blessed Francisco Marco Alemán
• Blessed Germán García y García
• Blessed Inés Zudaire Galdeano
• Blessed José María Cánovas Martínez
• Blessed Josefa Joaquina Lecuona Aramburu
• Blessed Laura Cavestany Anduaga
• Blessed Martina Olaizola Garagarza
• Blessed Modesto Sáez Manzanares
• Blessed Vidal Luis Gómara

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Thought for the Day– 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Thought for the Day– 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

“The present feast therefore deserves to be more than a local solemnity, its extension to the Universal Church is a subject for the world’s gratitude.   Thanks to this Feast we can all make together in spirit today the pilgrimage, which our ancestors performed with such fatigue and danger, yet never thought they purchased at too high a price its holy joys and blessings.   “Heavenly mountains, glittering heights of the new Sion!”   There are the gates of our true country, the two lights of the immense world.   There Paul’s voice is heard like thunder;  there Peter withholds or hurls the bolt  . The former opens the hearts of men, the latter opens Heaven.   Peter is the foundation-stone, Paul the architect of the temple where stands the altar by which God is propitiated.   Both together form a single fountain, which pours out its healing and refreshing waters”

Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 – c 609)there-are-the-gares-of-our-true-country-bishop-venantius-fortunatus-c-530-c-609-18-nov-2018

Sts Peter and Paul, Pray for Us!sts peter and paul pray for us - 18 nov 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 18 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 13:24–32

One Minute Reflection – 18 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 13:24–32 – Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul and the Memorial of St Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ (1769-1852)

And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory…Mark 13:26

REFLECTION – “From this it follows that, at His second coming, Jesus will rule over that land of which there remains much to possess.   But how blessed will be those who were His subjects from His first coming!   Truly, they will be loaded with gifts in spite of the resistance of so many enemies and the attacks of so many foes, they will receive… their share of the Promised Land.   But when submission has been carried out by force, on that day when “the last enemy, who is death, shall have been destroyed” (1Cor 15:26), there can be no more favour for those who refuse to submit.”…Origen (c 185-253) Father of the Churchmark 13 26 and then they will see - but how blessed will be those - origen - 18 nov 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, give Your Church the help of the Apostles Peter and Paul, who first brought it the knowledge of the faith, may they always obtain for it an increase of grace and continue to run with us on our journey home to You.   And may the prayers of your holy apostle of prayer, St Rose Philippine Duchesne, be a succour in our trials.   Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.sts-peter-and-paul-pray-for-us-18-nov-2018

st rose philippine duchesne pray for us no 2 - 18 nov 2018

 

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Thought for the Day – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Thought for the Day – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Peter, the rough fisherman whom Jesus named the rock on which the Church is built and the educated Paul, reformed persecutor of Christians, Roman citizen and missionary to the gentiles, are the original odd couple.

The major similarity in their faith-journeys is the journey’s end:  both, according to tradition, died a martyr’s death in Rome—Peter on a cross and Paul beneath the sword.

Their combined gifts shaped the early Church and they are our icons in faith and truth now, all these 2000 years later.

Believers have prayed at their tombs from the earliest days and still, day by day, year by year, century by century, the queues of hundreds, sometimes thousands, form – each and every day, to get to Peter, to get to Paul – at last!

Sts Peter and Paul, pray for us!

sts peter and paul no 4 - pray for us

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Quote of the Day – – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Quote of the Day – – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

“The beauty and harmony of the churches, destined to give praise to God, also draws us human being, limited and sinful, to convert to form a ‘cosmos,’ a well-ordered structure, in intimate communion with Jesus, who is the true Saint of saints.
This happens in a culminating way in the Eucharistic liturgy, in which the ‘ecclesia,’ that is, the community of the baptised, come together in a unified way to listen to the Word of God and nourish themselves with the Body and Blood of Christ. From these two tables the Church of living stones is built up in truth and charity and is internally formed by the Holy Spirit transforming herself into what she receives, conforming herself more and more to the Lord Jesus Christ.
She herself, if she lives in sincere and fraternal unity, in this way becomes the spiritual sacrifice pleasing to God.”

Pope Benedict XVI – 2008the beauty and harmony - pope benedict - 18 nov 2017the beauty and harmony - pope benedict - 18 nov 2017.-no2

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One Minute Reflection – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

One Minute Reflection – 18 November – The Feast of the Dediciation of the Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

To you all, God’s beloved in Rome, called to be his holy people…..Romans 1:7romans 1 - 7

REFLECTION – “The present feast therefore deserves to be more than a local solemnity;  its extension to the Universal Church is a subject for the world’s gratitude.   Thanks to this Feast we can all make together in spirit today the pilgrimage, which our ancestors performed with such fatigue and danger, yet never thought they purchased at too high a price its holy joys and blessings. “Heavenly mountains, glittering heights of the new Sion!”  There are the gates of our true country, the two lights of the immense world.   There Paul’s voice is heard like thunder;   there Peter withholds or hurls the bolt.   The former opens the hearts of men, the latter opens Heaven.   Peter is the foundation-stone, Paul the architect of the temple where stands the altar by which God is propitiated.   Both together from a single fountain, which pours out its healing and refreshing waters” …Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 – c 609).there are the gares of our true country - Bishop Venantius Fortunatus (c 530 - c 609). - 18 nov 2017

PRAYER –  Lord God, give Your Church the help of the Apostles Peter and Paul, who first brought it the knowledge of the faith;  may they always obtain for it an increase of grace and continue to run with us on our journey home to You.   Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.sts peter and paul pray for us - 18 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Our Morning Offering – 18 November – The Feast of the Dedication of The Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul

Eternal God
By St Francis Xavier S.J. (1506-1552)

Eternal God,
Creator of all things,
remember that You alone
has created the souls of unbelievers,
which You have made
according to Your image and likeness.
Behold, O Lord,
how to Your dishonour,
many of them are falling into Hell.
Remember, O Lord,
Your Son Jesus Christ,
Who so generously shed His Blood
and suffered for them.
Do not permit that Your Son, Our Lord,
remain unknown by unbelievers,
but, with the help of Your Saints
and the Church,
the Bride of Your Son,
remember Your mercy,
forget their idolatry and infidelity,
and make them know Him,
Who You have sent,
Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord,
Who is our salvation,
our life and our resurrection,
through Whom we have been
saved and redeemed,
and to Whom is due glory forever. Ameneternal god - st francis xavier - 18 nov 2017