Friday, January 28, 2011

Roman Catholic Daily Readings For Saturday, 29 January

From USCCB, CNA and Catholic Online:

Daily Readings:

Saints/Martyrs/Feasts/Fasts to be observed/commemmorated/celebrated:

Sts. Sarbelius & Barbea

Feastday: January 29


Two martyrs, brother and sister, who were put to death at Edessa during the persecutions of Emperor Trajan. Sarbelius, also called Sharbel, was a high priest at Edessa, in Mesopotamia. They were arrested for converting to the faith, and were tortured with red-hot irons prior to execution.

St. Aquilinus

Feastday: January 29
Aquilinus was born in Bavaria. He left his native land to avoid being made a bishop, went to Italy and settled in Milan. A vigorous opponent of Arianism, he was so effective in his preaching against the heresy that a group of Arians murdered him. He died in 650. His feast day is January 29th

St. Blath

Feastday: January 29

The cook in St. Brigid's convent, in Kildare, Ireland, also called Flora. She was renowned for her holiness and for her steadfast loyalty to St. Brigid in good times and in bad.

St. Voloc

Feastday: January 29

Irish missionary bishop. He worked to propagate the Christian faith throughout Scotland.

St. Valerius

Feastday: January 29

Bishop of Trier, Germany. According to tradition, he was a disciple of St. Peter, although it is known that he was actually bishop during the fourth century.

St. Sabinian

Feastday: January 29

Martyr and brother of St. Sabina, also listed as Savinian. According to dubious accounts, he was born on the island of Samos and was converted to the Christian faith with his sister, Sabina. He went to Gaul (modern France) and labored to preach the Gospel. The notoriety he gained for his efforts caused his arrest and execution at the command of Emperor Aurelian. He is revered as the apostle of Troyes, where he was beheaded.

St. Caesarius

Feastday: January 29

1st century
Deacon of Angouleme, France, during the era of St. Ausonius, the first bishop of that diocese

Sts. Papias and Maurinus

Feastday: January 29

Roman soldiers put to death in Rome for defending the faith.

Scriptural Readings:

First Reading - Heb 11:1-2,8-19

1 Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not. 2 For by this the ancients obtained a testimony.8 By faith he that is called Abraham, obeyed to go out into a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he abode in the land, dwelling in cottages, with Isaac and Jacob, the co-heirs of the same promise. 10 For he looked for a city that hath foundations; whose builder and maker is God.11 By faith also Sara herself, being barren, received strength to conceive seed, even past the time of age; because she believed that he was faithful who had promised, 12 For which cause there sprung even from one (and him as good as dead) as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 All these died according to faith, not having received the promises, but beholding them afar off, and saluting them, and confessing that they are pilgrims and strangers on the earth. 14 For they that say these things, do signify that they seek a country. 15 And truly if they had been mindful of that from whence they came out, they had doubtless time to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is to say, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city. 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered Isaac: and he that had received the promises, offered up his only begotten son; 18 (To whom it was said: In Isaac shall thy seed be called.) 19 Accounting that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Whereupon also he received him for a parable

Psalm - Lk 1:69-75

69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David his servant: 70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning: 71 Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us: 72 To perform mercy to our fathers, and to remember his holy testament, 73 The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us,  74That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and justice before him, all our days.

Gospel - Mk 4:35-40

35And he saith to them that day, when evening was come: Let us pass over to the other side. 36 And sending away the multitude, they take him even as he was in the ship: and there were other ships with him. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that the ship was filled. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, sleeping upon a pillow; and they awake him, and say to him: Master, doth it not concern thee that we perish?  39 And rising up, he rebuked the wind, and said to the sea: Peace, be still. And the wind ceased: and there was made a great calm. 40 And he said to them: Why are you fearful? have you not faith yet? And they feared exceedingly: and they said one to another: Who is this (thinkest thou) that both wind and sea obey him?

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