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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Sant’Egidio, a monk from the East who came to the West. He lived in France and became the father of many monks. The Community of Sant’Egidio took its name from the church dedicated to him in Rome. We remember the beginning of the Second World War and pray for the end to all wars. The Orthodox Church begins its liturgical year.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jude 1, 5-7

I should like to remind you -- though you have already learnt it once and for all -- that the Lord rescued the nation from Egypt, but afterwards he still destroyed the people who refused to believe him;

and the angels who did not keep to the authority they had, but left their appointed sphere, he has kept in darkness in eternal bonds until the judgement of the great Day.

Sodom and Gomorrah, too, and the neighbouring towns, who with the same sexual immorality pursued unnatural lusts, are put before us as an example since they are paying the penalty of eternal fire.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle puts the community on guard against false teachers. He warns the believers that these false teachers have been judged by God. He uses three examples from the First Testament so that the believers can defend themselves against the false teachers. We could say that Scripture, analogous to what happened to Jesus when he was tempted in the desert, is the strength on which believers can rely to defeat every temptation. In his second letter, which shares many similarities with this one, the apostle Peter also offers examples taken from Scripture to show that condemnation has already been meted out against those who draw believers away from the Apostolic teachings. Besides, the succession of Christian events occurs within the salvation history that the Bible describes. A spiritual interpretation of Scripture sees the ancient events as a pre-figuration of current ones. In this way, the false teachers who now seek to divide the community will face the same fate that the Israelites, who remained incredulous after their exodus from Egypt, suffered: they were killed. They will be put into chains just like the angels who betrayed the Lord, and their recompense will be the same as that of Sodom and Gomorrah, who were knocked to the ground for their wickedness and inhospitality. The apostle well knows that the fraternal communion in the one faith is the most precious treasure that we have and must keep safe with all of our care and attention.

Sunday Vigil