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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Memory of the apostle Barnabas, companion of Paul in Antioch and on his first apostolic journey.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 11,19-26

Those who had scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, but they proclaimed the message only to Jews.

Some of them, however, who came from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch where they started preaching also to the Greeks, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus to them.

The Lord helped them, and a great number believed and were converted to the Lord.

The news of them came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem and they sent Barnabas out to Antioch.

There he was glad to see for himself that God had given grace, and he urged them all to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion;

for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a large number of people were won over to the Lord.

Barnabas then left for Tarsus to look for Saul,

and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. And it happened that they stayed together in that church a whole year, instructing a large number of people. It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called 'Christians'.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If we die with him, we shall live with him,
if with him we endure, with him we shall reign.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Christian community had reached Antioch, the third capital of the Roman Empire, where the Gospel was preached not only to the Jews but also to the Gentiles. For the first time, disciples of Jewish origin did not exclusively make up the community, and Barnabas was sent from Jerusalem to help the new and promising community organize itself. And it was in Antioch that the disciples of Jesus were first called "Christians," probably because of the notable influx of Gentiles who had markedly distinguished the new community from the Jews. One of the great, imperial cities, amid its complex and convulsive life, Antioch saw a new light shine that gave hope to many. The Christian community was not closed in on itself and in the works that it did. Rather, guided by the Spirit, it crossed over Antioch’s borders and projected outward and onto the world. Since the beginning, the community was not turned in on itself, but was missionary. Its mission was not devised by some human project, but was born from the Spirit of the Lord. It was the Spirit, then, who suggested to the community gathered together: "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

Memory of the Apostles

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Sunday, 18 June
Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
Monday, 19 June
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 20 June
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 21 June
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 22 June
Memory of the Church
Friday, 23 June
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 24 June
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 25 June
Liturgy of the Sunday