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The Everyday Prayer

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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

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 4,38-44

Leaving the synagogue he went to Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in the grip of a high fever and they asked him to do something for her.

Standing over her he rebuked the fever and it left her. And she immediately got up and began to serve them.

At sunset all those who had friends suffering from diseases of one kind or another brought them to him, and laying his hands on each he cured them.

Devils too came out of many people, shouting, 'You are the Son of God.' But he warned them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

When daylight came he left the house and made his way to a lonely place. The crowds went to look for him, and when they had caught up with him they wanted to prevent him leaving them,

but he answered, 'I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.'

And he continued his proclamation in the synagogues of Judaea.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus, having gone out of the synagogue, went into Peter’s house. And here they quickly took him to the apostle’s mother-in-law, who lay in bed sick. He leaned over her and ordered the fever to leave her. And the fever, the evangelist writes, left, and the old woman was healed. Jesus’ whole life was one of leaning towards the poor, the weak; in this case over an elderly lady. In her we see so many of the elderly who today are surrounded by indifference and maliciousness, and are compelled to remain shut up in sadness and in the wait for a sad end. The Lord Jesus, leaning over that woman, gives her back her vigour, such that getting up from her bed, she began to serve them. The evangelist leads us to think that Jesus stayed in the house until the end of the day, and then notes that all who had sick ones brought them to the door of that house. Peter’s house, now also Jesus’, had become a reference point for the people of that city, who brought the weak, the poor, the sick. Everyone went to knock on that door, sure that they would be heeded. Should it not be thus for every parish? Should not every Christian community be a true door of hope for those who seek comfort and aid? Should it not be thus also for every believer? We are unfortunately still far from this gospel scene. But where this takes place, the Christian community relives the same joy of the disciples when they see men and women healed by the power of the Gospel of love. We should keep scepticism concerning miracles - fruit of rationalism - away from us. We should not understand them only as "miraculous" events: there are so many ways miracles occur, and not just those of the body. In the Gospels, even if only 35 are listed, one hears often of "miracles, portents and signs" worked by Jesus. This power has been granted to the disciples as well. And thus also to us. But where the power to do them comes from is told to us by the following phrase in Luke: The day having ended, towards dawn, Jesus went to a solitary place to pray. From here comes his strength. It is a great teaching for every believer: to address the Lord in prayer at dawn means to give a good direction to one’s day. Strength from God is received in order to witness his love.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 19 November
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 20 November
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 21 November
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 22 November
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 23 November
Memory of the Church
Friday, 24 November
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 25 November
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 26 November
Liturgy of the Sunday