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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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 21, 12-19

'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you will be handed over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name

-and that will be your opportunity to bear witness.

Make up your minds not to prepare your defence,

because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict.

You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death.

You will be hated universally on account of my name,

but not a hair of your head will be lost.

Your perseverance will win you your lives.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel text, which gives us Jesus’ discourse on the end of time, uses Scripture’s typical apocalyptic language to describe, precisely, the "last days." Reading, anyway, this page of the Gospel, all that continues to occur even at the beginning of this 21st century comes to mind: tragedies, wars, genocides, incredible acts of violence, famine. And the witnesses of the Gospel continue to be killed. They seem to be words written precisely for our days! The number of martyrs, of every Christian confession, but also from other religions, there were in the twentieth century is incredibly high. And at the beginning of this new millennium, too, Christians who witness their faith courageously continue to be killed violently. They are before our eyes as most precious witnesses. And they entrust us with a most precious legacy of faith to guard and imitate: while we are as if deafened and softened by a culture that pushes us to always be more enslaved to materialism and consumption only in order to have individual well-being, they tell us with their own life that the Gospel of love is the most precious treasure that has been given to us, and it is the strongest and most effective witness that we can give to human beings today. Evil, with its terrible and cruel violence, believed it defeated them, but they, with their sacrifice, with their blood, with their resistance to the evil one, continue to help us to defeat evil with love and faithfulness to the Lord. It is a message which does not vanish with the passing of time: truly not one hair of their story of love will perish. Their testimony impels us to immerse ourselves, together with them, in this movement of love which saves us and the world. The Lord goes with us as he accompanied them, and will sustain us with his strength when, because of the Gospel, those closest to us - Jesus speaks of parents, siblings, relatives and friends—can betray us. Perseverance in love will save our life.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 15 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 16 October
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 17 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 18 October
Memory of the Apostles
Thursday, 19 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 20 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 21 October
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday