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The Everyday Prayer

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

Monday of the Angel.
Memory of Mary of Clopas who stood near the cross of the Lord with the other women. Prayer for all women in every part of the world who follow the Lord in difficulties and with courage.
We remember Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was killed by the Nazis in the concentration camp of Flossenbürg.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 Timothy 1, 1-5

From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God in accordance with his promise of life in Christ Jesus,

to Timothy, dear son of mine. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.

Night and day I thank God whom I serve with a pure conscience as my ancestors did. I remember you in my prayers constantly night and day;

I remember your tears and long to see you again to complete my joy.

I also remember your sincere faith, a faith which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure dwells also in you.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul begins the Second Letter to Timothy by mentioning the authority of being an "apostle of Jesus Christ" that was conferred on him by "the will of God." In doing so, he is trying to remind Timothy, and the whole community to which the letter is addressed, that behind him there is Jesus himself. It is from Jesus, in fact, that Paul received the mission to proclaim God’s "promise of life" to all men and women. Paul knows that he is on the eve of his death (4:6-8), but he still writes to Timothy, who has been his "beloved child" and close collaborator for many years. Strong feelings tie him to the young disciple. We could say that Timothy’s identity lies in his relationship with the apostle Paul. Paul immediately follows his greeting by giving thanks to God, whom he knows is present in his personal story. After his first arrest in Jerusalem, Paul looked back over his earlier life: "Up to this day I have lived my life with a clear conscience before God" (Acts 23:1). And now he continues to serve God with a clear conscience even though he is in prison. In his prayers Paul reminds to God his communities and his collaborators; chains do not stop his communion with his brothers and sisters. He vividly remembers Timothy and his painful parting from him, which probably took place when Paul left for Rome. Even though he is in prison, Paul still writes that he wants to see Timothy again; the meeting would fill his soul with joy and comfort. He reminds him of this desire again at the end of the letter when he writes, "Do your best to come to me soon" (4:9.21). The consolation that the apostle can already feel comes from Timothy’s faithfulness to the Gospel, a faithfulness that is deeply rooted in his very religious family, beginning with his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. This letter, which can almost be considered Paul’s spiritual will, is full of the apostle’s affection for Timothy and his pastoral passion for the community entrusted to him.

Monday of the Angel

Calendar of the week
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