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The Everyday Prayer

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

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Ephesians 1, 1-2

Paul, by the will of God an apostle of Christ Jesus, to God's holy people, faithful in Christ Jesus.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul introduces himself as an "apostle of Christ Jesus," that is, someone sent by the Risen to serve the Gospel. In many letters, he repeats that his charism is not a result of personal merit or skill. Rather, he says that his poverty - as expressed in the words, "the very least of all the saints" (3:8) -is the guarantee of the message entrusted to him. God manifested his power in the "nothing" of the apostle. Paul calls the Christians of Ephesus "saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ," just as he had called the Colossians (cf. Col 1:2), as chosen by God to be a "holy temple" (Eph 2:21). The term "holy" (the apostle uses the plural in Greek) does not indicate a moral dimension of the Christians of Ephesus. It refers instead to an objective condition: Christians are "holy" because their lives are offered to God. This holiness does not relate to them as a group of single individuals but rather as an ecclesial body. It is the community that is holy. Every individual in it is holy in so far as he or she is a member of the Church. It is not by chance that the Pauline letters do not use the term "holy" in the singular, except once in Philippians 4:21, where it functions as a collective. We are holy together, because together we are drawn out of the world of sin and placed in the life of Christ, the wellspring and centre of communion. As members of the Church we are the body of Christ. Obviously, if holiness is the grace received by Christians at baptism, it follows that their behaviour must be conformable to the new life received. Since they are saints they should have a holy behaviour.

Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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