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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memory of Saint John, apostle and evangelist, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” who under the cross took Mary as his mother.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God in the highest
and peace on earth to the people he loves.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 John 1, 1-4

Something which has existed since the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have watched and touched with our own hands, the Word of life -- this is our theme.

That life was made visible; we saw it and are giving our testimony, declaring to you the eternal life, which was present to the Father and has been revealed to us.

We are declaring to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too may share our life. Our life is shared with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

We are writing this to you so that our joy may be complete.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Starting today, the memorial of the Apostle John, and continuing through the liturgical season of Christmas, the Church has us read the first letter of John as the first reading of the Eucharistic liturgy. ?The author begins his letter in the same way as the fourth Gospel, with a reference to the mystery of the Word made flesh. ? John, who lived with Jesus for three years and so was a witness of his life, wants to communicate to his readers that the Gospel is not an abstract doctrine, but a concrete person: Jesus of Nazareth. ?And the faith that makes us Christians is not the acceptance of an abstract doctrine but a personal encounter with Jesus. Consequently, the apostle wants those who read his letter to have the same experience he had: he wants to help them touch Jesus and his mystery with their hands, see him with their eyes, and hear him with their ears. ? This encounter - John warns - cannot be experienced abstractly or in solitude: it is only possible if we enter into the Christian community, whose roots reach back to the apostolic witness, that is, to what the apostles saw, touched, and heard. ? John suggests that it is in listening to the Word of God, celebrating the Liturgy, and sharing their lives with their brothers and sisters that believers can experience the encounter and communion with the Father and the Son experienced by the first disciples. ?When, on the evening of Easter, Jesus told the incredulous Thomas: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (Jn 20, 29), he was outlining the way the disciples of every age would experience their faith. ?The encounter with the risen Lord comes about only in the context of the faith experience of the Christian community. ? Communion with God unequivocally passes through communion with the brothers and sisters of the community that gathers in the Lord's name. ?And once he or she has become part of the community, the believer in turn becomes a witness of Jesus' mystery to the generation of his or her age. ?It is by walking on the path traced by this living tradition of brothers and sisters that our joy will be complete and contagious. ???????????????????????

Prayer of the Apostles

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