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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memorial of Pope Saint Calixtus (+222). He was a friend to the poor and founded the house of prayer on which later would be built the basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Ephesians 1,11-14

And it is in him that we have received our heritage, marked out beforehand as we were, under the plan of the One who guides all things as he decides by his own will, chosen to be, for the praise of his glory, the people who would put their hopes in Christ before he came. Now you too, in him, have heard the message of the truth and the gospel of your salvation, and having put your trust in it you have been stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit of the Promise, who is the pledge of our inheritance, for the freedom of the people whom God has taken for his own, for the praise of his glory.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle starts his Letter with a hymn of blessing. His gaze of faith leads him to praise the Lord for the plan of salvation that He has conceived for the entire universe. The three Persons of the Trinity work together: the Father, origin and promoter of this saving plan; Christ, the mediator through whom God realizes it; and the Holy Spirit that guides all towards the final fulfilment. The blessing is directed to God because He has blessed us "with every spiritual blessing." Generally, we ask God’s blessing; here it is the apostle who blesses the Father for the love with which He has loved us. Such love is a blessing for us. In fact, we have been chosen by God since eternity; and we have been chosen "in Christ", i.e. members of the community of his disciples. God never intended Christ without the Church, and therefore He never thought of us without the community. Hence our gratitude to the Lord, knowing that we "exist" because we are loved personally by him and intended to be "holy and blameless." The purpose of the Incarnation of the Son is "to gather up" all and everything in Jesus. With his resurrection the Crucified Jesus has been placed at the head of all creation. In him the whole universe and the history of people find cohesion and meaning. He fulfils the dream of unity present in God since creation: we all come from God and to Him we must all return. Such a plan was revealed in a completely new way when Jesus showed us God as his "Father." In the risen Son God opened his fatherhood to all humankind. Therefore we believers live already now in the Risen One, to the point of saying that the Father has already carried us "in heaven", where Christ is. This is why the fight against the powers of evil is not in vain. Already now believers participate in the final victory of Christ and know that nothing can ever separate them from God’s love. In Christ, God has designed, built and completed the entire plan of salvation. He is the Alpha and the Omega; he was at the origin and now recapitulates in himself all things. We believers are given the "Holy Spirit of promise," that is what was promised to the prophets (see Ez 36:25ff), which for us is also a "pledge" (v. 14), a deposit, an advance of the fulfilment of the divine work in our favour.

Memory of Jesus crucified

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