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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

February 7, 1968 commemorates the beginning of the Community of Sant’Egidio. A group of students from a Roman high school started gathering around the Gospel and loving the poor. Thanksgiving to the Lord for the gift of the Community.

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

Matthew 11,25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today we remember the anniversary of the Community of Sant’Egidio. Exactly 49 years have passed since the start of the community. The first words from our mouths to the Lord today are words of thanks for this precious gift which he has given to the Church and the world. The Gospel passage suggests to us that it is Jesus himself who “blesses” the Father because the Gospel has once again been “revealed to the little ones.” Jesus himself “blesses” the Father because the Gospel has once again been “revealed to the little ones.” The community, which began with a young high school student, Andrea Riccardi, was composed of “little ones” not only because they were so young but because in the original intentions of the community there was, first of all, the awareness of being “children” of the Gospel, that is, “little ones” to whom the mystery of God has been revealed. In the heart of the community a simple intuition always remains firm: live the Gospel. It is from the Gospel, in fact--from the continuous listening to the Word of God—that the community is born and continues to be reborn. The story of Sant’Egidio therefore is a story of prayer, a story of listening, a story of friendship with God, with our brothers and sisters and with the poor. From this friendship flows every action of the community. Jesus’ words of thanks are echoed by us all: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants.” And, it is exactly through these “little ones” that the Gospel spread. And in our community, the Gospel spread from Rome to the world, from the peripheries of Rome to the great modern mega cities, always uniting prayer and love for the poor together. Wherever it is, the community seeks to live a globalization of love which combats borders and divisions and creates a great people of the poor and humble, united in the effort to help each other follow the Lord. And our thanks today rise to the heavens; thanks for the great help the Lord has given us in these years for rendering ours the joys and hopes, the pains and tribulations of men and women in this world, above all the poor. We have experienced how true the word of God is:“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. What might seem like a weight and a burden is instead an experience of sweetness and gentleness. This time is full of challenges and responsibilities, but the certainty of the sweetness of the Lord’s help sustains each one to live according to the way of the Gospel with trust and love.

Memory of the Mother of the Lord

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 21 January
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 22 January
Memory of the Poor
Tuesday, 23 January
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 24 January
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 25 January
Memory of the Apostles
Friday, 26 January
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 27 January
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 28 January
Liturgy of the Sunday