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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memorial of the dedication of the basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere where the Community of Sant’Egidio prays every day.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 23,12-22

When it was day, the Jews held a secret meeting at which they made a vow not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. More than forty of them entered this pact, and they went to the chief priests and elders and told them, 'We have made a solemn vow to let nothing pass our lips until we have killed Paul. Now it is up to you and the Sanhedrin together to apply to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you meant to examine his case more closely; we, on our side, are prepared to dispose of him before he reaches you.' But the son of Paul's sister heard of the ambush they were laying and made his way into the fortress and told Paul, who called one of the centurions and said, 'Take this young man to the tribune; he has something to tell him.' So the man took him to the tribune, and reported, 'The prisoner Paul summoned me and requested me to bring this young man to you; he has something to tell you.' Then the tribune took him by the hand and drew him aside and questioned him in private, 'What is it you have to tell me?' He replied, 'The Jews have made a plan to ask you to take Paul down to the Sanhedrin tomorrow, as though they meant to enquire more closely into his case. Do not believe them. There are more than forty of them lying in wait for him, and they have vowed not to eat or drink until they have got rid of him. They are ready now and only waiting for your order to be given.' The tribune let the young man go with this order, 'Tell no one that you have given me this information.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The day which begins is that which follows the vision in the night; the apostle well knows now where he will be taken, but not by the guards, by the Lord. The author refers to a plot organized by the defeated Jews, who bind themselves by a sworn oath accompanied by a curse, that they shall not eat or drink until they have killed Paul (21:31). The group of plotters go to “the chief priests and elders” to explain their plan, which requires that they directly intervene before the tribune so that he might allow them to judge the prisoner and thus reach a clear conclusion of the trial. They are nevertheless resolved to kill Paul even before the trial. But a nephew of Paul’s, the son of a married sister in Jerusalem, learns of the attempt and informs his uncle in prison. The tribune is directly informed by this nephew and considers the information accurate. He thus decides to protect the safety of Paul the “prisoner,” in this way proving himself to be a better judge than Pontius Pilate was for Jesus. He orders that Paul be “safely conducted” to the procurator Felix in Caesarea, protected by a military escort of unusual strength. Thus takes place for the apostle what he himself had written in the Letter to the Romans, “All things work together for good for those who love God” (8:28), revealing the deep spiritual meaning behind the Lord’s fatherly care for his children.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 19 November
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 20 November
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 21 November
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 22 November
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 23 November
Memory of the Church
Friday, 24 November
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 25 November
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 26 November
Liturgy of the Sunday