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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Catholic Daily Mass Readings: Today, 30 April 2020

Catholic Daily Mass Readings: Today, Thursday April 30 2020

Catholic Daily Mass Readings: Today, 30 April 2020


Thursday April 30, 2020
May Devotion begins Tomorrow
Weekday of Easter (3)
Vestment:  White
Today’s Rosary: Luminous Mystery

KADUNA: Tomorrow is the 17th Anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Most Revd Matthew Ndagoso, 1st may, 2003

ONITSHA: Tomorrow is 5th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Most Revd Denis C. Osizoh, 1st may 2016.

OUR LADY, MOTHER OF AFRICA (FEAST)
On this day, together with the missionary Sisters of our Lady of Africa, we celebrate the memorial of Mary of Africa. This celebration encourages us to turn to Mary in order to experience her maternal intercession and assistance in our daily life.


Entrance Antiphon
People will never cease to praise you, as they recall the power of the Lord for ever.


Collect
Lord, as we honour the glorious memory of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Africa, we ask that by the help of her prayers we too may come to share the fullness of your grace and live in harmony and peace as one family. Through our Lord…

 

FIRST READING    
They devoted themselves to prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus.
A reading from the Acts of the Apostle (Acts1:12-14)

(After Jesus was taken up into heaven,) the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away; and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brethren.

The word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM    Luke1:46-47.48-49.50-51.52-53.54-55 (R. 49)
R/.
 He who is mighty has done great things for me,

And holy is his name.
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my savior. R/.

For he has regarded the low
estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generation
will call me blessed;
For he who is mighty has done
great things for me,
And holy is his name. R/.

And his mercy is on those who fear him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm,
He has scattered the proud
in the imagination of their hearts. R/.

He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalt those of low degree;
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich he has sent empty away. R/.

He has helped his servant Israel,
In remembrance of his mercy,
As he spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his posterity forever. R/.

 

ALLELUIA    
ALLELUIA. Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise. You are the Mother of Christ, you are the Mother of the Church. ALLELUIA

 

Gospel    
And the mother of Jesus was there.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 2:1-11)

At that time: There was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what is that to you or to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who has drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

The Gospel of the Lord.
 


Today's Reflection
The Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated under various titles. Today we celebrate her as the Mother of Africa. In Africa, just like any other culture, motherhood is a treasure, and children revere and honour their mothers. Mary is a mother, who always cares for her children. The first reading reminds us that she is always present in the church at prayer, praying with and interceding for her children. She is the surest way to her Son. The couple at Cana experienced her maternal love. Mary, convinced that whatever she asked the Son would be obtained told the servants “Do whatever he (Jesus) tells you.” This injunction is repeated to us today to always do the will of the son as a way of appreciating his mother.

 


Personal Devotional

- I thank you Almighty God for your word that is active and alive.

- Grant me your grace to consciously realise that you are the beginning and the end of all things and that you know my end from my beginning, hence, you know my troubles and worries.

- Help me to fully rely on you and not in my own competence anymore. Grant that I may put all my trust in you.

- Assist me to be more committed to doing your will every day of my life.


Let Us Pray
O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins, and detest them above all things, because they have crucified my loving Saviour Jesus Christ, and, most of all, because they offend your infinite goodness; and I firmly resolve, by the help of your grace, never to offend you again, and carefully tavoid the occasion of sin.

 


CROSS-OVER PRAYER
From 11pm – 12am On my Knees for you before the Blessed Sacrament

There are battles raised against your fruithfulness in your lifetime, those who have done this insult God and despise his word. Your Father in heaven is taken up this battle and renewing his covenant of fruitfulness with you.

- Bless God for his concern for your life

- Tell him you want to ever remain in Him

- Appreciate the Grace that surrounds your life

- Tell Jesus to live in you forever

- Invite the Lord to take up every battle raised against your fruitfulness

-Thank Jesus for taking up your battles.

Pray with Isaiah 52:1-10 – that Power from on high will shake off every spell against your fruitfulness and clothe you with amazing life and Psalm 17 "Make me the Apple of your eye, Lord  and disappoint the wicked in their evil desires.


Intercession
LORD, break all that tied down my destiny

I pray against whatever that makes me restless

Destroy what makes me get angry unnecessarily

Untie, Holy Spirit, whatever that has been raised to tie my life and that of my family so we don’t succeed in life

Rise Lord against messengers assigned to confuse me and make me make mistakes – at work, studies, important meetings etc

Resurrection power come upon businesses that has been destroyed or not profitable anymore

Give me the anointing to escape every trap set for me or my family members

Lord, grant to me and my dear ones financial revival

Anoint yourself and  your household, sprinkle Holy Water and make this Declaration:
GOD ALONE WILL REIGN OVER ME AND MY FAMILY (5X)

 






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