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Lent Retreat – Last Hurrah!

Welcome back to the Lent retreat! My name is Ryian, and I am your host and MC. This is a retreat for those who aren’t able to get away, so throughout Lent, there will be talks, testimonies, and questions to help you reflect.

Speaking of retreat, I went on a three day silent retreat! It was such a wonderful experience and I wrote all about it here.

During our time away, we have been diving into Scripture. This is our last hurrah until Easter, so we will be hearing a few talks and testimonies about the Eucharist, Confession, and Holy Week!

If you prefer to listen instead of read, there is an audio format on the podcast, Ryian’s Coffee Shop!

Our first guest is Anna Moeller who is going to be sharing her talk about the Eucharist. Anna is a Catholic wife and mother of 3 kids in 3.5 years who enjoys drinking good bourbon and coffee (of any kind; she’s not picky).

Welcome Anna!

“As Catholics, we believe the Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] 1324).


We know from the Gospels that Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, and that the bread and wine used is transubstantiated in Mass to become the Body and Blood of Christ, the Real Presence. These are no longer symbols of Christ, but truly become Christ in a way that we as humans cannot perceive with our senses, even though they retain the appearance of unleavened bread and wine. Jesus himself says, “I am the Bread of Life” in John 6:35.

The Last Supper, being a Passover meal, became a fulfilment of and gave definitive meaning to the Jewish Passover (CCC 1340). It becomes a new Passover, anticipating the final Passover of the Church into the glory of the Kingdom during the Second Coming.

Let’s look at the original Passover for context. While the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, God sent a series of ten plagues, each worsening in devastation, to convince the Pharaoh to release the Israelites – the tenth was the death of the firstborn and in order to protect themselves from the plague, the Israelites needed to apply the blood of a year old male lamb without blemish to the doorposts and lintel in order for the Lord to pass over that house and spare the firstborn from death. The Lord further commanded the Israelites commemorate the Passover every year with unleavened bread, which is why Catholics use unleavened bread for the consecration.

So, how does the Passover relate to us as Catholics?

Jesus became the Paschal Lamb during Passover through the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, as well as his Passion, where he was sacrificed as expiation for our sins and frees us from death. Romans 6:23 upholds this, saying “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” When we celebrate the Eucharist, we are remembering Christ’s Passion and Passover as the Paschal Lamb just as God commanded the Israelites to remember the Passover and exodus from Egypt (CCC 1365). In the Eucharist, we follow Jesus’ commandment to eat and drink of His body and blood, and to do this in memory of Him (Luke 22:19-20).

The Eucharist becomes a sacrifice because it is a memorial of the Last Supper and Paschal mystery. It re-presents, makes present, the sacrifice of the cross, becoming one single sacrifice within the Mass (CCC 1366). The Eucharist becomes the sacrifice of the Church, the members of his body. We are able to unite our prayers, praise, sufferings, works, and our entire lives to the sacrifice on the altar, which gives all of those a new value and gives the Eucharist a deeper meaning (CCC 1368). All those physically present become united in this sacrifice, as well as the entire Communion of Saints and the faithfully departed in Purgatory (1366-71), which gives a second meaning to the word “communion” as a reference to the Eucharist.  

Why are we doing all this? Why does it matter?

We do it because Christ instructs us to. He tells us at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me”. He also tells us in John 6:51 that He is “the living bread that came down from Heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Receiving Jesus in the Eucharist bears fruit in our lives. Paragraph 1391 in the CCC teaches us that the principle fruit of receiving the Eucharist is growing in an intimate union with Christ. The Eucharist heightens or augments that union. The closer we grow to a person, the harder it is to pull away. The more often we go to mass, the more often we receive the Eucharist and receive Jesus Himself in this bread and wine, it brings us closer and closer to him, which makes it harder for us to pull away and separate ourselves through sin. It’s comparable to material food we use to nourish our bodies. Receiving the Eucharist preserves, increases, and renews the grace we received at baptism (CCC 1392). This spiritual food is so important for the nourishment and sustainment of our souls that it is administered to the dying as viaticum, or food for the journey, during the anointing of the sick. The idea is we take this spiritual food with us as nourishment for our souls as we meet Jesus face to face in the Church Triumphant.

Receiving also separates us from sin. Since we all unite with the sacrifice of Christ in the Eucharist, we are simultaneously cleansed from past venial sins and preserves us from future sin. This living charity (CCC 1394) wipes away our venial sins and breaks our disordered attachments to this world.

It’s important to clarify this is for venial sins only, not mortal sins. The only way to be cleansed from mortal sins and reinstate the grace received at baptism is to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you are in a state of mortal sin, you must abstain from receiving communion until you are able to make it to confession.

It unites us to the Body of the Church by deepening the grace received at baptism, thus uniting us to one another, in particular the poor (CCC 1397). The poor, you might ask? How is that related?

To be able to receive Christ in truth, to receive Him in a way we can’t perceive with our human senses, we must recognize Christ in the poor. There are several mentions of how to care for the poor, such as Matthew 25:35-40, which states what we do for the least of us, we do for Christ himself. Furthermore, the Catechism teaches in 2447 that, among all the corporeal works of mercy, giving alms to the poor is the chief witness to fraternal charity. The apostle John says in his first epistle (3:17), “if someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?”. Tobit 4:7 says, “do not turn your face away from any of the poor, so that God’s face will not be turned away from you.” How can we be united with Christ, yet turn our face from Him? The Eucharist is a reminder that we are called and compelled to care for the poor as we would care for Christ himself.

To sum up:

As Catholics, we believe that the body and blood is truly present in the form of bread and wine, and to receive Christ pulls us closer to him, making it harder for us to continually separate ourselves from Him by sinning. He desires us so intimately, that all He wants us to do, and He explicitly states this, is Eat My Flesh. Drink My Blood. You will have eternal life with Me.

The Eucharist is an anticipation of the Heavenly Glory. The Eucharist is a foretaste of what’s to come when we’re in complete communion with Jesus in Heaven one day.”

Thank you so much Anna!

Our next guest is Julia O’Donnell who will be sharing a testimony about the Eucharist. She is passionate about her faith always being a genuine and intimate relationship with God. She is never-endingly grateful for her loving husband, and her sweet double rainbow babies, who are 1 and 2 years old.

Welcome, Julia!

“Hey ladies!

There’s so many things to say about the Eucharist but I wanted to stay with Anna’s topic of sacrifice

I wanted to talk about the moment that my relationship with God changed from one of fear anger and even despair to one of love, and his love for me.

I went to this silent retreat in college. I didn’t want to go because I love talking, I never stop talking, even when I’m not talking, I’m writing. But my friends were going, so I said I’d give it a try, but I would probably die trying.

At first it was hard and awkward, and I was regretting ever having signed up for it. Then, we had adoration. It was set up in a way that I had never seen before. We were in a makeshift gym chapel with all the lights off, some of us were sitting on the floor, everything was perfectly quiet. There was a tiny monstrance at the front with candles all around it. I had been to adoration before but it had always been so formal and impersonal, for the first time this felt different.

Then, Father Henry came out to give a meditation. He was this awesome sweet young priest who cared deeply about the students. He started to speak about the Baby Jesus, and I want to give you a little bit of the picture He gave us.

Picture the tiny little Baby Jesus laying in the manger. He has little hands, little feet, and a cute squishy face. Theres this tiny helpless baby who depends completely on us. He is completely vulnerable to us.

Think about that. He is the All Powerful God, Lord over all, King of Everything. He made the world and yet He made Himself into a tiny, little baby. Why would He do that? The world expected Him to come in an army with trumpets, but He came small and defenseless.

We as women know what it feels like to look like less than we are. Sometimes we are doing our best to keep everything clean and someone makes a comment about how we don’t even try, or someone may spread a rumor about you that you are doing something wrong, and you didn’t. In a way, that’s what Jesus did. He is the Almighty King, and He made Himself look completely helpless.

Why would He choose that?

This is where sacrifice comes in. He sacrificed looking like the All Powerful God, the Omnipotent One, so that we could see Him as a loveable little baby. Isn’t it so much easier to think of coming to a sweet little baby with whatever little you have to offer than a King? Especially when the Old Testament is full of stories of His power and might. He made Himself small so that we could come closer to Him.

So when you come to the Eucharist, and even right now. Picture an innocent round face, looking up at you in just complete adoration. His eyes light up when He sees you, and He smiles incandescently. He reaches His hand out to touch yours. He just loves you so much no matter what. You are everything to Him. He has made Himself seem helpless, so that you knew that you could come close to Him.”

Thanks so much Julia!

Our next guest is Sammy Bock who will be sharing her testimony on Confession. Sammy is a Wisconsin mom to two sweet toddlers, married to her high school sweetheart. She works full time and has a blog called Wellspring, where she writes about the hard, holy work of raising future saints.

Welcome, Sammy!

“High school was a season of retreat-going for me. As a teen, it was energizing to connect with Christ and my peers in such an immersive way. On those weekends and the few days following each trip, I felt on fire with my faith.

But inevitably, those flames flickered out. I didn’t like that far-from-God feeling that came between retreat weekends. So in college, I vowed to focus on the everyday routine of my faith—to find my passion within my own heart, instead of relying on a scheduled weekend to stir it up for me.

Attending a Catholic university taught me so many things, but two of the most beautiful lessons have touched me more deeply than anything else.

First, I learned in a more personal way than ever that the sacraments—those “outward signs of inward grace”—provide a real encounter with the Divine. They are gifts by which the Lord touches our hearts and souls. These are the experiences that light the true flame of faith within us. Seeing our friends pray, singing a beautiful worship song, reading about the saints—all of these are important ways to develop our relationship with God and get to know His holy Church, but they are not the moments that give us life. Only the sacraments can do that. So we mustn’t simply go through the motions during these encounters with God—we must turn our eyes to Him and open our hearts to fully receive the Holy Spirit.

Second, I realized that God loves us so deeply that He made these sacraments almost constantly accessible through the loving service of our mother in faith, the Church. Of course, during every Mass, we see the face of Christ as the priest holds up the Host during the consecration. We receive the love of God when we “take and eat.” And between Masses, when we have stumbled or simply need the grace of God to give us the strength to move forward, we can seek Him in the sacrament of Confession.

I think many Catholics have a love-hate relationship with the ritual of Reconciliation. We are obligated to participate in this sacrament at least annually (preferably during Lent), and I spent so many years wondering how it snuck up so quickly and scrambling to remember everything I did wrong in the previous 12 months. Still, after it’s over and the anxiety is behind me, I am always soothed by a lovely, light feeling that sticks with me for a while—not unlike the “retreat high” I described a moment ago.

That uplifting feeling doesn’t come from anything but the sacraments. So when we go weeks, months, or even years without them, how can we not feel cold and dry? The retreats I so loved in high school didn’t fuel my passion for Christ because of their social elements or their escape from the everyday—they fueled me because they offered the sacraments in an immersive, grateful setting. No wonder I didn’t feel much when I abandoned that seeking and gratitude between weekends.

Confession isn’t meant to be a frightening obligation we begrudgingly perform to meet the minimum requirements of Catholicism. It can be intimidating, yes, but it is so fruitful if we open ourselves to being vulnerable and fully engaging in this conversation with God.

When I finally learned to swallow my pride and seek confession more often, my faith blossomed. Even in this hard, often frustrating life of mothering two toddlers, I find solace and patience in this sacrament. Once, I came to Confession particularly disappointed in myself and all the ways I’d failed that week. The priest gently but firmly instructed me to “learn to see the world as God sees it.” That means looking past our faults, gazing beyond our anxieties, and truly appreciating the beautiful daughters and sons God made us to be.

Had I sinned and fallen short in my duties and my vocation? Absolutely. But is that what God ponders when He looks at my face as I come to Him in prayer? Absolutely not.

The fruits I have harvested from the tree of Confession have improved my marriage, my mothering, my relationships, my prayer life, and my decision-making skills. They have nourished me and lifted my burdens when I felt too weak to take one step further under the weight of my mistakes, fears, and regrets. And the tree is ever-bearing, if only I visit it regularly and with sincere gratitude.

I know it’s hard to get to Confession—especially for young moms, and especially if your local parishes only offer it during specific windows of time. But I also know it’s worth it to make it happen. Ask for help, bring your children, make it the start to your monthly date night. Do whatever you have to do, even if it means swallowing your fear and pride and requesting an appointment with a nearby priest. I can’t emphasize enough the peace it can bring, especially when you seek it often.

A priest I follow on Facebook—Father Matthew Schneider—once said that “confession is primarily about the mercy of God, not condemnation.” I think that sums it up so well. We don’t go to Confession to be judged; we go to be cleansed, and God loves us so dearly that He wipes our slate clean, again and again, no matter how many times we fail Him.

If only we all would emulate such boundless love.”

Thanks so much Sammy!

Our final guest is Amber O’Hearn from Diapers and Discples will be sharing a testimony about Holy Week. Amber is a wife and mother. She podcasts about living out The Great Commission as a mom.  

Welcome, Amber!

“Hi friends, I pray that you’ve had a blessed Lenten season.

As we enter into Holy Week, I wanted to share with you an experience I had while serving on a team of NET missionaries at a parish in Minnesota.

During that year of serving the youth of the parish, praying for them and leading small groups and bible studies, I was also blessed with the opportunity to really develop a daily personal prayer life and start visiting our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration regularly since the parish we were at had a perpetual Adoration chapel. It became such a part of my daily life, that when I entered the Adoration chapel on Good Friday I was surprised by how the Lord moved deeply in my heart. Because it was Good Friday, the monstrance that usually held our precious Lord was removed and the small tabernacle behind was open, revealing nothing.

The tabernacle was empty.

The sight of an empty chapel (usually filled with a handful of people adoring our Lord) and an empty tabernacle brought in me a sense of stillness and silence in my heart.

I think one of the beautiful things about Holy Week, in particular the Triduum, is that if we allow ourselves to really enter into the events of this week, we can experience more deeply how great Christ’s love and mercy is for us: the sorrow of his death on Good Friday and the silence and waiting of Holy Saturday, that makes Easter Sunday so great and so joyful!

Now as a wife and stay at home mom of young kiddos, I’m not often able to take extended prayer time alone in an Adoration chapel, but I can still make an effort to experience that stillness and silence to meditate on God’s great love for me, especially during this Holy Week.

I recently read that St Catherine of Siena was often unable to get a quiet time and place to pray when she was growing up, so the Lord inspired her with the thought of making an oratory (or a little prayer space) in her heart that she could retreat to mentally throughout the day to experience interior solitude even if the world around her was anything but quiet. And later, when she’d experience trials or troubles, she was able to implement this practice to seek consolation with Jesus in her heart.

So this Triduum, that’s what I’m hoping to work on: establishing a quiet place in my heart where I can find rest with Jesus and meditate on the greatest gift he’s given me, the gift of Himself. Praying for you all this Holy Week. God bless!”

Thanks so much Amber!

I want to thank all of you for doing this retreat with me on the podcast and blog. I really enjoyed the project, and hope to do more. After this, the plan is to do a rosary series! I will be recording some rosaries, then deep diving all 20 different mysteries of the rosary, and record some decades as well! Stay tuned for more on the podcast and blog!

Thank you so much to those who contributed today!

You can connect with Anna at Instagram.

You can connect with Julia at her blog, Instagram, and Facebook.

You can connect with Sammy from Wellspring at her blog, Facebook, and Instagram.

You can connect with Amber from Diapers and Disciples at her website here, and on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to this Lent retreat!

You can connect with Hannah Christensen from Lovely Little Lives on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram.

You can connect with Kirby Hoberg from Under Thy Roof on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram.

You can connect with Jacki Beers from Faber Beads at her shop, Instagram, Facebook, and her website here.

Gabrielle Coombs has no blogs, websites or business, but loves supporting local business and is trying to live as “green” as possible to show her children how to be good stewards of God’s creation!

You can connect with Ryian Hilpisch on her blog, podcast at Ryian’s Coffee Shop, Instagram, and Patreon.

Have a great rest of your Holy Week! And (almost) Happy Easter!

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  1. GOD BLESS NEW MEMBERS PASTIRA OF C C -Amen Donosimo jednu posebnu pobožnost, vjerojatno odavno zaboravljenu, a radi se o konopu svetog Josipa ili cingulumu. Cingulum (liturgijski pojas), poput onoga što ga svećenici nose na misi (kako bi vezali albu), je znak čistoće od samih početka Crkve– pa i ranije. Starozavjetni svećenici nosili su cingulum, pa tako i posvećene djevice i redovnici, a nošenje cinguluma […]

    Konop svetog Josipa – Stara i posebna pobožnost sv. Josipu — ŽUPA ROKOVCI-ANDRIJAŠEVCI
    Pope’s message at Rosary for protection of our families: Let’s stay firm in what really matters

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    Kathleen N. Hattrup | Mar 19, 2020
    Italian death toll is now well past that reported by China.
    Pope Francis announced on March 18 a call to join with an initiative of the Italian bishops, to pray the Rosary all together at 9 pm Rome time, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19.
    People from many countries joined in, making this Rosary a worldwide plea for the end of the pandemic.

    Italy on March 19 surpassed the number of deaths reported in China.

    Before praying the Rosary, which was live-streamed from the Vatican, the Holy Father offered this message, and prayer:


    Dear brothers and sisters,

    I join in the prayer that the Episcopal Conference wanted to promote, as a sign of unity for the whole country.

    In this unprecedented situation, in which everything seems to waver, let us help each other to remain firm in what really matters. This is a road sign which I find in the many letters of your Pastors who, in sharing such a dramatic moment, seek to sustain your hope and your faith with their words.

    The prayer of the Rosary is the prayer of the humble and of saints who, in its mysteries, contemplate with Mary the life of Jesus, the merciful face of the Father. And how much we all need to be truly consoled, to feel embraced by his loving presence!

    The truth of this experience is measured by our relationship with others, who at this moment coincide with our closest relatives: let us be close to one another, being the first to exercise charity, understanding, patience and forgiveness.

    By necessity our spaces may have shrunk to the walls of our houses, but have a larger heart, where others can always find availability and welcome.

    This evening we pray united, entrusting ourselves to the intercession of St. Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family, Guardian of all our families. The carpenter of Nazareth also experienced uncertainty and bitterness, and concern for the future; but he knew how to walk in the darkness of certain moments, always letting himself be guided unreservedly by God’s will.

    Amen God bless all the workers in the panedemedic our church ekderly brothers sisters the most needy of Gods help thankful suzana HKM STEPINAC SWEDEN they say they will start tragera who will live who will not in sweden .03. KOR – PETAK – SLUŽBA ČITANJA
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    KOR – Svagdan


    R. Otvori, Gospodine, usne moje.
    O. I usta će moja navješćivati hvalu tvoju.

    PSALAM 95 (94). Poziv na Božju hvalu
    Bodrite jedni druge dan za danom dok još odjekuje ono ‘danas’ (Heb 3, 13).
    (Umjesto Ps 95 (94) može se uzeti i Psalam 100 (99) ili Psalam 67 (66) ili Psalam 24 (23))

    Antifona Dođite, poklonimo se Kristu koji je za nas bio kušan i trpio.
    ili: O da danas glas mu poslušate: Ne budite srca tvrda.

    Dođite, kličimo Gospodinu, *
    uzvikujmo Hridi, Spasitelju svome!
    Pred lice mu stupimo s hvalama, *
    kličimo mu u pjesmama!(Ant.).

    Jer Gospodin je Bog velik, *
    Kralj velik nad svim bogovima.
    U njegovoj su ruci zemaljske dubine, *
    njegovi su vrhunci planina.
    Njegovo je more, on ga je stvorio, *
    i kopno koje načiniše ruke njegove: (Ant.).

    Dođite, prignimo koljena i padnimo nice, *
    poklonimo se Gospodinu koji nas stvori!
    Jer on je Bog naš, *
    a mi narod paše njegove, ovce što on ih čuva (Ant.).

    O da danas glas mu poslušate: †
    »Ne budite srca tvrda kao u Meribi, *
    kao u dan Mase u pustinji
    gdje me iskušavahu očevi vaši, *
    iskušavahu, premda vidješe djela moja. (Ant.).

    Četrdeset mi ljeta dodijavao naraštaj onaj, †
    pa rekoh: Narod su nestalna srca, *
    i ne proniču moje putove.
    Tako se zakleh u svom gnjevu: *
    Nikad neće ući u moj počinak!« (Ant.).

    Slava Ocu i Sinu *
    i Duhu Svetomu.
    Kako bijaše na početku, †
    tako i sada i vazda *
    i u vijeke vjekova. (Ant.).


    Bog oprosnik nam darova
    i vrijeme ovo obnovno
    da ozdravi svijet mlitavi
    odricanjem darežljivim.

    Te dane blagog spasenja
    Krist svojim svjetlom obasja
    i korizmenom pokorom
    on liječi srca ranjena.

    Daj svima, Bože milostiv,
    prionuti uz pokoru,
    da prijelaz sretni slavimo
    u vječnom Vazmu pobjednom.

    Neka cio ti se klanja svijet
    dobrote puna Trojice,
    a nas neka milost obnovi
    da novu pjesmu pjevamo.

    1^ Antifona
    Iznemogoh od vikanja
    čekajući Boga svoga.

    PSALAM 69 (68), 2-13 (I) Izjeda me revnost za dom tvoj
    Dadoše mu piti vino sa žuči pomiješano (Mt 27, 34)

    Spasi me, Bože: *
    vode mi dođoše do grla!
    U duboko blato zapadoh *
    i nemam kamo nogu staviti;
    u duboku tonem vodu, *
    pokrivaju me valovi.

    Iznemogoh od vikanja, †
    grlo mi je promuklo, *
    oči mi klonuše Boga mog čekajuć`.
    Brojniji su od vlasi na glavi mojoj *
    oni koji me mrze nizašto.
    Tvrđi su od kostiju mojih †
    oni što mi se nepravedno protive: *
    zar mogu vratiti što nisam oteo?

    Bože, ti znadeš bezumnost moju, *
    moji ti grijesi nisu sakriti.
    Neka se ne postide zbog mene †
    koji se u te uzdaju, *
    Gospode, Bože nad Vojskama!
    Neka se ne posrame zbog mene *
    koji traže tebe, Bože Izraelov!

    Jer zbog tebe podnesoh pogrdu, *
    i stid mi pokri lice.
    Tuđinac postadoh braći *
    i stranac djeci majke svoje.

    Jer me izjela revnost za Dom tvoj *
    i poruge onih koji se rugaju tebi
    padoše na me.
    Dušu sam postom mučio, *
    okrenulo mi se u ruglo.

    Uzeh kostrijet za haljinu, *
    i postah im igračka.
    Koji sjede na vratima protiv mene govore, *
    vinopije mi rugalice poju.

    Slava Ocu i Sinu *
    i Duhu Svetomu.
    Kako bijaše na početku, †
    tako i sada i vazda *
    i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.

    1^ Antifona
    Iznemogoh od vikanja
    čekajući Boga svoga.

    2^ Antifona
    U jelo mi žuči umješaše,
    u mojoj me žeđi octom napojiše.

    PSALAM 69 (68),14-22 (II) Izjeda me revnost za dom tvoj
    Dadoše mu piti vino sa žuči pomiješano (Mt 27, 34)

    No tebi se molim, Gospodine, *
    u vrijeme milosti, Bože;
    po velikoj dobroti svojoj ti me usliši *
    po svojoj vjernoj pomoći!
    Izvuci me iz blata da ne potonem, †
    od onih koji me mrze izbavi me − *
    iz voda dubokih.
    Neka me ne pokriju valovi, †
    neka me ne proguta dubina, *
    neka bezdan ne zatvori usta nada mnom!

    Usliši me, Gospodine, jer je dobrostiva milost tvoja, *
    po velikom milosrđu pogledaj na me!
    Ne sakrivaj lica pred slugom svojim; *
    jer sam u stisci, usliši me brzo!

    Približi se duši mojoj i spasi je; *
    zbog dušmana mojih oslobodi me!
    Ti mi znadeš porugu, stid i sramotu, *
    pred tvojim su očima svi koji me muče.

    Ruganje mi slomilo srce i klonuh; †
    čekao sam da se tko sažali nada mnom,
    ali ga ne bi; *
    i da me tko utješi, ali ga ne nađoh.
    U jelo mi žuči umiješaše, *
    u mojoj me žeđi octom napojiše.

    Slava Ocu i Sinu *
    i Duhu Svetomu.
    Kako bijaše na početku, †
    tako i sada i vazda *
    i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.

    2^ Antifona
    U jelo mi žuči umješaše,
    u mojoj me žeđi octom napojiše.

    3^ Antifona
    Gospodina tražite
    i srce će vam oživjeti.

    PSALAM 69 (68), 30-37 (III) Izjeda me revnost za dom tvoj
    Dadoše mu piti vino sa žuči pomiješano (Mt 27, 34)

    A ja sam jadnik i bolnik − *
    neka me štiti tvoja pomoć, o Bože!
    Božje ću ime hvaliti popijevkom, *
    hvalit ću ga zahvalnicom.
    Bit će to milije Gospodinu no bik žrtveni, *
    milije nego junac s papcima i rozima.

    Gledajte, ubogi, i radujte se, *
    neka vam oživi srce,
    svima koji Boga tražite.
    Jer siromahe Gospodin čuje, *
    on ne prezire sužanja svojih.
    Neka ga hvale nebesa i zemlja, *
    mora i sve što se u njima miče.

    Jer Bog će spasiti Sion − †
    on će sagradit gradove Judine − *
    tu će oni stanovat, imati baštinu.
    Baštinit će ga potomci slugu njegovih; *
    prebivat će u njemu oni što ljube ime Božje.

    Slava Ocu i Sinu *
    i Duhu Svetomu.
    Kako bijaše na početku, †
    tako i sada i vazda *
    i u vijeke vjekova. Amen.

    3^ Antifona
    Gospodina tražite
    i srce će vam oživjeti.

    R. Vratite se Gospodinu, Bogu svome.
    O. Jer on je nježnost sama i milosrđe.

    Iz Knjige Izlaska (35, 30 – 36, 1; 37, 1-9)

    Gradnja Svetišta i Kovčega

    U one dane reče Mojsije Izraelcima: »Vidite! Gospodin je po imenu pozvao Besalela, sina Urijeva, od koljena Hurova, a iz plemena Judina. Njega je napunio duhom Božjim, dao mu umješnost, sposobnost i razumijevanje u svim poslovima: da zamišlja nacrte i da radove izvodi od zlata, srebra i tuča; da reže dragulje za umetanje; da urezuje u drvetu i da umješno radi svaki posao. Njemu i Oholiabu, sinu Ahisamakovu, od plemena Danova, udijeli i sposobnost da poučavaju druge. Obdari ih umještvom u svakom poslu rezbarskom, krojačkom, veziljskom i tkalačkom; oni tkaju tkanine od ljubičastog, crvenog i tamnocrvenog prediva i prepredenog lana, sposobni su u svakom poslu i vješti u nacrtima.
    Stoga neka Besalel, Oholiab i svi vještaci, koje je Gospodin obdario vještinom i sposobnošću da vješto izvedu sve poslove oko podizanja Svetišta, obave sve kako je Gospodin naredio.«
    Besalel napravi Kovčeg od bagremova drveta, dug dva i pol lakta, širok lakat i pol, a lakat i pol visok. Iznutra ga i izvana okuje čistim zlatom. Naokolo mu napravi zlatan završni pojas. I salije mu četiri koluta na njegova četiri ugla: dva koluta s jedne strane, a dva koluta s njegove druge strane. Napravi i motke od bagremova drva i u zlato ih okuje: onda provuče motke kroz kolutove Kovčega sa strane, za nošenje Kovčega. Zatim napravi Pomirilište od čistoga zlata, dva i pol lakta dugo, a lakat i pol široko. Napravi i dva kerubina od kovanoga zlata, na dva kraja Pomirilišta: jednoga kerubina na jednome kraju, a drugoga kerubina na drugome kraju. Kerubine na oba kraja načini u jednome komadu s Pomirilištem. Kerubini imali uzdignuta i raširena krila, zaklanjali njima Pomirilište. Bili su licem okrenuti jedan prema drugome, tako da su im lica gledala u Pomirilište.

    Otpjev (Ps 84, 2. 3; 46, 5. 6)
    R. Kako su mili stanovi tvoji, Gospodine nad Vojskama. Duša mi gine i čezne za dvorima Gospodnjim. * Srce moje i moje tijelo kliču Bogu živomu.
    O. Presveti šator Višnjega: Bog je sred njega, poljuljat se neće. * Srce moje.

    Iz Tumačenja Knjige o Jobu, svetoga Grgura Velikog, pape (Knj. 13, 21-23: PL 75, 1028-1029)

    Otajstvo našeg oživljenja

    Blaženi Job, slika svete Crkve, čas se služi glasom tijela, čas opet glasom glave te dok o njezinim udovima govori, odjednom se uzdiže k riječima glave. Tako i ovdje nadodaje: To sam trpio bez bezbožnosti svoje ruke jer su moje molitve bile pred Bogom čiste. Do kraja je bez bezbožnosti svoje ruke donio onaj koji grijeha ne učini niti se nađe prevara u njegovim ustima, a ipak je radi našeg otkupljenja podnio muku križa. Jedino su njegove molitve, između svih, bile pred Bogom čiste jer je i u samoj boli muke molio za progonitelje veleći: Oče, oprosti im, jer ne znaju što čine. Što bi se naime moglo čišče ili reći ili u molitvi misliti osim kad je milosrđe zagovora protegnuto i na one od kojih je nanesena bol? Tako se dogodilo da su krv našeg Otkupitelja, koju su kao progonitelji mahnitajući prolili, kasnije kao vjernici pili i propovijedali da je Božji Sin.
    O toj je krvi zgodno kazano: Zemljo, ne prekrij moju krv i neka krik moj u tebi ne pronađe mjesto sakrivanja. Čovjeku je grešniku upućeno: Zemlja si i u zemlju ćeš ići.
    Zemlja ta doduše ne sakriva krv našega Otkupitelja jer bilo koji grešnik blagujući cijenu svoga otkupljenja priznaje i pohvaljuje i oglasuje bližnjima kojima može. Isto tako zemlja nije sakrila njegovu krv jer je sveta Crkva već propovijedala otajstvo svoga otkupljenja po svim dijelovima svijeta.
    Valja uočiti što je nadodano: I nek ne nađe u tebi moj krik mjesto skrivanja. Krv otkupljenja koja se blaguje jest zapravo krik našega Otkupitelja. Poradi toga i Pa-vao tvrdi: I škropljenje krvi što bolje govori od Abela. Bilo je kazano o Abelovoj krvi: Glas krvi tvoga brata sa zemlje k meni viče.
    Ali Isusova krv još bolje govori od Abela jer je Abelova krv tražila smrt brata bratoubojice, dok je Gospodinova krv isposlovala život za progonitelje. Kako dakle ne bi otajstvo Gospodnje muke ostalo u nama bez ploda, valja nasljedovati što blagujemo i ostalima naviještati to što častimo. Njegov je krik našao u nama mjesto gdje da se sakrije, ako jezik ne govori o onome u što je pamet povjerovala. Preostaje onda da svatko na svoj način drugima priopći otajstvo svoga oživljenja, da krik njegov ne bi u nama bio bezglasan.

    Otpjev (Usp. Post 4, 10. 11; Heb 12, 24)
    R. Krv Sina tvoga, brata našega, iz zemlje k tebi viče, Gospodine. * Blagoslovljena zemlja koja je rastvorila usta i primila krv Otkupiteljevu.
    O. Ovo je krv škropljenička što snažnije govori od Abelove. * Blagoslovljena.

    Ulij nam u srce, Gospodine, svoju milost da nikada ne skrenemo s pravoga puta, već slijedimo poticaje tvoga Duha. Po Gospodinu. Amen.

    O. Amen.
    Blagoslivljajmo Gospodina.
    O. Bogu hvala.

    drugi dijo evan me cepalo jako u srcek trisera more samo nas dragi BOG ne med doktor


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