Live Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Presentation of the Lord from the Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI

http://www.vatican.va/video/

The Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Presentation of the Lord, to be celebrated by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will begin at 5.20 pm CET (Central European Time/UTC+1) on Saturday, 2 February 2013.

The timing in other time zones :

Saturday, 2 February 2013 – 4.20 pm UTC/GMT

Saturday, 2 February 2013 – 11.20 am EST (Eastern Standard Time/UTC-5)

Saturday, 2 February 2013 – 8.20 am PST (Pacific Standard Time/UTC-8)

Saturday, 2 February 2013 – 11.20 pm WIT (West Indonesian Time/WIB/UTC+7)

Sunday, 3 February 2013 – 00.20 am UTC+8 (for Singapore, Malaysia, HK, and China, and Central Indonesian Time)

If you missed the live Mass, you can see the full recording of the Mass at the same website http://www.vatican.va/video/, pick Agenda, then select the date (2 February 2013), then click at the event (Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Presentation of the Lord). If there is a TV icon on the event, that means a recording is available for watching. God bless!

+Ut Omnes Unum Sint, ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam+

Saturday, 2 February 2013 : Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Gospel Reading)

Luke 2 : 22-40

When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the Baby up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord : “Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God.” And they offered a sacrifice, as ordered in the law of the Lord : “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

There lived in Jerusalem at this time a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel, and he had been assured, by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord. So he was led into the Temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the parents brought the child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the Law.

Simeon took the child in his arms, and blessed God, saying, “Now, o Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for You have fulfilled Your word and my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You display for all the people to see. Here is the light You will reveal to the nations, and the glory of Your people, Israel.”

His father and mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, His mother, “Know this : your Son is a sign, a sign established for the falling and rising of many in Israel, a sign of contradiction; and a sword will pierce your own soul, so that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.”

There was also a prophetess named Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. After leaving her father’s home, she had been seven years with her husband, and since then she had been continually about the Temple, serving God as a widow night and day in fasting and prayer. She was now eighty-four. Coming up at that time, she gave praise to God, and spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.

When the parents had fulfilled all that was required by the law of the Lord, they returned to their town, Nazareth in Galilee. There the Child grew in stature and strength, and was filled with wisdom : the grace of God was upon Him.”

 

(Alternative reading (shorter version) : Luke 2 : 22-32)

When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the Baby up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord : “Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God.” And they offered a sacrifice, as ordered in the law of the Lord : “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

There lived in Jerusalem at this time a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel, and he had been assured, by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord. So he was led into the Temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the parents brought the child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the Law.

Simeon took the child in his arms, and blessed God, saying, “Now, o Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for You have fulfilled Your word and my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You display for all the people to see. Here is the light You will reveal to the nations, and the glory of Your people, Israel.”

Saturday, 2 February 2013 : Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Psalm)

Psalm 23 : 7, 8, 9, 10

Lift up, o gateways, your lintels; Open up, you ancient doors, that the King of Glory may enter!

Who is the King of Glory? The Lord, the strong, the mighty; The Lord, valiant in battle.

Lift up your lintels, o gateways; Open up, you ancient doors, that the King of Glory may enter!

Who is the King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory!

Saturday, 2 February 2013 : Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (First Reading)

Malachi 3 : 1-4

Now I am sending My messenger ahead of Me to clear the way; then suddenly the Lord for whom you long will enter the sanctuary. The envoy of the covenant which you so greatly desire already comes, says YHVH of hosts. Who can bear the day of His coming and remain standing when He appears? For He will be like fire in the foundry and like the lye used for bleaching.

He will be as a refiner or a fuller. He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. So YHVH will have priests who will present the offering as it should be. Then YHVH will accept with pleasure the offering of Judah and Jerusalem, as in former days.

(Alternative reading : Hebrews 2 : 14-18)

And because all those children share one same nature of flesh and blood, Jesus likewise had to share this nature. This is why His death destroyed the one holding the power of death, that is the devil, and freed those who remained in bondage all their lifetime because of the fear of death.

Jesus came to take by the hand not the angels but the human race. So He had to be like His brothers and sisters in every respect, in order to be the High Priest faithful to God and merciful to them, a priest able to ask pardon and atone for their sins. Having been tested through suffering, He is able to help those who are tested.

Friday, 1 February 2013 : 3rd Week of Ordinary Time (Scripture Reflection)

Jesus mentioned plenty about seeds and how they grow today, just as in the days prior, in the readings He mentioned the parable of the sower, where the sower spreads the seeds onto different kinds of soil, and in the end only those that fall on the rich soil will grow and produce yield thirty, sixty, and hundredfold. So does too our faith, which in the beginning is just like a small seed, once nurtured and grown, will grow into a large tree just like the mustard tree.

Therefore, never be afraid of showing your faith to God, since no matter how small it is, what matters is that we truly put our trust in Him, and love Him with all our hearts, our souls, and our minds. If we truly put our faith in God who is faithful to us, He will reward us with great blessings and graces, that will allow our faith to grow ever stronger, and ever more vibrant, just like those seeds. In the first reading, again we see the importance of living our faith, and transforming our faith into real practice, that is doing the will of God.

What is the will of God? Well, Jesus Himself said, what you have done to the least of these, you have done it for Me. When we do our best to help those who are weak, those who are sorrowed, those who are lonely, those who are ostracised, those who are abused, and those who are rejected, we have done the will of God, and we shall be saved. To be saved is not just to be faithful in God, but also therefore to put it into practice in our daily lives.

Just as it was said in the letter to the Hebrews in the first reading that we are not among those who withdraw and perish, but among those who believe and win personal salvation, hence, let us not withdraw from those around us who need the love of God, which we can channel through ourselves, as we ourselves, if we are truly faithful, we have felt and seen the love of God. It is through us, through our speech and our hands that the Lord made His great works and love manifest in our world today. Many people still suffer and many are still in slavery of sin and evil.

Therefore, let us all, brothers and sisters in Christ, take up this mission, to bring God’s Good News to all who yearn to hear it, to bring God’s love and comfort to the sorrowful and to those who suffer, and to bring redemption to those who have fallen into the darkness of evil and sin. Do not let fear, laziness, and inaction to stop us in our works, in our mission to nurture our faith, through our mission and our good deeds in the name of God, and by doing God’s will, our seed of faith will blossom, and from the least of all seeds, indeed we can become the greatest of all in faith.

But do not let this come to competition, but rather, support each other and help one another to nurture each other’s faith. May God bless us all this day and all the days of our life, that our faith may be strengthened ever through our actions in His Holy Name. Amen.