(Easter Vigil) Saturday, 26 March 2016 : Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord, Holy Week (Seventh Reading)

Liturgical Colour : White

Ezekiel 36 : 16-17a, 18-28

The word of YHVH came to me in these terms, “Son of man, when Israel occupied her own land and defiled it by her way of life and her actions. I poured out My fury on them because of the blood they shed in the land and because they defiled it with their filthy idols.”

“Then I scattered them among the nations  and dispersed them in other lands. I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. But when they were brought to other nations, My Holy Name was profane because others said of them : ‘The people of YHVH had to be exiled from His land!'”

“Then I was concerned for My Holy Name, profaned by Israel among the nations where she had been dispersed. Now you shall say to the people of Israel : ‘It is not for your sake that I am about to act, but because of My Holy Name that you have profaned in the places where you have gone.'”

“‘I will make known the holiness of My great Name, profaned among the nations because of you, and they will know that I am YHVH when I show them My holiness among you. For I will gather you from all the nations and bring you back to your own land.'”

“‘Then I shall pour pure water over you and you shall be made clean – cleansed from the defilement of all your idols. I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I shall remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.'”

“‘I shall put  My spirit within you and move you to follow My decrees and keep My laws. You will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you shall be My people and I will be Your God.'”

(Easter Vigil) Saturday, 26 March 2016 : Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord, Holy Week (Psalm after Fifth Reading)

Liturgical Colour : White

Isaiah 12 : 2-6

He is the God of my salvation; in Him I trust and am not afraid, YHVH is my strength; Him I will praise, the One who saved me. You will draw water with joy from the very fountain of salvation.

Then you will say : “Praise to the Lord, break into songs of joy for Him, proclaim His marvellous deeds among the nations and exalt His Name. Sing to the Lord : wonders He has done, let these be known all over the earth.

Sing for joy, o people of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

200,000 views for my blog! Thanks to all the visitors and Praise be to God!

As of last Sunday,  26 October 2014, my blog has reached its 200,000th view by visitors from different parts of the world. I thank all those who had spent their time to come and read what I had published in this blog.

May God be with us all, bless us and guide us always. And may He guide me and bless me so that I can continue to write, to publish and to work for His greater glory.

 

Blog

 

Blog statistics (as of Monday, 27 October 2014) :

Total views : 201,122

Total visitors : 121,140
Statistics by countries (views) – 195,987 views tabulated below

1. Philippines : 55,833

2. United States of America (USA) : 52,561

3. Singapore : 19,892

4. United Kingdom (UK) : 10,390

5. India : 6,947

6. Canada : 5,803

7. Australia : 4,998

8. Italy : 2,587

9. Ireland : 2,527

10. Nigeria : 2,439

11. South Africa : 2,046

12. Malaysia : 1,987

13. Germany : 1,635

14. Kenya : 1,609

15. Indonesia : 1,582

16. Hong Kong (SAR of China) : 1,110

17. France : 1,101

18. New Zealand : 1,020

19. United Arab Emirates : 845

20. Japan : 780

21. Poland : 762

22. Uganda : 759

23. Ghana : 742

24. Brazil : 592

25. Sri Lanka : 590

26. Netherlands : 568

27. Malta : 520

28. Trinidad and Tobago : 495

29. Thailand : 487

30. Saudi Arabia : 467

31. Belgium : 460

32. Spain : 446

33. Pakistan : 436

34. Tanzania : 379

35. Republic of Korea (South Korea) : 365

36. Vietnam : 364

37. Switzerland : 330

38. Cameroon : 314

39. Sweden : 305

40. Guam (USA) : 301

41. Republic of China (Taiwan) : 300

42. Zambia : 286

43. Austria : 270

44. Portugal : 260

45. Mexico : 244

46. Israel : 236

47. Hungary : 232

48. Croatia : 202

49. Zimbabwe : 191

50. Greece : 183

51. Argentina : 183

52. Czech Republic : 176

53. Myanmar (Burma) : 173

54. Norway : 162

55. Colombia : 158

56. Finland : 153

57. Romania : 148

58. Jamaica : 144

59. Slovakia : 143

60. Russian Federation (Russia) : 142

61. Qatar : 138

62. Cyprus : 135

63. Fiji : 135

64. Barbados : 129

65. Botswana : 129

66. Grenada : 117

67. Bangladesh : 110

68. Lithuania : 109

69. Turkey : 108

70. Kuwait : 106

71. Papua New Guinea : 103

72. Vatican City (Holy See) : 103

73. Lebanon : 103

74. Malawi : 96

75. Namibia : 94

76. Slovenia : 86

77. American Samoa (USA) : 82

78. Panama : 79

79. Denmark : 77

80. Egypt : 67

81. Paraguay : 67

82. Bahamas : 66

83. Puerto Rico (USA) : 66

84. Peru : 65

85. Macau (SAR of China) : 64

86. Liberia : 63

87. Ethiopia : 63

88. Bulgaria : 63

89. Dominica : 61

90. Chile : 58

91. Saint Lucia : 58

92. Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) : 56

93. Ukraine : 56

94. Sierra Leone : 55

95. Brunei Darussalam : 54

96. Cambodia : 53

97. Bahrain : 51

98. Albania : 50

99. Rwanda : 47

100. St. Vincent and the Grenadines : 44

101. Mauritius : 42

102. Tonga : 39

103. Oman : 38

104. Seychelles : 38

105. Aruba (Netherlands) : 37

106. Samoa : 37

1o7. Bosnia and Herzegovina : 37

108. Belize : 36

109. Senegal : 35

110. Latvia : 34

111. Serbia : 32

112. Ecuador : 30

113. Northern Mariana Islands (USA) : 30

114. Antigua and Barbuda : 29

115. Sudan : 28

116. Costa Rica : 27

117. Venezuela : 27

118. Bermuda : 26

119. Guyana : 26

120. Honduras : 25

121. El Salvador : 25

122. Luxembourg : 24

123. Guatemala : 24

124. Jordan : 23

125. Dominican Republic : 21

126. Mozambique : 20

127. Morocco : 18

128. Mongolia : 18

129. Estonia : 17

130. Kazakhstan : 17

131. Federated States of Micronesia : 16

132. Jersey (UK) : 15

133. Gambia : 15

134. Nicaragua : 15

135. Yemen : 15

136. Swaziland : 14

137. Nepal : 14

138. Iraq : 14

139. Virgin Islands (USA) : 14

140. Cayman Islands (UK) : 14

141. Tunisia : 13

142. Palestine : 13

143. Benin : 13

144. Bolivia : 13

145. Burundi : 13

146. Haiti : 13

147. Gibraltar (UK) : 13

148. British Virgin Islands (UK) : 11

149. Belarus : 11

150. Madagascar : 11

151. Marshall Islands : 10

152. Solomon Islands : 10

153. People’s Republic of China (China) : 10

154. Georgia : 10

155. Libya : 10

156. Isle of Man (UK) : 10

157. Turks and Caicos Islands (UK) : 9

158. Armenia : 8

159. Uruguay : 8

160. Maldives : 7

161. Cook Islands (UK) : 7

162. Saint Kitts and Nevis : 7

163. Djibouti : 7

164. Macedonia : 7

165. Guinea : 6

166. Guernsey (UK) : 6

167. Moldova : 6

168. Angola : 6

169. Uzbekistan : 6

170. Kiribati : 5

171. French Polynesia (France) : 5

172. Burkina Faso : 5

173. Liechtenstein : 4

174. Togo : 4

175. Equatorial Guinea : 4

176. Lesotho : 4

177. Iceland : 4

178. French Guiana (France) : 4

179. Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) : 4

180. Timor-Leste (East Timor) : 4

181. Laos : 3

182. Suriname : 3

183. Monaco : 3

184. Central African Republic : 3

185. Azerbaijan : 3

186. Martinique (France) : 2

187. Greenland (Denmark) : 2

188. Palau : 2

189. New Caledonia (France) : 2

190. Vanuatu : 2

191. Montenegro : 1

192. Algeria : 1

193. Guadeloupe (France) : 1

194. Iran : 1

195. Afghanistan : 1

196. Congo : 1

197. Mauritania : 1

198. Chad : 1

199. Mali : 1

200. Saint Martin (France and Netherlands) : 1

201. Faroe Islands (Denmark) : 1

Friday, 29 November 2013 : 34th Week of Ordinary Time (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Daniel 7 : 2-14

Daniel said, “I saw the following in my vision : the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea, and four great beasts, each one different from the other, came out of the sea.”

“The first was like a lion with eagle’s wings. As I looked at it, its wings were torn off. It was lifted up from the ground, stood up on its feet like a man, and was given a human heart. The second was a beast like a bear; it was raised up on one side and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told : Go and devour much flesh.”

“I went on looking and saw another beast like a leopard with four wings on its back; it had four heads and dominion was given to it. I continued seeing my visions of the night and saw a terrible fourth beast. It was fearful and extraordinarily strong; it had great iron teeth; it ate, tore into pieces, and crushed underfoot whatever remained.”

“It was different from the previous beasts and had ten horns. I was looking at the horns, when another small horn sprang among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots to make way for the new. It had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that uttered insolent words.”

“I looked and saw the following : Some thrones were set in place and One of Great Age took His seat. His robe was white as snow, His hair white as washed wool. His throne was flames of fire with wheels of blazing fire. A river of fire sprang forth and flowed before Him. Thousands upon thousands served Him and a countless multitude stood before Him.”

“Those in the tribunal took their seats and opened the book. But as I remembered the haughty words of the horn with human eyes and mouth which I had seen before, this animal was killed before my eyes, and its body destroyed and cast into the fire.”

“Dominion was taken from the other animals, though they were allowed to stay alive for a time, until the fixed time. I continued watching the nocturnal vision : One like a Son of Man came on the clouds of heaven. He faced the One of Great Age and was brought into His presence.”

“Dominion, honour, and kingship were given Him, and all the peoples and nations of every language served Him. His dominion is eternal and shall never pass away; His kingdom will never be destroyed.”

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 : 34th Week of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Luke 21 : 5-11

While some people were talking about the Temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, “The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down.” And they asked Him, “Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?”

Jesus then said, “Take care not to be deceived, for many will come claiming My title and saying, ‘I am He, the Messiah; the time is at hand!’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, do not be frightened; for all these things must happen first, even though the end is not so soon.”

And Jesus said, “Nations will fight each other and kingdom will oppose kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues; in many places strange and terrifying signs from heaven will be seen.”

Friday, 27 September 2013 : 25th Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, Priest (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : White

Haggai 1 : 15b – Haggai 2 : 9

It was the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. On the twenty-first day of the seventh month of the second year of the reign of Darius, this word of YHVH was sent through the prophet Haggai, “Give this message to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, and to Joshua, the high priest, and to all the people :

Is there left among you one of those who saw this House long ago in the time of its glory? What do they think of what they see now? Is it not a very little thing? But I say to you, Zerubbabel, Joshua, and My people : do not be discouraged. Begin to work, for I am with you, says YHVH. Do not be afraid, for My Spirit is in your midst.

Thus says YHVH of hosts, within a short while I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the continents. Then I will shake all the nations and bring in the treasures of the whole world. I will fill this House with glory, says YHVH. I will have as much silver and gold as I wish. The renown of this Temple will be greater than before, and in this place I will give peace,” says YHVH of hosts.

Monday, 16 September 2013 : 24th Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Cornelius, Pope and Martyr, and St. Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Red

1 Timothy 2 : 1-8

First of all I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for rulers of states and all in authority, that we may enjoy a quiet and peaceful life in godliness and respect. This is good and pleases God. For He wants all to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth.

As there is one God, there is one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, Himself human, who gave His life for the redemption of all. This is the testimony, given in its proper time, and of this, God has made me apostle and herald. I am not lying. I am telling the truth : He made me teacher of the nations regarding faith and truth.

I want the men in every place to lift pure hands in prayer to heaven without anger and dissension.