November 21, 2021

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21 November
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe
The 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost

Ordinary Form
Deuteronomy 7,13-14
Psalm 93,1.1-2.5
Revelation 1,5-8
John 18,33b-37

Extraordinary Form
Colossians 1,9-14
Psalm 43,8-9
Psalm 129,1.2
Matthew 24,13-25

from "The Liturgical Year" by Dom Prosper Guéranger, O.S.B.

The end proposed by eternal Wisdom in the world's creation, and mercifully continued, after the fall, by the mystery of Redemption, has now (we speak of the Church's year and God's workings) been fully carried out. This end was no other than that of divine union with human nature, making it one in the unity of one only body. Now that the two antagonistic people, Gentile and Jew, are brought together in the one same new Man in Christ Jesus their Head, the two Testaments, which so strongly marked the distinction between the ages of time, the one called the old, the other the new, fade away, and give place to the glory of the eternal Alliance.

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November 14, 2021

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14 November
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Resumed 6th Sunday after Epiphany

Ordinary Form
Deuteronomy 12,1-3
Psalm 16,5.8.9-10.11
Hebrews 10,11-14.18
Mark 13,24-32

Extraordinary Form
1Thessalonians 1,2-10
Psalm 43,8-9
Psalm 129,1.2
Matthew 13,31-35

Jesus said to his disciples:
"In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds'
with great power and glory,
and then he will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

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November 7, 2021

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7 November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
24th Sunday after Pentecost
(Resumed 5th Sunday after Epiphany)

Ordinary Form
1Kings 17,10-16
Psalm 146,7.8-9.9-10
Hebrews 9,24-28
Mark 12,38-44

Extraordinary Form
Colossians 3,12-17
Psalm 43,8-9
Psalm 129,1.2
Matthew 13,24-30

24 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?' 2 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29 But he said, 'No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'" Matthew 13,24-30

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October 31, 2021

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31 October
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Christ the King
All Hallow’s Eve

Ordinary Form
Deuteronomy 6,2-6
Psalm 18,2-3.3-4.47.51
Hebrews 7,23-28
Mark 12,28b-34

Extraordinary Form
Colossians 1,12-20
Psalm 71,8.11
Psalm 7,14
John 18,33-37

Why is there a gargoyle in our parish garden? Let’s ask Wikipedia.

In architecture, and specifically in Gothic architecture, a gargoyle is a carved or formed grotesque figure with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building, thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between.

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October 24, 2021

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24 October
Vigil of the Feast of Ss. Crispin and Crispinian

Born to a noble Roman family in the 3rd century AD, Crispin and Crispinian fled persecution for their faith, ending up at Soissons, where they preached Christianity to the Gauls while making shoes by night. They earned enough by their trade to support themselves and also to aid the poor. The governor of Belgic Gaul had them tortured and thrown into the river with millstones around their necks. They survived but were beheaded by the Emperor c. 286.

The Battle of Agincourt was fought on Saint Crispin's feastday. Shakespeare's "St. Crispin's Day Speech" from his play Henry V has immortalized it.

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