HOLY MASS ASH WEDNESDAY - LENT STARTS 2014

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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2014-03-05:

  • ASH WEDNESDAY - LENT STARTS 2014:

    Time of Lent.

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    Jl 2:12-18

    Even now, says the LORD,
    return to me with your whole heart,
    with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
    Rend your hearts, not your garments,
    and return to the LORD, your God.
    For gracious and merciful is he,
    slow to anger, rich in kindness,
    and relenting in punishment.
    Perhaps he will again relent
    and leave behind him a blessing,
    Offerings and libations
    for the LORD, your God.

    Blow the trumpet in Zion!
    proclaim a fast,
    call an assembly;
    Gather the people,
    notify the congregation;
    Assemble the elders,
    gather the children
    and the infants at the breast;
    Let the bridegroom quit his room
    and the bride her chamber.
    Between the porch and the altar
    let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
    And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people,
    and make not your heritage a reproach,
    with the nations ruling over them!
    Why should they say among the peoples,
    ‘Where is their God?’”

    Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land
    and took pity on his people.

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM

    Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17

    R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
    in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
    Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
    and of my sin cleanse me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    For I acknowledge my offense,
    and my sin is before me always:
    “Against you only have I sinned,
    and done what is evil in your sight.”
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    A clean heart create for me, O God,
    and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
    Cast me not out from your presence,
    and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
    Give me back the joy of your salvation,
    and a willing spirit sustain in me.
    O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
    R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

    SECOND LECTURE OF THE MASS

    2 Cor 5:20—6:2

    Brothers and sisters:
    We are ambassadors for Christ,
    as if God were appealing through us.
    We implore you on behalf of Christ,
    be reconciled to God.
    For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
    so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

    Working together, then,
    we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
    For he says:

    In an acceptable time I heard you,
    and on the day of salvation I helped you.


    Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
    behold, now is the day of salvation.

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Take care not to perform righteous deeds
    in order that people may see them;
    otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
    When you give alms,
    do not blow a trumpet before you,
    as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
    to win the praise of others.
    Amen, I say to you,
    they have received their reward.
    But when you give alms,
    do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
    so that your almsgiving may be secret.
    And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

    “When you pray,
    do not be like the hypocrites,
    who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
    so that others may see them.
    Amen, I say to you,
    they have received their reward.
    But when you pray, go to your inner room,
    close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
    And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

    “When you fast,
    do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
    They neglect their appearance,
    so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
    Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    But when you fast,
    anoint your head and wash your face,
    so that you may not appear to be fasting,
    except to your Father who is hidden.
    And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

Liturgical Year 2013-2014

The following is an animated image of the liturgical year 2013-2014 according to the Roman Catholic rite. It's called "liturgical year" or "Christian Year" at the time ranging from the first Sunday of Advent and the last week in Ordinary Time during which the Church celebrates the whole mystery of Christ from his birth to his second coming. One can say that the liturgical year consists of two times: strong times and ordinary time. The strong times are, Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, during which a particular mystery of salvation is celebrated. Ordinary Time, in turn, does not hold any particular mistery, but rather the same mystery of Christ in its fullness, especially on Sundays. Ordinary Time is divided into two parts throughout the liturgicaL year and in total lasts 33 or 34 weeks. Note that in the image below the corresponding date of 2014-03-05 has been highlighted.