SATURDAY (May 1, 2021)
St. Philip and St. James, Apostles
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”” (John 10:17–18)
Jesus’ humility—His emptying Himself to become one of us through the birth of a woman—His suffering and death—His sacrifice—was done out of love. Jesus willingly submitted to the incarnation and all that follows. This is a strange love, one that we will never fully understand this side of heaven. Christ calls us by name and wraps us in His loving arms always and forever.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Jim. Bless him now with the forgiveness of sins and a firm trust in you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer for the Feast of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles
Almighty God, Your Son revealed Himself to Philip and James and gave them the knowledge of everlasting life. Grant us perfectly to know Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be the way, the truth, and the life, and steadfastly to walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.