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 February 17, 2021 

Ash Wednesday

Saint of the day

Saint Alexis Falconieri (1200-1310)

Saint Alexis Falconieri was one of the seven founders of the Servants of Mary, or Servite Order. Alexis and six friends joined the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin in 1225. As they were assembled on the Feast of the Assumption in 1233, the Blessed Virgin appeared to them in a vision. Motivated by their experience, they established a new religious community focused on prayer. A second vision of the Blessed Mother inspired the group to found the Servants of Mary. All of the members in this new community were ordained except for Alexis, who felt that he was unworthy of such a great honor. Instead, he took charge of the order's material and financial duties, humbly begging on the streets when funding was tight. Alexis was the only founding member of the Servites still living when the order received approval from Pope Benedict XI in 1304. Saint Alexis Falconieri and his companions were canonized in 1888.

Reflection

Saint Alexis Falconieri and his friends established a religious community focused on prayer after the Blessed Virgin appeared to them in a vision. Do you recognize holy encounters that you have with the Holy Trinity or the saints? Is your faith rejuvenated and restored after these encounters? Spend some quiet time with God. Ask him to help you be more aware of the holy encounters in your life, and how to better live out your vocation.

Prayer

Dear God, I want you to come to me in a burning bush or a rainbow or in some other spectacular way. Help me to appreciate the little ways you show yourself to me every single day. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 219

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

Color of decorations and priest's vestments:

Daily readings

Reading I: Jl 2:12-18

Responsorial Psalm: 51:3-4, 5-6Ab, 12-13, 14 And 17

Reading II: 2 Cor 5:20—6:2

Verse Before the Gospel: See Ps 95:8

Gospel: Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

View complete readings on USCCB.org
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