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The 3rd Mass And Penance After This Message From Deacon Greg Kandra & A Word From Your Local Parish

7 Apr

The 3rd Mass was at 1PM EDT(6PM GMT) @ Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills, Queens. The Celebrant was The Most Reverend Paul Sanchez, Pastor with Deacon Greg Kandra, of the blog, “The Deacon’s Bench” on Patheos.com.

In the Gospel, proclaimed by Deacon Greg Kandra, this is the story of Lazarus, in the tomb, dead for 4 Days. Jesus meets Martha and Mary. Jesus is moved to Tears over the Death of Lazarus. He orders the stone rolled back & commands Lazarus to rise from the tomb.
This foretells Jesus’ Own Death and Resurrection. For The Christ is on His way to Jerusalem, where He would go through His Passion, Death and Resurrection.

In Deacon Greg’s Homily, we are reminded that we, too, are like Lazarus, in that one day, we will face The Just Judgement. We must be Ready.
For Deacon Greg Kandra spoke of the days when he rarely darkened the doors of The Confessional. So he told those who were at the 1PM Mass about going to Confession, which in his case was for the 1st Time in years. So he went to St. Francis of Assisi on W31st Street. He went through the Entry Rituals and the Franciscan Priest told Greg “Welcome Home.” Now I knew why my Dear Parents loved going to the Franciscans for the Sacrament of Penance(Reconcilliation).

After Mass, I headed by Bus to St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Midtown Manhattan. Confessions were heard at 4:30PM until 6PM. I waited for a brief period in the queue. I then confessed my sins, which were in need of being forgiven.
Yes, Greg, I was made to feel Welcome.

This was something of a Penitential Weekend, beginning with the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, where when one prays in this Mass, you become so aware of one’s Sinful Ways. It is a POWERFUL Liturgy.
Then, one becomes more aware during the Tridentine Latin Mass of 1962 of one’s NEED for Repentance.
Still again, it took the Coaxing of Deacon Greg Kandra to head to Confession, for he mentioned about Pope Francis going to Confession, as seen on Television and The Web. The Holy Spirit moved me with His Wisdom, away from Sin to the Sacrament of Penance(Reconcilliation), Quietly and Mysteriously. He gave me Courage to confess my sins, Face To Face with the Priest. It made for a Better Confession.

Deo Gratias!


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