Ordinary Time: January 18th
Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Other Commemorations: St. Prisca, Virgin and Martyr (RM)
Second Week in Ordinary Time, Entrance Antiphon, Ps 66 (65):4:
All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!
Alleluia Verse for Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time, Cf. Mt 4:23:
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people.
Communion Antiphon, Ps 23 (22):5:
You have prepared a table before me, and how precious is the chalice that quenches my thirst.
The Roman Martyrology today commemorates St. Prisca, virgin and martyr (d. 275). Under Emperor Claudius II in about 270 she gained the crown of martyrdom. Prisca should not be confused with Priscilla, the wife of Aquila, mentioned in the Acts, whose feast dates to the earliest days of Christianity.
Prisca, who is also known as Priscilla, was a child martyr of the early Roman Church. Born to Christian parents of a noble family, Prisca was raised during the reign of the Roman emperor Claudius. While Claudius did not persecute Christians with the same fervor as other Roman emperors, Christians still did not practice their faith openly. In fact, Prisca's parents went to great lengths to conceal their faith, and thus they were not suspected of being Christians.
Symbols and Representation: young woman with a one or more lions, an eagle and a sword
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