As always, readings are chosen at random by volunteers.
I will come again on the last day. But I will not walk the Earth beforehand
The First Seal is the Apostasy
The Book of Truth will be the antithesis of the new false book
Douay Rheims Bible: 4Kings 19: 20-37
 And Isaias the son of Amos sent to Ezechias, saying: Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel: I have heard the prayer thou hast made to me concerning Sennacherib king of the Assyrians.
 This is the word, that the Lord hath spoken of him: The virgin the daughter of Sion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn: the daughter of Jerusalem hath wagged her head behind thy back.  Whom hast thou reproached, and whom hast thou blasphemed? against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thy eyes on high? against the holy one of Israel.  By the hand of thy servants thou hast reproached the Lord, and hast said: With the multitude of my chariots I have gone up to the height of the mountains, to the top of Libanus, and have cut down its tall cedars, and its choice fir trees. And I have entered into the furthest parts thereof, and the forest of its Carmel.  I have cut down, and I have drunk strange waters, and have dried up with the soles of my feet all the shut up waters.  Hast thou not heard what I have done from the beginning? from the days of old I have formed it, and now I have brought it to effect: that fenced cities of fighting men should be turned to heaps of ruin:
 And the inhabitants of them, were weak of hand, they trembled and were confounded, they became like the grass of the field, and the green herb on the tops of houses, which withered before it came to maturity.  Thy dwelling and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy way I knew before, and thy rage against me.  Thou hast been mad against me, and thy pride hath come up to my ears: therefore I will put a ring in thy nose, and a bit between thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way, by which thou camest.  And to thee, O Ezechias, this shall be a sign: Eat this year what thou shalt find: and in the second year, such things as spring of themselves: but in the third year sow and reap: plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  And whatsoever shall be left of the house of Juda, shall take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and that which shall be saved out of mount Sion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.  Wherefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of the Assyrians: He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow into it, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a trench about it.  By the way that he came, he shall return: and into this city he shall not come, saith the Lord.  And I will protect this city, and will save it for my own sake, and for David my servant’ s sake.  And it came to pass that night, that an angel of the Lord came, and slew in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and eighty-five thousand. And when he arose early in the morning, he saw all the bodies of the dead.
 And Sennacherib king of the Assyrians departing went away, and he returned and abode in Ninive.  And as he was worshipping in the temple of Nesroch his god, Adramelech and Sarasar his sons slew him with the sword, and they fled into the land of the Armenians, and Asarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
Editor’s note: Again, the readings were remarkably suited to the theme of our prayers today. All 3 readings from the Book of Truth were about the Book of Truth.
The first reading spoke of Daniel, who knew the truth of Revelation. It spoke of the attacks on the church which are to come and that we should make preparations. (Jesus is reminding us that the Synod is to begin very shortly where these things will begin.).
The second reading, again mentions the Book of Truth and talks about the Apostasy which is so prevalent today. It warns us of the danger of new age practices – naming them specifically – all of which is so appropriate, and perhaps will become more prevalent and accepted. Jesus always warns us ahead of time, so we don’t fall into these traps – so that we can hold our head above water, and stay strong.
The third reading warns us of the new false book which is coming (again a reference to the synod?) and will be inflicted on the world. The Book of Truth will be the antithesis of this new false book. Jesus warns us that even good souls will be against God’s holy word as they will have a misguided loyalty to priests who have lost the faith.
The Bible reading is prophetic and refers to an egotistical king (leader) who threatens Jerusalem. What seems to stand out is that there will be “a remnant” saved out of Sion. The kIng of Assyrians boasted of cutting down the tall cedars and choice fir trees – maybe the false prophet who cut down the good bishops and Franciscan Friars of Immaculate, etc? But The Lord prophesies of his downfall. The kIng of the Assyrians will not enter the city (of Jerusalem/Sion – remnant). God says he will protect this city and save it. (God’s promise to the remnant to save them) Overnight, the enemy was slain by an angel of the Lord.
This is what we understood from the reading but others may be given further insight. It was all very reassuring.
All the little blessings our prayer group receives, as well as the readings we open each week – all make us feel very loved by our dear Lord and we are assured of His protection.