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ABOUT BLESSED GUY OF VICOGNE

BLESSED GUY (GUIDO) OF VICOGNE +1147

A native of the Brittany region of northwestern France, Guy had already consumed the years of his youth in frivolity and self-gratification when he experienced a profound conversion.

Filled with remorse for his past, he journeyed to the Praemonstratensian monastery of Premontre, where he received spiritual direction from its founder, Saint Norbert. After being ordained a priest by Norbert, Guy withdrew into the forest of Artois to live as a hermit, making a home for himself at the foot of an old tree.

While undertaking a life of solitude, poverty, and restored innocence, Guy exercised his priestly zeal to save souls by preaching.

Ultimately he decided to found a new monastic community, Vicogne, in the diocese of Arras. The monks of Vicogne were to be known for their humility, charity, obedience, silence, patience, and constancy in prayer. In addition to founding two other monasteries and a hospital for the poor, Guy completed two pilgrimages to the Holy Land. It was while setting out to make the third pilgrimage that he fell ill and died in 1147.

“Like the deer that yearns
for running streams,
so my soul is yearning
for you, my God.”

 

ST ISIDORE – PRAYER MEDITATION

ST ISIDORE +1130

“To all of you who are God’s beloved in Rome: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 1:7)

REFLECTION:
Any teaching that is not supported by grace may enter our ears, but it never reaches the heart.
When God’s grace does touch our innermost minds, then His word can move deep into our heart.
– St Isidore

PRAYER:
Dear St Isidore, your care for the poor reflected God’s grace. Help me to welcome all opportunities to accept grace.
Amen.

 

THIS IS OUR GOD, THE SERVANT KING (HYMN)

This is our God, the Servant King,
he calls us now to follow Him,
to bring our lives as a daily offering
of worship to the Servant King.

1. From heaven you came a helpless babe,
entered our world, your glory veiled,
not to be served but to serve,
and give your life that we might live.

2. There in the garden of tears
my heavy load He chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow was torn,
‘Yet not my will but yours’, He said.

3. Come see His hands and His feet,
the scars that speak of sacrifice,
hands that flung stars into space
to cruel nails surrendered.

4. So let us learn to serve
and in our lives enthrone Him,
each other’s needs to prefer,
for it is Christ we’re serving.

 

MORNING OFFERING FOR PRIESTS

Divine Saviour Jesus Christ, who has entrusted the whole work of your redemption, the welfare, and salvation of the world to priests as your representatives, through the hands of your most holy Mother and for the sanctification of your priests and candidates for the priesthood, I offer you this present day wholly and entirely, with all its prayers, works, joys, sacrifices, and sorrows. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of your divine love, seek nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of souls.

And you, Mary, good Mother of priests, protect all priests in the dangers of their holy vocation and, with the loving hand of a Mother, also lead back to the Good Shepherd those poor priests who have become unfaithful to their exalted vocation and have gone astray.
Amen.

 

WHERE YOU THERE? (HYMN)

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble,
tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to a tree?…

Were you there when they pierced him in his side?…

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?…

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?…

Were you there when he rose from out the tomb?…

 

PRAYER: DELIVER US FROM EVIL (LIBERA NOS)

(The prayer Libera Nos is said after the Pater Noster of the Traditional Mass.)

Deliver us, we beseech thee, Lord,
from all evils, past, present and to come,
and by the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary ever virgin, Mother of God, and of thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of Andrew and of all thy Saints,
merciful grant peace in our days,
That aided by the help of thy mercy,
we may be always free from sin and secure from all disturbance,
through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

THE STORY OF PALM SUNDAY IN THE BIBLE

PSALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

“And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
and saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightaway he will send him hither.
And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
And many spread their garments in the way; and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.”
(Mark 11:1-10)