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Monthly Archives: March 2012

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)

 

ABOUT ST MUSA

ST MUSA, VIRGIN +6th CENTURY

One night, Musa, a young girl of Rome, experienced a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Musa saw that the Mother of God was accompanied by a retinue of little girls like her, all dressed in white.
She felt drawn to join them, but thought herself unworthy to do so.
The Blessed Virgin asked Musa if she wanted to join the little girls, and the child admitted that she did.
Mary thereupon enjoined Musa to behave herself, and to bear in mind that in thirty days she would enter the rank of the girls dressed in white.
In the days that followed, Musa’s parents were amazed by the sudden change in their child’s behaviour, and asked her about it. Musa related to them the vision of the Blessed Virgin. Twenty-five days after the vision, Musa fell ill. On the thirtieth day, Musa again saw the Blessed Mother coming and calling her, accompanied by the other girls. Musa lowered her eyes, and replied, “I am coming, my noble Lady, I am coming to you”, before breathing her last.

“Mary, my Mother, I love you.
Give me a greater love for Jesus and for you.
Amen.”

 

ST MATTHIAS – PRAYER MEDITATION

ST MATTHIAS +FIRST CENTURY

“They prayed,…”Show us which one of these two You have chosen to take the place…that Judas abandoned”…They cast lots and the lot fell to Matthias who was then added to the eleven.” (Acts 1:24-26)

REFLECTION:
As the leader of the Apostles, Peter always took the initiative in speaking (but) he left the decision to all of them.
But it was Peter who presented the idea, pointing out that it was not his own but had been suggested to him by a scriptural prophecy.
– St John Chrysostom

PRAYER:
Dear St Matthias, help me to know when God is choosing me and to accept His invitation.
Amen.

 

LORD OF THE DANCE (HYMN)

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

1. I danced in the morning
when the world was begun,
and I danced in the moon
and the stars and the sun,
and I came down from heaven
and I danced on the earth –
at Bethlehem I had my birth.

2. I danced for the scribe
and the pharisee
but they would not dance
and they wouldn’t follow me,
I danced for the fishermen,
for James and John –
they came with me
and the dance went on.

3. I danced on the Sabbath
and I cured the lame.
The holy people
said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped
and they hung me high
and left me there
on the cross to die.

4. I danced on a Friday
when the sky turned black –
it’s hard to dance
with the devil on your back;
they buried my body
and they thought I’d gone –
but I am the dance
and I still go on.

5. They cut me down
and I leapt up high –
I am the life
that’ll never, never die.
I’ll live in you
if you’ll live in me.
I am the Lord
of the Dance, said he.

 

THE POWER OF THE PRAYER ‘JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH, I LOVE YOU, SAVE SOULS’

“Every time you pray the prayer below, you will save a person from going to eternal damnation.

Incredible, but true. Such is the power of the names of Jesus and Mary. Such is the power of love.

Many souls go to hell because no one prays for them.
Here is the prayer:

‘JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH, I LOVE YOU, SAVE SOULS’.”

Words of Our Lord:
“It would be impossible to formulate a more perfect Act of Love in fewer words than: ‘Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!’
It contains all: love for Me, love for My Mother, and love for souls whom I came to redeem. This ‘Act of Love’ includes all souls: the souls in Purgatory, the innocent, the suffering, the sinful, the dying, and even your own poor soul.”
“Do not lose time! Every ‘Act of Love’ means a soul!”
“One ‘Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!’ repairs a thousand blasphemies!”
“What would you like to give your Mother Mary?… Offer her a continual ‘Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!’ With that you will be giving her everything!”
“I do not demand heroic acts from you, but mere trifles; only they must be offered with all your heart!… Why is it that I do not permit you [Sr Consolata] so many vocal prayers? It is because the ‘Act of Love’ is more fruitful.”
“When you will have uttered your last ‘Jesus, Mary, I love you! Save souls!’ I will gather it up and will convey it by means of your life’s writings to millions of souls who, though they be sinners, will welcome it and will follow you in the simple way of trust and love, and in that way will love Me.”
– Our Lord to Sr Maria Consolata Betrone, Poor Clare Capuchin

 

BLESSED JULIANA OF NORWICH – PRAYER MEDITATION

BL. JULIANA (JULIAN) OF NORWICH +c.1423

“Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3)

REFLECTION:
I saw that He is to us everything that is good and comfortable for us.
He is our clothing that for love wraps us, clasps us, and beclothes us for tender love, that He may never leave us.
– Blessed Juliana

PRAYER:
Blessed Juliana, you experienced revelations of God’s extraordinary love. Help me to remember how completely God loves me.
Amen.

 

‘THE FRUIT OF SILENCE IS PRAYER’

The fruit of silence is prayer;
the fruit of prayer is faith;
the fruit of faith is love;
the fruit of love is service;
the fruit of service is peace.
– Blessed Mother Teresa