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ABOUT SAINTS TIMOTHY AND MAURA, MARTYRS

SAINTS TIMOTHY AND MAURA, MARTYRS +286

It was during the early days of the bloody anti-Christian persecution under the Roman Emperor Diocletian (284-305) that Timothy, a young lector in the church of Penapeis (near Antinoe, Egypt), married Maura, a girl who shared his love for studying the Sacred Scriptures.

Only twenty days after their wedding, Timothy was arrested for his faith.

Summoned before the Roman governor, he was ordered to surrender to the pagans his church’s texts of the Bible. Timothy refused to do so. The Romans thereupon subjected him to a round of tortures, severing his eyebrows and burning his ears.

When these torments failed to shake Timothy’s constancy, the Romans summoned his new bride Maura, assuming that she would change his mind with her tears.

Upon arriving, Maura rejected the command of the governor and declared herself ready to die at her husband’s side.

Enraged by her reply, the pagans tore out her hair. The newlyweds were nailed side by side to a wall, where the two consoled each other as their lives slowly ebbed away over the course of nine days. Timothy and Maura are commemorated together on 3rd May.

“May the God of all grace who calls us to eternal glory in Christ confirm, strengthen and support us. Amen.”

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BLESSED AUGUSTINE GAZOTICH – PRAYER MEDITATION

BLESSED AUGUSTINE GAZOTICH +1323

“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and chant Your praise; awake my soul!” (Ps 108:2)

REFLECTION:
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
– St Thomas Aquinas

PRAYER:
Blessed Augustine, through your constant hope you renewed the clergy. Help me to hope in the Lord’s renewal of my spirit.
Amen.

 

PRAYER IN HONOUR OF THE FIRST MARTYRS OF HOLY ROMAN CHURCH

In the first persecution against the Church, begun by the Emperor Nero after the burning of Rome in 64, many of the faithful were tortured and slain. The pagan writer Tacitus testifies to these events in his Annales (15, 44), as does Clement, bishop of Rome, in his letter to the Corinthians (chapter 5-6).

PRAYER:

O God, who consecrated
the abundant first fruits of the Roman Church
by the blood of the Martyrs,
grant, we pray, that with firm courage
we may together draw strength from so great a struggle
and ever rejoice at the triumph of faithful love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

PRAYER TO CONSECRATE A BABY TO OUR LADY

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, I entrust (name the Baby) to your maternal solicitude and consecrate him/her entirely from his/her most tender infancy.

May your powerful protection accompany him/her everywhere.

Look over him/her.

Keep his/her soul innocent and his/her body healthy.

Obtain for him/her from the Divine Goodness light for his/her inexperience, strength for his/her weaknesses and control of his/her passions so that he/she always walks the path of truth and virtue.

Imbue his/her soul with salutary fear of God, the beginning of all wisdom, and may he/she fight energetically against human respect, sinister company and dangerous occasions of sin.

And, after having constantly served You, the Lord on earth, may he/she receive in heaven the eternal reward of a holy and edifying life. Amen.

 

PRAYERS UPON RETURNING FROM A JOURNEY

When one or several members of the household have been away for some time, prayer is appropriate upon their return. The prayer may take place at table or at another time:

PRAYER:

In the name of + the Father…

Peace be with this house and with all who live here. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. We join in praising you, O Lord our God, for a journey safely ended and for the home we share, for all we have seen of your goodness and for all those we met on our way. We remember, Lord, that you command us to welcome the homeless and to shelter the stranger.

(Now say the “Our Father”.)

Blessed are you, Lord our God, for you lead us separate ways, and you return us to one another. In your loving kindness you have given us a place to be at home. Keep us in your care through all our pilgrimage until we find our home with you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

O WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS (HYMN)

1. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

2. Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for thee,
comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

3. Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine:
truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

4. These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the name that is dear;
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

5. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

 

HAVING BEEN UNCEREMONIOUSLY THROWN TO THE GROUND, ST NORBERT HEARD A VOICE SAYING, “I WANT YOU ALL FOR MYSELF.”

A noble young man at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry V, Norbert was riding through the country. He was travelling to a little house where he had arranged to meet a group of friends. A storm rose up, with lightning and thunder.

Lightning struck just in front of his horse, which backed away and bolted out of fear. The young man lost his seat and was left in the rain, for there was no shelter. Listening, he heard a voice saying, “I want you all for myself.”

It was the most loving Heart of Jesus that spoke to his heart, calling him to a perfect and holy life.

When the storm ended he, instead of going on to his appointment, went back to town and into a Church, and he promised to be a faithful follower and imitator of Jesus Christ.

He retired to a monastery for forty days, and came out renewed, full of apostolic spirit. People were amazed by the change in him, and seeing they could not corrupt his virtue with calumny, induced a common man to publicly insult him.

The man spat at him and threw mud in his face, all of which the victim suffered without an outcry and with a sweetness similar to that of the Saviour, who never returned one insult for another.

He took Holy Orders and continued to imitate Jesus, he sold all he had and gave the money to the poor. With encouragement and blessing of Pope Gelasius II, he and twelve followers went from town to town preaching the Gospel, for the good of all souls.

Pope Honorius II made him bishop of Magdeburg, and he received from the Heart of Jesus a fire of love, flaming with zeal for divine glory and the good of his neighbour. He was a careful and benevolent shepherd of his flock, avoiding scandal, battling against heresy and propagating the faith far and wide.

Finally, he crowned his life with a most holy death, and when he died some pious people saw a beautiful lily rising towards heaven, it was his pure and blessed soul that went to claim the eternal prize. He is St Norbert, the founder of the Premonstratensians.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri