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Monthly Archives: August 2012

PRAYER ON THE FEAST DAY OF ST GREGORY THE GREAT

ST GREGORY THE GREAT; FEAST DAY: AUGUST 3rd (IN ENGLAND)

O God, who care for your people with gentleness
and rule them in love,
through the intercession of Pope Saint Gregory,
endow, we pray, with a spirit of wisdom
those to whom you have given authority to govern,
that the flourishing of a holy flock
may become the eternal joy of the shepherds.
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.

 
 

SING OF CHRIST, PROCLAIM HIS GLORY (HYMN)

1. Sing of Christ, proclaim his glory,
sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story,
to the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking,
soon the storms of time shall cease;
in God’s likeness, people, waking,
know the everlasting peace.

2. O what glory, far exceeding
all that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts for ages pleading
never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it,
there on high our welcome waits;
ev’ry humble spirit shares it,
Christ has passed th’eternal gates.

3. Life eternal! Heaven rejoices:
Jesus lives who once was dead:
shout with joy, O deathless voices!
Child of God, lift up your head!
Patriarchs from distant ages,
saints all longing for their heaven,
prophets, psalmists, seers and sages,
all await the glory giv’n.

4. Life eternal! O what wonders
crowd on faith, what joy unknown,
when, amid earth’s closing thunders,
saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal,
see that glowing firmament,
know, with you, O God immortal,
Jesus Christ whom you have sent!

– William Josiah Irons (1812-83)

 
 

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“ANYONE WHO EATS MY FLESH AND DRINKS MY BLOOD” – REFLECTIONS BY THE SAINTS

ANYONE WHO EATS MY FLESH AND DRINKS MY BLOOD HAS ETERNAL LIFE AND I SHALL RAISE HIM UP ON THE LAST DAY.

“The Lord left behind a pledge of this hope and strength for life’s journey in that sacrament of faith where natural elements refined by man are changed into His glorified Body and Blood, providing a meal of brotherly solidarity and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet.”
– Second Vatican Council – The Church Today

“Christ is food for me; Christ is drink for me; the Flesh of God is food for me, the Blood of Christ is drink for me. Christ is ministered to me daily.”
– St Ambrose

“Do not, therefore, regard the bread and wine as simply that, for they are, according to the Master’s declaration, the Body and Blood of Christ. Even though the senses suggest to you the other, let faith make you firm. Do not judge this matter by taste, but be fully assured by faith, not doubting that you have been deemed worthy of the Body and Blood of Christ.”
– St Cyril of Jerusalem

“Just as if someone were to twist two pieces of wax together and melt them with a fire, so that the two are made one, so too through participation in the Body of Christ and in His Precious Blood, He is united to us and we to Him. In no other way can our corruptible nature be made alive except by being united bodily to the Body of Him who is, by His very nature, Life: that is, the Only-Begotten.”
– St Cyril of Alexandria

“To show the love He has for us, He has made it possible for those who desire it not merely to look upon Him, but even to touch Him and to consume Him and to fix their teeth in His Flesh and to be commingled with Him – in short, to fulfil all their love.”
– St John Chrysostum

“At the Last Supper He gave this heavenly bread to each one of His children and promised them that He will be with them to the end of time.”
– St Thomas Aquinas

“Godhead here in hiding whom I do adore Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more;
See, Lord, at thy service low here lies a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
– St Thomas Aquinas

 
 

ST MELCHIZEDEK – PRAYER MEDITATION

ST MELCHIZEDEK +ABRAHAMIC ERA

“The Lord has sworn, and He will not retract His oath: ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.'” (Ps 110:4)

REFLECTION:
Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.
– St Melchizedek

PRAYER:
Glorious St Melchizedek, in blessing Abraham, you prophesied Jesus, the Messiah. Help me to meditate on the many Old Testament prophecies about Jesus.
Amen.

 
 

O MY LADY, HENCEFORTH ALL GENERATIONS WILL CALL YOU BLESSED

BY ST ILDEPHONSUS OF TOLEDO (7th CENTURY):

O my Lady, my ruler, you who rule me, Mother of my Lord, Handmaid of your Son, Mother of the world’s maker, I pray you, I beg you, I beseech you, that I may have the spirit of my Redeemer, that I may truly and worthily know you, that I may speak truly and worthily about you, that I may say whatever true and worthy thing needs to be said about you.

For you have been chosen by God, taken up by God, called by God; you are near to God, clinging to God, joined to God. You were visited by the angel, hailed by the angel, called blessed by the angel, troubled by his words, absorbed in reflection, astonished by his greeting, and you marvelled at the words he spoke.

You hear that you have found favour with God, and you are commanded not to be afraid; you are strengthened with confidence, instructed in knowledge of miracles, promoted to a new state of glory, hitherto unknown…

Who is to be born of you is holy and will be called Son of God – so the angel instructs you – and in a wonderful way you learn how great will be the power of the King to be born…

Behold, you are blessed among women, intact among women in childbirth, mistress among handmaids, queen among sisters.

For behold, henceforth all generations will call you blessed; all the powers of heaven recognise you as blessed; all the prophets preach you as blessed; all the nations celebrate you as blessed.

Blessed are you for my faith; blessed are you for my soul; blessed are you for my delight; blessed for my heraldings and preachings. I would preach you as much as you should be preached, love you as much as you should be loved, praise you as much as you should be praised, and serve you as much as your glory should be served… You have been instructed about what you should know, taught what to believe, reassured about what to hope, made strong to choose what you should hold without loss.

 
 

SONGS OF THANKFULNESS AND PRAISE (HYMN)

1. Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesus, Lord to thee we raise,
manifested by the star
to the sages from afar;
branch of royal David’s stem,
in thy birth at Bethlehem;
anthems be to thee addressed;
God in man made manifest.

2. Manifest at Jordan’s streams,
prophet, Priest and King supreme,
and at Cana wedding-guest,
in thy Godhead manifest,
manifest in power divine,
changing water into wine;
anthems be to thee addressed;
God in man made manifest.

3. Manifest in making whole,
palsied limbs and fainting soul,
manifest in valiant fight,
quelling all the devil’s might,
manifest in gracious will,
ever bringing good from ill;
anthems be to thee addressed;
God in man made manifest.

4. Sun and moon shall darkened be,
stars shall fall, the heavens shall flee.
Christ will then like lightning shine.
All will see his glorious sign.
All will see the judge appear;
all will then the trumpet hear;
thou by all wilt be confessed;
God in man made manifest.

5. Grant us grace to see thee, Lord,
mirrored in thy holy word;
may we imitate thee now
and be pure, as pure art thou;
that we like to thee may be
at thy great Epiphany,
and may praise thee, ever blest,
God in man made manifest.

– Christopher Wordsworth (1807-85)

 
 

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NOVENA PRAYER TO ST LUCY, PROTECTOR OF THE EYES

THIS PRAYER IS SAID ON NINE CONSECUTIVE DAYS:

O St Lucy, you preferred to let your eyes be torn out instead of denying the faith and defiling your soul; and God, through an extraordinary miracle, replaced them with another pair of sound and perfect eyes to reward your virtue and faith, appointing you as the protector against eye diseases. I come to you for you to protect my eyesight and to heal the illness in my eyes.

O St Lucy, preserve the light of my eyes so that I may see the beauties of creation, the glow of the sun, the colour of the flowers and the smile of children.

Preserve also the eyes of my soul, the faith, through which I can know my God, understand His teachings, recognise His love for me and never miss the road that leads me to where you, St Lucy, can be found in the company of the angels and saints.

St Lucy, protect my eyes and preserve my faith. Amen.

(Say: 3 “Our Father”, 3 “Hail Mary”, 3 “Glory be”.)

O! Glorious St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr, you greatly glorified the Lord by preferring to sacrifice your life rather than be unfaithful. Come to our aid and, through the love of this same most loveable Lord, save us from all infirmities of the eyes and the danger of losing them.

Through your powerful intercession, may we spend our life in the peace of the Lord and be able to see Him with our transfigured eyes in the eternal splendour of the Celestial Homeland. Amen.

St Lucy, pray for us and for the most needy, to Christ our Lord. Amen.