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Monthly Archives: August 2012

PRAYERS ON THE PASSION OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

I. O God, You raised up
St John the Baptist
to prepare a perfect
person for Christ.
We call upon St John’s
intercession to properly
prepare us with a true sense
of repentance to receive
Your grace and salvation.
Make us faithful to truth and justice,
as You did Your servant,
John the Baptist, herald of
Your Son’s birth and death.
Lord, may You
increase Your life within us.
Amen.

II. O God, who willed that St John the Baptist
should go ahead of Your Son
both in his birth and in his death,
grant that, as he died a Martyr for truth and justice,
we, too, may fight hard
for the confession of what You teach.
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.

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PRAYER TO ALL ANGELS AND SAINTS (TO BE RECITED ESPECIALLY ON TUESDAYS)

Heavenly Father, in praising Your Angels and Saints we praise Your glory, for by honouring them we honour You, their Creator. Their splendour shows us Your greatness, which infinitely surpasses that of all creation.

In Your loving providence, You saw fit to send Your Angels to watch over us. Grant that we may always be under their protection and one day enjoy their company in heaven.

Heavenly Father, You are glorified in Your Saints, for their glory is the crowning of Your gifts. You provide an example for us by their lives on earth, You give us their friendship by our communion with them, You grant us strength and protection through their prayer for the Church, and You spur us on to victory over evil and the prize of eternal glory by this great company of witnesses.

Grant that we who aspire to take part in their joy may be filled with the Spirit that blessed their lives, so that, after sharing their faith on earth, we may also experience their peace in heaven. Amen.

 
 

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY AND SOME FAMOUS QUOTES OF ST AUGUSTINE

St Augustine of Hippo [one of the most influential saints in history] was born in Tagaste in North Africa in 354. At the age of 17 St Augustine went to Carthage and there, although brought up a Christian, he left the Church and lived a hedonistic lifestyle. He began an affair with a woman who was his lover for 13 years and with whom he had a son.

At the age of 33 St Augustine had a conversion and recognised that only Jesus Christ could show him the way to eternal salvation.

St Augustine returned to Tagaste where he founded a monastery for himself and his followers, living a life of apostolic poverty, prayer, study and charity. After three years he was ordained a priest. At the age of 42 St Augustine was made the Bishop of Hippo. The memory of his own youthful failings kept him always humble. St Augustine was a great thinker and writer, his ‘Confessions’, perhaps the world’s most noted autobiography, being a memorial of his deep repentance. St Augustine died of fever on 28th August, 430.

Here are some words from St Augustine for our prayerful reflection:

“Take my heart, O Lord, for I cannot give it to you! Keep my heart, for I cannot keep it for you! Send me any cross, and save me in spite of myself.”

“Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation… Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”

“Your Mother is the Church, and her breasts are the two testaments of the divine Scriptures. Suckle them to drink the milk of all the sacraments.”

“Why are we sad? Why do we blame God? Evils abound in the world so that the world will fail to seduce us into loving it.”

“What is hatred, after all, than anger that was allowed to remain, that has become ingrained and deep-rooted? What was anger when it was fresh becomes hatred when it is aged.”

“God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.”

“Creation is a great book. Look above you; look below you! Note it; read it! God didn’t write that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? Why heaven and earth cry out to you, ‘God made me!'”

“The honours of this world – what are they but puff and emptiness.”

– From: “Spiritual Thought of Fr Chris”

 
 

PRAYER ON THE MEMORIAL OF ST AUGUSTINE

ST AUGUSTINE, MEMORIAL: AUGUST 28th

Renew in Your Church, we pray, O Lord,
the spirit with which You endowed
Your Bishop Saint Augustine
that, filled with the same spirit,
we may thirst for You,
the sole fount of true wisdom,
and seek You, the author of heavenly 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.

 
 

FOR YOUR DIARY: THE VERY REV. FR PROF. EMMANUEL M. P. EDEH WILL CELEBRATE HOLY MASSES IN SEVERAL LONDON CHURCHES

THE CATHOLIC PRAYER MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Very Rev. Fr Prof. Emmanuel M. P. Edeh CSSP, the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Pilgrimage Centre of the Eucharistic Adoration and of the Catholic Prayer Ministry of the Holy Spirit in Elele, Nigeria, at the invitation of Christians and friends in England and Wales, shall celebrate a number of Holy Masses on the dates shown below.

Kindly bring all your friends and relations including the sick. Everyone, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, is welcome. There shall be private consultations with Father on those dates.

Saturday, 25th August 2012; 2pm: St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 81 Evelina Road, Nunhead, London SE15.
Buses: 78, P12

Sunday, 26th August 2012; 1pm: St Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, 729 High Road, Tottenham, London N17.
Buses: 149, 279, 349, W3. Nearest train station: White Hart Lane. Nearest tube station: Seven Sisters.

Friday, 31. August 2012; 7pm: St Anthony’s Catholic Church, St Anthony’s Road, Forest Gate, London E7.
Buses: 25, 58, 96. British Rail: Forest Gate. Nearest tube station: Stratford.

Saturday, 1st September 2012; 7.30pm: St Saviour’s Catholic Church, 175 High Street, Lewisham, London SE13.
Buses: 47, 36, 136, 208, 54, 122, 380, 108, 181, 53, 75, P4.

Sunday, 2nd September 2012; 3pm: St Francis of Assisi Church, Hunters Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B19 1EB.

 
 

SING, MY TONGUE, THE GLORIOUS BATTLE (HYMN)

1. Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,
sing the last, the dread affray;
o’er the cross, the victor’s trophy,
sound the high triumphant lay:
how, the pains of death enduring,
earth’s redeemer won the day.

2. Faithful cross! above all other,
one and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be;
sweetest wood and sweetest iron!
sweetest weight is hung on thee.

3. Bend, O lofty tree, thy branches,
thy too rigid sinews bend;
and awhile the stubborn hardness,
which thy birth bestowed, suspend;
and the limbs of heaven’s high monarch
gently on thine arms extend.

4. Thou alone wast counted worthy
this world’s ransom to sustain,
that by thee a wrecked creation
might its ark and haven gain,
with the sacred blood anointed
of the Lamb that hath been slain.

5. Praise and honour to the Father,
praise and honour to the Son,
praise and honour to the Spirit,
ever three and ever one,
one in might and one in glory,
while eternal ages run.

Venantius Fortunatus (530-609)
tr. J. M. Neale (1818-66)

 
 

MARTYRDOM OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST – PRAYER MEDITATION

MARTYRDOM OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST: 29th AUGUST

“And as he watched Jesus walk by [John] exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!'” (Jn 1:36)

REFLECTION:
I am baptising you with water, for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry His sandals.
He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
– St John the Baptist

PRAYER:
Dear St John the Baptist, help me to be cleansed of my sins so that I may help prepare the way of the Lord.
Amen.