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Monthly Archives: September 2012

PRAYER FOR GOD TO PROTECT EVERYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD

PLEA FOR DIVINE HELP

Hear us, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God; graciously send Your holy Angel from heaven to watch over, to cherish, to protect, to abide with, and to defend all who dwell in this house.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY

THE ANGELIC TRISAGION:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts,
the heavens and the earth are full of thy glory.
St Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the battle,
that we may not perish in the dreadful judgment.
Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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LONGING FOR GOD: ABOUT THE YEAR OF FAITH

POPE BENEDICT XVI:

“I have decided to announce a year of faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatical Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The starting date 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, text promulgated by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, with a view of illustrating for all the faithful the power and beauty of the faith. This document, an authentic fruit of the Second Vatican Council, was requested by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 1985 as an instrument at the service of catechists and it was produced in collaboration with all the bishops of the Catholic Church. Moreover, the theme of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that I have convoked for October 2012 is “The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”. This will be a good opportunity to usher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith.”

We must move beyond the spiritual poverty of the world that is no longer able to perceive the presence of God. The Year of Faith – desired by Benedict XVI and which will span from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013 – is for those who long for God.

This time of grace was illustrated on Thursday morning, 21 June, at the Holy See Press Office by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation. The Year of Faith ‘intends to sustain the faith of many believers who in their daily toil do not cease entrusting their lives to the Lord with conviction and courage’.

Although in the world the testimony of faith doesn’t make the news, the Archbishop noted, ‘it is precious in the eyes of the Most High’. The challenge now is to recover the lost meaning in a world marked by a general crisis that has not spared even faith itself. Decades of what Archbishop Fisichella did not hesitate to call ‘incursions of a secularism which in the name of individual autonomy demands independence from every revealed authority and made its own programme, that of living in the world as though God did not exist’. This generated an anthropological crisis ‘that left man to himself’, leaving him ‘confused’, alone, at the mercy of powers whose face he does not even know, and without an end to his life’.

Hence, we must go beyond. Through a process significantly represented by the logo that will characterise each one of the many events planned. It is the classic image of the Church represented by a boat sailing over the hint of waves. The mast is a cross, which hoists the triagram of Christ: IHS. This is set against the sun which, uniting the triagram, makes a symbol of the Eucharist.
– Commentary from “Crusader Magazine”, October 2012, to order the magazine, email: editor@crusade.dircon.co.uk

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

STS MICHAEL, GABRIEL, RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS – PRAYER MEDITATION

FEAST DAY: SEPTEMBER 29th

“Gabriel…came to me in swift flight…and said to me, ‘Daniel, I have now come out to give you wisdom and understanding.'” (Dan 9:21-22)

REFLECTION:
Those holy spirits of heaven…can only be called Angels when they deliver a message.
Moreover…those who announce messages of supreme importance are called “Archangels”.
– St Gregory the Great

PRAYER:
Glorious Archangels of God, I am in awe of your powers and functions. Remind me to be ever receptive of God’s messages. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

THE HOLY FATHER’S MISSION INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER 2012

MISSION INTENTION: “That the celebration of World Mission Day may result in a renewed commitment to evangelisation.”

PRAYER TO ST PATRICK FOR MISSIONARIES:
Dear St Patrick, in your humility you called yourself a sinner, but you became a most successful missionary and prompted countless pagans to follow the Saviour. Many of their descendants in turn spread the Good News in numerous foreign lands. Through your powerful intercession with God, obtain for us the missionaries we need to continue the work you began. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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THE APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER’S MORNING OFFERING

O Jesus,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers,
works, joys, and sufferings of this day
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world.

I offer them
for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart:
the salvation of souls,
reparation for sins,
the reunion of all Christians.

I offer them for the intentions of our Bishops
and of all the Apostles of Prayer,
and in particular for those
recommended by our Holy Father for this month.
Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

PRAYER TO BE DELIVERED FROM FEAR AND FROM ORGANISED OPPRESSION AND TERRORISM (PSALM 11)

The just fear nothing. If God is with us, who will condemn us? May He deliver us from fear when we face those who threaten and crush others.
“When the foundations fall to ruin, what can the righteous do?” That is what the tempter suggests, ‘Do not swim upstream, everyone does it; do as they do and say nothing. FLEE TO THE MOUNTAIN, simple one; you have seen nothing, forget about injustice and see to your own business, or instead go to your religious practices!”
Let us pray for those who struggle against organised oppression, for those who awake each day to the threat of terrorism.

PSALM 11:

In the Lord I take refuge.
How, then, can you say to me,
“Flee to the mountains like a bird;
for the wicked are bending their bows
and fit their arrows to the string.
They get ready to shoot in the dark,
they take aim at the upright of heart.
When the foundations fall to ruin,
what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy place –
our God whose throne is in heaven.
He looks down to earth
to observe the race of Adam.

The Lord searches both righteous and wicked.
He hates those who delight in violence.
Upon the wicked, he will rain
coals of fire and brimstone;
a burning blast will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous;
he loves justice.
The upright will see his face.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

ST MICHAEL, ARCHANGEL, PLEASE COME TO THE ASSISTANCE OF THE CHURCH

O glorious St Michael, Guardian and Defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, come to the assistance of the Church, against which the powers of Hell are unchained.

Guard with thy special care her august visible head, and obtain for him and for us that the hour of triumph may speedily arrive.

O glorious Archangel St Michael, watch over us during life, defend us against the assaults of the demon, assist us especially at the hour of death, obtain for us a favourable judgment and the happiness of beholding God face to face for endless ages. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST ANDREW, APOSTLE OF JESUS

ST ANDREW, APOSTLE, BROTHER OF SIMON PETER, PATRON OF SCOTLAND; FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 30th

St Andrew, you were the first to recognise and follow the Lamb of God. With your friend, St John, you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity.

As you led your brother Peter to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him. Teach us to lead others to Christ solely out of love for Him and dedication to His service.

Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and carry our daily crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

THE EUCHARIST: “GO TO THE BANQUET OF LIFE TO BE HEALED OF YOUR SPIRITUAL SICKNESSES”

Jesus was not content merely to open to you the channels of grace with the Sacraments; He wished to give you Himself so that you could live totally by Him and in Him. At the vigil of sufferings He wished to leave you a perpetual reminder of love; He took some bread, broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying: “Take this and eat it, this is my Body.” Likewise He took the chalice with wine, blessed it and gave it to His disciples, saying: “Take and drink, this is my Blood.” From that moment the world possessed the greatest marvel: bread transubstantiated into His Body and wine transubstantiated into His Blood! With the Body and with the Blood are also the soul and the divinity, in such way that when you eat this bread of life, you receive the whole Jesus as He is now, glorious in heaven.

Jesus did not give Himself to you in vain: He comes to you in order to incorporate you into Himself, to give you His very life, to supply for your weakness, to sustain your soul.

You should not, then, complain uselessly of being destitute of every virtue, but you must go to the banquet of life to be healed of your spiritual sicknesses.

Jesus is not upset to see you cold when He sees you humble and constant… He is there precisely to warm your coldness. Don’t put obstacles before Him, but offer yourself to Him totally and rest in His goodness.

Certainly your Communion will not remain fruitless when you go to Jesus with at least a humiliated heart, but you cannot always be aware of the fruitfulness of your Communion.

Alas! Your miseries are so many and you do not know them, but Jesus patiently eliminates a few of them each time. You are not aware of this secret work and you would just like to be conscious of sensible fervour and thus to please yourself. Thus you believe that your Communion is without fruit and that is not true! If Jesus gave you the relish and the fervour without first rooting love in you, you would be a barren soul, a fantasy flame!

Entrust yourself to Him, never back away from Him. The more you are in His company, the sooner you will be filled with His life. Don’t satisfy yourself with merely receiving Him; go to visit Him, prostrate yourself before His glorious throne, implore His blessing, direct your thought to Him during the day, desire Him spiritually in your heart, pray, pray that He may reign in you.

ASPIRATION: O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine!

LITTLE TASK: Make a Communion of reparation for one who is far from the Holy Eucharist.

– By Don Dolindo Ruotolo

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Prayers for Ordinary Time