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Monthly Archives: May 2013

THE ANGELUS ♥

Pray the Angelus in the morning, noon, evening, to remind of the and thank God for the wonderful Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh (Jn 1:1-5). The Angelus contains the relevant Bible passages (Jn 1:14; Lk 1:28; Lk 1:38 etc.) In many places, already for far over 1000 years, the Angelus bell is rung from the Churches at 6, 12, 6 o’clock, to remind all the faithful to stop what they are doing and to prayerfully remember the Incarnation of our beloved Redeemer.

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to your word.

Hail Mary, etc.

V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, etc.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Your Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MARK 10:46-52)

MASTER, LET ME SEE AGAIN.

They reached Jericho; and as Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, “Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.” And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, “Son of David, have pity on me.”

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man. “Courage,” they said “get up; he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Rabbuni,” the blind man said to him “Master, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has saved you.” And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 32)

R. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.

1. Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp,
with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.
O sing him a song that is new,
play loudly, with all your skill. (R.)

2. For the word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love. (R.)

3. By his words the heavens were made,
by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He collects the waves of the ocean;
he stores up the depths of the sea. (R.)

4. Let all the earth fear the Lord,
all who live in the world revere him.
He spoke; and it came to be.
He commanded; it sprang into being. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
Alleluia!

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ECCLESIASTICUS 42:15-25)

THE WORK OF THE LORD IS FULL OF HIS GLORY.

Next, I will remind you of the works of the Lord,
and tell of what I have seen.
By the words of the Lord his works come into being
and all creation obeys his will.
As the sun in shining looks on all things,
so the work of the Lord is full of his glory.
The Lord has not granted to the holy ones
to tell of all his marvels
which the Almighty Lord has solidly constructed
for the universe to stand firm in his glory.

He has fathomed the deep and the heart,
and seen into their devious ways:
for the Most High knows all knowledge there is,
and has observed the signs of the times.
He declares what is past and what will be,
and uncovers the traces of hidden things.
Not a thought escapes him,
not a single word is hidden from him.
He has imposed an order on the magnificent works of his wisdom,
he is from everlasting to everlasting,
nothing can be added to him, nothing taken away,
he needs no one’s advice.

How desirable are all his works,
how dazzling to the eye!
They all live and last for ever,
whatever the circumstances all obey him.
All things go in pairs, by opposites,
and he has made nothing defective;
the one consolidates the excellence of the other,
who could ever be sated with gazing at his glory?

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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AS CHRISTIANS, WE NEED TO COMPENSATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FOR OUR NEIGHBOUR’S LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

A CERTAIN MISSIONARY SORROW

“These encounters teach us to be dumbstruck by grace. They then lead us to live in the state of soul of a neophyte, which we too rarely realise we are. They reveal to us a depth of thanksgiving that we would never have known without them. As a rule, if they lead us into the inside of a certain anxiety or a certain missionary sorrow, they illuminate the true foundations of Christian joy.

GETTING TO KNOW GOD

For the faith that we have received from Jesus Christ enables us to love God because it enables us to know him. But because we often tend to live our Christianity like a habit, we do not make use of this ability, or at least we do not make sufficient use of it. We love God only with a mediocre love because our knowledge of him is mediocre. Now, it would therefore follow that the first of our tasks in time is to know God as much as possible, in order to glorify him as much as possible and to compensate as much as possible for our neighbour’s lack of knowledge of him.

‘WITHOUT UNBALANCING OUR SUPERNATURAL LIFE’

If we are fully convinced of this first temporal duty, I think we will be able to confront all the rest of our temporal duties without unbalancing our supernatural life: for these duties carry us implacably deeper into the first and second commandments that the Lord gave us.”
– Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel (capital headings added)

 

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DAILY ACT OF REPARATION FOR OUR COUNTRY

Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we humbly implore You to have mercy on the people of our country. We confess our neglect of Your holy Commandments and deeply repent of our failure to love as You called us to. So many of our people do not know You. We are sorry and ask for Your forgiveness.

Jesus, our Saviour and Redeemer, hear and accept our prayer of Reparation and by the light of Your Holy Spirit lead us into the way of peace and firm faith in You. Amen.

(Please pray 5 decades of the Rosary.)

 

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ACTS OF FAITH AND ADORATION AFTER HOLY COMMUNION

ACT OF FAITH:

Dear Jesus,
I firmly believe that You are present within me
as God and Man,
to enrich my soul with graces
and to fill my heart
with happiness of the blessed.
I believe that You are the Christ,
the Son of the living God.
Amen.

ACT OF ADORATION:

With deepest humility,
I adore You
my Lord and my God;
You have made my soul Your dwelling place.
I adore You as my Creator
from Whose hands I came
and with Whom I am to be happy forever.

 

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