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BLESSED BE THE HOUR IN WHICH THE INCARNATE GOD WAS BORN

BLESSED BE THE HOUR IN WHICH THE INCARNATE GOD WAS BORN

PRAYER OF ST COLETTE

For any Spiritual or Temporal Favour

[This prayer was given to St Colette by an Angel, who appeared visibly in the choir before the Religious. It is daily recited in all her Convents. – Life, p. 141. The original copy is still preserved at Besançon.]

Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc.

Blessed be the hour in which the Incarnate God was born; blessed be the Holy Spirit by Whose operation Jesus Christ was conceived; blessed be the glorious Virgin Mary of whom the Word Incarnate was born; through the intercession of the glorious Virgin Mother and in remembrance of the most sacred hour in which the Incarnate Word was born, may the Lord hear my prayers and accomplish my desires. O Jesus, Who art mercy and goodness itself, do not abandon me on account of my sins or punish me as I deserve, but graciously hear my humble prayer, and grant me the favour that I ask for thy honour and the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

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PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Lord Jesus Christ, Shepherd of souls, who called the apostles to be fishers of men, raise up new apostles in your holy Church. Teach them that to serve you is to reign: to possess you is to possess all things. Kindle in the young hearts of our sons and daughters the fire of zeal for souls. Make them eager to spread your Kingdom on earth. Grant them the courage to follow you, who are the Way, the Truth and the Life; who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us. Help our students who are preparing for the priesthood.

 

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NOVENA PRAYER TO ST JOHN BOSCO

 

(This novena may be said on any nine consecutive days.)

 

V. O God, come to my aid.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

 

FIRST DAY:

LOVE FOR CHRIST IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

St John Bosco, who loved Christ in the Blessed Sacrament so deeply and spread that love to so many, help me to understand this mystery of God’s love for us that I too may find, in frequent attendance at Mass and Holy Communion and visits to the Blessed Sacrament comfort and strength throughout my life and at the hour of my death. Amen.

 

GLORY BE to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end.

 

LET US PRAY:

GOD OUR FATHER, IT WAS YOUR WILL THAT THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF THE VIRGIN MARY, ST JOHN BOSCO SHOULD RAISE UP NEW FAMILIES IN THE CHURCH WHO WOULD WORK FOR THE SALVATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE; GRANT, WE PRAY YOU, THAT WE TOO, BURNING WITH THE SAME FIRE OF LOVE, MAY SEEK SOULS AND SERVE YOU ALONE. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD.

 

SECOND DAY:

DEVOTION TO OUR LADY

 

St John Bosco, who had so enduring a love for Our Lady Help of Christians, ever your Mother and your Guide, help me to share this deep and lasting love for Mary. May I experience her powerful help and protection throughout my life and have her at my side at the hour of my death. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

THIRD DAY:

LOYALTY TO CHURCH AND POPE

 

St John Bosco, you had a deep love for the Church and an unswerving loyalty to the Pope. Help me to be a faithful member of the Catholic Church, proud of my faith and ever loyal and obedient to the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ, and to the Bishops and priests who share his authority. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

FOURTH DAY:

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

St John Bosco, you had a generous and practical love for the young, for so many of whom you were Father and Guide, working for them with heroic sacrifice. Young people are especially dear to our Saviour. Help us, too, to work for them with a holy and generous love and to see in each one of them the person of the young Christ growing up in Nazareth. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

FIFTH DAY:

FOR SALESIAN PRIESTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS

 

St John Bosco, you founded the Salesian Society and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to continue your work for youth. I pray that all these priests, brothers and sisters may be filled with your spirit, your zeal, your love and joy, and so inspire other young people to follow them. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

SIXTH DAY:

FOR SALESIAN COOPERATORS

 

St John Bosco, in order to deepen Faith and Charity in the world, and spread your work for youth, you started a third family, the Salesian Cooperators. May they be strong, fervent, apostolic Christians, supporting your work, and spreading a love of Christ in their homes and among young people wherever they live. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

SEVENTH DAY:

FOR MISSIONARIES

 

St John Bosco, whose zeal for the salvation of men could not be kept within narrow frontiers, you sent your Salesian sons and daughters to the end of the earth. From Heaven intercede for all missionaries that their work be blessed. Obtain for me a zeal like yours that in working with generosity and enthusiasm for the salvation of others, I may save my own soul. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

EIGHTH DAY:

FOR PURITY

 

St John Bosco, by God’s grace you preserved within yourself an overwhelming love for purity and preached it by word and example. You led St Dominic Savio to holiness while he was still a schoolboy. Obtain for me the grace to be pure of heart and so through my own way of life let others see the joy of life in friendship with Christ. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

NINTH DAY:

FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THOSE IN NEED

 

St John Bosco, you had a heart full of compassion when you saw people suffering or in need. Obtain for me, for my family and loved ones, the blessings of Our Lady Help of Christians and all the graces we need. Pray especially that our families may be united in peace and harmony in this life and be gathered together with you in the joy of praising God for ever in Heaven. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

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PRAYER TO ST COLUMBAN

O blessed Columban, who, in your zeal for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom, and the salvation of souls, spent your life in suffering and exile, assist and protect, we humbly ask you, the missionaries of our day, who have devoted their lives to preaching the Gospel throughout the world.

Obtain for them, we beseech you, that prudence and fortitude by which you overcame the dangers which beset your path, and that firm and ardent charity which enabled you to endure gladly the privations of this life for the love of Christ. Assist and protect us, also, dear St Columbian, so to live for God’s glory that when our pilgrimage through life is over, we may enjoy with you the eternal rest of heaven through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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HOW TO BECOME A RELIGIOUS SISTER (CATHOLIC NUN)

“From discovering a community to taking the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience

Religious sisters are called by God to live a special life as brides of Christ in service to the Church. Because becoming a religious sister is a serious commitment, there are several stages in the process:

1. “Come and See”

A time of visiting various religious orders to learn about them, meet the sisters, and explore different charisms. At this time, a woman feels called to religious life, but doesn’t know which order to join.

2. Aspirancy/Pre-Candidacy

When a woman feels called to a particular religious order, she starts the application process. While in application, she is called an ‘aspirant’ because she aspires to join the order.

3. Postulancy/Candidacy

When a woman’s application has been accepted, she joins the day-to-day prayer and work of the order, albeit in an exploratory way. She learns more about the sisters, and begins formation, perhaps taking classes in theology and scripture. This is a time of further discernment. Length can vary depending on the person and the order.

4. Novitiate

At this stage a woman is called a ‘novice’ because she is new to the order. For a period of about two years, the novice lives the life of the order in nearly every way and continues formation. This period is analogous to being engaged; the dating is over and now she is moving toward making vows.

5. Vows

When a woman and the community feel sure about her call, she vows poverty, chastity, and obedience, which together are called the ‘evangelical counsels.’ In most orders (though not all), members profess perpetual vows after a period of three or more years after they first take vows. Note that while the process of formation is similar, each religious community has its own particular nuances. It’s best to ask the vocation director of a particular order about their process.”

– From the leaflet: “Archdiocese of Southwark, Vocations” – web address, further reading: http://www.southwarkvocations.com (external link).

 

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HE WHO HONOURS A PRIEST HONOURS CHRIST

PRIESTS – ANGELS ON EARTH

 

If we understand the divine dignity of priesthood, we shall comprehend more fully the infinite greatness of Mass.

 

St Ignatius, Martyr, says that the priesthood is the most sublime of all created dignities.

 

St Ephrem calls it an infinite dignity.

 

Cassian says that the priest of God is exalted above all earthly sovereignities and above all celestial heights. He is inferior to God alone.

 

Pope Innocent III says that the priest is placed between God and man; inferior to God, but superior to man.

 

St Denis calls the priest a divine man and the priesthood a divine dignity.

 

St Ephrem says that the gift of the sacerdotal dignity surpasses all understanding.

 

Hence, St John Chrysostom says that he who honours a priest honours Christ, and he who insults a priest insults Christ.

 

St Ambrose has called the priestly office a divine profession.

 

St Francis de Sales, after having given orders to a holy ecclesiastic, perceived that in going out he stopped at the door as if to give precedence to another. Being asked by the Saint why he stopped, he replied that God favoured him with the visible presence of his angel guardian, who before he had received the priesthood always remained on his right and preceded him, but now since the moment of ordination walked on his left and refused to go before him. It was in a holy contest with the Angel that he stopped at the door.

 

According to St Thomas, the dignity of the priesthood surpasses that of the angels.

 

St Gregory Nazianzen has said that the angels themselves venerate the priesthood.

All the Angels in Heaven cannot absolve from a single sin. The Angel Guardians procure for the souls committed to their care grace to have recourse to a priest, that he may absolve them.

 

St Francis of Assisi used to say: If I saw an angel and a priest, I would bend my knee first to the priest and then to the angel.

 

St Augustine says that to pardon a sinner is a greater work than to create Heaven and Earth. To pardon a single sin requires all the omnipotence of God.

 

St Alphonsus: The entire Church cannot give God as much honour, or obtain so many graces as a single priest by celebrating a single Mass. Thus, by the celebration of a single Mass, in which he offers Jesus Christ in sacrifice, a priest gives greater honour to the Lord than if all men, by dying for God, offered Him the sacrifice of their lives.

 

St Ignatius: Priests are the glory and the pillars of the Church, the doors and doorkeepers of Heaven.

 

St Alphonsus: were the Redeemer to descend into a Church and sit in a confessional, and a priest to sit in another confessional, Jesus would say over each penitent: “Ego te absolvo.” The priest would likewise say over each of his penitents: “Ego te absolvo”, and the penitents of each would be equally absolved. Thus, the sacerdotal dignity is the most noble of all the dignities in this world.

 

St Ambrose says that it transcends all the dignities of kings, of emperors, and of angels. The dignity of the priest far exceeds that of kings as the value of gold surpasses that of lead.

 

St Cyprian said that all who had the true spirit of God were, when compelled to take the Order of priesthood, seized with fear and trembling.

 

St Epiphanius writes that he found no one willing to be ordained a priest, so fearful were they of so divine a dignity.

 

St Gregory Nazianzen says, in his ‘Life of St Cyprian’ that, when the Saint heard that his bishop intended to ordain him a priest, he, through humility, concealed himself. It is related in the life of St Fulgentius that he too fled away and hid himself.

 

St Ambrose, as he himself attests, resisted for a long time before he consented to be ordained.

 

St Francis of Assisi never consented to be ordained.

 

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A DAILY PRAYER FOR PRIESTS AND MISSIONARIES

DAILY PRAYER FOR PRIESTS AND MISSIONARIES

My dear Jesus, by Your most loving Heart, I implore You to inflame with zeal for Your love and glory all the priests of the world, all missionaries, and those whose office it is to preach Your word. Inflamed with this zeal, may they snatch souls from the devil and lead them into the shelter of Your Heart, where they may glorify You for ever. Amen.

 

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