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ST GREGORY BARBARIGO, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

ST GREGORY BARBARIGO, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

ST GREGORY BARBARIGO, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: JUNE 18

Gregory Barbarigo, born in Venice of an ancient and noble house, was graduated with high honours at the university of Padua, where he received doctorates in both canon and civil law.

At the age of nineteen, while attending the Peace Congress at Munster at the instance of the Apostolic Nuncio, Fabio Chigi, he decided to consecrate himself to the service of the Church. After Gregory was ordained to the priesthood, it was this same Chigi, now raised to the papal throne as Alexander VII, who nominated him to the Bishopric of Bergamo, then created him a cardinal and finally transferred him to the Bishopric of Padua.

UPROOTING OF VICE AND THE PROMOTION OF VIRTUE

In carrying out his pastoral duties, he imitated the zeal of St Charles Borromeo and laboured until the end of his life at the task of putting into effect the admonitions and decrees of the Council of Trent concerning the uprooting of vice and the promotion of virtue. He enlarged the seminaries of both Bergamo and Padua; he added to the prestige of the latter city, particularly, by establishing a library there, and also a printing press for the purpose of publishing books for the peoples of the Near East in their own languages. He took special pains to promote catechetical instructions and made it a special point to visit every village of his diocese, teaching and encouraging wherever he went.

He was remarkable for his works of charity and holiness of life, being so generous to the needy and the poor that he sold his furniture, his clothing and even his bed in order to help them. At length, after a short illness he fell asleep peacefully in the Lord on June 15, 1697. Famous for merit and virtue, he was beatified by Clement XIII and added to the list of saints by John XXIII.

PRAYER:

O God, who have willed that Blessed Gregory, your Confessor and Bishop, be renowned for the care of his flock and compassion for the poor, favourably grant that we who honour his merits may imitate the example of his charity. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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AN ACT OF CONFIDENCE

AN ACT OF CONFIDENCE

O gentle and loving St Anthony, flame of charity, obtain for us the grace to abandon ourselves entirely to the Divine Will under the trials which now oppress us.

O blessed Saint! none have ever invoked thee with confidence without obtaining some consolation.

We, therefore, place in thy hands our present petition, that thou mayest present it to thy dear Infant Jesus, Who can refuse thee nothing, and we doubt not that we shall find comfort in our trouble, unworthy though we may be of this favour. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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LORD JESUS, FILL US WITH YOUR LOVE

LORD JESUS, FILL US WITH YOUR LOVE

Lord Jesus,

You came to serve, not to be served,

form within us Your generous spirit.

Fill us with Your love,

that we may love the Father

as You love Him.

Fill us with Your compassion,

that we may see our brothers and sisters

as You see them.

Fill us with Your courage,

that we may give our lives in service

to the Church as You gave Your life for us.

Fill us with that Spirit which will make us

preachers of Your Word,

friends of the poor

and the voice of the forgotten.

Transform us through Your Holy Spirit

so that we may transform the world

into Your Kingdom of justice and faith.

Amen.

– from a prayer card

 

 

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PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF THE WORD

PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF THE WORD

Living God, you walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.

Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and shows us how to live for one another.

Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world. Amen.

V. Your word is our path and your truth is our light.

R. This day and every day.

(Archdiocese of Southwark) 

 

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I CONFESS, O MY GOD, NOT ONLY IN THY PRESENCE…

I CONFESS, O MY GOD, NOT ONLY IN THY PRESENCE…

AT THE CONFITEOR:

I confess, O my God, not only in thy presence, Who seest the innermost secrets of my heart, but in the presence also of all the blessed in heaven and faithful on earth, that I have often and grievously offended thee in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Yes, Lord, I have sinned; I acknowledge to my shame, and with the most bitter regret, that I have ungratefully abused all thy gifts; and therefore I humbly beseech you, O Blessed Virgin Mary, seraphic Father St Francis, St Anthony of Padua, and all ye Saints and Angels, to intercede for me. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to listen to them; grant to the ardour of their prayers what thou mayest justly refuse to the coldness of mine; and to their great and glorious merits the reward from which my offences should shut me out.

– Prayers at Mass in honour of St Anthony; St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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29th MARCH 2020: THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS DOWRY OF MARY

29th MARCH 2020: THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS DOWRY OF MARY

29th MARCH 2020: TODAY THE SOLEMN REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS DOWRY OF MARY TAKES PLACE

(The original dedication of England as Dowry of Mary was during the time of King Richard II. The Mass and ceremonies today are led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Head of the English Bishops’ Conference, and live streamed throughout the world. Clergy, religious and lay faithful join in their monasteries/homes)

PRAYER FOR ENGLAND

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England, thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee.

By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given unto the world and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross, O sorrowful Mother.

Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold, they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home. Amen.

 
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THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

Thus the Christian pierces through the veil of this world and sees the next. He holds intercourse with it; he addresses God as a child might address his parent, with as clear a view of him, and with as unmixed a confidence in him; with deep reverence indeed, and godly fear and awe, but still with certainty and exactness: as St Paul says, ‘I know whom I have believed’, with the prospect of judgment to come to sober him, and the assurance of present grace to cheer him.

– St John Henry Newman; Realisation of the Unseen World. (P. S. VII, 211)

 
 

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GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling. Therefore, my God, I will put myself without reserve into Your hands. What have I in heaven, and apart from You what do I want upon earth? My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever. Amen.
– Bl. John Henry Newman

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 11:1-4)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 11:1-4)

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY. 

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “Say this when you pray:

‘Father, may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.’”

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

 

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I SALUTE, I ADORE, I LOVE THEE

I SALUTE, I ADORE, I LOVE THEE

I salute, I adore, I love thee, O Sacred Face of my Jesus, Saviour of mankind, outraged anew by blasphemers, profaned in the Adorable Sacrament of thy love, insulted by the abominations committed before thee, and I offer thee, through the heart of thy Blessed Mother, the worship of all the Angels and Saints, as sweet incense in thy sight, humbly beseeching thee, by the virtue of that look with which thou didst regard fallen man and resolve to raise him up to the kiss of peace with thee, to repair and renew in our souls thine image disfigured by sin. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
 

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