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HAPPY MEETINGS PRAYER

Dear St Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand toward those we are waiting for and those who are waiting for us. May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by thy light and transfigured by thy joy.


Angel guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to thee at the feet of Him on whose unveiled face thou art privileged to gaze. (Mention your request.) Lonely and weary, deeply grieved by the separation and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling out to thee and of pleading for the protection of thy wings so that we may not be as strangers in the province of joy.


Remember the weak, thou who art strong, whose home lies beyond the region of thunder, in a land that is always peaceful, always serene and bright with the resplendent glory of God. Amen.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2021 in Prayers for Today

 

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ST JUNIPERO SERRA

St Junipero Serra – Memorial: July 1

Born at Petra, Island of Majorca, St Junipero entered the Franciscan Order in 1730. He was appointed lector of philosophy before his ordination to the priesthood. Later he joined the missionary college of San Fernando, Mexico (1749). While travelling on foot from Vera Cruz to the capital, he injured his leg in such a way that he suffered from it throughout his life, though he continued to make his journeys on foot whenever possible.

He was assigned to the Sierra Gorda Missions some thirty leagues north of Queretaro. He served there for nine years, part of the time as superior, and learned the language of the local native Americans (Pame).

Recalled to Mexico, he became famous as a most fervent and effective preacher of missions. His zeal frequently led him to employ extraordinary means in order to move the people. He would pound his breast with a stone while in the pulpit, scourge himself, or apply a lighted torch to his bare chest. Early in 1769, he founded the first of the twenty-one California missions.

He suffered intensely from his crippled leg, yet he would use no remedies. Besides extraordinary fortitude, his most conspicuous virtues were insatiable zeal, love of mortification, self-denial, and absolute confidence in God.

St Junipero died at Monterey, California, 28 August, 1784. (Excerpts from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913)

 

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PRESENTATION OF THE LORD – PRAYER

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD – PRAYER

Almighty ever-living God,

we humbly implore your majesty

that, just as your Only Begotten Son

was presented on this day in the Temple

in the substance of our flesh,

so, by your grace,

we may be presented to you with minds made pure.

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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Posted by on February 2, 2021 in Prayers for Today

 

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ST THERESE, PLEASE PICK ME A ROSE FROM THE HEAVENLY GARDEN

ST THERESE, PLEASE PICK ME A ROSE FROM THE HEAVENLY GARDEN

INVOKE ST THERESE’S HELP TODAY!

St Therese,
the Little Flower; please pick me a
rose from the Heavenly Garden
and send it to me with a
message of Love.
Ask God to grant the favour I thee
implore and tell Him
I will love Him each day
more and more.
Amen.

 

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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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Posted by on March 29, 2020 in Prayers for Today

 

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