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ST ANDREAS WOUTERS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST ANDREAS WOUTERS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST ANDREAS WOUTERS, PRIEST AND MARTYR; MEMORIAL: JULY 9

St Andreas (Andries) Wouters, one of the MARTYRS OF GORKUM, was born in 1542. He worked as a priest in Heineoord, Diocese of Haarlem, Netherlands. Before his and his companions’ martyrdom, his conduct was at times not edifying, including bouts of drinking and womanising. All 19 martyrs of Gorkum (priests and religious) were tortured and hanged by Calvinists in the night of 9th July 1572, for “Papism” and their belief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist. With his courageous martyrdom and perseverance in the Faith, St Andreas made up for his past life. His last words, now famous, were: “Fornicator I always was, heretic I never was.” He was canonised on 29/6/1865. St Andreas, pray for us. Martyrs of Gorkum, pray for us.

PRAYER:

O God,
who adorned with the laurel of immortality
the glorious battle of Your blessed martyrs of Gorkum for the Faith,
graciously grant that with them
we may deserve to be crowned in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

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ITE AD IOSEPH

ITE AD IOSEPH

Let us go to Saint Joseph, let us beg him to help us on the difficult road of this life.
He, like ourselves, has travelled there.
He, like us, has suffered there.
Born in lowly circumstances, although of a royal family, he earned his daily bread by rough toil.

How many humiliations he endured!
How much anxiety and trouble!
When, chosen by God, he had to watch over Jesus and Mary, and to provide for them.
He knew the miseries of life, the moments when courage abandons us, when all is dark around us.

Let us have recourse to Saint Joseph, and ask him for resignation.
Let us go to him, for he loves us.
He loves us because we belong to Jesus and Mary. Their affections have become his.
Let us ask him to love us as he loved Jesus and Mary, and to obtain for us that we may love them as he loved them. O Joseph, who had the incomparable honour of watching over Jesus, and of providing for Him by your labours,
Speak to Him for us.
He loves you.
He remembers your tenderness.
Lead us to this Saviour, so dearly loved.
And when the last hour shall have arrived, present us to Him, that we may see Him and love Him for eternity.
– Laverty&Sons (Eds.), Leeds, 1905

 

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PRAYER ON ALL SAINTS DAY

PRAYER ON ALL SAINTS DAY

R. O come, ring out your joy, all you upright of heart.

Angels, Archangels, Thrones and Dominations, Principalities and Power, heavenly Virtues, Cherubim and Seraphim, Patriarchs and Prophets, Holy Doctors of the Law, Apostles and all you martyrs of Christ, Holy confessors and Virgins of the Lord, Hermits and all you Saints of God, intercede for us.

Let us pray: Almighty everlasting God, as you enable us to celebrate the merits of all your saints in one single feast, grant that with so many interceding on our behalf, we may receive from you that full forgiveness for which we long. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Come, let us adore the Lord, the King of kings; come, let us adore the Lord, the King of kings, for he is the crown of all the Saints.

“Behold, I, John, saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads’ (Rev. 7:2-3).

 

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PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

Dear St Joseph,

you have shown love and care to the Son of God,
you looked after his mother, Mary,
you worked hard for your family,
you led your family to safety,
you never questioned the will of God,
you dedicated your life to the service of God.

May we also show our dedication to God’s Son,
may we honour Mary, our Holy Mother,
may we work hard for our families and communities and may we
strive for justice and peace in the world.
May we truly believe and trust that God will walk alongside us
and will never abandon us on life’s journey.

May we, like you, St Joseph, show others the way to our heavenly Father
and may we, like the Holy Family, be thankful for the countless graces and blessings, which are bestowed on us daily. Amen.

 

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PRAYER TO ST ANDREW

PRAYER TO ST ANDREW

Brother of Simon Peter, you heard John the Baptist say: “Behold the Lamb of God,” and you chose to follow Jesus. Leaving your nets, you became a successful fisher of souls. Lover of the Crucified Christ, you too were crucified like him. Teach us to live and suffer for Him and to win many souls for Christ. Amen.

O glorious 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, St 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 in His service. Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and to carry our crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus. Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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DO NOT CRY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

DO NOT CRY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

ABOUT SAINT MARY GUO LI, WIDOW AND MARTYR (1835-1900)

Mary Guo Li, a native of Hu-jia-che, China (Hebei Province), was a Catholic wife and grandmother, with numerous children and grandchildren, all of whom were raised in the Catholic faith.

In 1900 a Chinese quasi-religious faction known to history as the “Boxers” embarked upon a bloody persecution of Christians in China.

Mary instructed her children and grandchildren that under no circumstances were they to deny their faith, warning two of her sons, “Remember that if you apostatise, I shall no longer be your mother!”

On 29th June 1900, the Boxers raided the family’s home, murdered Mary’s husband Guo Zhinfang, and torched the house.

Sensing that she would soon share her husband’s fate, Mary spent the days that followed preparing herself with the recitation of the rosary, fasting, and spiritual reading.

On 7th July the sixty-five-year-old grandmother was put to death by the Boxers together with three of her daughters and four of her grandchildren. Before being executed, Mary offered a final word of encouragement to her family, telling them, “Don’t cry. We are going to heaven to enjoy eternal life.”

“They are happy whose life is blameless, who follow God’s law.” (Ps 118:1)

 

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PRAYER TO ST COMGALL

PRAYER TO ST COMGALL

St Comgall – Feast Day: May 10

O glorious St Comgall! from thy throne of light in Heaven, look down on the still favoured children of the Celtic race. Though for centuries persecution almost quenched the light of learning amongst them, yet it never dimmed the light of that faith, which, with other Irish Saints, thou didst preach to them.

Pray on, dear Saint, for them that in these later, happier days, faith and knowledge, hand in hand, may continue to throw a lustre over thy scattered race, so that when the last clouds of oppression shall have passed away for ever, the holy Ireland of the future may not be less holy or less glorious than the Ireland which thou didst bless from Bangor’s shore.

Holy St Comgall, pray for us!

 

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