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ST THOMAS, APOSTLE

ST THOMAS, APOSTLE

ST THOMAS, APOSTLE – FEAST: JULY 3

Thomas the Apostle, also called the Twin, was a Galilean. After he had received the Holy Spirit, he travelled through many provinces, preaching the Gospel of Christ.

He transmitted the precepts of the Christian faith and life to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, and Bactrians. He finally went to India and instructed the inhabitants in the Christian religion.

Up to the last, by the holiness of his life and teaching, and by the greatness of the miracles which he wrought, he excited the admiration of all men, and led them to the love of Jesus Christ.

The king of the nation, a worshipper of idols, was furiously angry; by whose orders he was condemned to be pierced by javelins, and the crown of martyrdom decorated the glory of his apostolate at Calamina. (text from: Breviary 1964)

PRAYER:

Almighty Father,

as we honour Thomas the apostle,

let us always experience the help of his prayers.

May we have eternal life by believing in Jesus,

whom Thomas acknowledged as Lord.

Who lives and reigns…

 

 

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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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PRAYER TO ST KEVIN, ABBOT

PRAYER TO ST KEVIN, ABBOT

PRAYER TO ST KEVIN, ABBOT. SECOND PATRON OF DUBLIN. (Feast: June 3rd.)

We beseech thee, O Lord, that the intercession of the blessed Kevin, Abbot of Glendalough, may commend us to thee; that what we cannot obtain by our own merits, we may through his patronage. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
 

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ST ERASMUS OF FORMIA, BISHOP AND MARTYR

ST ERASMUS OF FORMIA, BISHOP AND MARTYR

ST ERASMUS OF FORMIA, BISHOP AND MARTYR – FEAST: JUNE 2

Originally from Antioch, St Erasmus (St Elmo) became Bishop of Formia, Campagna, Italy. To lie low during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians (c. 303), he fled to Mount Lebanon, living a life of prayer and penance. Throughout this time he was miraculously fed by a raven.

The Bishop was tracked down and sent to Diocletian, imprisoned, and freed by an angel. After having converted many more souls he was discovered once more and martyred by being disemboweled. Some sources report that this was done by winding his intestines on a windlass.

“ST ELMO’S FIRE”

St Erasmus is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and invoked against gastrointestinal illnesses such as cancer and Crohn’s Disease. His intercession is asked by soldiers and sailors, too; the blue static electrical discharges which would sometimes appear on the masts or riggings of their ships (“St Elmo’s Fire”) was seen as a sign of his protection.

PRAYER:

O God, who gladden us each year by the feast of your holy Martyrs, Marcellinus, Peter and Erasmus, graciously grant that, as we rejoice in their merits, we may be inspired by their example. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

 

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PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH

PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH

Glorious St Joseph, who wast chosen by Almighty God to be the foster-father of the Word made flesh, the comforter of His most holy Mother, the faithful co-operator among men in His greatest design, obtain for me to do in all things the Will of the Father, to cherish in my heart the mysteries accomplished in the person of the Son, and by the abundant graces of the Holy Ghost to persevere, pure of heart and chaste of body, in the service of God.

 
 

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PRAYER TO ST PASCHAL BAYLON

PRAYER TO ST PASCHAL BAYLON

O God, who endowed blessed Paschal, your confessor, with a wondrous love for the sacred mysteries of your body and blood, mercifully grant that we may be found worthy to share in the same spiritual abundance he received in this divine banquet. 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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PRAYER TO ST BRENDAN

PRAYER TO ST BRENDAN

Glorious St Brendan, who during thy mortal course here on earth placed all thy glory in the annihilation of thyself before Him, for whose glory, and at whose call you forsook all things, thy country as well as thy people and thy father’s house: Look down now from the bosom of that God Whom thou didst ardently love whilst in this land of danger and sorrow, and forget not the charge thou didst receive when I, thine unworthy client, was committed to thy care, and received thee as patron, protector and advocate with Him Who is so much outraged by my infidelity and imperfection. 

Animated with firm hope in that charity which consumed thee in the service of thy neighbour, I confidently look up to thee now, where charity is perfect, and implore thee to use thy powerful intercession with thy Creator to obtain for me that succour which I  so much need to run faithfully the course on which I have entered. 

O most compassionate father, behold the barrenness of this garden of my soul, notwithstanding the care the divine husbandman takes to render it fruitful. Let that charity and compassion for the miserable which consumed thee here be excited towards me, who groan under the slavery of my evil habits. 

Come then, O holy Saint Brendan, and enable me to do violence to my inclinations, and to pluck up those noxious weeds which disfigure the garden of my soul. Plant and nurture there, I beseech thee, those fragrant flowers which will render to the Heavenly Bridegroom such an odour of sweetness as will constrain Him to make His abode there. 

I most earnestly beseech thee to obtain for me in an especial manner the virtue of  (name it) together with the gift of final perseverance that I may for ever share with thee the reward promised to those who faithfully follow Christ. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds,  1916

 
 

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ST PEDRO POVEDA, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST PEDRO POVEDA, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST PEDRO POVEDA, PRIEST AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: JULY 28

Pedro Poveda was born in Linares, (Jaen), southern Spain, in 1874 and was ordained priest in Guadix (Granada) in 1897. It was there that he began apostolic work among the people of the cave district.

Later he was named Canon in the Basilica of Covadonga in the north. From there, in 1911 he founded The Teresian Association, which received pontifical approval in 1924. In Jaen, and later Madrid, he continued to be actively committed to the cause of education and to the disadvantaged in society. He died a martyr for his faith on 28 July, 1936. He was canonised in 2003.

PRAYER:

Lord our God, You gave Your priest Saint Pedro Poveda the gift of encouraging lay Christians in their call to make Christ present in the world, through education and culture; You gave him the grace of sealing his life with martyrdom. Through his intercession grant us the courage to announce the Gospel openly, bearing witness to it and confessing our faith. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

(with ecclesiastical permission)

– from a prayer card

 

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ST BONIFACE OF TARSUS, MARTYR

ST BONIFACE OF TARSUS, MARTYR

Initially, young Boniface was not a Christian. One of her slaves, he lived in sin with the wealthy Roman lady Aglae. She finally commissioned him to find the relics of Christian martyrs in Tarsus and to bring them back to Rome. When he witnessed the torture and killings in the persecution of Christians under Emperor Galerius in Tarsus, he himself was touched and converted. He asked for baptism and henceforth confessed openly to Christianity, whereupon he was martyred in 307 by being thrown into a kettle containing boiling tar.

Aglae, hearing of his martyrdom, became a Christian. In his memory she constructed a church, which today is the Church of St Bonifacio e Alessio. She gave her slaves freedom, distributed her wealth to the poor, and lived in a monastery until her death some twenty years later. St Boniface of Tarsus is a patron invoked against alcohol problems and is one of the Ice Saints. (Since much historical evidence could not be firmly established, St Boniface’s official feast was removed from the revised Saints’ Calendar).

 

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ST CORONA, MARTYR

ST CORONA, MARTYR

St Corona, feast day May 14 (SS Victor and Corona) was a 16-year-old Christian who was martyred for her faith in Damascus in the second century.

St Corona stood up publicly for Victor, a Roman soldier who was being tortured because he had converted to Christianity. For this act she died a horrific death.

She was tied to two palm trunks that had been bent to the ground and when they whipped back up her body was torn to pieces. She is invoked by treasure hunters and people who play the lottery. Recently, her prayers to the Divine Physician are requested by those affected by Covid-19.

 

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