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“MASTER, TEACH US HOW TO PRAY”

“MASTER, TEACH US HOW TO PRAY”

THE LORD’S PRAYER

“Master, teach us how to pray,” said the apostles one day to the divine Saviour. And Jesus answered: “When you pray, say – “Our Father, Who art in heaven.” Yes, God is our Father. What an honour, and what a joy! We must, therefore, recite this prayer with the greatest filial confidence. Let us meditate on it.

And firstly, as to God Himself, what do we ask: “Lord, hallowed be thy name”, that is to say, mayest thou be known by all men, and may Thy kingdom come also, to all. Reign over us here below by thy holy grace, and in heaven by thy glory. And for this end, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. For the reign of God in souls is attained only by the accomplishment of the divine will. With what perfection do the angels and saints in heaven conform themselves to it! We, here below, should imitate them.

Then, for ourselves, Lord, give us our daily bread, the nourishment necessary each day for soul and body, but above all, the Blessed Eucharist. Alas! We have sinned. Lord, forgive us, as we forgive them that trespass against us. Forget all, as we forget the faults of our neighbour. Alas! what snares are laid for us. Lead us not into temptation. Do not allow occasions of sin to arise, in which we should succumb. But deliver us from evil, from evils of body, but especially from evils of soul, and above all from the everlasting evils of hell.

– Laverty & Sons (eds), Leeds, 1905

 

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“MY LORD AND MY GOD”

“MY LORD AND MY GOD”

AN INDULGENCE GRANTED BY POPE PIUS X

In reply to the following question: “Should we bow down or look up at the Elevation?” a Decree was published by the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences on May 18th, 1907, which shows what we should do.

An Indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines, each time, is granted to all the faithful, who, looking with faith, devotion, and love at the Sacred Host at the moment of the Elevation, say at the same time, the words, “MY LORD AND MY GOD“.

A further Plenary Indulgence may be gained once each week by those who, having heard Mass, daily as above, receive Holy Communion.

The first named Indulgence may also be gained by looking devoutly upon the Sacred Host whenever it is solemnly exposed, saying the aforesaid words.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, A Manual of Devotions, Laverty & Sons Ltd., Leeds, 1916

 

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PSALM 50 – MISERERE

PSALM 50 – MISERERE

The repentance and confession of David after his sin. The fourth penitential psalm.

Unto the end, a psalm of David. When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had sinned with Bethsabee [2 Kings ( = 2 Samuel) 12]

Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy.

And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.

Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.

To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that thou mayst be justified in thy words, and mayst overcome when thou art judged.

For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me.

For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast manifested to me.

Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

To my hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.

Turn away thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels.

Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.

I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted to thee.

Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice.

O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise.

For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted.

A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.

Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.

 

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WHAT SHOULD I BE IF I HAD NOT BEEN REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST?

WHAT SHOULD I BE IF I HAD NOT BEEN REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST?

PRAYER TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD.

[Indulgence, 300 days each time.]

O Most Precious Blood of Eternal Life, the ransom and redemption of the whole universe, the drink and bath of our souls, thou Who art ever pleading our cause of men before the throne of God’s sovereign mercy; I adore thee most profoundly, and desire, as far as it is in my power, to compensate thee for the insults and affronts which thou art continually receiving at the hands of men, especially of those who rashly dare to blaspheme thee.

And who is there that will not bless this Blood of infinite value? Who is there that will not feel himself inflamed with love for Jesus Who shed it? What should I be if I had not been redeemed by this Divine Blood? What was it that drew thee forth from the veins of my Lord, even to the last drop? Ah! it was nought else but love.

O boundless love, that has given us this balsam of salvation! O Balsam beyond price, streaming forth from the well-spring of a boundless love, grant, oh, grant that every heart and tongue may praise, and magnify, and bless thee, now and for ever, even unto the day of eternity! Amen.

V. Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, with thy Blood.

R. And thou hast made us a kingdom unto our God.

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

 
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HE WHO ONCE IN RIGHTEOUS VENGEANCE (HYMN)

HE WHO ONCE IN RIGHTEOUS VENGEANCE (HYMN)

He who once, in righteous vengeance,

Whelmed the world beneath the flood,

Once again in mercy cleansed it

With the stream of his own Blood,

Coming from his throne on high

On the painful Cross to die.

 

Blest with this all-saving shower,

Earth her beauty straight resumed;

In the place of thorns and briers,

Myrtles sprang, and roses bloomed:

Bitter wormwood of the waste

Into honey changed its taste.

 

Scorpions ceased; the slimy serpent

Laid his deadly poison by;

Savage beasts of cruel instinct

Lost their wild ferocity;

Welcoming the gentle reign

Of the Lamb for sinners slain.

 

Oh, the wisdom of th’ Eternal!

Oh, its depth, and height divine!

Oh, the sweetness of that mercy

Which in Jesus Christ doth shine!

Slaves we were condemned to die!

Our King pays the penalty!

 

When before the Judge we tremble,

Conscious of his broken laws,

May this Blood, in that dread hour,

Cry aloud, and plead our cause;

Bid our guilty terrors cease,

Be our pardon and our peace.

 

Prince and Author of salvation,

Lord of majesty supreme,

Jesu, praise to thee be given

By the world thou didst redeem;

Who with the Father and the Spirit,

Reignest in eternal merit.

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

 

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ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE – AN EXAMPLE IN ALL GOOD WORKS

ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE – AN EXAMPLE IN ALL GOOD WORKS

ST ISIDORE; BISHOP, CONFESSOR, AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – FEAST DAY: APRIL 4

Isidore, a Spaniard by nationality, was born at Carthagena, while his father, Severian, was governor of the province. He received a well-rounded and pious training from his two brothers, Leander, Bishop of Seville, and Fulgentius, Bishop of Cartagena, and he came from his masters a most eminent scholar in all human knowledge and a pattern of all Christian virtues.

A most eminent scholar

After the death of Leander, he was raised to the See of Seville and made Vicar Apostolic of Spain. As a bishop he set an example in all good works and was especially solicitous in restoring ecclesiastical discipline. In a council assembled at Seville, he broke up and destroyed the heresy of the Acephali which was then threatening Spain.

A pattern of all Christian virtues

So great was the universal reputation that he had attained for piety and learning that he had scarcely been dead sixteen years when he merited to be called the Outstanding Doctor. He wrote most useful books full of learning. He presided over the fourth Council of Toledo, the most celebrated of all those convened in Spain. Finally, after having governed his See for about forty years, he went to heaven from Seville, in the year 636.

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

 

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SUPREME JOY

SUPREME JOY

ABNEGATION (poem)

 

To love the loving when skies above

Love’s heaven are fair; to see the bloom

Of flowers we plant from our hearts of love

In hearts that pity our days of gloom;

 

To know in a world where all forget

A love unchanging – are joys supreme

For the loving soul; but they fill not yet

The measure fair of a Christian’s dream.

 

For generous souls seek other bliss

Than love rewarding love; their hope

Has loftier flight and broader scope,

And finds fruitition not in this

 

In self-forgetfulness they live,

In sacrifice their dream is wrought,

Believing that, receiving naught,

Their highest pleasure is to give.

 

– Golden Grains, Sanctification and Happiness of Every-Day Life, Eighth Edition, M.H. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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