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AT THE HOUR OF DEATH THE MASSES YOU HAVE HEARD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST CONSOLATION

AT THE HOUR OF DEATH THE MASSES YOU HAVE HEARD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST CONSOLATION

THE HOLY MASS

At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.

At every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less according to your fervour.

Assisting devoutly at Mass you render to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage. You afford to the souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

You are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you.

You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.

Every Mass wins you a higher degree of sanctifying grace here, and glory in heaven hereafter.

You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

When you hear Mass and offer the Holy Sacrifice in honour of any particular Saint or Angel, thank God for the favour bestowed on him, etc., etc.

One Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death. Therefore, try to hear Mass every day.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

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IF MAN REALLY UNDERSTOOD THIS MYSTERY, HE WOULD DIE OF LOVE

IF MAN REALLY UNDERSTOOD THIS MYSTERY, HE WOULD DIE OF LOVE

THE HOLY MASS

All good works added together are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, for they are the work of man, and the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison. It is the sacrifice which man makes to God of his life; the Mass is the sacrifice which God makes to man of His Body and Blood.

GOD’S WORK

At the voice of the priest Our Lord descends from heaven, and encloses himself in a little Host. The glance of God is arrested at the altar. “This,” He says, “is my Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. He can refuse nothing to the merits of the offering of this Victim.

THE GOOD GOD IS PRESENT

How beautiful to think that after the Consecration the good God is present, as He is in Heaven! If man really understood this mystery, he would die of love. God considers our weakness… Oh! if we had faith, if we understood the value of the Holy Sacrifice, we should be much more zealous in assisting at it.

– Bl. Cure d’Ars, from: Laverty & Sons (eds.), 1905

 

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GLORY TO THEE, MY GOD, THIS NIGHT (HYMN)

Glory to thee, my God, this night

For all the blessings of the light;

Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,

Beneath thy own almighty wings.

 

Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,

The ill that I this day have done,

That with the world, myself, and thee,

I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

 

Teach me to live, that I may dread

The grave as little as my bed;

Teach me to die, that so I may

Rise glorious at the awful day.

 

O may my soul on thee repose,

And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close,

Sleep that may me more vigorous make

To serve my God when I awake.

 

When in the night I sleepless lie,

My soul with heavenly thoughts supply;

Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,

No powers of darkness me molest.

 

You, my blest guardian, whilst I sleep

Close to my bed your vigils keep;

Divine love into me instil,

Stop all the avenues of I’ll.

 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,

Praise him, all creatures here below,

Praise him above, ye heavenly host,

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

– Bishop T. Ken, 1637-1711

 

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HEALED FROM BLINDNESS BY THE HOLY MASS

“Let us remember that one of the principal advantages of the Mass is that it draws upon us every morning innumerable blessings.

Hearken to Jesus Christ raising His voice as in the time of His mortal life: ‘If any of you thirst, let Him come to Me and drink.’ Let us go, then, with confidence to the throne of grace, which is the altar; we shall find there the treasures of the mercy of Jesus Christ, and of the succour which He holds in reserve for an opportune moment. Present on the altar as on the cross, He is no less powerful, kind and generous there.

‘Lead me to Mass, and I will see,’ said a little blind child, afterwards the venerable M. Allemand of Marseilles. He was brought there, and recovered his sight.”
– Laverty&Sons (eds), 1905

 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 33)

R. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

1. The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him. (R.)

2. Revere the Lord, you his saints.
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry
but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing. (R.)

3. Come, children, and hear me
that I may teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is he who longs for life
and many days, to enjoy his prosperity? (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Man does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Alleluia!

 

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“O MOTHER OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR, I WOULD RATHER BE ONE OF YOUR SERVANTS THAN HAVE THE WHOLE WORLD AT MY COMMAND”

O Mother of Perpetual Succour, and my own best beloved Mother, I thank you for all the blessings and graces you have obtained for me since my birth, and especially during all my temptations. And now, to so many former favours, vouchsafe, O Mary, to add that of admitting me, though most unworthy, into the number of your special clients, that with them I may prove to you my devotion of veneration and love.

You shall always be, next after God, my only hope, and the object most dear to my heart. In all my wants, in all my straits and temptations, I will always have recourse to you; you shall be my refuge and my consolation. I desire in all the combats, afflictions and weariness of life to have no other support but God and you. I would rather be one of your servants than have the whole world at my command; my ambition shall be to serve you, to bless you, to love you till my dying breath.

You who are the Mother of perseverance, obtain for me the grace to prefer to die than to have the misfortune of abandoning you. O Mary, I trust that have accepted and ratified this offering I make to you of all my life; it rests with you now to protect me against my inconstancy; this you will do, and then I shall have the happiness to go to meet you one day in heaven, never more to be separated from you. Jesus and Mary! to suffer for you, to die for you, to be all yours, such is my desire. O Mother of Perpetual Succour, grant that I remain faithful to you till my dying breath. Amen. ♥

 

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PRAYER FOR THOSE SEPARATED FROM THE CHURCH; DIVINE MERCY NOVENA, DAY 5

I. Pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

II. Additional Prayer:

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who are separated from Your Son’s Church, especially those who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

 

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