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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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ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST JULIANA OF NICOMEDIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 16

Juliana, from Cumae in Campania, who was first mentioned in the “Martyriologium Hieronymianum”, suffered martyrdom in 304 during the Diocletian persecution. As a Christian convert, she refused to marry the pagan Senator Eleusius, which caused the anger of both her suitor and her pagan father Africanus. She was then detained, tortured and beheaded. In prison, she was said to have been exposed to a vision of a demon who pretended to be an angel of light and asked her to sacrifice to the pagan gods. Juliana recognised the deception and shouted: “Lord God of heaven and earth, do not leave me and do not allow your maid to perish.” She defeated the tempter who admitted to her that the devils suffer especially when Christians assist at Mass. St Juliana has traditionally been called for the safe delivery of women in labour and for protection against fever and infectious diseases.

PRAYER:

May blessed Juliana, Virgin and Martyr, who was ever pleasing to you by the merit of her chastity and by her trust in your power, implore for us your forgiveness, we beseech you, O God. Through our Lord…

 

 

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

PRAYER TO OUR LADY BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

O Mary, rich in grace, Virgin conceived without original stain, and worthy Mother of God, Who preserved thee from all sin to find in thee a purity worthy of His dwelling, I also now receive into my heart my Lord and my God, the Lover of purity, to Whom all sin is an abomination. I wish with my whole heart that my soul were as free from sin and as pure as thine, that God might find it an abode fitting His Majesty. But alas, I am full of evil inclinations and infidelities to grace.

Therefore I cast myself before thee, O Immaculate Queen of Heaven, and humbly be thee, through the mystery of thine Immaculate Conception, to purify my soul, to cover its faults with the perfection of thy purity, and to sustain me in the Communion I am about to receive. Beg thy Divine Son to deign to visit me. He enriched thee so abundantly with His gifts that the heavenly messenger proclaimed thee ‘full of grace’; beg Him to pour His treasures so abundantly upon me in this Communion that I also may be full of grace. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 30

A member of a Roman family, Pope Felix I led the Catholic Church from 5th January 269 to 274. He was the successor of Pope Dionysius. He responded by letter to the Synod of Antioch, reiterating the doctrine of the Trinity. He erected a basilica on the Via Aurelia, and made provision for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass over the tombs of the martyrs in the crypts of the catacombs and in basilicas built for this purpose. Since he courageously supported the faithful persecuted under Emperor Aurelian, he was martyred for the Faith in 274 and buried in the catacomb of St Callistus on 30th December.

PRAYER:

Eternal Shepherd, look with favour upon your flock. Safeguard and shelter it forevermore through the intercession of blessed Felix, your Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom you constituted shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord…

 

 

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ST JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

ST JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

ST JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 27

The author of the Fourth Gospel, the Apocalypse, and three Epistles, John was son of Zebedee, and one of the three (with Peter and James) who were closest to the Lord, present at the Transfiguration, the Agony in the Garden, the raising of the daughter of Jairus. He is the “beloved disciple” referred to in the gospels.

PRAYER:

God our Father,

you have revealed the mysteries of your Word

through John the apostle.

By prayer and reflection

may we come to understand the wisdom he taught.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

 

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CHRISTMAS – PRAYER BEFORE THE CRIB

CHRISTMAS – PRAYER BEFORE THE CRIB

I adore thee, O Word Incarnate, true Son of God from all eternity, and true Son of Mary ever Virgin in the fulness of time.

When I adore thy Divine Person, and the Humanity united to thy Divinity, I venerate the poor manger which welcomed thee when an Infant, and which was truly the throne of thy love.

I prostrate myself before it with the simplicity of the shepherds, with the faith of Joseph, with the love of Mary; I bow down in reverence before this precious memorial of our salvation with the same spirit of mortification, poverty and humility with which thou, the Lord of heaven and earth, didst choose a manger wherein to lay thy tender Infant limbs, and thou, O Lord, Who in thine Infancy didst deign to lay thyself in this manger: vouchsafe also to pour into my heart a drop of that joy to which the sight of thy lovely Childhood and the miracles which accompanied thy Birth, gave rise. By that holy Birth, I now implore thee to grant to all the world peace and good-will, and in the name of the whole human race I render thanks and honour to God the Father and to God the Holy Spirit, Who with thee liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end.

[Indulgence of 100 days. Pius IX, October 1st, 1861]

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD

BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD
BL. CHARLES DE FOCAULD, PRIEST – ┬áMEMORIAL: DECEMBER 1

Blessed Charles Eugene de Focauld, born in 1858, originated from a wealthy French family. He became a Trappist monk, living an ascetic life surrounded by the Tuareg in the Sahara Desert. His spirituality focused on the love and care of Christ. He was murdered in 1916 by fanatical muslim bandits. One of his famous prayers is the Abandonment Prayer:

“Father, I abandon myself into Your hands.

Do with me what You will; whatever You do, I will thank You.

I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures,

and I’ll ask nothing else, my Lord.

Into Your hands I commend my spirit;

I give it to You with all the love of my heart,

for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself,

to surrender myself into Your hands with a trust beyond measure, because You are my Father. Amen.”

 

 

 

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