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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 LUCY, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST LUCY, VIRGIN AND MARTYR

ST LUCY, VIRGIN AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 13

St Lucy, a virgin at Syracuse, illustrious by birth and because of her Christian faith, went to the tomb of Blessed Agatha at Catania and obtained the cure of her mother Eutychia, who had been suffering from an issue of blood. Soon she begged from her mother all the goods which she was to receive for her dowry and distributed them to the poor.

SHE DISTRIBUTED HER DOWRY TO THE POOR

When it was reported to Paschasius the prefect that she was a Christian, neither flattery nor threats could induce her to sacrifice to idols. Then Paschasius, inflamed with anger, ordered Lucy to be dragged to a place where her virginity would be violated; but by the power of God the virgin stood so firmly that no force was able to move her.

SHE STOOD SO FIRMLY THAT NO FORCE COULD MOVE HER

The prefect then commanded a fire to be kindled about her; but since no flame injured her, she was tortured by many torments, and her throat was pierced with a sword. After receiving this wound, she foretold the peace which the Church would enjoy after the death of Diocletian and Maximian. On the Ides of December, she yielded her soul to God. Her body was buried at Syracuse, then at Constantinople, and finally it was transferred to Venice.

PRAYER:

Hear us, O God, our Saviour, that, as we rejoice on the feast of blessed Lucy, your Virgin and Martyr, so we may grow in love and devotion. Through our Lord…

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

 

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ST SYLVESTER GOZZOLINI, ABBOT

ST SYLVESTER GOZZOLINI, ABBOT

ST SYLVESTER GOZZOLINI, ABBOT – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 26

Sylvester, born of a noble family at Osimo, in Picenum, was remarkable, even as a boy, for his keen intelligence and upright conduct. Being duly instructed in sacred learning and made a Canon, he benefited his people by his example and his sermons. At the funeral of a relative, who was also a nobleman and a very handsome person, on seeing the disfigured corpse in the open tomb, he said: “What this man was, I am now; what he is now, I shall be.”

WITH THE DESIRE FOR GREATER PERFECTION, HE SPENT HIMSELF IN VIGILS, PRAYER AND FASTING 

He soon retired to a lonely place with the desire for greater perfection, and there spent himself in vigils, prayer and fasting. To hide himself better from men, he kept changing his dwelling place. At length, he arrived at Monte Fano, at that time a solitary place, built a church in honour of St Benedict and laid the foundations of the Congregation of Sylvestrines. There he strengthened the monks with his wonderful holiness. He shone with the spirit of prophecy, and possessed power over the demons and other gifts, which he always tried to hide with deep humility. He fell asleep in the Lord in the year of salvation 1267.

PRAYER:

Most merciful God, who, when the holy Abbot Sylvester was devoutly meditating upon the vanity of this world beside an open grave, graciously willed to call him into the desert and enrich him with unusual merits, we humbly pray that, following his example, despising the things of earth, we may thoroughly enjoy your everlasting presence. Through our Lord…

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

 

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THEE, LORD OF EVERY AGE, WE SING (HYMN)

THEE, LORD OF EVERY AGE, WE SING (HYMN)

Thee, Lord of every age, we sing:

Thee, Christ, we hail the nations’ King;

Confess thy right thy realm to find

Within the hearts of all mankind.

 

The hate-swayed mob cries, pride-enticed,

They will not have thy kingdom, Christ;

But we exultant round thy throne

Thy reign o’er all creation own.

 

O Christ, our Prince, that bringest peace,

Let every rebel impulse cease,

And gather into thy one fold

The wanderers whom thy love doth hold.

 

For this thine arms wide-stretched in plea

Hung bleeding on the atoning Tree;

For this the spear’s revealing dart

Laid bare thy love-emflamed Heart.

 

For this thou dost thy glory hide,

Outpouring from thy pierced side

The riches of thy love divine

Beneath the veils of bread and wine.

 

May realms and they that rule them vie

With solemn rites to raise thee high;

May laws and arts thy servants be,

All life be sanctified in thee.

 

Their kingly gear and royal state

Kings to their King shall consecrate;

Subjects their all before thee lay

In service of thy gentle sway.

 

Jesu, to thee, beneath whose sway

All earth shall bow, all praise we pay;

With Father and with Spirit be

All glory thine eternally.

Amen.

 

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

 
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ST JOSE SANCHEZ DEL RIO, MARTYR

ST JOSE SANCHEZ DEL RIO, MARTYR

ST JOSE SANCHEZ DEL RIO, MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 20 

Jose Sanchez del Rio of Zamora Diocese, Mexico, was arrested by Church haters in 1928. The soldiers cruelly tortured him, saying that, if he renounced the Faith, he would be released. Jose kept calling, “Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!” and was eventually shot. He was canonised by Pope Francis on 16. October 2016.

PRAYER:

O God, who permit us to celebrate the memorial of St Jose Sanchez del Rio, grant that we who know how courageously your holy Martyr has confessed the Faith, may experience his intercession. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

 

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SS. SIMON AND JUDE, APOSTLES

SS. SIMON AND JUDE, APOSTLES

SS. SIMON AND JUDE, APOSTLES – FEAST: OCTOBER 28

Simon was a Chananite, sometimes called Zelotes. Thaddeus (who in the Gospel is called Jude the brother of James) was the author of one of the catholic epistles. Simon went through Egypt preaching the Gospel, Thaddeus did the same in Mesopotamia. Afterwards they met in Persia, where they raised countless children to Christ. Together in those far-reaching countries by their teaching and their miracles, they spread the faith. Finally by a glorious martyrdom they paid together their testimony of honour to the most holy name of Jesus.

PRAYER:

O God, who have given us a way of coming to know your name through your blessed Apostles, Simon and Jude, grant us to honour their everlasting glory by becoming more holy and to become more holy by honouring it. 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.

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

 

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YOU HAVE HERE NO LASTING HOME

YOU HAVE HERE NO LASTING HOME

YOU ARE A STRANGER AND A PILGRIM WHEREVER YOU MAY BE

You have here no lasting home. You are a stranger and a pilgrim wherever you may be, and you shall have no rest until you are wholly united with Christ.

Why do you look about here when this is not the place of your repose? Dwell rather upon heaven and give but a passing glance to all earthly things. They all pass away, and you together with them. Take care, then, that you do not cling to them lest you be entrapped and perish. Fix your mind on the Most High, and pray unceasingly to Christ.

GIVE BUT A PASSING GLANCE TO EARTHLY THINGS

If you do not know how to meditate on heavenly things, direct your thoughts to Christ’s passion and willingly behold His sacred wounds. If you turn devoutly to the wounds and precious stigmata of Christ, you will find great comfort in suffering, you will mind but little the scorn of men, and you will easily bear their slanderous talk.

CHRIST WAS LEFT BY FRIENDS, HE HAD ENEMIES AND DEFAMERS 

When Christ was in the world, He was despised by men; in the hour of need He was forsaken by acquaintances and left by friends in the depths of scorn. He was willing to suffer and to be despised; do you dare to complain of anything? He had enemies and defamers; do you want everyone to be your friend, your benefactor? How can your patience be rewarded if no adversity test it? How can you be a friend of Christ if you are not willing to suffer any hardship? Suffer with Christ and for Christ if you wish to reign with Him.

SPIRITUAL PEACE

Had you but once entered into perfect communion with Jesus or tasted a little of His ardent love, you would care nothing at all for your own comfort or discomfort but would rejoice in the reproach you suffer; for love of Him makes a man despise himself.

A man who is a lover of Jesus and of truth, a truly interior man who is free from uncontrolled affections, can turn to God at will and rise above himself to enjoy spiritual peace.

– From: Thomas a Kempis; The Imitation of Christ (15th century)

 

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