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DO NOT CRY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

DO NOT CRY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

ABOUT SAINT MARY GUO LI, WIDOW AND MARTYR (1835-1900)

Mary Guo Li, a native of Hu-jia-che, China (Hebei Province), was a Catholic wife and grandmother, with numerous children and grandchildren, all of whom were raised in the Catholic faith.

In 1900 a Chinese quasi-religious faction known to history as the “Boxers” embarked upon a bloody persecution of Christians in China.

Mary instructed her children and grandchildren that under no circumstances were they to deny their faith, warning two of her sons, “Remember that if you apostatise, I shall no longer be your mother!”

On 29th June 1900, the Boxers raided the family’s home, murdered Mary’s husband Guo Zhinfang, and torched the house.

Sensing that she would soon share her husband’s fate, Mary spent the days that followed preparing herself with the recitation of the rosary, fasting, and spiritual reading.

On 7th July the sixty-five-year-old grandmother was put to death by the Boxers together with three of her daughters and four of her grandchildren. Before being executed, Mary offered a final word of encouragement to her family, telling them, “Don’t cry. We are going to heaven to enjoy eternal life.”

“They are happy whose life is blameless, who follow God’s law.” (Ps 118:1)

 

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SI QUAERIS

SI QUAERIS

THE MIRACULOUS RESPONSORY IN HONOUR OF ST ANTHONY – “SI QUAERIS”

(This prayer of praise in honour of St Anthony was composed by St Bonaventure. It is sung frequently in the Basilica of St Anthony in Padua and every Tuesday throughout the world.)

If then you ask for miracles,
death, error, all calamities,
leprosy and demons fly,
and health succeeds infirmities.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
and lifeless limbs do you restore;
while treasures lost are found again,
when young and old your aid implore.

All dangers vanish at your prayer,
and direst need does quickly flee;
let those who know your power proclaim,
let Paduans say: these are of thee.

To Father, Son, may glory be
and Holy Spirit, eternally.

Pray for us, blessed Anthony.
Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Lord God, may the votive commemoration of blessed Anthony, your Confessor and Doctor, be a source of joy for your people. May they always be strengthened with his spiritual assistance and deserve eternal rewards.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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ANGLO-SAXON PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

ANGLO-SAXON PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

I adore thee, O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one in Divinity, equal in glory, coeternal in majesty. Thou art the true and only God, and there is no other God but thee.

Thou art to be adored and worshipped, to be feared and reverenced, as three Persons and as One God.

Thou art the same mighty Lord and Omnipotent God who alone knowest the faith and conscience of all men.

O God, be merciful to me a sinner; to me a sinner, who for a very number of my offences am not worthy to raise my eyes to heaven, nor to look up to thee, O God, Father Almighty.

And, O most merciful God the Son, our Maker and our Redeemer, coeternal and coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, who camest into this world to save sinners, do thou take pity on me, who am a sinner, weighted down under the burden of all my offences and evil habits.

O God of mercy, take thou from me all my offences, past, present, and future; send down from heaven thy holy helping Spirit, so that my iniquity and my sin may not master me, but that I may have strength to do the penance which is pleasing to thee, and may thus deserve to obtain thy mercy.

O God, who alone art all wise, thou knowest what is best for me a sinner; do with me what seems good in the eyes of thy Majesty.

O loving Father and merciful God, receive the supplications of thy servant; and may the prayers which I, a wretched sinner, offer now in thy sight rise up unto the ears of thy mercy. Amen.

O Holy Trinity, be my stay. Hear me, listen to my prayer, hearken to my cry. Thou art my living God. Thou art my all-holy Protector. Thou art my loving Lord. Thou art my just judge. Thou art my help in time of need. Thou art my guide to the heavenly kingdom. Thou art my true light. Thou art my holy joy. Thou art my ample portion. Thou art my everlasting salvation. Thou art my full life. Thou art my unspotted victory. Thou art my future hope. Thou art my accomplished redemption. Thou art my perfect charity. Thou art my holy resurrection. Thou art my life eternal. Thee I ask, thee I beg, thee I beseech, that I may live for thee; that I may come to thee; that I may rest in thee. Do thou hear me. Listen to my prayer, hearken to my cry, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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PRAYER TO ST COMGALL

PRAYER TO ST COMGALL

St Comgall – Feast Day: May 10

O glorious St Comgall! from thy throne of light in Heaven, look down on the still favoured children of the Celtic race. Though for centuries persecution almost quenched the light of learning amongst them, yet it never dimmed the light of that faith, which, with other Irish Saints, thou didst preach to them.

Pray on, dear Saint, for them that in these later, happier days, faith and knowledge, hand in hand, may continue to throw a lustre over thy scattered race, so that when the last clouds of oppression shall have passed away for ever, the holy Ireland of the future may not be less holy or less glorious than the Ireland which thou didst bless from Bangor’s shore.

Holy St Comgall, pray for us!

 

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PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

Dear St Joseph,

you have shown love and care to the Son of God,
you looked after his mother, Mary,
you worked hard for your family,
you led your family to safety,
you never questioned the will of God,
you dedicated your life to the service of God.

May we also show our dedication to God’s Son,
may we honour Mary, our Holy Mother,
may we work hard for our families and communities and may we
strive for justice and peace in the world.
May we truly believe and trust that God will walk alongside us
and will never abandon us on life’s journey.

May we, like you, St Joseph, show others the way to our heavenly Father
and may we, like the Holy Family, be thankful for the countless graces and blessings, which are bestowed on us daily. Amen.

 

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SHORT EASTER PRAYER

SHORT EASTER PRAYER

BEAUTIFUL SHORT EASTER PRAYER BY ST GREGORY THE GREAT
It is only right,
with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You, Father
and Your Only-begotten Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Dear Father, by Your wondrous
Condescension of loving-kindness towards us,
Your servants, You gave up Your Son.

Dear Jesus, You paid the debt of Adam
for us to the Eternal Father by
Your Blood poured
forth in loving-kindness.

You cleared away the darkness of sin
by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death
and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled heaven and earth.

Our life had no hope of eternal happiness
before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins,
restored our innocence and brought us joy.

How inestimable is the tenderness
of Your love!
Amen.

 

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PRAYER OF THE SEVEN LAST WORDS (GOOD FRIDAY)

PRAYER OF THE SEVEN LAST WORDS (GOOD FRIDAY)

O Divine Jesus, incarnate Son of God, for our salvation You consented to be born in a stable, to spend Your whole life amid poverty, trials, and misery, and to die surrounded by sufferings on the Cross. At the hour of my death, please say to Your Father: “Father, forgive him/her”. Say to Your beloved Mother: “Behold your son/daughter”. Say to my soul: “This day you shall be with Me in paradise”.

“My God, my God, do not forsake me” in that hour. “I thirst”, yes, my soul thirsts for You Who are the fountain of living waters. My life passes away like a shadow; in a short while “everything will be accomplished”. Therefore, my adorable Saviour, from this moment and for all eternity “into Your hands I commend my spirit”. Lord Jesus, receive my soul. Amen.

 

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