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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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ST LUKE, EVANGELIST

ST LUKE, EVANGELIST

ST LUKE, EVANGELIST – FEAST: OCTOBER 18

Luke was a physician of Antioch. He knew Greek and was a disciple of the Apostle Paul. Luke wrote the Gospel from holy tradition (word of mouth) and compiled the Acts from what he, personally, had seen. He never married and lived eighty-four years.

PRAYER:

Father,

you chose Luke the evangelist to reveal

by preaching and writing

the mystery of your love for the poor.

Unite in one heart and spirit

all who glory in your name,

and let all nations come to see your salvation.

Through our Lord…

 

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HE HAS GIVEN HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU

HE HAS GIVEN HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU

SERMON OF ST BERNARD, ABBOT – ON PSALM 90

“He has given his Angels charge over you.” O marvellous condescension! O truly great manifestation of love! Who has given the charge? Over whom? What charge?

Let us ponder deeply, brethren, let us consider carefully this great charge.

Who has given the charge? To whom do the Angels belong? Whose command do they obey? Whose will do they serve? For indeed he has given his Angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Nor do they fail, for they even bear you up in their hands. It is the Highest Majesty, therefore, who has given the charge to the Angels – to his Angels. To these beings, so noble, so blessed, so close to himself, beings of his own household, he has given charge of you.

Who are you? What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that thou visit him? Is man not rottenness and the son of man a worm? And what do you think is the charge he has given them concerning you? “To keep you.”

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

 

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ST JOSAPHAT: A CHAMPION OF CHRISTIAN UNITY

ST JOSAPHAT: A CHAMPION OF CHRISTIAN UNITY

ST JOSAPHAT, BISHOP AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 12

Josaphat Kuncewic was born of noble Catholic parents at Vladimir in Volhynia. While a child, as he listened to his mother tell the story of the Passion of Christ, a dart came from the side of Christ on the crucifix and wounded the boy in the heart.

When he was twenty years old, he was professed among the cloistered followers of the monastic rule of St Basil. Soon as Archimandrite of Vilna and finally, though unwillingly, Archbishop of Polotsk, he became an exemplar of every virtue. He was a virtuous promoter of the union of the union of the Greek Church with the Latin and he brought back many heretics to the bosom of Mother Church.

He brought back many heretics to the bosom of Mother Church

As he was setting out for Vitebsk on a pastoral visitation, schismatics sought to kill him. While they were invading the archiepiscopal palace, he willingly faced them, saying: “Little children, if you have any complaint against me, I am here.”

Thereupon they rushed at him, overwhelmed him with blows, pierced him through with spears, slew him with an axe and cast his body into the river. The blood of the Martyr benefited first of all the murderers of their spiritual father, who almost all abjured their schism and repented of their crime. Pope Urban VIII honoured him with the title, blessed; and Pius IX, canonised this first eastern Christian to uphold the unity of the Church.

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

 

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BLESSED ANWARITE NENGAPETA: SHE STILL HAD THE STRENGTH TO SAY, “I FORGIVE YOU”

Blessed Anwarite Nengapeta, Virgin; Memorial: December 1

Anwarite Nengapeta was born in Wamba (Dem. Congo) in 1939. She joined the local Holy Family Sisters and took her vows in 1959, taking the name of Sr Marie Clementine.

In 1964 all the nuns of the Bafwabaka community were deported by the Simba rebels.

At night they were taken to a military house, where Colonel Olombe tried to force Sr Anwarite and Sr Bokuma to have sexual intercourse with him. Both refused categorically in spite of the violence to which they were subjected.

Sr Bokuma fainted, her arm broken in three places. Sr Anwarite continued to resist, saying she would rather die than commit a sin. Between the blows she had the strength to say: “I forgive you, for you do not know what you are doing.” In his anger the colonel had her stabbed many times with a bayonet and finally took out his revolver and shot her. She died a few minutes later. She was beatified by St John Paul II in 1985.

From: The Sisters of St Peter Claver, Bromley, Kent (Mission Calendar)

 

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FROM THE DESERT TO RANSOMING CAPTIVES: ST FELIX OF VALOIS

St Felix of Valois, Memorial: November 20

Felix, once called Hugh, was born in France of the royal family of the Valois. When a youth, he began to think of withdrawing into solitude out of his desire for contemplation.

After being made priest, he retired into a place of solitude, where he lived for some years with St John of Matha.

Counseled by an angel of God

Then, counseled by an angel of God, both set out for Rome, where they obtained from Pope Innocent III, who had likewise been divinely counseled, approbation for a new Order for the ransom of captives.

An Order for the ransom of captives

He gave the Order a white habit marked with a cross of two colours, as it was worn by the angel, and he named the new foundation after the Most Holy Trinity.

Soon, in the diocese of Meaux, a place called Cerfroi, they built the first monastery of the Order. There Felix received an extraordinary favour from the Blessed Virgin Mary, when she appeared in the midst of the choir, wearing the habit marked with the cross of the Order. Full of years and merits, he died in the Lord in the year 1212.

Prayer:

O God, who by heavenly inspiration graciously called forth blessed Felix, your Confessor, from the desert to the work of ransoming captives; grant, we beseech you, that by his intercession, and liberated by your grace from the captivity of our sins, we may be led into our heavenly fatherland. Through our Lord.

– From: Roman Breviary, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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THURSDAY-NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

 

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY – FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 7th

 

(This novena is made on nine consecutive Thursdays, and, if possible, a candle is lit in front of a statue of Our Lady.)

 

“Miraculous Virgin of the Rosary, I am proud of your protection and help. As a sign of my affection for you, I offer this light in your honour every Thursday.”

 

Say the ‘Hail Mary’.

 

“Come to help me in my needs, O Virgin of the Rosary. Take care of my family in its needs and afflictions.”

 

Say the ‘Hail Mary’.

 

“I beg you to have mercy on me, through the immense happiness you had in conceiving in your virginal womb Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. I ask you to grant me the following grace (mention your request), if it be for the greater glory of God.”

 

Say the ‘Hail Mary’.

 

Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in Novenas

 

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