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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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PRAYER ON THE FEAST DAY OF ST BARTHOLOMEW

ST BARTHOLOMEW (NATHANAEL) – FEAST DAY: AUGUST 24th

 

Strengthen in us, O Lord,

the faith, by which the blessed

Apostle Bartholomew

clung wholeheartedly to Your Son,

and grant that through the help of his prayers

Your Church may become for all the nations

the sacrament of salvation.

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.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2015 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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PRAYERS FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST LAURENCE, MARTYR

Prayers for the Memorial of St Laurence, Martyr (10th August)

V.Open-handed, he gave to the poor.

R. His justice stands firm for ever.

• I do not deny you, my God, upon the gridiron; when placed on the fire, I praised you, O Christ. You searched my heart, you visited me by night; you tested me by fire, and you found in me no wrong.

• When blessed Laurence was being burned upon the gridiron, he said to the cruel tyrant, “It is now cooked, turn me over and eat; for the hands of the poor have carried away the riches of the Church which you are seeking, to the treasury of heaven.”

Let us pray. Almighty God, quench in us the fires of passion, since you gave blessed Laurence the strength to overcome the flames of his suffering. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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ST THOMAS BECKET – HIS MURDER AT CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL WAS WITNESSED FIRST HAND

• “‘Who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves?’ (Luke 22:27)

• ‘Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation the faithful are ‘consecrated to be… a royal priesthood’ (CCC 1546)

• St Thomas Becket is the Patron saint of English priests. They are blessed because of this and stand on the broad shoulders of this manly and courageous saint. His murder in Canterbury cathedral was witnessed first hand. Like St Stephen, with blood streaming down his face he prayed, ‘Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.’ His last words as he lay dying were, ‘For the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church I am ready to embrace death.’ We pray for our clergy that they would know a renewal of their grace of ordination and dedicate their lives in a new way to the building of the kingdom of heaven.

• St Thomas Becket, pray for us. St Thomas Becket, pray for our priests and give them strength to live out their holy vocation.

• Our Father…, Ten Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• Today my prayer is for…”
– From the Resource for the Year of Faith 2012 by Alive Publishing. To view and order their publications, please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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