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ST JOHN CANTIUS, CONFESSOR

ST JOHN CANTIUS, CONFESSOR

ST JOHN CANTIUS, CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 23

John was born in the diocese of Cracow in the town of Kenty, from which he took his surname Cantius. His parents Stanislaus and Anna were holy and respectable people. From his infancy, his sweetness of disposition and innocence gave hope of the greatest virtue.

HE BECAME A PRIEST 

After becoming a priest, he increased his ardour for Christian perfection. For some years he administered the parish of Ilkusi with great efficiency. Whatever time was left from his studies he devoted partly to the salvation of his neighbour, especially preaching sermons on sacred subjects, and partly by prayer.

ON FOOT, HE MADE FOUR VISITS TO ROME

He made four visits to Rome, travelling on foot and carrying his own luggage, both to show honour to the Apostolic See and, as he used to say, to save himself from the punishments of Purgatory through the indulgences obtainable there daily.

HE ABSTAINED ENTIRELY FROM MEAT

He guarded his virginal purity most vigilantly, and for about thirty-five years before his death abstained entirely from flesh-meat. On Christmas Eve [1473], his soul took flight to heaven. Pope Clement III added him to the list of the saints, and he is honoured as one of the foremost patrons of Poland and Lithuania.

PRAYER:

Grant, we beseech you, almighty God, that by following the example of blessed John, your Confessor, we may advance in a knowledge of holiness and, by showing pity for others, obtain your forgiveness through his merits. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold titles added]

 

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BEADS OF THE SACRED HEART

BEADS OF THE SACRED HEART

Composed of Five Tens in honour of the Five Wounds

MANNER OF RECITAL:

On the Cross say: The “Anima Christi” or an “Our Father” and “Hail Mary”.

Say on each large bead:  

“Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like unto thine.”

[300 days’ Indulgence, each time.]

On the small beads:

“Sweet Heart of Jesus, be thou my love.”

[300 days’ Indulgence.]

At the end of the ten:

“Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.”

[300 days’ Indulgence, each time.]

Conclusion:

“O Lord Jesus, Who in the plenitude of thy mercy hast redeemed us by thy Precious Blood, grant to the souls of thy servants eternal rest. Amen.”

[These prayers are a treasury of Indulgences and require no special beads.] 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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THE VICTORY WAS AN ANSWER TO ALL THE PRAYERS

THE VICTORY WAS AN ANSWER TO ALL THE PRAYERS

From this holy devotion of the Rosary countless benefits have been showered the length and breadth of Christendom. Among these most certainly can be reckoned that famous victory which the Christian princes, aroused by the plea of Pope St Pius V, won over the vastly superior power of the Turks at Lepanto.

THE VICTORY OF LEPANTO 

As this victory was won on the very day on which the confraternities of the most holy Rosary throughout the world were offering up their rosaries, as they had been asked to do, there can be no doubt that this victory was an answer to their prayers.

PERPETUAL THANKSGIVING 

So convinced of this was Gregory XIII that he proclaimed that for so singular a blessing there should be offered everywhere on earth perpetual thanks to the blessed Virgin, under the title of the Rosary. He decreed also that in every church where an altar of the Rosary had been erected, its office should be celebrated in perpetuity under the rite of a double major. Other pontiffs also have granted almost innumerable indulgences to the recitation of the Rosary and to Rosary Confraternities.

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

 

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THE BLUE SCAPULAR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

THE BLUE SCAPULAR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

This scapular was revealed by Our Divine Lord and the Blessed Virgin to the Ven. Ursula Benincasa, of the Order of Theatines, at Naples,

  1. to honour the Immaculate Conception
  2. to obtain the conversion of sinners.

Those invested in this scapular can gain all the Indulgences granted to any Religious Order, or to any person or place. By reciting six Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glorias, in honour of the Most Holy Trinity, and our Immaculate Lady, may be gained all the Indulgences of Rome, of the Portiuncula, of Jerusalem, and of St James of Compostella.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2019 in Devotions

 

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INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

1. 7 years and 7 quarantines to all who accompany the Most Blessed Sacrament with lights and pray for the Pope’s intentions.

2. 5 years and 5 quarantines to those who accompany It without a light, praying as above.

3. 3 years and 3 quarantines to those who, being legitimately hindered from going themselves, send someone in their stead to carry a light.

4. 100 days to those who cannot go themselves, provided they say one Pater and one Ave for the intention of the Pope when they see the Most Blessed Sacrament carried to the sick. – [Innocent XII., Jan.5th,1695]

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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O BLESSED ARCHANGEL GABRIEL, WE BESEECH THEE, DO THOU INTERCEDE

O BLESSED ARCHANGEL GABRIEL, WE BESEECH THEE, DO THOU INTERCEDE

PRAYER TO ARCHANGEL GABRIEL 

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the Throne of Divine Mercy in our present necessities, that, as thou didst announce to Mary the Mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same and sing the praise of God for ever in the land of the living. Amen.

NOVENA TO SS GABRIEL AND RAPHAEL 

[300 days each day. Plenary once during the Novena.] A Novena to either of these Archangels may be made at any time of the year with any form of prayer sanctioned by competent ecclesiastical authority.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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“MY LORD AND MY GOD”

“MY LORD AND MY GOD”

AN INDULGENCE GRANTED BY POPE PIUS X

In reply to the following question: “Should we bow down or look up at the Elevation?” a Decree was published by the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences on May 18th, 1907, which shows what we should do.

An Indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines, each time, is granted to all the faithful, who, looking with faith, devotion, and love at the Sacred Host at the moment of the Elevation, say at the same time, the words, “MY LORD AND MY GOD“.

A further Plenary Indulgence may be gained once each week by those who, having heard Mass, daily as above, receive Holy Communion.

The first named Indulgence may also be gained by looking devoutly upon the Sacred Host whenever it is solemnly exposed, saying the aforesaid words.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, A Manual of Devotions, Laverty & Sons Ltd., Leeds, 1916

 

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