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PRAYER FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH II ON THE OCCASION OF HER BECOMING THE LONGEST REIGNING MONARCH IN BRITISH HISTORY

V. O Lord, save Elizabeth our Queen.

R. And hear us on the day we call upon you.

V. Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come before you.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with your Spirit.

 

Almighty God, we pray that Elizabeth your Servant and Our Queen, who, by your providence has received the governance of this Realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil, and being blessed with your favour may, with her Consort and all the Royal Family, come at last into your presence, through him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, Our Lord Jesus Christ, 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 September 10, 2015 in Prayers for Today

 

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LORD, GRANT US TO DIE DAILY UNTO SIN

O God, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the Cross, and by his glorious Resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy; grant us so to die daily unto sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his Resurrection; through the same Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Prayers for Today

 

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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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A FIRM DEFENCE AGAINST THE WILES OF ALL MY ENEMIES, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels

O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, transfix the affections of my inmost soul with that most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, with true, serene, holiest apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with entire love and longing for Thee, that it may desire Thee, and faint for Thy courts, long to be dissolved and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels, the Refreshment of holy souls, our daily and supersubstantial Bread, who hast all sweetness and savour, and the delight of every taste. Let my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, upon whom the Angels desire to look, and my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savour.

May it ever thirst for Thee, the Fountain of life, the Source of wisdom and knowledge, the Fountain of eternal light, the Torrent of pleasure, the Richness of the House of God.

May it ever yearn for Thee, find Thee, stretch towards Thee, attain to Thee, meditate upon Thee, speak of Thee, and do all things to the praise and glory of Thy holy name, with humility and discretion, with all virtues; a firm defence against the wiles of all my enemies, visible and invisible; a perfect quieting of all my impulses, fleshly and spiritual; a cleaving unto Thee, the one true God; and a blessed consummation of my end when Thou dost call.

And I pray that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring me a sinner to that unspeakable Feast where Thou, with Thy Son and Thy Holy Spirit, art to holy ones true light, fullness of blessedness, everlasting joy, and perfect happiness. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

– St Bonaventure

 

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“GIVE ME JESUS, BUT WITHOUT RELIGION” IS AN OXYMORON

Catholic ceremonies and liturgy

“The unique source from which all acts of [Catholic Christian] worship derive their merit and efficacy is the Paschal Mystery of our Lord, Jesus Christ . All other acts of [Catholic Christian] worship radiate from it as from their centre; all hymns of praise revolve around it. The Paschal Mystery embraces the death, resurrection and ascension into glory of our Saviour . These are three inseparable aspects of the one and same mystery whereby Christ has redeemed us and reconciled us to His Father, restoring all things in Himself.His passion and death would have no significance if He did not rise to life. He could rise only if He had first died.

‘Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?’ (Luke 24:46).

His resurrection gives meaning to His death: His victory over death and sin. The cross represents the triumph of our Saviour over the power of evil; His resurrection is the testimony of His Father’s acceptance of His sacrifice as an adequate expiation for man’s sin and of our restoration to our heritage as children of God; His ascension is a pledge that we shall rise with Him and ascend with Him to share His glory. Our reconciliation with the Father is in and through ‘Jesus who was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us,’ (Rom. 4:25).

To complete this work of reconciliation Christ sent the Holy Spirit into the Church, into the hearts of men. The sending of this divine Gift is necessarily and directly related to the Paschal Mystery. Indeed, all the events of our Lord’s life on earth from His conception in the womb of His virgin mother; the whole history of God’s revelation and manifestations to man from the creation of the world; the fruits of redemption to be communicated to man until the end of time; all praise, all thanksgiving – all are directed to or derive from this mystery.

In brief, this mystery embraces the passing of our Redeemer from death to risen life and glory through the cross, resurrection and ascension and all in sacred history that led up to this consummation and which will result from it. This in all its fulness is what we understand by the Paschal Mystery.”

“Prayer, and more especially prayer of praise and thanksgiving , is an act of worship to God. Liturgical prayer is the public homage of praise and thanksgiving given by the Church and its member to God, our Creator, in and through our Lord Jesus Christ . More precisely, it is the worship which our Saviour, through the ministry of His Church, gives to His Father in the name and on behalf of the Church and each of its members. It is, then, the praise and thanksgiving given to God by the Body of Christ, Head and members , ‘through, with and in’ Jesus Christ.

This liturgical worship comprises the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the sacraments and sacramentals, and the divine office. We participate in this worship of our Father by assisting at these rites.”

– From: Saint Columba Breviary, 1970 (the text in inverted commas)

 

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“BELIEVERS KNOW THAT BELIEVING IS A TOUGH WAY OF LIVING”

WE ARE THE EASTER PEOPLE…

WHY DO SOME PEOPLE DISMISS CHRISTIANITY?

“Easter is always a good time to revisit G.K. Chesterton, who reminded his readers that ‘Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and not tried.’ Difficult it certainly is. And when you consider the glee with which the secular world delights in our shortcomings and manifest failings you can see why so many think it’s safer not to even try.

BEING A CHRISTIAN MEANS SACRIFICES

The vitriolic anti-Christian writings of Richard Dawkins, the hostile fiction of such writers as Philip Pullman, the political manifestos of party leaders and the musings of the great philosophers rarely require heroic efforts from their adherents and disciples. It is considerably less difficult to follow those paths and to make them your ‘church’; so much easier to dismiss Christianity…; much less demanding than risking trying [seriously] and failing and the inevitable charge of hypocrisy that follows.

‘YOU CHRISTIANS ARE JUST HYPOCRITES!’

The late David Watson… was once challenged during a sermon by a heckler who shouted, ‘You Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites.’ Watson responded: ‘Maybe, but there’s always room inside for one more.’ Watson’s reply was deadly serious. His point was that, of course, we are forever falling short but at least we are engaged in the struggle: a struggle on which our very live and destiny depends… Believers know that believing is a tough way of living and that the gift of faith can feel more like a hospital pass than an easy option.

It is sometimes sneeringly said that the Catholic Church knows all about sin – but it’s precisely because it does know about sin and failure that it makes living possible. It’s not that being Catholic means that we have all the answers but it does mean that we ask some of the right questions.

THE INNER ANGST OF THE ATHEIST

We are accused of hiding behind dogma, but ‘dogma’ and ‘belief’ are entirely different things. In coming to belief we have to ask the deepest questions about who is God and what He expects of us. Paradoxically, it is the unbelieving atheist who is the true dogmatist. In an often bigoted way they insist on a universal negative. The whiplash of their inner anger is often revealed as they embark on tirades against religion and its entire works. But we can comfort them with a witty remark of G.K. Chesterton who reflected that ‘if there were no God, there would be no atheists.’

‘IF THERE WERE NO GOD, THERE WOULD BE NO ATHEISTS’

They may not believe in Him but He believes in them… The German Marxist philosopher and atheist, Ernst Bloch, understood the uniqueness of Christianity’s central claim better than many Christians: ‘It wasn’t the morality of the Sermon on the Mount which enabled Christianity to conquer Roman paganism’, he said, ‘but the belief that Jesus had been raised from the dead. In an age where Roman senators vied to see who could get the most blood of a steer on their togas – thinking that would prevent death – Christianity was in competition for eternal life, not morality.

RICHARD DAWKINS SEES NO FUTURE BEYOND THE CONVEYOR BELT

Mohammed did not rise from the dead. Nor did Buddha, Confucius or the Hindu deities and Richard Dawkins sees no future beyond the conveyor belt to the ovens at the crematoria. For them life is not reconstituted by a resurrection which defeats death. This, as Ernst Bloch clearly understood, is what makes Christianity different and what makes the struggle and the failings bearable.

‘MY NAME IS LAZARUS AND I LIVE’

Easter offers the possibility of new life beyond the grave. It cleanses us from the past; it liberates and frees. Dostoyewsky, in The Brothers Karamazov, writes movingly of a man who confesses to murder after suppressing it for decades: ‘I feel joy and peace for the first time after so many years. There is Heaven in my heart… now I dare to love my children and kiss them.’ Properly understood, Easter gives each of us the same opportunity to start again… Easter, for me, is the triumph over the despair which human failure represents and it signals again the willingness to run the risk of hope. It is as Jesus said the triumph of life over death because: ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life.’…

And… on the day he became a Catholic, [G.K. Chesterton] wrote a poem called ‘The Convert’, where he singled out the difference between Christianity’s central claim and that of all other religions, ideologies or philosophies, boldly asserting that: ‘…all these things are less than dust to me because my name is Lazarus and I live.'”
– The above are excerpts of an article by David Alton, published in The Catholic Universe, Sunday 31st March 2013 (capital headings added)

 

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