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SS. URSULA AND COMPANIONS – PRAYER

SS. URSULA AND COMPANIONS – PRAYER

SS. URSULA AND COMPANIONS, VIRGINS AND MARTYRS – MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 21

Grant, we beseech you, O Lord our God, that we may with unceasing devotion venerate the triumphs of your holy Virgins and Martyrs, Ursula and her Companions, and although we cannot pay them the honour that is their due, may we at least present to them our humble homage. Through our Lord…

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SS. NAZARIUS AND CELSUS, MARTYRS

SS. NAZARIUS AND CELSUS, MARTYRS

SS. NAZARIUS AND CELSUS, MARTYRS – MEMORIAL: JULY 28

Nazarius, baptised by the Pope St Linus, when he went into Gail, there baptised a boy named Celsus, whom he had first instructed in Christian doctrine. Afterwards they both went to Milan, where they spread the faith of Christ and, most courageously confessing Christ to be God, were beheaded by the prefect Anolinus. Their bodies were discovered by St Ambrose.

VICTOR I, POPE AND MARTYR

On the same day is commemorated Pope St Victor, who governed the Church in the time of the Emperor Severus. He confuted Theodotus Coriarius and wrote on the question of Easter. Crowned with martyrdom, he was buried on Vatican hill on the fifth day before the Calends of August.

INNOCENT I, POPE AND CONFESSOR 

On the same day there is recalled Pope St Innocent who, after condemning Pelagius and Caelestius, issued a decree against their heresy. His body was buried in the cemetery called “Ad Ursum pileatum” (Bear with the Cap).

PRAYER:

May the martyrdom of your Saints, Nazarius, Celsus, Victor and Innocent, give us courage, O Lord, and may it give us a help to counter-balance our weakness. Through our Lord…

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

 

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ST FELIX AND ST ADAUCTUS – PRAYER

ST FELIX AND ST ADAUCTUS – PRAYER

SS FELIX AND ADAUCTUS, MARTYRS – MEMORIAL: AUGUST 30

We humbly entreat your Majesty, O Lord, that as you continually gladden us by the commemoration of your Martyrs Felix and Adauctus, so may you ever protect us as a result of their prayers. Through our Lord…

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

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2019 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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ST ANDREAS WOUTERS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST ANDREAS WOUTERS, PRIEST AND MARTYR

ST ANDREAS WOUTERS, PRIEST AND MARTYR; MEMORIAL: JULY 9

St Andreas (Andries) Wouters, one of the MARTYRS OF GORKUM, was born in 1542. He worked as a priest in Heineoord, Diocese of Haarlem, Netherlands. Before his and his companions’ martyrdom, his conduct was at times not edifying, including bouts of drinking and womanising. All 19 martyrs of Gorkum (priests and religious) were tortured and hanged by Calvinists in the night of 9th July 1572, for “Papism” and their belief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist. With his courageous martyrdom and perseverance in the Faith, St Andreas made up for his past life. His last words, now famous, were: “Fornicator I always was, heretic I never was.” He was canonised on 29/6/1865. St Andreas, pray for us. Martyrs of Gorkum, pray for us.

PRAYER:

O God,
who adorned with the laurel of immortality
the glorious battle of Your blessed martyrs of Gorkum for the Faith,
graciously grant that with them
we may deserve to be crowned in heaven.
Through 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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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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O GOD, OF THOSE THAT FOUGHT THY FIGHT (HYMN)

O GOD, OF THOSE THAT FOUGHT THY FIGHT (HYMN)

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been tried, he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. (Jm 1:12)

 

O God, of those that fought thy fight,

Portion, and prize, and crown of light,

Break every bond of sin and shame

As now we praise thy Martyr’s name.

 

He decked not of the world’s allure,

But sin and pomp of sin foreswore:

Knew all their gall, and passed them by,

And reached the throne prepared on high.

 

Bravely the course of pain he ran,

And bare his torments as a man:

For love of thee his blood outpoured,

And thus obtained the great reward.

 

With humble voice and suppliant word

We pray thee therefore, holy Lord,

While we the Martyr’s feast-day keep,

Forgive thy loved and erring sheep.

 

Glory and praise for aye be done

To God the Father, and the Son,

And Holy Spirit, who reign on high,

One God, to all eternity. Amen.

 

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

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in More Inspirational Hymns

 

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BL. VICENTE VILAR DAVID – “BEING CATHOLIC IS MY GREATEST CALLING, I WILL NOT GIVE UP, EVEN IF IT MEANS DEATH”

BL. VICENTE VILAR DAVID – “BEING CATHOLIC IS MY GREATEST CALLING, I WILL NOT GIVE UP, EVEN IF IT MEANS DEATH”

[On 14th February], one of the Blesseds remembered by the Church is Blessed Vicente Vilar David. The youngest of eight children, Blessed Vicente was born to a ceramics manufacturer and his wife on June 28, 1889, in Valencia, Spain. His parents were devoted to their Catholic faith, and their children received a good Christian education. After attending a school run by the Piarist Fathers, Blessed Vicente enrolled at a technical school and earned an industrial engineer’s degree.

Blessed Vicente married a young woman named Isabel and the two lived a model Christian life together. Blessed Vicente became involved in his parish, helping the priests however he could. He also took over the management of his father’s ceramics factory. His workers saw him not only as their boss, but also as a caring father. He was concerned that they would be treated with the justice and dignity to which all workers have a right.

He got fired because of his Catholic beliefs

In the summer of 1936, the Spanish Civil War was at its peak in Valencia. The persecution of Catholics and of the Church by the governing regime was also very intense. Blessed Vicente, who had been teaching at a ceramics trade school, was fired because of his Catholic beliefs. He bravely continued to encourage other Catholics and to give the priests whatever support and help he could. He would welcome priests and religious into his home in order to save their lives.

On February 14, 1937, he was called to appear before a tribunal and commanded to stop his activities on behalf of the Catholic Church. Blessed Vicente replied that being a Catholic was his greatest calling and he would not give up, even if it meant death. He was immediately sentenced to be executed. He was permitted to see his wife and encouraged her with words of faith and conviction. He publicly forgave his persecutors and enemies. Then he was shot to death on the very same day he was arrested.

The ceramics factory workers were outraged. In protest at Blessed Vicente’s execution, they went on strike for three days. They told the socialist officials who tried to prevent their strike, “You have robbed us of our employer and our father. Because he was prudent, kind, and concerned for our working conditions, we not only respected him; we loved him.”

Blessed Vicente was beatified on October 1, 1995 by Pope Saint John Paul II. His death by violent hands was recognised as a true martyrdom for the faith. Our faith applies to every aspect of our lives. In our family and social life, our time at school, our time spent working, we are called to put into practice the values that Jesus taught in the Gospel.

– From: Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris (2/2016)

 

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