Friday, February 16, 2018

Thirty Day Novena for Lent

For hundreds of years the Faithful revered the following prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially during Lent (and all Fridays throughout the year).  It has long been a custom in the Church to say this prayer of petition on 30 consecutive days to obtain a request.   

In Honor of the Sacred Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Ever glorious and blessed Mary, Queen of Virgins, Mother of Mercy, through that sword of sorrow which pierced thy tender heart whilst thy only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, suffered death and ignominy on the Cross; through that filial tenderness and pure love He hast for thee, while from His Cross He recommended thee to the care and protection of His beloved disciple, Saint John, take pity, I beseech thee, on my poverty and need; have compassion on my anxieties and cares; assist and comfort me in all my infirmities and miseries. Thou art the Mother of Mercies, the only refuge of the needy and the orphan, of the desolate and afflicted.

Cast therefore an eye of pity on this sorrowful child of Eve, and hear my prayer; for since, in just punishment of my sins, I find myself surrounded by a multitude of evils, and oppressed with much anguish of spirit, where can I fly for more secure shelter, O loving Mother of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, than under the wings of thy maternal protection? Listen, therefore, I beseech thee, with an air of pity and compassion, to my humble and earnest request.

I ask it through the infinite mercy of thy dear Son: through that love and humility with which He embraced our human nature, when through thine own obedience to the Divine Will, thou didst consent to become His Mother, and Whom after nine months, you didst bring forth from thy chaste womb, to visit this world, and bless it with His presence. I ask it, through the anguish of mind of thy beloved Son, our dear Savior, on Mount Olivet, when He besought His Eternal Father, to remove from Him, if possible, the bitter chalice of His future passion. I ask it, through the three-fold repetition of His prayers in the Garden, from whence afterwards in sorrow thou didst accompany Him to the scene of His death and sufferings.

I ask it, through the laceration of His sinless flesh, caused by the cords and whips with which He was bound and scourged, when stripped of His seamless garments, for which His executioners afterwards cast lots. I ask it, through the scoffs and ignominies by which He was insulted; the false accusations and unjust sentence by which He was condemned to death, and which He bore with enduring patience. I ask it, through His bitter tears and bloody sweat; His silence and resignation; His sadness and grief of heart.

I ask it, through the Blood which trickled from His royal and Sacred Head, when struck with the scepter of a reed, and pierced with His Crown of Thorns. I ask it, through the excruciating torments He suffered, when His hands and feet were fastened with nails to the tree of the Cross. I ask it, through His unbearable thirst, and bitter potion of vinegar and gall. I ask it, through His dereliction on the Cross, when He exclaimed: My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me? I ask it, through His Mercy extended to the good thief, and through His recommending His precious Soul and spirit into the hands of His Eternal Father, before He expired, saying: "It is finished." I ask it, through the Blood mixed with water, which issued from His Sacred Side when pierced with a lance from whence a flood of grace and mercy has flowed to us.

I ask it, through His immaculate life, bitter passion and ignominious death on the Cross, at which even nature itself was thrown into convulsions by the bursting of rocks, rending of the veil of the temple, the earthquake and darkness, of the sun and the moon. I ask it, through His glorious victory over death, when He arose again to life on the Third day, and through the joy which His appearance for forty days, gaveth thee, His Blessed Mother, His Apostles, and the rest of His disciples; when in thy and their presence, He miraculously ascended into Heaven.

I ask it, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, infused into the hearts of His disciples; when He descended upon them in the form of fiery tongues, and by which they were inspired with zeal for the conversion of the world, when they went to preach the Gospel. I ask it, through the glorious appearance of thy Son, at the last day, when He shall come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire. I ask it, through the compassion He bore in this life, and the wonderful joy thou didst feel at thine Assumption into Heaven, where thou doth eternally contemplate His Divine perfection.

O glorious and ever Blessed Virgin, comfort the heart of thy suppliant, by obtaining for me . . .(Here mention or reflect on your request.)

And as I believe that my Divine Savior honors thee as His beloved Mother, to whom He refuses nothing contrary to His honor, so let me soon experience thy powerful intercession. Wherefore, O most Blessed Virgin, beside my present petition, and whatever else I may stand in need of, obtain for me also of thy dear Son, our Lord and our God, a lively faith, firm hope, perfect charity, true contrition of heart and genuine tears of compunction, sincere confession, satisfaction and deliverance from sin, love of God and my neighbor, a correct attitude to the world, patience to suffer insults, even death itself, for love of thy Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Obtain likewise for me, O Holy Mother of God, perseverance in good works, the carrying out of my good resolutions, mortification of my self-will, a holy life, and, at my last moments, a strong and sincere repentance, with such presence of mind, as will enable me to receive the last Sacrament of the Church worthily, so as to die in God's friendship and favor.

Lastly, I beseech thee, for the Souls of my parents, brethren, relatives and benefactors, both living and dead, life everlasting, from the only giver of every good and perfect gift, the Lord God Almighty: to Whom be all power, now and forever. Amen.

God bless!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Blessed Lent

I pray you have a very holy and fruitful Lent!  What do you have planned for your Lenten season?  I feel more prepared this year than many past years, but we will see how it goes.  :)  Our family has created a Lenten calendar, incorporating the ideas and images from Jessica's calendar, to keep us on track with extra prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Matt, the older 5 children and I will also be reading two religious books each:
  • Seamus--  Humility of Heart by Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo and Searching for and Maintaining Peace (by Fr. Jacques Philippe)
  • Riley--  Humility of Heart and The St. Gemma Galgani Collection
  • Liam--  Humility of Heart and The Great St. Joseph by Dr. Remi Amelunxen (who was a parishoner at our parish who recently passed away)
  • Finn-- The Secret of Mary by St. Louis de Montfort and The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort
  • Moira-- St. Collette  (Along the Paths of the Gospel)
  • My selection--  Searching for and Maintaining Peace and Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr. Peter J. Arnoudt
  • Matt--  The Mystical City of God by Ven. Mary of Agreda

I hope to post new Lenten prayers for you this Lent, but I wanted to start with one of my favorite prayers:  the Litany of Humility.  

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Litany of Humility
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus. (**Repeat each time.)
From the desire of being loved,**
From the desire of being extolled,**
From the desire of being honored,**
From the desire of being praised,**
From the desire of being preferred to others,**
From the desire of being consulted,**
From the desire of being approved,**
From the fear of being humiliated,**
From the fear of being despised,**
From the fear of suffering rebukes,**
From the fear of being calumniated,**
From the fear of being forgotten,**
From the fear of being ridiculed,**
From the fear of being wronged,**
From the fear of being suspected,**
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. (**Repeat each time from this point forward.)
That others may be esteemed more than I,**
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,**
That others may be chosen and I set aside,**
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,**
That others may be preferred to me in everything,**
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,**

--Composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

God bless!

Friday, February 2, 2018

An Fun Prayer Encouragement

I pray everyone is doing well and that you have a blessed Candlemas! I  hope to begin blogging again soon (on a regular basis) since my littlest one is now a bit more independent.  I have many birthday posts to write and prayers to give you.  For today, however, I only have a picture that I thought was fun.  I hope you enjoy it!

God bless!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Upcoming Feasts

A quick reminder of some upcoming feasts in the Church with links for prayers to say on these days.

St. Teresa of Avila

St. Margaret Mary Alocoque

A prayer to St. Joseph (The following prayer was prescribed by Pope Leo XIII to be prayed after the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Litany of our Lady during the month of October.)
I pray you are having a blessed day on this holy 100th anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.

May we remember to pray the rosary daily and do much penance for the conversion of sinners and reparation for sins committed against the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.

God bless!

Friday, October 6, 2017

100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

I apologize to everyone for not posting for so long.  2017 has been a busy year, but we have been very blessed also.  I will try to start posting regularly again soon.  Today, however, I just wanted to re-post a prayer to our Lady of Fatima, with the 100th Anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.  I also encourage everyone to pray a rosary everyday as our Lady requested.

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 (link) Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima 

May God bless all of you on this most marvelous feast day!  Please pray and sacrifice, as our Lady requested.  Pray also for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

God bless!

Friday, April 21, 2017

For Divine Mercy Sunday

"I am Love and Mercy Itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it."  
--Jesus to St. Faustina

In 1933, God gave Saint Faustina a striking vision of His Mercy.  Sister wrote, "I saw a great light, with God the Father in the midst of it.  Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus nailed to the Cross and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth, had to look through Our Lord's wounds, and I understood that God blessed the earth for the sake of Jesus."
Of another vision on Sept. 13, 1935, she wrote:
"I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath... about to strike the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just punishment...."
The following day St. Faustina was taught the prayers we know as the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Jesus said later to Sister Faustina, "Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy... .  When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior."

Divine Mercy Chaplet

***On rosary beads begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.

***Then on the Our Father Bead recite the following prayer:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

***On the 10 Hail Mary Beads recite:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).

Conclude by reciting three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

God bless!

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