Procession for Corpus Christi

Feast of Corpus Christi, History and Traditional Liturgy

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for “Body of Christ”) is a Catholic liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the elements of the Eucharist — known as transubstantiation. The feast of Corpus Christi was established to create a feast focused solely on the Holy Eucharist emphasizing the joy of the Eucharist being the body and blood of Jesus Christ. By tradition, Catholics hear Mass then go in procession through the streets of their parish church’s neighborhood, all whilst praying and singing. The Eucharist, known as the Blessed[…]

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Ask God to Deliver the World from Impending Ruin. Prayer to Most Holy Name of Jesus

Prayers Asking God to Deliver Our World from Impending Ruin

The Church is assailed by fierce enemies from within and without. The World in Danger can be saved by the Holy Name of Jesus. The Name of Jesus is the shortest, the easiest and the most powerful of prayers. Everyone can say it, even in the midst of this daily work. The following text comes from the booklet “THE WONDERS OF THE HOLY NAME” by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan. The World in Danger Saved by the Holy Name of Jesus In the year 1274 great evils threatened the world. The Church was assailed by fierce enemies from within and without. So[…]

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The Evil Scourge of War

The Evil Scourge of War by Franz Hunolt, 1889

And so it is, my dear brethren; the most terrible of all public calamities is war. Pestilence and contagious diseases are a severe punishment, and so is famine and hunger; but if war once breaks out in a country, you have all those other plagues with it; for, as experience teaches, they follow in its train, as matters of necessity. All trials and contradictions, no matter what their name may be, are, indeed, punishments, but they are salutary punishments, which serve to bring men to a sense of the wickedness of their ways, and to lead them to God; but,[…]

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The Angelus Chant

The Angelus – Prayer for Peace and Tranquility

Like a heavenly messenger, the Angelus calls us to interrupt our daily, earthly routines, and turn to thoughts of God, of the Blessed Mother, and of eternity. The Angelus originated during the time of Crusades as a prayer for peace and tranquillity in the land of living and for their country. The devotion is traditionally sung in Roman Catholic churches, convents, and monasteries (and should be recited at home), three times daily at 6:00 a.m., Noon, and 6:00 p.m. Indulgenced by Pope Benedict XIII, Sept 14, 1724. For centuries the Angelus was always said while kneeling, but Pope Benedict XIV[…]

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Monasticism in the Catholic Church

The Mission of Monasticism in the Catholic Church

Since the early years of the Christian era, Christians have been called by Christ Himself to life in the world without being of the world (John 17:13-16). There are those who think that the contemplative life is not suited to our times and particularly to our country. Hear what Pius IX said on that subject: “The want of the American Church is religious orders of prayer. America is a young country; she has passed her infancy and is now in her youth, but before she arrives at maturity one thing is necessary,—the extension of contemplative orders, without which she will[…]

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Prayer for Peace

Prayer For Peace Among All Nations

Mary’s Peace Prayer Mary, Mother of God my mother, Queen of Peace, ask your Son Jesus to give me the gift of peace. Pray for me for peace; peace in my heart, peace of mind and of soul, peace in my family, peace with all whom I meet, the peace of Jesus. Jesus, my Lord and Savior, my Brother, King of Peace, I come to you with Mary, Queen of Peace, to ask you humbly for a new outpouring of the gift of peace. Pour out on me your Holy Spirit of Peace. Give me peace, Jesus, peace within myself,[…]

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Prayers to SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL For Special Protection

Prayer against the diabolical forces of pure evil attacking our Holy Mother the Church

Let us pray the most powerful celestial protector, SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, for special protection against the diabolical forces of pure evil attacking our Holy Mother the Church in the weeks and months ahead.  Traditionally in the Liturgy of the Church there are two feasts of St. Michael in the Universal Calendar: May 8 – the Feast of the Apparition of St Michael the Archangel, and September 29 – The Feast of the Dedication (Honoring) of St. Michael the Archangel. This feast commemorates the dedication to Saint Michael of an ancient church at Rome at a date earlier than the[…]

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St. Anthony of Padua Doctor of the Church

Prayer to St Anthony of Padua, “Hammer of Heretics”

No Catholic who takes the salvation of his immortal soul seriously can ignore the intercessory power of Saint Anthony of Padua. Over and above all of the little things we ask Saint Anthony to find after we have lost them, Saint Anthony of Padua, an exemplary preacher of the truths of the Catholic Faith, must be invoked today in our times under one of his most important titles, “The Hammer of Heretics.” We may wonder at the zeal that consumed St. Anthony to proclaim the truth of Christ Jesus among the dangerous heretics, but it is no wonder that his[…]

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Rise of the Monasteries

Christian Monasticism and the Rise of the Monasteries

Christian monasticism is the devotional practice of individuals who live ascetic and typically cloistered lives that are dedicated to Christian worship. Monasticism became quite popular in the Middle Ages, with religion being the most important force in Europe. Monks and nuns were to live isolated from the world to become closer to God. Monks provided service to the church by copying manuscripts, creating art, educating people, and working as missionaries. Convents were especially appealing to women. It was the only place they would receive any sort of education or power. It also let them escape unwanted marriages. Learning Objective: Compare[…]

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Christian Prayer for the Conversion of our Country

Christian Prayer for the Conversion of our Country

This Litany is a timely christian prayer we should say often, imploring God’s mercy for the conversion of our country, or your country [You name it]. Lord, have mercy on us.Christ, have mercy on us.God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us. O God, who hast been pleased to magnify Thy name amongst our ancestors, and to distinguish them by the particular marks of their piety, continue the same mercy to us, we beseech Thee:[…]

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Gemstone Meanings by Month: Their Meaning and Significance

Gemstone Meanings : Reflections on the Gemstones of the Months and Their Significance

Discover the gemstone meanings of 12 precious stones here. According to ancient tradition assigning certain gemstones to certain months. Gemstones, especially their colors, have stood for certain virtues and values from ancient times. Never should we look upon the wearing a gemstone necklace, or rosary as a “charm,” but always as a sacred symbol of the supernatural protection offered directly by our Triune God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Gemstone rosaries and religious jewelry provide a constant physical reminder of the love and fidelity we share with Almighty God and the communion of saints. The following guide[…]

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How to pray the Chaplet of St Anthony of Padua

How to Pray the Chaplet of St Anthony of Padua

The Chaplet of St. Anthony is composed of thirteen groups of three beads each. On the first bead of each group is said the Our Father, on the second the Hail Mary and on the third the Glory Be. Begin by making the Sign of The Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. “Behold the Cross of the Lord! Fly Ye Evil Power! The Lion of the Tribe of Juda, The Root of David has Conquered! Alleluia! Alleluia!” (St. Anthony’s Brief). During each of the thirteen sets of three beads[…]

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