Saviour

THIS DAY you shall know that the Lord will come, and save us: and in the morning you shall see His glory

“Behold the dear Infant Jesus, and adore Him fervently. Contemplate His poverty, and humility, in imitation of His most holy Mother and of Saint Joseph. Repose near Him as sweetly as you can, He will not fail to love your heart, void as you find it of tenderness and feeling. Nothing will be wanting to you, since you will be in the presence of that holy Infant. Abide there, and learn of Him how meek and humble He is, how simple and amiable. See how lovingly He has written your name in the depth of His Divine Heart, which beats on that couch of straw from[…]

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Christmas Novena Prayers During Advent

Christmas Novena Prayers During Advent

This Christmas Novena is translated from the Italian of Alphonsus Maria de Liguori and was first published in 1758. Although this novena is intended primarily as a preparation for the feast of our Lord’s Nativity, it can be used with spiritual profit at any time of the year as a devotion in honor of the Infant Jesus. Day One God’s Love Revealed In His Becoming Man Meditation:Because our first parent Adam had rebelled against God, he was driven out of paradise and brought on himself and all his descendants the punishment of eternal death. But the son of God, seeing[…]

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Holy Mary of Guadalupe

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12

In 1531, a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to a poor Indian at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City. She identified Herself as the Mother of the True God, instructed him to have the bishop build a temple on the site, and left an image of Herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years, but which shows no sign of decay 471 years later, and today still defies all scientific explanations of its origin. It apparently even reflects in Her eyes what was in front of Her in 1531! The Lady[…]

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The Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Saint Bonaventure

The Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure’s THE PSALTER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, is among the very finest and most beloved of these ancient Marian Devotions. When prayed daily with an open heart, these Psalms have tremendous power to illumine the spirit of every Christian. In his Holy Rule, Saint Benedict arranged the Old Testament Psalms for his monks so that all 150 could be recited in one week. Benedict’s tradition was to assign specific psalms to specific hours of the day or night. This became the Divine Office, or “Breviary,” that priests and religious around the world have prayed daily for centuries. Around[…]

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Magnificat - The Canticle of Mary

Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum

The Magnificat , the canticle of the Incarnation, recalls to us each day that God has stripped Himself of His glory to clothe Himself in the livery of poor and suffering humanity. “He raised [Mary] above all others because she declared herself to be the lowest of all creatures. When He made for Himself a dwelling place on earth, it was not in the palaces of kings. He chose poor, humble parents and all that the world disdained in order to cast down its pomp. This was the proper character of divine power in the new alliance: to make its[…]

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To Catholics Who Have Been Deprived of a Priest

To Catholics Who Have Been Deprived of a Priest

Editor’s Preface: During the French Revolution very many Bishops and priests were martyred for their faith as were many outstanding laymen also martyred. Church property was seized by the Masonic government. The revolutionary governing bodies were particularly determined to destroy every vestige of the Roman Catholic Church because France was hailed by Rome as the Church’s “eldest daughter” and the monarch had dedicated “our person, our state, our crown and our subjects” to the Blessed Virgin. That left the people without their priests and without a place to go to Mass and receive the sacraments. It was during that period[…]

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Prayer of St. Pius X to the Immaculate Virgin Mary

Prayer of St. Pius X to the Immaculate Virgin Mary

Novena in Honour of the Immaculate Conception O most Holy Virgin, who didst find favour in God’s sight and hast become His Mother; O Virgin, immaculate in body and soul, in thy faith and in thy love, look down with pity on the wretched who in our need seek thy powerful protection. The evil serpent on whom was cast the primal curse continues, alas, to attack and ensnare the poor children of Eve. But thou, our Blessed Mother, our Queen and our Advocate, thou who from the first instant of thy conception didst crush the head of this cruel enemy,[…]

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The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast Day December 8

“The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, text  from “The St. Andrew Daily Missal” (1937) Having decided from all eternity to make Mary Mother of the Incarnate Word (Epistle), God willed that she should crush the head of the serpent from the moment of her conception. He covered her “with a Mantle of Holiness” (Introit) and, “preserving her Soul from all stain, He made her a worthy dwelling place for His Son” (Collect). The Feast of the “Conception” of the Virgin was; from the 8th-Century, celebrated in the East on 9 December; from the 9th-Century in Ireland and 3[…]

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A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

A Very Merry Christmas

In order to stem the tide of secularism and materialism which certain opportunists inject into every Christmas season it is not necessary to go to the other extreme and assume Puritanical austerity. Christmas ought to be merry. We ought to be happy and light hearted. It is a feast day of great importance. Man has every reason for celebrating this day of days with all the gladness his heart can hold. Only the worldly and the cynical say, ‘‘I’ll be glad when it is over,” or believe that Christmas is no longer anything more than a time of costly and[…]

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Rorate Mass

Rorate Cæli Mass & Hymn of the Catholic Faith

Rorate Cæli is one of the most beautiful Hymns of the Catholic Faith. The text of this piece is a faithful rendition of the verse from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 45:8) in Vulgate and other sources. It is a reverent and humble supplication to the mercy of God. It is a hymn of repentance and sorrow. The following recording comes from the Trappist Abbey of Citeaux in France. To listen, tap the play button. Latin English Rorate Cæli desuper,Et nubes pluant justum. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from aboveAnd let the clouds rain the Just One. Ne irascaris Domine,Ne ultra memineris iniquitatis:Ecce civitas[…]

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Icon of the Laudation of the Mother of God

Akathist Hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Ad maiorem Matris Gloriam – For the Greater Glory of the Mother The 6th century Marian devotion, attributed to St. Romanos the Melodist, is one of the greatest marvels of Greek religious poetry, with a richness of imagery that is the despair of any translator. The title “Akathistos” literally means “non-sitting,” because all remain standing while it is sung. When the enemies attacked Constantinople, the citizens would hold a cross procession on the city walls carrying the Christian sanctities and reading out the Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God. The Akathist hymn was complemented by a new introduction in[…]

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Sacred Heart of Jesus

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

This prayer was originally prescribed by Pope Pius XI to be recited on the feast of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Afflicted by the outrages of indifference, ingratitude, and contempt that the Sacred Heart of Jesus receives from this world, say this prayer, in the spirit of reparation, on the First Friday of each month. Indulgence of 300 days. Plenary indulgence one time per month for the customary recitation (with confession, communion, and visit to a church). For public recitation on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Indulgence of seven years and 280 days, and a plenary indulgence for[…]

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