Sacred Heart of Jesus

Indulgenced Chaplet of the Sacred Heart

The devotion to the Sacred Heart (also known as the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacratissimum Cor Iesu in Latin) is one of the most popular devotions. The Chaplet of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is composed of some of the Church’s most beloved short indulgenced prayers and ejaculations, simple and beautiful expressions of love. Pope Pius VII, according to a Rescript of 20th March, 1815, granted 300 days’ indulgence to all who with a devout and contrite heart say the following chaplet, every time they say it; and once a month, a plenary indulgence to those who have said[…]

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Sacred Heart of Jesus

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for Public Use

In 1899, Pope Leo XIII consecrated the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Since then, his successors have exhorted the faithful to turn to the Sacred Heart and make acts of personal consecration. They have also begged the faithful to offer prayers and penances to the Sacred Heart in reparation for the many sins of the world. On April 2nd, 1899 Pope Leo XIII approved the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. This litany is actually a synthesis of several other litanies dating back to the 17th century.  The Litany makes a total of 33 invocations,[…]

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SEVEN GIFTS of the HOLY GHOST

Novena Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

The Ascension of Our Lord – NOVENA to the HOLY GHOST Start Novena on Friday, nine days before the feast of Pentecost  FOREWORD The novena in honor of the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and[…]

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Holy Spirit

Devotion to the Holy Ghost

The world knows not the Holy Ghost. Many pious souls have no devotion towards Him. He is, as it were, forgotten almost by all, and He is, nevertheless, the Soul of the Church. Leo XIII, in his Encyclical upon the Holy Ghost, strongly urges all the faithful to love this Divine Spirit. He exhorts all Bishops and priests to preach this sanctifying devotion with a new and burning zeal. Jesus, before His Ascension into Heaven, commends this devotion to His Apostles, promising them the coming of the Holy Ghost, Who “will teach you all things” (St. John xiv. 26). The[…]

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Holy Trinity

Feast of the Holy Trinity

This festival is celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost, because as soon as the apostles were instructed and consoled by the Holy Ghost, they began to preach openly that which Christ had taught them. That we may openly profess our faith in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, which is the first of Christian truths, the foundation of the Christian religion, and the most sublime of all mysteries; and that we may render thanks, to the Father for having created us, to the Son for having redeemed us, and to the Holy Ghost for having sanctified us. Why do we[…]

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Novena for the Reunion of Christendom

Perpetual Novena to the Holy Ghost for the Reunion of Christendom

For this Novena, the chief object of which is to promote the reunion of those who have fallen away from the Catholic Church (the Church of the Apostles) either by heresy or by schism, any approved form of prayer may be used — e.g., ”The Chaplet of ‘he Holy Ghost” (below); the hymn ”Veni, Creator Spiritus” (the Sequence used in the Tridentine Mass at Pentecost); or the “Our Father” — the ”Hail Mary” —’the “Glory be” — seven times. In apostolic letter Provida Matris Caritate Pope Leo XIII calls for a sacred novena prayers between the feasts of the Ascension[…]

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Sacred Heart

Devotion To The Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Sacred Heart, a Devotion to the Heart of Jesus, is a way of representing, invoking and adoring the Love with which Christ loves His Father and loves us all. Although its origins go back to the Middle Ages and even before, it really began in the Seventeenth Century when Jesus appeared to the French sister Marguerite Marie Alacoque in a series of apparitions. He said to her, “Behold the Heart that has so loved men,” and showed her His Heart, pierced on the side, enthroned by flames, surrounded by the crown of thorns and surmounted by the cross. The devotion was approved by the Papacy in[…]

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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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Monstrance

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Hymns & Prayers

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Benediction is a beautiful word. It means a blessing, a greeting, an expression of kindness and love. Benediction is also a beautiful church service in which the congregation is blessed with the Blessed Sacrament. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is a liturgical rite that was once popular in the Latin Rite. Since the re-introduction of the Latin Rite Mass or the Roman Mass, popularly referred to as “The Traditional Latin Mass,”  Benediction has been making a comeback, which is a great blessing for souls and for the honour of Jesus Christ Who is Truly Present,[…]

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Veni, Creator Spiritus

“Veni Creator Spiritus” is one of the most widely used hymns in the Church, attributed to Rabanus Maurus (776-856). It is chanted at Vespers, Pentecost, Dedication of a Church, Confirmation, and Holy Orders and whenever the Holy Ghost is solemnly invoked. A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite it. A plenary indulgence is granted if it is recited on January 1st or on the feast of Pentecost. Veni, Creator Spiritus, mentes tuorum visita, imple superna gratia quae tu creasti pectora. O Come, Creator Spirit, come; The souls which are Thine own invade; And with supernal grace inflame[…]

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Is the Charismatic Movement Truly Catholic?

Is the Charismatic Movement Truly Catholic?

Regarding its origins: Charismatism takes its origins from Protestant Pentecostalism in the United States and it has spread throughout the Catholic Church by the “Baptism in the Spirit”. Regarding its “Baptism in the Spirit”: This spiritual baptism is an innovation which the Charismatic renewal attempts to justify by claiming that with the sacraments the Catholic Church has not fulfilled all the abundance of the Gospels: “The over flowing and abundance of the New Testament should not be hastily assimilated to subsequent sacramental forms” (Fr Laurentin, Charismatic apologist, in his book Pentecôtisme chez les Catholiques, Beauchesne, 1975). Now, the Catholic Church[…]

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The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ – May 21st, 2020

According to the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar, the Ascension Day is celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter. Every parish priest celebrates Mass for the people of his parish. Pentecost Sunday is not far behind. Coming 50 days after Easter, and ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, Pentecost marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. Pray NOVENA to the HOLY GHOST – Start on June 1st (nine days before the feast of Pentecost). On The Ascension of Our Lord by the very Rev. Dom Prosper Guéranger, Abbot of Solesmes Consider first, that our Lord,[…]

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