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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Prayers for the Defense of Christian People against Heathen

Prayers for the Defense of the Church and Christian People against Heathen

Some of the richest treasures of the traditional Roman Liturgy are the Votive Masses near the back of the Missal. I was recently reminded of this when assisting at Holy Mass. That day, the celebrant availed himself of his option on a fourth-class feria to offer the Missa votiva pro Ecclesiae defensione (votive Mass for the defense of the Church). The St. Andrew’s Missal I use calls it by the much more “offensive” title, “Mass Against the Heathen.” The propers that go with this Mass are a reminder that the Most Holy Trinity is, even after the Incarnation, the strong[…]

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Practicing Christian Religion at Home

Practicing Christian Religion at Home

The Church is not the only place for the practice of religion. The home is also a sacred place in which God must be especially honored and where the faith of Christians must be planted and fostered. “Your home is your Church.” (St. Augustine). If religion is not taught and practiced at home, the church and school will scarcely be able to preserve it. Let your home be Catholic by the presence of the crucifix and of other sacred images. Do not be content to have such articles only in the bedroom; but let the whole house show the character[…]

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DEVOTION TO ST. MICHAEL

Devotion to St. Michael the Archangel – Most Suitable for Our Times

“AND THERE WAS a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels; and they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven, and that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” — Apocalypse 12:7-9 Lucifer has placed his stamp upon the present age. Open and secret revolt against God and His Church, the spirit of criticism, unbelief and[…]

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Rorate Mass

Rorate Cæli Mass & Hymn of the Catholic Faith

Did your community have at least one Rorate Mass this Advent? 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[…]

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PRAYER IN TIMES OF EPIDEMICS from Rituale Romanum

Prayers in Times of Pandemics According to the Roman Ritual

“It is fitting, beloved brethren, that the punishment of God, the coming of which we should have been feared, as we fear now, when we bear this punishment. May this suffering, as a means of supplication, open the door to God, and the very suffering that we endure, would crush the stiffness of our hearts … So, let each of us seek protection in repentant lament, while there is time to cry. ” ~ Saint Gregory the Great. Pandemics have always been considered as divine chastisements in history, and the sole remedy the Church took against them was prayer and[…]

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Ember Days of Prayer, Fasting & Abstinence

What are Ember Days and what is their place in the life of the Church?

The 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia explains: “The purpose of their introduction, besides the general one intended by all prayer and fasting, was to thank God for the gifts of nature, to teach men to make use of them in moderation, and to assist the needy. The immediate occasion was the practice of the heathens of Rome. The Romans were originally given to agriculture, and their native gods belonged to the same class. At the beginning of the time for seeding and harvesting religious ceremonies were performed to implore the help of their deities: in June for a bountiful harvest, in September[…]

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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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Infant Jesus of Prague

Devotion To The Infant Jesus Of Prague

“The More You Honor Me, The More I Will Bless You” It is veneration of the Son of God, who in the form of an infant chose a stable for a palace, a manger for a cradle, and shepherds for worshipers. Our Savior grants special graces to all who venerate His sacred Infancy. The image of the Child Jesus known as the “Infant Jesus of Prague” was in reality of Spanish origin. In the 17th century, this beautiful statue was brought by a Spanish princess to Bohemia and presented to a Carmelite monastery. For many years this statue has been[…]

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Psalms for Different Occasions

Praying Certain Psalms When You Stand in Need

The Psalter is a holy book containing a collection of sacred songs of the Old Testament Church. David himself, the creator of the psalms, notes that “the psalms of Israel are magnificent,” and explains the reasons for this magnificence: The Spirit of the Lord is a verb in me, and His word in my tongue (2 Sam. 23: 2). In the first centuries after Christ, many Christians knew the Psalter by heart. The Holy Fathers, monks, and the desert herders, spent most of their time singing psalms, without interrupting it during the day and night. Lay people recited them in the[…]

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Holy Face of Jesus

Holy Face Devotion – Devotion for Our Times: Acts of Reparation for Insults and Blasphemies.

“This Salutary Reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus is a Divine Work, Destined to Save Modern Society.” — Pope Pius IX Devotion to the Holy Face of Christ is of ancient origin, reaching back to the fourth century and before. From the 12th century on, the devotion began to revolve around the Veil of Veronica, held to be the cloth Veronica gave to Our Lord to wipe His face during the carrying of the Cross. Popularity of the devotion grew enormously with St. Therese of the Child Jesus making known her devotion to the Holy Face, with an Archconfraternity[…]

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Mary Immaculate

Invocations to Our Lady of Lourdes & Consecration to the Immaculata

Invocations to Our Lady of Lourdes O EVER Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, thou wert pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence thou dispenses thy favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence, to implore thy maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. I will endeavor[…]

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