Jesus is found among the teachers in the Temple; He returns home and is obedient to Mary and Joseph
The fifth in the series of intentions for Priests is for the fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple.
- We pray that priests will always be found going about their Father’s business.
- We pray for all young priests that the love and dedication they experience in the first years of their priesthood may increase with time.
- We pray for all priests who teach the Faith to children and adults.
Mary and Joseph, in obedience to the Law, bring Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God. Simeon expresses his gratitude to God for revealing the Messias to him before he dies.
The fourth in the series of intentions for Priests begun yesterday is for the fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple.
- We thank God for all priests who, like Simeon, have given decades of faithful service. We pray that they may be rewarded for their generosity and self-sacrifice.
- We pray also for all priests whose hearts are pierced by loneliness, depression, and rejection.
Jesus is born in Bethlehem. The angels announce His birth; kings and shepherds come to adore him.
The third in the series of intentions for Priests is for the third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity.
- We pray that all seminarians grow in knowledge and love of God to become holy priests.
- We pray especially for those who will be ordained soon, that they may remain faithful all their lives to the sublime privilege of being “other Christs” among us.
- We pray that everyone will come to value the Eucharistic Feast and the Priesthood as among God’s greatest gifts to us.
- We pray that every priest will consider himself a member of the Holy Family, a true son of Mary and Joseph, and a brother-priest of Jesus, the great High Priest.
Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who recognises Mary as the living tabernacle for their Divine Lord.
The second in the series of intentions for Priests begun yesterday is for the second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation.
- We pray for especially for priests who bring Holy Communion to the sick, the shut-ins, and Viaticum to the dying.
- We pray for all the priests who minister to the sick in other ways, counselling, comforting, and consoling them
The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary, that she will become the Mother of God, Word made Flesh. For all centuries to come, Jesus will become flesh in the Holy Eucharist to nourish us in a most intimate union with Him.
The words above I found in a leaflet published by the Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, inside the Roman Martyrology which I had re-found on my bookshelves. For those that don’t know, my library is just making it out of boxes and onto shelves, and so is all round the house, on the floor, on shelves, on the stairs, on my desk, beside my bed, wherever I can put it.
The leaflet encourages us to pray a Rosary for Priests, and I am sure that all of us who use this devotion pray it for all sorts of needs and intentions. For the next fifteen days, it is my intention to pray especially for the intentions in the leaflet. Today, we begin with those for the first Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation.
- We pray for all priests who daily, through the words of the consecration at Mass, and through Holy Communion, bring us the Body and Blood of Christ.
- We pray for all future priests now being formed in the wombs of their mothers, that they may be safe from physical and spiritual harm, and come to Ordination as God intends.
- We pray for all future generations of priests.
Jesus H. Christ (Photo credit: angelofsweetbitter2009)
All too often, we hear the Most Holy Name of Jesus being used not devoutly, but blasphemously. Those of us who believe in Him and put our trust in Him can help to honour Him by using His Name devoutly. The Church has traditionally rewarded those who do so with the granting of various indulgences for many practices. Although the rules surrounding indulgences have been reformed, we know that what the Church has endowed in times past may still be used as good and wholesome private devotions, and in some cases are still indulgenced.
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The good news that the holy angels first told to the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem over two thousand years ago, is still the greatest story to be told.
Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
The Scout Movement spreads a message of peace across the world as it was asked to do by its Founder, Robert Baden-Powell OM,
To-day I send you out from Arrowe to all the world, bearing my symbol of Peace and Fellowship, each one of you my ambassador, bearing my message of Love and Fellowship on the wings of Sacrifice and Service, to the ends of the world. From now on the Scout Symbol of peace is the Golden Arrow. Carry it fast and far that all men may know the Brotherhood of Man”—B.-P. Scouting for Boys, Camp Fire Yarn No. 28.
Scouts all over the world are taking part in the Scout Messengers of Peace programme as part of the Movement’s aim to ‘Create a Better World’.
All over the world, Scouts are running projects that help people. They solve conflicts in school by preventing bullying, lead peer education programs, help the poor and the hungry, create solutions to environmental problems, and run countless other service projects. Messengers of Peace is the initiative that brings all of this work together.
As we continue to celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace and to follow His teaching, my brother Priests in the Fraternity and I pray that all Scouts and those connected to them have a happy and blessed Christmas and that the Peace of the newborn Christ Child will descend upon all and remain with us all throughout the year.
English: The Massacre of the Innocents by Giotto. 1304-1306. Fresco. Capella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here we are within the Octave of Christmas and we find ourselves confronted with the brutality of King Herod. Having been told by three visiting stargazers that a king had been born in his territory, he could not allow there to be one such as this to be raised in opposition. So, he called for mass infanticide.
Fortunately the Holy Family had been warned not to stay – and were on their way to Egypt into exile. But for how many parents was there heartache to come? We may never know how many, but we do know that although they did not have tongues to say so, they were dying for Christ.
Holy Innocents, first martyrs of Christ, pray for us.