Rosary for Priests: decade five – Finding Jesus in the Temple

5th-joyful-mystery-finding-bJesus 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.
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Rosary for Priests: decade four – The Presentation

4th-joyful-mystery-presentation-bMary 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.
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Rosary for Priests: decade three – The Nativity

3rd-joyful-mystery-nativity-bJesus 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.

Rosary for Priests: decade two – The Visitation

The VisitationMary 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
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Rosary for Priests: decade one – The Annunciation

TheAnnunciationThe 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.
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Take this holy medal; wear it with faith, and handle it with due devotion

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Miraculous Medal of Our Lady (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s Feast which is commonly called ‘of the Miraculous Medal’, commemorates the manifestation of the Immaculate Virgin Mary to St Catherine Labouré DC. Our Blessed Lady showed St Catherine the pattern of a medal, that has worked many miracles since.

An English translation of the Collect at Mass is

O Lord Jesus Christ, who wast pleased that the most Blessed Virgin Mary Thy Mother, immaculate from her first conception, should shine resplendent with miracles beyond number: grant, that, ever imploring her patronage, we may attain the joys of everlasting life: Who livest and reignest….

As children of Mary, like St Catherine Labouré, we all should remember that Our Lady was given to us as our mother by Our Blessed Lord on the Cross. Jesus said to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour the disciple took her to his own. (John 19.27) His Mother became Mother of the Church.

A practice recommended by many confessors is to consecrate oneself to Our Lady. One prayer whereby we can do this is by saying the prayer below. Any priest will be able to bless the medal and invest you with it using the prayers from the Roman Ritual. After this you may wish to consecrate yourself to Our Lady.

Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

O virgin mother of God, Mary immaculate, we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
May this medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your affection for us and a constant reminder of our duties towards you. Ever while wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your son.
O most powerful Virgin, mother of our saviour, keep us close to you every moment of our lives. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death; so that, in union with you, we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever.
Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. (say this line three times)

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Our Lady and the Saints lead us to Christ

Mary Mother Of Jesus Vector Illustration

Mary Mother Of Jesus Vector Illustration (Photo credit: Vectorportal)

I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation like a bride adorned in her jewels.

Responsory, Office of Readings, Nov. 21.

Today, the Church celebrates the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today, we remember as St John Damascene says that truly Mary becomes the Lady above all creation in her role as the Mother of the Creator. Born in Joachim’s house near the Probatica, she was presented in the Temple. Thereupon “planted in the house of God” and nurtured by the Holy Spirit, like a fruitful olive tree she flowered forth in all virtues.

In today’s Office of Readings, we read from a sermon by St Augustine, By faith she believed; by faith, conceived, where St Augustine says that

Indeed the blessed Mary certainly did the Father’s will, and so it was for her a greater thing to have been Christ’s disciple than to have been his mother, and she was more blessed in her discipleship than in her motherhood. Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb him whom she would obey as her master.

Whilst many of us have devotions to many saints, and especially to Our Lady, we ought to be obeying Christ as they did. For it is by following Him, and following His commandments that we will find true life and true happiness. Each of the many saints that we know and love are most happy when we find through them something of the love of Christ.

I pray that, today, through the intercession of blessed Mary, we will all find ourselves worthy to be presented in the temple of glory. (cf Collect from Roman Missal 1962).

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How could I say ‘No’, when Our Lady said ‘Yes’?

Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, alabaster, ...

Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, alabaster, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Fr Charles FSDM said in his meditation on yesterday’s readings at Mass, ‘we know not the hour, nor the day’ when the Lord will come. We must live everyday as though it is our last, and prepare to meet our Maker each night before we take our sleep. This is the reason that during Compline there is time for recollection of events from the day past and confession for those.

As was stated on our Fraternity’s website, on Friday evening, the Fraternity was inspired by the Holy Spirit to elect me as their first Ordinary for a term of three years. This is a new beginning. When elected, I was asked, ‘Do you accept election?’ I could have said ‘No.’, but would how would that have been saying ‘Yes’ to God? Our Fraternity is under the Protection of Our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God. If she, as a young woman could say ‘Yes’ to the message of the angel, then could I refuse the question raised by my confrères. I believed then, as now, that I could not. And so, somewhat surprisedly I said,

If that be the will of God and of this Fraternity, I accept election. I will be at the service of the Fraternity, I am not to be served, but to serve.

I ask that you pray for me as I begin my term of office that I may carry out my duties as our Ordinary with care, diligence, humility and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Our Blessed Mother, the Queen of All Creation.

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Prayer for a Happy Death

Português: Brasão Cardinalício de John Henry N...

Oh, my Lord and Saviour, support me in that hour in the strong arms of Thy Sacraments, and by the fresh fragrance of Thy consolations. Let the absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me, and Thy own Body be my food, and Thy Blood my sprinkling; and let my sweet Mother, Mary, breathe on me, and my Angel whisper peace to me, and my glorious Saints … smile upon me; that in them all, and through them all, I may receive the gift of perseverance, and die, as I desire to live, in Thy faith, in Thy Church, in Thy service, and in Thy love. Amen.

—Blessed John Henry, Cardinal Newman, Cong.Orat.

Doing the work—not being seen to do the work—is much more important

The daily Rosary is one personal devotion which has been with me for many years. No matter how long I have been saying it, I still have to look up which set of mysteries is said on which day. None of this has been made any easier since the introduction of an extra set by Blessed Pope John Paul Ⅱ which he suggested be said on Thursdays. I have never been a fan of the Luminous Mysteries (not the name that I am told some English seminarians gave them…) and so I stick to the three traditional sets…

Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles
  4. The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven
  5. The Coronation of Our Lady and the Glory of all the Saints

Mondays, and Thursdays – The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation
  5. The Finding in the Temple

Tuesdays and Fridays – The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scouring of Our Blessed Lord at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning of Our Blessed Lord with Thorns
  4. Our Blessed Lord carrying His Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

I often find myself saying the Rosary as I walk. I don’t always have my beads out as I do so, but it is a good witness for the Faith when we do. As Fr Southwell of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales once said, “If the Muslims can wander our streets with their beads out, there is no reason why the Catholics of England ought not to do so as well. We are after all Our Lady’s Dowry.” I’m not sure that I would have put it in quite that manner, but a good practice it remains. However, we don’t want to become like those who parade their Faith, it is better to do the work than to be seen to do the work.

The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description. — Venerable Fulton J. Sheen.