Novena for the Annunciation of the BVM – Fifth Day

The Annunication - Giovanni LanfrancoNovena for the Annunciation of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Fifth Day

The Solution 

Preparatory Prayer

My Queen, my Mother, remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession!

        Indulgence. 40 days, every time. (Pius IX, August 5, 1851.)

Meditation 

The angel explains to Mary how, without detriment to her virginity, she will become a mother. He says, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke i. 35). St. Bernard remarks: Let him who can, comprehend it. Who, but that most happy Virgin who was worthy to experience the influence and effect of the power of the Most High and to penetrate this sublime mystery, can understand how the divine Light was poured into the Virgin’s womb? The Most Holy Trinity alone co-operated in the sacred act, and it remains an impenetrable mystery to all, except to her who was called to so sublime a destiny.”

 Practice 

Mary did not entertain a single doubt concerning the wonders which the angel announced to her about the coming Messias and His kingdom. She believed with simple faith the words of the heavenly messenger. Only about that which concerned her personally she asked a question. When the wonderful mystery was explained to her, she did not ask how this can be done, but only how it shall be done. And after the angel had declared to her that she shall conceive by the Holy Ghost, she was fully resigned and announced her implicit belief in these humble words: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word” (Luke i. 38). Therefore the Holy Ghost Himself praised her by the mouth of Elizabeth: “Blessed art thou that hast believed” (Luke i. 45).

Let us remain steadfast in the profession of all articles of faith, and let us oppose, like a strong shield, the words, “Nothing is impossible with God,” to all attacks of unbelievers, and to all doubts that may arise in our own minds.

 Prayer of the Church 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we unto whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may, by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of the resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Litany of Loreto

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Redeemer, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of prophets, pray for us.
Queen of apostles, pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors, pray for us.
Queen of virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy rosary, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 Let us pray

Vouchsafe, O Lord, that we may be helped by the merits of Thy most holy Mother’s spouse; that what of ourselves we can not obtain may be given us through his intercession. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

Immaculate Mother Mary

 Prayer  

Mary most holy, I see that thy obedience united thee so closely to God, that all creation never shall know again union so fair and so perfect. I am overwhelmed with confusion in seeing how my sins have separated me from God. Help me, then, gentle Mother, to repent sincerely of my sins, that I may be reunited to thy loving Jesus.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Ejaculation

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me!

Indulgence. 50 days, once a day. (Leo XIII, March 20, 1894.)

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Newchurch of Filth: Catholic priest who viewed child porn on church computers and ‘took hundreds of photos of his students in erotic poses’ sentenced to THREE years in prison!

WE WERE WARNED OF THE GREAT APOSTASY... NEWCHURCH IS FULL OF ANTI-CATHOLIC WOLVES!

Another day, Another scandal in Newchurch

             WE WE’RE WARNED!

               Our Lady of Fatima

“But this will be a time of great trials for the Church. Cardinals will oppose cardinals. Bishops will oppose bishops. Satan will walk in their ranks. In Rome, there will be great changes. What is rotten will fall and what will fall will never rise again. Darkness will envelope the Church and the world will be thrown into a panic.” – Our Lady of Fatima, ora pro nobis.

 Pray above all for the Church of Darkness to leave Rome!”         

            *******************  

“Listen, you Do-Nothing superiors of clerics and priests! Listen, and even though you feel sure of yourselves, tremble at the thought that you are the partners in the guilt of others; those, I mean, who wink at the sins of their subjects that need correction and who by ill-considered silence allow them license to sin. Listen, I say, and be shrewd enough to understand that all of you alike are deserving of death, that is, not only do such things, but also they who approve of those who practice them.” – St. Peter Damien

St Peter Damian, ora pro nobis!

St Peter Damian, ora pro nobis!

Former Kentucky Catholic priest who viewed child porn on church computers and ‘took hundreds of photos of his students in erotic poses’ sentenced to THREE years in prison

  • Stephen Pohl, 57, pleaded guilty to accessing images of nude underage boys on computers at St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Louisville

  • Pohl was not charged for taking photos of his students, who were clothed 

  • But the federal investigation began after a parent’s 10-year-old son said Pohl had asked him to pose for ‘weird photographs’

  • One pose included the boy putting his hands on his knees and spreading his legs apart, the affidavit states 

  • Investigators found 150 images of Pohl’s students during a search  

A former Kentucky Catholic priest accused of snapping hundreds of inappropriate photos of his students has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for viewing child pornography.

Stephen Pohl, 57, pleaded guilty in January to accessing pornographic images of nude underage boys on computers at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church’s office and rectory in Louisville. Pohl was not charged for taking photographs of his parish students, who were all fully clothed. But porn was discovered on his computer after concerned parents reported him to police.

A 10-year-old St Margaret Mary student told his mother that ‘Father Steve’ had asked to pose for ‘weird photographs’ on his cell phone while he was attending an after-school club.

Stephen Pohl, 57, was sentenced to nearly three years in jail after he pleaded guilty to accessing pornographic images of nude underage boys on computers at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Pohl ordered the young boy to pose with his hands on his knees and spread his legs apart, according to the affidavit.

The boy’s parents confronted the priest when they saw him out shopping in Louisville and asked to see the pictures on his phone.

When Pohl handed it over, the parents found ‘several photos of other young boys posed in the same manner as their son’, the affidavit states.

Investigators discovered that the pornographic images, which did not feature any children from St Mary Margaret, were never downloaded to the computer. Forensic analysis of the computer’s hard drives were able to detect the images Pohl viewed online, according to The Courier-Journal.

More than 150 photos of Pohl’s clothed students students, some of which constituted child erotica, were also discovered during the search, a criminal complaint states.

The US Attorney’s office said students featured in the photographs are being identified and their parents are being contacted.

Pohl originally pleaded not guilty after his office was searched and he was arrested in August.

More than 150 photos of Pohl's clothed students students, some of which constituted child erotica, were discovered during a search at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church (pictured) 

He later told authorities that some items on his computer ‘probably should not be there‘ and admitted he had visited ‘inappropriate’ websites, a detective said in an affidavit. The Archdiocese of Louisville placed Pohl, who was hired in 1985 and served at five churches in the area, on administrative leave after his office was searched. He resigned soon after. Pohl was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison on Tuesday and, under the terms of the plea agreement, will have to register as a sex offender following his release.

               The federal investigation in Pohl began after he was accused of taking inappropriate photos of his parish students

He will also be supervised by the US Probation and Pretrial Services for the rest of his life. 

Pohl, who has been on house arrest at his mother’s home while awaiting trial, surrendered to US Marshals following his sentencing. The former priest said in court that he is currently working with a psychologist, who has helped him understand ‘what is happening here’. The Archdiocese of Louisville released a statement Monday saying it welcomed the news that ‘Father Pohl is pleading guilty and accepting responsibility for his actions’.

But soon the archdiocese might be facing its own day in court. 

Pohl was not charged for taking photographs of his parish students, who were all fully clothed. But investigators noted that some of the pictures constituted child erotic (pictured is the church's parish school)

Pohl was not charged for taking photographs of his parish students, who were all fully clothed. But investigators noted that some of the pictures constituted child erotic (pictured is the church’s parish school)

Parents of another boy who was allegedly photographed by Pohl filed a suit against the Archdiocese of Louisville on Tuesday.

Christeena and Richard Gallahue Jr have claimed Pohl’s behavior was ‘so open and obvious’ that the archdiocese knew or should have known he was taking inappropriate photos of children for decades.

 The Courier-Journal

The couple claim that Christeena came upon Pohl photographing her son and daughter, then 7 and 5, on the parish steps one day as she was picking her children up from school.

Christeena claims Pohl was nervous when he saw her and told her he would send a copy of the pictures, but never did. 

The mother claims she then saw Pohl taking pictures alone with another boy on the same steps at a Boy Scout banquet at a church, and once again appeared nervous when he saw her.

They reported the incident with Pohl and their son, who they said confirmed the priest had asked him to pose in unusual positions for pictures, to police after he was arrested. The Gallahues are seeking damages for emotional stress, saying their son soon stopped wanting to go to school and has since been sent to counseling.

The Archdiocese of Louisville paid $25.7m in 2003 to 243 people who were molested as children in Catholic schools and charges, at the time the largest an archdiocese paid itself.

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                   Another enemy within

NEWCHURCH OF ROT - SO CALLED PRIEST SNORTING COCAINE...

Catholic priest is caught on video snorting cocaine in a room full of Nazi memorabilia

‘Catholic priest’ is caught on video snorting cocaine in a room full of Nazi memorabilia… ‘Father’ Stephen Crossan filmed taking cocaine at party on church grounds

Novena for the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Fourth Day

Annunciation of the Virgin by Fra Filippo Lippi

Annunciation of the Virgin by Fra Filippo Lippi

  Novena for the Annunciation of the

           BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

                    FOURTH DAY

                  Mary’s Question

         PREPARATORY PRAYER

My Queen, my Mother, remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession!

Indulgence. 40 days, every time. (Pius IX, August 5, 1851.)

              MEDITATION

Well versed as Mary was in Holy Scripture, she fully understood the words she had heard and knew their great import. She was destined to become the Mother of the Most High, the Son of God. But there is an obstacle which prevents her from giving immediate assent. She has solemnly vowed her virginity to God. Not knowing how the mystery announced to her was to be accomplished, and intent above all on keeping inviolate her vow, she interrupts her silence by the short but comprehensive question, “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” (Luke i. 34.) This is the first word of Mary recorded in the Gospel.

                 PRACTICE

Let us admire the prudence shining forth in Mary. After hearing the angel’s words of praise she was silent and thought within herself what kind of a salutation this was. She is very careful and prudent. On this her conduct St. Thomas Aquinas remarks: “Mary did not refuse to believe, nor did she receive the message with credulity. She avoided Eve’s gullibility and the distrust of Zachary the high priest.” And St. Bernard writes: “Mary preferred to remain silent in humility, rather than to speak inconsiderately.” Let us strive always to speak and act with deliberation. Our conversation ought always to be judicious; for often a word spoken inconsiderately causes bitter regret. St. Thomas Aquinas observes: “Song was given to a number of creatures, but human beings alone were endowed with the faculty of speech, to indicate that in speaking we should use our reason.” And St. Chrysostom says: “Let us always guard our tongue; not that it should always be silent, but that it should speak at the proper time.”

Because no word shall be impossible with God. Saint Luke 1:37 (DRB) - The Annunciation, by Leonardo da Vinci

Because no word shall be impossible with God. Saint Luke 1:37 (DRB) – The Annunciation, by Leonardo da Vinci

  “How shall this be done, because I know not man?”

Truly a momentous question, proceeding from her knowledge of the great excellence and value before God of virginity, which, before Mary, was unknown to the world. Let us follow Mary’s example and esteem holy purity and chastity above all things. Let us remember how highly Holy Scripture extols this virtue. “O how beautiful is the chaste generation with glory; for the memory thereof is immortal, because it is known both with God and with men” (Wis. iv. 1). St. Athanasius writes: “O chastity, thou precious pearl, found by few, even hated by some, and sought only by those who are worthy of thee! Thou art the joy of the prophets, the ornament of the apostles, the life of the angels, the crown of the saints.” Let us therefore carefully guard this inestimable treasure.

         PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we unto whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may, by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of the resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Litany of Loreto

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Redeemer, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of prophets, pray for us.
Queen of apostles, pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors, pray for us.
Queen of virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy rosary, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

              Let us pray

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

              Let us pray

Vouchsafe, O Lord, that we may be helped by the merits of Thy most holy Mother’s spouse; that what of ourselves we can not obtain may be given us through his intercession. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

Indulgence. (1) 300 days, every time. (2) A plenary indulgence on the following five feasts of the Blessed Virgin: Immaculate Conception, Nativity, Purification, Annunciation, and Assumption; under the usual conditions, to all who shall have said it daily during the year. (Pius VII, September 30, 1817.) These indulgences are granted for the litany alone; hence the prayers following it may be omitted.

               PRAYER

Mary, mighty Virgin, thou who on the day of thy annunciation wast found by the archangel so prompt and ready to do God’s will, and to correspond with the desires of the august Trinity, who wished for thy consent in order to redeem the world; obtain for me that, whatever happens, good or ill, I may turn to my God, and with resignation say, “Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

               Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

              Ejaculation

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me!

Indulgence. 50 days, once a day. (Leo XIII, March 20, 1894.)

TUESDAY IN EASTER WEEK – MASS PROPERS

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls - The Holy Door

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls – The Holy Door   

    TUESDAY IN EASTER WEEK

Our Pasch is the Lamb, let us attentively consider those words of sacred Scripture, where, speaking of the Pasch, it says: ‘It is the Phase, that is, the passage of the Lord.’ God Himself adds these words: ‘I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and will kill every first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments.’ So that the Pasch is a day of judgment, a day of terrible justice upon the enemies of God; but, for that very reason, it is a day of deliverance for Israel. The lamb is slain; but his immolation is the signal of redemption to the holy people of the Lord.

The people of Israel are slaves to the cruel Pharaoh. Their bondage is the heaviest that can be. Their male children are to be put to death. The race of Abraham, on which repose the promises of the world’s salvation, is doomed. It is time for God to interpose: the Lion of the tribe of Juda, He whom none can resist, must show Himself.

But in this, the Israelites are a type of another and a far more numerous people,—the whole human race; and it is the slave of satan, a tyrant worse than Pharaoh. Its bondage is at its height. It is debased by the vilest idolatry. It has made every base thing its god; and the God that made all things is ignored or blasphemed. With a few rare exceptions out of each generation, men are the victims of hell. Has God’s creation of man, then, been a failure? Not so. The time is come for Him to show the might of His arm: He will pass over the earth, and save mankind.

Jesus, the true Israelite, the true Man come down from heaven, He too is made a captive. His enemies have prevailed against Him, and His bleeding, lifeless Body has been laid in the tomb. The murderers of the just One have even fixed a seal upon the sepulchre, and set a guard to watch it. Here again, the Lord must pass, and confound His enemies by His triumphant passage.

In that Egypt of old, each Israelite family was commanded to slay and eat the Paschal Lamb. Then, at midnight, the Lord passed, as He had promised, over this land of bondage and crime. The destroying Angel followed, slaying with his sword the first-born of the Egyptians, ‘from the first-born of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, unto the first-born of the captive woman that was in prison, and all the first born of the cattle.’ A cry of mourning resounded through Mesraim: but God is just, and His people was made free!

The same victory was gained in the Resurrection which now gladdens us. The midnight was over, and the last shades of darkness were fleeing from before the rising light: it was then that our Lord passed through the sealed stone of His tomb, unperceived by his guards. His Resurrection was a stroke of death to His first-born people,who had refused to receive Him as their Messias, or to ‘ know the time of their visitation.’The Synagogue was hard-of heart, like Pharaoh; it would fain have held captive Him of whom the prophet had said, that He would be ‘free among the dead.’ Hereupon, a cry of impotent rage was heard in Jerusalem: but God is ust, and Jesus made Himself free ! And oh! what a happiness was this passage of our Lord for the human race! He had adopted us as His brethren, and loved us too tenderly to leave us slaves of satan: therefore, He would have His own Resurrection be ours too, and give us light and liberty. The first-born of satan were routed by such a victory; the power of hell was broken. Yet a little while, and the altars of the false gods shall everywhere be destroyed; yet a little while, and man, regenerated by the preaching of the Apostles, shall acknowledge his Creator and abjure his idols: for this is the day which the Lord hath made: ‘it is the Phase, that is, the passage of the Lord!’

But observe how the two mysteries,—the Lamb and the Passover,—are united in our Pasch. The Lord passes, and bids the destroying Angel slay the first-born in every house, the entrance of which is not marked with the blood of the lamb. This is the shield of protection; where it is, there divine justice passes by and spares. Pharaoh and his people are not signed with the blood of the lamb: yet have they witnessed the most extraordinary miracles, and suffered unheard-of chastisements. All this should have taught them that the God of Israel is not like their own gods, which have no power; but their heart is hard as stone, and neither the works nor the words of Moses have been able to soften it. Therefore does God strike them and deliver His people.

But this very people, this Israel, ungratefully turns against his deliverer; he is content with the types of the good things promised; he will have no other lamb but the material one. In vain do the prophets tell him, that ‘a Lamb is to be sent forth, who shall be King of the earth; that he shall come from the desert to the mount of the daughter of Sion.’ Israel refuses to acknowledge this Lamb as his Messias; he persecutes Him and puts Him to death; and persists in putting all his confidence in the blood of victims, that have no longer the power to propitiate the anger of God. How terrible will be the Passage of the Lord over Jerusalem, when the sword of the Roman legions shall destroy a whole people!

Satan too, and his wicked angels, had scoffed at this Lamb, they had despised Him, as being too meek and humble to be dreaded; and when they saw Him shedding His Blood on the cross, a shout of exultation rang through the regions of hell. But what was their dismay, when they saw this Lamb descending like a lion into limbo, and setting free from their bondage the countless prisoners of the four thousand previous years? and after this returning to our earth, and inviting all mankind to receive ‘the liberty of the glory of the children of God?

   O Jesus! how terrible is Thy Passover to Thine enemies! but how glorious for them that serve Thee! The people of Israel feared it not, because their houses were marked with the blood of the figurative lamb. We are more favoured than they: our Lamb is the Lamb of God, and Thy Blood is signed, not upon our dwellings, but upon our souls. Thy prophet foretold the great mystery, when he said, that on the day of Thy vengeance upon Jerusalem, they would be spared whose foreheads should be marked with the Tau*. Israel despised the prophecy, which is our joy. The Tau is the sign of Thy cross, dear Jesus! It is Thy cross that shields, and protects, and gladdens us in this Pasch of Thy Passover, wherein Thy anger is all for Thine enemies, and Thy blessings all for us!

Footnote: Ezechiel, ix. 6. 

*Mark Thau: Thau, or Tau, is the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and signifies a sign, or a mark; which is the reason why some translators render this place set a mark, or mark a mark without specifying what this mark was. But St. Jerome, and other interpreters, conclude it was the form of the letter Thau, which in the ancient Hebrew character, was the form of a cross.

At Rome, the Station for today is in the basilica of Saint Paul. The Church is impatient to lead her white-robed troop of neophytes to the Apostle of the Gentiles. Though he is not the foundation of the Church, yet is he companion of Peter’s labours in Rome, his fellow-martyr, and the preacher of the Gospel to the Gentiles. As he says of himself, he has laboured to form children in God—who could tell the number he has given to Christ? How must he rejoice to see these newly made Christians approach his sacred shrine, there to receive instruction from his epistles, wherein he still speaks to all generations!

OCTAVE OF EASTER

  TUESDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

 STATION AT ST. PAUL-WITHOUT-THE-WALLS

         (Indulgence of 30 years and 30 quarantines)

          Double – First Class

            White vestments

        Missa’Aqua sapiéntiæ’

                  INTROITUS

                Ecclus. 15: 3, 4

Aqua sapiéntiæ potávit eos, allelúia: firmábitur in illis et non flectétur, allelúia: et exaltábit eos in ætérnum, allelúia, allelúia.

                  Psalm 104: 1

Confitémini Dómino et invocáte nomen ejus: annuntiáte inter gentes ópera ejus. Glória Patri.

                    INTROIT  

                Ecclus. 15: 3, 4

He gave them the water of wholesome wisdom to drink, alleluia; and she shall be made strong in them, and shall not be moved, alleluia: And she shall exalt them forever, allelúia, allelúia.

                   Psalm 104: 1

Give glory to the Lord, and call upon his name: declare his deeds among the Gentiles. Glory be to the Father.

                      ORATIO

Deus, qui Ecclésiam tuam novo semper fetu multíplicas: concéde fámulis tuis; ut sacraméntum vivéndo téneant, quod fide percepérunt. Per Dominum.

                      COLLECT

O God, Who art ever multiplying the children of thy Church, grant unto the same thy servants that they may hold fast in their lives the mystery which they have received by faith. Through our Lord.

THORN IN THE FLESH - ST. PAUL

                      EPISTLE

            Acts 13: 16, 26-33

In those days, Paul rising up, and with his hand bespeaking silence, said: Ye men of Israel, and you that fear God, give ear. Men, brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you fear God, to you the word of this salvation is sent. For they that inhabited Jerusalem, and the rulers thereof, not knowing him, nor the voices of the prophets, which are read every sabbath, judging him have fulfilled them. And finding no cause of death in him, they desired of Pilate, that they might kill him. And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, taking him down from the tree, they laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him up from the dead the third day: Who was seen for many days, by them who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who to this present are his witnesses to the people. And we declare unto you, that the promise which was made to our fathers, This same God hath fulfilled it to our children, raising up our Lord Jesus Christ.

                  GRADUAL

          Psalm 117: 24; 106: 2

This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and rejoice therein. V. Let them say so that have been redeemed by the Lord, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy: and gathered out of the nations.

                  ALLELUIA

              Matthew 28: 2

Alleluia, alleluia. V. The Lord is risen from the sepulcher, He, who hangeth on the tree.

                SEQUENCE

Let Christians offer to the Paschal victim the sacrifice of praise.

The Lamb hath redeemed the sheep: the innocent Jesus hath reconciled sinners to his Father.

Death and Life fought against each other, and wondrous was the duel: The King of Life was put to death; yet now he lives and reigns.

Tell us, O Mary! what sawest thou on the way? I saw the Sepulchre of the living Christ; I saw the glory of him that had risen. I saw the Angels that were the witnesses; I saw the winding-sheet and the cloth. Christ, my hope, hath risen! He shall go before you into Galilee.

We know that Christ hath truly risen from the dead. Do thou, O Conqueror and King! have mercy upon us. Amen. Alleluia.

There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents…

There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents…

                   GOSPEL

            Luke 24: 36-47

At that time Jesus stood in the midst of them, and saith to them: Peace be to you; it is I, fear not. But they being troubled and frightened, supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them: Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? See my hands and feet, that it is I myself; handle, and see: for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see me to have. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and feet. But while they yet believed not, and wondered for joy, he said: Have you any thing to eat? And they offered him a piece of a broiled fish, and a honeycomb. And when he had eaten before them, taking the remains, he gave to them. And he said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then he opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. And he said to them: Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead, the third day: And that penance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, unto all nations.

               OFFERTORY

           Psalm 17: 14, 16

And the Lord thundered from heaven, and the highest gave his voice: Then the fountains of waters appeared, alleluia.

                  SECRET

Accept, O Lord we beseech thee, the prayers with the sacrifices of the people, and grant that what we have begun at these rites of our piety and devotion, we may pass to the glory of heaven Through our Lord.

          PREFACE OF EASTER

It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation that at all times, but more especially at this season, we should extol Thy glory, O Lord, when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb that hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath overcome our death, and by rising again hath restored our life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

Holy Trinity -

               COMMUNION

                 Col. 3: 1, 2

If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above; where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God: alleluia. Mind the things that are above, alleluia.

          POSTCOMMUNION

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the grace of the Paschal sacrament which we have received may ever abide in our souls. Through our Lord.

 

 

NOVENA FOR THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BVM – THIRD DAY

annunciation_BOTTICELLI, Sandro

Novena for the Annunciation of the

           BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

                     THIRD DAY

 The Effect of the Angel’s Salutation

         PREPARATORY PRAYER

My Queen, my Mother, remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession!

                MEDITATION

The effect of the angel’s salutation on Mary was striking. Imbued with sentiments quite different from ours, she was troubled at the praise addressed to her. Meanwhile she is silent and considers within herself what might be the meaning of these words. And now the angel calls her by name, saying, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father: and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end”

                   PRACTICE

Let us admire the prudence shining forth in Mary. After hearing the angel’s words of praise she was silent and thought within herself what kind of a salutation this was. She is very careful and prudent. On this her conduct St. Thomas Aquinas remarks: “Mary did not refuse to believe, nor did she receive the message with credulity. She avoided Eve’s gullibility and the distrust of Zachary the high priest.” And St. Bernard writes: “Mary preferred to remain silent in humility, rather than to speak inconsiderately.” Let us strive always to speak and act with deliberation. Our conversation ought always to be judicious; for often a word spoken inconsiderately causes bitter regret. St. Thomas Aquinas observes: “Song was given to a number of creatures, but human beings alone were endowed with the faculty of speech, to indicate that in speaking we should use our reason.” And St. Chrysostom says: “Let us always guard our tongue; not that it should always be silent, but that it should speak at the proper time.”

                     PRAYER

I rejoice with thee, O Virgin ever blessed, because by thy humble word of consent thou didst draw down from the bosom of the eternal Father the divine Word into thy own pure bosom. O draw, then, ever my heart to God; and with God bring grace into my heart that I may ever sincerely bless thy word of consent, so mighty and so efficacious.

                     Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

                    Ejaculation

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me!

EASTER MONDAY – MASS PROPERS

Baptism of the Neophytes by Masaccio, 1424-1425

Baptism of the Neophytes by Masaccio, 1424-1425

MONDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER

This Octave is entirely consecrated to the neophytes, the newly-baptized. The week for them a continual feast, a spiritual feast; and they wore their white baptismal garments, every day to church, which are not laid aside until the following Sunday (Low Sunday), Quasimodo Sunday, dominica in albis,  because on that day the neophytes, laid aside their white baptismal garments.

       STATION AT ST. PETER’S

(Indulgence of 30 years and 30 quarantines)

        Double – First Class

           White vestments

Missa ‘Introduxit vos Dominus’

                    INTROITUS

                Exodus 13: 5, 9

Introduxit vos Dóminus in terram fluéntem lac et mel, allelúia: et ut lex Dómini semper sit in ore vestro, allelúia, allelúia.

                   Psalm 104: 1

Confitémini Dómino et invocáte nomen ejus: annuntiáte inter gentes ópera ejus. Glória Patri.

                   INTROIT  

                Exodus 13: 5, 9

The Lord has brought thee into a land that floweth with milk and honey, alleluia: and that the law of the Lord be always in thy mouth, alleluia, alleluia.

The Resurrection of Christ by Tintoretto

The Resurrection of Christ by Tintoretto

                   Psalm 104: 1

Give glory to the Lord, and call upon his name: declare his deeds among the Gentiles. Glory be to the Father.

                    COLLECT

O God, Who dost heal the sick world by the solemn gladness of the Paschal Solemnity, continue, we beseech thee, to pour forth thine heavenly gifts upon thy people, till the same shall bring them into perfect liberty, and finally avail them unto life everlasting. Through our Lord.

                     EPISTLE

               Acts 10: 37-43

In those days, Peter standing among the people, said: you know the word which hath been published through all Judea: for it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things that he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed, hanging him upon a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he arose again from the dead. And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he who was appointed by God, to be judge of the living and of the dead. To him all the prophets give testimony, that by his name all receive remission of sins, who believe in him.

                     GRADUAL

               Psalm 117: 24, 2

This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and rejoice therein. V. Let Israel now say, that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.

                      ALLELUIA

                 Matthew 28: 2

Alleluia, alleluia. V. An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone and sat upon it.

                    SEQUENTIA

Victimæ pascháli laudes ímmolent Christiáni. Agnus rédemit oves: Christus ínnocens Patri reconciliávit peccatóres. Mors et vita duéllo conflixére mirándo: dux vitæ mórtuus regnat vivus. Dic nobis, María, quid vidísti in via? Sepúlcrum Christi vivéntis et glóriam vidi resurgéntis. Angélicos testes, sudárium et vestes. Surréxit Christus, spes mea: præcédet vos in Galilæam. Scimus Christum surrexísse a mórtuis vere: tu nobis, victor Rex, miserére. Amen. Allelúia

                  SEQUENCE

Let Christians offer to the Paschal victim the sacrifice of praise. The Lamb hath redeemed the sheep: the innocent Jesus hath reconciled sinners to his Father. Death and Life fought against each other, and wondrous was the duel: The King of Life was put to death; yet now he lives and reigns. Tell us, O Mary! what sawest thou on the way? I saw the Sepulchre of the living Christ; I saw the glory of him that had risen. I saw the Angels that were the witnesses; I saw the winding-sheet and the cloth. Christ, my hope, hath risen! He shall go before you into Galilee. We know that Christ hath truly risen from the dead. Do thou, O Conqueror and King! have mercy upon us. Amen. Alleluia.

Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio

Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio

                      GOSPEL

               Luke 24: 13-35

At that time two of them went, the same day, to a town which was sixty furlongs from Jerusalem, named Emmaus. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that while they talked and reasoned with themselves, Jesus himself also drawing near, went with them. But their eyes were held, that they should not know him. And he said to them: What are these discourses that you hold one with another as you walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleophas, answering, said to him: Art thou only a stranger to Jerusalem, and hast not known the things that have been done there in these days? To whom he said: What things? And they said: Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in work and word before God and all the people; And how our chief priests and princes delivered him to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we hoped, that it was he that should have redeemed Israel: and now besides all this, today is the third day since these things were done. Yea and certain women also of our company affrighted us, who before it was light, were at the sepulchre, And not finding his body, came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who say that he is alive. And some of our people went to the sepulchre, and found it so as the women had said, but him they found not. Then he said to them: O foolish, and slow of heart to believe in all things which the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and so to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the scriptures, the things that were concerning him. And they drew night to the town, whither they were going: and he made as though he would go farther. But they constrained him; saying: Stay with us, because it is towards evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in with them. And it came to pass, whilst he was at table with them, he took bread, and blessed, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him: and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to the other: Was not our heart burning within us, whilst he spoke in this way, and opened to us the scriptures? And rising up, the same hour, they went back to Jerusalem: and they found the eleven gathered together, and those that were staying with them, Saying: The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way; and how they knew him in the breaking of the bread.

                  OFFERTORY

            Matthew 28: 2, 5, 6

An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and said to the women: He whom you seek is risen, as He said, alleluia.

                     SECRET

Accept, O Lord we beseech thee, the prayers with the sacrifices of the people, and grant that what we have begun at these Paschal mysteries, may with Thy help be a remedy for life eternal. Through our Lord.

Jews killed, hanging him upon a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God, even to us.

           PREFACE OF EASTER

It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation that at all times, but more especially at this season, we should extol Thy glory, O Lord, when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb that hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath overcome our death, and by rising again hath restored our life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

                 COMMUNION

                  Luke 24: 34

The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Peter, alleluia.

            POSTCOMMUNION

Pour forth upon us, O Lord, the spirit of Thy charity and may Thy loving-kindness make us to be of one mind those whom thou hast fed fully with these Paschal sacraments. Through our Lord.

NOVENA FOR ANNUNCIATION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – SECOND DAY

The Annunciation of the BVM

Novena for the Annunciation of the BVM

               SECOND DAY

  The Import of the Angel’s Salutation

      PREPARATORY PRAYER

My Queen, my Mother, remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession!

Indulgence. 40 days, every time. (Pius IX, August 5, 1851.)

            MEDITATION

“Hail, full of grace!” Mary was greeted as full of grace by the Giver of grace Himself. The angel’s salutation meant: “The grace of God has preserved thee from all sin. Neither the stain of original sin, nor the guilt of actual sin, ever obscured the mirror of thy soul. By the special favor of God the most sublime virtues were infused into thy soul.”

“The Lord is with thee.” From all eternity the Lord was with Mary. He was with her not only as He is with His whole creation, but He was with her in a special manner. The eternal Father was with her from all eternity as with His beloved Daughter. The divine Son was with her from all eternity as with His chosen Mother. The Holy Ghost was with her from all eternity as with His beloved Spouse. This intimate union never was disrupted. Therefore Mary is “Blessed among women,” and ever was, and ever shall be the beloved of the Lord.

            PRACTICE

Consider how Mary receives the angel’s message. She is troubled, she is disturbed at the praise, at the reverence of the angel. What an example of humility! Let us imitate her in this virtue by the acknowledgment before God of our weakness, our unworthiness, our nothingness, and by ordering our whole being accordingly. Humility renders us pleasing in the sight of God and makes us susceptible of His grace. Hence St. Augustine writes: “God resists the proud and gives His grace to the humble. What a terrible punishment for the proud, what a splendid reward for the humble! The proud man resembles a rock, the humble man a beautiful valley. The grace of God descends from heaven like a gentle rain. It can not penetrate the rock of pride, and hence the proud man loses God’s grace and love. But in the valley of humility the waters of divine grace can diffuse themselves and fructify the soul of the humble man, so that it may bring forth fruit unto eternal life.”

              PRAYER

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we unto whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may, by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of the resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.                    

  Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us,

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.

Mother of Christ, pray for us.

Mother of divine grace, pray for us.

Mother most pure, pray for us.

Mother most chaste, pray for us.

Mother inviolate, pray for us.

Mother undefiled, pray for us.

Mother most amiable, pray for us.

Mother most admirable, pray for us.

Mother of good counsel, pray for us.

Mother of our Creator, pray for us.

Mother of our Redeemer, pray for us.

Virgin most prudent, pray for us.

Virgin most venerable, pray for us.

Virgin most renowned, pray for us.

Virgin most powerful, pray for us.

Virgin most merciful, pray for us.

Virgin most faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of justice, pray for us.

Seat of wisdom, pray for us.

Cause of our joy, pray for us.

Spiritual vessel, pray for us.

Vessel of honor, pray for us.

Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.

Mystical rose, pray for us.

Tower of David, pray for us.

Tower of ivory, pray for us.

House of gold, pray for us.

Ark of the covenant, pray for us.

Gate of heaven, pray for us.

Morning star, pray for us.

Health of the sick, pray for us.

Refuge of sinners, pray for us.

Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.

Help of Christians, pray for us.

Queen of angels, pray for us.

Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.

Queen of prophets, pray for us.

Queen of apostles, pray for us.

Queen of martyrs, pray for us.

Queen of confessors, pray for us.

Queen of virgins, pray for us.

Queen of all saints, pray for us.

Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.

Queen of the most holy rosary, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God:

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

             Let us pray

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

           Let us pray

Vouchsafe, O Lord, that we may be helped by the merits of Thy most holy Mother’s spouse; that what of ourselves we can not obtain may be given us through his intercession. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

          PRAYER

O Mary, holiest Virgin, who, when the archangel Gabriel hailed thee in thy annunciation, and thou wast raised by God above all choirs of the angels, didst confess thyself “the handmaid of the Lord”; do thou obtain for me true humility and a truly angelic purity, and so to live on earth as ever to be worthy of the blessings of God.

          Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

         Ejaculation

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me!