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Dec 02

Blessing of Christmas Tree

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This blessing may be made by any family, led by one of the parents or one of the children.

Verse.  Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Response.  Who hath made heaven and earth.

All say the antiphon:

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for He is come.

 

PSALM 95

Sing unto the Lord a new song; * Sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

Sing unto the Lord, bless His name, * Proclaim His salvation from day to day.

Declare His glory among the Gentiles, * His marvelous works among all the peoples.

For great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; * He is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, * But the Lord made the heavens.

Honor and majesty are before Him: * Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

Give to the Lord, ye kindreds of the peoples, * Give to the Lord glory and strength.  * Give to the Lord the glory due unto His name.

Offer sacrifice, and come into His courts. * O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Tremble before Him, all the earth. * Say among the heathen: ‘The Lord Reigneth.’

The world also is established that it cannot be moved; * He will judge the peoples with equity.

Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; * Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof; * Let the field exult, and all that is therein.

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy; *

Before the Lord, for He is come; * For He is come to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness, * And the peoples in His truth.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; * world without end.  Amen

The antiphon is repeated:

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for He is come.

A member of the family reads the following Lesson from the Prophet Ezechiel (xvii, 22-24):

Thus saith the Lord God:  I Myself will take the top of the high cedar, and will set it:  I will crop off a tender twig from the top of the branches thereof, and I will plant it on a mountain high and eminent.  On the high mountains of Israel will I plant it, and it shall shoot forth into branches, and shall bear fruit, and it shall become a great cedar; and all birds shall dwell under it, and every fowl shall make its nest under the shadow of the branches thereof. And all the trees of the country shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree, and exalted the low tree; and have dried up the green tree, and have caused the dry tree to flourish.  I the Lord have spoken and have done it.

  1. Thanks be to God.
  2. And there shall come forth a shoot.
  3. Out of the root of Jesse.
  4. In Him was life.
  5. And the life was the light of men.
  6. O Lord hear my prayer.
  7. And let my cry come unto Thee.
  8. The Lord be with you.
  9. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray:

Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who hast caused Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be planted like a tree of life in Thy Church by being born of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, bless, we beseech Thee, this tree that all who see it may be filled with a holy desire to be ingrafted as living branches into the same Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.

Amen.

 

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Dec 01

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION IN THE DIVINE WILL and NOVENA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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Nov 30

The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

st_andrew_the_apostle_iconThe Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is often called simply the “Christmas Anticipation Prayer,”

it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas.

It is addressed to God Himself, asking Him to grant our request in honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas.

The prayer is prayed 15 times each day, all at once; or divide up the recitation as necessary (perhaps five times at each meal).

A very good way to help focus the attention of your children on the Advent Season.

 

The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

“Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God
was born of the Most Pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God!
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother.” Amen.

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Nov 29

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION NOVENA – Nov. 29th to Dec. 7th

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PRAYER TO THE
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession, to come unto You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end.

Amen.

First, recite the Prayer to the Immaculate Conception.
Then, recite the appropriate prayer of each of the nine days.

Day One

O most Holy Virgin, who was pleasing to the Lord and became His mother, immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession. O most Holy Mother, who by your blessed Immaculate Conception, from the first moment of your conception did crush the head of the enemy, receive our prayers as we implore you to present at the throne of God the favor we now request…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.
Amen.

Day Two

O Mary, ever blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Queen of angels and of saints, we salute you with the most profound veneration and filial devotion as we contemplate your holy Immaculate Conception, We thank you for your maternal protection and for the many blessings that we have received through your wondrous mercy and most powerful intercession. In all our necessities we have recourse to you with unbounded confidence. O Mother of Mercy, we beseech you now to hear our prayer and to obtain for us of your Divine Son the favor that we so earnestly request in this novena…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.
Amen.

Day Three

O Blessed Virgin Mary, glory of the Christian people, joy of the universal Church and Mother of Our Lord, speak for us to the Heart of Jesus, who is your Son and our brother. O Mary, who by your holy Immaculate Conception did enter the world free from stain, in your mercy obtain for us from Jesus the special favor which we now so earnestly seek…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.
Amen.

Day Four

O Mary, Mother of God, endowed in your glorious Immaculate Conception with the fullness of grace; unique among women in that you are both mother and virgin; Mother of Christ and Virgin of Christ, we ask you to look down with a tender heart from your throne and listen to our prayers as we earnestly ask that you obtain for us the favor for which we now plead…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Five

O Lord, who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, did prepare a fitting dwelling for your Son, we beseech you that as by the foreseen death of your Son, you did preserve her from all stain of sin, grant that through her intercession, we may be favored with the granting of the grace that we seek for at this time…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Six

Glorious and immortal Queen of Heaven, we profess our firm belief in your Immaculate Conception preordained for you in the merits of your Divine Son. We rejoice with you in your Immaculate Conception. To the one ever-reigning God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in Person, one in nature, we offer thanks for your blessed Immaculate Conception. O Mother of the Word made Flesh, listen to our petition as we ask this special grace during this novena…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Seven

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and my mother, from the sublime heights of your dignity turn your merciful eyes upon me while I, full of confidence in your bounty and keeping in mind your Immaculate conception and fully conscious of your power, beg of you to come to our aid and ask your Divine Son to grant the favor we earnestly seek in this novena… if it be beneficial for our immortal souls and the souls for whom we pray.
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.

Day Eight

O Most gracious Virgin Mary, beloved Mother of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, intercede with him for us that we be granted the favor which we petition for so earnestly in this novena…O Mother of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that your prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. O Glorious Mother of God, in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception, hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.

Day Nine

O Mother of the King of the Universe, most perfect member of the human race, “our tainted nature’s solitary boast,” we turn to you as mother, advocate, and mediatrix. O Holy Mary, assist us in our present necessity. By your Immaculate Conception, O Mary conceived without sin, we humbly beseech you from the bottom of our heart to intercede for us with your Divine Son and ask that we be granted the favor for which we now plead…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Recite the Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Nov 27

Thérèse of Lisiers -The Story of a Soul (pp. 16–17)

sainte-therese-de-lenfant-jesusOur Lord has deigned to explain this mystery to me. He showed me the book of nature, and I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would lose its springtide beauty, and the fields would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our Lord’s living garden. He has been pleased to create great Saints who may be compared to the lily and the rose, but He has also created lesser ones, who must be content to be daisies or simple violets flowering at His Feet, and whose mission it is to gladden His Divine Eyes when He deigns to look down on them. And the more gladly they do His Will the greater is their perfection.

I understood this also, that God’s Love is made manifest as well in a simple soul which does not resist His grace as in one more highly endowed. In fact, the characteristic of love being self-abasement, if all souls resembled the holy Doctors who have illuminated the Church, it seems that God in coming to them would not stoop low enough. But He has created the little child, who knows nothing and can but utter feeble cries, and the poor savage who has only the natural law to guide him, and it is to their hearts that He deigns to stoop. These are the field flowers whose simplicity charms Him; and by His condescension to them Our Saviour shows His infinite greatness. As the sun shines both on the cedar and on the floweret, so the Divine Sun illumines every soul, great and small, and all correspond to His care—just as in nature the seasons are so disposed that on the appointed day the humblest daisy shall unfold its petals.

Thérèse of Lisieux, S., & Taylor, T. N. (1912). The Story of a Soul (pp. 16–17). London: Burns and Oates.

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Nov 21

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Feast is November 27

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Below are 2 novenas; (A) is short (B) is longer

pick one.  Or you can pray along with the video.

Start novena Nov. 19

Video  –  Miraculous Medal Novena Prayers from the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pderCQeaUa0


shorter (A) Novena of the Miraculous Medal


O Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of Our Lord Jesus and our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in your all-powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls, and the souls for whom we pray.

(Here form your petition)

You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your Son who hates iniquity.
Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the Queen of angels and of men. Amen.



(B) Longer novena

Begin with the Sign of the Cross… 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Come, O Holy Spirit,fill the hearts of Your faithful,and kindle in them the fire of Your love.Send forth Your Spirit,and they shall be created.And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

O God, who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit,grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation,through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen. 

O Mary, conceived without sin,pray for us who have recourse to you. 

O Mary, conceived without sin,pray for us who have recourse to you. 

O Mary, conceived without sin,pray for us who have recourse to you. 

O Lord Jesus Christ,who has vouchsafed to glorify by numberless miracles the Blessed Virgin Mary,immaculate from the first moment of her conception,grant that all who devoutly implore her protection on earth,may eternally enjoy Your presence in heaven,who, with the Father and Holy Spirit,live and reign, God,for ever and ever. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ,who for the accomplishment of Your greatest works,have chosen the weak things of the world,that no flesh may glory in Your sight;and who for a better and more widely diffused belief in the Immaculate Conception of Your Mother,have wished that the Miraculous Medal be manifested to Saint Catherine Labouré,grant, we beseech You,that filled with like humility,we may glorify this mystery by word and work.  Amen. 

Memorare Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary,that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,implored your assistance,or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence,we fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother; to you we come;before you we kneel sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate,despise not our petitions,but in your clemency hear and answer them. Amen. 

Novena Prayer 

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus and our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in you all-powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us the graces and favours we ask during this novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls,and the souls for whom we pray. 

(State your intention here…) 

You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of you Son who hates iniquity. Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory.Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the Queen of angels and of men. 

Amen. 

An 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 toward you. Ever while wearing it,may 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. 

O Mary, conceived without sin,pray for us who have recourse to you. 

O Mary, conceived without sin,pray for us who have recourse to you.

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Nov 19

Luisa Piccarreta in the New Mysticism Dictionary

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Nov 18

Feast of Christ The King – November 20

Link to “The Feast of Christ the King 
The Eucharistic Reign of Jesus
In the Kingdom of the Divine Will

 

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FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING

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Nov 09

Offer a Holy Mass of Thanksgiving in the Divine Will

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Nov 04

PLEASE JOIN IN PRAYER, FASTING AND ADORATION

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PLEASE JOIN IN PRAYER,

FASTING AND ADORATION

November 5, 6 & 7, 2016

This election proclaims to be

the most critical in our Nation’s History.

Life and Liberty hang in the balance.

Prayer for Our Country

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy,

Mother of the Divine Will,

at this most critical time, we entrust the United States

of America to your loving care.  Most Holy Mother,

we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son

for the Kingdom of God be established on earth as it is in Heaven

Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation,

we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek

refuge in your motherly protection.  Look down with

mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people.

Open our minds to the great worth of human life and

To the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.

Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of

abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life.

Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that

God’s law is the foundation

on which this nation was founded,

and that He alone is the True Source

of our cherished rights to life,

liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject

the culture of death and the strength

to build a New Culture of Life in the Most Holy Divine Will.

Amen.

“…I have set before you life and death,

blessing and curse; therefore choose life,

that you and your descendants may live.  Deut: 30:19

 

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