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Parish Devotion for March 27th 2019 – Month of Saint Joseph – Wednesdays

Mar 27

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Month of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph Model of Fathers

St. Joseph Model of Fathers

In the litany of St. Joseph, we say, “St. Joseph, Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.” There is more hidden behind this invocation than meets the eye. We know, of course, that Mary is the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ. We know that the Saviour was not conceived of a human father. Yet the Church has never tired insisting on the fatherhood of St. Joseph in the Holy Family. It is crucially important to understand that there are two levels to fatherhood. There is the physical level of providing for the conception of a human body. In this … Read more here
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Saint Joseph the Just Man

The Church encourages us to be devoted to Joseph because he was a model in the heroic practice of all the virtues. The example of virtuous living that he gave in the exact fulfillment of the duties of his state of life is worthy of our reflection. Read the gospel and you will see his faith, hope and charity practiced under trying circumstances. He was prudent in caring for his wife and the child; he showed great leadership in protecting them and assisting them. He was religious in every sense, with that delicacy and sincerity of conscience that is proper … Read more here
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The Month of March is Dedicated to Saint Joseph

The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph. We don’t know much about him except what is mentioned in the Gospels. Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus. Holy Scripture proclaims him as a “just man,” and the Church has turned to Joseph for his patronage and protection. Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Quamquam Pluries (On the Devotion to St. Joseph) in 1889 explains why we place so much trust in this saint: “Thus in giving Joseph the Blessed Virgin as spouse, God appointed him to be not only her life’s companion, the witness … Read more here

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions March 2019 - Evangelization – Christian Communities

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions March 2019 – Evangelization – Christian Communities

Evangelization – Christian Communities That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected. Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. We are invited to answer the Holy Father’s request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month. Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities In the Church, God gives the gift to the whole human family of the possibility of being close to Jesus Christ. The Church extends in time and space the mission of … Read more here

Go to Saint Joseph

Go to Joseph

“This patronage must be invoked as ever necessary for the Church, not only as a defence against all dangers, but also, and indeed primarily, as an impetus for her renewed commitment to evangelization in the world and to re-evangelization,” wrote St. John Paul II in Redemptoris Custos ( Guardian of the Redeemer). John Paul II further said, “Because St. Joseph is the protector of the Church, he is the guardian of the Eucharist and the Christian family. Therefore, we must turn to St. Joseph today to ward off attacks upon the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and upon the family … Read more here
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A Time of Penance and Promise

Here and there in the stark March landscape, a few plants and trees are beginning to give evidence of the new life that winter’s frost and chill had concealed from our eyes. The Church’s vibrant new life has been obscured, too, by the austerity of the penitential season of Lent. But that life is indisputable, and it will burgeon forth on Easter as Christ coming forth from his tomb! During this month we will continue our journey to the cross with our acts of penitence. We will reflect on our mortality (“Remember man thou art dust“) and the shortness of … Read more here

Start by making the sign of the Cross:

Start by making the sign of the Cross:

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

 

The Apostles Creed

Then recite the Apostle’s Creed:

” I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.”

Then say 1 Our Father:

Then say 1 Our Father:

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”

Then say 3 Hail Marys (for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity):

Then say 3 Hail Marys (for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity):

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among 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.”

Then say 1 Glory Be:

Then say 1 Glory Be:

GLORY BE to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.”

After each decade the Fatima Prayer may also be said (Pope Pius XII):

After each decade the Fatima Prayer may also be said (Pope Pius XII):

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
lead all souls to heaven,
especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.”

Feast of theGuardian Angels

Prayer to my Guardian Angel:

Angel of God’s light, whom God sends as a companion for me on earth, protect me from the snares of the devil, and help me to walk always as a child of God, my Creator.
Angel of God’s truth, whose perfect knowledge serves what is true, protect me from deceits and temptations. Help me to know the truth, and always to live the truth.
Angel of God’s love, who praises Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who sacrificed His life for love of us, sustain me as I learn the ways of Divine love, of sacrificial generosity, of meekness and lowliness of heart.
Thank You, my heavenly friend, for your watchful care. At the moment of my death, bring me to heaven, where the one true God, Who is light, Truth and Love, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.


The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation The Visitation The Nativity The Presentation The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

The Luminous Mysteries

The Baptism in the Jordan The Wedding at Cana Proclamation of the Kingdom The Transfiguration Institution of the Eucharist

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden The Scourging at the Pillar The Crowning with Thorns The Carrying of the Cross The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection The Ascension The Descent of the
Holy Spirit
The Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
The Coronation of the
Blessed Virgin Mary


Hail Holy Queen

Concluding Prayers

After the completion of five mysteries (5 decades), the following is customarily said:

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope.  To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.  Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!”

V: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Holy Rosary

LET US PRAY (Closing Prayer):

O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.




WEDNESDAYS

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kibeho

Prayer of the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary

 

 

Among the aspects which mark the uniqueness of the apparitions of Kibeho, we find the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary. We were taught this Rosary by the Virgin Mary herself when she appeared to her intermediary, Marie Claire Mukangango, on 6th March 1982. On that day, the Blessed Virgin gave her the mission to spread this Rosary throughout the world.  In the early days, the Virgin Mary had asked Marie Claire to recite this rosary alone at least twice a week, especially on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Tuesday, because it is day when she appeared to her, and on Friday, because it is the day when all Christians are invited to meditate in a special way the passion of our Lord. Thereafter, the Blessed Virgin Mary asked her, on several occasions, to recite this Rosary aloud so that those who listen can also learn it.

The Rosary of Sorrows at Kibeho

It was on 3rd March 1982 that this Rosary was introduced at Kibeho, during the apparition when the Virgin Mary promised Marie-Claire Mukangango that she would teach her. The Virgin Mary taught this prayer to her children after repeatedly asking them (in the apparitions to Alphonsine and Nathalie) to accept the pain and to be converted without delay. The Rosary of the Sorrows was a reminder to help their hearts to feel the thirst to change and to be constantly converted. As Marie Claire explained it, the purpose of this Rosary is to help us to meditate on the passion of Jesus and the great Sorrows of his mother. When it is recited properly, it has the power to produce in the hearts the force to fear and run away from sin because it is sin which put Jesus Christ on the cross. Those who meditated on it properly found that they already had a force in themselves to act in a way which bore witness to their inner conversion. They found in themselves the thirst to meditate every day on the mysteries of the cross of Jesus, the liberator of all, and to join him in his suffering and that of his mother. To emphasise the importance of this Rosary, the Blessed Virgin Mary personally taught Marie Claire how to recite it. All the apparitions to Marie Claire included the recitation and meditation of the Rosary of Sorrows. Sometimes, the Blessed Virgin Mary asked her to explain what she was contemplating so that people may hear and learn through her prayer. On 31st May 1982, the Blessed Virgin Mary reminded her of the authentic message, in these words: “what I ask you, is to ask for forgiveness. If you recite this Rosary by meditating, you’ll find in you the strength to return to God. These days, people no longer know how to ask for forgiveness. They continue to crucify the Son of God”.

Marie Claire Mukangango also received the mission to teach the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows to the whole world. Was it possible for her to go around the World teaching this Rosary? Of course not! The Virgin Mary told her that God’s grace can do everything and she herself will do what is possible so that this Rosary is known everywhere without herself having to leave her country as a missionary. And so, where she is, she must do what is possible to teach others this Rosary. In addition, Marie Claire revealed that this Rosary did not come to replace the usual Rosary, but rather to complete it since it focuses mainly on the Sorrowful mysteries of Jesus and his mother.

The public apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Marie Claire stopped on 15th September 1982, the day when the Church commemorates Our Lady of Sorrows. This coincidence is significant! It is clear that the essential mission she had reserved was already finished. She said to her in these words: “given that many people know already the Rosary of Sorrows, and in case they wanted, they may now know, we will not meet any more in the presence of a big crowd. Of course, I’ll come back from time to time to visit you and remind you of one thing or another, but this shall happen now in private”. There is no doubt that this Rosary of Seven Sorrows is an essential element among those which characterise the apparitions of Kibeho. After the Virgin Mary said goodbye to her, Marie Claire continued to teach this Rosary to the different categories of persons. This mission of Marie Claire was beneficial to many people. Based on the testimony of some people who recite this Rosary, we notice that it has been very beneficial, especially in what concerns a change in their lives and conversion to God.

How to pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

Beginning

When starting the Rosary of Sorrows, after the sign of the cross, we do not recite the “Creed,” but immediately say the following prayer:

Introductory prayer

My God, I offer you this Rosary in honour of the seven principal Sorrows of Mary, for your greatest glory, for my conversion and that of all people through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our salvation and our unique way to come to you, in union with the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen!

Act of contrition

My God, I regret so much to have offended you because you are infinitely good, infinitely kind and you dislike sin. I make a firm resolution, with the help of your holy grace, never to offend you and to do penance. In this state of contrition, I want to live and die. Amen!

Then we begin the meditation of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary….”

1 ° First Sword of Sorrow Old man Simeon announced to Mary, a sword will pierce your soul

The Blessed Virgin knew that she had given birth to the Saviour of humankind, so she immediately understood and accepted Simeon’s prophecy. Although her Heart was deeply touched by this favour of bearing the Baby Jesus, her Heart remained heavy and troubled, for she knew what had been written about the ordeals and subsequent death of the Savior. Whenever she saw her Son, she was constantly reminded of the suffering He would be subject to, and His suffering became her own.

The word of God: Luke 2: 25-28 a; 33-35

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,  Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, (…) The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Word for meditation

The prophecy of Simeon to Mary undoubtedly caused great pain. Mary complied with the requirements of the act of purification (Exodus 13: 2-13), even though she was not directly concerned by this law. Given that she was conceived without sin, she came into the temple not to cleanse herself, but to offer to God the Son that she had received from him. Oh! What a way she offered to God with great love! And publicly the way she has never ceased to offer him in the temple of her heart! She knew that this child belonged more to God than to her. This led her to offer him with a humble heart and thanksgiving, as a holy sacrifice without blemish. After she had finished offering her Son Jesus to God, the old man Simeon prophesied regarding her, saying “a sword will pierce your soul,” which means that she will see her Son suffering, being rejected, abandoned, and finally dying as a criminal hanging on the cross.

Prayer

Beloved Mother Mary, whose Heart suffered beyond bearing because of us, teach us to suffer with you and with love, and to accept all the suffering God deems it necessary to send our way. Let us suffer, and may our suffering be known to God only, like yours and that of Jesus. Do not let us show our suffering to the world, so it will matter more and be used to atone for the sins of the world. You, Mother, who suffered with the Savior of the world, we offer you our suffering, and the suffering of the world, because we are your children. Join those sorrows to your own and to those of the Lord Jesus Christ, then offer them to God the Father. You are a Mother greater than all.

Our God, you who love us so much, we pray to you with confidence and humility. We ask you to preserve us from discouragement because hope is often lost among your children. There are those who see the day ending without hope that it will rise again. Others see the day rise without believing that it will set again! All these are afraid of the tomorrow because they do not accept that there are some good things ahead for them. Their chorus is always: “God has become for them – as stated the well-known proverb, “what has been lacking for levelling will not be found during the finishing”. Give us Lord a strong heart like that of the Virgin Mary, so that we can consecrate our lives to you, and thus we will see that everything becomes new in you, Lord. Gives us power to unite ourselves to Jesus so that our difficulties may become a ladder to climb up and reach you, the King of kings.

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Mary’s) Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

2. THE SECOND SWORD OF SORROW: THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT

Because the Blessed Virgin was the Mother of Jesus, she loved Him more than anyone else. Her heart was deeply troubled at the sight of her Infant Son’s discomfort, and she suffered greatly because He was cold and shivering. While she and her husband were tired, sleepy, and hungry during this long travel, Mary’s only thought was about the safety and comfort of her Child. She feared coming face to face with the soldiers who had been ordered to kill Jesus because she was aware that the enemy was still in Bethlehem. Her heart remained constantly anguished during this flight. She also knew that where they were going, there would be no friendly faces to greet them.

The word of God: Matthew 2: 13-15

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”  So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Word of meditation

See how the Virgin Mary suffered, when Joseph told her that they should immediately take the child and seek refuge in Egypt, as the Angel came to reveal him in a dream, so that King Herod does not kill him. See Mary seeking what to take and what to leave, and she takes the infant Jesus on her back and leaves everything without hesitation to flee with Joseph.

As Mary passes all mothers in maternal love, that is why she suffered much by fleeing; the child was shivering in the night, dying from cold, parents themselves were tired, crushed by hunger and tiredness, and preoccupied by the journey towards an unknown country, without any knowledge of anyone to welcome them. In this escape, they were thinking of just how to save the infant Jesus. What pain they have not suffered by seeing their child, the child of God, that they loved so much, chased by the enemies, so cruel. Moreover, this new born baby, for who is he the victim? For what is he the victim?

Prayer

Beloved Mother, who has suffered so much, give to us your courageous heart. Please pray for us to have strength so that we can be brave like you and accept with love the suffering God sends our way. Help us to also accept all the suffering we inflict upon ourselves and the suffering inflicted upon us by others. Heavenly Mother, you, in union with Jesus, purify our suffering so that we may give glory to God and save our souls.

Virgin Mary, Mother whom we love, you endured a suffering that we cannot name, by carrying the infant Jesus into exile; teach us to accept our daily sufferings. Teach us to be brave so that we should never be discouraged when the world rejects or persecutes us. Help us to protect the life of Jesus who lives in our hearts as the jealousy of the devil does everything to drive out this life with Jesus. Loving Mother, you who suffered much because of this exile, we offer you all refugees today. Keep them from despair so that they understand that the Almighty is with them everywhere they are. You who were denied the right to possess and to be filled with joy in your country, we offer you those who their rights to live in liberty are violated.

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Mary’s) Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

 

 

3. THE THIRD SWORD OF SORROW: THE LOSS OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE 

As the Holy Mother looked anxiously for her beloved Son, deep pain welled in her heart. She blamed herself, asking why she didn’t take greater care of Him. But it was not her fault; Jesus no longer needed her protection as before. What really hurt Mary was that her son had decided to stay behind without her consent. Jesus had pleased her in everything so far: He never annoyed her in any way, nor would He ever displease His parents. She knew that He always did what was necessary, however, so she never suspected Him of being disobedient.

The word of God: Luke 2: 43-50

After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.  Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.  When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.  After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”  “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”  But they did not understand what he was saying to them.”

Word of meditation

Jesus is the only Son of God and also the only Son of Mary. Mary had an Immaculate Heart and loved her Son with unparalleled love, and her child Jesus was God. She could not live without him. This is what made her to look for Jesus when she did not see him during their journey returning home. She searched everywhere in Jerusalem for three days. The more time she spent looking for him the more sadness filled her heart. At this point, the Virgin Mary suffered much because she felt that not taken enough care of her Son.

Prayer:

Beloved Mother, teach us to accept all our sufferings because of our sins and to atone for the sins of the whole world.

Tender Mother, you suffered greatly when you were searching for your Son who was lost in Jerusalem, I offer you my soul which is lost in the darkness of sin. I offer you my heart which is far from the creator of heaven and earth. I offer you my brothers and sisters who are far from God, so that you will look after them, so that they will come back to you, and that Satan will not do any harm to them since they are also your beloved children.

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Mary’s) Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

4. THE FOURTH SWORD OF SORROW: MARY MEETS JESUS ON THE WAY TO CALVARY

Mary witnessed Jesus carrying the heavy cross alone—the cross on which He was to be crucified. This didn’t surprise the Blessed Virgin because she already knew about the approaching death of Our Lord. Noting how her son was already weakened by the numerous hard blows given by the soldiers’ clubs, she was filled with anguish at His pain. The soldiers kept hurrying and pushing Him, though He had no strength left. He fell, exhausted, unable to raise Himself. At that moment, Mary’s eyes, so full of tender love and compassion, met her Son’s eyes, which were pained and covered in blood. Their hearts seemed to be sharing the load; every pain He felt, she felt as well. They knew that nothing could be done except to believe and trust in God and dedicate their suffering to Him. All they could do was put everything in God’s hands.

The word of God: Luke. 23: 26 – 31

“As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, `Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’  Then “they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”‘ For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Word of meditation

The Virgin Mary loved her Son Jesus very much, first of all as her only begotten Son, and then as the Son of the Most High. Because of this great love she had for him, she felt much pain when she met him carrying his cross. As the Gospel according to Saint Luke tells us, there were also other women who accompanied her and were lamenting about him!

– Then, if those who did not know the secret of this Son of Mary were lamenting, what of her to whom this secret was revealed by the Angel? What suffering was in her heart!

– If those who did not give birth to him, those who had never fled with him or lived with him in a foreign country shed tears, how upset was the heart of the one who lived through all that with him?

– Ask yourself then. If the women who cried were not those who raised him up, or saw his sweet smile, or heard his sincere word, greatly or saw his true love for his mother, or knew what it was to be called “Mother”, she whose heart was so full of goodness for her Son well educated, she who experienced all this, what feelings were in her heart!

Prayer

Beloved Mother, so stricken with grief, help us to bear our own suffering with courage and love so that we may relieve your Sorrowful Heart and that of Jesus. In doing so, may we give glory to God Who gave you and Jesus to humanity. As you suffered, teach us to suffer silently and patiently. Grant unto us the grace of loving God in everything. O Mother of Sorrows, most afflicted of all mothers, have mercy on the sinners of the whole world.

O Mother, who suffered so much, let me ask you something, you who do everything to ensure that those who come to you to find refuge are not disappointed, console the mothers who have been seriously wounded by seeing their children stabbed like animals, slaughtered and pierced by the spear as those who have offended the King. Console the mothers who are afflicted by the immense grief caused by losing their children that smiled at them so tenderly and filled them with joy. Console the children who are victims of a judgment like that of Pilate even when they don’t know what sin is. Console the children who carry the heavy cross of life while they are still very young. Console those who are unjustly accused and carry on their heads many burdens.

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Mary’s) Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

5. THE FIFTH SWORD OF SORROW: MARY STANDS AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

The Blessed Virgin Mary felt pain beyond bearing when Jesus was stretched out on the Cross. His murderers sang merrily as they approached Him with hammers and nails. They sat on Him heavily so that He could not move when they spiked Him to the wood. As they hammered the nails through His hands and feet, Mary felt the blows in her heart; the nails pierced her flesh as they tore into her Son’s body. She felt her life fading away. As the soldiers lifted the Cross to drop it into the hole they had dug, they deliberately jerked it, causing the force of His body weight to tear through the flesh and expose His bone. The pain shot through His body like liquid fire. Jesus endured three excruciating hours skewered on the Cross, yet the physical pain was nothing compared to the agonising heartache He was forced to bear seeing His mother suffering below Him. Mercifully, He finally died.

The word of God: John 19: 25-27

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home”.

Word of meditation

The Virgin Mary climbed up the Mount of Calvary with Jesus, carrying in her heart the same cross which her Son bore on his shoulders. As she walked, she watched how her Son was stumbled under the cross. How they were beating him so that he moves forward. He often fell under the heavy burden and they lifted him up by pulling on his hair. When they arrived at the top of Calvary, they forced him to undress in front of his detractors, who were happy to mock him. His mother felt all these things so deeply that she suffered bitter pain seeing these wicked men humiliating and making fun of her Son until they finally crucified him in front of the eyes of the crowd. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, the Virgin Mary suffered in her heart, as if it was she herself who was nailed to the cross. Jesus spent six hours in extreme agony as he saw his grieving mother, standing near the cross.

Prayer

Beloved Mother, Queen of the Martyrs, give us the courage you had in all your sufferings so that we may unite our sufferings with yours and give glory to God. Help us follow all His commandments and those of the Church so that Our Lord’s sacrifice will not be in vain, and all sinners in the world will be saved.

Our mother you who loves us so much, Queen of Martyrs, gives us the courage that you had in such painful moments, so that in our turn we can give thanks to God through all who do evil to us, and thus join in the pardon granted by Jesus for everybody.

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Mary’s) Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

6. THE SIXTH SWORD OF SORROW: MARY RECEIVES THE DEAD BODY OF JESUS IN HER ARMS

The friends of Jesus, Joseph and Nicodemus, took down His Body from the Cross and placed It in the outstretched arms of the Blessed Virgin. Then Mary washed It with deep respect and love because she was His mother. She knew better than anyone else that He was God incarnate who had taken a human body to become the Savior of all people. As she cleaned His damaged Body she envisioned Him during each stage of His short life, remembering her first look at His beautiful new born face as they lay in the manger, and every day in between, until this heart rending moment as she gently bathed His lifeless Body. Her anguish was relentless as she prepared her Son and Lord for burial, but she remained brave and strong, becoming the true Queen of Martyrs. As she washed her Son she prayed that everybody would know the riches of Paradise and enter the Gates of Heaven. She prayed for every soul in the world to embrace God’s Love, so her Son’s torturous death would benefit all humankind and not have been in vain. Mary prayed for the world; she prayed for all of us.

The word of God: John 19: 38-40

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.  He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.”

Word of meditation

Look at Jesus nailed to the cross until he dies. Look also at his mother who received his body in her arms. Who could understand the sadness that filled his mother’s heart? Jesus, her only begotten Son, died as a criminal. This Son took part in domestic work with his mother; they were praying together, they were laughing together, and now all that is finished. Yet this mother kept everything in her heart, knowing well that all that happens is for the glory of God. In spite of all the pain she felt, she understood very well that to lose a person who is dear to us for the glory of God, is really no loss.

Prayer

We thank you, Beloved Mother, for your courage as you stood beneath your dying Child to comfort Him on the Cross. As our Savior drew His last breath, you became a wonderful Mother to all of us; you became the Blessed Mother of the world. We know that you love us more than our own earthly parents do. We implore you to be our advocate before the Throne of Mercy and Grace so that we can truly become your children. We thank you for Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, and we thank Jesus for giving you to us. Please pray for us, Mother.

Mary, mother of incarnate Word, obtain for me from your Son the grace of faith.
Mary, mother of sorrows, obtain for me from your Son the grace of perseverance.
Mary, mother of sorrows, give me the grace to accept the cross in my life as a gift from God.

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Mary’s) Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

7. THE SEVENTH SWORD OF SORROW: THE BODY OF JESUS IS PLACED IN THE TOMB

The life of the Blessed Virgin Mary was so closely linked to that of Jesus she thought there was no reason for her to go on living any longer. Her only comfort was that His death had ended His unspeakable suffering. Our Sorrowful Mother, with the help of John and the Holy women, devoutly placed the Body in the sepulchre, and she left Him. She went home with great pain and tremendous Sorrow; for the first time she was without Him, and her loneliness was a new and bitter source of pain. Her heart had been dying since her Son’s heart had stopped beating, but she was certain that our Savior would soon be resurrected.

The word of God: Mt 27: 55-61

“Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.  As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.  Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.”

Word of meditation

The Virgin Mary accompanied her Son Jesus all the way of the cross, while those with little faith fled, believing that everything had come to an end. They thought that the one in who they had put their trust was now at the point of death. At the end of his painful agony, his time had arrived. He bent his head and he died (Jn 19: 30). Joseph of Arimathea took his body and buried it in honour. Mary accompanied the sacred body of her Son to the grave, and saw how they closed the tomb with a big stone.

Prayer

Most Beloved Mother, whose beauty surpasses that of all mothers, Mother of Mercy, Mother of Jesus, and Mother to us all, we are your children and we place all our trust in you. Teach us to see God in all things and all situations, even our sufferings. Help us to understand the importance of suffering, and also to know the purpose of our suffering as God had intended it. You yourself were conceived and born without sin, were preserved from sin, yet you suffered more than anybody else. You accepted suffering and pain with love and with unsurpassed courage. You stood by your Son from the time He was arrested until He died. You suffered along with Him, felt His every pain and torment. You accomplished the Will of God the Father; and according to His will, you have become our Mother. We beg you, dear Mother, to teach us to do as Jesus did. Teach us to accept our cross courageously. We trust you, most Merciful Mother, so teach us to sacrifice for all the sinners in the world. Help us to follow in your Son’s footsteps, and even to be willing to lay down our lives for others.

Mother who suffered greatly, we come before you as our refuge and our shield so that you may intercede for us. We offer you our Church so that you can intervene in all the difficulties it is going through: the discouragement of the faithful, especially those you have chosen to be your beloved in a particular way, the persecution of the faithful in various parts of the world, the constant decline of faith among Christians.

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Mary’s) Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

Concluding prayers:

Queen of Martyrs, your heart suffered so much. I beg you, by the merits of the tears you shed in these terrible and sorrowful times, to obtain for me and all the sinners of the world the grace of complete sincerity and repentance. Amen.

To wipe away Mary’s tears during her immense sufferings, say Our Father, Hail Mary and the following prayer three times:

“Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Mary, who was conceived without sin and who suffered for us, pray for us.”


 

Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for England:

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy “Dowry” and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in you. By you it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given you to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us your children, whom you did receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother. Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.

PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Mother Teresa and Priests

Mother Teresa’S Prayer for Priests:

Mary, Mother of Jesus,
throw your mantle of purity over our priests.
Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart.
Be a Mother to them,
especially in times of discouragement and loneliness.
Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus.
Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons,
so keep their hearts pure and virginal.
Keep their minds filled with Jesus,
and put Jesus always on their lips,
so that he is the one they offer to sinners and to all they meet.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother,
loving them and bring them joy.
Take special care of sick and dying priests,
and the ones most tempted.
Remember how they spent their youth and old age,
their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus.
Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart.
Give them a piece of your heart,
so beautiful and pure and immaculate,
so full of love and humility,
so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ.
Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus. Amen.

Feast of theGuardian Angels

Prayer to my Guardian Angel:

Angel of God’s light, whom God sends as a companion for me on earth, protect me from the snares of the devil, and help me to walk always as a child of God, my Creator.
Angel of God’s truth, whose perfect knowledge serves what is true, protect me from deceits and temptations. Help me to know the truth, and always to live the truth.
Angel of God’s love, who praises Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, who sacrificed His life for love of us, sustain me as I learn the ways of Divine love, of sacrificial generosity, of meekness and lowliness of heart.
Thank You, my heavenly friend, for your watchful care. At the moment of my death, bring me to heaven, where the one true God, Who is light, Truth and Love, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

O salutáris hôstia:

O salutáris hôstia:

O salutáris hôstia
Quae caeli pandis óstium
Bella premunt hostilia
Da robur, fer uxilum
Uni Trinóque Domino
Sit sempitérna gloria
Qui vitam sine término
Nobis donet in pátria.
Tantum ergo Sacraméntum
Venerémur cérnui:
Et antiquum documéntum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides suppleméntum
Sénsuum deféctui.
Genitori, Genitoque,
Laus et jubilatio.
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio;
Procedénti ab utroque;
Compar sit laudátio.

You have given your people bread from heaven.
The bread which is full of all goodness.

Let us pray: O God, who in this wonderful sacrament has left us a memorial of your passion,
Help us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of your body and blood that we may always experience in our lives the effects of your redemption.
Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

The Eucharist

The Divine Praises:

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints

Eucharist, sacrament of communion

O Sacrament most Holy:

O Sacrament most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving,
Be every moment Thine. (3x)


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