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Our Lords Prophet suffers and she endures the pain and the agony with the Holy Family,Pray for her Dear Remnant,offer much sacrifice as her spirit is bewildered with the world and her task.

She knows Our Lords hand is upon her and she knows that what has called to do is greater than she.
“Pray this prayer to bring her the strength she needs to fulfill this mission for the salvation of mankind.”
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“Oh Glorious Father in Heaven, hear our plea and our cry to you this day and every day. Bless the prophet You have so lovingly sent to us to give us your words, your warning of Mercy, your love. Grace her in abundance with the seven gifts of Your Holy Spirit so she may fulfill all that has been told and asked of her.

She is but one amongst billions…

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Tribute to our Guardian Angels

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“Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life (336).”

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father” (Matthew 18:10).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “the existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith (328).”

St Bernard:

Brethren, we will love God’s angels with a most affectionate love; for they will be our heavenly co-heirs some day, these spirits who now are sent by the Father to be our protectors and our guides. With such bodyguards, what are we to fear? They can neither be subdued nor deceived; nor is there any possibility at all that they should go astray who are to guard us in all our ways. They are trustworthy, they are intelligent, they are strong — why, then, do we tremble? We need only to follow them, remain close to them, and we will dwell in the protection of the Most High God. So as often as you sense the approach of any grave temptation or some crushing sorrow hangs over you, invoke your protector, your leader, your helper in every situation. Call out to him and say: Lord, save us, we are perishing.

Various Prayers to our Guardian Angels:

St. Gertrude’s Guardian Angel Prayer

O most holy angel of God, appointed by God to be my guardian, I give you thanks for all the benefits which you have ever bestowed on me in body and in soul. I praise and glorify you that you condescended to assist me with such patient fidelity, and to defend me against all the assaults of my enemies. Blessed be the hour in which you were assigned me for my guardian, my defender and my patron. In acknowledgement and return for all your loving ministries to me, I offer you the infinitely precious and noble heart of Jesus, and firmly purpose to obey you henceforward, and most faithfully to serve my God. Amen.

The Guardian Angel Prayer for Friends

Guardian Angel,
watch over those whose names you can read in my heart.
Guard over them with every care
and make their way easy and their labours fruitful.
Dry their tears if they weep;
sanctify their joys;
raise their courage if they weaken;
restore their hope if they lose heart,
their health if they be ill,
truth if they err,
repentance if they fail.

The Guardian Angel’s Lament

Thou hast sorrowed the spirit that loved thee, And watched o’er thy footsteps for years: Thou hast made me at last sigh o’er thee, In secret, in silence, and tears.
For my Father in Heaven I loved thee, For His sake have I guarded thy ways. Return, O return, I implore thee, Him to love, to serve, and to praise.
O’er thy pathway through life still I hover. Thee to comfort, to solace, to cheer; With the love of a fond, saving brother, Through this desert of trial and fear.
Oh! When shall I clasp thee, how fondly And bear thee, all dangers no past, To the arms of God Who dies for thee To our home in the heavens at last! (Hope our angels don’t have to lament over us.)

Good Night My Guardian Angel

Good night, my Guardian Angel, The day has sped away; Well spent or ill, its story Is written down for aye. And now, of God’s kind Providence, Thou image pure and bright, Watch over me while I’m sleeping. My Angel dear, good night!

From: http://www.catholicculture.org

and

          http://www.catholic.org/prayers

Thank you Lord for our dear good guardian angels to watch over us, and whisper encouragements and warnings to us. Help us to always listen to them. Thank for this beautiful feast day to honour them. Amen.

 

The Good Shepherd – A prayer for priests

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This prayer is from , Pope Pius XII  July 17, 1956

PRAYER TO BE SAID BY THE LAITY:

O Jesus, eternal High Priest, Good Shepherd, Font of Life, Who by a special favor of Thy most tender Heart hast given to us our priests in order to accomplish in us those holy ideals with which Thy grace inspires our hearts, let Thy mercy, we beseech Thee, come to the aid of our priests.

Grant them, O Jesus, lively faith in their works, unshakable hope in their trials and fervent charity in their intentions. May Thy word, radiant with eternal Wisdom, become through continual meditation, the never failing nourishment of their interior life; may the examples of Thy Life and Passion be renewed in their conduct and sufferings for our instruction and as a light and consolation in our sorrows.

 Grant, O Lord, that our priests, free from all earthly attachments and solicitous for Thy glory alone, may persevere to their last breath in the fulfillment of duty and in purity of conscience. And when in death they deliver into Thy hands a task well done may they have in Thee, Lord Jesus, their Master on earth, the eternal reward of the crown of justice in the glory of the Saints. Amen.

 

Mary, Help of Christians and Australia Day

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                 Today is Australia Day,

on which we proudly celebrate the founding of our nation with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. It is a public holiday here.

Our Church Community celebrated with a Holy Hour, followed by the Mass for the day, with Australian hymns – which we are always so proud to sing and which are so befitting for the occasion.After Mass, we recited prayers for Australia and a consecration of ourselves and our land to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Help of Christians.

The words are especially relevant to all the remnant faithful in the church today, and also to our own dear country. (see words below). We processed outside to the grotto of Our Lady in the garden to sing our National Anthem. Note the last verse. Unfortunately this verse is never sung in public places.Then we gathered for  Morning Tea – belated breakfast for most of us.

The picture above is that of Mary, Help of Christians,

who is the Patroness of Australia. This statue is found  in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. It was donated in the 19th century.  The Cathedral was dedicated in her honor by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr. John Therry who arrived in Sydney in 1820 and who planned and constructed the Cathedral.

Entrance Hymn:

We Stand for God

and for his glory;

The Lord Supreme and God of all;

Against his foes we raise his standard;

Around the Cross we hear his call.

Chorus:

Strengthen our faith, Redeemer;

Guard us when danger is nigh;

To thee we pledge our lives and service;

For God we live, for God we’ll die.

  1. We stand for God! Jesus our Master

has died to save with love untold;

His law divine and truth unchanging

In this our land their place must hold.

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  1. We stand for God! In ages olden

He placed ‘the Cross’ our stars beside;

Oh may our land gracious and golden

Be faithful to the Crucified.

                        Chorus:

(J.P. O’Daly O.P.; Vs. 3 by John O”Brien 1878-1953)

 

 Recessional Hymn:  

Help of Christians guard this land

From assault or inward stain;

let it be what Christ has planned,

His new Eden where you reign.

Teach us that in Christ your Son

Lies the wisdom to be free;

For the Cross, which we would shun,

Is man’s Tree of Liberty.

 Should the powers of hell arise,

And our peace be trampled down,

In that night of blood and lies

Show us still your twelve-starred crown.

Take from us the coward heart,

Fleeting will, divided mind,

Give us sight to play our part,

Though the world around is blind.

Image of the risen life

Shining in eternity

Glimmer through our earthly strife,

Draw us to your victory

The third verse of our National Anthem: (Advance Australia  Fair)

With Christ our head and cornerstone,

We’ll build our nation’s might.

Whose Way and Truth and Light alone

Can guide our path aright.

Our lives a sacrifice of love

Reflect our Master’s care.

With faces turned to heaven above

Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,

Advance Australia Fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Five First Saturdays: Doing it properly!

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This post is by courtesy of a Crusader, who presented this talk on Saturday 6th August at his local church.

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Our Lady of Fatima’s requests:

At Fatima Our Blessed Mother outlined three requirements to obtain world peace and ward off the escalating disasters which would overwhelm mankind, and these include the utter destruction of several nations.

These three requests from heaven were:

  • the daily praying of the Holy Rosary,
  • the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and,
  • perhaps least known and its importance overlooked, the urgent need to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the Five First Saturdays.

Now, only the Pope in union with all the world’s bishops can make the consecration of Russia, naming this nation specifically. So far this has not taken place, but Jesus actually told Sister Lucy of Fatima, “It will happen but it will be late.”

There is nothing we can do about this particular request but pray for its fulfillment. However, we CAN make our contribution to obtaining world peace and mitigating the ongoing international turmoil by praying the Rosary every day, and making reparation for five identified blasphemies which offend God and cause sorrow to Our Mother’s Heart.

It was on December 10th, 1925, that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Lucy in her convent cell and requested the Communion of Reparation of the Five First Saturdays:

“… announce in My name,” she said, “that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive holy communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

In this apparition the Child Jesus accompanied the Blessed Virgin and pleaded for us to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Several weeks later, the following year, on February 15, the Child Jesus appeared again to Sister Lucy, repeating the plea that this special devotion be spread. When Lucy pointed out that many souls were already receiving Him in Holy Communion every First Saturday of each month in honour of Our Lady, this is what Jesus replied:  “It is true… many souls begin, but few persevere to the very end, and those who persevere do it to receive the graces promised. The souls who make the Five First Saturdays with fervour to make reparation to the Heart of your Heavenly Mother, will please Me more than those who make fifteen, but who are lukewarm and indifferent.”

Lucy responded, “My Jesus! Many souls find it difficult to confess on Saturday. Will You allow a confession within eight days to be valid? And the Lord answered, “Yes. It can be made later on, provided that the souls are in a state of grace when they receive Me on the First Saturday, and that they have the intention of making Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” If they forget this intention,They can form it at the next confession, taking advantage of their first opportunity to go to confession.”

The intentions

The five consecutive First Saturdays are to be made in reparation for:

  1. Blasphemies committed against Mary’s Immaculate conception, making a mockery of the fact she was conceived without sin as Adam and Eve both were.
  2. For blasphemies committed against Mary’s Perpetual Virginity – and even some Christians scoff at this fact and claim she gave birth to other children, while others ridicule the miraculous birth of Our Saviour which preserved Our Lady’s virginity.
  3. For blasphemies committed against Mary’s divine maternity and spiritual motherhood – the rejection of her divinely appointed position as Mother of God and Mother to all of humanity.
  4. For offenses committed by those who dishonour Mary’s images and statues, those who desecrate and insult them, or treat them with contempt as idolatry.
  5. For those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn, or even teach hatred of Mary, belittling her extraordinary role in God’s salvation plan.

These are the five transgressions we are asked to make reparation for: areas of faith infringed by more and more public abuse as the sense of the sacred vanishes from our society – and even within the Church.

The requirements in a nutshell

Just to repeat, then: during each of the five First Saturdays:-

  1. We make the special intention of repairing for one of these five offences.
  2. We go to Confession
  3. We receive Holy Communion
  4. We pray five decades of the Holy Rosary
  5. We spend 15 minutes in Our Lady’s company meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary –if you need help with this, you can obtain these beautiful little Meditation Manuals from the Fatima Centre in Canada.

Blessed Jacinta of Fatima told Sister Lucy, “Do not be afraid to tell everyone about devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary…. God has entrusted the peace of the world to her.”

Crusader Chris.

“My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me?”

At our prayer group on Thursday 4th  August, one of the readings was about the Crucifixion of Christ and the Crucifixion of the Mystical Body of Christ. This reading reminded Donna of something –  a revelation she was once given to understand.

She said  ” Do you know what? I want to share something. I don’t know if I’ve told you before…?: My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?’ – that doesn’t mean what you think it means…Imagine if I was dying and in agony. If I said aloud “Our Father Who art in heaven…“- you would know what I meant.

It’s a prayer and you would assume that I was praying that prayer, even if I did not finish the words out loud. You might even finish praying it for me… Well that’s what Jesus was doing, just before He died, when He cried out those words. He wasn’t asking God a question.

He was praying a psalmand every Jew there, within earshot, would have known the words and would have known who He was quoting. They knew the end of it. It was a sign for them and for us.

You have to read the whole prayer to know what Jesus meant what He indicated or signified. It changes everything. It uses the words of the prophet Isaiah.  It’s in one of the psalms,” finished Donna.

I was thinking – “Which one? – There are 150 of them.” One of our other members immediately got a bible and opened it up and found it almost immediately! It was Psalm 22It is reproduced below. We know that the new Testament is the completion of the Covenant of the Old Testament.

Jesus was reciting one of David’s psalms, which quoted Isaiah. If you read to the end, we find that it is a prayer of Hope, and Faith and Victory. It shows Jesus to be the Messiah, Who has perfectly fulfilled the prophecies made by Isaiah.

 Psalm 22

2. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Why so far from my call for help,

from my cries of anguish?

3.My God, I call by day, but You do not answer;

by night, but I have no relief.

4.Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;

You are the glory of Israel.

5.In You our fathers trusted;

they trusted and You rescued them.

6.To You they cried out and they escaped;

in You they trusted and were not disappointed.

7. But I am a worm, not a man,

scorned by men, despised by the people.

8.All who see me mock me;

they curl their lips and jeer;

they shake their heads at me:

9.“He relied on the LORD—let Him deliver him;

if he loves him, let Him rescue him.”

10. For you drew me forth from the womb,

made me safe at my mother’s breasts.

11. Upon you I was thrust from the womb;

since my mother bore me you are my God.

12. Do not stay far from me,

for trouble is near,

and there is no one to help.

II

13. Many bulls surround me;

fierce bulls of Bashan encircle me.

14. They open their mouths against me,

lions that rend and roar.

15. Like water my life drains away;

all my bones are disjointed.

My heart has become like wax,

it melts away within me.

16. As dry as a potsherd is my throat;

my tongue cleaves to my palate;

you lay me in the dust of death

17. Dogs surround me;

a pack of evildoers closes in on me.

They have pierced my hands and my feet

18. I can count all my bones.

They stare at me and gloat;

19. they divide my garments among them;

for my clothing they cast lots.

20. But You, LORD, do not stay far off;

My strength, come quickly to help Me.

21. Deliver my soul from the sword,

my life from the grip of the dog.

22. Save me from the lion’s mouth,

my poor life from the horns of wild bulls.

III

23. Then I will proclaim your name to my brethren;

in the assembly I will praise you:

24. “You who fear the LORD, give praise!

All descendants of Jacob, give honor;

show reverence, all descendants of Israel!

25. For he has not spurned or disdained

the misery of this poor wretch,

Did not turn away from me,

but heard me when I cried out.

26. I will offer praise in the great assembly;

my vows I will fulfill before those who fear Him.

27. The poor * will eat their fill;

those who seek the LORD will offer praise.

May your hearts enjoy life forever!”

IV

28. All the ends of the earth

will remember and turn to the LORD;

All the families of nations

will bow low before Him.

29. For kingship belongs to the LORD,

the ruler over the nations.

30 * All who sleep in the earth

will bow low before God;

All who have gone down into the dust

will kneel in homage.

31.And I will live for the LORD;

my descendants will serve you.

32. The generation to come will be told of the Lord,

       that they may proclaim to a people yet unborn

       the deliverance You have brought.

 

Taken from: USCCB Bible. (http://www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/22)