Say this Powerful 30 Day Prayer to St. Joseph

Call on St. Joseph for all your needs, whether spiritual or material   For centuries Christians have turned to St. Joseph as a powerful patron and faithful guardian, father and friend. Invoked as the Glory of home life, Patron of the Dying and Terror of Demons, Christians call upon St. Joseph for healing and conversion, help with their children,… Continue reading Say this Powerful 30 Day Prayer to St. Joseph

Saint of the Day: Pope St. Martin I (TUESDAY, APRIL 13)

The last pope to die as a martyr (d. 655) His life   + Martin was born in Italy and was elected Bishop of Rome in 649. + Soon after his election he convoked a council in Rome to condemn the Monothelite Heresy (which denied the human will of Christ) and the involvement of Emperor Constans… Continue reading Saint of the Day: Pope St. Martin I (TUESDAY, APRIL 13)

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (TUESDAY, APRIL 13)

Prayer for the Morning   The Lord our God renews the face of the earth: let us praise him. Alleluia! (cf. Ps 104:30)   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!   Hymn  … Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (TUESDAY, APRIL 13)

Want to Celebrate Easter Monday at home? Here’s how

Instructions:   This celebration requires the presence of at least two people. If you are alone, it is preferable to simply read the readings and prayers found in the proposed celebration. This celebration is particularly suitable for use with family. In order to respect quarantine measures, you should refrain from inviting others from outside your… Continue reading Want to Celebrate Easter Monday at home? Here’s how

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Solitude (SATURDAY, APRIL 3)

Standing at the Tomb with Mary   + On Holy Saturday, a day when the world is silent with expectation, the Church remembers the sorrow of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she mourned the death of her Son. + In honoring Mary as “Our Lady of Solitude,” we recall the overwhelming sorrow of Mary and… Continue reading The Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Solitude (SATURDAY, APRIL 3)

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, APRIL 3)

Saturday of Holy Week (Holy Saturday) Prayer for the Morning Come, all you who pass by the way,/ look and see/ Whether there is any suffering like my suffering. (Lam 1:12) Glory to the Father…. Amen. Hymn   O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, thine… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, APRIL 3)

Pope’s Palm Sunday homily (full text): ‘This liturgy leaves us amazed’

“To admire Jesus is not enough.”   Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica with a small number of faithful. Here is the full text of his homily: ~ Every year this liturgy leaves us amazed: we pass from the joy of welcoming Jesus as he enters Jerusalem to the sorrow of… Continue reading Pope’s Palm Sunday homily (full text): ‘This liturgy leaves us amazed’

4 Interesting alternatives to palms used in Europe for Palm Sunday

Traditional date palm was not always easy to obtain.   Palm Sunday celebrates the joyous arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem. As Mark wrote in Chapter 11 of his Gospel, the gathered crowds placed branches that they’d cut in nearby fields on the ground in his honor,  It is suggested that the brushwood growing in the… Continue reading 4 Interesting alternatives to palms used in Europe for Palm Sunday

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The invitation the Bible gives us for Holy Week

The Gospels (and the liturgy) repeatedly bring up the need to accompany Jesus on his “Via Dolorosa.”   Holy Week is the most sacred time in the Church’s liturgical calendar, entirely focused on Jesus’ Passion, death, and resurrection. A recurrent theme throughout the week is a call to accompany Jesus during this most painful part… Continue reading The invitation the Bible gives us for Holy Week

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PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (SATURDAY, MARCH 27)

Prayer for the Evening Vigil of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord   Worthy is the Lord to receive glory and honor and power: come, let us adore.   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (SATURDAY, MARCH 27)

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (FRIDAY, MARCH 26)

Prayer for the Morning   He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. Come, let us adore.   Glory to the Father…. Amen.   Hymn   Throned upon the awe-full tree, King of love, your grief we see. Darkness veils your anguished face; None its lines of woe can trace, None can… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (FRIDAY, MARCH 26)