Why St. Joseph’s name was omitted from the Eucharistic prayer at Mass

It wasn’t until 1962 that St. Joseph finally joined all the other saints mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer.   When developing the Eucharistic prayer that is said by the priest at Mass, it was decided early on that various saints would be mentioned by name. These included saints such as the Virgin Mary, St. Peter… Continue reading Why St. Joseph’s name was omitted from the Eucharistic prayer at Mass

Prayer to the Father, inspired by Jesus’ father on earth, St. Joseph

Pope Francis turns to God, recalling that He entrusted to Joseph’s protection what He held most precious …   Many popes have referred to the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt in reference to the Church’s care for refugees, immigrants, and all displaced people.   For example, Pope Pius XII in 1952, wrote:   The émigré Holy… Continue reading Prayer to the Father, inspired by Jesus’ father on earth, St. Joseph

AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE… The Feast of the Holy Family

The Model of All Christian Families The meaning of the celebration   + While devotion to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dates back several centuries, the Feast of the Holy Family was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1893.   + Originally celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany,… Continue reading AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE… The Feast of the Holy Family

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27)

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Prayer for the Morning   Jesus Christ is true God of true God and true man of true man: come, let us adore him, alleluia!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now,… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27)

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22)

Prayer for the Morning   In Jesus Christ, God has done great things for us: let us give thanks and praise!   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   Creator of… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22)

A beautiful prayer to St. Joseph in this his year: “To you, O blessed Joseph”

Pope Leo XIII in 1889 suggested that it be added to the end of the Rosary, especially in October.   In this Year of St. Joseph called by Pope Francis, there is an opportunity for a plenary indulgence with the recitation of approved prayers to the saint. The Vatican’s office of indulgences mentioned as one… Continue reading A beautiful prayer to St. Joseph in this his year: “To you, O blessed Joseph”

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6)

Second Sunday of Advent   Prepare the way of the Lord!   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   O comfort each believing heart, Our ancient bondage ends! The Lord himself… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6)

Night prayer to protect yourself from evil

Place yourself under the protection of the angels and saints with this night prayer.   At the end of the day, we all want to sleep in peace. Sometimes we may have anxiety about potential things that could happen during the night.   One of the best things we can do is place ourselves in… Continue reading Night prayer to protect yourself from evil

What does it mean to be “Roman” Catholic?

The Latin Rite is just one of many liturgical expressions of Catholicism.     In the United States we tend to equate being “Catholic” with being “Roman Catholic.” We may never meet any other type of Catholic in our entire lives.However, being “Catholic” can take several different forms and depends on the region and customs… Continue reading What does it mean to be “Roman” Catholic?

Daily prayer of Mother Teresa

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may… Continue reading Daily prayer of Mother Teresa

Prayer Of The Holy Cross

God all powerful, who has suffered on the tree of the cross -Be with us. Holy cross of Jesus Christ -Have pity on us. Holy cross of Jesus Christ -Be our Hope Holy cross of Jesus Christ -Turn away from us all sharp weapons. Holy cross of Jesus Christ -Pour into us all good. Holy… Continue reading Prayer Of The Holy Cross

A beginner’s guide to praying the Rosary

For those unsure about how to pray this staple of Catholic prayer     Pope Pius XI is famous for saying, “If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened… Continue reading A beginner’s guide to praying the Rosary

3 Words that can help form our prayer at Eucharistic Adoration

After the awestruck silence come epiclesis, oblation, and intercession     The word epiclesis means “calling down upon.” As a Benedictine Oblate, I know that an oblation is a self-offering, and we all know that intercessions are pleas on behalf of others. Combined with other important essentials, these three words often form the foundation for my prayers at Eucharistic Adoration.I am weak, often… Continue reading 3 Words that can help form our prayer at Eucharistic Adoration

Ask St. Joseph to increase your love of Jesus

St. Joseph loved Jesus dearly and can help fan that flame in our heart.     During his short life on earth, St. Joseph loved Jesus most tenderly. He saw Jesus on a daily basis and likely slept next to him as well. This intimacy led to a deep love for Jesus and now he… Continue reading Ask St. Joseph to increase your love of Jesus

PADRE PIO’S “SECRET WEAPON PRAYER” THAT BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF MIRACLES

When someone asks you to pray for them, why not pray with “Padre Pio Power”? When I heard that the prayer below (written by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque) was the one Padre Pio would use when people asked him to pray for them, I needed no further encouragement for choosing this prayer in the same… Continue reading PADRE PIO’S “SECRET WEAPON PRAYER” THAT BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF MIRACLES

Ask St. Joseph to protect the Church during adversity

When the Church is going through hard times, ask St. Joseph for help and protection.   It is fitting that St. Joseph is the patron of the Universal Church, as he was given the weighty task of ensuring the safety of the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. He was successful in protecting them from… Continue reading Ask St. Joseph to protect the Church during adversity