Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Penance

I ask you to offer up your fasting, your prayer, your reading of Scripture and your works of mercy in order to obtain the grace of healing and renewal for the Church in Ireland. (Pope Benedict XVI)


Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

May Processions

Where have all the May processions gone?

Drogheda
The annual May Day Eucharistic procession will take place on Saturday 1st May commencing with Mass at 6.15 pm in St. Peter's Church processing from there at 6.45 pm and arriving here to St. Mary's Church for Benediction at 7.15 pm.

Of critical importance in this year's procession is the central role of Youth organisations ( including Youth 2000). Youth groups north and south of the border will attend thus encouraging a more inclusive and active Youth participation in our Christian heritage. The Procession will also be attended by many other Religious groups. All are welcome to join in the Procession.

'God's spirit of mercy and forgiveness' is the central theme this year, with particular emphasis on church renewal.

Our Lady, Queen of May, pray for us. St. Joseph, the worker, pray for us.


Tralee
OUR LADY OF FATIMA PROCESSION: will take place on Monday, May 3rd leaving St Brendan’s Church at 7pm arriving at Holy Cross Dominican Church at 7.30pm where recitation of the Rosary and ediction will be held.

Blessed Marie of the Incarnation

Blessed Marie of the Incarnation

The greatest relief for the suffering of my soul was in daily Holy Communion. How I wished I could receive Holy Communion continuously, and I could never appreciate enough the happiness of the priests who touched the Blessed Sacrament of the altar and received it every day.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bad Advertising

I presume most people have seen the Hunky Dorys Ad campaign, that has caused a stirr across the nation. The Ad campaign is inappropriate. Women should never be objectified in this manner. It is degrading.

I should be able to drive my children home from school without being exposed to images like this. I was horrified to find a huge poster at the bottom of Mary Street in Drogheda, just beside the girls primary school! If you are offended by these ads, make sure you complain.

Send your complaints to:

The Advertising Standards Authority

and

Hunky Dorys
Largo Foods Ltd.
Asbourne,
County Meath
Ireland

T: 01 83550611
Email: info@largo.ie

Seminary Screening

Below is a video of Father David Songy Director of Counseling Services, North American College in Rome. He expains the evalation processes that candidates for the priesthood have to go through. Critical to the process is a psychological evaluation that also examines their sexual maturity. It is good that we are being told about these things.

But, if we are truely concerned about protecting children, should we also be doing something similar, as part of marriage preparation?


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

St Jean Marie Vianney on Prayer

Catechism on Prayer

See my children; the treasure of a Christian is not on the earth, it is in Heaven. Well, our thoughts ought to be where our treasure is. Man has a beautiful office, that of praying and loving. You pray, you love--that is the happiness of man upon the earth. Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When our heart is pure and united to God, we feel within ourselves a joy, a sweetness that inebriates, a light that dazzles us. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax melted together; they cannot be separated. This union of God with His little creature is a most beautiful thing. It is a happiness that we cannot understand.

St Jean Marie Vianney

Monday, April 26, 2010

Shakespeare's Baptism


William Shakespeare was baptised on this day, in 1564.

"The Quest for Shakespeare claims that books about Shakespeare have got him totally wrong. They misread the man and misread the work. The true Shakespeare has eluded the grasp of the critics. Dealing with the facts of Shakespeare’s life and times, Pearce's quest leads to the inescapable conclusion that Shakespeare was a believing Catholic living in very anti-Catholic times."



Pope Benedict, The Curé and his Relics!



The Relics of St Jean Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars, arrived in Ireland yesterday, for a four day visit. The relics will visit Cork, Dublin, knock and Armagh.

The Cure of Ars was "a shocking holy" saint, who has much to say to us on a huge range of subjects. Saints.SQPN.com is a good place to start.


Here is an excerpt from Pope Benedict's Letter announcing the year for priests. It is about confession, and St Jean Vianney's approach, which should work as well today, as it did 150 years ago.

This deep personal identification with the Sacrifice of the Cross led him – by a sole inward movement – from the altar to the confessional. Priests ought never to be resigned to empty confessionals or the apparent indifference of the faithful to this sacrament. In France, at the time of the Curé of Ars, confession was no more easy or frequent than in our own day, since the upheaval caused by the revolution had long inhibited the practice of religion. Yet he sought in every way, by his preaching and his powers of persuasion, to help his parishioners to rediscover the meaning and beauty of the sacrament of Penance, presenting it as an inherent demand of the Eucharistic presence. He thus created a “virtuous” circle. By spending long hours in church before the tabernacle, he inspired the faithful to imitate him by coming to visit Jesus with the knowledge that their parish priest would be there, ready to listen and offer forgiveness. Later, the growing numbers of penitents from all over France would keep him in the confessional for up to sixteen hours a day. It was said that Ars had become “a great hospital of souls”. His first biographer relates that “the grace he obtained [for the conversion of sinners] was so powerful that it would pursue them, not leaving them a moment of peace!”. The saintly Curé reflected something of the same idea when he said: “It is not the sinner who returns to God to beg his forgiveness, but God himself who runs after the sinner and makes him return to him”. “This good Saviour is so filled with love that he seeks us everywhere”.




LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI
PROCLAIMING A YEAR FOR PRIESTS
ON THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE "DIES NATALIS"OF THE CURÉ OF ARS
(full letter)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Something for Good Shepherd Sunday

How can you help your priests? Read this.

Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity (from the EWTN Library)

Introduced by a letter from Claudio Card. Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, this document provides a series of addresses and articles, complete with pictures, in support of a movement of prayer, with Eucharistic adoration at its center, entrusting all priests to Mary, Mother of the Eternal High Priest.


Congregation for Clergy (2007)

Maynooth Seminary Open Day Today

Saturday, April 24, 2010

No so diplomatic!

The British Government has apologised to the Pope over official documents that mocked his forthcoming visit to Britain by suggesting he should bless a gay marriage, open an abortion clinic, and even launch Papal-branded condoms.  (The Telegraph)

Continue reading ....

It is shocking to see the level of hatred and intolerance that exists towards Pope Benedict and the Church.

David Quinn


Here is an excerpt from an article by David Quinn, director of The Iona Institute, in The Independent

David Quinn: Pope replaces George Bush as the man some people love to hate

But in a way, all these attacks are an attack on the same thing, namely Benedict and the church's defence of objective truth and morality, its belief that certain things are right or wrong in themselves regardless of opinion or circumstance.


In an age of moral relativism, nothing is more offensive than the person who says, however calmly, that not all 'truths' are equal, that morality is not simply a matter of opinion, that religions are not all equally true or equally false, and that not all lifestyle choices are equal.

Read the full article..

Friday, April 23, 2010

What are you doing this Friday?

Pray for an outpouring of God’s mercy and the Holy Spirit’s gifts of holiness and strength upon the Church in your country.

I now invite all of you to devote your Friday penances, for a period of one year, between now and Easter 2011, to this intention. I ask you to offer up your fasting, your prayer, your reading of Scripture and your works of mercy in order to obtain the grace of healing and renewal for the Church in Ireland. I encourage you to discover anew the sacrament of Reconciliation and to avail yourselves more frequently of the transforming power of its grace. (Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Church in Ireland)


Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

The story of St George by Samuel (age 4)

I thought this was cute!





For the Feast of St George


Almighty God, who gave to your servant George boldness to Confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pilgrimage to the Shroud of Turin 2010

Due to the volcano in Iceland, the Fraternity pilgrimage to Turin has had to be postponed. The trip will now take place from the 11th-18th May 2010, and will include most of the same visits, including the Shroud. Because of the change in dates some places have become available.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Amanda at JWT on 01 241 0816.

We are all called to be saints.

I know I am getting old when I discover that one of my peers is going to be beatified in September.





The Italian youth Chiara Luce Badano is an example for many youths and the sick despite her death at only 18 years of age. Her heroic way of facing cancer didnt just surprise her parents and her friends. On September 25 she will be proclaimed blessed.


Chiara’s joy was explosive and it only increased with her suffering. After one very pain-filled night she said, “I suffered a lot, but my soul was singing.” Google pictures of her on her death bed. Her eyes look like pools reflecting the glory of heaven. One of her doctors remarked, “Through her smile, and through her eyes full of light, she showed us that death doesn’t exist; only life exists.” Cardinal Saldarini heard of this amazing teen and visited her in the hospital. Awestruck, he said, “The light in your eyes is splendid. Where does it come from?” Chiara’s reply was simple: “I try to love Jesus as much as I can.”


Chiara had a profound sense of redemptive suffering. She often repeated the phrase, “If this is what you want, Jesus, so do I.” Like any teenage girl, she loved her hair, but with each lock that fell out she’d pray, “For you, Jesus.” She frequently refused morphine, saying, “I want to share as much as possible in His suffering on the cross.” (source)

Blessed Chiara Luce Badano, pray for us!

Surprise: We Irish drink too much!


The European Commission has just published a new study on EU citizens’ attitudes towards alcohol. The country-by-country analysis shows variation across the EU in the frequency of binge-drinking. Binge drinking is defined in the survey as, respondents who report drinking 5 or more drinks at least once a week The prevalence of frequent binge drinking is highest in Ireland (44%). We must be so proud! This culture of binge drinking in Ireland causes much suffering, for those who drink, and for those who surround them.

The Venerable Matt Talbot (1856-1925), had a drink problem, but with the help of God he was able to able to stay "dry". He is a protector of those who suffer from addiction.


Prayer for the Canonisation of Venerable Matt Talbot

Lord, in your servant, Matt Talbot
you have given us a wonderful example
of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty,
and of lifelong reverence for the Most Holy Sacrament.
May his life of prayer and penance
give us courage to take up our crosses
and follow in the footsteps
of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Father,
if it be your will that your beloved servant
should be glorified by your Church,
make known by your heavenly favours
the power he enjoys in your sight.
We ask this through the same
Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Amen.


Favours received through the intercession of the Venerable Matt Talbot should be notified as soon as possible to the Vice Postulator:

Reverend Damian O'Reilly. C.C.,
St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral,
83, Marlborough Street,
Dublin 1

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Introductions

The Web mistress has invited me to be a guest-blogger. Just saying "hi" by way of introduction and making sure the process works. I'll hopefully be writing a little about films I've enjoyed, ones I haven't and some events of the day.

Christopher

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dr Phil Boyle Under Attack

Watch this video to see the work of Dr Phil Boyle, Galway.

FertilityCare and NaProTechnology from Fertility Care on Vimeo.


Dr Phil Boyle has done wonderful work in Ireland in the area of fertility care. He runs a fertility treatment service in the Galway Clinic in accordance with Catholic teaching.

"Fertility Care is an exciting new concept in reproductive health care. It is a holistic medical system that empowers women and couples to make healthy choices regarding their fertility. Fertility Care sees fertility as a normal healthy condition that ought not be suppressed or tampered with if it is functioning normally. Fertility Care can be used to meet a couples family planning needs, to manage abnormal gynaecologic health or treat couples with infertility or recurrent miscarriage." (source)

Dr Boyle has recently found himself up before the Fitness to Practice Committee of the Medical Council. Unfortunately, he was only acquitted on a technicality. The couple who brought the complaint could now take their case to the Equality Authority. Why did he end up before the Irish Medical Council? Sadly, because he has a conscience, that works! His clinic will only treat patients that are married.

"Couples who request FertilityCare treatment must be legally married – civil or religious. Obviously many couples who seek FertilityCare wonder why we ask this question. Marriage is required in order to safeguard the best interests of any child that may be conceived through our programme.

FertilityCare Galway does not seek to “impose” its morality on couples seeking treatment, as stated by health spokesman for Fine Gael Dr. James Reilly. Rather we seek the right to practice fertility treatment in a way that places the welfare of the child at the centre of our decision making. Our policy also safeguards the best interests of women who become more physically, emotionally and financially dependent upon their partner through pregnancy and motherhood. Finally our policy serves the best interests of fathers who have limited parental rights and privileges if they are not in a married relationship.”(source)
We applaud Dr Phil Boyle for his noble work, and offer him our prayers.

Visit http://www.fertilitycare.net/ to find a list of Napro doctors and teachers.

St Genesius Film Society



 
Tuesday 20th April 7pm

St Genesius Film Society,

Knights of Colombanus Centre,

Ely Place, (off Hume St/ Merrion Row)Dublin 2

Short talk, movie and discussion.

All welcome.

Come alond and bring a friend or twoor even three!

Film: It Happened One Night
 
CLARKE GABLE   CLAUDETTE COLBERT    WALTER CONNELLY
 

Shroud Novena Day 9

Psalm (Ps 26: 1, 7-8, 13-14)

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
‘Seek his face’.

It is your Face, O Lord, that I seek:
hide not your Face.

Do not abandon or forsake me,
O God, my help!
Though father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!

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

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion

Scripture Reading (John 20: 3-8)

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter, following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed.

Versicle

By your Resurrection, Lord Jesus, our Life, grant us the grace to endure all things for love of you, in union with you.

Novena Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, through your passion, death and resurrection you redeem us and raise us to new life in the Spirit. As we venerate the Holy Shroud, wonderful icon of your suffering, we are moved by your love revealed here in all its lowly majesty. By meditating on your sacrifice, teach us the way of salvation so that we may embrace the fullness of life you offer us. Help us to take up our cross each day and to follow you joyfully along the path of discipleship. Take us into your pierced Heart, opened on the cross for us. There, transformed by your grace, may we be renewed, made holy and consecrated to your service. Accept us, Lord, as an offering, an oblation, to serve you faithfully, so we too may become icons of your mercy, a living Gospel, to proclaim your boundless love to the men and women of our time. Hear our prayer, Lord Jesus, for we trust in you. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Flight Cancelled!


By your Resurrection, Lord Jesus, our Life,
grant us the grace to endure all things for love of you,
in union with you.



Enthuastically I packed. A small window of opportunity meant that we could fly from Dublin to Milan. At 10.30pm I went to bed and managed to sleep. At 3.30am I awoke, and quickly got dressed. As I walked down the stairs the phone rang.

The voice said "The Filght is cancelled."

Monday, April 19, 2010

We are going to Turin

News 18.25
Aer Lingus has confirmed that all flights from Dublin, Cork and Belfast to Spain, Portugal and Italy with a scheduled departure time up to 13:00 will operate as scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday 20 April.

I was delighted to revieve a phone call from Joe Walsh Tours at 7pm confirming that the second official pilgrimage of The Fraternity of St Genesius  to Turin is going ahead, despite the best efforts of a previously unknown volcano, in Iceland.

Turin Pilgrimage Itinerary


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.

Shroud Novena Day 8

We offer this novena to all pilgrims travelling to Turin, and even to those not able to travel, as a spiritual exercise to mark this unique event. The full novena is available at http://www.stgenesius.com/. Print a copy of the novena (pdf).



Psalm (Ps 26: 1, 7-8, 13-14)

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
‘Seek his face’.

It is your Face, O Lord, that I seek:
hide not your Face.

Do not abandon or forsake me,
O God, my help!
Though father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!

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

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion

Scripture Reading (Mark 15: 43a, c, 45b-46)

There came Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council…and he boldly went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. He granted the corpse to Joseph who bought a shroud, took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in the shroud and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.

Versicle

By your being clothed in the Shroud and laid in the tomb, Lord Jesus, our Consolation, grant us the grace to endure all things for love of you, in union with you.

Novena Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, through your passion, death and resurrection you redeem us and raise us to new life in the Spirit. As we venerate the Holy Shroud, wonderful icon of your suffering, we are moved by your love revealed here in all its lowly majesty. By meditating on your sacrifice, teach us the way of salvation so that we may embrace the fullness of life you offer us. Help us to take up our cross each day and to follow you joyfully along the path of discipleship. Take us into your pierced Heart, opened on the cross for us. There, transformed by your grace, may we be renewed, made holy and consecrated to your service. Accept us, Lord, as an offering, an oblation, to serve you faithfully, so we too may become icons of your mercy, a living Gospel, to proclaim your boundless love to the men and women of our time. Hear our prayer, Lord Jesus, for we trust in you. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Patron Saints of Erupting Volcanoes


We need the intercession of the patron saints of Volcanic Eruptions.

A volcano in Iceland which is named Eyjafjallajokull has been spewing forth literally thousands of tons of gray volcanic ash. Airspace in Europe is closed!

But, we are an Easter people, and we are full of hope.

On Tuesday, we will fly to Milan!



St Agatha, Martyr, Pray for us.


 St Januarius, Martyr,Pray for us.


Shroud Novena Day 7

Full Novena and pdf of novena available at http://www.stgenesius.com/


Psalm (Ps 26: 1, 7-8, 13-14)

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
‘Seek his face’.

It is your Face, O Lord, that I seek:
hide not your Face.

Do not abandon or forsake me,
O God, my help!
Though father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!

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

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion

Scripture Reading (John 19:31, 33-35)

It was the Day of Preparation, and to avoid the bodies remaining on the cross during the Sabbath – since that Sabbath was a day of special solemnity – the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken away…When they came to Jesus, they saw he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water.

Versicle

By the piercing of your Sacred Heart, Lord Jesus, our Refuge, grant us the grace to endure all things for love of you, in union with you.

Novena Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, through your passion, death and resurrection you redeem us and raise us to new life in the Spirit. As we venerate the Holy Shroud, wonderful icon of your suffering, we are moved by your love revealed here in all its lowly majesty. By meditating on your sacrifice, teach us the way of salvation so that we may embrace the fullness of life you offer us. Help us to take up our cross each day and to follow you joyfully along the path of discipleship. Take us into your pierced Heart, opened on the cross for us. There, transformed by your grace, may we be renewed, made holy and consecrated to your service. Accept us, Lord, as an offering, an oblation, to serve you faithfully, so we too may become icons of your mercy, a living Gospel, to proclaim your boundless love to the men and women of our time. Hear our prayer, Lord Jesus, for we trust in you. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

St Christopher, Pray for us

On Tuesday next, we will, please God, travel to Turin. Things are looking quite precarious on the travel situation in Europe at the moment.


Prayer for the intercession of St Christopher
O Lord, we humbly ask you to give Your Almighty protection to all travelers. Accept our fervent and sincere prayers that through Your great power and unfaltering spirit, those who travel may reach their destination safe and sound.




St. Christopher
by Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652), Museo del Prado, Madrid

Shroud Novena Day 6

Psalm
(Ps 26: 1, 7-8, 13-14)

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
‘Seek his face’.

It is your Face, O Lord, that I seek:
hide not your Face.

Do not abandon or forsake me,
O God, my help!
Though father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!

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

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion

Scripture Reading (Luke 23:33-34, 44-46)

When they reached the place called The Skull, there they crucified him and the two criminals, one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing”. Then they cast lots to share out his clothing…It was now about the sixth hour and the sun’s light failed, so that darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. The veil of the Sanctuary was torn right down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice saying, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”. With these words he breathed his last.

Versicle

By your Crucifixion and Death, Lord Jesus, our Saviour, grant us the grace to endure all things of love for you, in union with you.

Novena Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, through your passion, death and resurrection you redeem us and raise us to new life in the Spirit. As we venerate the Holy Shroud, wonderful icon of your suffering, we are moved by your love revealed here in all its lowly majesty. By meditating on your sacrifice, teach us the way of salvation so that we may embrace the fullness of life you offer us. Help us to take up our cross each day and to follow you joyfully along the path of discipleship. Take us into your pierced Heart, opened on the cross for us. There, transformed by your grace, may we be renewed, made holy and consecrated to your service. Accept us, Lord, as an offering, an oblation, to serve you faithfully, so we too may become icons of your mercy, a living Gospel, to proclaim your boundless love to the men and women of our time. Hear our prayer, Lord Jesus, for we trust in you. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Birthday to Our Holy Father




For he's a jolly good fellow.

For he's a jolly good fellow.

For he's a jolly good fellow.

Which nobody can deny.

Turin Shroud Novena Day 5


The Fraternity of St Genesius will be traveling on pilgrimage to Turin from 20th - 27th April.

We have a specially composed novena for our pilgrimage, we offer this novena to all pilgrims, and even to those not able to travel, as a spiritual exercise to mark this unique event.
 
 
Shroud Novena Day 5


Psalm
(Ps 26: 1, 7-8, 13-14)

Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion



The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
‘Seek his face’.

It is your Face, O Lord, that I seek:
hide not your Face.
Do not abandon or forsake me,
O God, my help!

Though father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!


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



Ant. We venerate your Holy Shroud, O Lord, and through it, meditate on your Passion



Scripture Reading (Luke 23: 24b-27, 32)

Pilate handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they pleased. As they were leading him away they seized on a man, Simon from Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and made him shoulder the cross and carry it behind Jesus. Large numbers of people followed him, and women too, who mourned and lamented for him. Now they were also leading out two others, criminals, to be executed with him.



Versicle
By your carrying of the cross, Lord Jesus, our Strength, grant us the grace to endure all things for love of you, in union with you.



Novena Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, through your passion, death and resurrection you redeem us and raise us to new life in the Spirit. As we venerate the Holy Shroud, wonderful icon of your suffering, we are moved by your love revealed here in all its lowly majesty. By meditating on your sacrifice, teach us the way of salvation so that we may embrace the fullness of life you offer us. Help us to take up our cross each day and to follow you joyfully along the path of discipleship. Take us into your pierced Heart, opened on the cross for us. There, transformed by your grace, may we be renewed, made holy and consecrated to your service. Accept us, Lord, as an offering, an oblation, to serve you faithfully, so we too may become icons of your mercy, a living Gospel, to proclaim your boundless love to the men and women of our time. Hear our prayer, Lord Jesus, for we trust in you. Amen.



Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.

The Full Novena is available at http://www.stgenesius.com/



Let the blogging begin......

The Fraternity of St Genesius  has decided that it will join the blogging world!

What is the purpose of the blog?

We hope that we can keep you up to date with the constant events and news of the Fraternity.
  • The prayer group in Drogheda.
  • The Film Society in Dublin
  • Fraternitas Newsletter
  • Our Pilgrimages
Relevant, appropriate and amusing contributions are most welcome.

Caroline
(Fraternity Webmaster)
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