Is it wrong to enjoy a cup of coffee while praying or is it better to pray while drinking that coffee? Either way, praying is talking to God and the time is always right. “Pray without ceasing.” (1Thess 5;17) We adore God when we pray to Him.
When we pray the Mass, it is a perfect way to adore Him for heaven and earth will be joined together. It is one of those times just too beautiful, a mystery upon An Altar. The Mass prayed reverently is God’s will.
Did you know? There is this little book titled “My Mass Explained and Illustrated” by Confraternity of the Precious Blood, 1958. One can still find it on the Internet to purchase.
During the Mass, in the beginning, the Latin words “In Nomine Patris” express our belief in the Trinity. The words, “In the name,” show that there is one God. This little booklet reminds us also of the timeless unity of the Church. During the Kyrie Eleison, a cry for mercy is as old as mankind itself. As the Mass continues to move forward; the Missal is transferred by the server from the Epistle to the Gospel side of the altar to symbolize that the divine favor was taken away from the unfaithful Jews and given to the Gentiles.
Moving now to the Gospel side of the altar, the priest reads the word of God from the New Testament.
Along with the priest, we sign our forehead, lips, and heart, praying that we accept God’s word with our mind, lips, and heart.
Just a few mysteries to consider next time you are privileged to a pray again at the altar of God. Remembering always “And the Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us.”
The Arc, sanctified (II Paralipomenon 8:11), the making of the Arc with instructions to Moses by God Himself. The Arc of the Covenant, according to the Bible was constructed by precious materials, with gold rings. The Arc was a sign of God’s presence and protection; it contained two tables of stone, which Moses put there, the rod of Aaron and a golden dish of Manna. “Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which thou hast sanctified.” (Psalms 131;8)
The Arc was a prelude to the Church which would keep the law of God, the Eucharist where Christ would live among His faithful feeding them again (Manna) on their journey to heaven.
The Litany of the Blessed Virgin, are several invocational prayers, one of which we pray “Arc of the Covenant, pray for us,” because she is the Ark of the New Covenant and who, like the old ark, is now worthy of honor.
All the parts of the material temple, in which the ark was placed were said by God to be purified. What then should He not do for Mary by spiritually enriching her, whose chaste womb was to be His living tabernacle from whose pure flesh He was to derive His own most Holy Body, and of whom He would Himself be born! God most wonderfully prepared and fitted both her body and soul, that she would be a worthy dwelling for Himself.
Almighty God, therefore, was pleased to preserve this holy Virgin from contracting any stain of sin, whether original or actual. Without the privilege of an extraordinary grace, the greatest saints daily fall into venial sins of oversight, through a neglect of watchfulness over all the secret motions of their hearts in the course of living each day. But Mary was distinguished by this rare privilege, and by the aid of an extraordinary grace; she never suffered the least remission or relaxation of her soul.
Because she was created to carry Our Lord she was without any stain, she was sanctified and freed from original sin in other words brought forth into this world in a state of perfect sanctity. This is why we honor Mary, as God so honored her.
“For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”
Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30, the
“Hail and blessed be prayer” is to be recited fifteen times a day until Christmas.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born of the purest Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
ABOUT ST. ANDREW
St. Andrew was a native of Bethsaida, a town in
Galilee, upon the banks of the Lake of Genesareth. He was the son of Jonas, a fisherman of that town, and brother to Simon Peter. He became a disciple of St. John the Baptist. One day while with St. John the Baptist and seeing Jesus pass by after St. Andrew was baptized he heard the words: “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)
By it he clearly learned that Jesus was the Messias and the redeemer of the world, and resolved from that moment to follow Him: St. Andrew was the first of His disciples, and therefore is styled by the Greeks the Protoclet, or First Called. St. Andrew then brought his brother then Simon to Christ.
It is agreed that later after serving his Master, St. Andrew laid down his life for Christ at Patrae in Achaia. According to this vintage writing of the Lives of the Saints, he was crucified on an Olive Tree. It is also said that he cried out; “Hail precious cross, that hast been consecrated by the body of my Lord, and adorned with His limbs as with rich jewels. – I come to Thee exulting and glad; receive me with joy into Thy arms. O good cross, that hast received beauty from our Lord’s limbs; I have ardently loved Thee. Long have I desired and sought Thee: now Thou art found by me, and art made ready for my longing soul: receive me into Thy arms, taking me from among men, and present me to my Master; that He who redeemed me on Thee, may receive me by Thee.”
It is rare today to find a Traditional Catholic who has not heard of Rev. Alban Butler, his writings of “The Lives of the Saints.”
The photos here are that of two volumes dated 1833 that I possess.
This beautiful letter I want so much to share now is seen printed at the beginning pages; a letter his mother wrote to him and his two brothers, just before her death. Guaranteed to bring a tear or two to the reader.
The grammar is just as she wrote it.
My Dear Children,
Since it pleased Almighty God to take me out of this world, as no doubt wisely foreseeing I am no longer a useful parent to you, for no person ought to be thought necessary in this world when God thinks proper to take them out. I hope you will offer the loss of me with a resignation suitable to the religion you are of, and offer yourselves. He who makes you orphans so young, without a parent to take care of you, will take you into His protection and Fatherly care, if you do love and serve Him who is the Author of all goodness. Above all things, prepare yourselves while you are young to suffer patiently what afflictions He shall think proper to lay upon you; for it is by this He trieth His best servants. In the first place, give Him thanks for your education in the true faith, (which many thousands want;) and then I beg of you earnestly to petition His direction what state of life you shall undertake, whether it be for religion, or to get your livings in the world. No doubt but you may be saved either way if you do your duty to God, your neighbor, and yourselves. And I beg of you to make constant resolutions rather die a thousand times, if possible than quit your faith; and always have in your thoughts what you would think of were you as nigh death as I now think myself. There is no preparation for a good death but a good life. Do not omit your prayers, and to make an act of contrition and examen of conscience every night and frequent the Blessed Sacraments of the Church. I am so weak I can say no more to you, but I pray God bless and direct you, and your friends to take care of you. Lastly, I beg of you never to forget to pray for your poor father and mother when they are not capable of helping themselves: so I take leave of you, hoping to meet you in heaven, to be happy for all eternity.
“Your affectionate mother, “Ann Butler.”
While at the grocery store a few days ago, I stopped to look at the turkeys, along came a stranger poking around at the turkeys along the side of me, we chatted a little and departed after wishing each other a great Holiday. As I stepped away, I heard her say, “don’t forget what the Holiday is all about.” Yes, I thought the Holiday and what is the meaning?
We hear over and over and read on greeting cards, “count your blessings,” “give thanks to God for our food,” “let’s be grateful” however, at times depending on circumstances that can’t always be easy.
Some of us might be suffering this year.
What we can do is pray for each other, although strangers. Just as that woman in the grocery store was a stranger, yet she sent me a message, a reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about!
My prayer is that we all can, in our gentle way remind others to stop, take notice to realize what we have. Some of us might have less, some have more but those who have the Faith, the Holy, Traditional Catholic Faith have it ALL.
Getting back to that delicious turkey and if you are tired of mashed potatoes here is a delightful alternative. A recipe from Lithuania that my family always enjoys during the holiday season. Although this recipe is time-consuming; if you wash, peel and shred the potatoes. There is a shortcut! Purchase one 2 lb. Bags of Hash Brown shredded potatoes that eliminates washing, peeling and shredding the potatoes.
5 Lbs of potatoes or Hash Brown shredded potatoes (easier)
4 or 5 lightly beaten eggs
1 or 2 onion finely chopped
1 Lb. bacon cut in small pieces or more bacon if you like
2 or 3 cans evaporated milk
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix grated potatoes, eggs, flour, and evaporated milk. Add browned bacon and onions along with some of the melted bacon grease. Season to taste. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish, put into a hot oven 400 degrees and cook for about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours; test like a cake till center is done. (if Hash browns are used you might want to add a cup or two of chicken broth to your mix) I like to open the oven after it has been cooking for about half an hour and stir it up, but that is not necessary.)
When cool you can top with sour cream if desired. Makes a tasty breakfast dish too!
Never stop praying for your offspring no matter how old they are. The world is pulling the young in the wrong direction, and it is difficult for the youth of today to understand the Truth of their purpose in life, which is to Know God, to Serve Him and to Love Him in this life so we can be happy with Him forever in the next life.
We are all in this fight together against the world, flesh and the devil let us pray for each other and our children. To make our prayers strong, we must unite them in thought; thinking of the entire world.
How to avoid or shorten YOUR Purgatory time or at least TRY TO!
Purgatory is a place where Divine Justice purifies Souls before they will be allowed to enter Heaven. It is not a fun place to be. However, it is described as a sigh of relief for many for they will all see the Beatific Vision of God eventually. The duration according to many Saints could be very long. Does it have to be? What can we do now? Someday we will find ourselves in Purgatory?
Let’s look at this prayer for “Daily Neglects” and the story that goes with it to get started.
A little story about a Contemplative nun and member of the Poor Clares, an order founded by Saints Clare in the year 1212. This particular religious died and soon after appeared to her Superior. God allowed the nun to give a message to her Abbess, saying: “I went straight to heaven, using this prayer, I recited every evening.”
This story is no means a promise for any of us, but let’s be encouraged to pray it daily with hope and confidence.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
with all its love, all its sufferings, and all its merits.
First — To expiate all the sins I have committed
this day and during all my life. * Glory be to the
Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Second — To purify the good I have done badly
this day and during all my life.
(continue with a second Glory be prayer)
Third — To supply for the good I ought to
have done, and that I have neglected,
this day and during all my life.
(Glory be )
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by meditation of her tears and sorrows. Her seventh grace she says; I have obtained from my Divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and sorrows, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness.
The Sabbatine Privilege derived from the apocryphal Bull “Sacratissimo uti culmine” of John XXII, 3 March 1322. Blessed Mother affirmed that she would descend from Heaven to Purgatory on the Saturday after their deaths and liberate and conduct to Heaven all who were in Purgatory who had earned this privilege. From this promise of being freed from Purgatory on the following Saturday comes its name, Sabbatine Privilege, since Saturday in Latin is Sabbatum.
This Sabbatine Privilege was approved and confirmed by 16 Popes, including St. Pius V (1566). One of the most precise explanations of the assistance promised to souls in Purgatory who fulfilled the conditions of the Sabbatine Privilege is found in a decree of Pope Paul V given in the year 1613:
Those who have worn the habit [scapular], and shall have observed chastity according to their particular state of life; have recited the Little Office or, daily recitation of the 15 decades of the Rosary. Having also abstained from the use of meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays, unless the Feast of the Nativity of Our Divine Lord should fall on one of those days.
Pope Benedict XIV declared that the faithful should rely on the Sabbatine Privilege and that neither the original Bull nor the apparition of the Blessed Mother could be contested (Opera omnia, 1767).
Douay-Rheims II Machabees. XII.k46 “It is, therefore, a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”
Here is an evident and undeniable proof of the practice of praying for the dead under the old law, which was then strictly observed by the Jews who still pray for the dead, as the book Mahzor, published by Genebrard, 1569, reveals.
Therefore, consider in earnest fostering devotion to pray daily for the souls in Purgatory they, in turn, will remember you when we suffer the same fate. Like the Sabbatine Privilege, the Thirty Gregorian Masses is a long-honored tradition of the Church that offers relief to the souls in Purgatory.
The above were only a few suggestions besides the more common ones of praying indulgenced prayers and always making reparation for past sins by accepting God’s Will.
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