Jun. 1, 2022

June is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Sacred Heart and the Most Blessed Sacrament

“Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy. Tepid souls shall grow fervent. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.”

The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was officially recognized and approved by Pope Clement XIII in 1765, seventy-five years after the death of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque to whom Christ appeared and revealed His Sacred Heart as a symbol of His love for mankind. In 1794, Pope Pius VI issued a decree approving the devotion and granting indulgences to those who practice it. On June 11, 1899, in what he referred to as "the great act" of his pontificate, Pope Leo XIII solemnly consecrated all mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:

1. "I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life."
2. "I will establish peace in their homes."
3. "I will comfort them in their afflictions."
4. "I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death."
5. "I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings."
6. "Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy."
7. "Tepid souls shall grow fervent."
8. "Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection."
9. "I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored."
10. "I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts."
11. "Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out."
12. "I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment."

 

Click here, for how to fulfill the Nine First Fridays Devotion to the Sacred Heart.

 

AN ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Heart of Jesus, infinitely holy and merciful Heart, I give myself to thee without reserve, and for ever. I abandon to thy care my present and my future; under thy protection, and for thy greater glory, I wish to commence, continue, and terminate all my actions. I confide to thy love every day of my life, and will repeat every morning, in union with the holy sacrifice of the mass, this filial consecration. Thy Heart, O Jesus, shall henceforth be my consolation. I will invoke it in my trials, in my difficulties, in my fears. Banish from my mind every desire, every resolution and action which is not conformable to thy holy will. Suffer me not to yield to temptation, preserve me in purity of heart; be thou to me a buckler against my own weakness every moment of my life, be thou my help in death, and my reward in eternity. Amen.

Jesus, most charitable, Jesus, meek and humble of heart, forgive our sins, give thy peace to our souls, remember us in thy kingdom!

May the Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, render my heart like unto thine.

Taken from: The Manual of the Scared Heart, Edition 1866

 

AN ACT OF REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

O adorable heart of my Saviour Jesus, loving heart of my good master, how great is thy tenderness to have remained for me in the divine Eucharist! Alas, thy creatures forget thy love, despise thy complaints, and withdraw themselves from thee; forgetting that, in thy agony in the garden, thou didst endure all bitterness of our sins. We now again by our inequities renew thy sorrows. Thou languishes here with love and sadness, and how few think of thee, care for thee, or are touched by thy loneliness. Let me at least, sensible to thy sorrows, listen to thy tender complaint, for I desire to repair the outrages which are unceasingly directed against thee. Prostrate, annihilated in spirit before the holy tabernacle in which thou dost display thy love, I beseech thee to pardon my sins, and those of the whole world, for their contempt and indifference, their insults and their sacrilege. If I cannot wash away with my blood my own faults, and those of all thy guilty children, may I at least silently weep over the outrages of which thou art the victim. Oh that I could dispose of the hearts of all mankind, and fill them with regret and gratitude, in order to offer them to thy love as the only homage which it desires to receive. Lord Jesus, I offer myself as holocaust. Behold my heart, purify it, consume it with love, sacrifice it to thy will, that henceforth I may love thee only, and live only to love thee. Guard thou my heart, lest I should reclaim it, hide it in thy wounds as in a safe asylum, so that there I may live and die in order to be united to thee for ever. Amen!

Taken from: The Manual of the Scared Heart, Edition 1866

 

A PRAYER TO THE AGONISING HEART OF JESUS

O most merciful Jesus, thou who art inflamed with so ardent a love for souls, I conjure thee by the agony of thy sacred heart, and by the dolours of thy immaculate mother, to purify in thy blood all sinners throughout the world who are now in their agony, and who will to-day depart this life.

Agonising heart of Jesus, have mercy on the dying.

Taken from: The Manual of the Scared Heart, Edition 1866

 

Below listed are the feasts falling in June 2022:

June 1: St. Angela Merici Virgin, Double.

June 2: Commemoration of Ss. Marcellinus, Peter, and Erasmus Bishop, Martyrs.

June 3: FIRST FRIDAY/Mass of the Season

June 4: FIRST SATURDAY/Vigil of Whitsunday (Pentecost), Double (Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence); Commemoration of St. Francis Caracciolo Confessor.

 

June 5: Whit Sunday (Pentecost) with an Octave, Double of the I Class.

June 6: Whit Monday, Double.

June 7: Whit Tuesday, Double.

June 8: EMBER WEDNESDAY/Whit Wednesday, Double.

June 9: Whit Thursday, Double.

June 10: EMBER FRIDAY/Whit Friday, Double.

June 11: EMBER SATURDAY/Whit Saturday, Double.

 

June 12: Holy Trinity Sunday, Double of the I Class.

June 13: St. Anthony of Padua Confessor, Double.

June 14: St. Basil the Great Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

June 15: Commemoration of Ss. Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia Martyrs.

June 16: Corpus Christi, Double of the I Class (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION - Not in U.S.A.).

June 17: Mass of the Season

June 18: St. Ephraem Syrus Deacon, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of Ss. Mark and Marcellianus Martyrs.

 

June 19: II Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Juliana Falconieri Virgin; Commemoration of Ss. Gervase and Protase Martyrs.

June 20: Divine Hands of our Saviour (private devotion); Commemoration of St. Silverius Pope and Martyr.

June 21: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Confessor, Double.

June 22: St. Paulinus Bishop and Confessor, Double.

June 23: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Double of the I Class.

June 24: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Double of the I Class.

June 25: St. William (of Monte-Vergine), Abbot, Double.

 

June 26: III Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of Ss. John and Paul Martyrs.

June 27: Mass of the Season

June 28: St. Irenaeus Bishop and Martyr, Double; Commemoration of the Vigil of Ss. Peter and Paul.

June 29: Ss. Peter and Paul Apostles, Double of the I Class (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION - Not in U.S.A.).

June 30: Commemoration of St. Paul Apostle, Greater Double, Commemoration of St. Peter Apostle.

 

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be thou my love.
(300 days' indulgence)

 

May. 1, 2022

May is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

 

“The queen stood on Thy right hand in gilded clothing, surrounded with variety.”
(Ps, xliv. 10)

 

“and the King arose to meet her, and bowed to her, and sat down upon His throne: and a throne was set for the King’s mother, and she sat on His right hand. And she said to Him: I desire one small petition of Thee, do not put me to confusion. And the King said to her: My mother, ask: for I must not turn away thy face.”
(III Kings, ii. 19-20)

 

“And the King shall greatly desire thy beauty: for He is the Lord thy God, and Him they shall adore.”
(Ps, xliv. 12)

 

Anthem – Regina Cœli
(To be prayed from Easter Sunday to Trinity Sunday instead of the Angelus. Click here, for the Latin version)

Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.

For He whom thou wast made worthy to bear. Alleluia.

Hath risen, as He said. Alleluia.

Pray for us to God. Alleluia.

℣. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.

℟. For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia.

Let us pray.

O God, who through the resurrection of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ hast vouchsafed to give joy to the whole world; grant us, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary his Mother, we may obtain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Click here, to read the book, ‘The Month of Mary, according to St. Francis of Sales.’

 

Click here, for prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

Below listed are the feasts falling in May 2022:

May 1: II Sunday after Easter, Double; Commemoration of St. Joseph the Workman.

May 2: St. Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

May 3: Invention of the Holy Cross, Double of the II Class; Commemoration of Ss. Alexander, Pope, Eventius and Theodulus Martyrs, and Juvenal, Bishop and Confessor.

May 4: St. Monica Widow, Double.

May 5: St. Pius V Pope and Confessor, Double.

May 6: FIRST FRIDAY/St. John Apostle before the Latin Gate, Greater Double.

May 7: FIRST SATURDAY/St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, Double.

 

May 8: III Sunday after Easter, Double; Commemoration of Apparition of St. Michael.

May 9: St. Gregory Nazianzen Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

May 10: St. Antoninus Bishop and Confessor, Double; Commemoration of Ss. Gordian and Epimachus Martyrs.

May 11: Ss. Philip and James (the Less) Apostles, Double of the II Class.

May 12: Ss. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla Virgin, and Pancras Martyrs, Simple.

May 13: St. Robert Bellarmine Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

May 14: Commemoration of St. Boniface (of Tarsus), Martyr.

 

May 15: IV Sunday after Easter, Double; Commemoration of St. John Baptist de la Salle Confessor.

May 16: St. Ubald Bishop and Confessor, Simple; St. Simon Stock, Confessor (Regional Calendars).

May 17: St. Paschal Baylon Confessor, Double.

May 18: St. Venantius Martyr, Double.

May 19: St. Peter Celestine Pope and Confessor, Double; Commemoration of St. Pudentiana Virgin.

May 20: St. Bernardine of Siena Confessor, Simple.

May 21: Mass of the Season

 

May 22: V Sunday after Easter, Double.

May 23: Rogation Day (Lesser Litanies).

May 24: Rogation Day (Lesser Litanies); Mary, Help of Christians.

May 25: Vigil of Ascension; Rogation Day (Lesser Litanies); St. Gregory VII Pope and Confessor, Double; Commemoration of St. Urban I Pope and Martyr.

May 26: Ascension Thursday, Double of the I Class (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION); Commemoration of St. Philip Neri Confessor; Commemoration of St. Eleutherius Pope and Martyr.

May 27, 2022 - June 4, 2022: Novena for Pentecost.

May 27: St. Bede the Venerable Confessor and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of St. John I Pope and Martyr.

May 28: St. Augustine (of Canterbury), Bishop and Confessor, Double.

 

May 29: VI Sunday after Easter, Double; Commemoration of St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Virgin.

May 30: Commemoration of St. Felix I Pope and Martyr.

May 31: Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen, Double of the II Class; Commemoration of St. Petronilla Virgin.

 

“Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?”
(Cant, vi. 9)

“Who is this that cometh up from the desert, flowing with delights, leaning upon her beloved?”
(Cant, viii. 5)

Holy Mary, pray for us.

 

Apr. 1, 2022

April is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Holy Face

 

“And my people, upon whom my NAME is called, being converted, shall make supplication to me, and seek out MY FACE, and do penance for their most wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”
(II Paralipomenon, vii. 14)

“I have given my body to the strikers, and my checks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me.”
(Isaias, l. 6)

“Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him, and others struck his face with the palms of their hands.”
(St. Matth, xxvi. 67)

 

Click here, to view a section dedicated to the Holy Face.

 

DEVOTION TO THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS
As revealed to Sr. Mary of St. Peter

(Click here, to download the book, The Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, 1884)

“And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of prayers: and they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced.”
(Zacharias, xii. 10)

Promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sr. Mary of St. Peter, Discalced Carmelite Nun of Tours, France, in favor of those who honor His Holy Face:

1. “By My Holy Face you shall work miracles.”

2. “By My Face you will obtain the conversion of many sinners.”

3. “Nothing that you ask in making this offering will be refused to you.”

4. “If you knew how pleasing the sight of My Face is to My Father.”

5. “As in a kingdom you can procure all you wish for with a coin marked with the King's effigy, so in the Kingdom of Heaven you will obtain all you desire with the precious coin of My Holy Face.”

6. “Our Lord has promised me that He will imprint His divine likeness on the souls of those who honor His most holy Countenance.”

7. “All those who honor My Holy Face in a spirit of reparation will, by so doing, perform the office of the pious Veronica.”

8. “According to the care you take in making reparation to My Face, disfigured by blasphemies, so will I take care of yours, which has been disfigured by sin. I will reprint therin My image and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the Baptismal font.”

9. “Our Lord promised me that all those who defend His cause in this work of reparation, by words, by prayers, or in writing, He will defend them before His Father; at their death He will purify their souls by effacing all the blots of sin and will restore to them their primitive beauty.”

 

“I will give you my Face and every time that you present it to my Father, my mouth will open to plead your cause.”
(Our Lord to Sr. Mary of St. Peter)

 

THE GOLDEN DAGGER

“…He told me that he would give me a golden dagger with which to wound him delightfully, and heal the poisonous wounds caused by sin.”
(Sr. Mary of St. Peter)

Below is an excerpt from Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, pages 126 – 129.

At five o’clock, she commenced her evening prayer; placing herself in spirit at the foot of the cross, (according to her custom, as we have seen), she lovingly asked of Our Lord the cause of his wrath. Her Divine Master, wishing to try her, changed his usual manner, and said: “I have lent ear to your sighs, and have seen your desire to glorify me; yet, all this proceeds not from you, it is I who am the Author of all holy desires.”

The sister continues: “Then he unfolded his Heart to me, concentrating therein the powers of my soul, and addressed me thus: ‘My Name is everywhere blasphemed, even little children blaspheme it.’ And he made me understand how that dreadful sin pierced and wounded his Heart, aye, more than all other crimes. By blasphemy, the sinner outrages him to his face, attacks him openly, and pronounces upon himself his own judgment and condemnation. Blasphemy is an empoisoned dagger, wounding his Divine Heart continually; he told me that he would give me a golden dagger with which to wound him delightfully, and heal the poisonous wounds caused by sin.”

“The following is the prayer which Our Lord dictated to me, notwithstanding my unworthiness, for the reparation of blasphemy against his Holy Name: he offered it to me as a golden dagger, assuring me that every time I said it, I would wound his Heart most lovingly.”

THE GOLDEN DAGGER.
“May the most holy, the most sacred, the most adorable, the most unknown and the most inexpressible Name of God be adored, praised, blessed, loved and glorified, in heaven, on earth and in hell, by all creatures formed by his sacred hand, and by the loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. Amen.”

The sister here suddenly interrupts her interesting narrative to explain an expression contained in this prayer.

“As I was not a little astonished when Our Lord said and in hell, he had the goodness to make me understand that his justice was there glorified. I beg to remark, that he did not only mean the place where the wicked are punished, but also purgatory, where he is loved and glorified by the suffering souls. The word hell is not merely applied to the place where the damned are confined, for our faith teaches us that the Saviour descended into hell or Limbo, where the souls of the just were detained until his Coming; and does not our holy mother the Church pray her divine Spouse to deliver the souls of her children from the gates of hell? A porta inferi erue, Domine, animas eorum.” (Office of the Dead.)

To these explanations may be added, that St. Paul, in one of his epistles, made use of the same expression in an analogical sense, saying: “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend in heaven, on earth and in hell.”

She continues: “Our Lord, having given me this golden dagger, added: ‘Beware how you appreciate this favor, for I shall demand an account of it.’ At that moment, I seemed to behold flowing from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wounded by this golden dagger, torrents of grace for the conversion of sinners, which sight gave me confidence to ask: My Lord, do you then hold me responsible for blasphemers?’”

 

MIRABILE NOMEN DEI

“Oh! would that we could understand the glory we could obtain by repeating these words: MIRABILE NOMEN DEI (Admirable is the Name of God) in a spirit of reparation for blasphemy!”
(Sr. Mary of St. Peter)

Below is an excerpt from Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, pages 197 – 198.

The Divine Master lent a favorable ear to the humble prayers of his servant; he revealed to her the heinousness and enormity of the sin of blasphemy. “It seems as if Our Lord said to me: ‘You cannot comprehend the abomination of this sin: if my justice were not restrained by my mercy, the guilty would be destroyed in an instant; even inanimate beings would feel my vengeance, but I have an eternity in which to punish the wicked.”

“Then he made me understand the excellence of this Work of Reparation; how far it surpassed all others, and how pleasing it was to God, to the angels, the saints and to our holy mother the Church. Oh! would that we could understand the glory we could obtain by repeating these words: MIRABILE NOMEN DEI (Admirable is the Name of God) in a spirit of reparation for blasphemy!

 

SUMMARY OF PRAYERS

Act of Reparation for Blasphemy (The Golden Dagger)

May the most holy, the most sacred, the most adorable, the most unknown and the most inexpressible Name of God be adored, praised, blessed, loved and glorified, in heaven, on earth and in hell, by all creatures formed by his sacred hand, and by the loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. Amen.

Prayers

• Eternal Father, I offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy beloved Son for the honor and glory of Thy Holy Name, for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of dying souls.

• Eternal Father, I ask of Thee as many souls as was the number of the drops of Blood as Thy Divine Son shed in His Passion. (She was given a vision of Hell and the multitude of souls falling in, and was invited to pray for poor sinners. Dec. 21, 1846).

• Eternal Father, I offer Thee Our Savior, Jesus Christ for the expiation of my sins and for the needs of Holy Church.

• Our Lord told Sister Marie de Saint-Pierre on March 16, 1844, “Oh if you only knew what great merit you acquire by saying even once, ‘Admirable is the Name of God,’ in the spirit of reparation of blasphemy.” (say often)

• Be merciful to us, O my God and reject not our prayers, when amid our afflictions, we call upon Thy Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Thine adorable Face.

• Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Holy Face of Jesus, covered with Blood, Sweat, dust and spittle, in reparation for the crimes of communists, blasphemers and by the profaners of His Holy Name and of the Holy Day of Sunday.

Taken from: The Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, 1884;
www.todayscatholicworld.com/ap06tcw.htm

 

Below listed are the feasts falling in April 2022:

April 1: FIRST FRIDAY/The Precious Blood (Friday after the IV Sunday of Lent).

April 2: FIRST SATURDAY/St. Francis of Paula Confessor, Double.

 

(THE PASSIONTIDE AND HOLY WEEK)

April 3: I Sunday of the Passion (Passion Sunday), Double of the I Class.

April 4: St. Isidore Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

April 5: St. Vincent Ferrer Confessor, Double.

April 6: Mass of the Season

April 7: Mass of the Season

April 8: Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Greater Double; Commemoration of the Feria.

April 9: Mass of the Season

 

April 10: II Sunday of the Passion (Sunday in Palms), Double of the I Class.

April 11: Monday in the Holy Week (Jesus curses the fig tree).

April 12: Tuesday in the Holy Week (Cleansing of the temple).

April 13: Wednesday in the Holy Week (Judas Iscariot plans his treachery).

April 14: Maundy Thursday.
                    [PART I: Until the Last Supper]
                    [PART II: After the Last Supper]

April 15: Good Friday.
                    [Part I - The Morning]
                    [Part II - The Afternoon]
                    [Part III - The Evening]
                    [Part IV - Reproaches, Plaint, & Prayers]

April 16: Holy Saturday (A day of Fasting & COMPLETE Abstinence).
                   [Part I - The descent into Limbo]
                   [Part II - The Mother most Desolate]

 

(THE PASCHALTIDE BEGINS)

April 17: EASTER SUNDAY, the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an Octave.

April 18: Easter Monday, Double.

April 19: Easter Tuesday, Double.

April 20: Easter Wednesday, Double.

April 21: Easter Thursday, Double.

April 22: Easter Friday, Double.

April 23: Easter Saturday, Double.

 

April 24: Low Sunday, Double of the I Class.

April 25: ROGATION DAY (The Greater Litanies); St. Mark Evangelist, Double of the II Class.

April 26: Ss. Cletus and Marcellinus Popes and Martyrs, Simple.

April 27: St. Peter Canisius Confessor and Doctor of the Church, Double.

April 28: St. Paul of the Cross Confessor, Double; Commemoration of St. Vitalis Martyr.

April 29: St. Peter of Verona Martyr, Double; St. Robert, Abbot of Molesme (Liturgical Calendar of France).

April 30: St. Catherine of Siena Virgin, Double.

 

“We have in this precious gift an infallible means of appeasing the wrath of God the Father, irritated against blasphemers; we shall beg him to cast a glance at the Face of his Divine Son, and the thunderbolts of justice will fall harmlessly from his hands. O God, our protector, look upon us and cast thine eyes on the Face of thy Christ!”
(The Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, 1884, page 256)

“Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy servant.”
(Ps, xxvi. 9)

Admirable is the Name of God!

 

Mar. 1, 2022

March is the Month the Church Dedicates to St. Joseph

 

The faithful man shall be much praised, and he that is the guardian of the Lord, shall be glorified.

He appointed him Lord of his house. And chief over all he had.

“Go to Joseph”
(Gen, xli. 55)

 

In whatever tribulation they shall cry to me, I will hear them; and I will be their protector for ever.

Obtain for us, O Joseph, to lead an innocent life; and may it ever be safe through thy Patronage.

 

Click here, to view a section dedicated to St. Joseph.

 

The devotion which our Holy Mother the Church desires us to pay to St. Joseph, is, after the homage rendered to Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, of all devotions the most just, solid, and reasonable. The influence of this Saint is immense;… that of all the blessed inhabitants of Heaven, none can be found who has so much power with God, save one only exception, his Immaculate Spouse, the ever Blessed Virgin Mother of God. Reason, religion, the authority of our Holy Mother the Church, the testimony of the Saints, and the example of so many holy souls in all ages, since the Incarnation of our Blessed Redeemer, prove, beyond any doubt, the immense influence which the beloved foster-father of Jesus enjoys in heaven. The Eternal Father confided to the care of St. Joseph the two most precious treasures which he possessed on earth; viz., Jesus and Mary. What a sublime honour for St. Joseph! What confidence Almighty God must have placed in him! What influence this unheard of privilege must give him over the heart of God! When a king confides to one of his favourites all that is dearest to him on earth, he certainly bestows an immense honour upon him, and naturally feels disposed to grant this privileged being any favours he may desire for himself or his friends—should he act otherwise, he would be condemned as being insensible to the services rendered to his majesty by his favourite. How much more reasonably, then, may we not expect that in heaven, where our most legitimate affections receive an immense increase of perfection, the slightest desire of this great Patriarch is immediately granted, seeing that he enjoys such power and influence with the Eternal King.

The Church teaches us that the Immaculate Mary has immense power and influence with God; and, therefore, desires all her children to honour her in an especial manner. St. Bernard calls Mary “an all powerful supplicant,” (“omnipotentia supplex.”) If, then, Mary honoured and respected St. Joseph while on earth, as her lord and spouse, whom the Eternal Father had placed over her, humbling herself to render him the most menial services, if St. Joseph was thus honoured by Mary while on earth, is it not most reasonable to expect that, although his influence be not so great as the Queen of Angels, he should, at least, be honoured next to her; and be placed side by side in heaven above all the other saints? Moreover, we know that while on earth the Son of God obeyed St. Joseph; that He honoured him as His father; and served him with His own divine hands. And think you that in heaven St. Joseph has not, so to speak, retained, in the same manner, the influence which he then had over the heart of the Infant God?—and that he could not draw from that ocean of goodness treasures of grace more abundantly than any other saint? To think otherwise is impossible.

In fine, St. Joseph saved the Adorable Son of Mary from the murder of the Innocents, by flying with Him into Egypt; he shared with the Blessed Virgin the cares, love and tenderness with which she watched over His helpless infancy; he laboured day and night to support, clothe, and nourish the Holy Family; and think you that all these services (if [one] may dare to employ such a word when speaking of the Creator) could be forgotten by our Blessed Lord? The thought would be blasphemy. The prayers of St. Joseph are orders for this God, who rewards even a cup of cold water given in His name!

The Church also in her turn, adds her testimony to the great power which St. Joseph possesses in heaven. That church, to which Our Blessed Lord has given a charge to teach us all truth, and to lead us into the path of true piety, enjoins us to be devout to St. Joseph; and does all in her power to excite in us a tender devotion towards him. She has raised numberless magnificent sanctuaries in his honour, and has instituted two solemn festivals, which are kept throughout the Catholic world; so that from east to west, from north to south—in a word, wherever the mysteries of the adopted Son are celebrated, the glory of the foster-father is always duly honoured.

The Church proposes St. Joseph to her children as the model of an interior life, and the patron of a happy death. She would have them consecrate the Wednesday of each week to honour him, and has granted indulgences on his feasts, and to the pious practices performed in his honour.

Even in the first half of the 17th century, there prevailed amidst the devout clients of St. Joseph a presentiment, that the day would come, when the Church, through her Liturgy, would urge the Faithful to have recourse to him as their powerful Protector.

In a book published in the year 1645, we find these almost prophetic words:

”O thou bright sun, thou father of our days! speed thy onward course, and give us that happy day, whereon are to be fulfilled the prophecies of the Saints. They have said, that in the latter ages of the world, the glories of St. Joseph will be brought to light; that God will draw aside the veil, which has hitherto prevented us from seeing the wondrous sanctuary of Joseph's soul; that the Holy Ghost will inspire the Faithful to proclaim the praises of this admirable Saint, and to build Monasteries, Churches and Altars in his honour; that, throughout the entire kingdom of the Church Militant, he shall be considered as the special Protector, for he was the Protector of the very founder of that kingdom, namely, our Lord Jesus Christ; that the Sovereign Pontiffs will, by a secret impulse from heaven, ordain that the Feast of this great Patriarch be solemnly celebrated through the length and breadth of the spiritual domain of St. Peter; that the most learned men of the world will use their talents in studying the divine gifts hidden in St. Joseph, and that they will find in him treasures of grace incomparably more precious and plentiful, than were possessed by every the choicest of the elect of the Old Testament, during the whole four thousand years of its duration.” (La gloire de saint Joseph; par le P. Jean Jacquinot, de la Compagnie de Jesus. Dijon: 1645.)

Let us then, henceforth, have confidence in the Patronage of St. Joseph. He is the Father of the Faithful, and it is God's will, that he, more than any other Saint, should have power to apply to us the blessings of the mystery of the Incarnation,—the great mystery whereof he, after Mary, was the chief earthly minister.

Extracted from: A novena to St. Joseph, to obtain of God, through the intercession of this holy Patriarch, 1871. Imprimatur;
The Liturgical Year – The Paschal Time, Vol. II, Dublin, Edition 1871.

 

Prayer for the Church and Consecration to St. Joseph.
(300 Days, once a day)

O glorious St Joseph, chosen by God to be the reputed father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary ever Virgin, and the head of the Holy Family, and then elected by the Vicar of Christ to be the heavenly Patron and Protector of the Church founded by Jesus Christ; with the greatest confidence I implore at this time thy powerful aid for the entire Church militant. Protect in a special manner with thy truly paternal love the Supreme Pontiff and all the bishops and priests united to the See of St Peter. Defend all those who labour for souls in the midst of the afflictions and tribulations of this life, and obtain the willing submission of every nation throughout the world to the Church, the necessary means of salvation for all.

O dearest St Joseph, be pleased to accept the consecration which I make to thee of myself. I dedicate myself entirely to thee that thou mayest ever be my father, my protector, and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life. Grant that after thy example all my actions may be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the divine Heart of Jesus and the immaculate heart of Mary, and with thee. Finally, pray for me that I may be able to share in the peace and joy of thy most holy death. Amen.

Prayer to St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church.
(100 Days, once a day)

O most powerful Patriarch, St Joseph, Patron of that universal Church which has always invoked thee in anxieties and tribulations; from the lofty seat of thy glory lovingly regard the Catholic world. Let it move thy paternal heart to see the mystical Spouse of Christ and his Vicar weakened by sorrow and persecuted by powerful enemies. We beseech thee, by the most bitter suffering thou didst experience on earth, to wipe away in mercy the tears of the revered Pontiff, to defend and liberate him, and to intercede with the Giver of peace and charity, that every hostile power being overcome and every error being destroyed, the whole Church may serve the God of all blessings in perfect liberty: ut destructis adversitatibus et erroribus universis Ecclesia secura DEO serviat libertate. Amen.

Memorare to St. Joseph.
(300 Days, once a day)

Remember, most pure spouse of Mary ever-Virgin, my loving protector, St Joseph, that never has it been heard that anyone ever invoked thy protection, or besought aid of thee, without being consoled. In this confidence I come before thee, I fervently recommend myself to thee. Despise not my prayer, foster-father of our Redeemer, but do thou in thy pity receive it. Amen.

Source: The Raccolta, 1910 Edition.

 

Below listed are the feasts falling in March 2022:

March 1: Holy Face of our Lord Jesus Christ (Shrove Tuesday).

 

(THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT BEGINS)

March 2: ASH WEDNESDAY (Fasting & Abstinence to be observed for 40 days, until Holy Saturday - April 16th, 2022, except Sundays when we don't fast).

March 3: Mass of the Season

March 4: FIRST FRIDAY/The sacred Crown of Thorns (Friday after Ash Wednesday); Commemoration of St. Casimir, Prince of Poland, Confessor; Commemoration of St. Lucius I Pope and Martyr.

March 5: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season

 

March 6: I Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of Ss. Perpetua and Felicity Martyrs.

March 7: St. Thomas Aquinas Confessor and Doctor of the Church, Double.

March 8: St. John of God Confessor, Double.

March 9: EMBER WEDNESDAY/St. Frances of Rome Widow, Double.

March 10: Commemoration of the Forty Holy Martyrs.

March 11: EMBER FRIDAY/The holy Lance & the Nails of our Lord (Friday after the I Sunday of Lent).

March 12: EMBER SATURDAY/St. Gregory I Pope, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

 

March 13: II Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class.

March 14: Mass of the Season

March 15: Mass of the Season

March 16: Mass of the Season

March 17: St. Patrick Bishop and Confessor, Double.

March 18: The Holy Winding Sheet of our Lord (Friday after the II Sunday of Lent); St. Cyril Bishop of Jerusalem, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

March 19: St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor, and Patron of the Universal Church, Double of the I Class (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION - Not in U.S.A.).

 

March 20: III Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class.

March 21: St. Benedict Abbot, Greater Double.

March 22: Mass of the Season

March 23: Mass of the Season

March 24: St. Gabriel the Archangel, Greater Double.

March 25: The Five Holy Wounds (Friday after the III Sunday of Lent); Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of The Good Thief, Penitent, Confessor.

March 26: Mass of the Season

 

March 27: IV Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of St. John Damascene Confessor and Doctor of the Church.

March 28: St. John Capistran Confessor, Double.

March 29: Mass of the Season

March 30: Mass of the Season

March 31: Mass of the Season

 

St. Joseph, pray for us.

 

Feb. 1, 2022

February is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Most Holy Trinity

 

“And there are three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one.”
(I St. John, v. 7)

 

Glory be to thee O Co-equal Trinity, one God-head before all ages, now, and for evermore. From whom are all things; thro’ whom are all things; in whom are all things; to Him be glory for ever.

 

The Famous Creed based on the Trinitarian Doctrine is the Athanasian Creed. It is also focused on Christology. The Latin name of the creed, “Quicunque Vult,” is taken from the opening words, "Whoever wishes". This creed explicitly states the equality of the three persons of the Trinity.

 

The mystery of the ever-adorable Trinity is the foundation of the Christian religion, the Master-Dogma of the Catholic Faith, and is firmly to be believed and assented to, though incomprehensible to human reason. What the Christian Church teaches us, with regard to this mystery, in a few words, is this: There is only one supreme Eternal God, Creator of heaven and earth, in three divine Persons, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, really distinct one from the other. For the Father is not the Son, nor the Holy Ghost; nor is the Son the Father, or the Holy Ghost; nor is the Holy Ghost the Father, or the Son. The Father is from no other: The Son was born of the Father from all eternity, and is equal to him in power and majesty, of the same nature and substance: The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and Son from all eternity, is equal to them in power and majesty, of the same nature and substance with them. So that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are the One, supreme, Eternal Being; and consequently, tho’ the Father be God, the Son be God, and the Holy Ghost be God, they are but One God equally to be praised, adored, and worshiped for ever.

Let us therefore this month beg Almighty God to preserve us in this Faith, and continue to teach us to submit our reason to revelation. Let us offer our prayers for those unhappy men, who, taking their weak reason for the standard of all truth, impiously give the lie to the Almighty, and refuse to believe God, when he himself teaches us (through the Church) what we are to believe concerning him.

 

Below listed are the feasts falling in February 2022:

February 1: St. Ignatius (of Antioch), Bishop and Martyr, Double.

February 2: Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Double of the II Class.

February 3: Commemoration of St. Blase Bishop and Martyr.

February 4: FIRST FRIDAY/St. Andrew Corsini Bishop and Confessor, Double.

February 5: FIRST SATURDAY/St. Agatha Virgin Martyr, Double.

 

February 6: V Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Titus Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of St. Dorothy Virgin Martyr.

February 7: St. Romuald Abbot, Double.

February 8: St. John of Matha Confessor, Double.

February 9: St. Cyril Bishop of Alexandria, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of St. Apollonia Virgin Martyr.

February 10: St. Scholastica Virgin, Double.

February 11: Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate (at Lourdes), Greater Double.

February 12: The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary Confessors, Double.

 

(THE SHROVETIDE / PRE-LENTEN SEASON BEGINS)

February 13: Septuagesima Sunday, Double.

February 14: Commemoration of St. Valentine Priest and Martyr.

February 15: The Prayer of Christ (Tuesday after Septuagesima Sunday); Commemoration of Ss. Faustinus and Jovita Martyrs.

February 16: Mass of the Season

February 17: Mass of the Season

February 18: Commemoration of St. Simeon Bishop and Martyr.

February 19: Mass of the Season

 

February 20: Sexagesima Sunday, Double.

February 21: Mass of the Season

February 22: Commemoration of the Passion of Christ (Tuesday after Sexagesima Sunday); Chair of St. Peter at Antioch, Greater Double; Commemoration of St. Paul.

February 23: St. Peter Damian Confessor, Bishop, Cardinal, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

February 24: St. Matthias Apostle, Double of the II Class.

February 25: Mass of the Season

February 26: Mass of the Season

 

February 27: Shrove Sunday/Quinquagesima Sunday, Double; Commemoration of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows.

February 28: Shrove Monday.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.