Sunday, July 12, 2020

15th Sunday 2020 - Produce



Jesus Christ shares a parable that demonstrates the different abilities that humans have to receive the Word of God. That Word is given to all. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3fiC4TV Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, July 10, 2020

14th Friday 2020 - Prepared



Jesus warns of coming persecution but that the believer is to rely on the Holy Spirit for the words. We are to prepare by becoming accustomed to listening to the Holy Spirit. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3ejY7br Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Ss. Augustine Zhao Rong And Companions 2020 - Peace



We should not hold back peace from anyone, especially if we are doing what is right. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3eRxQlW Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

14th Wednesday 2020 -Called



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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

14th Tuesday 2020 - Harvest



Jesus ASR’s is to pray for many more to labor in the field, but that al St o means all take their right place I support. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2O6EfOE Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, July 5, 2020

14th Sunday 2020 - Burdened



Jesus invites us to rest in Him by sharing our burdens. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2Z0qlUh Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, July 3, 2020

St. Thomas 2020 - Certainty



St. Thomas cannot believe in the Resurrection of Christ not because of a lack of fait but because of not experiencing it himself. Christ appears, and Thomas has certainty. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/38nVDHI Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

13th Thursday 2020 - Prophet



The prophet Amos is told to flee because of the harsh word of God, and he receives a harsher word, but the Lord can forgive based on the faith of the faithful. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2ZuWCSE Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

St. Junipero Serra 2020 - Disruption



The Prophet Amos instructs us to look for the good, but Jesus encounters the Gadarenes who are upset that He disrupts their lives. Do we allow Him to disrupt us? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3eRxQlW Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

1st Martyrs of Rome 2020 - Peace



Jesus calms the storm, and can give us peace. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/38dxljG Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

13th OT Sunday 2020 - Love Multiples



We have a God who is jealous for us, asking us to love Him first, but when we do, we are able to love all. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/31pKc0S Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Saturday, June 27, 2020

12th OT Saturday 2020 - Humility



The first reading and Psalm speak of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, which occurred because the people were listening to what they wanted to hear, not the truth. We need humility to listen to the truth. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3i53HBR Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, June 26, 2020

12th OT Friday 2020 - Babylon



Babylon is never satisfied and so the last king of Judah, Zedekiah who was placed by Babylon, is deposed, excited, and his sons killed. The works, too, is never satisfied, but Christ is. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3i5cMdT Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

12th OT Thursday 2020 - Fear



It is not enough to be named Christian, but in deed. What could elicit more fear than standing before the Lord and hearing Him say that we failed to do His will? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2VgFYos Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Nativity Of John Baptist 2020 - Called



The child born of Zachariah and Elizabeth is to be called John... despite the relatives objections. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2Z2O70P Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Nativity John Baptist Vigil 2020 - Formed



We celebrate the vigil of St. John the Baptist, who was formed to prepare the way for Christ. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3fOG6mU Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

12th OT Sunday 2020 - Father



God the Father protects, provides, and proves His people, and provides the model for all fathers. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3eh8wWi Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, June 19, 2020

Sacred Heart 2020 - Loved



The celebration of the Sacred Heart is a celebration of the Lord's love for us, and His desire to be with us. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3fDt7Ey Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

11th OT Thursday 2020 - Forgiving



Jesus teaches the disciples to pray, and highlights the need to forgive. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2UVXkXn Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

11th OT Wednesday 2020 - Sought



We will find often what we seek. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3fxq2FV Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

11th OT Tuesday- Perfect



Loving our “enemies” can mean correction and seeking conversion, and when we do, we grow in perfection. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2zD9OvI Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Monday, June 15, 2020

11th OT Monday - Boundaries



Three individuals with three different responses to King Ahab’s request for Naboth’s vineyard and Naboth’s denial. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2zAYtMF Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Corpus Christi 2020 - Feast



When we come to the Eucharist, we come to a Who who feeds us and unites us. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2AzrKI7 Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

St. Anthony 2020 - Words



Jesus tells us not to use oaths, but to let our words speak for themselves. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/37rNEcg Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, June 12, 2020

10th OT Friday 2020 - Listen



Elijah is able to listen for the still small voice because he is silent. In this days of chaos, we need to find silence, too. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3hkIX8I Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

St. Barnabas 2020 - Encourage



St. Barnabas lived up to his name. How are we called to sons or daughters of encouragement in our own day? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2Yt7MXo Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

10th OT Wednesday - Decide



Elijah challenges the people to decide whom they will worship, and we too need to decide. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/30paKyS Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

St. Ephrem 2020 - Supplied



The Lord supplied the widow, her son, and the prophet Elijah through the famine, and He not only continues to supply us, but calls us to be salt and light in a world of need. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3hdacSs Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Trinity Sunday 2020 - Mystery



The Holy Trinity is a mystery, and we reflect on the internal relationship of God in Himself. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2MHFliR Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, June 5, 2020

St. Boniface 2020 - Scripture



St. Paul tells St. Timothy that all Scripture is useful for teaching, and Jesus does exactly that. How can we use Scripture better, but also remembering we have something more: tradition? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3gS1GZb Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

9th OT Thursday 2020 - Listen



The commandment to love God also entails the call to listen t0, not just hear, Him. Perhaps the same call to listen to our neighbor is how we can best love. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2UerG7o Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

St. Charles Lwanga And Comp. 2020 - Power



As we celebrate 22 Ugandan Martyrs, we need to remember that the Church has people from all nations. We face a nation divided, we recall that we need the Holy Spirit who gives power, love, and self-control. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/305UZge Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

9th OT Tuesday 2020 - Separate



What does it mean to render to Caesar what is his, and to God what is God's? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3eJhco6 Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sequence for Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit, come! 
And from your celestial home 
Shed a ray of light divine! 

Come, Father of the poor! 
Come, source of all our store! 
Come, within our bosoms shine. 

You, of comforters the best; 
You, the soul's most welcome guest; 
Sweet refreshment here below; 

In our labor, rest most sweet; 
Grateful coolness in the heat; 
Solace in the midst of woe. 

O most blessed Light divine, 
Shine within these hearts of yours, 
And our inmost being fill! 

Where you are not, we have naught, 
Nothing good in deed or thought, 
Nothing free from taint of ill. 

Heal our wounds, our strength renew; 
On our dryness pour your dew; 
Wash the stains of guilt away: 

Bend the stubborn heart and will; 
Melt the frozen, warm the chill; 
Guide the steps that go astray. 

On the faithful, who adore 
And confess you, evermore 
In your sevenfold gift descend; 

Give them virtue's sure reward; 
Give them your salvation, Lord; 
Give them joys that never end. 

Amen. Alleluia.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Vigil Of Pentecost 2020 - Gathered



The Holy Spirit is the breath of the Church, conceived in the pierced heart of Jesus, and is power of God to gather us in to the one Church. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2XLqysH Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 9

We join in the final day of our novena.
NINTH DAY (Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost)
Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.
Prayer
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Friday, May 29, 2020

7th Easter Friday 2020 - Love



Christ Jesus asks St. Peter if he loves Him. Peter responds in a truthful way, but needs growth. So do we. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/36HEQyt Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 8

We join in the eighth day of our novena.
EIGHTH DAY (Friday, 7th Week of Easter)
Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!
The Gift of Wisdom
Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: "Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.
Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

7th Easter Thursday 2020 - Unity



On what, or who, is our Church's unity based? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3errwkB Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 7

We join in the seventh day of our novena.
SEVENTH DAY (Thursday, 7th Week of Easter)
Heal our wounds--our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.
The Gift of Counsel
The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth."
Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

7th Easter Wednesday 2020 - Deposit



Jesus prays that the disciples remain safe in the Deposit of Faith. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2TFoSzI Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 6

We join in the sixth day of our novena.
SIXTH DAY (Wednesday, 7th Week of Easter)
If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill.
The Gift of Understanding
Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."
Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

7th Easter Tuesday 2020 - Glory



Jesus prays, staring His work glorifies the Father, and our work should, too. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2X3hlwA Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 5

We join in the fifth day of our novena.
FIFTH DAY (Tuesday, 7th Week of Easter)
Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!
The Gift of Knowledge
The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth--in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it."
Prayer
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Monday, May 25, 2020

7th Easter Monday 2020 - Memorial



Though it is not a Catholic Holy Day, Memorial Day has a deeply Catholic understanding at its roots. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3gcW4rY Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 4

We join in the fourth day of our novena.
FOURTH DAY (Monday, 7th Week of Easter)
Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.
The Gift of Fortitude
The Gift of Fortitude By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."
Prayer
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Ascension 2020 - Work



Jesus ascends and takes His seat at the Father's side, not to rest but to work and guide us in our work. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2zqynvF Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 3

We join in the third day of our novena.
THIRD DAY (7th Sunday of Easter)
Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.
The Gift of Piety
The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.
Prayer
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Saturday, May 23, 2020

6th Easter Saturday 2020 - Revealed



Apollos needed to have the Scriptures revealed to him, despite his training, because Christ reveals God, and we, too, need the Spirit to reveal truth to us. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2TybZHH Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 2

We join in the second day of our novena.
SECOND DAY (Saturday, 6th Week of Easter)
Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!
The Gift of Fear
The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls."
Prayer
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Friday, May 22, 2020

6th Easter Friday 2020 - Promise



The Lord promise St. Paul he would not be harmed by proclaiming the Gospel, and promised us as followers joy that will follow after hardship. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2ZsFgaI Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Novena to the Holy Spirit - Day 1

Today, we begin the nine day prayer - a novena - asking for the Holy Spirit and His Seven Gifts.
FIRST DAY (Friday, 6th Week of Easter)
Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!
The Holy Spirit
Only one thing is important -- eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared--sin· Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us."
Prayer
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
To be recited daily during the Novena
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
(To be recited daily during the Novena)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

6th Easter Thursday 2020 - Witness



St. Christopher and companions in the Cristeros movement of Mexico witnessed to Christ with their lives, and we, too, are called to give witness. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3cOwLdG Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

6th Easter Wednesday- Named



St. Paul names God for the Athenians, and the name of Jesus still needs to be proclaimed. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2TmaxrE Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

6th Easter Tuesday 2020 - Something



Ss. Paul and Silas had Something that allowed them to sing through their suffering, and stay though they could have fled. The guard had nothing, but recognized his lack. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2Zia2D4 Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

6th Easter Sunday 2020 - Reason



What is our reason for hope? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3aeSWrA Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, May 14, 2020

St. Mathias 2020 - Chosen



St. Mathias was chosen to take Judas' place as an apostle. We too are chosen. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3cwiWQX Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

5th Easter Tuesday 2020 - Gift



Jesus gives His peace, but not as the world gives. Do we accept that gift? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2WmAPfq Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, May 10, 2020

5th Easter Sunday 2020 - Essential



The Apostles knew their essential duties were proclamation of the Gospel and prayer, and remind us that our essential duties are the same - perhaps in different ways. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3e3Lbro Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Saturday, May 9, 2020

4th Easter Saturday 2020 - Prayer



Do we pray in the right way, or do we expect the Lord to give us exactly what we want? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2xQTuqq Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, May 8, 2020

4th Easter Wednesday 2020 - Light



Jesus is light, destroying darkness and challenging all who would chose it. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3fokC0P Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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4th Easter Friday 2020 - Fear



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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

4th Tuesday Easter 2020 - Suspense



The Jews are in self-inflicted suspense, wondering if Jesus is the Christ. But Barnabas recognizes the Lord at work in the Gentiles. Why? He listened to the Shepherd. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/35umPmX Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, May 3, 2020

4th Sunday Easter 2020 - Voice



Jesus Christ is both Shepherd and sheep gate. We need to learn His voice. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2z0obK2 Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, May 1, 2020

Joseph The Worker 2020 - Work



We ask St. Joseph’s intercession this day. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2z0h1oO Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Thursday, April 30, 2020

3rd Thursday Easter 2020 - Speak



The Ethiopian eunuch struggles to understand the Scriptures, and needs the deacon Philip to help him, showing that the faith is not just a matter of reading, but of encountering the Lord, who reveals the Father to us. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2W8WhU1 Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

3rd Wednesday Easter 2020 - God's will



What is the Father's will for us? Is it to come to His Son, the Bread of Life, or to do our own will? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2yORcIz Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

3rd Tuesday Easter 2020 - LIfe



Jesus gives the Bread of Life - not extending our natural lives, but giving us eternity. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2SaHUNx Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, April 26, 2020

3rd Sunday Easter 2020 - Stay



Jesus Christ appears to Cleopas and his companion, and opens them up to understand that Hos passion and death were necessary. They needed more - they needed Him in the breaking of bread. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2S6qmT1 Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Saturday, April 25, 2020

St. Mark 2020 - Marked



St. Mark, a follower of St. Peter, who followed Christ, wrote a text to help us know the Lord. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2Y4XSww Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Friday, April 24, 2020

2nd Friday Easter 2020



Jesus Christ provides, and He is everlasting. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2VXCuXm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Pester the Priest April 2020


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Easter Joy - A message to the SMSU students



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Thursday, April 23, 2020

2nd Thursday Easter 2020 - Obey



What is the balance of obedience between God and government? The apostles and the Gospel tell us - Follow God. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3bxeSzw Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

2nd Wednesday Easter 2020 - Darkness



Jesus Christ proclaims that God the Father loves us, but that those who do evil hide in darkness. Let us go to the light. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2Vvc4xn Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Divine Mercy Sunday 2020 - Mercy



Jesus Christ is mercy - and He gives us what we need to thrive. Are we able to receive Him? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/34NiqLg Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Divine Mercy Chaplet

On Divine Mercy Sunday, we are encouraged to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Here's How:
Make the Sign of the Cross
Pray the Opening Prayers The second prayer is repeated three times:"You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us."
"O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!" (three times)
Pray the Our Father
Pray the Hail Mary
Say the Apostles' Creed
Pray the Prayer "Eternal Father" On the Our Father bead before each decade, pray the following prayer: "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. Amen."
Pray the Prayer "For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion" Ten Times On each of the Hail Mary beads in each decade, pray the following prayer: "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
Repeat Steps 6 and 7 On each of the next four decades of the Chaplet, repeat steps 6 and 7 (pray the Eternal Father, followed by ten "For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion").
Pray the Concluding Doxology Three Times After you have prayed all five decades of the Chaplet, pray the following prayer, which is repeated three times: "Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world." (three times)
Pray the Closing Prayer After the doxology, pray the following final prayer: "Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy Itself. Amen."
End With the Sign of the Cross

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Easter Saturday 2020 - Incredible



The disciples cannot believe Mary Magdalene not Cleopas and his companion, but can only believe the incredible news after their own encounters with the Risen Lord. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3afCjMd Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Divine Mercy Novena - Day 9

Prayer for Ninth Day of Divine Mercy Novena 
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power. 
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Easter Friday 2020 - Normal



St. Peter returns to the normal and familiar - fishing - after the Resurrection, but there is no return. Everything has been transformed. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3aeSWrA Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Divine Mercy Novena - Day 8

Prayer for Eighth Day of Divine Mercy Novena 
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Easter Joy - A message to the SMSU students


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Easter Thursday 2020 - Proof



Jesus appears to the disciples and gives them what they need, most of all proof of His resurrection. He is willing to price Himself to us, if we are willing to receive Him. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3cgrLhg Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Divine Mercy Novena - Day 7

Prayer for Seventh Day of Divine Mercy Novena 
Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life. 
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Easter Wednesday 2020 - Recognized



Christ appears to two disciples, going home after the events of the first Easter Sunday, and they only recognize Him in the breaking of the bread. Do we recognize His presence with us? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3er9jVk Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Divine Mercy Novena - Day 6

Prayer for Sixth Day of Divine Mercy Novena 
Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy. 
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Easter Tuesday 2020 - Holding On



Mary Magdalene encounters the Risen Lord, but doesn’t recognize Him until He speaks her name, and us holding on to Him so that He can’t complete His mission. Do we hold on to the Lord too right? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/2XERY5j Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Divine Mercy Novena - Day 5

Prayer for Fifth Day of Divine Mercy Novena
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Divine Mercy Novena - Day 4

Prayer for Fourth Day of Divine Mercy Novena
Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter 2020 - Dare To Hope



Christ is Risen. Do we dare to hope? Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3a6gOgF Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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Divine Mercy Novena - Day 3

Prayer for Third Day of Divine Mercy Novena 
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely. 
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Exult!!!

Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King's triumph! Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness. Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arrayed with the lightning of his glory, let this holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples. (Therefore, dearest friends, standing in the awesome glory of this holy light, invoke with me, I ask you, the mercy of God almighty, that he, who has been pleased to number me, though unworthy, among the Levites, may pour into me his light unshadowed, that I may sing this candle's perfect praises). (Deacon: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit.) Deacon: Lift up your hearts. People: We lift them up to the Lord. Deacon: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People: It is right and just. It is truly right and just, with ardent love of mind and heart and with devoted service of our voice, to acclaim our God invisible, the almighty Father, and Jesus Christ, our Lord, his Son, his Only Begotten. Who for our sake paid Adam's debt to the eternal Father, and, pouring out his own dear Blood, wiped clean the record of our ancient sinfulness. These, then, are the feasts of Passover, in which is slain the Lamb, the one true Lamb, whose Blood anoints the doorposts of believers. This is the night, when once you led our forebears, Israel's children, from slavery in Egypt and made them pass dry-shod through the Red Sea. This is the night that with a pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin. This is the night that even now throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, leading them to grace and joining them to his holy ones. This is the night when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld. Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed. O wonder of your humble care for us! O love, O charity beyond all telling, to ransom a slave you gave away your Son! O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ! O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer! O truly blessed night, worthy alone to know the time and hour when Christ rose from the underworld! This is the night of which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness. The sanctifying power of this night dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty. On this, your night of grace, O holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering, the work of bees and of your servants' hands, an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church. But now we know the praises of this pillar, a flame divided but undimmed, which glowing fire ignites for God's honour, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, for it is fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees to build a torch so precious. O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth, and divine to the human. Therefore, O Lord, we pray you that this candle, hallowed to the honour of your name, may persevere undimmed, to overcome the darkness of this night. Receive it as a pleasing fragrance, and let it mingle with the lights of heaven. May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death's domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Divine Mercy Novena - Day 2

Prayer for Second Day of Divine Mercy Novena 
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven. 
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard—upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Great Silence

From the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday: Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear. He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ Christ answered him: ‘And with your spirit.’ He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: ‘Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’ I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden. See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree. I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you. Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday 2020 - The Cross



Jesus's death on the cross is proof of His love for us and the answer to the evil in this world. Readings are found at https://ift.tt/3e3Lbro Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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A beautiful Hymn from the Roman Missal for Good Friday

Faithful Cross the Saints rely on,
Noble tree beyond compare!Never was there such a scion,Never leaf or flower so rare.Sweet the timber, sweet the iron,Sweet the burden that they bear!
Cantors:Sing, my tongue, in exultationOf our banner and device!Make a solemn proclamationOf a triumph and its price:How the Savior of creationConquered by his sacrifice!
All:Faithful Cross the Saints rely on,Noble tree beyond compare!Never was there such a scion,Never leaf or flower so rare.
Cantors:For, when Adam first offended,Eating that forbidden fruit,Not all hopes of glory endedWith the serpent at the root:Broken nature would be mendedBy a second tree and shoot.
All:Sweet the timber, sweet the iron,Sweet the burden that they bear!
Cantors:Thus the tempter was outwittedBy a wisdom deeper still:Remedy and ailment fitted,Means to cure and means to kill;That the world might be acquitted,Christ would do his Father’s will.
All:Faithful Cross the Saints rely on,Noble tree beyond compare!Never was there such a scion,Never leaf or flower so rare.
Cantors:So the Father, out of pityFor our self-inflicted doom,Sent him from the heavenly cityWhen the holy time had come:He, the Son and the Almighty,Took our flesh in Mary’s womb.
All:Sweet the timber, sweet the iron,Sweet the burden that they bear!
Cantors:Hear a tiny baby crying,Founder of the seas and strands;See his virgin Mother tyingCloth around his feet and hands;Find him in a manger lyingTightly wrapped in swaddling-bands!
All:Faithful Cross the Saints rely on,Noble tree beyond compare!Never was there such a scion,Never leaf or flower so rare.
Cantors:So he came, the long-expected,Not in glory, not to reign;Only born to be rejected,Choosing hunger, toil and pain,Till the scaffold was erectedAnd the Paschal Lamb was slain.
All:Sweet the timber, sweet the iron,Sweet the burden that they bear!
Cantors:No disgrace was too abhorrent:Nailed and mocked and parched he died;Blood and water, double warrant,Issue from his wounded side,Washing in a mighty torrentEarth and stars and oceantide.
All:Faithful Cross the Saints rely on,Noble tree beyond compare!Never was there such a scion,Never leaf or flower so rare.
Cantors:Lofty timber, smooth your roughness,Flex your boughs for blossoming;Let your fibers lose their toughness,Gently let your tendrils cling;Lay aside your native gruffness,Clasp the body of your King!
All:Sweet the timber, sweet the iron,Sweet the burden that they bear!
Cantors:Noblest tree of all created,Richly jeweled and embossed:Post by Lamb’s blood consecrated;Spar that saves the tempest-tossed;Scaffold-beam which, elevated,Carries what the world has cost!
All:Faithful Cross the Saints rely on,Noble tree beyond compare!Never was there such a scion,Never leaf or flower so rare.
All:Wisdom, power, and adorationTo the blessed TrinityFor redemption and salvationThrough the Paschal Mystery,Now, in every generation,And for all eternity. Amen.