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Archive for December, 2009
COLLECT: Let us pray. O God, Whose praise the martyred innocents did this day proclaim, not by speaking, but by dying, put to death in all of us the malice of sinfulness that our lives may also proclaim Thy faith, which our tongues profess. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
From Saint Matthew 2,13-18: And after they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him. Who arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and he was there until the death of Herod: That it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry: and sending killed all the men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
A PRAYER FOR YOUTH by the Venerable Pope Pius XII:
SEND FORTH, O LORD, Your divine Spirit, the distributor of gifts, the gentle guest of the soul and its sweet rest, on these young people, fresh and pure as tender roses when in the early morning they offer their delicate perfume and the bright color of their petals, just burst from the bud, to the sun as it bathes them in light and warmth.
O God of goodness, if in Your infinite wisdom You decide not to spare them pain, if You see that they have need of this initiation, this purification, this refining crucible, this proof of patience, this enlightenment of the spirit, this sign of human solidarity, this touchstone of love, then at least grant them the abundance of Your grace to sustain their trusting souls; strengthen them in danger; and reassure them in the uncertainties of the way. Grant that by their virtue they may always be the consolation and the joy of their parents and teachers, an example to all of a manifestly Christian life.
Direct them toward those ideals of tenderness and compassion, of prayer and action, of charity and sacrifice, which the admirable designs of Your providence have planned for them. And after You have bestowed on them the necessary but transient goods of earth, give to their souls, longing for You, O Lord, the imperishable goods of heaven, where You are the light and the infinite happiness of souls for all ages. Amen.
(Translated by the Reverend Martin W. Schoenberg, O.S.C., 1957)
by the Venerable Pope Pius XII
O JESUS, You were born a tiny baby so that all children may feel You are their brother and know that You love them. Behold us from all over the world, gathered around You, to tell You today with one voice that we love You and want to resemble You in our minds, our hearts, and our lives.
You draw us to Yourself and how we appreciate Your invitation.
You open wide Your arms and how happy we are to rest on Your bosom.
But all Your little ones, dear Jesus, are not here.
The greater number of those born with us do not know You as yet. They do not know that You are looking for them, that You are waiting for them, that You ask those who love You to give themselves as the gift most pleasing to You and most desired by You.
We pray for them, Jesus, as we pray for ourselves.
Grant that the good news of Your coming and of Your kingdom may reach them in all corners of the world.
Grant that to Your name, O Jesus, there may resound everywhere the Hosanna sung in Your honor by the children of Jerusalem on the day of Your triumph. And may our tongues, made eloquent by You, restore to You, our brother, our friend, and our master, the praise which the pride of men denies You.
(Translated by the Reverend Martin W. Schoenberg, O.S.C., 1957)
You have become one of us — You have become man, while still retaining all your power and holiness as God!
You, O Lord, made the journey of the unborn child. By being an embryo, a fetus, and a newborn, you joined all unborn and newborn children to you!
From the beginning of history, O Lord, You were the Creator of every human life. Now, with Christmas, You join Yourself in an unthinkable way with the life You created.
Let this Christmas, O God, fill all of us with awe and wonder at how close human life is to You. Cleanse the world of all that tarnishes and rejects this gift. Purify our hearts of all that fears this gift.
Let our Christmas joy be the joy of welcoming every human life! Amen.
by Father Frank Pavone, Founder of Priests for Life: www.priestsforlife.org
Please note: The above holy card is a copy of one very much loved by St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. The first line of the Latin beneath the picture (There is no savior beside me) is taken from Hosea 13:4: But I am the Lord thy God [Who brought you] from the land of Egypt: and thou shalt know no God but me, and there is no savior beside me.
O Jesus, eternal High Priest, Who didst deign to raise Thy faithful servant, Pius XII, to the supreme dignity of Thy Vicar on earth and to grant him the grace to be a fearless defender of the faith, a valiant champion of justice and peace, zealous in proclaiming the glory of Thy most holy Mother, a shining example of charity and all virtues, deign now to grant us, in view of his merits, the graces we ask of Thee; so that, made certain of his efficacious intercession with Thee, we may one day see him raised to the honors of our altars. Amen.
Imprimatur – Dated December 8, 1958: + Petrus Canisius J. van Lierde, Vicar General for Vatican City
The Venerable Pius XII on the official Vatican City website: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xii/
Sister Margherita Marchione’s website: http://www.piusxiipope.info/index.htm
To download a printable copy (PDF) of the above PRAYER, go to: Prayer Card Venerable Pius XII 2009
In this passage from his 1840 sermon ‘The New Works of the Gospel’, Newman reflects on the nature of faith and the fruits of grace in the Christian life, shedding light on the words of St Elizabeth to the Blessed Virgin Mary in today’s Gospel, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled”:
We see why justification must be of faith: because, as Christ, by means of His Spirit, makes a new beginning in us, so faith, on our part, receives that new beginning, and cooperates with Him. And it is the only principle which can do this: for as things spiritual are unseen, so faith is in its very nature that which apprehends and uses things unseen. We renounce our old unprofitable righteousness, which is from Adam, and accept, through faith, that new righteousness which is imparted by the Spirit; or, in St. Paul’s words, “we, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.” [Galatians 5: 5] [...]
Let us think much, and make much, of the grace of God; let us beware of receiving it in vain; let us pray God to prosper it in our hearts, that we may bring forth much fruit. We see how grace wrought in St. Paul: it made him labour, suffer, and work righteousness almost above man’s nature. This was not his own doing; it was not through his own power. He says himself, “Yet not I, but the grace of God which was in me.” [1 Cor. 15: 10] God’s grace was “sufficient for him” [see 2 Cor. 12: 15]. It was its triumph in him, that it made him quite another man from what he was before. May God’s grace be efficacious in us also. Let us aim at doing nothing in a dead way; let us beware of dead works, dead forms, dead professions. Let us pray to be filled with the spirit of love. Let us come to Church joyfully; let us partake the Holy Communion adoringly; let us pray sincerely; let us work cheerfully; let us suffer thankfully; let us throw our heart into all we think, say, and do; and may it be a spiritual heart! This is to be a new creature in Christ; this is to walk by faith.
Finally, through our Holy Father and the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, the greatest calumny of the 20th Century is being formally exposed by the Church! JUSTICE!
The Pope today authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decrees recognizing the heroic virtues of the Servants of God Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) and John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła). The recognition of a miracle is the only step needed for a beatification.
For more information on Pope Pius XII, go to:
Christmas Liturgical Schedule at Saint Mary Church, Salem
THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (Confession):
Saturday, December 19 (two sessions): from Noon – 1:00 pm and again from 2:00 – 3:00pm (2 confessors will be available each time);
Penance Service: Monday, December 21 at 7:00 pm (3 confessors available);
THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS:
For the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
6:00pm Christmas Eve Vigil Mass (for the Children);
10:00pm Christmas Eve Sung Mass “in the night” (preceded by prelude music at 9:30pm by our choir);
10:00am Christmas Day
For the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Jan. 1)
6:00pm New Year’s Eve Vigil Mass;
10:00am on New Year’s Day
December 25th & January 1st are Holydays of Obligation