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Below is a copy of an email which was sent out to the parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish this morning.
The Novena Prayer we are using will be found below the quotation from Pope Emeritus Benedict:
My Dear Parishioners of St. Mary Church:
Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate!
I am writing to remind you that today, August 7th, the first Friday of the month, we begin, as a parish family, the Novena to Our Lady in preparation for the Feast of her Assumption into Heaven – nine days of prayer (August 7th through the 15th). The special intention of this novena is for the return of those who have abandoned the practice of the Faith. If you have forgotten about participating in these nine days of prayer, I earnestly invite you to be part of the novena – that we may be united in one heart and voice, asking the intercession of the Holy Mother of God to move the hearts of those who, for whatever reason, have left their Father’s house and are living without the powerful grace of the Sacraments, given by Our Divine Savior to His Church. The Novena Prayer was included in last weekend’s bulletin. If you have misplaced it, or didn’t receive a bulletin, I have it attached the Novena Prayer to this email in both Word and PDF formats. We will also pray the Novena Prayer after the weekend Masses and after the Masses throughout the week leading up to the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption on Saturday, August 15th, the last day of the novena.
Deo gratias et Mariae,
“By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal goods we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful. Consequently, we must not lose our serenity and peace even amid the thousands of daily difficulties. The luminous sign of Our Lady taken up into Heaven shines out even more brightly when sad shadows of suffering and violence seem to loom on the horizon.
“We may be sure of it: from on high, Mary follows our footsteps with gentle concern, dispels the gloom in moments of darkness and distress, and reassures us with her motherly hand. Supported by awareness of this, let us continue confidently on our path of Christian commitment wherever Providence may lead us. Let us forge ahead in our lives under Mary’s guidance.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, August 15, 2006
Novena Prayer to Our Lady
Assumed into Heaven Body and Soul
Asking Her Special Intercession for the return of those who have abandoned the practice of their Catholic Faith
O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant Assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen.
We join them in praising you and bless the Lord Who raised you above all creatures. With them we offer you our devotion and love.
We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs, and we take comfort from the faith in the coming resurrection.
We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
Three Hail Mary’s are now prayed in honor of Our Lady’s threefold privilege of being the Daughter of God the Father, the Mother of God the Son, and the Spouse of God the Holy Spirit.
Today I had the privilege of visiting one of my favorite Shrines in the United States: the Neumann Shrine in Philadelphia and the venerable resting place of his holy body. I prayed for all of my parishioners and friends before the “Little Bishop” and asked the 4th Bishop of Philadelphia to help us all grow in love for the Lord Jesus and His holy Mother. -Fr. Lawrence
The Rogation Days (Minor Litanies) on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the Traditional Feast of the Ascension were well-attended this year! On Rogation Wednesday, we had to keep the Procession inside church due to the heavy rain! Thanks be to God.
Prayer for the Church
O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church,
we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
and the selfless care with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.
Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church
on the rock of Peter’s faith
and have never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.
Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us,
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
For more information, go to: http://www.prayerforthechurch.com
Just a reminder, beginning this afternoon (Monday, April 5), and continuing every weekday afternoon during the Easter Octave (through Friday) at 5:30pm, and again on Saturday morning, April 10 at 10:00am, the traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at St. Mary’s, Salem, for the intentions of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
All are encouraged to join faithful Catholics and Christians throughout the world in prayer for our sweet Christ on earth, and thus unite in solidarity around the successor to St. Peter, Pope Benedict XVI.
Again, the extra Masses scheduled this week are Monday through Firday at 5:30 pm and on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. The usual morning schedule will still be kept, with the morning Mass (in English, Ordinary Form) at 8:15 am, Monday through Friday.
Please remember to pray for our Holy Father during this time when he is being so unjustly attacked by the media and the enemies of the Church (including some from within the Catholic Church).
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V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.
R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and bless him upon earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father…
Let us pray. O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
LET US PRAY TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAITI. Under this title, Our Blessed Mother is honored as the PATRONESS OF HAITI and the HAITIAN PEOPLE:
O Lord Jesus Christ, by whose gift Mary Thy Mother, whose image we venerate, is our Mother too, and ready at all times to help us: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who earnestly beg her maternal help, may be counted worthy to reap through all eternity the fruit of Thy redemption. We ask this of Thee, Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.
The Latin Collect of the Mass of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, celebrated on June 27: Dómine Jesu Christe, qui Genetrícem tuam Maríam, cujus in sígnem venerámur imáginem, Matrem nobis dedísti perpétuo succúrre reparátam: concéde, quaésumus; ut nos, matérnam ejus opem assídue implorántes, redemptiónis tuæ fructum perpétuo experíri mereámur. Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitáte Spíritus Sancti Deus, per ómnia saécula sæculórum. Amen.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (or Succour) – Introduction:
Our Lady (or Our Mother) of Perpetual Help (Succour) is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, associated with the Byzantine icon of the same name, said to be from the 13th or 14th century, but perhaps 15th century, which has been in Rome since at least the late 15th century. The image is very popular among Catholics throughout the world, and has been much copied and reproduced. In the Byzantine Church this iconography is known as the Theotokos of the Passion.
Desciption of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help:
The icon depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary wearing a dress of dark red with blue mantle and veil. On the left is the Archangel Michael, carrying the lance and sponge as instruments of Our Lord’s Passion. On the right is the Archangel Gabriel carrying a 3-bar cross and nails. This type of icon is a later type of the Hodegetria composition, where Mary is pointing to her Son, known as a Theotokos of the Passion. The Christ-child has been alarmed by a pre-sentiment of His Passion, and has run to His Mother for succour, or help. The facial expression of the Virgin Mary is solemn and is looking directly at the viewer instead of her Son. The Greek initials on top read Mother of God, Michael Archangel, Gabriel Archangel, and Jesus Christ, respectively. Jesus is portrayed clinging to His Mother with a dangling sandal. The icon is painted with a gold background on a walnut panel, and may have been painted in Crete, then ruled by Venice, the main source of the many icons imported to Europe in the late Middle Ages and through the Renaissance. It was cleaned and restored in 1866 and again in the 1940s and 1990’s.
History of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help:
The earliest written account of the image comes from a Latin and Italian plaque placed in the church of Saint Matthew where it was first venerated by the public in 1499. The writer of the icon is unknown, but according to legend the icon was stolen by a merchant from Crete who was sailing to Rome. The merchant supposedly sailed and hid the icon while traveling at sea, until a storm hit hard and the sailors prayed to the icon for help. When the merchant arrived in Rome he fell ill, and as his dying wish he asked another merchant to place the icon in a church where it could be venerated. The merchant then confided to his wife about the icon. Upon seeing the beautiful icon, the merchant’s wife refused to give it to the church but instead hung it in her home. Later on, the Virgin Mary appeared to the merchant’s daughter, requesting that the icon be turned into a parish for veneration. The Virgin Mary indicated to the little girl that she ought to be placed between the basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. The wife then went to the Augustinian Friars to whom she gave up the icon. On March 27, 1499, the icon was transferred to the church and the icon was venerated there for 300 years.
In 1798, the governor of Rome, General Massena, ordered several churches in Rome closed and destroyed. St. Matthew’s was one of these churches. The Perpetual Help icon was taken by the Augustinian fathers to a nearby church, St. Eusebius. Later on they moved it to Santa Maria Posterula to a side altar. Pope Pius IX had invited a group of priests called the Redemptorists to set up a Marian house of veneration in Rome. They stationed in Via Merulana, not knowing that it was once the church of San Mateo and shrine of the once-famous icon. One day, a Redemptorist father heard stories of the icon and of the church in which it was once enshrined. The Redemptorists built a small church next to the building called St. Alphonse of Ligouri.
The Father General of the Redemptorists, Most Rev. Nicholas Mauron, decided to bring the whole matter to the attention of Blessed Pope Pius IX. The Pope decided that the icon should be exposed to public veneration and the logical site was their church of St. Alphonse of Liguori, standing as it did between the Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. Pope Pius IX wrote a short memorandum ordering the Augustinian Fathers of St. Mary in Posterula to surrender the picture to the Redemptorists, on condition that the Redemptorist supply the Augustinians with another picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help or a good copy of the icon of Perpetual Help in exchange. Upon the return of the icon, Pope Pius IX gave the icon the title Our Mother of Perpetual Help. In June 23, 1867, the image was crowned by the Dean of the Vatican Chapter in a solemn and official recognition of the Marian icon under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour. In April 21, 1866, the Redemptorist Superior General gave one of the first copies to Pope Pius XI, which is now preserved in the chapel of the Redemptorists’ General Government in Rome. The icon is under the care of the Redemptorist fathers of St. Alphonse of Ligouri Church where the icon is now enshrined.
Since then, the icon has been venerated all around the world. The icon has been popularized among many cultures and has had several titles in different languages such as Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, Perpetuo Succursu, Beata Virgo de Perpetuo Succursu, Ina ng Laging Saklolo and Mother of Perpetual Soccour.
According to tradition, when handing over the Icon to the Redemptorist in 1866, Blessed Pope Pius IX expressed the desire that they should make her known to the world. From that time until present day, devotion to the Mother of Perpetual help has spread all over the world. Thousands of copies of the Picture have been dispatched throughout the world and there are many shrines where copies of the original Icon are venerated and regarded as miraculous.
Among the best known shrine are those in Boston and New York (USA), Haiti, where Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the Patroness of the country; Santiago (Chile, Curitiba, Belém and Manaus in Brazil, Tequisquiapan in Mexico; Belfast and Limerick in Ireland; Bussolengo in Italy; Torun and Cracow in Poland; Singapore and the most famous of all in Manila (Philippines).
The Perpetual Novena which began in St. Louis (USA) in 1927, has made a notable contribution to the spread of this devotion. The Novena has been called “Perpetual”, because it is held on a fixed day each week of the year. During the Novena devotions, the faithful not only say the traditional prayer, but they also present written petitions and thanksgivings for favors received. There is also a meditation on some aspect of the spiritual life.