Friday, May 15, 2015

Pentecost Novena - Friday after Ascension Thursday

The Pentecost Novena is the first of all novenas, nine days of prayer. After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, He commanded His disciples to come together in the upper room to devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). They prayed for nine days before receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
On May 4, 1897, Pope Leo XIII proclaimed: "We decree and command that throughout the whole Catholic Church, this year and in every subsequent year, a novena shall take place before Whit-Sunday (Pentecost), in all parish churches." It has been reported that Pope Leo XIII was inspired to mandate the Pentecost novena because of a letter from a housewife in Italy. Pope John Paul II has reiterated Pope Leo XIII's command for a worldwide Pentecost novena, although the novena can be prayed at any time — not only before Pentecost.
Try to go to Mass daily throughout the novena. Go to Confession during the novena. Make visits to church to adore the Eucharistic Jesus throughout the novena. The Church has not written any official prayers for the novena. The following prayers are suggested.

 The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. 

Begin with the prayer below, pray and meditate on the prayer for the given day, end each day with the closing prayer.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

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. 

1
Holy Spirit, Lord of Light, from heaven above, give us Your pure beaming radiance.
The Holy Spirit Only one thing is important -- eternal salvation. Therefore, only one thing is to be feared--sin. Sin is the result of 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 God's love. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helps our infirmity. When we do not know how to pray as we should, The Holy Spirit speaks for us."
Prayer Almighty and eternal God, You have regenerated us by water and the Holy Spirit, and have given us forgiveness of all sins, send forth from heaven your sevenfold Spirit and bestow His gifts upon us. The gifts of: Wisdom and Understanding, Right Judgement and Courage, Knowledge and Reverence, and a Spirit of Wonder and Awe.
Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times.

2

Come, Father of the poor. Come, treasure which endures. Come, Light of all that lives.

The Gift of Fear The gift of Fear (Wonder and Awe) fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread anything that offends Him. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from thoughts of reverence and loving submission to The One Heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of Wisdom. A longing for God that detaches us from worldly pleasures that could 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 always, help me to shun all things that 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 Blessed Trinity.
Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times.

 3

Thou, of all consolers best, visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Reverence The gift of Reverence fills in our hearts a loving affection for God as our most Heavenly Father. It inspires us to love and respect, simply 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 the Pope, our parents and superiors. Those filled with the gift of Piety find the practice of their religion a delightful service, an enjoyable endeavour. Where there is love, there is no labor.
Prayer Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, completely fill my heart. Inflame in me such a love for God, that I only find satisfaction in His service, and for His sake, lovingly submit to all legitimate authority.
Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times. 

4

Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.

The Gift of Courage With the gift of Courage, the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Courage gives to the will an energy which moves it to undertake, without hesitancy, the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, and to endure without complaint life's trials and tribulations. "He that perseveres unto the end, he shall be saved."
Prayer Come, O Blessed Spirit of Courage, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, support my efforts for holiness, strengthen my weaknesses, grant me courage against all assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated God and the greatest Good.
Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times. 
5

Light immortal, Light Divine, Visit our hearts and fill our inmost being.

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: instruments in the service of God. Knowledge shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and teaches us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by Knowledge's 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. Spirit of Knowledge, show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for the Glory of God and as a means to achieve salvation.
Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times. 
6

Heal our wounds--our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.

The Gift of Right Judgement The Gift of Right Judgement endows the soul with heavenly prudence, enabling the individual to judge promptly and rightly what must done, specially in difficult circumstances or in times of exteme pressue. Right Judgement applies the principles furnished by Knowledge, and the discipline furnished by Courage, to the innumerable situations that confront us in the course of our daily lives as disciples of Christ. Right Judgement is supernatural common sense. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct your path in truth."
Prayer Come, O Spirit of Right Judgement, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy Holy Will. Incline my heart to that which is good; to turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life with you.
Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times. 
7

If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill.

The Gift of Understanding The Gift of Understanding helps us to comprehend the meaning of the truths of our Holy Religion. Through faith we come to know them, but through Understanding we learn to appreciate and greatly enjoy them. Understanding enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of these truths, and through them be engergized to newness of life and purpose. Our participation ceases to be sterile and inactive, but becomes an inspired mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that GOd has gifted 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.
Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times. 
8

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill, guide the steps that go astray.

The Gift of Wisdom Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Just as love embraces all other virtues, Wisdom emobodies all the other gifts of the Holy Spirit Wisdom strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects love, 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 promises lose their savor. Of wisdom it is written "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." Wisdom enables the Cross of Christ to provide 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. May I comprehend the exceeding greatness and beauty of heavenly things, and teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing happiness and satisfactions of earthly things. Help me to attain the gifts of heaven and possess them for ever.
Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times. 

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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 in us by enabling us to practice them with divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere, more generous, and the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with supreme happiness (beatitude) and lead us to the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer Come Holy Ghost, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits of charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity that I may never tire in my service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration I may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son.

Pray The Our Father once, The Hail Mary once, and The Glory be to the Father seven times. 

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, before you ascended into heaven, you promised to send the Holy Spirit into the souls of your apostles and disciples, graciously grant me the same Holy Spirit. Grant that He may perfect in my soul your grace and love and graciously fill me with your spirit of:
  • Wonder and Awe, that I may be filled with an infinite and loving reverence towards God, and dread in any way to displease Him.
  • Reverence, that I may find service of God sweet and amiable.
  • Knowledge, that I may know God and myself to grow perfect in holiness.
  • Courage, that I may joyfully bear my cross with you and overcome all obstacles that oppose my salvation.
  • Right Judgment, that I may gain beatitude by always choosing the surest way of pleasing God.
  • Understanding, that I may enlighten my mind with Your divine truth.
  • Wisdom, that I may aspire only for the things that are eternal and despise the things of this world.

Mark me Lord with the sign of Your true disciple, animate me in all things with Your Spirit, and grant that I may achieve the Fruits of the Holy Spirits in my lifetime.


Come, Holy Ghost (Veni Creator Spiritus)
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid, To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O Comforter, to Thee we cry, Thou heav’nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love, and sweet anointing from above.
O Finger of the hand divine, the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou, who dost the tongue with power endow.
Thy light to every sense impart, and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply to strengthen our infirmity.
Drive far away our ghostly foe, and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide, no evil can our steps betide.
Praise we the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow the gifts that from the Spirit flow.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ascension Thursday - Holy Day of Obligation


Forty days after the Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ, attended by Angels, ascended into Heaven, in the sight of His most holy Mother Mary, His Apostles, and disciples, to the great wonder of them all. He entered into possession of the Kingdom of Heaven which He had gained by His sufferings, and St. Paul declares that God “hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, through Christ Jesus.” “There where the Head has gone, the Body is called to follow!” The liturgical festival of the Ascension, whilst less ancient than that of Pentecost, is one of the oldest of the cycle, was already so universally observed that St. Augustine was able to attribute its institution to the Apostles themselves. At Rome, the Pope, after the night Office was concluded, and after Mass had been celebrated at the altar of St. Peter, was crowned by the cardinals, and towards the sixth hour was accompanied by bishops and clergy to the Lateran.

On this day Jesus was taken up into Heaven; His faithful disciples continued to gaze heavenward. The contemplative vision of Paradise is reserved, however, for those who have already passed into the Church Triumphant. The supreme glorification of the Head who is this day enthroned at the right hand of the Father in Heaven affects the members also, like the precious balsam which, as the psalmist tells us, descended from the head of Aaron on to his flowing beard and on to his gorgeous pontifical vestments. This spiritual unction is the gift of the Holy Ghost, which Christ obtains to-day from Heaven for his Church. Hence the connection between the Ascension and Pentecost is very close, nor can we understand the one without the other.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Prepare to be BLOWN AWAY!

Before Adam took his first breath, before Mary gave her fiat, before the Word became FLESH and dwelt among us ... OUR FATHER in Heaven gave us the cross that binds life together!!!! ~TOTALLY AMAZING~
LAMININ the Protein that Binds our Bodies Together 
Here is a picture .. a scientific picture, of the protein called LAMININ ...
"Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue."  
Laminins are what hold us together - LITERALLY. 
They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart.
(Much like the current state of our country having rid itself of the CROSS!)
NOW ... TELL ME WE DON'T HAVE A COMPLETELY AWESOME GOD!!!!
Don't believe me? Do a search for images of LAMININ .. or just LAMININ and see what you come up with! LOL .... 
'He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible And invisible, whether Thrones or Powers or Rulers or Authorities; All things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER.'   ~Colossians 1:15-17              

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NOVENA in HONOR of OUR LADY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

FIRST DAY THE TITLE OF OUR LADY OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine 
Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God! 
O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of Jesus and our tender Mother, we invoke thee under the title of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, because thou art the Mother of the Savior who lives in the Eucharist, and because it was from thee that He took the Flesh and Blood with which He there feeds us! We invoke thee under that title because, again, thou art the sovereign dispensatrix of all graces and, consequently, of those contained in the august Eucharist, also, because thou didst first fulfill the duties of the Eucharistic life, teaching us by thy example how to assist properly at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, how to communicate worthily, and how to visit frequently and piously the Most Blessed Sacrament. 
V. Pray for us, O Virgin Immaculate, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  R. That the Eucharistic Kingdom of Jesus Christ may come among us! 


Let us pray: 
Lord Jesus Christ, our King and our God, who having become Man to make us sharers in The Divinity, art truly our Bread in the adorable Eucharist, grant, we beseech Thee, that in venerating so great a Mystery, we may be mindful of the most sweet Virgin Mary, of whom Thou didst will to be conceived by the operation of the Holy Ghost! Grant, also that we may imitate the worship that she rendered while on earth to this most august Sacrament, so we may behold Thy Eucharistic Kingdom spread and flourish throughout the whole world! O Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever! Amen. 


PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
O Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the glory of Christians, the joy of the universal Church, and the hope of the world, pray for us. Kindle in all the faithful a lively devotion to the most Holy Eucharist, so that they may be worthy to receive Holy Communion every day. 
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us. Let us with Mary Immaculate adore, thank, supplicate, and console the most sacred and beloved Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. 


SECOND DAY MARY AND THE HOLY MASS
O Sacrament Most Holy, etc.  Blessed be the holy, etc. 
O Virgin Immaculate, after having been present at the death of thy Divine Son on Calvary, where thou didst unite thy immense sorrow to the Redeemer's sacrifice, thou didst frequently assist at the real, though mysterious, renewal of that adorable sacrifice in the celebration of the Holy Mass. Teach us by thy example to esteem as it deserves the divine action performed at the altar, and obtain for us the grace to be able often, and even daily, to assist piously at the Holy Sacrifice. 
Versicle, Response, and Prayer as on the first day


THIRD DAY MARY AND HOLY COMMUNION
O Sacrament Most Holy, etc.  Blessed be the holy, etc. 
O Virgin Immaculate, thy Communions were the most fervent, the most holy that were ever made! When thou didst possess thy Divine Son in thy breast, thou didst love Him with a love exceeding that of any other creature soever for his God. Teach us to make Holy Communion the center of our life, and may that life be spent in preparing us for so great an action and in thanking God for so inappreciable a benefit!
Versicle, Response, and Prayer as on the first day


FOURTH DAY MARY AND THE REAL PRESENCE
O Sacrament Most Holy, etc.  Blessed be the holy, etc. 
O Virgin Immaculate, who after the ascension of thy Divine Son, didst console thy exile on earth by thy Real Presence of Jesus in the Sacrament, and didst spend before the tabernacle the greater part of thy days and even thy nights, make us comprehend the treasure we possess on the altar. Inspire us to visit often the God of Love in the Sacrament in which He abides to receive the homage that He deserves by so many titles, and to guide. protect, and console us in this exile! 
Versicle, Response, and Prayer as on the first day


FIFTH DAY MARY, THE MODEL OF ADORERS
O Sacrament Most Holy, etc.  Blessed be the holy, etc. 
O Virgin Immaculate, thou art our perfect Model in the service of the Divine Eucharist. With the most lively faith and the most profound respect thou didst adore Jesus 
hidden under the sacramental veils. After thy example we desire to render to the Sacred Host all the honor due the Divinity and the glorified Humanity of the Son of God made Man. We wish to maintain at all times in the holy place the modesty and recollection becoming true adorers. 
Versicle, Response, and Prayer as on the first day


SIXTH DAY MARY, THE MODEL OF THANKSGIVING
O Sacrament Most Holy, etc.  Blessed be the holy, etc. 
O Virgin Immaculate, who didst return to Jesus so perfect a Thanksgiving for the institution of the Divine Eucharist and the ineffable Gift in which the Savior exhausted His power and the treasures of His Heart, teach us to thank thy Divine Son for this great benefit, and especially to make our thanksgiving well when we have had the happiness of receiving Him in Holy Communion. 
Versicle, Response, and Prayer as on the first day


SEVENTH DAY  MARY, THE MODEL OF REPARATION
O Sacrament Most Holy, etc. Blessed be the holy, etc. 
O Virgin Immaculate thou didst adore thy Divine Son in His state of perpetual Victim, always immolated on our altars, incessantly demanding, by His death, grace and mercy for sinners. We unite with thy dolors and thy perfect reparation. We desire to accept our daily trials for love of Him, and with thee to console Jesus for the ingratitude of men and the outrages He daily receives in the Blessed Sacrament. 
Versicle, Response, and Prayer as on the first day


EIGHTH DAY MARY, THE MODEL OF PRAYER
O Sacrament most holy, etc. Blessed be the holy, etc. 
O Virgin Immaculate, while the Apostles went to preach the Gospel, thou didst remain close to the tabernacle, supplicating for them the goodness of the Savior, and thy prayer obtained for them the grace to convert the world! Teach us to pray, above all, to pray near the tabernacle, where Jesus wills to abide continually in order to hear our petitions. Teach us to pray for the extension of the Eucharistic kingdom, for the salvation of the whole world, for the exaltation of the Holy Church, and most especially for the sanctification of the clergy and the conversion of sinners. 
Versicle, Response, and Prayer as on the first day


NINTH DAY MARY, THE DISPENSATRIX OF EUCHARISTIC GRACES
O Sacrament Most Holy, etc.  Blessed be the holy, etc. 
0 Virgin Immaculate, Mother most loving and admirable Model of adorers of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, thou art also the dispensatrix of the graces necessary to fulfill that great duty! Grant us, then, we beseech thee, as the fruit of this novena, the virtues that will render our adoration less unworthy of thy Divine Son. Teach us to honor so well this Mystery of mysteries that we may receive here below the graces it contains, in order to enjoy in heaven the eternal life of which it is the pledge! 
Versicle, Response, and Prayer as on the first day


Taken from Volume VII of the Eymard Library Courtesy of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament