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Keeping Up the Praying… Reposting

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 19, 2017

I rejoice in my sufferings… Col 1:24

Updated: 1-19-17

On the 23rd of this month, all who value life, and in particular the life of the unborn, will have the opportunity to pray as a nation AND as a world of Believers united in the TRUTH that: ALL LIFE MATTERS! No matter the age, the intelligence, the circumstance surrounding the human life, ALL of us are made in the IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD(cf Gen 1:26a, 27) , so their life matters!

Therefore, ALL Christians – persons who profess faith in Christ Jesus, need to come together in prayer as we  are embarking in a historic moment in time.  We – the Church – are on the path to Redemption and Salvation as we follow our Lord and Savior into His Passion.  As such, we MUST keep up the PRAYING and not let fear rule the day, if we are to reach our destination – that is the Resurrection which will be proceeded by an era of Peace (Mt 24:13-14) – in one piece; both as a Remnant Few & in the Church Triumphant.

THE RESURRECTION!

“If My people would humble themselves and pray…”

Please pass this on, this national call for all Christians to pray for the Church and for our Country, as we approach the 23rd; but also for the full year of 2017. Because, when events happen, we must KEEP PRAYING!  Prayer IS our BEST DEFENSE against EVIL!

So what do we need to do? Sit in the “classroom of silence” for just 10 minutes a day – take more time if you want – and ask God to turn YOUR heart back to Him so He may, once again, Bless this Nation that is supposed to be, “Under God, Indivisible” and “with Liberty and Justice for all”…

For those who are familiar with the powerful prayer of the Rosary, I ask you for just ONE Rosary a day – though you can do more, if you want…

“The prayer of the Rosary is a weapon against evil.”~St. Padre Pio

Ever hear of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571?

“The Holy League credited the victory to the Virgin Mary, whose intercession with God they had implored for victory through the use of the Rosary. Andrea Doria had kept a copy of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe given to him by King Philip II of Spain in his ship’s state room. 

Pope Pius V instituted a new Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Victory to commemorate the battle, which is now celebrated by the Catholic Church as the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.” 

And you know this is true because Satan spends a great deal of time trying to make people afraid of this devotion. The devil tells us lies like, “you’re worshiping Mary”; when in reality, you’re concentrating on the Life of Christ and you are doing so with His mother at your side!  Who knows a son better than a mother? We only worship God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Here’s another reason to PRAY:

OTHER PRAYERS SUGGESTED…

This just recently came from three oversees Patriarchs/Bishops who are calling everyone in the Universal Church to “Pray for Pope Francis!” Here are a few of their words and the prayer they are asking the faithful to pray – both in Latin for those who like the official language of the Church and in English for those of us who never learned that language. 🙂

We make this appeal to prayer conscious that our failure to do so would have been a serious omission. Christ, the Truth and the Supreme Shepherd, will judge us when He appears. We ask Him, with humility and confidence, to reward all the shepherds and all the sheep with the imperishable crown of glory (cf. 1 Pet. 5:4).

In the spirit of faith and with filial and devout affection we raise our prayer for Pope Francis:

“Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam Meam, et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam.”  

“Let us pray for Francis, our Pontiff: May the Lord protect him, and give him life, and make him blessed on earth, and not deliver him unto his enemies. You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

Other prayers one can pray are the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Memorare, the Litany of the Saints, or the recent prayer used during our Fortnight for Freedom: the Prayer for Religious Freedom.

And of course there is always the most effective prayer of all: the celebration of the most Holy Mass!

“Once you start praying, please don’t stop.  Remember Moses?  As long as he held up his arms the battle went well.  But when he became tired, he had his family members to help hold up his arms (cf. Exodus 17: 8-13).  When we become tired wouldn’t it be nice to know we have each other for support?”

Support in Prayer is a POWERFUL thing!  And as I’ve said many many times, Prayer can effect change in many situations to be sure, but it also affects a change in us.  The only way this world will ever change is ONE HEART AT A TIME…

“[Y]our King… is the One who is fighting the battles and winning the souls. And the war is for souls, dear apostles.” ~ Lay Apostles, July Monthly Message, 2012, excerpt, emphasis added.

All we have to do is, “ask for help and perseverance”, from our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father and Holy Spirit because Scripture promises that when one…

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
~Mt 7:7

Pray always and…

…take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth.

…watch at all times, PRAYING that you may have the strength  to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. ~Lk 21: 34-36 (emphasis added)

Closing Prayer: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Week II (emphasis added)

Father, in the rising of Your Son death gives birth to new life.  The sufferings He endured restored HOPE to a fallen world.  Let sin NEVER ensnare us with empty promises if passing joy.  Make us one with You always, so that our JOY may be HOLY, and our LOVE may give LIFE.

[T]hrough the obedience of Jesus, Your servant and Your Son, You raised a fallen word.  Free us from sin and bring us the joy that lasts forever.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen!

May the Lord Bless Us, protect us from ALL evil and bring us to EVERLASTING LIFE!  -Amen!

Pray on, dear warriors, PRAY ON!

Ps… here is a bonus prayer, just for you!

The Full Armor of God

A Pledge of Allegiance:

Paul Harvey Gives us our TODAY – but he did so back in 1965!

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The Fullness of Epiphany…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 8, 2017

"Behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?' " ~Mt 2:1b, 2

“Behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?’ ” ~Mt 2:1b, 2

First Published: 1/8/2012
Republished: 1/8/2017

This is the final posting for the Liturgical Season of Advent and Christmas, 2016-17.  It concludes with the Epiphany of the Lord celebrated today (Sunday, Jan 8th), in the American churches.  Also this year we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord on the following day, Monday the 9th, and NOT as a Holy Day of Obligation… kinda weird, but there ya go. You’ll see a lot of “direct connects” to the previous two posts, though!

Are you set?  Let us pray!

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Blessed are the poor…the kingdom of God is theirs…

EPIPHANY  Solemnity

Evening Prayer 1

HYMN: 84

Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to Thee we raise.  Manifested by the star, to the wise men from a far.  Branch of royal David’s stem, in Thy birth at Bethlehem; Praises be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream, Prophet Priest and King supreme; And at Cana wedding guest, to Thy Godhead manifest.  Manifest in power divine, changing water into wine; Praises be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord, mirrored in Thy holy word; May we imitate Thee now, and be pure, as pure art Thou; That we like to Thee may be, at Thy great Epiphany; And may praise Thee, ever blessed, God in man made manifest.

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CATECHISM

The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi)  from the East, together with His baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee (cf. Mt: 2-1).

In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the King of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the One who will be King of the nations, (cf. Mt 2:2; Num 24: 17-19; Rev 22:16).

Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship Him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament, (cf. Jn 4:22; Mt 2:4-6). The Epiphany shows that “the full number of the nations” now takes its “place in the family of the patriarchs,” and acquires Israelitica dignitas  (is made “worthy of the heritage of Israel”). ~St. Leo the Great

~CCC§528

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Come all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest... Mt 11:28

Come all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest… Mt 11:28

Ant. 1    Begotten of the Father before the daystar shone or time began, the Lord our Savior has appeared on earth today.

Psalm 135

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Praise the name of the Lord, praise Him, servants of the Lord, who stand in the house of the Lord in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord for the Lord is good.  Sing a psalm to His name for He is loving.  For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself and Israel for His own possession.

For I know the Lord is great, that our Lord is high above all gods.  The Lord does whatever He wills, in heaven, on earth, in the seas.

He summons clouds from the ends of the earth; makes lightning produce the rain; from His treasuries He sends forth the wind.

The first-born of the Egyptians He smote, of man and beast alike. Signs and wonders He worked in the midst of your land, O Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants.

Nations in their greatness He struck and kings in their splendor He slew.  Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, the king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan.  He let Israel inherit their land; on His people their land He bestowed.

Glory be to the Father…

Ant. 1   Begotten of the Father before the daystar shone or time began, the Lord our Savior has appeared on earth today.

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CATECHISM

Jesus’ circumcision, on the eighth day after His birth (cf. Lk 2:21), is the sign of His incorporation into Abraham’s descendants, into the people of the covenant. It is the sign of His submission to the Law (cf. Gal 4:4), and His deputation to Israel’s worship, in which He will participate throughout His life. This sign prefigures that “circumcision of Christ” which is Baptism, (cf. Col 2: 11-13).

~CCC§527

And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. ~Lk 2:21

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Ant. 2    Great is the Lord, our God, transcending all other gods.

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Lord, Your name stands for ever, unforgotten from age to age; for the Lord does justice for His people; the Lord takes pity on His servants.

Pagan idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths but cannot speak; they have eyes but they cannot see.

They have ears but they cannot hear; there is never a breath on their lips.  Their makers will come to be like them and so will all who trust in them!

Sons of Israel, bless the Lord!  Sons of Aaron, bless the Lord!  Sons of Levi, bless the Lord!  You who fear Him, bless the Lord!

From Zion may the Lord be blessed, He who dwells in Jerusalem!

Glory be to the Father…

Ant. 2   Great is the Lord, our God, transcending all other gods.

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“We are seeking the King of the Jews…”

TRADITION

The three Kings, whose names (according to tradition) were Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior, ruled over now Iraq and Iran. Gaspar of Mesopotamia, the younger was light brown in appearance, Balthasar of Parthia was dark brown, while Melchior of Media, the oldest, was rather stout and had an olive-colored complexion. All three were unusually just and honorable men who were also great scholars and students of religion. Through their knowledge of the Old Testament prophecies and of certain traditions of their own peoples, they believed in the coming of the Savior of mankind.

The journey across the deserts, mountains, and rivers of Chaldea and Syria took nearly a month, despite the fact that the camels and horses were unusually fleet footed… At last, after crossing the river Jordan, they arrived before the walls of Jerusalem, which, because it was the capital of Israel, they thought [this would be] the logical birthplace of the new born King of the Jews.  [Yet] they…observed no signs of rejoicing among the people… as they approached the great city, the star faded from their sight.

At the city gate they questioned some of the guards, saying: “Where is the newly born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.” ~Mt. 2:1

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Ant. 3  The star burned like a flame, pointing the way to God, the King of kings;  the wise men saw the sign and brought their gifts in homage to their great King

Canticle (See 1Tim 3:16)

The Mystery and Glory of Christ

R: Praise the Lord, all you nations

Christ manifest in the flesh, Christ justified in the Spirit.

R: Praise the Lord, all you nations

Christ contemplated by the angels, Christ proclaimed by the pagans.

R: Praise the Lord, all you nations

Christ believed in throughout the world, Christ exalted in Glory.

R. Praise the Lord, all you nations

Glory be to the Father…

Ant. 3   The star burned like a flame, pointed the way to God, the King of kings; the wise men saw the sign and brought their gifts in homage to their great King.

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CATECHISM

The unique and altogether singular event of the Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that He is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human. He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. During the first centuries, the Church had to defend and clarify this truth of faith against the heresies that falsified it.

~CCC§464

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.” ~Mt. 2:1

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern My people Israel.’” ~Mt 2:3-6

When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; ~Mt 2: 9-10

…and going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. ~Mt 2:11

He came that we might have life. (cf John 10:10b)

He came that we might have life. (cf John 10:10b)

READING                                                                                                                                                          2 Timothy 1: 9-13

God has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of any merit of ours but according to His own design – the grace held out to us in Christ Jesus before the world began but now made manifest through the appearance of our Savior.

He has robbed death of its power and has brought life and immortality into clear light through the gospel.

In the service of this gospel I have been appointed preacher and apostle and teacher, and for its sake I undergo present hardships.  But I am not ashamed for I know Him in whom I have believed, and I am confident that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that Day.

Take as a model of sound teaching what you have heard me say, in faith and love in Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

INTERCESSIONS

Today our Savior was adored by the Magi.  Let us also worship Him with joy as we pray:

King of the nations, You called the Magi to adore You as the first representatives of the nations,

– give us a willing spirit of adoration and service.

King of glory, You judge Your people with Justice,

– grant mankind an abundant measure of peace.

King of ages, You endure from age to age,

– send Your Word as fresh spring rain falling on our hearts.

King of Justice You desire to free the poor who have no advocate,

– be compassionate to the suffering and the afflicted.

Lord, Your name is blessed for all ages,

– show the wonders of Your saving power to our deceased brothers and sisters.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ Himself taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, AMEN!

“Come all who are weary, and I will give you rest.”

Prayer

Father of light, unchanging God, today You reveal to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh.  Your light is strong, Your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes to the life where Your Spirit makes all life complete.

Father, You revealed Your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star.  Lead us to Your glory in heaven by the light of faith.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, on God, forever and ever.  AMEN!

May the light of this Epiphany shine brightly in your heart this day! ~Anne Elizabeth =-)

Recommended Reading:

The Approaching Magi Part I
Approaching Part II

More From Sacred Tradition:

Preparation for the Circumcision of Jesus
Circumcision of Jesus
Adoration of the Magi Part I
Adoration of the Magi Part II

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