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APRIL, 2021 BEGINS WITH THE TRIDUUM AND ENTERS INTO EASTERTIDE ON EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 4th. This is the highest point of joy and praise in the Christian year. Everything is leading up to the Resurection of Our Lord and then all is growing out of its power and might and truth. May God richly bless al who enter into this season with faith and hope and who are praying for all those who sit in the darkness of sin and separation from God. As we pary and praise in this month of joy, we are reminded traditionally of the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit Who guides and intercedes for us and for our steadfastness in our faith and worship.
Litany of the Holy Ghost
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us..
God the Father, have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Ghost, Who is equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us
Author of all good, have mercy on us
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us
Consuming fire, have mercy on us
Ardent charity, have mercy on us
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us
Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Ghost, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law in our hearts
Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of Thy graces
Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well.
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of salvation
Holy Ghost, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Ghost, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Ghost, be Thou our everlasting reward.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord..
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Come, Holy Ghost! Fill the hearts of Thy faithfu
And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Let Us Pray
Grant, 0 merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, lives and reigns forever and ever. R. Amen.
SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2021 IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY. THE DEVOTION AND CHAPLET IS PRINTED BELOW. ON THIS SUNDAY, ALL WHO GO TO CONFESSION, RECEIVE COMMUNION AND PRAY THE DEVOTION AND CHAPLET MAY RECEIVE A SPECIAL SPIRITUAL BLESSING.
SEE PRAYERS BELOW…
PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY DAY FOR PEACE IN OUR TIMES AND FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS… THE ROSARY IS A POWERFUL WEAPON AGAINST THE EVIL ONE AND AS A GARDEN OF INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS SITTING WITH OUR LADY AND MEDITATING ON THE MYSTERIES OF OUR LORD’S LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION. Each Set of Mysteries contains 5 decades of Ave’s each prefaced by the Our Father and ended by the Gloria to the Holy Trinity:
JOYFUL MYSTERIES- THE ANNUNCIATION. THE VISITATION TO ST. ELIZABETH. THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD. THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD IN THE TEMPLE. THE FINDING OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE.
SORROWFUL MYSTERIES- OUR LORD’S AGONY IN THE GARDEN. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS. THE CRUCIFIXION.
GLORIOUS MYSTERIES- OUR LORD’S RESURRECTION. THE ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN. THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY INTO HEAVEN. THE CORONATION OF OUR LADY AS QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.
POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II ADDED THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES FOR MEDITATION ON THE MINISTRY OF OUR LORD:
LUMINOUS MYSTERIES- OUR LORD’S BAPTISM BY JOHN IN THE JORDAN RIVER. THE MIRACLE AT THE WEDDING FEAST OF CANA. THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL. THE TRANSFIGURATION ON MT. TABOR. THE INSTITUTION OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST.
HOW TO PRAY: Begin with the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
then pray the Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s and 1 Gloria. Then pray an Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Gloria for each meditation. Think of the subject while praying and let the meaning of the subject of the decade inspire and teach you. After the 5 decades are said, pray the Hail, Holy Queen, the Ending Prayer, and Prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father, usually an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Gloria. (The Fatima Prayers may be added at the end of each decade, after the Gloria).
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 AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. AMEN.
HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE, THE LORD IS WITH THEE. BLESSED ART THOU AMONG WOMEN AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB, JESUS. HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY FOR US SINNERS, NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH. AMEN.
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, TO THE SON AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN.
FATIMA PRAYERS: “O MY JESUS, FORGIVE US OUR SINS, SAVE US FROM THE FIRES OF HELL; LEAD ALL SOULS TO HEAVEN, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN MOST NEED OF THY MERCY.”
“COME, HOLY SPIRIT, COME BY MEANS OF THE POWERFUL INTERCESSION OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, YOUR WELL-BELOVED SPOUSE.”
HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, MOTHER OF MERCY, OUR LIFE, OUR SWEETNESS AND OUR HOPE, TO THEE DO WE CRY, POOR BANISHED CHILDREN OF EVE, TO THEE DO WE SEND UP OUR SIGHS, MOURNING AND WEEPING IN THIS VALLEY OF TEARS; TURN THEN, MOST GRACIOUS ADVOCATE THINE EYES OF MERCY TOWARDS US AND AFTER THIS OUR EXILE, SHOW UNTO US THE BLESSED FRUIT OF THY WOMB, JESUS. O CLEMENT, O LOVING, O SWEET VIRGIN MARY, PRAY FOR US, O HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, THAT WE MAY BE MADE WORTHY OF THE PROMISES OF CHRIST.
LET US PRAY: O GOD WHOSE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON BY HIS LIFE, DEATH AND RESURRECTION HAS PURCHASED FOR US THE REWARDS OF ETERNAL LIFE, GRANT THAT BY MEDITATING ON THESE MYSTERIES OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, WE MAY IMITATE WHAT THEY CONTAIN AND OBTAIN WHAT THEY PROMISE THROUGH THE SAME CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.
*SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM: WE FLY TO THY PATRONAGE, O HOLY MOTHER OF GOD; DESPISE NOT OUR PETITIONS IN OUR NECESSITIES, BUT DELIVER US ALWAYS FROM ALL DANGERS, O GLORIOUS AND BLESSED VIRGIN. AMEN.
*ST. MICHAEL PRAYER: ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, DEFEND US IN BATTLE. BE OUR PROTECTION AGAINST THE WICKEDNESS AND SNARES OF THE DEVIL. MAY GOD REBUKE HIM WE HUMBLY PRAY AND DO THOU, O PRINCE OF THE HEAVENLY HOST, BY THE POWER OF GOD THRUST INTO HELL SATAN AND ALL THE EVIL SPIRITS WHO ROAM THROUGH THE WORLD SEEKING THE RUIN OF SOULS. AMEN.
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION: Pray the Chaplet every day during the 3:00 PM Hour, the hour our Savior died on the cross for you and for me and opened the floodgates of Divine Mercy from Heaven. Prayers may be said on rosary beads:
BEGIN- OUR FATHER, HAIL MARY, APOSTLES’ CREED
LARGE BEADS- “ETERNAL FATHER, I OFFER THEE THE BODY AND BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF THY DEARLY BELOVED SON, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, IN ATONEMENT FOR OUR SINS AND THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD.”
ON EACH SET OF 10 SMALLER BEADS FOR EACH OF THE 5 DECADES SAY- “FOR THE SAKE OF HIS SORROWFUL PASSION, HAVE MERCY ON US AND ON THE WHOLE WORLD.”
COMPLETE THE CHAPLET WITH: “HOLY GOD, HOLY MIGHTY ONE, HOLY IMMORTAL ONE, HAVE MERCY ON US AND ON THE WHOLE WORLD ( X3).”
THEN SAY (X3): “O BLOOD AND WATER WHICH GUSHED FORTH FROM THE HEART OF JESUS AS FOUNTAIN OF MERCY FOR US, I TRUST IN THEE.”
“BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY…” Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 7
The Corporal Works of Mercy are kind acts by which we help our neighbor with their physical and material needs–
FEED THE HUNGRY, GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY, CLOTHE THE NAKED, SHELTER THE HOMELESS, VISIT THE SICK, VISIT THOSE IN PRISON, BURY THE DEAD.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion by which we assist our neighbor with their spiritual and emotional needs— COUNSEL THE DOUBTFUL, INSTRUCT THE IGNORANT, ADMONISH SINNERS, COMFORT THE AFFLICTED, FORGIVE OFFENSES, BEAR WRONGS PATIENTLY, PRAY FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.
PRAYER REQUESTS: PLEASE PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD! PRAY FOR THEIR HOPE AND COURAGE AND STEADFASTNESS UNDER THE TERRIBLE STRESS OF ONGOING SUFFERING AND PERSECUTION! MAY GOD GRANT THEM RELIEF AND GUIDANCE IN THESE DAYS AND MAY HE KEEP US FAITHFUL IN PRAYERS AND INTERCESSION FOR THEM IN THEIR TRIALS!
REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM and for PEACE in the MIDDLE EAST. Pray for our enemies and ALL who persecute Christians around the world. God’s MERCY is for ALL!
PRAY FOR HOPE, FAITH, LOVE TO INCREASE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND PEACE ON EARTH TO MEN OF GOOD WILL!
One of the ways STMS is trying to encourage families to keep up daily devotions is through setting up a HOME ALTAR to meet for daily prayers and devotions. Any time is a good time to get started. Set up a home altar and resolve to pray the Rosary daily and other devotions, including prayers for the sick and the suffering.
JOIN US IN OUR MONTHLY DEVOTIONS
(ANY APPROVED NOVENA MAY BE USED FOR THESE DEVOTIONS)
9th-17th NOVENA TO ST. THERESE
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
17th-25th NOVENA TO THE LITTLE INFANT OF PRAGUE
OH MOST BELOVED AND MOST MERCIFUL INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, SAVE US FROM MORAL DECLINE, DISASTERS, PLAGUES, AND WARS FOREVER. PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, SAVE US! AMEN.