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DECEMBER IS THE MONTH OF ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS!

DECEMBER 8th is the FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, PATRONESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. LET US HONOR HER ON HER FEAST AND ASK FOR HER PROTECTION FOR OUR COUNTRY and guidance for our leaders ! Let us ask her to help us in our daily walk in this life to cherish purity and persevere in growing in Truth, Faith, Love, Hope and Holiness.

ON DECEMBER 12th IS CELEBRATED OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, PATRONESS OF THE AMERICAS

SUNDAYS OF ADVENT:  I. DECEMBER 3rd   II. DECEMBER 10th III. DECEMBER 17th   IV. DECEMBER 24th

THE GREAT FEAST OF CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED ON DECEMBER 25th!

“O COME, LET US ADORE HIM BORN THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID CALLED BETHLEHEM– THE SAVIOR WHO IS CHRIST OUR LORD!”

REMEMBER TO PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY DAY:

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.

St. Therese at 8 years old with her Rosary

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 Apostle’s Creed, 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 THEY 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.

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, 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!

HOME ALTARS

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.

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JOIN US IN OUR MONTHLY DEVOTIONS

(ANY APPROVED NOVENA MAY BE USED FOR THESE DEVOTIONS)

1st-9th   NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPHOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

9th-17th  NOVENA TO ST. THERESE

DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

St. Therese Missionary Society

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.

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