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DECEMBER 25th IS THE BIRTHDAY OF OUR KING!

FOUR WEEKS ARE SET ASIDE FOR PREPARATION FOR OUR LORD’S COMING ON CHRISTMAS. THIS IS THE SEASON OF ADVENT

Do not let this time to Grow in Holiness Pass You By!!
Advent is a season set apart by the Church to prepare for Our Lord’s Coming. When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present [the] ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second coming (Catechism 524). Preparation is best achieved by seeking sanctification through voluntary amendment of life, acts of penance, and works of charity. Every Christian should make a special effort to strive for holiness during this weeks of Advent in order to be as prepared as possible for Our Lord’s Coming among us.

Consider the following categories on what you should do for Advent this year.
1. VOLUNTARY AMENDMENT OF LIFE: Give up those things that I need to give up sooner or later, namely bad habits. My goal here is to break a bad habit for ever and Advent is a good time to do it.
Examples: Gossiping, watching T.V., over eating, eating between meals, drinking habits,
complaining, saying bad words, not getting up on time, computer games, and so on.
In this category I am going to do_______________________________________________________
2. ACTS OF PENANCE: Perform some kind of penance. My goal here is to train myself to say “no” in little things so that I can say “NO” to big tempations later. I may resume doing the things I have given up here once Advent is over.
Examples: Drinking soda, eating chocolates, giving up T.V. altogether for Advent, giving up
computer games, etc…
In this category I am going to do_______________________________________________________
3. WORKS OF CHARITY: Peform some good and holy action. My goal here is to strengthen my relationship with Christ and His Church. Perhaps what I start here could continue in some way even after Advent is over.
Examples: Pray the Rosary everyday, attend daily Mass, read the Sacred Scriptures _______ minutes a day, spend _______ additional time everyday with my family, read a life of a saint or saints, increase spiritual reading in place of T.V. viewing, make a daily visit to the Most Blessed Sacrament.
In this category I am going to do_______________________________________________________

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:

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 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.

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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!

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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