Friday, July 26, 2019

Saint July 27 : St. Pantelon the Patron of Bachelors and Physicians - with Prayer

MARTYR 
Died:
305
Patron of: against consumption, against tuberculosis bachelors, doctors, physicians, torture victims
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Today, July 28, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Pantaleon the Healer (also known as Saint Panteleimon, died 303), physician, confessor, and martyr for the faith. While serving as physician to the Emperor Maximianus, Saint Pantaleon lived his faith loudly, despite persecution of Christians, and through his witness and charity to the poor and enslaved, earned the martyrs’ crown. He is considered a contemporary to Saints Cosmas and Damian, also Christian physicians who suffered for their faith. Saint Pantaleon, whose name means the “all-compassionate one,” is the patron saint of physicians.
Pantaleon was born. in the city of Nicodemia (currently called Izmit, in northern Turkey near the Black Sea). His mother, Eubula, was a devout Christian who raised her son in the Christian way of life, while his father, Eustorgius, did not convert until much later. Sadly, Eubula passed away while Pantaleon was still quite young. While he had been exposed to Christianity, Pantaleon did not fully practice as a young man. Handsome, polite, and humble, he radiated happiness and peace to all he encountered, but was drawn to worldly pursuits. His father sent him to study under a famous physician, and eventually was appointed the royal physician to the court of Emperor Maximian.
While at the royal court, Pantaleon fell further from the faith, deceived by hearing the false maxims of the world applauded. It was then that the Lordsent a model of the faith, a zealous and prudent Christian named Hermolaus, to Pantaleon, to serve as advisor and friend. Hermolaus took special notice of the young physician and awakened his conscience, telling him that although the famous physicians of ancient times had possessed the science which cures bodies, Jesus Christ was a far more excellent Physician, able to cure not only bodies, but souls, by His divine doctrine. Through continued discussion and counsel, Pantaleon came to accept Christ into his heart. 
Soon thereafter, Pantaleon experienced a miraculous healing, saving a child from certain death after being bitten by a viper. Needing no further proof of the power of the Lord, he was baptized into the faith, and undertook a rigorous course of study on the Sacraments of the Church, Holy Communion, and the teachings and practices of the faithful. Through his faith, he subsequently cured a man of blindness, which led him to the faith. Similarly, his father, hearing of his son’s healings, converted, receiving Christ into his heart.


When Eustorgus, his father, died, Saint Pantaleon liberated all his slaves on the family estate, and, having sold most of his possessions, gave to the liberated ones and others the assistance their poverty required. He cured other illnesses and soon became renowned in Nicodemia, attracting the attention of competing physicians. They wished to betray him to the Emperor, who was actively persecuting Christians.
Pantaleon was ordered to appear before the Emperor, who described the charges against him. The emperor had grown to like and trust Pantaleon, and attempted to save him by offering him the chance to make sacrifice to the pagan Roman gods. Of course, Pantaleon refused, and it was ordered that he be tortured and killed. After multiple attempts to kill him—which he miraculously survived—Saint Pantaleon was beheaded. 



The body of Saint Pantaleon was anointed with myrrh and buried outside of the city. His remains, or a portion of them, were later translated to Constantinople, where they are venerated today. It is said that his blood, conserved in a small vial, liquefies on his feast day, becoming oxygenated. Some of his relics, including his head, were later again translated to France by Charlemagne, and reside in the abbey of Saint Denys near Paris and in Lyons.


Prayer of the Sick to Saint Pantaleon
Saint Pantaleon, you know that it is hard to be ill without hope to get well again. Sometimes it is even more difficult to see someone suffer whom we love and whom we cannot help. Pray for the doctors in whom we trust. Give them wisdom and patience for the right way of treatment. 

You emulated God's mercy, and He granted you the power of healing, o Pantaleon, victorious martyr of Christ. Heal our spiritual diseases through your intercession, and as we constantly cry out to the Lord, 'Save us!' take away the temptations which the enemy always places before our steps. Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that by the prayers of thy holy Martyr blessed Pantaleon, we may be delivered from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul.His feast day is 27 July, also 28 July, and 18 February.


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RIP Cardinal Jaime Ortega - Famous Cardinal who spent time as a Political prisoner in Cuba Dies at age 82

Cuban Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, died Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 82.
Ortega studied theology in Quebec and became parish priest in the 1960s in his birthplace of Jag├╝ey Grande in Matanzas province.

 Cardinal Ortega, according to Reuters, passed away at 6.16 a.m. after a long battle with cancer.
He served eight months in a labor camp in 1966-67 due to then leaders Fidel Castro's policies against the Church. Ortega became archbishop of Havana in 1981 when Cuba was officially atheist.

During Ortega's time as Cardinal he welcomed three popes to Cuba. He also helped in the release of dozens of political prisoners from 2010 to 2011.

Cuba reformed its constitution in 1992, this changed the state from atheist to secular and which allowed freedom of religion.

He was named bishop of Pinar del Rio by Pope John Paul II in 1978 and Archbishop of Havana three years later. The pope appointed him cardinal in 1994.



New Prime Minister of the United Kingdom - Boris Johnson


Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, also known as Boris Johnson, has become the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party on July 23, 2019. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) since 2001. Johnson was born on the 19 June 1964 in New York City to English parents, Johnson was educated at Oxford.He also served as Foreign Secretary from 2016 to 2018. Johnson was baptized Catholic but confirmed in the Anglican faith. He has been married twice and has four children.

 Johnson began his journalism career as a writer for The Daily Telegraph.

Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was elected as Foreign Secretary.

Protests continue in Hong Kong against Extradition Laws with 45 Injured by counter activists


Anti-extradition march in Yuen Long without police authorisation
by Paul Wang
Organisers have criticised triad hooligan violence and police inaction. Last Sunday, thugs in white T-shirts attacked activists, injuring at least 45 people, whilst the police arrived only 40 minutes after the incident. Protesters plan a "memorial" for Li Peng and bypass the police ban.


Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – A march is planned for tomorrow ​​in Yuen Long, in the northern part of the New Territories, to protest the outbreak of violence against anti-extradition law activists last week at the Yuen Long MTR station.

Rally organisers plan to hold the protest march even though the police banned it, citing the risk of violence.

Last Sunday, after hundreds of thousands of people came together to demand the scrapping of the infamous extradition law.

Following the rally, a group of about 100 people, including members of local organised crime syndicates, dressed in white T-shirts and wielding iron bars and sticks, attacked protesters and pro-democracy activists. The latter were easily recognisable by their black T-shirts.

The thugs injured at least 45 people and, in their anger, attacked MTR passengers, including a pregnant woman.

March organisers and pro-democracy groups slammed the violence, but also complained about police indifference. The latter showed up only 40 minutes later, this despite emergency calls.

According to police, the people in white T-shirts came from villages near Yuen Long, but also included members of the 14K and Wo Shing Wo triad gangs.

Organisers suspect that the attack, as well as police absence, were planned, in order to sow division and fear in the anti-extradition front.

Police said that tomorrow’s rally might spark more violence between the two groups; for this reason, it was banned. But organisers plan to go ahead anyway, even at the risk of being accused of illegal gathering.

Meanwhile, march supporters have launched an online brainstorming to find ways to circumvent the police ban. Some have suggested holding a "memorial" for former Chinese Premier Li Peng, who died last Monday. Hong Kong’s Public Order Ordinance does not apply to gathering for funeral purposes, or religious or cultural discussions.

Every year, Hong Kong marks the Tiananmen massacre with a memorial rally. For this reason, Li Peng, premier at the time of the crackdown, is seen by many as one of the main culprits.
Full Text Source: AsiaNewsIT

Easy Novena to St Anne, Mother of Mary, and St. Joachim - #Prayers to Share!

Say once a day for 9 days- Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be each day of the Novena:

O glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I commend to thee. 

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Be pleased to commend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy outcome. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and, with thee and Mary and all the Saints, of praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen. 

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. 

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. 

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. 

Good St. Anne, pray for us. Jesus, Mary, Anne.

Another Novena Prayer to St.  Anne & St. Joachim
Great and glorious patriarch, St Joachim, and good St. Anne, what joy is mine when I consider that you were chosen among all God’s holy ones to assist in the fulfillment of the mysteries of God, and to enrich our earth with the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. By this singular privilege, you have become most powerful with both the Mother and her Son, so as to be able to obtain for us the graces that are needful to us.
With great confidence I have recourse to your mighty protection, and I commend to you all my needs, both spiritual and temporal, and those of my family. Especially do I entrust to your keeping the particular favor that I desire and look for from your intercession. (Mention your petition.)

And since you were a perfect pattern of the interior life, obtain for me the grace to pray earnestly, and never to set my heart on the passing goods of this life. Give me a lively and enduring love for Jesus and Mary. Obtain for me also a sincere devotion and obedience to Holy Church and the sovereign pontiff who rules over her, in order that I may live and die in faith and hope and perfect charity. Let me ever invoke the holy Names of Jesus and Mary. And may I thus be saved. Amen.
Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be each day of the Novena.
Source: saintadelaide.com

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday, July 26, 2019 - #Eucharist


Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 399

Reading 1EX 20:1-17

In those days:
God delivered all these commandments:

"I, the LORD, am your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.
You shall not have other gods besides me.
You shall not carve idols for yourselves
in the shape of anything in the sky above
or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;
you shall not bow down before them or worship them.
For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God,
inflicting punishment for their fathers' wickedness
on the children of those who hate me,
down to the third and fourth generation;
but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation
on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.

"You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.
For the LORD will not leave unpunished
him who takes his name in vain.

"Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Six days you may labor and do all your work,
but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD, your God.
No work may be done then either by you, or your son or daughter,
or your male or female slave, or your beast,
or by the alien who lives with you.
In six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth,
the sea and all that is in them;
but on the seventh day he rested.
That is why the LORD has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

"Honor your father and your mother,
that you may have a long life in the land
which the LORD, your God, is giving you.

"You shall not kill.

"You shall not commit adultery.

"You shall not steal.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house.
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass,
nor anything else that belongs to him."

Responsorial PsalmPS 19:8, 9, 10, 11

R.(John 6:68c) Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

AlleluiaSEE LK 8:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 13:18-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Hear the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom
without understanding it,
and the Evil One comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."

Saint July 26 : Saint Joachim the Father of Mary and Grandfather of Jesus

St. Joachim
FATHER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
Patron of:Fathers, Grandparents
Joachim (whose name means Yahweh prepares), was the father of the Blessed Virgin Mary. If we were to obey the warning of St. Peter Damian, we should consider it a blameable and needless curiosity to inquire about those things that the Evangelists did not deem it advisable to relate, and, in particular, about the parents of the Blessed Virgin (Serm. iii de Nativ. B.M.V.). Tradition nevertheless, grounded on very old testimonies, very early hailed Saints Joachim and Anne as the father and mother of the Mother of God. True, this tradition seems to rest ultimately on the so-called "Gospel of James", the "Gospel of the Nativity of the Blessed Mary", and the Pseudo-Matthew, or "Book of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Childhood of the Saviour"; and this origin is likely to rouse well-founded suspicions. It should be borne in mind, however, that the apocryphal character of these writings, that is to say, their rejection from the canon, and their ungenuineness do not imply that no heed whatever should be taken of some of their assertions; side by side, indeed, with unwarranted and legendary facts, they contain some historical data borrowed from reliable traditions or documents; and difficult though it is to distinguish in them the wheat from the tares, it would be unwise and uncritical indiscriminately to reject the whole. Some commentators, who believe that the genealogy given by St. Luke is that of the Blessed Virgin, find the mention of Joachim in Heli (Luke, iii, 23; Eliachim, i.e. Jeho-achim), and explain that Joseph had, in the eyes of the law, become by his marriage the son of Joachim. That such is the purpose and the meaning of the Evangelist is very doubtful, and so is the identification proposed between the two names Heli and Joachim. Neither can it be asserted with certainty, in spite of the authority of the Bollandists, that Joachim was Heli's son and Joseph's brother; nor, as is sometimes affirmed, from sources of very doubtful value, that he had large possessions in herds and flocks. Much more interesting are the beautiful lines in which the "Gospel of James" describes how, in their old age, Joachim and Anne received the reward of their prayers to obtain issue. Tradition has it that the parents of the Blessed Virgin, who, apparently, first lived in Galilee, came later on to settle in Jerusalem; there the Blessed Virgin was born and reared; there also they died and were buried. A church, known at various epochs as St. Mary, St. Mary ubi nata est, St. Mary in Probatica, Holy Probatica, St. Anne, was built during the fourth century, possibly by St. Helena, on the site of the house of St. Joachim and St. Anne, and their tombs were there honoured until the close of the ninth century, when the church was converted into a Moslem school. The crypt which formerly contained the holy tombs was rediscovered on 18 March, 1889.

St. Joachim was honoured very early by the Greeks, who celebrate his feast on the day following the Blessed Virgin's birthday; the Latins were slow to admit it to their calendar, where it found place sometimes on 16 Sept. and sometimes on 9 Dec. Assigned by Julius II to 20 March, the solemnity was suppressed some fifty years later, restored by Gregory XV (1622), fixed by Clement XII (1738) on the Sunday after the Assumption, and finally raised to the rank of double of the second class by Leo XIII (1 Aug., 1879).


SOURCE: the Catholic Encyclopedia