Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Novena to Mary Mother of God - Powerful Prayers to the Blessed Virgin

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MARY MOTHER OF GOD
JANUARY 1 (Say 9 Times)
This Novena honours the nine months during which Our Lady carried Our Blessed Lord in her womb.
"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. Amen."
V - Pray for us, most holy mother of God.
R - That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
"Virgin of the Incarnation,
a thousand times we greet thee,
a thousand times we praise thee
for thy joy when God was incarnated in thee.
Because thou art so powerful
a Virgin and Mother of God,
grant what we ask of thee for the love of God."
Here state your first intention.
Repeat all of above and then state your second intention.
Repeat all of above and then state your third intention.
CONCLUSION:
After the above prayers and intentions, say the Memorare.
Remember, O most Gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help
or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of Virgins,
my mother.
To thee do I cry,
before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Amen.
Our Father...

Hail Mary...
Glory Be...
Blessed and praised be
the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar,
in Heaven, on earth and everywhere.
AMEN.

Gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year's Day - January 1st







































Plenary Indulgences for 1st of January
The Enchiridion Indulgentiarum indicates that we can gain plenary indulgences on the 1st January. (Video Below)
A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, recite or sing the Veni Creator Spiritus. Under the usual conditions, a plenary indulgence can be gained:
1. Sacramental confession within eight days
2. A prescribed good work (for Jan. 1 the recital of the Veni Creator)
3. Sacramental Holy Communion within eight days.
4. Prayers for the intentions of the Roman Pope (usually 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be)
5. Detestation of venial sin 
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Come, Holy Spirit / Veni, Creator Spiritus
 

English version:Latin version:
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Veni, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Hostem repellas longius, pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed, of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.
Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis surrexit,
ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula. Amen.

Rabanus Maurus (776-856) 

Happy New Year! 10 Easy Ways to make 2020 #Peaceful! - SHARE Change the World!


Dear Family in Jesus, JCE Catholic News World wishes you a blessed new year of 2020 and Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. Thank-you for your patronage - please keep us in prayer as we do you. 
May this year be a one of 
"Peace, requires the force of meekness, the force of nonviolence of truth and of love." as suggested by Pope Francis.
 "O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day long. Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth..." (Psalm 25) 

10 Amazing New Year's Resolutions - That Can Change the World
1. Go to Church Every Sunday (or Every day)
2. Pray Every Day (Rosary, Mercy Prayer)
3. Go to Confession Regularly (Every Week or Every Month)
4. Fast Every Week (Great for your figure - the best diet)
5. Smile at everyone
6. Forgive everyone on a daily basis
7. Practice Silence especially when angry
8. Read your Bible Daily
9. Do random acts of kindness Daily
10. Tell others about the love of Jesus


Also remember St. Mother Teresa's word:The fruit of silence is prayer
the fruit of prayer is faith
the fruit of faith is love
the fruit of love is service
the fruit of service is peace. 

Mother Teresa
Let us make the world peaceful in 2020 through small acts of kindness, love, forgiveness, silence, and suffering. World peace begins in your heart, then to your family, friends and the world. Above all let us pray and love God with all our heart, mind and soul and love our neighbor as ourselves. In Jesus and Mary, JCE Catholic News World
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Pope Francis at Mass says "So let us ask for the grace to live this year with the desire to take others to heart and to care for them." on Solemnity of Mary - Full Text


HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
53rd WORLD DAY OF PEACE
PAPAL MASS
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
Vatican Basilica
Wednesday, 1st January 2020

“But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman” (Gal 4:4). Born of woman: Jesus came in this way. He did not appear in the world as an adult but, as the Gospel tells us, he was “conceived in the womb” (Lk 2;21). It was there that he made our humanity his own: day after day, month after month. In the womb of a woman, God and mankind are united, never to be separated again. Even now, in heaven, Jesus lives in the flesh that he took in his mother’s womb. In God, there is our human flesh!
On the first day of the year, we celebrate this nuptial union between God and mankind, inaugurated in the womb of a woman. In God, there will forever be our humanity and Mary will forever be the Mother of God. She is both woman and mother: this is what is essential. From her, a woman, salvation came forth and thus there is no salvation without a woman. In her, God was united to us, and if we want to unite ourselves to him, we must take the same path: through Mary, woman and mother. That is why we begin the year by celebrating Our Lady, the woman who wove the humanity of God. If we want to weave humanity into this our time, we need to start again from the woman.
Born of woman. The rebirth of humanity began from a woman. Women are sources of life. Yet they are continually insulted, beaten, raped, forced to prostitute themselves and to suppress the life they bear in the womb. Every form of violence inflicted upon a woman is a blasphemy against God, who was born of a woman. Humanity’s salvation came forth from the body of a woman: we can understand our degree of humanity by how we treat a woman’s body. How often are women’s bodies sacrificed on the profane altars of advertising, of profiteering, of pornography, exploited like a canvas to be used. Yet women’s bodies must be freed from consumerism; they must be respected and honoured. Theirs is the most noble flesh in the world, for it conceived and brought to light the love that has saved us! In our day, too, motherhood is demeaned, because the only growth that interests us is economic growth. There are mothers who risk difficult journeys desperately seeking to give a better future to the fruit of their womb, yet are deemed redundant by people with full stomachs but hearts empty of love.
Born of woman. The Bible tells us that woman come onto the scene at the height of creation, as a summation of the entire created world. For she holds within herself the very purpose of creation: the generation and safekeeping of life, communion with all things, care for all things. So it is with the Mother of God in today’s Gospel. The text tells us, “But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart” (v. 19). She kept all these things: joy at the birth of Jesus and sadness for the lack of hospitality shown in Bethlehem; the love of Joseph and the amazement of the shepherds; the promise and the uncertainty of the future. She took everything to heart, and in her heart, she put everything in its right place, even hardships and troubles. In her heart, she lovingly set all things in order and entrusted everything to God.
In the Gospel, Mary does this a second time: at the end of the hidden life of Jesus, we are told that “his mother kept all these things in her heart” (v. 51). This repetition makes us realize that “keeping in her heart” was not something nice that Our Lady did from time to time, but something habitual. Women typically take life to heart. Women show us that the meaning of life is not found in making things but in taking things to heart. Only those who see with the heart see things properly, because they know how to “look into” each person: to see a brother apart from his mistakes, a sister apart from her failings, hope amid difficulty. They see God in all persons and things.
As we begin this new year, let us ask ourselves: Do I know how to see with the heart? Do I know how to look at people with the heart? Do I take to heart the people with whom I live? Or do I tear them down by gossip? And above all, do I put the Lord at the centre of my heart, or other values, other interests, like advancement, riches, power? Only if we take life to heart will we know how to take care and overcome the indifference all around. So let us ask for the grace to live this year with the desire to take others to heart and to care for them. And if we want a better world, a world that will be a peaceful home and not a war field, may we take to heart the dignity of each woman. From a woman was born the Prince of peace. Women are givers and mediators of peace and should be fully included in decision-making processes. Because when women can share their gifts, the world finds itself more united, more peaceful. Hence, every step forward for women is a step forward for humanity as a whole.
Born of woman. Jesus, newly born, was mirrored in the eyes of the woman, in the face of his mother. From her, he received his first caresses; with her, he exchanged the first smiles. With her began the revolution of tenderness. The Church, looking at the Baby Jesus, is called to continue that revolution. For she too, like Mary, is both woman and mother. The Church is woman and mother, and in Our Lady, she finds her distinctive traits. She sees Mary immaculate, and feels called to say no to sin and to worldliness. She sees Mary fruitful, and feels called to proclaim the Gospel and to give birth to it in people’s lives. She sees Mary a mother, and she feels called to receive every man and woman as a son or daughter.
In drawing close to Mary, the Church discovers herself, she finds her centre and her unity. The enemy of our human nature, the devil, seeks instead to divide, to highlight differences, ideologies, partisan thinking and parties. But we do not understand the Church if we regard her by starting with structures, programmes and trends, ideologies and functions. We may grasp something, but not the heart of the Church. Because the Church has a mother’s heart. And we, as her sons and daughters, invoke today the Mother of God, who gathers us together as a people of believers. O Mother, give birth to hope within us and bring us unity. Woman of salvation, to you we entrust this year. Keep it in your heart. We acclaim you, the Holy Mother of God. All together now, for three times, let us stand and acclaim the Lady, the Holy Mother of God. [with the assembly] Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God!
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va - Official Translation

Pope Francis says "For this year 2020, the Message is like this: Peace is a path of hope, a path in which we advance through dialogue, reconciliation..."


SOLEMNITY OF MARY HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
53rd WORLD DAY OF PEACE

POPE FRANCIS

ANGELUS

St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! And happy New Year!

Last night we ended the year 2019 by thanking God for the gift of time and all its benefits. Today we start 2020 with the same attitude of gratitude and praise. It is not obvious that our planet has started a new tour around the sun and that we human beings continue to live there. It is not obvious, in fact, it is always a "miracle" to be surprised and thanked.

On the first day of the year the Liturgy celebrates the Holy Mother of God, Mary, the Virgin of Nazareth who gave birth to Jesus, the Savior. That Child is the Blessing of God for every man and woman, for the great human family and for the whole world. Jesus did not remove evil from the world but defeated it at the root. Her salvation is not magical, but it is a "patient" salvation, that is, it involves the patience of love, which takes charge of iniquity and takes away its power. The patience of love: love makes us patient. Many times we lose patience; me too, and I apologize for yesterday's bad example [probably refers to the reaction towards a person who had yanked him in the square]. For this reason, contemplating the Nativity scene, we see, with the eyes of faith, the renewed world, freed from the dominion of evil and placed under the royal lordship of Christ, the Child who lies in the manger.

This is why today the Mother of God blesses us. And how does Our Lady bless us? Showing us the Son. He takes it in his arms and shows it to us, and so he blesses us. Bless the whole Church, bless the whole world. Jesus, as the Angels sang in Bethlehem, is "joy for all the people", is the glory of God and peace for men (cf. Lk 2:14). And this is the reason why the Holy Pope Paul VI wanted to dedicate the first day of the year to peace - it is the Day of Peace - to prayer, awareness and responsibility for peace. For this year 2020, the Message is like this: Peace is a path of hope, a path in which we advance through dialogue, reconciliation and ecological conversion.

Therefore, let us fix our gaze on the Mother and the Son that she shows us. At the beginning of the year, let us bless you! Let us allow ourselves to be blessed by Our Lady with her Son.

Jesus is the blessing for those who are oppressed by the yoke of slavery, moral slavery and material slavery. He frees with love. To those who have lost their self-esteem by remaining a prisoner of vicious turns, Jesus says: the Father loves you, does not abandon you, awaits your return with unwavering patience (cf. Lk 15:20). To those who are victims of injustice and exploitation and do not see the way out, Jesus opens the door of fraternity, where to find welcoming faces, hearts and hands, where to share bitterness and despair, and recover some dignity. To those who are seriously ill and feel abandoned and discouraged, Jesus comes close, touches the wounds with tenderness, pours the oil of consolation and transforms weakness into strength of good to undo the most tangled knots. To those imprisoned and tempted to close in on themselves, Jesus reopens a horizon of hope, starting from a small glimmer of light.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us descend from the pedestals of our pride - we all have the temptation of pride - and ask the blessing of the Holy Mother of God, the humble Mother of God. She shows us Jesus: let us be blessed, we open our hearts to his goodness. Thus the year that begins will be a journey of hope and peace, not in words, but through daily gestures of dialogue, reconciliation and care for creation.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters!

To all of you here in St. Peter's Square and connected through the media, I extend my best wishes for peace and good for the new year.

I thank the President of the Italian Republic, Honorable Sergio Mattarella, for the thought he addressed to me in his end-of-year message, and I reciprocate him by invoking the blessing of God on his high mission.
 I warmly greet the participants in the "Peace in all lands" event. This event is organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome and in many cities around the world. They also have a school for peace. Go on! I greet the pilgrims from the United States of America, New Zealand and Spain; young Italians, Albanians and Maltese together with the Sisters of Charity; the friends and volunteers of the "Fraterna Domus".

I extend my greeting and encouragement to all the initiatives for peace that the particular Churches, associations and ecclesial movements have promoted on this Day of Peace: meetings of prayer and fraternity accompanied by solidarity with the poorest. In particular, I remember the march that took place yesterday afternoon in Ravenna.
My thoughts also go to the many volunteers who, in places where peace and justice are threatened, courageously choose to be present in a nonviolent and unarmed form; as well as to military personnel operating on peacekeeping missions in many conflict zones. Thanks a lot to them!

To all, believers and non-believers, because we are all brothers, I wish to never stop hoping for a world of peace, to be built together day by day. And please don't forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye.

Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God - Wed., January 1, 2019 - #Eucharist Readings + Video


The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
Lectionary: 18
 Reading 1 NM 6:22-27
The LORD said to Moses:
“Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace!
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,
and I will bless them."

Responsorial PsalmPS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8

R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R. May God bless us in his mercy.

Reading 2 GAL 4:4-7

Brothers and sisters:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
to ransom those under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons.
As proof that you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying out, “Abba, Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a son,
and if a son then also an heir, through God.

Alleluia HEB 1:1-2

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 2:16-21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.