Monday, February 1, 2021

Feast February 2 : Our Lady of Good Success - who Prophesized the Future of the Church

Our Lady of Good Success Date: very early 17th c., first approved 1611 Place: Quito, Ecuador Visionary: Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres The story of Our Lady of Good Success is a most fascinating one -- and incredibly important and timely, as many of the prophecies of our Lady and our Lord given to Mariana pertain explicitly to the 20th c. and thereafter. Mother Mariana was a Spanish Conceptionist nun, blessed with the charismata of discernment and prophecy, who ran a convent in Quito, Ecuador. First, Our Lady told her to make a life-sized statue of her holding the Infant Jesus under the title "Our Lady of Good Success." The statue was begun by a local sculptor, but was miraculously completed in 1611 by the Archangels. Our Lady told her that at the end of the 19th Century and especially in the 20th Century, Satan would reign almost completely by the means of the Masonic sect. She told Mother Mariana that this battle would reach its most acute stage because of various unfaithful religious, who, "under the appearance of virtue and bad-spirited zeal, would turn upon Religion, who nourished them at her breast."
SEE ALSO: Novena to Our Lady of Good Success - Miracle Prayers to Share!  https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2019/02/novena-to-our-lady-of-good-success.html
"During this time, insomuch as this poor country will lack the Christian spirit, the Sacrament of Extreme Unction will be little esteemed. Many people will die without receiving it - either because of the negligence of their families or their false sentimentality that tries to protect the sick from seeing the gravity of their situations, or because they will rebel against the spirit of the Catholic Church, impelled by the malice of the devil. Thus many souls will be deprived of innumerable graces, consolations and the strength they need to make that great leap from time to eternity..." "As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and profaned in the fullest sense of the word. Masonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the objective of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin, encouraging the procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church. The Christian spirit will rapidly decay, extinguishing the precious light of Faith until if reaches the point that there will be an almost total and general corruption of customs. The effects of secular education will increase, which will be one reason for the lack of priestly and religious vocations..." "The Sacred Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised. ...The demon will try to persecute the Ministers of the Lord in every possible way and he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation, corrupting many of them. These corrupted priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will incite the hatred of the bad Christians and the enemies of the Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church to fall upon all priests. This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good Pastors of the Church...." "Moreover, in these unhappy times, there will be unbridled luxury which, acting thus to snare the rest into sin, will conquer innumerable frivolous souls who will be lost. Innocence will almost no longer be found in children, nor modesty in women, and in this supreme moment of need of the Church, those who should speak will fall silent." "But know, beloved daughter, that when your name is made known in the 20th century, there will be many who will not believe, claiming that this devotion is not pleasing to God...A simple humble faith in the truth of My apparitions to you, My predilect child, will be reserved for humble and fervent souls docile to the inspirations of grace, for Our Heavenly Father communicates His secrets to the simple of heart, and not to those whose hearts are inflated with pride, pretending to know what they do not, or self-satisfied with empty knowledge..." Our Lady said, "...the secular Clergy will leave much to be desired because priests will become careless in their sacred duties. Lacking the divine compass, they will stray from the road traced by God for the priestly ministry, and they will become attached to wealth and riches, which they will unduly strive to obtain. How the Church will suffer during this dark night! Lacking a Prelate and Father to guide them with paternal love, gentleness, strength, wisdom and prudence, many priests will lose their spirit, placing their souls in great danger. This will mark the arrival of My hour." "Therefore, clamor insistently without tiring and weep with bitter tears in the privacy of your heart, imploring our Celestial Father that, for love of the Eucharistic Heart of my Most Holy Son and His Precious Blood shed with such generosity and the profound bitterness and sufferings of His cruel Passion and Death, He might take pity on His ministers and bring to an end those Ominous times, sending to this Church the Prelate who will restore the spirit of its priests." She predicted a truly Catholic president of Ecuador who would dedicate that country to the Sacred Heart and who would be assassinated by Masons (this happened during the presidency of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, 1821-1875. Read more here). She predicted that the Immaculate Conception and Papal Infallibility would be strictly defined and declared dogma (these happened in 1854 and 1870, respectively). The Infant Jesus part of the statue isn't original: a Conceptionist sister hid the original statue during a revolution and died before revealing where she'd secreted it. Our Lady told Mother Mariana that the original statue would be found after the restoration of the Church had begun. Mother Mariana predicted the day and exact hour of her death (she died at 3:00 P.M. on January 16, 1635). After death, her body remained flexible and lovely. A blind girl was cured at Mother's wake when a flower that encircled Mother's head was touched to her eyes. In 1906, Mother Mariana's casket was opened and her body was found to be incorrupt, exuding the fragrance of lilies. One may view it by visiting the convent in Quito. (Edited from FishEaters)

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - Feast of the Presentation of Jesus - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

 
 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Lectionary: 524
Reading 1MAL 3:1-4
Thus says the Lord God:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner's fire,
or like the fuller's lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.
Responsorial PsalmPS 24:7, 8, 9, 10
R. (8) Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
reach up, you ancient portals,
that the king of glory may come in!
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Who is this king of glory?
The LORD of hosts; he is the king of glory.
R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
Reading 2HEB 2:14-18
Since the children share in blood and flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters
in every way,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.
AlleluiaLK 2:32
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A light of revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel LK 2:22-40 OR 2:22-32
When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
Band you yourself a sword will pierceB
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.

or

When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Feast February 2 : Presentation of Child Jesus in the Temple - Known as #Candlemas


Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple or Purification of the Blessed Virgin (Greek Hypapante), Observed 2 February in the Latin Rite.
According to the Mosaic law a mother who had given birth to a man-child was considered unclean for seven days; moreover she was to remain three and thirty days "in the blood of her purification"; for a maid-child the time which excluded the mother from sanctuary was even doubled. When the time (forty or eighty days) was over the mother was to "bring to the temple a lamb for a holocaust and a young pigeon or turtle dove for sin"; if she was not able to offer a lamb, she was to take two turtle doves or two pigeons; the priest prayed for her and so she was cleansed. (Leviticus 12:2-8)
Forty days after the birth of Christ Mary complied with this precept of the law, she redeemed her first-born from the temple (Numbers 18:15), and was purified by the prayer of Simeon the just, in the presence of Anna the prophetess (Luke 2:22 see below.).
Jesus Is Presented in the Temple in the Bible:
22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 
 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[d] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[e] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[f] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[g] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 
29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[h] in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel.”
 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[i] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[j] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[k] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

SEE ALSO: Novena for the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple with Plenary Indulgence - 
 https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2019/02/novena-for-presentation-of-jesus-in.html
 History of the Feast:
From Jerusalem the feast of the fortieth day spread over the entire Church and later on was kept on the 2nd of February, since within the last twenty-five years of the fourth century the Roman feast of Christ's nativity (25 December) was introduced. In Antioch it is attested in 526 (Cedrenus); in the entire Eastern Empire it was introduced by the Emperor Justinian I (542) in thanksgiving for the cessation of the great pestilence which had depopulated the city of Constantinople. In the Greek Church it was called Hypapante tou Kyriou, the meeting (occursus) of the Lord and His mother with Simeon and Anna. The Armenians call it: "The Coming of the Son of God into the Temple" and still keep it on the 14th of February (Tondini di Quaracchi, Calendrier de la Nation Arménienne, 1906, 48); the Copts term it "presentation of the Lord in the Temple" (Nilles, Kal. man., II 571, 643). Perhaps the decree of Justinian gave occasion also to the Roman Church (to Gregory I?) to introduce this feast, but definite information is wanting on this point. The feast appears in the Gelasianum (manuscript tradition of the seventh century) under the new title of Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The procession is not mentioned. Pope Sergius I (687-701) introduced a procession for this day. The Gregorianum (tradition of the eighth century) does not speak of this procession, which fact proves that the procession of Sergius was the ordinary "station", not the liturgical act of today. The feast was certainly not introduced by Pope Gelasius to suppress the excesses of the Lupercalia (Migne, Missale Gothicum, 691), and it spread slowly in the West; it is not found in the "Lectionary" of Silos (650) nor in the "Calendar" (731-741) of Sainte-Geneviève of Paris. In the East it was celebrated as a feast of the Lord; in the West as a feast of Mary; although the "Invitatorium" (Gaude et lætare, Jerusalem, occurrens Deo tuo), the antiphons and responsories remind us of its original conception as a feast of the Lord. The blessing of the candles did not enter into common use before the eleventh century; it has nothing in common with the procession of the Lupercalia. In the Latin Church this feast (Purificatio B.M.V.) is a double of the second class. In the Middle Ages it had an octave in the larger number of dioceses; also today the religious orders whose special object is the veneration of the Mother of God (Carmelites, Servites) and many dioceses (Loreto, the Province of Siena, etc.) celebrate the octave.
Blessing of candles and procession
According to the Roman Missal the celebrant after Terce, in stole and cope of purple colour, standing at the epistle side of the altar, blesses the candles (which must be of beeswax). Having sung or recited the five orations prescribed, he sprinkles and incenses the candles. Then he distributes them to the clergy and laity, whilst the choir sings the canticle of Simeon, "Nunc dimittis". The antiphon "Lumen ad revelationem gentium et gloriam plebis tuæ Israel" is repeated after every verse, according to the medieval custom of singing the antiphons. During the procession which now follows, and at which all the partakers carry lighted candles in their hands, the choir sings the antiphon "Adorna thalamum tuum, Sion", composed by St. John of Damascus, one of the few pieces which, text and music, have been borrowed by the Roman Church from the Greeks. The other antiphons are of Roman origin. The solemn procession represents the entry of Christ, who is the Light of the World, into the Temple of Jerusalem. It forms an essential part of the liturgical services of the day, and must be held in every parochial church where the required ministers can be had. The procession is always kept on 2 February even when the office and Mass of the feast is transferred to 3 February. Before the reform of the Latin liturgy by St. Pius V (1568), in the churches north and west of the Alps this ceremony was more solemn. After the fifth oration a preface was sung. The "Adorna" was preceded by the antiphon "Ave Maria". While now the procession is held inside the church, during the Middle Ages the clergy left the church and visited the cemetery surrounding it. Upon the return of the procession a priest, carrying an image of the Holy Child, met it at the door and entered the church with the clergy, who sang the canticle of Zachary, "Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel". At the conclusion, entering the sanctuary, the choir sang the responsory, "Gaude Maria Virgo" or the prose, "Inviolata" or some other antiphon in honour of the Blessed Virgin. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Free Catholic Movie : Saint John Bosco : Drama Based on the True Story!

This is the story of Don (Father) Bosco, also known in the Catholic church as St. John Bosco. This 19th century Italian priest worked in the city of Torino (Turin). He founded the Salesian order dedicated to teaching and youth work. That work continues worldwide today.
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Pope Francis' February Prayer Intention "We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected..." FULL TEXT + Video



Pope Francis' Universal Prayer intention for February: 

"Violence against women  - We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded."

 

 According to Vatican News, Hermes Mangialardo—an Italian creator who has won international prizes and is a professor of animation design— collaborated on the video through animated illustrations, showing the story of a woman who is the victim of violence, who finds courage to escape.

The statistics compiled by UN Women, updated in November of 2020: each day, 137 women are killed by members of their own family; adult women make up nearly half of the victims of human trafficking identified worldwide; and globally, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point (and 15 million adolescent girls worldwide aged 15 to 19 have experienced forced sexual relations). 

FULL TEXT from the Video:

Today, there continue to be women who suffer violence. Psychological violence, verbal violence, physical violence, sexual violence. It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped. The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity. The testimonies of the victims who dare to break their silence are a cry for help that we cannot ignore. We must not look the other away. Let us pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded by all.
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US Bishops Statement on Plans to Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortions "Abortion takes the life of an already-conceived and growing child..." FULL TEXT



U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on White House Action to Rescind Title X Rule
JANUARY 29, 2021 BY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, President Biden released a statement announcing his intention to rescind the current regulation governing the Title X family planning program. The current regulation follows federal law by explaining that abortion cannot be part of a Title X family planning program either by using the same office space, sharing financing, or mandating referrals for abortion. The following statement was issued by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities:
“Although the Catholic Bishops have grave concerns about government promotion of contraceptives, we have long supported efforts to ensure that the provision and promotion of abortion is kept physically and financially out of the pre-pregnancy family planning services provided through the Title X program. Abortion takes the life of an already-conceived and growing child, and most Americans agree that abortion should not be used as a method of family planning or as a ‘back up’ for failed family planning.
“Title X, therefore, draws a bright line between abortion and family planning. In addition to the program explicitly prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortion, its authors further emphasized this intent by stating that, ‘the funds authorized under this legislation [shall] be used only to support preventive family planning services, population research, infertility services, and other related medical, informational, and educational activities.’ By rescinding this rule, the Administration will be forcing abortion into a pre-pregnancy program specifically designed to exclude abortion; a move which is immoral, impractical, and may also be unlawful.”
#FULL TEXT Official Release from the USCCB
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Military Takes Power in Myanmar and State of Emergency Declared as Christian Communities Pray for Peace



 ASIA/MYANMAR - The military takes power: proclamation of a state of emergency in a climate of expectation, Christians demand "justice and peace"

Monday, 1 February 2021

Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - "There is no protest or gathering on the streets of Yangon. Telephone lines are isolated throughout the country and they only work in Yangon and the capital, Naypydaw. We do however see a strong reaction from people on social media networks. The military have declared they will hold power, in accordance with the state of emergency provided for by the Constitution, for a period of one year in order to control any irregularities in the ballot, which the Election Commission denied. For the moment, the population seems rather disoriented but tension reigns in the streets. We find ourselves in a climate of expectation". This is what Joseph Kung Za Hmung, a Burmese Catholic layman, Director of the "Gloria News Journal", based in Yangon, describes the situation in the city to Agenzia Fides after the military intervention that analysts describe as a "coup".

From 4 am this morning, February 1, armored vehicles of the army patrol the neuralgic centers of Yangon and especially the capital Naypydaw, where tomorrow, February 2, the inauguration of the new Parliament was to take place. Officials of the National League for Democracy, including Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint, have been arrested and a "state of emergency" declared. Authority over legislative, administrative and judicial power was transferred to the Commander-in-Chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, until - explains a statement from the armed forces - actions against the irregularities of the elections will be taken. According to "Tatmadaw" (as the Burmese Armed Forces are called) the ballot last November was rigged for the benefit of the National League for Democracy. In a message attributed to the leader Suu Kyi, which appeared on the League's Facebook page, the former State Councilor is said to have invited the people to react, but it is very difficult that there is the possibility of doing so, nor is it easy to attribute the sentence to the Nobel Prize winner who is under arrest in a place unknown for the moment.

Joseph Kung Za Hmung also adds: "In recent days there had been signals from military officials in this regard. For the time being, citizens are waiting, as it is feared that a mass protest could lead to a definitive coup that would see the generals in power for decades, ending the experience of democracy. Christians, like other citizens, are waiting for developments. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, is on a pastoral visit to Kachin State and is unreachable. We hope and pray that justice and peace will always triumph. We are all invited to watch and pray. As a Christian community, during this phase of uncertainy, we cultivate firm hope and prayer for a peaceful solution, for the good of all".

That the military could intervene had already become clear last Friday, January 29, when tanks and armored vehicles began to be deployed at the airport and north of the former capital as the access roads to Naypyidaw, seat of Parliament, were sealed. Meanwhile, with the excuse of quarantine, even the elected deputies had been blocked in the hotel rooms of the capital where they are waiting for their installation, which was to take place tomorrow. In fact, events had already precipitated on the night of Thursday 28 January, when an attempt at mediation between the military and civilians had sank into a stalemate. Emissaries from Tatmadaw and the majority party had met on the occasion to resolve the dispute over the November ballot, which the military are asking for the cancellation. The military demanded the dissolution of the current Electoral Commission and the preparation of a new vote count under the aegis of the army. The League had refused by accepting only to postpone the inauguration of Parliament by one day, from February 1 to 2. The tense calm of the weekend - which seemed to bring hope - only served to prepare the logistics of the armed intervention. (PA-MG) (FULL TEXT Release from Agenzia Fides, 1/2/2021)

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What is St. Bridget's Cross - The Story about the Cross + How to Make One - A Guide




St.Brigid, also known as “Mary of the Gael”, is an abbess and patroness of Ireland. She is furthermore the founder of the first Irish monastery in County Kildare, Ireland. Born in Dundalk in 450 AD, St Brigid is accredited with first creating the unique cross which bears her name. This cross is normally hand created from rushes however occasionally straw is also used.

The distinctive St. Brigid’s Cross design, made from woven rushes, is thought to keep evil, fire and hunger from the homes in which it is displayed.

The tale as we know it is as follows....

There was an old pagan Chieftain who lay delirious on his deathbed in Kildare (some believe this was her father) and his servants summoned Brigid to his beside in the hope that the saintly woman may calm his restless spirit. Brigid is said to have sat by his bed, consoling and calming him and it is here that she picked up the rushes from the floor and began weaving them into the distinctive cross pattern. Whilst she weaved, she explained the meaning of the cross to the sick Chieftain and it is thought her calming words brought peace to his soul. He was so enamoured by her words that the old Chieftain requested he be baptized as a Christian just before his passing.

Since that day, and for the centuries that followed, it has been customary on the eve of her Feast Day (1st February) for the Irish people to fashion a St. Brigid's Cross of straw or rushes and place it inside the house over the door.
Edited from : https://www.blarney.com/st-brigid_s-cross/
How to Make a St. Bridget's Cross:

You Will Need

  • 16 Reeds (or Straws)
  • 4 small rubber bands
  • Scissors

What to Do

  1. Hold one of the reeds vertically. Fold a second reed in half as in the diagram.
  2. Place the first vertical reed in the centre of the folded second reed.
  3. Hold the centre overlap tightly between thumb and forefinger.
  4. Turn the two rushes held together 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the second reed are pointing vertically upwards.
  5. Fold a third reed in half and over both parts of the second reed to lie horizontally from left to right against the first straw. Hold tight.
  6. Holding the centre tightly, turn the three reeds 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the third reed are pointing upwards.
  7. Fold a new reed in half over and across all the rushes pointing upwards.
  8. Repeat the process of rotating all the rushes 90 degrees anti-clockwise, adding a new folded reed each time until all rushes have been used up to make the cross.
  9. Secure the arms of the cross with elastic bands. Trim the ends to make them all the same length. The St Bridget’s Cross is now ready to hang. Source: https://scoil-bhride.com/how-to-make-a-st-brigids-cross/
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Powerful Prayers to St. Bridget of Ireland - Novena to St. Bridget and Litany to the Patron of Babies; Children of Unwed Parents; Fugitives; Ireland; Midwives; Poets


(Saint February 1 : St. Bridgid of Ireland : Patron of Babies; Children of Unwed Parents; Fugitives; Ireland; Midwives; Poets. Below are some powerful prayers to this Saint. A novena is said over 9 days. 

Novena Prayer
O Glorious St. Brigid,
Patroness of Ireland and Mother of the Churches,
protect the Irish Church
and preserve the true Faith in every Irish heart,
at home and abroad.
Obtain for us the grace to walk faithfully
in the path of Christian perfection during life,
and so to secure a holy and happy death,
with life everlasting,
in thy blessed company,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.
[Mention your need here...]
Saint Brigid of Kildare,
Pray for us.
Saint Brigid of Kildare,
Pray for us.
Saint Brigid of Kildare,
Pray for us.
Another prayer to St. Brigid
O God, Who givest us joy
by the power of the intercession of Blessed Brigid the Virgin,
graciously grant that we may be assisted by her merits
by the example of whose chastity we are enlightened.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Litany of St. Brigid
(For private recitation only.)
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Eternal Father,
have mercy on us.
Divine Son,
have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Virgin of Virgins,
Pray for us.
Blessed St. Brigid,
Pray for us.
Consecrated spouse of the King of Kings,
Pray for us.
Corner-stone of the Monastic Institute in the Island of Saints,
Pray for us.
Brigid, Patroness of Ireland,
Pray for us.
Model of Irish Virgins,
Pray for us.
Mother of Religious,
Pray for us.
Pattern of holiness,
Pray for us.
Intercessor for the Irish clergy,
Pray for us.
Mediatrix for the Irish people,
Pray for us.
Protectress of the faith preached by St. Patrick,
Pray for us.
Enjoying with him the clear vision of God,
Pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
Let us Pray.
O God, the Author of all sanctity,
grant that we who inhabit the Island of Saints,
may, through the intercession of St. Brigid,
walk in their footsteps on earth,
and so arrive with them to the possession of Thee in Heaven.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Pour forth on us, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
the spirit of Thy wisdom and love,
with which Thou hast replenished Thy holy Servant, St. Brigid,
that sincerely obeying Thee in all things,
we may by a zealous imitation of her virtues,
please Thee in faith and works.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
[Source: St. Anthony's Treasury - A Manual of Devotions (Anthonian Press, Dublin, 12th edition, 1941), 275-278.]
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Saints of February - List of Saint Feast Days for the Month of February - Stories to Inspire!




















This is a series of Links with the Saint Feast days from the month of February. Click on each title to learn more about each Saint. 
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Saint February 1 : St. Bridgid of Ireland : Patron of Babies; Children of unwed parents; Fugitives; Ireland; Midwives; Poets
Feast February 2 : Presentation of Child Jesus in the Temple - Candlemas
Feast February 2 : Our Lady of Good Success
Saint February 3 : St. Blaise : Patron of: Throats, Animals, Builders, Veterinarians, Infants, Stonecutters, Carvers
Saint February 4 : St. Joseph of Leonessa : Capuchin Priest
Saint February 5 : St. Agatha : Patron of Breast Cancer; Bakers; Nurses; Rape victims; Single laywomen; Sterility
Saint February 6 : St. Paul Miki & Companions : Martyrs of Japan
Saint February 7 : St. Colette of Corbie : Foundress of Colettine Poor Clares
Saint February 8 : St. Josephine Bakhita who went from Slave to Saint with Litany Prayers to Share!
Saint February 9 : St. Apollina a Martyr and the Patron of Dentists and Tooth Ache
Saint February 10 : St. Scholastica, Twin Sister of St. Benedict and the Patron of Nuns and Storms
Saint February 11 : Our Lady of Lourdes - who appeared in 1858 as the Immaculate Conception
Saint February 12 : St. Saturninus & Companions : Bishop & Martyr
Saint February 13 : St. Catherine de Ricci a Mystic and Counselor to Future Popes
Saint February 14 : St. Cyril and St. Methodius the Patrons of Ecumenism, Unity of Eastern and Western Churches
Saint February 14 : St. Valentine, a Martyr and the Patron of Love and Marriage
Saint February 15 : St. Claude de la Colombiere the Jesuit Patron of Toy makers, Turners
Saint February 16 : St. Onesimus : Martyr and Former Slave to Philemon
Saint February 17 : Founders of the Orders of Servites - 7 Youths to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared
Saint February 18 : St. Fra Angelico the "Angelic friar" a Dominican and Patron of Artists with Prayer
Saint February 19 : St. Conrad of Piacenza a Franciscan Confessor, Hermit and Patron of Cure for Hernias
Saint February 20 : Saints Jacinta and Francesco of Fatima a short History with Special Prayers
Saint February 21 : St. Peter Damian : Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Saint February 22 : Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle - 1st Pope of the Church chosen by Christ
Saint February 23 : St. Polycarp : Bishop and Martyr who modeled his life after Christ and Patron of Against Earaches, and Dysentery
Saint February 24 : St. Ethelbert : King of Kent who Died in 616
Saint February 25 : St. Walburga a Benedictine Nun who came from a Family of Saints and Patron against Storms
Saint February 26 : St. Porphyrius : Bishop of Gaza in Palestine
Saint February 27 : St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows the Patron of: Students, Youth, Seminarians and a Passionist Monk
Saint February 28 : St. Hilary : Pope
Saint February 29 : Saint Oswald the Saint of the Leap Year and Archbishop of Canterbury
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Saint Bridget's Bread Recipe - Free Recipe for a Special Feast Day from Ireland



St. Bridget's Bread - Traditional Irish Bread for the Feast day of St. Bridget in February. 
2/3 cup butter
1/3 cup sour milk
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 pkg. yeast
1 egg
1 cup oats
1 cup Bisquick
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ginger
Heat butter and milk to melt butter in microwave (or melt butter and scald milk.) Add sugar. Allow to cool slightly and add yeast, stirring to mix. Let mixture rest for 10 minutes. Add slightly beaten egg. Mix all dry ingredients and stir into yeast mix. Lightly grease a glass pie plate. Pour batter and bake at 375 degrees Celsius for 15 to 20 minutes. When done, allow to cool slightly and serve warm with butter.
Source: AMDG Academy.
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